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Tips for top Spanish holidays this summer

Britons taking flights to Spain for their family holidays this summer have been offered a series of travel tips by Virgin Atlantic.

Passengers are advised to make the best use of the internet by booking tickets and checking in online. Holiday Lettings managing director Ross Elder recently noted that the internet has transformed the process of holiday booking.

Leggy travellers travelling with the airline can ask for extra leg room seats by purchasing exit row seats on selected flights on the day of travel.

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Happy Ashley treats Cheryl to Spanish holiday villa

England footballer Ashley Cole has gifted his wife Cheryl with an expensive Spanish holidayvilla, it has been reported.

According to tabloid press, the mansion is the same one in which the couple enjoyed a romantic Spanish holiday last month.

Ashley is said to have passed the deeds to Cheryl during her recent birthday dinner in Manchester.

Furthermore, Cheryl tucked into a custom-made cake sprinkled with edible diamonds following the meal for her 25th birthday.

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Spanish holidays "increasingly popular" for horse riders

Britons who enjoy engaging in pursuits such as horse riding in the summer holidays could wish to opt for a holiday in Spain this summer.

Spanish holidays are becoming "increasingly popular" with horse riders, Horse and Hound magazine notes.

Moreover, the equine-focussed publication lists Spanish holidays as number two on its "top riding holiday destination" list.

Among the pros of a horse riding holiday in Spain is the fact the country can be reached quickly thanks to sea travel and flights to Spain.

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International tourism growth reported

Despite concerns over the economy, it does not appear that Britons are cutting back on their Spanish holidays or indeed any of their international breaks, after new figures revealed a growth in international tourism in 2008.

Travel Daily News reports that figures from the UNTWO World Tourism Barometer reveal that during the first quarter of 2008, international tourism grew by roughly five per cent.

Additionally, it was revealed that all subregions, including the subregion for Spanish holidays, Europe, reported positive growth for the first four months of this year.

Spain has long been recognised as a popular holiday destination for Brits.

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Spanish holiday island attraction 'to boost tourism'

Those looking for a spot of culture on their Spanish holidays will soon be able to find it on breaks to Majorca.

The Majorca Daily Bulletin reports that work is in progress for the Raixa country estate, an impressive and historic Majorcan property located at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana, to be opened to the public.

It is hoped that a deal signed by the Spanish Biodiversity Foundation, the Council of Majorca and the University of the Balearic Islands will have the site ready for visitors by September.

Dating back to the time of the Moors, the finca was overhauled from farm buildings in to the marvel of design that it is today in the eighteenth century by Cardinal Antoni Despuig i Dameto.

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Self catering Spanish holidays 'could appeal to Brits'

Self catering accommodation, such as the villas available for rent at La Manga Club, are likely to increase in popularity as Brits look for ways to save money on their holidays to Spain and Europe, it has been reported.

According to Holidays Lettings, Britons are looking to new styles of holidaying in response to the current economic downturn.

Ross Elder, managing director of the company, noted that what Britons are unlikely to do is to miss out on their holiday altogether.

"I think what we'll see instead is an accelerated increase in people going into self-catering, because it is the cheaper alternative to hotels," Mr Elder added.

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Brits to benefit from added security on Spanish holidays

Spain's ministry for the interior has announced its intention to beef up security in tourist populated areas this summer.

According to Costa Blanca News, the summer 2008 security operation began on July 1st and will effect all major tourist zones in the country.

The added security will see an additional 6,300 officers from a number of different forces will be deployed throughout the summer season until September 30th.

"The aim of the operation is to boost police numbers in areas that are considered to be of high value to terror groups seeking to disrupt the economy by driving away tourists," the publication revealed.

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"Sahara weather" reported in Spain

Following heatwave conditions in southern parts of Spain last week, the temperature is still toasty to the delight of those enjoying Spanish holidays despite recent thunder storms.

Typically Spanish reports that the "Sahara weather" is likely to reach above 40 degrees Celsius in the coming days.

And the hot weather will be noticeable in particular to those taking flights to Alicante and Murcia from the UK where temperatures are set to be highest.

Last week, orange alerts were issued for areas in Andalucía, the publication reports, while Grenada was on yellow alert due to the hot weather.

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Apprentice winner stays in bed after Spanish holiday

It seems that television's The Apprentice winner Lee McQueen should have taken the health advice offered by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain while enjoying a recent holiday in Spain.

The 30-year-old winner beat thousands of applicants to secure a position working with Sir Alan Sugar at Amstrad's factory in Brentwood, Essex, but failed to make an appearance there today on what should have been his first day on the job.

McQueen's role is to develop digital advertising screens at the factory.

"Lee is at home with a virus.

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Search for Spanish holidays has been 'revolutionised' by internet

The growth of the internet has helped to transform holiday searches, one commentator has claimed.

The internet has also helped to make it easier for travellers to find the perfect holiday, according to Holiday Lettings, spurring an increase in holiday bookings.

According to tourism figures from the Office for National Statistics for the 12 months leading to April 2008, the number of visits abroad by UK residents was recorded at 70.3 million.

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