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Amapola Restaurant relaunches at La Manga

Guests on holiday in Spain at La Manga Club resort can now enjoy a true taste of Spain with the relaunch of Amapola Restaurant.

The resort's flagship eatery is returning with a new dining concept - called Con denominacion de origen - which aims to bring the finest regional produce to the table.

Executive chef Nicolas Cedro has worked on a new menu which will introduce the richness of traditional Spanish cuisine to diners, Easier reports.

Describing the menu as "extremely exciting", he said: "The menu will be based on seasonal ingredients, meaning that customers can experience an authentic taste of Spain all year round.

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Early bird packages for La Manga holidays

Families still have plenty of time to take advantage of early bird deals for holidays in La Manga in 2009.

The deadline for securing one of the two packages on offer is February 28th 2009, affording the opportunity to book a break as part of an extra-special Christmas gift.

Interested families can sign up for a stay at the Hyatt Regency La Manga hotel or at the nearby Las Lomas Village.

Available for a minimum stay length of five days, the breaks come with a free day for those who book seven.

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Overseas weddings offer 'great value'

Getting married overseas is a great way to reduce wedding costs and bring family and friends together for longer, according to one travel expert.

Travel expert Shona Swain said that overseas weddings were a "better bet" than UK weddings and offered much better value for money.

The average UK wedding currently costs £20,273, with overseas weddings often available for a fraction of the cost.

"With two bad summers in a row; if couples do want to secure great weather for their special day getting married overseas proves a better bet," she explained.

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Overworked Brits should 'take time out'

Overworked Britons should "leave technology at home" when going on holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been suggested.

Carmel McCarthy, PR manager for More Th>n, said that Britons work longer hours than the majority of their European counterparts and should try to take time out and enjoy their holidays without interruptions.

"The advice would be to take your time out and enjoy your holiday, leave the technology at home if you can. If you can't, try and keep it [work] to a minimum so that your family won't be disrupted on holiday and you at least get some sort of a break while you're away," she commented.

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Costa Blanca beaches scoop top award

Two of the Costa Blanca's most popular beaches have been awarded for their quality and cleanliness, it has been revealed.

The beaches, in Teulada and Benissa, have been awarded the Ecoplayas 2008 flag, Euro Weekly reports.

Judges singled out the beaches due to their outstanding facilities and environmentally friendly surroundings.

To date, just four of the country's beaches have received this prestigious award.

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'Get active' at La Manga

Cycling in the miserable British weather may not be an appealing thought, but at La Manga Club in Spain, it's a different story altogether.

Surrounded by miles of spectacular terrain and basking in sunshine for most of the year, La Manga is an ideal destination for those looking to engage in some outdoor pursuits this winter.

One of the best ways to discover the area is by bike. The surrounding area has terrain to suit cyclists of all abilities, from easy flats to challenging off-road routes.

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International standard football facilities at La Manga Club

Whether a pre-season training camp or a winter get-together is required, La Manga Club boasts the standard of facilities needed by professional football sides.

Murcia in south-east Spain enjoys the kind of year-round climate that makes training here a favourite for many clubs. The English Football Association is one of the most high profile groups to have taken advantage of the glorious conditions.

The facilities on offer are the match of the weather.

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Step up a level at La Manga's Pro Academy

Parents of talented youngsters looking to press their children's claims to be the next Rafael Nadal or Serena Williams might like to consider tennis holidays to La Manga Club.

As well as offering a host of tennis facilities for players of varying abilities, La Manga Club is home to the Pro Academy, at which the professionals of the future can work to perfect their game.

Running in July, August, at half term and over Easter, these sessions are designed to push the most able of young competitors and are not recommended for those who do not already play to a minimum standard.

As such, regular tournament competitors in the age groups of 8-10, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-19 are invited to attend.

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Training the tennis pros of the future in La Manga

Keen tennis fans may know that in much of their young life Scottish stars Andy and Jamie Murray learned their craft on tennis holidays in Spain, making the most of the facilities and coaching there.

For those keen on bringing their kids on tennis holidays to Spain, there are more opportunities to develop the talents of the youngsters as the La Manga Tennis Academy is geared up to the needs of all ages.

Children aged six or under can start with a 45-minutes introductory starter course, while those aged seven to nine can get an hour's coaching per day and older children two hours.

Youth tennis coaching is offered for all ages up to the age of 19, so that kids visiting the country that produced Rafael Nadal can explore how far their own talent might take them.

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Plan your teambuilding event with La Manga

When it comes to team building, La Manga may be just the place to come to allow everyone to enjoy the sun, a bit of pampering and gather together that collective spirit for the challenges ahead.

Those who come to La Manga can make the most of the skills and experience of training specialists Alto Rendimiento, who offer a programme of seminars to help build up team spirit and communication at all levels.

A long list of notable companies has used this facility, including Boeing, NASA, Ford Spain, Pizza Hut, the US Navy and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Those seeking to add their name to this long and varied list will also be able to enjoy the huge variety of activities and sights available at La Manga.

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