Hundreds of tourists escaped death and injury when a bomb exploded in Torremolinos early this morning.
The bomb blew up shortly after midnight on a popular beach in the Spanish resort but despite the numbers of people walking along the seafront, no-one was injured in the blast.
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the blast, the finger is being pointed at Basque separatist group ETA which has set off a number of similar bombs in Spain in recent weeks and who had several members arrested in a series of raids on Sunday.
An ABTA spokesman said the latest bomb, which comes as British schools break up for the summer holidays, was unlikely to have an effect on the tourist trade to the country.
He added: “We’ve had this before with tourist resorts being targeted in Spain. It’s never had an impact on tourist numbers to Spain.
“British tourists know (the risk) is very small and it doesn’t stop them from travelling to a destination.”