Therefore, in order to gird your family's loins for the uphill struggle towards the glorious fortnight of Christmas, why not get away on a cheap autumn break for a few days of sunny skies and sangria in Madrid?
Direct flights with Iberia are currently coming in at just £38 return from Birmingham to Madrid for the October week. And, they're decent flight times too; no early morning starts to worry about!
And, as if Madrid itself wasn't enough of a pull, a mere 50 miles outside of the bustling capital city is Toledo, a gem of a hilltop town with a majestic cathedral and wonderfully meandering cobbled streets leading down to the Tagus river. Toledo is an easy daytrip by train from the cosmopolitan avenidas of Madrid and makes for a sedate peak into rural Spain.
So, for £150 for a family of four, Espana welcomes you to explore her fascinating culture...