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British kids 'more likely to holiday in Spain than UK'

British children are more likely to have been on holiday in Spain than anywhere along the coast of the UK, it has been claimed.

According to figures compiled by Travelodge, children aged between five and 12 are more familiar with coastal areas of Spain and France than their own country.

Close to 2,000 youngsters from the UK were quizzed as part of the research and 57 per cent said they had been on a holiday in Spain, which was more than for any other part of the world.

Travelodge is keen to recommend the various holiday destinations in the UK but the study shows just how popular Spain is for British families when it comes to taking a break.

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Holidaymakers are 'keen to get active'

British holidaymakers are keen to get active while they are taking a break, one expert has asserted.

Ian Bradley, a spokesperson for the Association of Independent Travel Operators (AITO), insists that people on holiday in Spain or any other sunny location want to do more than simply relax on the beach.

Beach holidays will always remain popular but people are increasingly keen to be active and to involve themselves in a variety of activities while on holiday, Mr Bradley maintains.

"People work very hard at the moment and when they are away on holidays they want to feel that they are being active as well," he said.

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Great deals available on Spanish villas

There are a number of great deals available on Spanish villas for prospective British holidaymakers who are yet to book their trips, it has been suggested.

A report from the Telegraph maintains that despite the fact that the summer season is well under way, holiday providers are still looking to attract visitors with good deals on Spanish villas.

For holiday firms and rental property providers in Europe, the relative strength of the euro has seen some of the usual demand from the UK dip a little and so make such trips more affordable many are cutting their prices.

"The downturn in the Spanish property market has also had an impact, which means that great deals are available on villas," writes Deborah Reddihough.

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Nadal wins another title

Spanish tennis hero Rafael Nadal has won another tournament and another trophy to add to his sizable collection.

The Majorcan came out on top in the Rogers Cup in Toronto this week to pick up his fifth straight tournament trophy, with this year's Wimbledon and French Open titles already bagged in recent weeks.

Unbeaten on any surface for several months, Nadal is close to becoming the official world number one player for the first time in his short but illustrious career.

Tennis in Spain has been in good shape since Nadal rose to prominence but this summer has also been one to remember for the football team, which won the European Championships and cyclist Carlos Sastre, who won the Tour de France last week.

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Summer holidays 'will not be sacrificed'

Summer holidays to sun-drenched destinations will not be sacrificed by British consumers in the name of financial management, it has been claimed.

According to Bob Atkinson, travel expert for Travelsupermarket.com, people from the UK are unwilling to forego their summer get away to places like Spain and the La Manga Club even if their finances are being stretched.

However, short breaks to cities across Europe as have become popular in recent years could be taken less often by Britons who are struggling for money, Mr Atkinson maintains.

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Check your insurance policy, holiday drivers urged

People planning to drive a hire car while on holiday in Spain have been urged to check their insurance policy.

When it comes to making sure that your insurance policy is the right one for you, taking up the cheapest option is not always the best course of action, according to Tescocompare.com.

The price comparison firm maintains that some insurers offer holiday driving cover that only lasts for a few days and is only third party, which could prove costly in the long term for people enjoying their family holidays in Spain.

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Spain sees summer of sporting glory continue

Spain has seen its summer of sporting glory continue with the news that Carlos Sastre came in ahead of the pack at this year's Tour de France.

The event is widely recognised as the most prestigious cycling event in the world and Sastre recently became the seventh Spaniard to win it.

His success follows hot on the heels of those of the Spanish national football team at the European Championships and tennis superstar Rafael Nadal in the final of men's singles at Wimbledon.

The sporting successes of Spain this year may come as little surprise to those who have sampled the high-quality facilities available at the La Manga Club on the Mediterranean coast.

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Warning issued for holiday drivers

Anyone planning to drive while enjoying a holiday in Spain should take safety precautions before they set off, it has been suggested.

According to the NFU Mutual, unfamiliar roads could make driving difficult for British holidaymakers and it is important to make sure that all aspects of the relevant vehicle are in full working order.

Furthermore, it is important to make sure that all the paperwork relating to car and travel insurance is in order, otherwise a holiday in Spain could be more costly than it needs to be, the company maintains.

"Driving on unfamiliar foreign roads can be a tricky business but it is important that you also check whether you are covered in the event of an accident or theft," said Laura Wood from NFU Mutual.

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Brits unwilling to ditch their holidays in Spain

British consumers are unwilling to shelve their plans for holidays in Spain despite the financial difficulties many are being faced with, it has been claimed.

Spanish holidays are very popular with families form the UK and around a third of people around the country say they are not prepared to change their holiday habits.

The credit crunch that began last summer has taken its toll on British purse strings, but a poll by ICM on behalf of the BBC found that millions of people remain determined to have a holiday break.

Young people from across Britain holiday in Spain each year and according to the recent study those aged between 18 and 24 are least likely to let financial constraints stop them from getting away over the summer.

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Spain gearing up for F1 Grand Prix

Spain is gearing up to host the European Formula 1 Grand Prix next month.

The event is to be staged on the streets of Valencia on the weekend of August 23rd and 24th and it is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators to the city.

Formula 1 is popular with sports fans from around the world and the race in Valencia will be the fastest of the year in an urban environment, with drivers reaching speeds of more than 300 km per hour.

The Spanish tourism office has said this year's European Grand Prix will have a "unique setting with the sea and the famous Arts and Sciences Centre as backdrop".

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