Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie have flown to Marbella for the couple’s first overseas holiday since their marriage, it was reported on Saturday night.
The Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson were said to have travelled to the Costa del Sol with their 17-month-old son Wilf. The family were staying in a private villa, the Mail on Sunday reported.
The trip came after Mr and Mrs Johnson both attended the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester last week.
It is Wilf’s first foreign break, after the couple opted not to travel abroad for a summer holiday.
Instead, they went to Somerset for a trip which, for Mr Johnson, was cut short by the Afghanistan crisis.
Marbella has long been a popular retreat for celebrities and politicians.
While she was US First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha stayed in the town with friends.
In 2012, Tony and Cherie Blair were pictured visiting a friend’s house in nearby Benahavis.
Sean Connery, the late James Bond actor, owned a villa in Marbella but sold it in the 1990s because the once-secluded beachside property had become surrounded by neighbours who, the star feared, would glimpse him in his underwear, it was claimed in 2016. David Cameron and his wife Samantha also opted for several holidays in Spain during his time as prime minister, with the pair enjoying breaks in Ibiza and Granada.
The current Commons recess stretches until Monday Oct 18, giving Mr Johnson more than a week before Parliament sits again following party conference season.
On Saturday night a Spanish police source told the Sunday Mirror: “Officially we can’t confirm, but unofficially he’s in a big luxury villa …
“We have been made aware that the British prime minister is staying and so we are all being extra vigilant.”
The Prime Minister’s holiday comes after 47 countries were removed from the Government’s red list, in one of the biggest reopenings of foreign travel since the start of the pandemic.
Only seven countries currently remain on the list which requires travellers to be quarantined in a hotel on their return to the UK at a cost of £2,285 per person.
Ministers have also abandoned plans to force holidaymakers to video themselves taking tests after a backlash from the travel industry, which argued that it would be costly and a logistical nightmare for families.