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'Start date approaching' for Murcia-Almeria rail link

Guests at La Manga Club looking to see a little more of the surrounding region may be interested to learn of the latest developments nearby.

A rail link is planned that will connect the holiday favourites of Murcia and Almeria, stretching 9.5 kilometres, the Euro Weekly News reports.

Now, it seems that a start date for the work could be edging closer, with 36 companies expressing their interest in the scheme.

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Tennis holiday romance for pop star

Amy Winehouse is reportedly enjoying a holiday romance with a tennis instructor as she takes a break from the UK.

The pop star is getting herself in shape while she takes time out from the music scene and has met a new man in the process.

According to the Sun, Winehouse's new squeeze is a tennis instructor and is very much the active, sporty type.

A source told the newspaper: "He teaches tennis and other sports at the resort where Amy stayed […] Amy's really into him.

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Oxfordshire golfer misses cut at La Manga Club

Golf holidays to La Manga Club conjure fond memories for most of the people who have enjoyed a round or two on the resort's world class fairways.

However, the pressure was on for many female players recently as they recently took part in the Qualifying School at La Manga Club.

Those who made the cut celebrated the opportunity to join the Ladies' European Tour, while those who fell short had nothing but the Spanish sunshine to console them.

One such player was Tilly Holder, who missed out with rounds of 75, 78 and 78, the Oxford Mail reports.

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More overseas people moving to Alicante

The lure of southern Spain has seen the number of foreign residents living in Alicante City increase tenfold since a decade ago.

Figures reported by Typically Spanish suggest there are now 49,000 inhabitants living in the region who are originally from overseas - compared to 4,867 in 1998.

Britons make up 121,000 of the current figure living in the city, which is reachable by driving from La Manga Club and a great excuse for renting a car in Murcia.

However, the biggest foreign representations in the present population are made by people from Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina.

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Holidays in Spain 'are among the most affordable'

Families looking to make the most of their money when heading abroad this year could do worse than renting an apartment in Spain, judging by the results of a new study.

The Post Office Holiday Money Report has listed the top ten most affordable destinations for British holidaymakers and ranked Spain in tenth place.

Indeed, despite a competitive performance from Greece and France, Spain was the only country from the eurozone to break into the top ten.

Andrew Spice of Post Office Travel Services said that given the performance of the economy and sterling, people from the UK will be checking prices carefully this year.

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Irish hockey players heading to southern Spain

The Irish women's hockey team will be heading to southern Spain next month to take part in a training camp.

In preparation for the European Championships in Amsterdam this August, the squad will be put through their paces in Alicante during the first week of February, the Irish Independent reports.

As the scores of sportsmen and sportswomen who have trained at La Manga Club will testify, Spain's south coast offers a perfect climate for a sporting break.

Ireland's national coach Gene Muller said of the excursion: "This extended training camp signals the start of the preparation cycle for the Europeans in August.

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Spa La Manga Club

Home to some of Europe's best sporting facilities, La Manga Club is a one-stop shop for those looking to boost their fitness and stay in shape. However, the resort also caters for those looking to relax and unwind in stylish surroundings.

With its superb range of treatment packages and relaxation facilities, Spa La Manga Club is an ideal choice both for those seeking a dedicated spa break and those simply looking for a relaxing one-off treatment.

Located on a hillside, overlooking the resort, the spa is set over two floors and boasts 13 elegant treatment rooms, including two specially designed couples' rooms.

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Book early for 'great deals' on holidays in Spain

Those looking to snap up bargain deals on holidays to Spain and other popular destinations should book early, it has been claimed.

Emma Waddell, head of PR at Thomson and First Choice, said that travellers booking their holidays now are likely to find the best deals.

"There will always be odd pockets where someone's cancelled but we actually do believe that the best prices are this time of year," she commented.

With some companies merging and others collapsing, many tour operators are cutting their capacity for 2009 and last-minute deals will be hard to come by, Ms Waddell added.

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'Millions' of Brits book holidays in Spain

A new study has revealed that despite the economic doom and gloom, over 13 million Brits will have booked their summer holidays by the end of February.

The research, carried out by Sainsbury's, found that those booking a holiday in Spain or elsewhere will spend an average of £881.83 each.

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Travel insurance is 'a must' for winter holidays

Those taking holidays in Spain this winter should consider taking out a comprehensive insurance policy before travelling.

A recent study by Saga revealed that the average winter holiday suitcase is worth £238 more than summer bags.

Results show that one in ten Brits carry a suitcase worth £643 during the winter, compared to £405 in the summer months.

"The research revealed a worrying fact that many people do not keep receipts and may not therefore know the makes and models of items in their case, which could make it more difficult for them to make a thorough claim for any loss," Saga said.

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