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Ticket booking advice for travellers taking flights to Spain

Britons booking family flights to Spain this summer have been issued advice on how best to go about doing so.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), parents booking family holidays to Spain with small children should look at more than simply the headline price in relation to their flights to Alicante.

Press officer for Abta Sean Tipton claimed that so-called budget airlines may not prove to be so when examined in closer detail.

Parents are advised to check whether such airlines offer discounts for children on flights to Spain and whether they are in the city centre and accessible.

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Tennis holidays at La Manga Club

As summer approaches the build-up to the famed Wimbledon tennis tournament in June is not far off.

If you are a tennis enthusiast and want to hone your own tennis skills, a holiday at La Manga Club could be the perfect break this year.

Located on the Costa Calida, on a tennis holiday at La Manga Club you can relax outside your villa with a pool before trying out your skills at the internationally renowned tennis centre.

Whether you want to take your tennis holiday in June during Wimbledon or in December, the year-round climate of the Mar Menor means that you can play tennis on the floodlit courts at any time.

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"Promising" cricketers train at La Manga Club

Famous for its tennis, golf and football facilities, La Manga Club also attracts sporting stars from other categories.

Isle of Man Today reports that two young cricketers from the Isle of Man have been invited to attend the tenth annual ICC European Centre of Excellence at La Manga Club this week, beginning April 14th 2008.

The men, Alasdair Slack of Cronkbourne Cricket Club and Bradley Marshall of Castletown Cricket Club, arrived at La Manga Club on Monday April 14th.

At La Manga Club they will engage in practice sessions and training from top coaches

La Manga Club is famous for its tennis and golf facilities but it also boasts two cricket pitches with artificial wickets and a four-bay net area.

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'Book flights to Spain early' Britons advised

Britons are being advised to book their flights to Spain as early as possible in order to avoid the high season prices.

Go2Spain notes that as the summer holiday season approaches, prices can "soar".

The online resource also recommends the Costa del Sol as a great holiday region with resorts like Nerja boasting a "full range" of water sports activities such as water skiing, sailing and scuba diving.

Torremolinos, a former fishing villages turned package holiday haven, is also listed as a popular resort alongside the stylish resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus.

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Spanish holidays 'in the top three'

Spain is still one world's top tourist destinations, it has been reported.

According to Pilar Oliver, of Spanish travel portal Cielo, the number of British travellers taking flights to Spain is on the rise.

Ms Oliver added that the most visited resorts in Spain are Benidorm, Barcelona, Torremolinos and Benalmadena, as well as the Spanish islands of Majorca in the Balearics and Tenerife in the Canaries.

She added that low-cost airlines offer flights to different locations in Britain and Europe to Spain with affordable travel likely to increase the inflow of tourists taking holidays in Spain.

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More people taking flights to Spain from Birmingham

Last month, as Britons the country over packed their bags and took flights to Spain for some Easter sunshine, one airport particularly benefited from the UK's desire for Spanish holidays in the spring.

Birmingham International Airport handled 730,307 passengers during March, with 595,306 scheduled passengers and 135,001 charter passengers taking flights to Spain and other destinations from the airport's two passenger terminals.

This total "smashed" the previous highest figure for the month of March and reflected an increase of 8.4 per cent on the total for 2007.

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Weather in La Manga

Holidays in La Manga Club are popular for many reasons. The Mar Menor is perfect for scuba diving lessons and watersports while La Manga Club itself offers a range of activities. Facilities at the resort cater to golfers, tennis fans, footballers and even fans of equestrian pursuits.

However the common denominator that separates La Manga from other seaside resorts offering sports facilities is the weather.

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Charity golf tournament in La Manga

This weekend a charity golf tournament took place in the Spanish holiday resort of La Manga Club.

According to the Irish Independent & Sunday Independent, four Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) parties from Wicklow took part this weekend in the golf charity competition against teams from 31 counties.

The GAA Legends All-Ireland Charity Inter-County Championship is being played on the golf courses of La Manga Club.

"There are over 60 of the lads playing off single figures, the average handicap of them all is around 11 and the golf will be fierce competitive.

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Spain parties on through April showers

The Feria de Sevilla, or April fair, in the Spanish city of Seville has continued this year despite an unusual amount of rainfall.

Spanish partygoers thronged the streets of the historic Andalucian city to attend the annual celebrations, which included the switching on of the fairground illuminations.

Although rain was forecast for the week, it did not appear to be dampening the spirits of local residents, visitors to Seville for the festivities and those on Spanish holidays.

Stalls selling fried fish and shrimp did a brisk business as thousands of people flocked to the fairground and the small tents, or casetas, which are characteristic of Feria.

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Flights to Alicante for Moors and Christians festival

A stunning historic battle re-enactment takes place every year in the town of Alcoi, Spain, as part of an annual festival.

Taking place between April 21st and 24th this year, the Alcoi Moors and Christians Festival is in honour of Saint George, the patron saint of the region.

During the first two days of the event, the two 'armies' march through the town accompanied by pipes and drums, with the 'battle' held the day after St George's Day, re-enacting a fight between Moors and Christians that took place during the 13th century.

Local residents vie for a coveted place in one of the armies and spend the year preparing their costume and manoeuvres in an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

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