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Spain is 'ideal for dream break'

Spanish holidays have been listed as one of the "all-time favourite destinations for Scots", according to one publication.

The Daily Record reports that "you can never go wrong with Spain" during the summer months as it can offer a winning combination of sunshine, beaches and culture.

Mallorca, in particular, it was noted, is a great family holiday destination as there are plenty of late package deals to the island.

The Spanish holiday destination also offers a variety bars and restaurants while seclusion was also listed as an added bonus.

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Tory leader opts for Spanish holiday

Conservative leader David Cameron has been spied enjoying a family holiday on the south coast of Spain.

Cameron attributed the Spanish holiday to helping recharge his batteries.

According to the Daily Mail, the politician seeks to always put his family ahead of work, and believes that prime minister Gordon Brown also needs to take a refreshing holiday.

"I thought about it again when I was walking through this unbelievable valley in Spain, and I thought: You really do need some time when the head can empty, whoever you are," Cameron told the publication.

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Here comes the La Manga bride


Weddings abroad are becoming increasingly popular, both among couples who wish to get away from the fuss and crowds of a traditional wedding and those who wish to marry on a sandy beach, and among couples who want a lavish ceremony in a stylish location in the style of newlyweds Coleen McLoughlin and Wayne Rooney.

Brides choosing to walk down the aisle at La Manga Club can have the luxury of any wedding they choose.

With a near-guarantee that the day will not be marred by rain, a wedding in La Manga Club offers views of the glorious surrounding hillside and coast.

While Coleen's guests enjoyed drinks on a yacht, guests at a La Manga Club wedding can enjoy a cocktail party on the outside patio, canapes on the split-level terrace and a wedding feast in one of the banqueting suites.

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House tips given to those planning Spanish holidays

Britons planning on enjoying relaxing Spanish holidays in La Manga and elsewhere have been offered tips on how to secure their home before catching a flight to Alicante.

According to confused.com, there are several ways in which to be safety conscious when it comes to securing your home, and in doing so ensuring they can enjoy peace of mind as they relax on the beach on holiday.

Tips include keeping neighbours and family updated on your holiday dates so they can keep an eye out as well as leaving spare keys with them directly rather than leaving them under a plant pot.

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Cleaner flights to Spain 'in the offing'

Flights to Spain could become increasingly cleaner, following news from easyJet that it has, in conjunction with CFM, reached a milestone in its efforts to become one of the most environmentally-efficient airlines in the world.

According to the budget airline, its new engines will reduce mono-nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by a quarter.

It also claims that this will in turn bring "considerable progress" to work on reducing CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and maintenance costs.

"This airline's Green CFM56 represents the best of available and mature technologies for the environment and will enable easyJet to meet future international emissions regulations with significant margins," Eric Bachelet, president of CFM commented.

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New flights to Spain announced

A series of new flights to Spain, including flights to Alicante and flights to Murcia have been announced by a budget airline.

Ryanair has revealed that it is to launch nine new routes including flights to Fuerteventura, Palma and Malaga from October 2008 from Birmingham Airport.

Peter Vella, Birmingham Airport's business development director recently announced that he was "delighted" to become Ryanair's twenty-fifth base and to welcome the additional nine routes.

"There's a double celebration at Birmingham International Airport this week.

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Sporty Brits 'should check cover' ahead of Spanish holidays

Sports lovers planning on taking action packed holidays to Spain this summer should ensure they check the small print of their insurance policies before travelling, according to new advice.

According to esure, a quarter of holidaymakers intend to engage in more active pursuits than sunbathing on the beach this summer, however ten per cent of Brits mistakenly believe themselves to be covered for adventurous activities by their travel insurance policies as standard.

Research by the company revealed that of the 88 per cent of British holidaymakers that have taken part in adventurous holiday activities, more than 2.8 million have suffered an injury while doing so.

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Road safety abroad campaign launched

Britons considering making use of car hire services while on holiday in La Manga Club are the targets of a new road safety campaign launched by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

According to the FCO, tourists are three times more likely to be involved in road accidents than locals and the government department's Steer Clear of Trouble on Foreign Roads' campaign is designed to benefit Brits renting hire cars and driving abroad.

Research shows that almost one third of Britons have driven on the wrong side of the road while on holiday while more than one in ten have driven in the wrong direction on a roundabout.

"I would urge those planning to drive abroad this summer to prepare carefully before leaving the UK.

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Sitcom 'boosts Spanish holidays'

Following the completion of series two of ITV1 comedy series Benidorm, it has been reported that there has been a boost in bookings of Spanish holidays.

According to Travelbite, bookings for holidays to Spain have soared since the airing of the series which focuses on a set of stereotypical Brits abroad on the Costa del Sol, LateRooms reports.

It is claimed that bookings to Benidorm have almost doubled since the first series of the programme, starring funnyman Johnny Vegas.

""Jonny Vegas and the cast of Benidorm have clearly been a huge driver this year," commented company spokesperson Kathy Gwinnett.

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Sixties festival to be held on Spanish holiday island

A backward-looking festival will be held this summer on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca.

The Deya Heydays festival, Oona Napier and Jackie Waldren, will seek to remember the golden age of the village when it was immersed in art, poetry, writing and music, the Majorca Daily Bulletin reports.

Between the 1960s and 1980s Deya was a haven for struggling artists, musicians, writers and poets, including the likes of Robert Graves and the organisers are looking to make sure the memory of this era and its influence on Majorca is celebrated.

"We have collated some old posters advertising Deya, postcards and other items like old Vespas.

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