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"Ambitious" Murcia rail link hailed by mayoress

The mayoress of an Almeria town has hailed a new rail link in the region as a significant development for the region.

Maria Dolores Munoz, mayoress of Pulpi, said the link to Huercal Overa will allow easier transport between the town and areas such as Andalucia and Murcia, the Euro Weekly News reports.

"This is an important step forwards in one of the most ambitious projects for the development of our municipality and our region," remarked Ms Munoz.

A visit to Pulpi is already an option for those taking holidays to La Manga, as there is a line running to the town from Murcia.

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Under-16s are 'well travelled'

Today's under-16s travel abroad twice as much as their parents did, a new study has revealed.

Research undertaken by hotels.com found that the average 16-year-old has travelled abroad more than 14 times, compared to their parents who had visited just seven foreign destinations by the same age.

Results show that 98 per cent of under-16s have travelled within Europe, 34 per cent have been to North America and 13 per cent have taken a long-haul trip to Australia.

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Spain in bid for 2018 World Cup

Spain and Portugal are reportedly planning to enter a joint bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Football associations in both countries have signed an agreement and plans are in place to enter another bid for 2022 should this one fail, Typically Spanish reports.

The two countries believe that a joint proposal has a better chance of success than an individual one.

Tourism chiefs estimate that Spain's economy could benefit from a 1.

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Holidaymakers 'should not rely on EHICs'

Those taking holidays in Spain and other eurozone destinations should not rely solely on their European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs), one travel expert has claimed.

Perry Wilson, founder of InsureandGo, said that a large proportion of the population put themselves at risk by failing to purchase insurance cover.

"They [EHICs] are for basic medical treatment but it depends on what country you are in. Some countries give very basic medical cover.

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'Start date approaching' for Murcia-Almeria rail link

Guests at La Manga Club looking to see a little more of the surrounding region may be interested to learn of the latest developments nearby.

A rail link is planned that will connect the holiday favourites of Murcia and Almeria, stretching 9.5 kilometres, the Euro Weekly News reports.

Now, it seems that a start date for the work could be edging closer, with 36 companies expressing their interest in the scheme.

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Spanish theme park unveils underwater nativity

With Christmas out of the way, the last thing many families staying in Spanish holiday villas would expect to see is a nativity scene.

They would perhaps be even more surprised to come across the traditional yuletide figurines underwater.

Nevertheless, that is what awaits visitors to the popular Costa Blanca theme park Terra Natura. Five stone figures - representing Mary, Joseph, Jesus, an ox and a donkey have been placed at the bottom of a shark tank.

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Holidaymakers 'adapt travel habits'

Despite the economic downturn, British holidaymakers are not sacrificing their holidays to Spain and other popular destinations, it has been revealed.

According to lastminute.com, holidaymakers are dealing with the downturn by changing their travel habits and looking at other ways to save money.

Bookings of all-inclusive holidays rose by 21 per cent in 2008 and that trend is set to continue over the coming year.

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Irish stars celebrate New Year's Eve in Spain

Irish television presenter Brian Ormond and his model girlfriend Pippa O'Connor have welcomed 2009 on holiday in Spain.

The glamorous pair are reportedly enjoying a relaxing two-week break in the popular resort of Marbella.

Speaking last week to the Herald, RTE host Brian said there was always plenty to do in Spain and that there would be no shortage of parties.

"I never really go away and I've never been a big New Year's Eve person but this year, I just wanted to do something different so we decided to head off and get a bit of sun," he commented.

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Spain is 'number one' for Scottish holidaymakers

Spain is the number one destination for Scottish holidaymakers, it has been revealed.

According to figures from BAA Scotland, more than 1.2 million people flew to sunny destinations such as Malaga, Alicante and Murcia last year, the BBC reports.

Commenting on the results, BAA Scotland spokesman Donald Morrison said that holidays in Spain were still popular, with the Netherlands and Ireland ranked in second and third place respectively.

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Monarch makes flights to Spain 'easier' for families

Travelling with children is never easy, however, low-fare airline Monarch has announced plans to introduce a new complementary 10kg hold baggage allowance for infants.

Speaking recently, the airline said that as well as offering parents this extra allowance, prams, pushchairs and car seats will continue to be carried for free.

Liz Savage, the managing director of Monarch's scheduled service division, said the airline was committed to providing good customer service to all of its customers.

"As an airline flying to popular holiday destinations in Spain, Portugal and Cyprus we carry many young families on their annual holidays and feel it is important to make their travel experience as seamless as possible," she added.

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