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Pitch and putt Spanish golf holidays in La Manga

Holidaymakers looking for a golf break can find a great opportunity for a spot of pitch and putt at La Manga Club in Spain.

The destination offers an 18-hole par 47 golf course for pitch and putt enthusiasts. The course has water hazards as well as numerous bunkers to challenge golfers who use the course on their family holiday in La Manga.

Additionally, the club has a golf academy with qualified professionals on hand to give tuition to those hoping to improve their golfing skills while enjoying the resort's facilities on their luxury golf holiday.

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Online trend for Spanish holiday bookings

New research has found that nearly one in three Spanish holidays is now booked via the internet.

Of all Spanish holidays booked last year, 31 per cent were reserved online - a figure Google Spain's Javier Gonzalez-Soria predicts will increase to eclipse travel agents as the most popular form of booking by 2010, according to eventplannerspain.com.

Mr Gonzalez-Soria is reported by the website to have commented that UK holiday bookings are expected to follow the trend set by US figures, where online sales outnumber agency sales, with a majority of 40 per cent.

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Holidays on the Costa Calida

La Manga club is situated within the region of Costa Calida in the south-east corner of Spain. It stretches 250 km from the beach of Carolina in Aguilas to the beach of El Mojon by Alicante.

The region was fairly neglected by holiday makers for many years, but with an average of 315 days sunshine per year and helped in no small part by the fame of La Manga club, it has become a popular spot for people from all over Europe.

One of the most famous parts of the region is the Mar Menor, a 135 square kilometre salt water lagoon.

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Explore La Manga by hiring a quad bike

Adventure-seekers looking for a racier alternative to car hire in La Manga on their Spanish holiday may want to consider taking to the roads on a quad bike instead.

Quad bikes are legal on the roads in Spain - providing the appropriate safety equipment is worn - and are a great way to take in the scenery. Those looking for a little more excitement however, should take to the many trails available for a muddy good time.

The bikes are available at several locations in La Manga and can be enjoyed by families with older children, with those over the age of 14 allowed to ride as long as they have parental consent.

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Explore La Manga's beauties on foot

Holidays in La Manga can be as relaxing or as active as one likes - but one way to combine the two is to enjoy some of the magical walks that are on offer.

With golf, tennis, diving and car rental in La Manga all available, some holidaymakers may not have considered adding walking to their Spanish holiday itinerary. However, some of the local beauty demands the closer and more leisured inspection that only walking can afford.

For example, the Calblanque Nature Reserve and the neighbouring salt lake of Mar Menor provide the perfect backdrop for long summer strolls.

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How to make the most of car rental in Murcia

So, you have decided that car rental in Murcia is the best way for you to explore this beautiful region. How do you now make sure you spend as little of your time in your vehicle as possible?

The good news is that Murcia is a place relatively untroubled by traffic problems. According to euroresidentes.com's Road Travel in Spain guide, only the rush hour and the areas around Ikea and the football ground (particularly on match days) are likely causes of congestion.

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Where to go after the golf in La Manga

After a hard day's putting, tourists on golf group holidays will no doubt be in need of a good night out, with La Manga offering Spanish holiday solutions to suit all tastes.

Nightlife in the favoured Spanish holiday town is plentiful and varied, attracting visitors from all over the country, from couples' getaways to family breaks and golf group holidays.

Those seeking the famous Spanish holiday club scene should head to party area Cabo de Palos, where clubs sit next to the golden sands and blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Tourists on gold breaks who have been working the green all day, however, may find themselves hungry for a more relaxed night out, with a wide variety of authentic and international restaurants in La Manga ready to cater to the fussiest palate.

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Want to warm down after the tennis? Hire a bicycle

Spanish holiday takers seeking an alternative to car hire in La Manga may wish to complement their healthy tennis package holiday with a bicycle hire.

Cycling is an excellent way to warm down following a session on one of the area's numerous tennis coaching courses while also affording the rider a totally different view of their Spanish holiday.

Bicycle rentals are cheap and available in most areas, with different models available for the seasoned Spanish holiday trail rider or the beginner wishing for a new transport perspective.

Calablanque National Park can offer tourists a wide range of routes of varying difficulties to choose from, while La Manga itself is an excellent town in which to cycle around, with plenty of cycle lanes and a variety of shops and restaurants.

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Tips for those looking for car hire in La Manga

Car rental in La Manga is a great way for many tourists to make the most of their Spanish holiday.

However, those looking to take the independent step of car hire in La Manga should be aware of the rules of the roads to get the best out of their luxury holidays in Spain.

Spanish holiday drivers need to be 18 or over to secure car rental in La Manga, for which a valid photographic driver's license will also be required - with those looking for car hire in Spain also advised that they will legally require third-party coverage.

Drivers should also be aware that seat belts are compulsory, as are keeping lights on in tunnels and beeping a horn in the daytime, or flashing your lights at night, in addition to signalling an intention to overtake.

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Advice for over-55s on Spanish holidays

Older customers planning their Spanish holiday adventure this summer may want to take heed of new advice regarding insurance.

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) is warning over-55s not to go on holiday without sufficient insurance to cover the activities they will be undertaking while on their Spanish holiday, following revealing research.

Spokesperson for Abta Sean Tipton comments: "The present generation do not like to think that they are part of a certain age where they have to be cliched or go on old-style holidays."

He added that many people in the age group are willing to risk travelling without insurance because they believe pre-existing medical conditions will lead to a higher premium.

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