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Explore the 'great outdoors' at La Manga Club

The weather may be miserable in the UK, but over in Spain the sun is still shining and there are plenty of ways to make the most of the heat.

Holidaymakers staying at La Manga Club will be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities, with everything from jogging to scuba-diving on offer.

One of the best ways to explore the resort and surrounding area is by cycling and La Manga has a wide selection of bikes to suit riders of all abilities.

Visitors have the option to cycle solo, or join one of the guided tours, which take in the village of Los Belones, Portman Artillery Battery and Calblanque Natural Park.

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Experience 'La Carerra' on holidays in Spain

Kicking off on December 30th, La Caretta is a traditional Spanish festival held in the Andalucian town of Cogollos de Guadix.

The festival involves the gathering of wood for a large bonfire, which is set a light in honour of baby Jesus.

According to What's on When, locals spend the first day of the two-day event chopping wood, before bringing it down from the mountains in a wagon decorated with ribbons, oranges and religious pictures.

Once the wood has been unloaded and the bonfire set alight, locals and visitors dance the night away in front of a statue borrowed from the local church.

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Holidaymakers reveal 'biggest irritations'

Children kicking the back of plane seats is the biggest source of irritation to travellers, it has been revealed.

A survey by online travel site TripAdvisor found that people who block plane aisles and recline their seat are also considered irritating.

When it comes to annoying tourists, Americans top the list, followed by the French and German, the Telegraph reports.

Commenting on the findings, TripAdvisor spokesman Luke Fredberg said: "The notion of 'travelling for pleasure' can be a total farce when you're surrounded by passengers who seem intent on making their presence felt - be it with a boot in the back or an elbow in the ribs.

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'Best' age for holidays is 34

The age at which we have our most memorable holiday experiences is 34, according to a new study.

Research undertaken by tour operator Kuoni, found that 34 is the prime age when it comes to holidays.

Figures suggest that people in their mid-30s are able to enjoy their holidays in Spain and other destinations more because they have a large disposable income and know what they want from their holidays, the Irish Times reports.

Martin Conway, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Leeds, told the newspaper: "Thirty-four is an age when a lot of people are thinking about nesting, so they are either likely to be enjoying those last holidays with freedom or perhaps taking their young children on a first holiday abroad.

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Brits opt for short-haul holidays

Holidays in Spain and other short-haul destinations are set to increase in popularity over the coming year as holidaymakers shun long-haul travel.

Speaking last week, Graham McKenzie, managing director of TravelMole, said there was likely to be an upsurge in short-haul holidays and claimed that European destinations look set to be the "winners" of 2009.

"If we believe everything we hear in terms of the credit crunch then I think people will start to look carefully at where they go in terms of long haul. I think they will certainly look carefully at the [long distance] destinations like the Australasia region and the Far East," he commented.

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See the 'Three Kings' this Christmas

Anyone lucky enough to be on holiday in Spain over the New Year will have the opportunity to see the annual Three Kings Procession, which takes place on January 6th.

One of Spain's most popular events, the Three Kings Procession marks the day on which Spanish children traditionally receive their Christmas presents.

Crowds of locals and visitors line the streets as the kings make their way through on horseback, dishing out sweets and gifts to children as they pass.

According to What's on When, the parade in Alicante travels thorough the Plaza de Los Luceros, Avenida de Alfonso el Sabio and Rambla de Mendez Nunez, before stopping outside the city hall.

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Visit Terra Mitica on holidays in Spain

Families taking holidays in Spain over the next month may wish to take a trip to the Terra Mitica theme park and Benidorm.

The park is easily accessible for those hiring a car in Murcia and is one of the area's most popular family attractions.

With exciting themed rides, entertaining shows and several restaurants, the park offers visitors the chance to journey through the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean.

According to events site What's on When, visitors can slide down waterfalls in the Egyptian zone, go to the Magnus Colossus in Rome and take a ride on the largest wooden roller-coaster in the Med.

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Dance the night away on holiday in Spain

Top flamenco performers and dancing troupes from around Spain are set to descend on Malaga next month, as the annual Verdiales Festival gets underway.

Verdiales is a style of Flamenco dancing unique to the olive growing region of Malaga and December 28th will see dozens of talented performers travel to Venta San Cayetano to show off their skills.

Described by whatsonwhen.com as one of Andalucia's "liveliest" festivals, the Verdiales is a must for those taking holidays in Spain next month.

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Celebrate Christmas in Malaga

Britons can celebrate Christmas in style this year by taking a trip to sunny Spain.

Anyone staying at La Manga Club and hiring a car, may wish to take a trip to the town of Mijas, where all manner of festive activities are due to take place.

Families can attend the annual Festival of Christmas Traditions, which kicks off on December 6th.

Taking place in Butibamba Park in La Cala, the festival features Christmas food, handicrafts and plenty of festive entertainment and performances.

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Family fun in Alicante

It may be forecast snow in the UK, but over in Alicante the sun is shining and there's still plenty going on.

Kicking off on November 29th, Alicante's annual International Puppet Festival is guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained.

Featuring 15 acts from around the world, the festival has long been popular with tourists and locals and since its first edition, more than 200 puppeteers have performed, according to events site What's on When.

Visitors can expect everything from glove puppets to string and rod puppets, along with a series of hands-on workshops and exhibitions.

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