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How to keep the cost of a Spanish holiday down

Britons looking to avoid paying too much while still enjoying a Spanish holiday this summer may want to give some thought to a selection of tips offered by one UK publication.

According to the Telegraph there are several ways in which to alleviate the cost of a family holiday.

Travelling off-peak in the autumn months instead of the traditional July and August months is one way of avoiding steep air fares.

Meanwhile, taking a holiday that lasts for one week instead of a fortnight will also save money on the cost of accommodation.

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Chelsea midfielder enjoys Spanish holiday in the sunshine

Perhaps the pain of watching other teams compete in Euro 2008 when England failed to qualify was too much for Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard.

The midfielder has been spotted enjoying a Spanish holiday on the island of Ibiza with his fiancee Elen Rives and baby daughters - two-year-old Luna and Isla, aged 13 months.

The scene of the foursome enjoying the pleasures of sandcastle building on a crowded beach serve to support the notion that holidays in Spain are as popular as ever, after a study by the institution of international tourism in Spain, Frontur, revealed that 15 million tourists have visited Spain so far this year.

And photographs of the group enjoying a family holiday in Spain printed in the Daily Mail prove that footballers do not always spend millions of pounds on exclusive holidays on private islands, when the simple attractions of the Spanish holiday islands will do the trick.

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Keep fit on a La Manga Club holiday

The Telegraph recently reported that sporty holidays are a good choice for families looking to keep teenagers entertained on holiday.

In addition to tennis, football and golf facilities, families on a holiday at La Manga can engage in other forms of exercise.

For those who prefer jogging and walking to competitive or team sports, La Manga Club offers a multitude of quaint and quiet trails.

Lying aside natural park area, runners can jog through unblemished countryside without having to travel far from their accommodation.

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Airport invests in new facilities

Britons travelling on flights to Spain via Southampton Airport can look forward to a speedier check-in thanks to recent investments.

Just the Flight reports that new check-in desks and self-service kiosks have been installed as part of a £3 million refit.

Holidaymakers will even be able to check-in before they enter the building via two check-in kiosks situated in the short-stay car park.

"The installation of 13 new check-in facilities will benefit the time-conscious passenger by providing additional choice for check-in," director of planning and development at Southampton Airport Dave Lees observed.

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Spanish holidays: Popular since the 80s

Spanish holidays have enjoyed favour with travellers the world over for decades and in particular since the 1980s, when Spain was the most popular country in Europe, it has been reported.

According to the institution of international tourism in Spain known as FRONTUR, a growth of 3.3 per cent in tourism was recorded on 2007 so far this year.

Research by FRONTUR also shows that Barcelona is the most popular destination among those taking holidays in Spain.

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Tennis training in La Manga

As the annual build up to Wimbledon begins in the UK and excitement mounts in regards to British hopefuls, only one thing can be guaranteed - the likelihood of rain delays.

While Wimbledon may be one of the greatest tennis tournaments in the world, matches are often held up and disrupted due to rain delays.

As tennis fever sweeps the nation again, an ideal break this summer for adults and children looking to hone their backhand skills is La Manga Club in Spain.

La Manga benefits from in excess of 2,800 hours of sunshine annually, this works out at more than 300 days.

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La Manga Club is 'top teen activity destination'

La Manga Club has been named in a list of the top ten summer breaks for Britons looking to keep their teenagers entertained while abroad.

According to the Telegraph, teenagers taking family holidays to Spain and elsewhere need "options" and activities.

As such, La Manga Club is named as a resort village in which families can take sporting holidays.

The publication reports that La Manga offers golf and tennis activities and also boasts its own restaurants and bars.

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No fear on flights to Spain

Individuals who would love to take a holiday in Spain but are too nervous of air travel to take the necessary flight to Murcia or Alicante may soon be able to conquer their fear of flying from the comfort of their own sofa.

Virgin Atlantic Airways has brought out its own book following the success of its Flying Without Fear courses.

The book - called –101 of your questions answered - includes information from a cabin crew safety trainer as well as tips from experts in the field of aviation.

Psychological tools are also included in the hope of helping to combat people's fear of flight.

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Climate change 'not putting Brits off Spanish holidays'

British consumers are failing to be put off travelling abroad on their holidays over a concern for the environment, it has been reported.

According to research from YouGov and Celtic Castle, only one per cent of Brits claimed to have consideration for the impact their actions will have on the environment when booking a holiday.

The survey also showed that money is the main decisive factor for 43 per cent of holiday pickers.

Roger Masterson founder of Celtic Castles stated: "There is no doubt that most consider quality, affordability and culture to be important when booking their break.

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Fewer jellies to worry about on Spanish holidays this summer

Families planning on taking flights to Murcia for Spanish holidays this summer should be thankful for recent spring showers on the Spanish coastline.

Typically Spanish reports that the recent rainfall will help to keep banks of jellyfish further from shore this summer, according to the Sciences of the Sea Institute.

Dacha Atienza from the Sciences of the Sea Institute reportedly told the El Mundo newspaper that rain works to reduce the saline content and "density" of the water nearest to the beach.

This then becomes a type of "physical barrier" which keeps the jellyfish away from swimmers enjoying their Spanish holiday.

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