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Monarch named 'best leisure airline'

Low fares carrier Monarch has been named as the best leisure airline at the 2008 British Travel Awards.

Monarch – which offers regular flights to Spain – was also named as a runner up in the best scheduled airline and best low-cost airline categories.

This is the latest in a string of awards for the airline, which also recently scooped the Telegraph Readers Award for the best charter airline.

Commenting on the airline's success, managing director Tim jeans said: "This is a great achievement for Monarch and demonstrates the strength of the brand name in the highly competitive airline-market.

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Long holidays 'could invalidate home insurance'

Britons enjoying long holidays in Spain have been warned to check their home insurance before leaving.

Speaking earlier this week, Darren Black, a home insurance expert at confused.com, said that many policies are invalidated if a homeowner is away for more than 30 consecutive days.

"For anyone planning on a month-long stay, whatever the time of year, it is essential that they make sure that there is someone staying in the house at some point whilst they are away to make sure home owners do not inadvertently invalidate their cover," he commented.

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Ryanair to offer more flights to Spain

Budget carrier Ryanair is expected to announce plans to offer flights from Gatwick to Alicante.

At present the airline operates just three routes from Gatwick; however, in a move which may trouble easyJet, the carrier could soon be offering flights to Spain.

According to the Telegraph, the news is expected to be made official today (November 18th) at a press conference in London and as well as flights to Alicante, it is also expected that the airline will operate a daily service to Barcelona-Girona.

In related news, it was reported last month that more than six million people passed through Spain's airports during the month of September.

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Holidays in Spain 'still popular'

British holidaymakers are still travelling to popular destinations such as Spain, it has been revealed.

A recent study carried out by low fare airline Monarch found that the credit crunch has not had an adverse affect travel.

Of those surveyed by the carrier, 36 per cent said they did not intend to let the economic climate affect their travel plans, while a further 41 per cent said they intended to take the same number of flights but spend less.

Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch's scheduled service division, said: "Year-on-year comparisons show that bookings for Summer are currently 43% higher than they were last November, which indicates that people are being more organised this year and booking their summer holidays much earlier than they have previously to take advantage of the low fares currently available in the market.

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Enjoy 'fine' music in Malaga

Britons taking a holiday in Spain can soak up some culture at the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga.

On November 21st and 22nd, the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the theatre, alongside renowned solo pianist Benedetto Lupo.

According to visitcostadelsol.com, Lupo is one of the most talented musicians of his generation and has already made acclaimed debuts with several orchestras, gaining worldwide recognition and several prestigious awards.

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Have 'family fun' at La Manga

Britons hoping to escape the dreary weather and head to warmer climes this winter may wish to consider holidaying at La Manga Club in Spain.

Situated on the sunny Costa Calida, La Manga basks in sunshine for over 300 days of the year and is an ideal winter sun destination.

What's more, the resort is home to a range of first-rate facilities and has plenty to offer holidaymakers of all ages.

Parents can rest assured that children will be kept occupied, with kid's activities on offer daily.

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Tickle your taste buds in Andalucia

A market, dedicated entirely to selling cheeses, is set to open in the village of Antequera in Malaga tomorrow (November 15th).

Andalucia is home to dozens of goat's cheese factories, with 19 in Malaga alone, Euro Weekly reports.

The Malaga Goat Breeders Association is now hoping to capitalise on its produce by selling local cheese via the internet and at a monthly market – the first of which is taking place at the Plaza de San Francisco.

Plans are also in place to open a number of shops selling locally produced cheeses, enabling those taking holidays in Spain to buy unique gifts for their loved ones.

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FCO offers money management tips

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is urging holidaymakers to ensure their finances are healthy before jetting abroad.

With the credit crunch to contend with, the FCO said it is concerned that more holidaymakers than usual could find themselves in financial difficulty.

Those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations are advised to set themselves a budget and to take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy, which offers protection against the theft and loss of belongings, as well as injury.

"The last thing British holidaymakers need when escaping for some sun this winter is to be faced with costs they hadn't budgeted for.

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Britons 'love holidays in Spain'

British people will always enjoy taking holidays in Spain, it has been claimed.

Speaking today (November 14th), Ignacio Vasallo, director of the Spanish Tourist Office, said that Spain would always have a special place in the heart of British holidaymakers.

The country is so popular, due to the ease of accessibility and the fantastic hotels and visitor facilities, he suggested.

"The al fresco lifestyle, the almost daily fiestas and the great weather all combine to make Spain a great place for a short break or longer holiday at any time of year," said Mr Vasallo.

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Malaga jazz festival gets underway

The 23rd annual Malaga International Jazz Festival is currently in full swing, with performers from across the world showcasing their talents in southern Spain.

With performances taking place until November 17th, the festival features a packed programme of events and is a must for anyone taking holidays in Spain over the coming week.

According to visitcostadelsol.com, this year's festival includes musical entertainment from renowned saxophonist Joshua Redman, along with American singer and composer Lizz Wright.

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