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Good sleep is "important" for a Spanish holiday

Having access to a good bed and sleeping environment are crucial factors for enjoying a holiday in Spain, it has been suggested.

According to The Sleep Council, hotels are now more aware of the importance of a good night's sleep - or even a day time siesta - and are now offering better quality beds than in the past.

Among the aims of The Sleep Council is to provide consumers with tips on sleeping.

"Some people adapt better to 'sleeping around' than others.

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Costa Blanca is 'most popular Spanish holiday destination'

Britons looking to purchase Spanish holiday homes would prefer most of all to live on the Costa Blanca, it has been revealed.

Kyero.com, a Spanish property portal, reports that the Costa Blanca is most the popular Spanish coast as it receives 26.6 per cent of all coastal property enquiries from potential foreign property buyers.

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Bonfire night in summer on Spanish holiday

For Alicante's main fiesta, take flights to Spain this summer for a Spanish holiday you are likely to remember.

Each year the Fogueres de Sant Juan, or Saint John's Bonfires festival, takes place in Alicante.

The Costa Blanca comes to life on June 24th in a celebration which has its roots in pagan rituals. In modern times the festival has become part of the Christian calendar.

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Flights to Murcia for baby-jumping

A bizarre sounding festival though it may be, take flights to Murcia this May to witness the Colacho - or baby-jumping - festival.

Each year in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, a traditional baby-jumping festival called El Colacho is held on the weekend of its Corpus Christi celebrations.

The event sees adult males dressing themselves up as the devil and leaping over small babies in the street.

Dating back to centuries, this bizarre tradition is sure to attract intrigued tourists on Spanish holidays away from their sun loungers.

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Flights to Alicante for Santa Faz Pilgrimage

Britons taking flights to Alicante this month may be interesting to learn of a unique event that takes place in the region each April.

Events site What's On When reports that each year roughly 200,000 people make the pilgrimage to the Monasterio de Santa Faz on April 3rd.

The Santa Faz Pilgrimage, it claimed, is the second-largest pilgrimage in Spain, travelling for eight kilometres from the town hall in Alicante to the Santa Faz monastery.

Pilgrims make the trek at this time of year to the location of the veil with which Veronica was reputed to have touched Jesus Christ's bleeding face with as he carried the cross to Calvary.

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Flights to Spain: Tag your baggage

In the light of the recent Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 debacle, travel tips have been offered to holidaymakers in order to make flights to Spain for Spanish holidays as smooth as possible.

According to Direct Line, travellers taking flights to Spain should tag their baggage clearly with their name and contact details.

It is also important that they read their airline's baggage policy to make sure that baggage is within size and weight limits for a flight to Spain.

Brits taking Spanish holidays are also advised to take out travel insurance in case of lost baggage - as "extra peace of mind".

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Tips offered to Heathrow travellers

Britons taking flights to Spain who were recently inconvenienced by the delays at London Heathrow Airport's new Terminal 5 have been issued with advice from one commentator.

During delays at Terminal 5, thousands of passengers were delayed and around 200 flights were cancelled. Additionally, more than 15,000 bags and cases have been lost or misdirected.

More Than has therefore issued advice on how to move forward, including tips such as asking your airline for a refund or to be booked on to an alternative flight to Spain.

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Brits take flights to Spain for golf breaks with Monarch

Golf breaks to Spain are popular, it has been revealed, with Monarch Airlines being revealed to be a popular airline with whom to take flights to Spain for such golfing holidays.

The airline was named Official Airline Partner for two large golf shows - London Golf Show and the NEC Golf Show in Birmingham.

According to Monarch, 78 per cent of golfers that fly with it take two or more overseas golf holidays a year.

"Research that we conducted in 2007 has proven golf as one of the leading hobbies for Monarch customers, which is reflective of the destinations to which we fly throughout Europe," managing director of Monarch Airline's scheduled division Liz Savage commented.

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Spanish holidays 'popular by sea'

It is not only flights that provide access to luxury holidays in Spain, with many holidaymakers cruising into Spain's harbours by ship.

And according to Cruise Critic, the Spanish holiday city of Barcelona is one of the most popular cruise ports in Europe.

A study by the online resource for consumer-oriented cruise reviews revealed that 20 per cent of holidaymakers preferred cruises to the western Mediterranean and the port of Barcelona.

"According to our survey, Europe is a draw because cruisers can experience a variety of different cultures and attractions in one trip," Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, commented.

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Popularity of Spanish holidays 'is due to accessibility'

The enduring popularity of Spanish holidays is down to accessibility, it has been argued.

According to Casas de Lorca, since the 1960s, Spain has built up a network of airports across the country that are frequented by aircraft throughout the year, Easier reports.

Its open skies agreement and investment into infrastructure such as roads and rail links also helps create an accessible country.

Flights to Malaga and flights to Murcia are also benefiting from upgrades at the airports such as new access roads to handle increased visitor numbers, Casas de Lorca notes.

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