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Caution urged with daredevil pursuits abroad

British holidaymakers have been urged to exercise a degree of caution when they set off overseas this summer in order to avoid incurring considerable costs.

According to research by, more one-third of holidaymakers form the UK indulge in some sort of "daredevil" activity while overseas and in one-eighth of these instances the individual involved has no travel insurance cover.

The findings from the price comparison firm could encourage more Britons to take up the relatively low-risk option of enjoying tennis holidays in Spain or golf holidays on the Mediterranean coast.

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Multi-trip insurance advised for frequent Spanish holiday makers

Anyone planning to take a number of Spanish holidays this year has been advised to take out multi-trip insurance to cover themselves in the event of unforeseen difficulties.

Taking out a series of single-trip insurance policies can end up costing considerably more than for people making a series of visits to Spain, American Express has made clear.

The financial services firm has aimed to highlight the fact that while single-trip insurance could help Britons setting off on a Spanish holiday to save money in the short term, it is more prudent to opt for multi-trip travel cover if you are planning more than one holiday in Spain this year.

Chris Rolland, head of insurance services at American Express, said: "With so many cheap flights and last minute holiday deals available to Britons, taking a mini-break is all the more appealing.

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High temperatures 'to continue' for those on Spanish holidays

Anyone planning to enjoy a Spanish luxury holiday over the next few days has been warned to expect high temperatures as the country's heat wave continues.

Spanish holidays tend to bathed in glorious sunshine but the temperatures have been up over 40 degrees Celsius in recent days in various parts of the country.

The latest forecasts suggest that the next four or five days, up until July 25th, will see temperatures remain consistently sweltering and well over 35 degrees.

In light of the excessively high temperatures and baking heat, locals and anyone enjoying their holidays in Spain has been advised to take on plenty of fluids and to take particular care with children and elderly people.

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La Manga - the perfect camp for Gaelic sports teams

Wondering where to take your team for that perfect pre-season break? Or thinking of where to sign off the campaign in style? For either, La Manga Club is the answer.

La Manga is a name synonymous with golf and tennis, with its championship-standard courses and state-of-the-art courts. It is also a well-respected destination for soccer teams.

However, it is also becoming the destination of choice for Gaelic football clubs.

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Smoking restrictions in Murcia

Smokers heading to La Manga might like to take note of a new regulation that has been passed in the region.

It is now illegal for people to smoke in the bar area of any establishment where the drinking area is larger than 100 square metres.

According to Typically Spanish, the law, which was published in the Murcia regional bulletin, has been introduced to bring bar areas in line with office and kitchen areas.

Around 200 bars are expected to be affected.

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Lib Dem leader to holiday in Spain

Do not be surprised to see one of the country's premier politicians on the golf courses of Spain while on holiday there this year.

Nick Clegg is apparently heading on a Spanish holiday in order to visit his in-laws, the BBC reports.

Should the leader of the Liberal Democrat party choose to pack his clubs, a trip to La Manga might be a good choice. The championship-standard courses are as testing to golfers as an election campaign is to an opposition minister.

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Murcia's 'seductive' cuisine

Gourmands flying out on Spanish holidays might like to make La Manga their destination following a glowing recommendation from Florida.

A journalist writing in Fort Myers' News-Press reveals how she had travelled to Murcia to retrace the steps of King Alfonso X and ended up falling in love with the region's food.

She recounted "gorgeous fruits and vegetables, marine delicacies, crusty 'arroces' made with short-grain rice from Calasparra and wines so full of regional character I had to reconsider my exclusive passion for those of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero."

The article also describes how the area's position - facing the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor lagoon - has influenced its cuisine, with bluefin tuna, langoustines, sea bream, grey mullet and cod roe often on the menu.

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Golf holidays for comedian?

One of the UK's leading comedians could become a regular on the fairways of La Manga's golf courses in future, following his recent admission.

Dom Joly - star of Trigger Happy TV - admitted in the Independent that he has fallen in love with golf.

The funnyman used his column in the newspaper to describe how he has thrown himself into the worlds of golf and fishing - two facts which, he jokes, show that he is getting older.

"Middle age is inexorably creeping up behind me," said Joly.

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Business owners 'take their jobs on holiday'

Blackberry devices and laptops are just as likely to be packed as suntan lotion by British entrepreneurs, a new survey has found.

Alliance & Leicester polled business owners heading out to holidays in Spain and elsewhere and found that 72 per cent stay 'in the loop' while abroad.

The golf courses of La Manga might be a good way to relax for the 72 per cent of West Midland professionals who find themselves worrying about their companies when on holiday.

"It is understandable that business owners feel the need to be around 100 per cent of the time to keep their business on track," commented Alliance & Leicester's Steve Jennings.

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Spanish holiday tips for youngsters

Many youngsters will this year be embarking on their first Spanish holidays without their parents, but just because the shackles are off does not mean they should not take care.

That is the advice of insurer, which found that 100,000 young people will be heading abroad without insurance.

Among the dangers facing British teenagers on holidays are getting lost, taking part in dangerous sports while not being insured and not using sun protection.

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