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Brits look for sandy solitude this summer

British holidaymakers are reportedly looking for a golden beach and isolation on their summer breaks this year.

According to Abbey, the ideal holiday for British citizens in 2008 would be somewhere in Europe that has sandy beaches and no other Britons.

Research from the company reveals that the average amount spent on holidays by Britons is £1,650, with Brits having saved up cash for months in order to treat themselves to their ideal holiday.

Abbey claims that 62 per cent of Brits have saved up for holidays to Spain and other destinations, while 23 per cent pan to use their monthly wage to pay for their trip.

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Holidaymakers 'should check charges before travel'

Those taking holidays in Spain this summer should check with their bank to find out about charges for withdrawing money overseas before travelling, it has been advised.

According to MoneyExpert, such costs differ between providers and can cost an average £4.12 for debit cards and £4.33 for credit cards.

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Advice for Brits renting hire cars in Spain

Britons taking flights to Spain for a holiday by the sea have been issued with a few pointers in case they wish to drive a hire car abroad.

According to Sheilas' Wheels, 4.3 million motorists plan to drive abroad this year, however 67 per cent worry about being involved in an accident.

A further 49 per cent have concerns about driving on the opposite side of the road while 46 per cent fear they will be unable to ask for directions in a foreign language.

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Tennis "Weekend Warriors" at La Manga Club

Fitting in nicely with the start of the UK's premier tennis tournament Wimbledon, La Manga Club is offering weekend tennis courses to those on Spanish holidays.

Aimed at those who wish to improve their tennis skills or simply those who like a challenge, the weekends are suitable for all level of ability.

The courses take place from Friday until Sunday at the tennis centre and promise a "friendly, sociable atmosphere".

Holidaymakers wishing to hone their skills will be taught by experienced coaches and the Tennis Warrior Weekends are available between September and March.

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Tennis at La Manga Club for Wimbledon fans

As Wimbledon 2008 gets into its swing on the first day of the championships, eager tennis fans may wish to consider taking themselves on a Spanish holiday to La Manga this summer to hone their own skills.

No matter what your standard, if you are a novice or an experienced player, as long as you are a tennis enthusiast, La Manga Club can offer you an exciting and fun tennis break.

The resort's tennis centre is internationally renowned as one of the top outdoor facilities in Europe, complete with temperate climate and floodlit courts.

In addition to having hosted professional players at events like the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup, the resort's 28 tennis courts - which include a mixture of clay, hard and AstroTurf are available to amateurs and holidaymakers the year round.

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PR mogul plays golf in Spain

Public relations guru Max Clifford has taken part in a charity golf tournament in Spain, it has been reported.

According to World Golf News, Clifford, whose clients include ex-Atomic Kitten singer and one-time I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here winner Kerry Katona, took part in the Obelisk-sponsored Max Clifford Celebrity Golf Challenge under the patronage of the Duchess of Kent.

The Spanish golf celebrity tournament aimed to raise money to provide accommodation for the families of children receiving long-term treatment at the Children's Unit in Southampton General Hospital and the Neonatal Unit at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton.

The three-day Spanish golfing break took place on the Costa del Sol between June 5th and 7th 2008.

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The Coles enjoy romantic Spanish holiday

Celebrity couple Ashley and Cheryl Cole have been pictured enjoying a romantic Spanish holiday, it has been reported.

According to the Mirror, Girls Aloud singer Cheryl was spotted wearing a straw hat as she enjoyed a holiday on the south coast of Spain with her footballer husband Ashley.

The Spanish break will be a welcome opportunity for the Geordie singer to relax before she takes up her new role as an X Factor judge later this year.

Cheryl will replace Sharon Osbourne as the second female judge on the reality television show, alongside Australian singer Dannii Minogue and pop moguls Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh.

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Brits abroad 'don't understand currency conversions'

Many Brits who travel overseas, including those who take holidays in Spain, are at a loss when it comes to converting their pounds sterling into euros, it has been claimed.

According to Abbey, 38 per cent of travelling Brits would prefer to pay for their holiday treats in pounds.

However, the bank notes that holidaymakers will not be saved from paying foreign exchange fee if they pay in pounds while abroad.

Research by the company's credit card division reveals that 92 per cent of Brits are unaware of dynamic currency conversion with 40 per cent of people thinking they can avoid foreign exchange fees by paying in pounds.

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Flights to Alicante for 'best beaches in Spain'

If you are looking for the cleanest beaches in Spain this summer, flights to Alicante might be the best option.

According to 10 Minutos newspaper, Alicante has the best blue flag beaches in Spain, Typically Spanish reports.

Britons taking flights to Alicante for family holidays in Spain can sunbathe on of 527 blue flag beaches, so designated for their excellent water quality and beach amenities.

In Alicante, blue flags were given to the beaches of Denia Les Bovetes, Denia Marineta Casiana, Sant Joan and Saladar.

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Holiday Villas in Spain

Why bother with a holiday villa? Indeed why bother with holiday villas in Spain? As the world of international travel becomes increasingly more accessible, holidays and planning are becoming complex and frustrating.

Those who opt to enjoy their hard earned breaks staying in holiday villas in Spain can enjoy the luxury of controlling their own sojourn and doing as much or as little as they want at their own pace and to their own schedule.

New research from American Express revealed that 65 per cent of Britons manage to fall out with their holiday companions before their planes have begun the taxi down the runway, before, even, the holidaymakers have reached the check-in desk at the airline terminal.

One of the top five holiday planning rows was revealed to be the quality and type of accommodation booked - a bug bear for 17 per cent of Brits.

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