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Homes and Gardens Exhibition in Alicante 'a success'

Last weekend Britons taking flights to Alicante may have had the good fortune to come across the Homes and Gardens Exhibition, which was held in the IFA Centre next to Alicante airport.

Round Town News reports that the three-day event featured 165 stands from businesses all around the Coast Blanca with a range and diversity that was "testimony to the creativity, drive and determination of the predominately expatriate business people represented".

In addition to goods and wares, a more interesting and unusual service was on hand, clairvoyant readings.

"Soothsayer" Kenny Corris offered spiritual readings to those attending the event which proved a successful stand.

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'Golden oldies' take short-break Spanish holidays

There has been a growth in the number of older Britons who take shorter holidays in Spain, it has been revealed.

TravelMole reports that according to a survey by Holiday Inn, three out of four couples over the age over 50 intend to take four or more breaks in 2008.

And this is compared to the one holiday to Spain per year they took when they in their forties.

"While people in their 30s and 40s are tied down with debts and family life, the over-50s are packing their bags and heading off for romantic weekends, with great big grins on their faces," Chris Hale, a spokesperson for Holiday Inn noted.

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Package holidays to Spain 'still popular'

Spain is still a popular holiday destination for package holidays, it has been revealed.

According to comment from the holiday travel manager at, the Costa del Sol, Majorca and the Canary Islands in particular are popular destinations for such holidays.

Kayte Williams added that package holidays in Spain are popular among Britons who want to get away from it all.

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Family holidays in Spain

There are a number of benefits in taking package deals for family holidays in Spain, it has been argued.

According to, package holidays actually offer a "host of benefits" to families taking Spanish holidays.

Research from Halifax Travel Insurance recently revealed that 2.

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Tennis prodigy travels to La Manga Club

A young tennis player from Ipswich who plays at the region's sports club, Sam Sheldrake, is a regular visitor to the popular Spanish holiday resort of La Manga Club, it has been revealed.

According to the Evening Star. 15-year-old Sam was outstanding competitor of the week at the Suffolk LTA Junior Easter Hardcourt Tournament, losing only one game.

Sam was awarded the Daphne Ahmed Shield for his achievement after also winning the under-18 doubles alongside under-14 singles runner-up Rohan Able.

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Flights to La Manga

With weather forecasters predicting a wet summer on the British Isles this year, there has never been a better time to pack up and fly to La Manga Spain.

The La Manga Club is serviced by both Alicante and Murcia airports and, whether you live in Guernsey or Gatwick, there will be an airport that can take you there. There are thirteen airlines that fly to either Alicante or Murcia meaning that whether you're after a bargain deal or luxury all the way, you're almost guaranteed to find it.

Once at either Alicante or Murcia you will want to get to La Manga Club straight away and the best way to do this is to book a taxi in advance.

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T5 Spanish holiday travellers 'should check with insurer'

Britons who encountered problems while taking flights to Spain from Heathrow's recently opened Terminal 5 should check with their insurer to see if they are covered, it has been reported.

According to a spokesperson for the Association of British Insurers (ABI) it is important that those who had flights to Spain booked from the Heathrow terminal check with their insurer as to whether the policy was taken out before or after the problems began.

Spokesperson Malcolm Tarling told BBC Radio 4's The World at One: "If you've taken out a policy before Terminal 5 opened and the problems obviously became apparent, then that policy will continue - there will be no problems there."

Mr Tarling explained that the Montreal Convention international agreement would allow holidaymakers to claim for compensation against lost or damaged baggage direct from the carrier.

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Currency pointers for those taking flights to Spain

As the euro gains strength against the pound sterling Britons have been offered tips on how to get the best out of their currency.

John Nicholas, director of Travelex - a worldwide money business - remarked that holidaymakers are becoming more "savvy" when it comes to fluctuating exchange rates.

Earlier this month, Post Office revealed that the pound sterling currency is now worth almost 17 per cent less against the euro than in April 2007.

"However, if people have already booked their trips to Europe there are ways to make sure they get the most for their holiday cash - one way is by pre-ordering their holiday cash to guarantee the best price foreign currency commission-free," Mr Nicholas advised.

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Brits 'can be carbon-friendly on villa holiday in Spain'

UK travelers can extend their eco-friendly ways while enjoying a luxury holiday in Spain, it has been noted.

According to Carbon Footprint, there are a number of measures travellers can take when on Spanish holidays to keep their harmful emissions to a minimum.

Founder of Carbon Footprint John Buckley commented that taking the train could be one way of minimising your carbon footprint on a Spanish holiday.

"Look at the most efficient way of getting there in terms of the carbon emissions," Mr Buckley advised, adding that "if you can get around on a bike then certainly do that, or walk.

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'Good time' for all-inclusive holidays in Spain

There has 'never been a better time' to book a Spanish holiday, it has been argued by one commentator.

According to Thomsonfly, the best way to make the most of the weakened pound sterling against the stronger euro is to book onto an all-inclusive holiday.

The remark follows comment from the Post Office in April 2008 which revealed that the sterling is worth almost 17 per cent less against the euro than in April 2007.

"As additional costs in European destinations - food and beverage, for example - would be paid in euros exchanged from pounds, there has never been a better time to book an all-inclusive holiday," Alan Pugh, head of planning and trading at Thomsonfly, observed.

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