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Canary Islands "brace for revellers"

Thousands of holidaymakers are expected to arrive in the Canary Islands in the coming days as the archipelago gears up for its annual February carnival.

Pre-Lentern celebrations take place across the islands at this time of year and earthtimes reports that the island's largest towns are "bracing themselves" for an influx of partygoers.

In particular, it is anticipated that Tenerife, the biggest Spanish holiday island, will see the lion's share of the tourism and celebrations.

The Spanish tourism office in Munich anticipates that Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife will see several thousand tourists arrive for the celebrations which last from January 30th until February 10th.

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Spain chooses Travel Spike

The Spanish tourist office alongside Portugal has selected to partner with Travel Spike in a bid to develop their North American website.

It is hoped that the site will act as a "one-stop resource" for the education of travellers wishing to enjoy Spanish holidays as well as holidays in Portugal.

Travel Spike has created a "virtual journey" mini-game called Exploria which allows potential travellers to capture the "essence" of Spain and Portugal.

"We selected Travel Spike to be our interactive agency and partner because their team has a substantial amount of travel industry and online experience," Javier Pinanes, director of the tourist office of Spain commented.

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Spain is 'one of world's top holiday destinations'

Further evidence of the popularity of Spanish holidays has been revealed thanks to figures from the Madrid-based World Tourism Organisation (WTO).

According to the Spanish-based body, the number of tourists around the world reached a record level in 2007.

The WTO reports that the number of travellers exploring foreign regions hit 898 million last year, a rise of 6.2 per cent compared to the figure in 2006.

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Tips for cheaper Spanish holiday

Britons have been offered advice on how to get the most for their money when booking a trip abroad.

Those taking Spanish holidays could save money by following a series of tips provided by the Telegraph, which notes that the guidelines are indicative rather than precise.

In order to save up to 50 per cent on a holiday, the publication suggests travelling on a week long break as opposed to a two-week holiday.

Those considering family holidays in Spain should consider taking flights to Murcia during the May half term rather than during the peak summer holiday period when holidays can be more expensive.

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Brits book flights to Murcia on net

There has been a rise in the number of Britons purchasing Spanish holidays and flights to Murcia on the internet, it has been revealed.

According to the Nielson Company, over 85 per cent of people use the internet to make goods and services purchases, representing a 40 per cent in the past two years.

Meanwhile, one of the most popular purchased goods on the internet is airline tickets, accounting for 24 per cent of online purchases.

"The internet is no longer a niche technology - it is mass media and an utterly integral part of modern life.

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Odd souvenirs recovered at airport

Straw donkeys, novelty T-shirts, perfume and wines are all items that are often brought back to the UK as souvenirs from Spanish holidays, however, it has been revealed that holidaymakers travelling through the UK's Aberdeen Airport have attempted to bring some unusual items with them.

Customs officials at the hub have been recounting the weird and wonderful - and occasionally frightening - goods that travellers have recently tried to get through security channels.

Animals are a popular keep sake, with one official discovered a dead tiger in a suitcase, while another member of staff was baffled by a passenger trying to take a tarantula on a plane.

The same cheeky traveller tried to smuggle another pet in a shoe box who.

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Alicia Keys to sing in Madrid

Brits taking Spanish holidays to Madrid this March could choose to see soul singer Alicia Keys in concert.

The US R&B singer shot to fame with her debut album Songs in A Minor and, in particular, the single Fallin'.

Other hit songs for the artist have included A Woman's Worth, My Boo - a duet with Usher - Diary and Karma. Also, Keys has worked with top names Christina Aguilera, Mary J Blige and Jamie Foxx.

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Caldereros Fiesta in San Sebastian

Those on Spanish holidays within easy reach of San Sebastian should pay a visit to the region this weekend for the Caldereros Fiesta.

Celebrating the Hungarian gypsies who used to pass through San Sebastian in the olden days, locals dress up in traditional gypsy clothing and mimic the tinkers in their method of advertising their services.

Holidaymakers too can get into the spirit of things by banging hammers against pots and pans or simply by being somewhat raucous.

According to Entertainment in Spain, the festival is "quite an event", while the Tinkers' Parade which is used to announce the carnival is "peculiar".

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Publican golf tournament to be held at La Manga Club

Pub landlords and customers are to be offered the chance to play golf at La Manga Club in Spain, it has been revealed.

According to the Publican, golfers who enter the Publican Pub Golf Tournament 2007 will have the chance to play championship golf at "top European course" La Manga Club this July.

Pub frequenters will take part in qualifying rounds in the UK before taking flights to La Manga Club this summer where they will compete head to head for the Pub Golf National Final Trophy.

"All amateur golfers aged 18 or over are eligible.

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Romantics pop the question on beach holidays

Couples taking flights to Murcia next month may be interested to know that the beach has been listed in the top five most romantic places to propose marriage.

According to Travelzoo, on the beach at sunset is the second most romantic place in which to propose to a loved one.

Tips have even been given to amorous Brits taking Spanish holidays over Valentine's Day, including that a sunset walk on the beach can be the perfect place in which to pop the question.

"The number of marriage proposals always spikes around the holidays with Valentine's Day being the most popular," Travelzoo.

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