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Enjoy water sports on the Mar Menor

Britons taking holidays at La Manga Club will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the range of sports activities on offer.

One way to make the most of the glorious Spanish weather is to engage in some of the water-based activities available at La Manga.

With access to both the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor – Europe's largest saltwater lagoon – La Manga is the ideal base for those hoping to take to the water.

Activities on offer include sailing and windsurfing, as well as regular boat excursions and jet skiing.

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Top tips for stress-free holidays in Spain

Holidaymakers travelling to Spain for the festive season can follow a series of top tips to ensure that their journey is as stress-free as possible.

Speaking recently, Dan McGinnity, president of Travel Guard, suggested that with a little organisation holidays to Spain and other destinations can be completely stress-free.

One of the organisations top tips is to always take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy and to make copies of important documents.

"A travel insurance plan can cover your holiday travel investment and also provide you with 24/7 assistance for virtually any situation you may encounter.

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Over-60s book holidays to Spain online

It's not just the younger generation who are tech-savvy, a recent survey has revealed that over half of OAPs book their holidays to Spain and other destinations online.

The study, carried out by sunshine.co.uk, found that 62 per cent of over-60s now book their holidays online, with 74 per cent of those claiming that they learnt to use the internet specifically to search for good deals.

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Average cost of hotel rooms falls


The average cost of staying in a hotel is dropped over the last year, it has been found.

Research carried by hotels.com revealed that globally, the cost of the average hotel room dropped by three per cent between July and September, compared to the same period in 2007.

David Roche, the president of the site, said that he expected prices to fall even further over the coming year and suggested that those taking holidays in Spain will find some excellent deals.

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Brits cut back on luxuries to save holidays

British consumers are spending less on luxury items and food in order to save for their holidays in Spain and other foreign destinations, it has been revealed.

A recent survey by VisitBritain and Visit London found that 90 per cent of people are planning to spend less money this year. Of those surveyed, 80 per cent said they plan to spend less on food and 67 per cent said they aim to cut down on new clothes.

However, just 45 per cent of people said they are prepared to reduce the amount they spend on holidays.

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Enjoy fantastic customer care on flights to Spain

Holidaymakers taking flights to Spain may be interested to learn that budget airline Ryanair has been ranked ahead of British Airways and BMI in terms of punctuality and the ability to look after luggage.

Figures from the Association of European Airlines (AEA) found that 88 per cent of Ryanair flights arrive on time, compared to 77 per cent of BMI flights and 73 per cent of British Airways.

It also emerged that BMI loses 25 bags per 1,000 compared to Ryanair, which loses less than one.

Commenting on the findings, spokesman Stephen Mcnamara commented: "The AEA statistics prove that nobody beats Ryanair's customer service.

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Holidays are an 'essential expenditure'

Holidays to Spain and other popular destinations are widely seen as an necessity, rather than a luxury, it has been suggested.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito), holidays are part and parcel of every day life, and people are unlikely to sacrifice them in a hurry.

Aito public relations officer Ian Bradley, said that alongside houses and cars, holidays are viewed as a necessity.

"I think in this climate there's enough worry out there regarding redundancies, interest rates, house repossessions and all sorts of things, people just feel the need to get away," he explained.

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Sterling 'will improve' over 2009

The pound may have taken a battering throughout 2008, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, according to one organisation.

UK foreign exchange company World First is predicting that the strength of sterling will improve significantly against the euro over the coming year, which is good news for anyone taking a holiday to Spain.

Commenting on the situation, Jeremy Cook, chief economist at the situation, said: "The overall feeling for 2009 is that there will be a pull back from the edge of a stronger sterling. It's been pretty rough for the last part of 2008, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Kids 'will love La Manga Club'

Taking children away on holiday can often be a stressful exercise. However, selecting the right resort can mean that children are kept happy and entertained, and parents can have time to relax.

Families visiting La Manga Club will find that the resort caters for children of all ages and that boredom simply isn't an option.

Under-12s will have a whale of a time making friends and taking part in activities at the Junior Club, which is open all year round and offers a wide range of activities.

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Over-60s 'won't cut back on holidays in Spain'

Britons aged over 60 are unlikely to cut back on the amount of travelling they do, a new study has revealed.

Research by financial services provider Intune found that 80 per cent of over-60s take at least two foreign holidays each year.

Further results show that 25 per cent of respondents take four or more holidays in Spain and other destinations annually.

Stuart Castledine, managing director of the organisation, said that many retirees regret that they were unable to take more holidays in their youth, suggesting that they were unlikely to cut back now.

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