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Brits contemplate family holidays in Spain

A significant proportion of Britons considered purchasing a Spanish holiday home in January of this year, it has been revealed.

According to HiFX, its Monthly Global Property Hotspots Report revealed that 22 per cent of enquiries received in this month were in regards to the acquisition of a Spanish holiday home.

This figure was only surpassed by those considering a ski property in France, however the company has advised potential buyers to hold off until summer.

"Property prices in the Alps have increased by 90 per cent over the last four years," commented Frederic Chamouret, senior advisor at VEF observed.

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Those on Spanish holidays 'should be aware'

Britons intending to go on a Spanish holiday this Easter have been advised to be aware of hidden charges levied by credit and debit card providers.

According to Nationwide, many Britons intend to quit the shores of the UK this coming weekend in order to enjoy some early season sunshine.

However, the building society warns that more than £650 million was lost by Brits on Spanish holidays and other foreign sojourns last year thanks to charges on their cards.

"Returning from your Easter break to find charges for using your card abroad is enough to drive anyone hopping mad.

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Spa holidays in Spain on the increase?

A rising number of Britons could soon be heading on Spanish holidays for the benefits of spa treatments as much as for a break in the sun, according to new research.

According to TravelMole, spa holidays are "making a comeback", with a Mintel report in 2007 suggesting that £135 million was spent in the UK on health and wellness holidays the previous year.

Moreover, Mintel anticipated that spending on such holidays would double by 2011 as the trend for healthy eating, exercise and relaxation continues.

Britons interested in incorporating both exercise and relaxation into their breaks away could consider a Spanish holiday in La Manga Club.

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Royal welcome for Heathrow's Terminal 5

Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 has been officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen.

The royal inauguration was held on Friday March 14th 2008 and Britons travelling on Spanish holidays through the airport will be able to view the new terminal on March 27th 2008.

Roughly 30 million passengers are due to travel on holidays to Spain and elsewhere through the terminal annually.

Willie Walsh, British Airways chief executive, said: "Terminal 5 is a fantastic facility and our customers will really enjoy the space, comfort and convenience it offers.

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La Manga del Mar Menor

La Manga del Mar Menor and indeed the Mar Menor is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by all but the thread of land that is La Manga.

The region of La Manga del Mar Menor measures roughly 13 miles in length and is often described as a lagoon or a lake.

Indeed, the Mar Menor measures a mere eight metres in depth at its deepest point and has a high salt content with an average water temperature of 17 degrees Celsius.

Popular with foreigners and locals, La Manga del Mar Menor attracts golfers to the three championship La Manga Club golf courses.

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New flights to Spain announced

Spanish holidays can be enjoyed with even more ease by those living in Wales.

Airline bmibaby has announced that a new route between Cardiff International Airport and Barcelona will be available to passengers from late May.

The twice-weekly service will be launched on May 24th and will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays, however as of June 18th, locals will be able to take flights to Spain on Wednesdays too as the service increases to three times a week.

"The new route strengthens our position as the number one airline at Cardiff Airport, flying more passengers than any other low cost airline.

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Tourists set sights on Easter holidays in Spain

Hardworking Britons look set to take advantage of the early Easter in 2008 by jetting out on Spanish holidays.

According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the Hoteliers Federation of Majorca has reported that reservations at tourist accommodation in the Playa de Palma, Palmanova, Magalluf and Palma regions have reached above the 60 per cent full mark.

The Spanish holiday island of Majorca is a popular destination for Brits seeking sun and sand.

The Federation noted that the figures are similar to ones recorded for the same period in 2004 when Easter also came earlier than usual.

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"Romanian Pavorotti" entertains crowds in Spain

Lauded by the AFP as a "Romanian Pavarotti", Costel Busuioc has won a Spanish television music competition for immigrants.

The bricklayer beat off competition from three Cubans, a competitor from Togo, brothers from Venezuela and a Syrian in the final of "Hijos de Babel" on TVE this week.

Mr Busuioc won the hearts of the voting audience with his performance of "Nessun Dorma", made famous by late Italian operatic tenor singer Luciano Pavarotti during the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

According to the AFP, the Romanian arrived in Spain in 2006 alone while his wife and four children remained behind in Romania.

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Alicante 'rivals French Riviera'

Those taking flights to Alicante could be forgiven for thinking that they have arrived in the wrong country, according to one commentator.

Writing on Boston Now's travel blog, virtualtourist likens the Spanish holiday destination to the French Riviera in terms of its beaches.

Claiming that the area has "picturesque" sights, those looking to enjoy "authentic" Alicante are advised that Santa Cruz is Alicante's "most genuine area".

According to the blogger, its Mediterranean architecture and people speak volumes of traditional Spain.

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Brits 'spend £500 each on holidays'

Following the news from Marks & Spencer Money that the total amount of euros spent by UK consumers abroad has reached a peak since the currency's introduction in 2002, it has now been revealed that Brits spend an average £500 each when on holiday.

According to moneysupermarket.com, Brits taking Spanish holidays should take steps to ensure they are not hit by charges on the amounts they spend when they take flights to Murcia and Alicante.

Foreign exchange fees and "hefty" transaction charges can often dint the wallets of those on Spanish holidays, it is claimed.

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