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Spain is well known for its attraction as a beach holiday destination. In fact, it was recently reported by Property-Abroad's Les Calvert that Spain is one of the top holiday destinations for Britons.

However, aside from the endless sunbathing that can be enjoyed on the country's miles of golden coastline, there is more to be experienced on a luxury holiday in Spain than simply tanning, sangria and paella.

Sport is another reason Britons take Spanish holidays.

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Football fans 'look to Costa del Sol'

Fans of premiership football team Sunderland may soon be flocking to the coast of Spain, it has been reported.

According to the football club's official website, 44 per cent of Black Cats' fans would prefer to take a Spanish holiday than visit the likes of France or the US.

Meanwhile, Sunderland "legend" Marco Gabbiadini reported that Spain's Costa del Sol is "ideal" and "perfect" for fans of the UK football team, which is managed by ex Manchester United captain Roy Keane.

Sunderland AFC added that the news that fans preferred Spanish holidays to other vacation destinations was "unsurprising" due to the region's fantastic climate.

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Flights to Malaga is 'top web search term'

Brits looking to book flights to Spain are increasingly opting to use the net in search of their ideal Spanish holiday, it has been revealed.

According to Analyst weblog Hitwise Intelligence, the term flights to Malaga was one of the top 20 search terms entered into the internet over the Christmas period.

The news comes as blog author Robin Goad reveals that there was a significant rise in the number of people searching for winter sun breaks online.

"Search data for the aviation sector always gives a good indication of where people are choosing to go on holiday each year," the author explained.

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Spanish festival coming soon

The international arm of the Guardian's Hay Festival is descending on the magnificent surroundings of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

Many people will know of the renowned literary festival in the charming Welsh village of Hay-On-Wye, but the international popularity of the festival means it now travels the world.

Its latest destination is the Spanish town of Granada and those wishing to combine their Spanish holidays with cultural splendour will be interested to know that the festival takes place from 3rd to 6th April 2008.

The Hay Festival Granada will comprise of a four-day bazaar of "stories, ideas and celebrations" according to its website.

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New Barcelona route from London City Airport

British Airways has confirmed a new flight from London City Airport to Barcelona, set to take on passengers this spring.

Those interested in Spanish holidays will welcome the launch of the route that will allow Britons to set off for their luxury Spanish holiday without having to breach the M25.

The capital's hub has also reported record passenger numbers for 2007, revealing that 2.9 million people travelled to and from the airport last year.

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Spain is 'ahead of US'

Flights to Spain are ahead of flights to the US in terms of attracting retirees, it has been reported.

According to Property-Abroad.com, the US cannot compete with the European destination in terms of UK tourism, with Spanish holidays being a favourite among Britons.

Les Calvert, director of Property-Abroad.

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New flights to Spain announced

A host of new Spanish flight destinations from Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) have been announced by Thomas Cook Holidays.

New routes to the Spanish holiday islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote are to be introduced from winter 2008/09 and will make it even easier for Yorkshire holidaymakers to go on luxury holidays to Spain.

Thomas Cook Holidays confirms that the flights can already be booked on its website and from any travel agent.

The new routes join other flights to Spain that the travel firm currently operate which include Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa Dorada, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca.

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Scots 'flock to Spain'

Scottish residents are fans of the sunshine offered by Spanish holidays, according to one commentator.

The Herald reports that according to airport operator BAA Scotland, almost 1.3 million Scots flew to Spain last year.

Furthermore, according to the flight provider, Spain was the top destination for Scottish travellers in 2007.

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Walking holidays in Spain 'top for 2008'

Walking holidays in Spain could be a good solution to a family holiday dilemma in 2008 it has been reported.

Additionally, walking holidays can help families to bond as well as providing a good source of exercise, the Telegraph reports.

The newspaper adds that walking holidays can be popular with eco-friendly travellers and parents with teenagers.

Spain's Pyrenees are popular for summer walking, according to Tourism in Spain.

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Brit lands mammoth catch on fishing holiday in Spain

A British traveller recently hooked more than he bargained for while out fishing on a Spanish holiday, it has been reported.

Daniel Dixon was enjoying his first fishing trip abroad on Spain's River Ebro when he landed a whopping 135 lb cat-fish, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph reported.

The publication reported that while other Britons were "enduring wet and windy conditions" in the UK, Mr Dixon and two other anglers were enjoying luxury holidays in Spain.

"The fish fell to four 22ml halibut pellets fished on a five-pound test rod and 80lb main line.

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