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Spanish dream for golf team

Golf holidays in Spain are a great way to unwind, but some prefer a more competitive edge to their escapades.

One such group is the golf team from Birstall, who are just one game away from sealing their place in the Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic in Spain.

The club has not managed to reach the final since 2004, when it finished in third place, and so is itching for the opportunity to return to Spanish fairways.

Having recently defeated Woodhall Hills in a home tie, Birstall's players now have that dream within touching distance.

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Car hire in La Manga - how to drive economically

One of the best ways to see southern Spain is by renting a car in Murcia. One insurance company has offered tips on how best to get the most out of your travel from a financial point of view.

To make fuel go further, motorists ought to drive in a more efficient way. This can include more easeful use of the accelerator and break pedal and changing gears at around half the rev limit.

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Cameras are 'essential' for holidays to Spain

Cameras are a 'must-have' for Britons enjoying a holiday in Spain, a new survey has revealed.

Research carried out by Holiday Extras has found that cameras are the item that holidaymakers "dread forgetting" the most.

Of those polled, almost 40 per cent said it would be a "disaster" if they left their camera at home and could not capture any holiday memories.

Other items deemed as holiday essentials include mobile phones and swimming suits, with 17 per cent of people claiming it would have a negative impact on their holiday if they forgot their favourite bikini.

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Holidaymakers 'want clean and quiet hotels'

A new study has revealed what holidaymakers find the most and least appealing about hotels.

Research carried out by online travel community TripAdvisor revealed that 30 per of people believe that location is the most important factor when it comes to hotels, while 24 per cent of people claimed that good customer service was important to them.

Overall, it seems that the 'ideal' hotel is one similar to La Manga Club, where guests can expect high levels of customer service and cleanliness.

Commenting on the findings, Michele Perry, vice president of global communications at TripAdvisor, said: "Your hotel experience can make or break your vacation and we've found that travelers don't ask for much.

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Top holiday car hire tips

Britons enjoying a holiday in Spain this year can save money on their car hire by following a series of "top tips".

According to car hire broker Holiday Autos, people taking holidays in Spain can significantly reduce the cost of their car hire by booking in advance and shopping around for the best deal.

Waiting until the last minute to arrange a booking could lead to a 40 per cent increase in the cost of vehicle rental, the company has claimed.

Ways in which holidaymakers can drive down the cost of vehicle rental include reading agreement thoroughly beforehand to ensure there are no nasty surprises and confirming a final price with the hire company before taking possession of the vehicle.

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'Soak up Spanish culture' in Ronda

Holidaymakers enjoying a break at La Manga Club this month can expand their cultural knowledge by attending the Pedro Romero Fair in Ronda.

Taking place from September 5th to September 7th, the event is held every year to celebrate the life of Pedro Romero, the founding father of modern bullfighting.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see matadors dressed in traditional 18th-century costumes and view an exhibition of decorated carriages, with a prize awarded to the best one.

The Pedro Romero Fair culminates in the Goyesca bullfight – which, according to What's on When, is "one of the highlights of the Spanish social calendar".

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Brits 'enjoy active holidays in Spain'

British holidaymakers are more likely to take part in sporting activities then laze around on the beach, according to new research.

A study by Cater Allen Private Bank has revealed that 54 per cent of people enjoy participating in activities when abroad, with trekking topping the list of most popular holidayactivities.

Other activities popular with Britons taking holidays to Spain include scuba diving, wind surfing and sailing.

Commenting on the findings, Richard Dunn, managing director of the bank, said that the study suggested consumers were becoming more "adventurous" in their holiday choices.

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Celebrate Dia del Turista in Spain

Holidaymakers enjoying a break at La Manga Club will have the opportunity to celebrate the Dia del Turista this week.

Taking place on September 4th in the nearby town of Torremolinos, the Dia del Turista – also known as Tourist Day – is an annual event held in honour of those holidaying in the area.

Locals gather to say a "thank you" to visitors for the way in which their town has been transformed by tourism.

Those attending the Dia del Turista will be entertained by street parades, musical performances and evening shows, with events taking place in the town centre and on the beaches of La Carihuela, Playamar and Bajondillo.

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Book Spanish holidays in advance and 'save money'

Britons hoping to enjoy a holiday in Spain next year can save money by booking their trip in advance, it has been suggested.

Research carried out by consumer group Which? revealed that families could save more than £1,000 by booking their 2009 holiday early.

The magazine tracked the cost of several Spanish package holidays and found that consumers were likely to get a better deal by booking their flights and accommodation around 12 months in advance.

Which? warned that with prices likely to rise over the coming year, holidaymakers waiting for last-minute deals could be "disappointed".

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Costa del Sol 'perfect' for relaxing getaway

Spain's Costa del Sol is the ideal destination for a "relaxing getaway" and boasts an array of fine eateries, shops and tourist attractions.

A recent report in the Daily Mirror by broadcaster Korin Nolan depicted the south of Spain as an ideal family holiday destination and the perfect place for those looking to sample "amazingly fresh" and "beautiful" seafood.

As well as boasting an array of fine restaurants, Nolan noted that the Costa del Sol is also a shopper's paradise, with dozens of jewellery shops and souvenir stalls standing alongside high-street favourites such as Mango and Zara.

Those taking holidays in Spain can also enjoy a day-trip to Morocco, which Nolan described as one of the highlights of her holiday.

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