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Spain 'top foreign holiday spot'

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Budget airline easyJet has found that Spain continues to be the most popular holiday spot for UK holidaymakers heading abroad this summer, with three resorts from the country making it into the list of top five destinations for Britons.

The low cost carrier found that Malaga in southern Spain occupies the No one spot in the top five foreign holiday hotspots, followed by Alicante and Palma in Majorca.

Faro in Portugal is the fourth most popular foreign holiday spot, while Barcelona occupies the fifth position.

Paul Simmons, easyJet UK director, said: "The sandy shores, blue seas and promise of sunshine keep Brits flocking to Spain year after year for a relaxing summer break."

Meanwhile, travel organisation Abta quoted figures from market research firm GfK-Ascent MI showing that the number of holiday bookings for Spain rose 11% this summer, Portugal 8% and Greece 2%.

This could mean an increase in the number of people taking out travel insurance.

Abta also reported a rise in short-break tours from the UK to popular cities such as Paris, Madrid and Rome.

Great deals were also on offer in Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey.

According to Abta, 5% more passengers are expected to be cruising from Britain in 2011.

© Press Association 2011