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Murcia Open Tennis returns

Those who fancy seeing and playing a bit of tennis in lovely warm conditions can do so in La Manga in December.

While northern Europe shivers, those who come down to Spain to enjoy the mild winter weather can immerse themselves in the sixth Murcia Open Tennis Tournament, which will take place in the resort's 28-court Tennis centre and feature a wide range of age groups, starting with the over-35s and going up to the over 75s.

An official ITF seniors tournament with ranking points and prize money, the event will feature both singles and doubles tennis.

When not enjoying the whacking of yellow balls around indoors, sport lovers at the La Manga resort can enjoy playing with balls of all sizes, shapes and colours.

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Over 50s book holidays to Spain online

An increasing number of over 50s are opting to book their holidays online, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by Alliance and Leicester found that more over 50s than ever are using the internet to organise their flights to Spain and other destinations.

Of those surveyed, 41 per cent said they booked their holidays online, with one in five people staying in touch with friends by using social networking sites such as Facebook.

Commenting on the findings, Emma Walkley, current account manager at Alliance and Leicester, said: "Many of the over 50s now choose to engage in the social side of the internet and also have the confidence to organise many aspects of their life online.

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'Explore the countryside' on holiday in Spain

If you're eager to explore Spain's stunning countryside and see the country from another perspective, then a trip to La Manga Club is the ideal holiday option.

Bordered by a national park, La Manga is the perfect point from which to discover the Spanish countryside.

Visitors to the resort will find numerous trails through unspoilt terrain, with some excellent walking and jogging routes on offer.

La Manga is just five kilometres away from La Fuente Hill, where visitors can hike to the summit in around 45 minutes and enjoy an unrivalled view of the surrounding area.

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Plans afoot for Alicante Eye

Following the success of the London Eye, it seems that Alicante may be about to follow suit and construct its own big wheel attraction.

The Alicante Hostelry Association has proposed placing a wheel in the docks area of the city, enabling visitors to see for miles around, hotproperty.co.uk reports.

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Majority of travellers keep 'holiday weight' off

The Majority of British travellers do not gain weight when on holiday, a new poll has revealed.

Research carried out by Holiday Extras found that 51 per cent of Britons return from their holidays at the same weight, while 11 per cent of people actually lose weight while abroad.

Commenting on the findings, Mike Whiting, managing editor at Holiday Extras, said: "It seems that the modern outlook on healthy eating is being extending into people's travels. Gone are the days when travellers would indulge during their time away and instead they are maintaining a balanced diet that can only prove beneficial to their health.

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Take a tennis holiday at La Manga

If you're looking to stay active this winter and brush up on your tennis skills, then a tennis holiday to La Manga Club could be just the ticket.

With 28 impressive tennis courts, a racquet service centre, physiotherapy and a host of other facilities, La Manga is one of the world's leading leisure resorts.

Furthermore, the resort caters for players of all abilities, so whether you're a competent player or a complete beginner, you'll feel right at home.

A poll carried out by Cater Allen Private Bank earlier this year revealed that a majority of Britons like to participate in activities when abroad.

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'Relax and unwind' on holiday in Spain

If you're keen to escape the dreary British weather and unwind in the sunshine, then a visit to La Manga could be the ideal option.

Located in Murcia, on the sun-soaked Costa Calida, La Manga enjoys year-round good weather and boasts an unrivalled range of sport and leisure facilities.

Perfect for those looking to unwind and de-stress, La Manga's exclusive spa and wellness centre offers a full range of sumptuous treatments, with everything from Hawaiian massage to luxurious diamond facials.

Furthermore, those interested in banishing their wrinkles and returning from their holiday 'renewed' can opt for an exclusive Inhibit treatment, which is a painless and non-intrusive alternative to Botox.

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British holidaymakers 'flock' to Spain

UK holidaymakers have been hailed as the "heroes" of Spanish tourism, after official figures indicated that Brits still have a soft spot for the country.

Euro Weekly news reported that 65 per cent of people visiting Spain this year were British, with tourism bosses claiming that British holidaymakers have been "saviours".

Although tourism on the whole is down slightly on last year, the publication reported that the decline has not been too severe thanks to the loyalty of British visitors.

Furthermore, it seems that Britain's love affair with Spain is set to continue throughout the half-term holidays, with millions of people expected to jet off in search of warmer climes.

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Book 'green' flights to Spain with Flybe

Holidaymakers keen to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum may wish to book their flights to Spain with UK budget carrier Flybe.

The airline last night scooped the prestigious 2008 Brussels Airport Environmental Award in recognition of the airlines environmental investments and efforts to improve the fuel efficiency of its fleet.

This is the second environmental award the airline has won this year, after scooping another gong at the Budgie Awards last month.

Commenting on this latest accolade, Mike Rutter, chief commercial officer of Flybe, said: "We're honoured to receive this award from Brussels Airport that recognises Flybe's environmental credentials.

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'Relationship troubles' tops list of cancellation excuses

Relationship troubles are the main cause of holiday cancellations, new research has revealed.

A recent study carried out by sunshine.co.uk found that arguments and break-ups are the main reason given by those looking to cancel holidays and change booking names.

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