The British travelling public’s love for Spanish holidays sees no signs of waning as travel companies continue to see bookings increase to both mainland and island destinations. Self-catering company Villarenters has seen searches for Majorca soar by 65% compared to last year and claims that bookings in some towns, such as Pollensa and Palma Nova, have trebled compared to last year. Bed bank youhotels.com has also seen an increase in bookings to the Balearic island with sales up 18% compared to last year. This continues into winter, where the company has seen sales increase 10% alongside a 47% rise for sales to Costa Blanca and double bookings for Costa Dorada. “Spain has seen a real resurgence in popularity this year as customers have returned to the western Mediterranean resorts in droves – and this is set to continue into the winter months too it seems,” said Liz Garfield, head of UK sales at youhotels.com. “We’re expecting to see even more growth for the Canary Islands in particular as we get to late August / early September and people are back from their summer holidays. Winter sales for Malta are also looking very strong with huge growth for St Julian’s, Sliema and Mellieha specifically”. Victoria Sanders, managing director at Villarenters said the increased interest had come from the destination’s proximity to the UK and other global situations. “Customers appear to want to stay a bit closer to home and choose the ‘safe’ option – political unrest across North Africa and the uncertain economic outlook will undoubtedly have played a role,” she explained.