You no longer need to worry about heading to those packed London airports for your Spanish holiday. Take off from the tranquil south coast on one of several routes to Spain offering flights from Bournemouth airport in 2011.
Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) is the main operator out of the airport, using Bournemouth as a mini-hub on the south coast. They have routes serving 10 Spanish airports, with fares starting at the headline price of £9.99 one way, plus taxes and charges for EU levies, baggage, check-in and credit card payments.
On the Spanish mainland, Ryanair flies to Alicante and Murcia for the Costa Blanca, Girona for the Costa Brava, and Malaga for the Costa Del Sol, so if the Channel is a little chilly, there's always a Spanish beach within easy reach.
For fans of the Balearic Islands, there are flights to Palma Mallorca and to Ibiza. Mallorca is particularly attractive to walking enthusiasts with some spectacular mountain and coastal trails, while Ibiza's club scene continues to bring in the party crowds from all over Europe.
The Canary Islands are a great option for some late sun when the autumn winds and rains are lashing Bournemouth. Ryanair flights serve the contrasting resort islands of Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, as well as the volcanic landscapes and rugged beaches of Lanzarote.
If you are looking for an alternative to Ryanair, Thomson Airways (www.flights.thomson.co.uk) also has direct flights from Bournemouth airport in 2011, to Ibiza, Palma and Tenerife. Thomson also offers the option of flight and hotel packages.