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Europe is "favoured" holiday destination

European resorts such as La Manga are still the destination of choice for British holidaymakers, a new poll has revealed.

Despite recording an increased interest in long-haul destinations, Cater Allen Private Bank's survey found that more than a quarter (26 per cent) of Brits would sooner go holidaying to La Manga Club and other hotspots on the continent than anywhere else.

It would also appear that golf holidays in Spain and tennis holidays in La Manga Club could continue to be popular, as one in ten respondents said that they prefer to take activity holidays.

The results follow another survey by Cater Allen which revealed that 43 per cent of Brits believe they need a holiday to give themselves a break from the daily toil.

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Granddad from UK 'to make matador comeback in Spain'

A man from Salford will be boarding a flight to Spain this weekend for more than your average holiday in Spain as he comes out of retirement and steps back in to the bull ring.

The Telegraph reports that Frank Evans, a 65 year old granddad, retired from his career as a matador three years ago due to ill health but following a quadruple heart bypass and knee surgery he is once more raring to go.

When Mr Evans retired, his fellow matadors cut his ponytail off and carried him on their shoulders from the Costa del Sol Benalmadena bullring in a mark of respect.

"I now feel better than ever and I want to be a bullfighter again.

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Holiday resorts in Spain to get nudist beaches?

While many Britons take flights to Spain in the hopes of returning with bronzed suntans, few treasure the tan lines that come as part of the package as a result of wearing swimming costumes.

As such, many may be in favour of recent demonstrations throughout Spain during Dia Sin Banador, also known as day without the bathing costume.

Typically Spanish reports that the event, organised by the 14 associations of the Spanish Nudist Federation, stripped off at the weekend in a bid to end the segregation between nudist and non-nudist beaches.

The publication notes that the day had particular successful in Asturias and Cataluna.

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Hot temperatures reported across Spain as winds predicted for UK

Britons who were hoping for a hot and sunny August may soon be looking at renting an apartment in Spain after the Met Office described the month as "awful".

The UK's national weather service has predicted gale force winds for the coasts of the English Channel with rain anticipated in many regions of the country.

"Unfortunately, the poor summer weather shows no sign of letting up over the next few days," Met Office chief forecaster Richard Young said.

Rain and showers are also forecast over other parts of the country over the coming days, with eastern areas of Northern Ireland likely to see "the wettest conditions".

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Cheeky duo visit luxury holiday resort in Spain

Romanian twin sisters Gabriela and Monica Irimia, better known as reality TV stars the Cheeky Girls, have been pictured catching the rays in a luxury holiday resort in Spain.

The Cheeky Girls were photographed by the Daily Mail in colourful bikinis in Marbella, a popular luxury holiday resort in Spain.

Monica sported a vibrant orange two piece while Gabriela wore an attractive yellow and black number.

According to the publication, Gabriela and Monica spent their time sunbathing and playing beach bat in the sunshine.

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Motor insurance tips for holiday drivers

Over a third of motorists (39 per cent) are unaware that their car insurance may be downgraded automatically when they drive in Europe.

Research by moneysupermarket.com found that there is a lack of knowledge among holidaymakers about what they are covered for when renting a car in Murcia or other popular destinations.

Peter Gerrard, head of insurance research at the price comparison site, said the news that many insurers automatically downgrade cover from fully comprehensive to third party may "come as a shock" to some Brits abroad.

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Spain has Europe's lowest petrol bills

Spanish motorists pay less for their petrol than their counterparts in any of the other major European nations, it has been revealed.

In the UK, a litre of petrol costs an average of around £1.19, while in Spain the figure is almost 20 per cent lower at around 96p per litre.

Britons pay the most at the pump on average but Spaniards and people on holiday in Spain face the lowest tariffs on the continent, according to recent research from uSwitch.

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Leave the laptop at home, holidaymakers urged

Holidaymakers have been urged to leave their laptops at home when they set off to their chosen destination this year.

A growing number of Britons are finding it impossible to switch off from their professional lives even when they hit the beach and soak up the sun.

With this in mind, Cary Cooper, a psychology professor from the University of Lancaster, has told the Telegraph that anyone heading on holiday to Spain should do all that they can to leave their work behind.

"The rise in mobile phone and internet technology has already effected our weekends and now it is invading annual holidays," said Professor Cooper.

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Brits list their holiday irritations

British consumers have made clear their biggest irritations when it comes to going on holiday to Spain or to another of the most popular places in Europe.

The number one reason why British holidaymakers get annoyed is the extra charges they often face for using their credit and debit cards, the Post Office reports.

Second and third respectively in the list of top irritations was bumping into other tourists from the UK and having to pay more for goods and services than local inhabitants.

While for around one in 20 of the people polled, a phone call from the office back in the UK is the greatest annoyance they anticipate.

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Popularity of southern Spain explained

The popularity of parts of southern Spain has been explained from the perspective of a property investment expert.

Apart from the near-constant summer sun, the region can offer visitors a taste of the history and culture of Spain, suggests the Easier Property website.

In addition to holidays in Spain, the area of Jerez in Andalusia attracts Britons to buy up luxury apartments and houses and its property sector is said to out-performing most others in the country.

"With a thriving rental market and undervalued prices, Jerez is still very much a shrewd mid- to long-term investment proposition," says Chris Mercer, from the property specialists Mercers.

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