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La Manga trip was key to promotion push, says Wolves hero

A trip to La Manga was one of the key moments in the season for newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers, believes their hero of the hour.

Kyel Reid, who came off the bench at the weekend to score a late equaliser and seal Wolves' place at the top of the Championship, said a break at the resort recharged the squad's batteries at exactly the right time.

The side had fallen into something of a rut but their time in the Murcia sunshine seemed to the trick, with a run of seven wins, three draws and two defeats coming afterwards.

"We hit a rough patch but the week we had at La Manga helped us and we needed that team spirit back," the 21-year-old, who is on loan from West Ham, told the Express and Star.

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Busy Celtic were not 'holidaying' in La Manga

Despite what their rivals may think, Celtic's footballers were far from holidaying at La Manga Club when they visited the resort recently.

Instead, the team were busy making use of the first-class training facilities - as well as taking advantage of the year-round climate that the Murcia region affords.

The break was particularly useful for defender Stephen McManus, who used the time in the Spanish sun to continue building up his fitness as he fights back from injury.

"It certainly wasn't a holiday.

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La Manga Club facilities are "absolutely superb"

A footballer who recently spent time at La Manga Club has spoken of his high regard for the resort as he continues his recuperation from injury.

Stephen McManus, who plays in defence for Celtic, travelled to La Manga with the rest of the squad for a mid-season break before the campaign's final run-in and lavished praise on the resort on his return.

"The facilities at La Manga were absolutely superb," he recounted.

"The pitches were immaculate and the gaffer was able to do a lot of work and work some of the lads really hard.

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Alicante among the top tips for Irish holidaymakers

Holidaying to La Manga Club could be on the cards for many Irish travellers, judging by the latest figures on holiday trends this summer.

The Irish Tour Operators Federation claimed that despite a fall in the number of seats available through its members, certain destinations remain popular for summer 2009.

In particular, Reus, Alicante and the rest of Spain were the fifth most popular holiday hotspots revealed in the survey of travel agents.

That ranking places the Spanish resorts higher than locations such as Greece, Tenerife, Italy/Cyprus and Ibiza/Menorca.

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'Discover Spanish Culture' in Murcia

Those taking holidays in Murcia next month will have the opportunity attend one of the city's premier cultural events.

Taking place from May 13th to 23rd, the Murcia Tres Culturas International Festival features events based on Christianity, Judaism and Islam, according to events site WhatsonWhen.

The festival promotes the mixing of cultures and visitors can expect to see everything from flamenco dancing to medieval music concerts.

Poetry recitals, book readings, American gospel concerts and choral performances will also be taking place over the ten days.

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Celtic 'refreshed' after break at La Manga Club

Scottish football champs Glasgow Celtic are feeling refreshed for their final games of the season after a break at La Manga Club in Spain.

The team travelled to the resort following their recent 2-0 victory over Aberdeen, giving players the chance to relax and train in the sunshine.

La Manga certainly seems to have gained to approval of striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who said the resort has a great range of sports and leisure facilities.

"I've been before with PSV and La Manga is a great facility and you have everything there to improve and work as a player," he added.

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Loose Women take a holiday in Spain

Loose Women stars Carol McGiffin and Sherrie Hewson have been spotted soaking up the sunshine on a holiday in Spain.

Pictured in the Daily Mail, the bikini-clad presenters spent time sipping champagne by their hotel pool and chatting to other guests.

The pair had travelled to Spain to celebrate the opening of TV chef John-Christophe Novelli's new restaurant.

Several other celebrities also made an appearance at the launch, including former Eastenders actor Joe Swash and television presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood.

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Brits head to Malaga and Alicante for May bank holiday

Malaga and Alicante have been named as two of the most popular destinations for Brits heading abroad over the May bank holiday weekend.

Figures compiled by Skyscanner show that holidays in Spain are still popular, with places such as Rome, Dublin and Paris all trailing behind in the poll.

Gareth Williams, chief executive of Skyscanner, said the findings indicate that despite the weak pound, people are still keen to travel within the eurozone.

"May Day is an ideal time to hit the beach in Malaga.

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Improve your tennis skills while holidaying at La Manga Club

As well as spending time at the beach and relaxing by the pool, those taking holidays at La Manga Club can also make use of the resort's exceptional sports facilities.

Home to 28 multi-surface tennis courts, La Manga is the perfect destination for Brits looking to improve their skills on the court.

Players of all abilities are catered for at the resort, with professional coaching staff on hand to provide lessons and offer guidance.

La Manga has its own Tennis Academy, staffed by a dedicated team of tennis pros and players can improve their game even more by making use of the facility's state-of-the art video analysis technology.

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Tennis holidays at La Manga Club

Located in south-east Spain, in the popular region of Murcia, La Manga Club basks in sunshine for more than 300 days every year – which could make it the perfect destination for a tennis holiday.

Sprawling over 1,400 acres, the resort is home to a five-star hotel, a wide selection of holiday apartments and more than 20 restaurants and bars.

Guests taking a tennis holiday at La Manga Club will be spoilt for choice, with 28 multi-surface courts available, including four AstroTurf courts and four hard courts. In addition, there are two paddle tennis areas and a squash court.

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