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Celebrate the past in Alicante

Britons taking holidays in Spain next summer can enjoy a unique spectacle in the form of the popular Moors and Christians Festival in Alicante.

The event commemorates the various battles between the Moors and the Christians via re-enactments and parties thrown by both sides, WhatsOnWhen reports.

While the festival is marked across the region, Alicante in particular offers an intriguing interpretation of the historic events.

Local people are woken up in the morning and congregate in the town centre to see the Moors and Christians march along the streets in full costume.

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Holidaymakers 'prefer Europe'

British travellers are shunning long-haul trips in favour of holidays in Spain and other European destinations, it has been claimed.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, the last month has seen a 15 per cent fall in the number of people looking for flights from Britain to the US.

Figures suggest that with the pound still falling against the dollar, Britons are looking at holidays closer to home.

Commenting on the findings, Barry Smith, Skyscanner's co-founder and director of business development, said: "Despite the current economic gloom, traffic is still very strong, and there's every indication that people are continuing to make travel a top priority – perhaps because we need holidays to look forward to more than ever.

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Lynx cubs born in Andalucia

Families taking holidays in Spain over the coming months will have the opportunity to see some rather cute new arrivals.

According to Typically Spanish, 13 lynx cubs have been born in captivity in Andalucia so far this year.

In fact, the cute little critters have reportedly caused overcrowding at recovery centres in Jerez Zoo, El Acebuche in the Donana Nature Park and La Olivilla in Jaen.

The animals are being bred as part of a programme aimed at reintroducing the cats into the wild.

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Enjoy mussels and cider in Andalucia

Holidaymakers hiring a car in Murcia may wish to take a trip to Benalmadena this month and sample some of the fine food an offer.

Until the end of November, Tivoli World amusement park in Arroyo de la Miel will be holding a mussels and cider fair every Saturday and Sunday, enabling visitors to sample delicious Spanish food while having a fun family day out.

According to sur.com, visitors to the park will also find Galician-style octopus and Galician pies on offer.

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Roman Theatre opens in Murcia

The Roman Theatre in Cartagena has finally opened to visitors.

Discovered in 1988, the theatre had been hidden for centuries beneath other buildings and now, after years of careful restoration work it is now open to the public.

As well as strolling through the remains of the theatre, those on holiday in Spain can also visit the theatre's museum, which features photographs of the site's excavation, along with archaeological objects discovered during the dig.

Located close to Murcia's cathedral, medieval castle and port area, the theatre is a must-visit attraction for history lovers visiting the region.

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Ryanair shakes off calendar criticism

Leading budget airline Ryanair has responded to criticism over its Christmas calendar by suggesting that those against the calendar are merely "jealous".

The airline has received criticism from several organisations, including the Women's Institute of Spain over its new charity calendar, which features scantily clad cabin crew members.

According to Ryanair, the airline has been condemned because the calendar only features "sexy girls".

Commenting on the situation, Ryanair boss Michael O' Leary said: "We have the best looking cabin crew in Europe, over 700 of whom applied to take part in this year’s calendar and we continue to defend the rights of girls (and boys) to strip off for charity if they want to.

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Ryanair releases 'free flights to Spain'

Budget carrier Ryanair is celebrating the launch of two new routes to Spain by releasing 500,000 "free seats".

Speaking yesterday (November 18th), the airline said the seats were available for people travelling throughout the months of December, January and February.

The carrier recently announced plans to offer flights to Spain from London's Gatwick Airport, with new routes to Alicante and Barcelona-Girona.

Commenting on the sale, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said: "Ryanair is delighted to announce two new routes to/from London Gatwick to Barcelona and Alicante from 18th December.

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Airline promotes holidays in Spain

Monarch – a popular airline with Britons booking flights to Spain – has joined forces with the Andalucian Tourist Board to promote holidays in the region.

As part of a month-long campaign, the carrier is working closely with the tourist board to create awareness about the region's attractions and exceptional visitor facilities.

Describing Andalucia as an "extraordinary" place, the airline suggested that it is the ideal destination for those looking to shake their winter blues.

"Andalucia boasts more than 800 kilometres of wonderful beaches, a sunny climate and an intriguing natural heritage, making it the ideal winter sun destination," Monarch said.

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Monarch named 'best leisure airline'

Low fares carrier Monarch has been named as the best leisure airline at the 2008 British Travel Awards.

Monarch – which offers regular flights to Spain – was also named as a runner up in the best scheduled airline and best low-cost airline categories.

This is the latest in a string of awards for the airline, which also recently scooped the Telegraph Readers Award for the best charter airline.

Commenting on the airline's success, managing director Tim jeans said: "This is a great achievement for Monarch and demonstrates the strength of the brand name in the highly competitive airline-market.

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Long holidays 'could invalidate home insurance'

Britons enjoying long holidays in Spain have been warned to check their home insurance before leaving.

Speaking earlier this week, Darren Black, a home insurance expert at confused.com, said that many policies are invalidated if a homeowner is away for more than 30 consecutive days.

"For anyone planning on a month-long stay, whatever the time of year, it is essential that they make sure that there is someone staying in the house at some point whilst they are away to make sure home owners do not inadvertently invalidate their cover," he commented.

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