Cheap Spanish flights have never been easier to find thanks to a proliferation of low-cost airlines and bargain tour operators which now offer some incredible deals to the Iberian peninsula and Spanish islands.
Look out for last minute offers in newspapers and on the Internet and you'll often find you can pick up air tickets to Spain for the less than the price of a train journey from London to the north of England.
For a cheap flight from the UK, try one of the budget airlines such as Britannia, Monarch or Easyjet. Most companies offer an on-line booking system and this is fast becoming the most popular way to both find and pay for the cheapest tickets.
Easyjet, which took over web giants Go.com in 2002, is one of the most popular no frills charter companies on the Internet offering low-cost regular journeys between a good choice of British and Spanish airports. They fly into Alicante on the Costa Blanca, Málaga on the Costa del Sol, Murcia, the major cities of Madrid, Barcelona near La Manga and Bilbao and the Balearic islands of Mallorca and Ibiza.
Booking is quick and easy and there's a no-ticket system. You just pay by credit and receive a reference number by email which is all you need (along with your passport).
The in-flight service is usually good, informal and friendly but with many charter companies these days you don't get a meal on-board and there are no complimentary drinks. If you prefer to travel in more comfort and you can afford to pay a bit extra, go for a schedule flight with British Airways or the Spanish national carrier, Iberia.
Iberia serve all the following airports on the Spanish mainland and islands: Alicante, Almeria, Asturia, Badajoz, Barcelona, Bilbao, Gerona, Granada, Jerez, La Corña, Leon, Madrid, Málaga, Melilla, Murcia, Pamplona, Reus, San Sebastian, Santander, Santiago, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo, Vitoria, Zaragoza, the Balearic islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Mallroca and the Canary Islands of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
First class travellers on Iberia's inter-continental flights benefit from all sorts of extras including seats which recline to an almost horizontal position and a mouth watering meal selection which includes Iranian caviar, Spanish specialties and international cuisine. Meals are served with silver-plated cutlery, fine china, table linen, quality glassware and a choice of the finest Spanish wines.
Both first class and business class travellers enjoy benefits such as adjustable leg rests and lumbar support, personal video screens and satellite phones in the seat.
Even economy passengers travelling with Iberia receive many extras which you won't find on a cheap charter flight these days - free newspapers and magazines, music headsets, films, children's games, a choice of meals and a selection of Spanish wines.