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Celebrate Saint Sebastian in Spain

Travellers this January may wish to book luxury holidays in Spain to join in celebrations for Saint Sebastian - which take place on January 20th.

Saint Sebastian is the patron saint of Mallorca and those enjoying Spain holidays on this island in January will be able to enjoy the Aiguafoc fireworks celebrations which commemorate his martyrdom.

Another saint to be celebrated during this period is Saint Anthony - one of the founders of Christian monasticism.

Celebrations honouring this saint include parades outside Menorca Cathedral, What's On When reports, when the statue of Saint Anthony is paraded around Ciutadella.

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Male holidaymakers 'spend more at airports ' than women

A new study by Abbey has revealed that men spend more than women at airport lounges on their return from trips abroad such as luxury holidays in Spain.

The research shows that roughly £1 billion is spent by Britons in departure lounges on the way back from family holidays in Spain and other overseas vacations.

Furthermore, according to the study, men spend £68 at airports after leaving their Spanish villas with pools for example, whereas women spend an average £58.

"With little else to do in the departure lounge, shopping helps kill the dead time between checking-in and boarding a flight," commented Steve Shore, head of banking at Abbey.

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25 million fly to Spain

Over the last five years, a total 25 million travellers have jetted off to enjoy luxury holidays in Spain with Ryanair, it has been announced.

According to the airline, it expects to transport an additional 11 million passengers on 174 routes from 18 airports in Spain - including flights to Alicante and flights to Murcia - in 2008.

Ryanair first began carrying travellers to and from luxury holidays in Spain in 2002 with its flight between Frankfurt and Barcelona.

"A big thank you to the 25 million passengers who have made our Spanish flights such a success," commented Ryanair's chief executive officer Michael O'Leary.

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Where to eat in Murcia

Spain is well known for its many tasty contributions to the global cookbook.

Among the traditional epicurean delights available to those enjoying luxury holidays in Spain are paella, chorizo, Manchego cheese, olives, empanadas, turron, paprika, patatas bravas, rioja wine and of course lots of seafood.

Those who have been on family holidays to Murcia will already be aware that the cuisine in this region of Spain is second to none - however, they may not be aware that much of what they have eaten in Murcia has strong associations with the south-eastern region of Spain.

Paprika, capers, cheese, rice and apricots all have a distinct link with Murcia - Market Uno notes that capers have been a crucial part of Murcian cooking since the 16th century.

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Plan ahead for springtime in Murcia

Britons looking ahead past the winter months and into the new year may already be considering booking spring family holidays in Murcia.

For those taking flights to Murcia in April, there will be the added bonus of the Murcia Spring Festival, which takes place each year during this month.

According to events website What's On When, celebrations begin shortly after Easter at which time squares, parks and gardens in Murcia are transformed into markets, where those on Spanish holidays can sample traditional regional dishes served by locals in costume.

"For the next few days the city is a wash of colour and sound as thousands of people take to the streets, dressed in outfits unique to their villages, to partake in the festivities and folk dancing," the site continues.

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Wet summer 'could drive Brits on Spanish holidays'

Many Britons could opt for luxury holidays in Spain this October half-term, in a bid to make up for a miserable UK summer, it has been suggested.

According to Alliance & Leicester, "more families than ever" may choose to take a week in the sun, perhaps travelling to Spanish villas with pools as they make up for a lack of British sunshine.

Meanwhile, many people may have already been planning family holidays in Spain as research by the company reveals that 11 per cent of Brits treat themselves to a minimum of five holidays each year.

"It's becoming increasingly common for Britons to take at least two or three trips a year," commented Ross Dalzell, manager for savings at Alliance & Leicester.

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Spanish holidays with a touch of art

Feria de Madrid also known as Feriarte, or the Feria arts and antiques fair, takes place between November 17th and November 25th this year in Spain.

Those enjoying holidays in luxury Spanish resorts should hire a rental car and visit the beautiful city of Madrid, while also paying a visit to Feriarte at the Juan Carlos Exhibition Centre.

The fair promises to offer a "comprehensive" tour of past art and unique objects which come from different periods and are "filled with beauty and high artistic value".

Work in the stylings of art nouveau and art deco paintings will be included at the exhibit along with sculptures by contemporary artists.

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Iberian-American Film Festival in Huelva

Those enjoying a luxury holiday in Spain this autumn may wish to indulge in some contemporary cultural activities while they are there.

And as such, holidaymakers staying in Spanish holiday villas may wish to rent a car and drive to Huelva for the annual Iberian-American Film Festival which will be held from November 17th until November 24th.

Describing itself as "one of the most important festivals of its kind in Europe" it claims to be a meeting point for audiovisual professionals of various disciplines.

The aim of the Iberian-American Film Festival is the promotion and development of Latin American culture and cinema.

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Family holidays in Spain 'popular at half term'

Spanish holidays are the most popular for half term getaways, it has been reportedly claimed.

U.TV reports that a Post Office survey showed Spain to be the most popular destination for half term holidays.

Furthermore, the website reports that Spain also featured in a poll by the Post Office to discover the most sought-after half-term holiday destination among families in the UK.

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Selective over-50s opt for Spain holidays

Britons aged over 50 are increasingly concerned with the quality of their holiday as they get older, it has been revealed.

Meanwhile, it was also reported by Saga that ten per cent of this age group are considering extending their luxury holidays in Spain and retiring to the country.

Also uncovered in the study was that a third of over-50s believe adventure to be important when choosing a holiday.

"A recent Saga survey showed that a third of the over-50s were more concerned today about the quality and length of their holiday than they were when they were younger," a spokesperson for Saga reported.

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