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Dining in Murcia

Holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in Murcia, with several top-class eateries located at La Manga Club, as well as dozens of restaurants in the surrounding area, offering delicious fresh produce.

The quality of seafood on offer in the region is second to none and holidaymakers will find tasty Mar Menor prawns, as well as grey mullet roe and delicious grilled pilchards.

Traditionally Spaniards enjoy their main meal at midday and enjoy a light meal late at night, typically between 9pm and midnight.

Holidaymakers will find fresh local produce on offer in most good restaurants, as well as locally produced fine wines, which include Jumilla and Yecla.

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Spain is 'half-term hotspot'

Spanish tourism chiefs are expecting demand for holidays in Spain to remain steady, as British families flock to the continent for some half-term sunshine.

Ignacio Vasallo, director of the Spanish Tourist Office, said that despite the economic downturn, mainland Spain and the Canary Islands will remain popular, with visitors looking for excellent attractions and guaranteed sunshine.

"There is also the recent cold snap to consider - following as it did a poor UK summer - people will still be looking to make up for lost sunshine," he explained.

Speaking recently, Independent travel expert Simon Calder said there are some excellent deals to be had on holidays in Spain, with many airlines reducing their fares considerably.

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Holidays in Spain are 'a must'

It looks as though the majority of Brits will still be taking holidays in Spain and other destinations, despite the economic downturn.

A recent study undertaken by Club Med found that eight in ten Britons consider holidays as one of their "most important" luxuries.

Almost half of those surveyed said they intend to take one or two holidays in 2009.

The findings clearly suggest that Brits are unwilling to sacrifice their hard-earned holidays.

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Tantalise your taste buds at La Manga Club

Dining out and enjoying fine food is part and parcel of any good holiday experience and Britons visiting La Manga Club will not be disappointed.

Home to over 20 bars and restaurants, there is something on offer to suit every palette and with a range of cuisine to suit all tastes, there is no reason to set foot out of the resort.

Holidaymakers looking to dine in elegant and distinguished surroundings can head to the Amapola Restaurant, which specialises in top-quality Mediterranean cuisine.

The resort is also home to a stylish Indian restaurant, which is located on the ground floor of La Manga's spa building and offers panoramic views and an extensive menu.

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Brits 'work harder before a holiday'

Employees that have something to look forward to such as a holiday in Spain tend to be more productive.

That is the opinion of the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), which suggested recently that people value their holiday above a lot of other things.

"We know that people work very hard and we have the highest number of working hours in Europe. As a result of that people need holidays to take a break from the pressure," said Abta spokesperson Frances Tuke.

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Alicante museum to showcase Discobolus of Myron

A Roman statue known as the Discobolus of Myron will be making its way to the Costa Blanca this summer.

Currently located at the British Museum, the marble artefact will go on show at the Archaeological Museum of Alicante.

The statue will be one of 125 pieces on loan from the British Museum, Typically Spanish reports.

It is expected to go on display from April 3rd to October 5th – giving holidaymakers ample time to visit the exhibition.

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'Millions' plan to escape the doom and gloom

Millions of Britons are preparing to escape the doom and gloom this year with holidays in Spain and other sun-soaked destinations.

Research by Sainsbury's Bank suggests that almost 13 million people will book their summer holidays before the end of February.

Londoners are the most likely to book a getaway, with 35 per cent planning to escape the UK this year.

"It's really encouraging to see that people are still planning to get away despite the 'credit crunch', which just shows the importance of a holiday to the British public," said Sainsbury's travel insurance manager Sam Marrs.

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City status for Marbella?

Holiday hot spot Marbella could soon be recognised as a larger municipality following its growth and popularity as a tourism destination.

Marbella's town council has supported plans by the region's economic leader to submit an order to try and gain the region the official status of a big city, reports euroweeklynews.com.

It comes as many Britons could be considering holidays in Spain this year, despite the economic downturn.

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Break helps tennis star bounce back

Taking a tennis holiday to La Manga Club is the preferred way to relax for many fans of the game but, for one professional, a different kind of break was required.

Jelena Dokic has revealed that taking time out from the tennis circuit is what she needed to get back on top of her game.

The Yugoslavian distanced herself from tennis as she battled depression and poor form but, having returned to the game, now feels ready to enter the world top ten rankings.

Discussing her hiatus, she told the Australian newspaper: "A lot of people didn't know what was going on.

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County Wexford golfers claim La Manga prize

A group of young golfers from Ireland continued their winning streak with victory in a La Manga tournament this month.

Golf holidays to La Manga Club are loved by many golfers, but the resort is also the setting for more nail-biting sporting events such as the Home Nations inter-club championship.

This year's trophy was taken by the youngsters of Rosslare in County Wexford, with Gary Collins, Conor Kelly, Ross Young, Ian Cuddihy and Eamon Kelly all doing their club proud, the Irish Independent reports.

The success follows their recent exploits at the Fred Daly Trophy, at which they also emerged with the top prize.

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