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Bullfighting in Murcia

While golf and tennis are certainly the top draws for sports fans heading to La Manga Club for their Spanish holidays, some might find themselves drawn to the Murcia bullring.

Here, spectators can take in one of the most spectacular - and controversial - sports being contested in Europe. Bullfighting is a popular event in Murcia, which is home not only to the ring itself but also to a museum dedicated to the tradition.

With roots stretching back to Celt-Iberian times, the corrida - or fight - takes place between three toreros and two bulls.

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Brits 'want more from their holidays'

UK tourists are interested in more than just how much their holiday will cost when considering where to go and what to do for their break, according to News Wales.

The Welsh in particular do not cite cost as their prime consideration, it has been revealed by research conducted by YouGov.

Around 58 per cent of tourists say that things such as the weather and culture are more important than the pressure on their wallets.

Roger Masterson, founder of the travel company, Celtic Castles, commented: "The travel market is more competitive than ever and this should be an incentive for travel businesses to up their game without compromising on quality.

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Podcast gives advice for Spanish holidaymakers

Holiday makers who are heading off abroad this summer should ensure that they have taken the right insurance before they leave according to the Guardian.

It could cost travellers who become ill while abroad in the range of £35,000 to be repatriated by air ambulance if they are not properly insured, according to the Association of British Insurers.

The age of the person taking out the policy can play a part in the price of the policy as can any pre-existing medical conditions or a penchant for taking part in extreme sports.

Stuart Castledine, managing director of Intune, commented: "Customers over 85 are eight times more likely to make a travel insurance claim than customers 35 and under - and those over 65 are three times more likely.

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Emergency number promoted for Spanish holidays

Travellers heading off on Spanish holidays this summer should be aware that the telephone number for the emergency services in the country is 112, the European commission has said.

In fact, 112 is a usable emergency services number in 26 of the 27 EU countries. Bulgaria, rather than the UK, is the exception as 112 works in exactly the same way as 999 here.

However, a recent survey showed that more than one-fifth of people were unaware of 112's existence, reports the Press Association, prompting the commission to launch a publicity campaign and new website to promote the service.

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Spain seeks international recognition for national cuisine

While many on their Spanish holidays enjoy the country's cuisine, the government is aiming to improve the profile of its food.

The country is working in partnership with Italy, Greece and Morocco to place the Mediterranean diet on the Unesco world heritage list, the Majorca Daily Bulletin reports.

Commenting on the move, the country's agricultural ministry said: "Spain took the initiative ..

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Travel insurance tips before heading out on Spanish tennis holidays

People about to embark upon a Spanish tennis holiday or other short break ought to consider taking out adequate travel insurance, according to one expert.

Sally Leeman, media relations manager with Norwich Union, said that it is just as important to take out travel insurance for short breaks as it is for longer holidays.

Those considering taking a Spanish holiday may be interested to know that medical emergencies are the "biggest single cause" of travel insurance claims.

According to Ms Leeman, 2006 saw the average travel insurance claim reach £716 – a figure that has been rising by approximately six per cent each year.

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Tips to heed before driving on Spanish holiday

Holidaymakers in the UK who are planning on driving to Europe should ensure that they are covered with a sufficient insurance policy, RIAS has claimed.

The company claims that a large amount of drivers who are heading over to the mainland in their vehicles are not clear on what is covered in the event that they have an accident.

The managing director of RIAS, Janet Connor, commented: "Getting the correct insurance in place should be as essential a part of a pre-holiday to-do list as remembering to pack your toothbrush."

Tourists have been advised by the insurance specialists to check their policy before they set off on their travels, those heading off on a Spanish holiday may like to note.

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Spanish holiday hunters advised to change currency early

Holidaymakers who are heading off abroad should change their money into foreign currency as early as possible to avoid losing out, according to Sainsbury's Travel Money.

Around five per cent of British tourists change their currency only on arrival at the airport, which is making the commission that they pay more expensive - putting some out of pocket even before they arrive on their Spanish holiday.

Steve Johnson, head of Travel Money at Sainsbury's Finance, commented: "It seems crazy to fall at the final hurdle and pay over the odds for your foreign currency by not taking advantage of better exchange rates and commission free offers at a local supermarket."

Almost one in three people in London were planning on visiting the bureau de change at the airport rather than organising their finances beforehand.

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Lights out in Murcia?

New legislation which may be passed in Murcia in Spain means that there may be less light in the town's streets at night, according to a report at

Murcia will fall under regional laws which are trying to cut the expenditure on night time illumination by 50 per cent.

The draft legislation is currently being finalised, according to Le Verdad.

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'Watch out for bikes' on Spanish holiday

Drivers who are looking to take a Spanish holiday this summer have been advised to look out for motorcyclists while on the road.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has noted that drivers should take care to be aware of any motorcyclists on the roads.

Drivers all-too-often look, but fail to see motorcycles out on the roads, the organisation notes, and therefore drivers on a Spanish holiday should double check their mirrors, the organisation noted.

Making moves such as slightly pulling over to one side in dense traffic can help motorcyclists pass through traffic more easily, the organisation notes.

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