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Spice Girls in Spain this Christmas

Of the many Britons planning on escaping the cold weather of England this winter for a seasonal Spanish holiday, it is possible that a number have booked to see the recently reformed Spice Girls in concert in Madrid.

The girl group has come a long way since hitting the charts with Wannabe in 1996 and fans are snapping up tickets where they can to catch a glimpse of the quintet on their reunion world tour.

Singing at the Madrid Arena on December 23rd will be the full Spice-rack of Posh, Baby, Ginger, Scary and Sporty - also known as Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisolm.

Beckham is no stranger to the Spanish capital having lived in the city for four years between 2003 and 2007 when footballer husband David Beckham played for Real Madrid.

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Costa Almeria 'is new Costa del Sol'

Brits looking for a Spanish holiday base are opting away from the traditional district of the Costa del Sol to the increasingly popular Costa Almeria, it has been reported.

According to James Dearsley of Atlas International, the Costa del Sol's popularity over the past few years has pushed property prices in the region up and now holidaymakers are considering that they can get more for their money in places like Murcia.

Furthermore, the popularity of the Costa Blanca region has increased by 275 per cent in the past nine years.

"We're finding that people are moving from the Costa del Sol to the Costa Blanca, because they want more for their money," he added.

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Online guide to Spanish holidays launched

An online guide promoting both Portuguese and Spanish holidays on the Iberian Peninsula has been launched.

The Portugal? Spain? is aimed at providing visitors with increased awareness about the countries and even features an interactive game called Exploria which children on family holidays in Spain may enjoy.

Furthermore, the site serves as a portal offering holidaymakers a comprehensive guide to events in Spain and Portugal as well as what's happening in terms of arts and culture, wine and cuisine as well as beaches and spas.

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"Mature" travellers head to Spain

Older Britons are looking to take Spanish holidays this winter in order to escape from the dreary British weather, it has been reported.

According to Bradford & Bingley, an "increasing" number of Brits wish to spend entire winters on holidays in Spain.

Reasons given for escaping the UK included dark days, cold weather and expensive winter fuel costs - compared to an "abundance" of bargain winter holidays deals.

Meanwhile, research from Alliance & Leicester has shown that over-50s now have much more time and money than younger people to travel further afield.

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Couples marrying abroad 'honeymoon in same location'

People who choose to marry overseas generally tend to combine their honeymoon and wedding and hold both in the same location, it has been reported.

According to, it can be quite costly to get married abroad and therefore it is unlikely that couples will stay for only a few days before moving on.

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Seclusion and sun 'important on honeymoon'

Sunshine and seclusion are important factors for couples when choosing a honeymoon, it has been reported.

According to, couples value being on their own somewhere without many children when it comes to an ideal honeymoon.

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"Lost" schoolboy found eating paella

A British schoolboy who it was feared had got lost in mountains near Cartagena this weekend was discovered to be waiting for his mother in a nearby restaurant, it has been reported.

Costa Blanca News Online reported the happy outcome to the series of mishaps this weekend.

The mother and her 11-year-old son were enjoying a family holiday in Murcia with a hike in the Estrecho de San Gines region when they decided to take different routes before meeting at the bottom.

After the boy failed to materialise, emergency services were contacted and a search stretching to nearby luxury Spanish resort La Manga Club was put into action.

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Alicante 'top tourist spot for October'

Spanish holidays are not only popular among the British, it would appear, after it was reported that the Alicante coast was the number one holiday destination for Spaniards in October.

According to Typically Spanish - reporting National Statistics Institute figures published in Informacion newspaper - the Costa Blanca saw over 153,000 people take to its shores for beach holidays last month.

Family holidays in Alicante were also reported to be popular among locals earlier this summer, with 600,000 Spanish citizens opting to spend their holidays there over July and August.

The Costa Blanca is a perennially popular tourist destination for foreigners and locals looking to enjoy luxury holidays in Spain.

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Insurance for Spanish holidays ' is as important as your suitcase'

Holidaymakers looking to jet off overseas this Christmas for luxury holidays in Spain have been reminded that travel insurance is not an optional extra.

The British Insurance Brokers Association (Biba) has claimed that while travel insurance is always vital, it is even more important for travellers going on adventure holidays.

Graeme Trudgill technical and corporate affairs executive of Biba added that medical costs can reach £20,000 for holidaymakers who get injured on holiday without insurance.

"We would say that travel insurance is as important as your suitcase…the costs are enormous if you go abroad and you have a medical injury," he added.

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Luxury holidays in Spain from start to finish

Hard-working Brits looking to escape to holiday villas in Spain will surely want to start their Spanish holidays as they mean to go on - in comfort and style.

As such, holidaymakers waiting to board their flights to Murcia from BAA Gatwick can now choose to head away from the crowds in the main departure lounge and relax in the new executive Aviance Lounge.

A refitting of lights, toilet, ceilings and furniture sees the Aviance Lounge updated with a bar and coffee area for passengers to get into the mindset of their luxury holidays in Spain.

"[Executive lounges] are a great alternative to the main airport departure lounge for passengers who simply want to relax or work prior to boarding a flight," commented Arthur Dodgson, chief executive officer of Go-Ahead Aviation Division.

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