Make a swift exit from the winds and rains of England's north-west to the sun-drenched beaches of Spain's south-east with direct Manchester to Murcia air travel.
Jet2 (www.jet2.com) offers direct flights from Manchester Terminal 1 to Murcia, with fares as low as £45.99 one way, including taxes. Flights depart at 8.05 in the morning, getting you to Murcia by midday. It's possible to be on the terrace of a beach cafe in plenty of in time for one of those leisurely Spanish lunches and a glass of sangria.
Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) will offer direct Manchester Terminal 2 to Murcia flights from March 2012, by which time the southern sun will already be producing some pretty tempting temperatures.
Booking now, you can find a wide range of bargain fares, with seat prices around £47.99 including EU levies and check-in charges. Luggage charges and credit-card booking will add a few pounds to these fares.
Searching for Ryanair's regular promotions and tax-free flights, you should be able to uncover some rock-bottom fares if you are prepared to be flexible on dates, and travel with the minimum hand-luggage (we'd suggest a couple of bikinis and some sun-block might be enough for the Spanish summer).
After completing your Manchester to Murcia air travel, there is a range of onward travel options. Buses are infrequent, so you'll probably have to take a taxi from the airport. The half hour trip to the nearest resort at Torrevieja will cost about €35.
In Murcia town you can take long-distance trains, or buses for shorter trips. Alsa buses connect Murcia with Alicante and Valencia, while the Latbus service provides connections to coastal resorts and towns including Cartagena, Corvera, Torrevieja, Alcantarilla, and Archena.