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Costa del Sol beaches 'to be replenished'

A project has been announced to help replenish the sand on the Costa del Sol's beaches, it has been revealed.

Andalucia's news publication the Olive Press revealed that the Spanish government intends to plough €6 million into the regeneration project which will be spent by the Ministry of the Environment on 27 Costa del Sol beaches.

The publication reports that low rainfall has damaged beaches along the Malaga coastline, while Typically Spanish claims that Levante winds and storms have also affected the sands.

Nonetheless, Torremolinos Council informed the publication that the municipality's beaches are "in perfect condition".

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Regional airports 'make life easier' for holidaymakers

Taking flights to La Manga and other destinations from regional airports allows holidaymakers to cut down "unnecessary surface journeys" it has been argued.

Tony Hallwood, aviation development director at Bristol International Airport, reported that given the choice, holidaymakers would prefer to fly regionally rather than out of a "congested" city airport.

Mr Hallwood's comment comes after a Civil Aviation Authority report released in November showed that annual passenger numbers at UK airports broke the 100 million barrier for the first time.

Additionally, the survey showed that regional airports had experienced a faster growth than London hubs.

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Spanish high-speed train 'to bring about economic upturn'

A high-speed train in Spain will not only offer those taking Spanish holidays a green alternative to air travel but may also bring about an economic upturn, it has been reported.

Sur in English reports that it is anticipated that the AVE high-speed train will boost the real estate market while also encouraging new tourism opportunities in the Malaga region.

Rail Europe recently reported that new high-speed rail links are opening up holiday destinations across Europe, including Spain.

"[There is going] to be a high speed line running from Paris all the way down to Madrid and Barcelona .

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Malaga by sea

Those taking Spanish holidays may traditionally arrive at their destination by air, however, Malaga is gaining a reputation as a cruise ship port, it has been revealed.

So much so, that this December a new port was opened by Spain's minister for development, Magdalena Alvarez and president of the Junta de Andalucia, Manuel Chaves, Typically Spanish reports.

Meanwhile, Sur reports that the new port is expected to make Malaga the fourth major cruise ship port-of-call in Spain as well as a major player in southern Europe.

Scheduled to open later this month, it is anticipated that the 500,000 passengers will travel through the port annually within five years, president of the Port Authority Enrique Linde told the publication.

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Baggage restrictions "eased" at UK airports

Holidaymakers taking flights to Alicante in 2008 look set to benefit from a relaxation in cabin baggage policy from airline bmi.

The removal of certain restrictions will take effect from January 7th 2008 and will affect passengers taking flights to Spain from Manchester Airport as well as London Heathrow, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Under the new rules, business and premium economy travellers will be entitled to take onboard two pieces of cabin baggage while restrictions pertaining to carrying liquids onboard remain unchanged.

"In addition, all passengers may also bring one personal item, such as a small handbag, purse, small briefcase, laptop or baby-change bag," the airline noted.

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Monarch carries more to Murcia

Airline Monarch has announced that it has transported a record number of holidaymakers during 2007.

Last year, 3.7 million passengers took flights to Murcia and Almeria among other destinations, compared to 3.2 million passengers in 2006.

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European cricketers heading for La Manga Club

Spain's La Manga Club is attracting a number of top European female cricketers, it has been reported.

According to the Costa Blanca Leader, the cricketers are to take part in a European cricket academy at the resort in April this year.

In total 17 young hopefuls aged between 16 and 21 will work with a coaching team at ICC European Centre of Excellence at La Manga Club.

"It will give the best young players in our region an opportunity to improve their skills to better compete on the world stage in global events," ICC European development manager Richard Holdsworth told the publication.

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Murcia goes organic

There is a demand for organic produce among those taking family holidays in Murcia, it has been argued.

According to Fresh Plaza, research by Agro Profesional's Javier Herraiz Ramos reveals that the organic cultivated area in Murcia has risen from 100 hectares in 1997 to 25,000 hectares in 2007.

Fresh Plaza notes that this is a 250 times increase in the space of a decade.

It reports that according to figures from the counsellor of agriculture and water, Murcia is Spain's second largest province in terms of organic production.

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"Talented" amateurs rewarded with golf trip to Spain

A number of rising golf stars from England's West Country have been rewarded for their efforts by being selected for the English Golf Union training squads and will set out for a working golf holiday in Spain this March, it has been reported.

According to This is Wiltshire, Long Ashton and Gloucestershire player Chris Wood and Mendip Spring's Luke Collins have been selected for the Elite Squad.

The Elite Squad has already undergone sessions at the National Golf Centre, the news provider reports.

Meanwhile, Miles Mackman of Broome Manor has joined the England A squad after being promoted from the under-21 squad.

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New flights to Spain announced

A selection of new routes has been announced by budget airline easyJet, including several flights to Spain.

Flights to Malaga, Majorca, Ibiza, Mahon in Menorca as well as flights to Alicante have been published by the low-cost carrier.

Routes to Malaga are available to book now from Manchester and London Gatwick, easyJet notes.

The news comes ahead of the scheduled completion of easyJet's bid to purchase Gatwick-based British Airways franchise GB airways later this month.

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