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New parks planned for Alicante

Those taking holidays in Spain may soon find the country has become a lot greener, with plans in place to create 12 new national parks in Alicante.

Alicante council announced last week that the parks will be created over the next ten years, occupying around 12 million square metres of land, the Costa Blanca News reports.

Parks will be situated in a number of locations including Saladares, Porquet, Serra Grossa, La Vallonga and Las Atalayas – and will no doubt become new attractions for those locals and people enjoying holidays in Spain.

In related news, Alicante is already home to several attractive parks, including Canalejas, which, according to alicante.

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Pop couple holiday in Marbella

British rapper MC Harvey and his partner Javine Hylton have been soaking up the sun on a family holiday in Marbella.

The pair were pictured in the Daily Mail taking their eight-month-old baby daughter Angel for a stroll down one of the resort's beaches and making the most of the fantastic weather.

Looking happy and relaxed the couple walked arm-in-arm along the beach, even stopping to share a kiss for the cameras before heading to a nearby cafe for an ice-cream.

According to reports, the pair have had a turbulent time of late, although they now look to have put their differences behind them, perhaps helped by their holiday in Spain.

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Girls Aloud star 'longs for life in Spain'

Holidays in Spain clearly aren't enough for Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding. The singer has reportedly expressed a desire to up sticks and move to the south of Spain.

According to celebrity magazine Now, Sarah has fallen in love with the up-market resort of Marbella and is now hunting for a property in the area.

Tired of the dreary British weather, the stunning singer wants to move somewhere she can keep her tan topped up all year round.

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Spain is 'top country brand for families'

Spain has been named as one of the world's best country brands for families.

According to the 2008 Country Brand Index (CBI), Spain is the second-best destination after Canada.

The CBI is a comprehensive study of around 2,700 travellers and countries are branded and ranked according to a number of different criteria.

Commenting on the findings, Rene A Mack, president of Weber Shandwick's Travel & Lifestyle Global Practice, said: "With the current state of the world - economic turmoil, political unrest and global warming - it's always fascinating to see which countries come out on top in branding themselves, generating global recognition and fuelling the travel and tourism industry.

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Malaga terminal to open next year


Holidaymakers taking flights to Spain next year may find themselves arriving through Malaga's new airport terminal.

Spain's minister for development - Magdalena Alvarez – is hoping the terminal will be completed within the first six months of 2009 and in time for the peak holiday season.

The new terminal, which features 86 check-in desks and 20 new departure gates, will be connected to the old terminal building, sur.com reports.

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Newlyweds opt for 'mini-moons'

Gone are the days of newlyweds jetting off to the Caribbean to take a three-week honeymoon, instead an increasing number of couples are opting to take short breaks or 'mini-moons', a new study has revealed.
Research carried out by esure found that more and more British couples are choosing to take a short break after their nuptials and go on a longer holiday the following year.

Of those surveyed by the company, 17 per cent said they simply could not afford to take a long honeymoon after paying for a wedding.

It's interesting to see how trends have changed over the years.

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Traffic radars launched in Malaga

The streets of Malaga are about to be made safer by the introduction of new city-centre traffic radars.

Four radars have already been installed in Malaga and will begin operating soon, Euro Weekly reports.

The radars will help to ensure that drivers do not exceed city speed limits and the flow of traffic in and out of Malaga is not disrupted.

Radars are situated at various points across the city, with one on the Pablo Ruiz Picasso promenade and another situated between between Carril de la Chupa and Tabacalera.

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Holidaymakers urged to get travel cover

Taking out a good travel insurance policy has never been so important, it has been claimed.

Speaking yesterday, (October 6th), Bruce Kirby, chief executive of Medex Global Group, said that travel insurance cover was economical and sensible, offering travellers the opportunity to protect themselves against the huge medical costs associated with overseas hospital stays.

Mr Kirby added that too often those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations associate travel insurance with lost luggage and delays; however, he pointed out that a good policy offers protection against dozens of potential problems.

"Nothing can put a family or business at risk like an international medical emergency.

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Cartagena announced as host for MTV Murcia night

The waiting is over for music fans anticipating the announcement of the whereabouts of next summer's MTV Murcia Night.

Cartagena has been unveiled as the host for the event, which is set to be broadcast across Europe - including in the UK.

Holidaymakers looking to get themselves on television might like to time their break at La Manga Club for early July - as the event will be taking place around then, the Euro Weekly News reports.

Entrance will be free for the concert, which will be held at the University of Cartagena and will have a capacity of 35,000 spectators.

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Faster trains on Murcia-Alicante route

Renting a car in Murcia is one way to get about the region while holidaying in La Manga Club, but for those who cannot drive, taking the train is one alternative.

And, from early next year, passengers on Renfe's rail services will be able to enjoy a new, upgraded service.

An investment in the Alicante-Murcia route will see 560 new passenger trains introduced, the Euro Weekly News reports.

The high-speed AVE trains are capable of travelling at more than 160 kilometres an hour - and it is hoped that the faster service will attract 150 million new passengers over the next two years.

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