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FSA protection for Spanish holiday insurance customers

Those investigating Spanish luxury holidays for 2009 may be pleased to learn that they are to gain extra protection from one UK financial regulator.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has stated that it plans to implement new rules from January 1st that will guarantee travellers are treated fairly by their insurers.

Under the new regime, those jetting off on flights to Murcia to enjoy holidays in Spain can do so safe in the knowledge that should anything go awry, they will be able to obtain redress.

Dan Waters, director of retail policy and themes at the FSA, said: "Our rules are designed to put in place a proportionate, risk-based regulatory regime for these sales of travel insurance, securing protection for customers.

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Hear leather on willow in La Manga

La Manga has long been renowned as a great place for professional athletes to train and now the Spanish holiday resort can accommodate cricket teams for the same reasons.

The sound of leather on willow is more commonly heard in English villages than on Spain's south-east coast but such are the facilities at La Manga Club that cricketers will be hard pressed to find more idea surroundings for their sport.

A pair of cricket pitches have been specially laid in order for teams from the around the world to follow in the footsteps of those who come to La Manga to experience the quality of its golf and tennis facilities.

Naturally, one of the major attractions about La Manga and of Spanish holidays in general is the expectation of sunshine all year round, which make it possible for sporting visitors to improve their game without interruption.

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Try a Spanish holiday for your dream wedding

Couples planning to tie the knot might like to consider the potential for a dream ceremony offered by the La Manga Club in the south-east of Spain.

Many thousands of people take Spanish holidays each year and the scenery and climate that draws them in can make for the ideal back drop to a spectacular wedding ceremony.

A full range of reception facilities, including a terraced area where guests can take in the breathtaking panoramic of the surrounding areas, are on offer in La Manga and the food on offer will come from an "exquisite choice of wedding menus".

One aspect that La Manga can offer prospective brides and grooms and their guests that few other resorts around the world can compete with is the golf courses that are among the finest in Europe.

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OFT warning for those heading on Spanish holidays

Officials are advising tourists heading on Spanish holidays to be on the lookout for bogus holiday clubs.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) reports some scams involve the handing out of scratch cards by bogus holiday club touts.

'Winners' among those using the cards end up getting nothing more than a trip to a lengthy sales presentation which encourages them to pay thousands of pounds for a bogus club membership.

Mike Haley from The OFT said: "Every year thousands of holidays to Spain are ruined when holidaymakers fall for the high-pressure selling techniques of bogus holiday clubs.

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Improve your serve with a tennis holiday in La Manga

Tennis lovers can indulge in their passion while on holiday at La Manga's Tennis and Leisure Centre.

Facilities include computer-assisted teaching systems and 28 floodlit courts with 14 clay surfaces, four astro-turf and four green set courts.

Paddle tennis fans also have two courts to choose from while other highlights include a practice wall, squash courts and a bowling green.

After a tough match, why not take advantage of the spa, which has a sauna and jaccuzzi, and there is also a pool for cooling off.

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Golf 'is a draw' for Spanish villa investors

Golf lovers looking for a second home can benefit from a wide choice of luxury villas in southern Spain.

The area features some of the world's best courses alongside top shopping and lively night spots.

Gated properties close to beaches and 18-hole facilities are in abundance, with temperatures above 20 degrees for large parts of the year.

In recent years investors have been snapping up golf villas after falling in love with the area on their Spanish holidays.

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Tips for those considering car hire in Murcia

Holidaymakers thinking of hiring a car in Murcia have been given top rental tips from a motoring expert.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said tourists should inspect for damage before signing and also check the car's tyres and oil and water levels.

Experts from the organisation said people hiring a car while on a Spanish holiday should also ensure a spare tyre is in the boot before driving off.

The IAM said: "Make sure you are comfortable with the brakes and steering: don’t feel pressured to throw the case in the boot and be on the road in 30 seconds.

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Boost family bonds with a Spanish holiday in La Manga

Family relationships could be boosted by a simple holiday abroad, experts have said.

The Family Holiday Association (FHA) claimed breaks make for happier, healthier family units as relatives bond and relax.

A break involving a Spanish holiday could be the ideal method of improving family ties, according to the organisation's advice.

FHA director John McDonald said: "From the family's perspective, the single biggest improvement is simply spending time together and bonding.

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Guide to La Manga Club

La Manga Club Spain is one of Europe's top holiday destinations and the resort itself has a wide range of things to see and do.

Sport is one of the key features of the resort and the tennis academy is something not to be missed for any budding Tim Henmans. The academy is situated right in the centre of the club and includes 28 courts in a choice of clay, Astroturf or hard surfaces. The Academy runs courses throughout the week and there is the option of private tuition and video analysis.

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La Manga benefits cited by GAA team

The benefits of taking a Spanish holiday to La Manga during the off season have been cited by some of the leading teams within the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

La Manga is renowned for its excellent golf and tennis facilities but some Irish sports squads have been making the journey to south-eastern Spain on a regular basis in recent years, reports the Irish Independent.

The trend was started by Amargh Irish football team in 2002, who won the All-Ireland title the following season and since then a number of other GAA-affiliated sports teams have sought to soak up the sun and make the most of La Manga's training facilities.

Explaining some of benefits of a trip to La Manga, the owner and trainer of Amargh's team said: "It was great for a number of reasons: it improved fitness, you did three weeks' work in one; it allowed more rehabilitation for fellows with injuries; and it helped from a morale point of view.

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