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Golf courses 'attracting Spanish holiday home investors'

The popularity of golfholidays in Spain is causing many investors to purchase holiday homes near golf courses, it has been claimed.

Southern Spain has long been a favourite Spanish holiday destination, but the added attraction of world-class golf resorts, such as La Manga Club, is persuading an increasing number of enthusiasts to make their trip more permanent, according to Forbes.

Realtor Kristina Szekely is quoted by the publication as saying: "People love southern Spain because we have got everything here.

"We have got all the big shops, fabulous weather and some of the world's best golf courses.

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More Brits heading abroad

The number of Brits going on vacation this year has increased by two per cent in the first three months of the year, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

Up to 18 million people are expected to go on holiday in the next three months. However, visits to Europe fell by one per cent in the first quarter.

Overseas tourism increased by six per cent in the UK in the first quarter of the year, however, visits to the UK from the US fell by six per cent during the same period.

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Brits planning to spend on Spanish holidays

One in three people in the UK are planning a holiday abroad despite the stretched economic climate at the moment, according to research by American Express Traveller's Cheques.

The company interviewed 2,000 Brits about their holiday plans and finances and found that 38 per cent would not forgo their summer getaway despite their finances being tight.

Holidaymakers are expected to spend on average £773 while abroad, not including flights and accommodation, with many people planning a Spanish holiday or otherwise.

Across the UK, the study found that 13 per cent of people are putting off a major purchase, such as a TV, sofa or new garden furniture, to go on holiday this year.

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Train with a tennis pro in La Manga

Tennis fans taking a Spanish holiday this summer will have an opportunity to train with the professionals at La Manga Club.

The popular Spanish holiday resort offers personalised tuition from a team of top tennis professionals using the latest hi-tech equipment to improve the game of all travellers, whether complete beginners or seasoned players.

La Manga's 28 training courts also double up as the official winter training grounds for the Lawn Tennis Association, which has previously stated: "La Manga Club is the premier sports and leisure resort in Europe."

Director of tennis and leisure Lorenzo Martinez has assembled a dream team of over 20 coaching staff, which includes international coach and UK national-level player Fraser Wright and former ATP world singles-ranked Dani Dios.

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Tourism boss cites golf role in Spanish holiday boost

The lure of great golf may prove the secret behind the success of a new Spanish holiday flight route from the UK, it has been claimed.

Flybe will launch its new route from Norwich International Airport to Spanish holiday destinations in July and tourism bosses believe classic country golf could lure Spaniards to the UK, according to the Norwich Evening News.

Commercial manager of LTE Maria Luisa Moreno told the newspaper: "They will want to come and play golf here - the flight is only two hours.

Flybe has experienced a decline in passengers since dropping its winter flights to Spanish holiday destinations and hopes introducing summer flights to Barcelona, Palma and Alicante will boost its sales figures.

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Brits 'looking to drive on Spanish holidays'

Car rental in La Manga may become an increasingly popular option for Brits looking for the freedom of the road on their Spanish holiday.

New research by the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has found that driving holidays are proving a popular option among UK families, with one in ten now adopting the mode of travel for their European break.

Head of American Express Insurance Services Chris Rolland states: "The trend appears to be taking a return to family drive holidays."

Additional findings of the research included 32 per cent of Brits stating they would consider a caravan holiday and 27 per cent agreeing they would be happy campers if it meant they could take their car.

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Actor reveals "therapeutic" nature of golf

Scottish actor Dougray Scott has hailed golf as the perfect way to unwind.

The Desperate Housewives star has fond memories of playing rounds with his father after work, revealing the sport instilled a "really good philosophy for life".

He tells Sky Sports: "I kind of see golf as a very therapeutic exercise for me where I can really forget about everything else and really focus on the here and now."

The busy actor and father-of-two may do well to re-visit his childhood with a break at La Manga Golf resort, which offers tailored family holidays.

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Keep an eye out for Murray on Spanish holiday

British tennis ace Andy Murray needs to train harder if he is to reach the top, according to one expert.

Murray was outclassed in straight sets at the Hamburg Masters last week by Rafael Nadal, who went on to win the championship.

Now the Times sports columnist Simon Barnes has expressed concern this trend will continue unless the 21-year-old Scot dedicates more time to practice.

He says: "Training on is the process of turning promise into achievement, turning precocity into maturity.

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Cante de las Minas Flamenco Festival

The Cante de las Minas Flamenco Festival attracts thousands of people on Spanish holidays each year to the mining town of La Union.

Combining the best of Spanish music, singing and dance, the festival brings the small mining town to life, with celebrations taking place into the early hours of the morning.

Those considering car rental in Murcia might find that having a vehicle makes getting to this party a lot easier.

Taking place in August each year, the festival is predominantly held in the historic market building with its quirky modernist architecture.

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The finest golf holidays in Spain at La Manga

Spanish holiday specialist La Manga Golf Resort is the holder of the prestigious World Travel Award for best European resort.

The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 and are decided by the vote of over 25,000 travel agencies in 182 countries worldwide, making La Manga's win a huge coup for the Spanish holiday favourite.

La Manga Golf Resort is situated in the popular Spanish holiday destination of the eastern Costa del Sol, between the Costa Blanca and Costa Almeria, and offers visitors wishing to unwind with a little golf 1,400 acres of facilities.

This latest award represents the second time the location - which includes the La Manga Golf Academy - has been named Europe's top golf resort in the past five years.

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