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'Take travel guides' on holidays to Spain

Holidaymakers who take a good quality travel guide with them on their flights to Spain can "improve" their holiday, it has been reported.

According to Andy Riddle, managing director of the travel guide publishers Footprint, well-written travel guides produced by dedicated authors and publishers can make the difference on a holiday in Spain or elsewhere.

Mr Riddle added that when the writer "really knows the country" guidebooks can be a "shortcut" to opportunities that might in other circumstances be overlooked.

A travel guide market research report published by professional travel photographer Jim Batty in April 2006 found that the most likely person in the UK to buy a travel guide is a professional and busy Londoner aged between 25 and 34 years old.

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Musical holidays in Spain

Britons taking flights to Alicante this May bank holiday will find that their visit coincides with a performance by German band Scorpions.

The heavy metal band are due to begin the Spanish leg of their world tour in Madrid on May 7th and will perform in Alicante on May 9th 2008.

The group is then scheduled to play in Almeria on May 10th.

Scorpions are a group that date back more than 30 years and have accrued a number of hits and band members during their tenure.

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Convenience and unrestricted searching are 'benefits' of booking online

A number of reasons have been given in regards to the benefits of booking flights to Spain online.

According to independent UK consumer body Holiday Which? "convenience" is one of the main factors in booking holidays and flights online.

Kate Shipp, a researcher, noted that online travel websites allow you to search for and book your holidays to Spain and elsewhere without leaving your immediate location.

"And it's also about being able to compare things quickly on price and choice.

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How to book a Spanish holiday that's best for you

There are many ways of booking a holiday in Spain - such as online, over the phone and over the counter at a travel agents - and travellers are best off choosing the method that best suits their needs.

Holiday Which?, an independent UK consumer body which seeks to provide holidaymakers with unbiased information, noted that those who feel reassured by face-to-face contact could be better visiting a travel agent.

This mode of booking is probably also best suited to technophobes who shy away from booking their flights to Spain online.

"Our research has shown that there are still people out there who like to use a travel agent.

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Spanish holidays 'top choice for May bank holiday break'

Spanish holidays have been tipped to be in high demand over the May bank holiday break.

According to easyJet, around 450,000 UK travellers are set to fly to hot destinations for the long weekend.

The budget airline claimed that one driving factor making travellers head abroad is the predicted cold and bleak UK weather this weekend.

"More people than ever are taking advantage of their Bank Holiday weekends, with over 450,000 passengers jetting off across Europe with easyJet to soak up a little sun or experience a few cultural days away on a city break," easyJet consumer public relations executive, Marianne West, said.

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Flights to Spain 'to recommence' from Norwich

UK consumers will once more be able to take flights to Spain from Norwich for their family holidays in Spain this summer.

Flights to Spain from Norwich will be available through LTE International after Flybe stopped operating the service last summer.

In time for the summer holiday season, LTE International will offer flights to Alicante and Barcelona on a weekly basis from July.

Flying out each Saturday, the new routes will operate year-round.

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Flights to Alicante for regatta season

The port of Alicante is abuzz with excitement as the countdown begins to the Audi MedCup Circuit taking place this May. reports that the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit sailing event consists of six events in four countries.

Next month, Britons taking Spanish holidays in Alicante can watch the 20 teams from 12 countries prepare for the opening event of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit taking place in Alicante between May 12th and May 17th.

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Annual holidays in Spain 'top parents shopping list this summer'

Children in the UK look set to benefit from a total of 72 different excursions this year with foreign holidays to Spain and other foreign countries being the excursion that tops the shopping list for parents.

According to research by the Cooperative Bank, parents spend money on local attractions, the cinema, swimming, fast-food restaurants as well as holidays - with two annual holidays costing an average £2,190.

The Co-operative Bank Savings research shows that the average British family spends a minimum of £37 more each week during the summer holidays.

"Many parents can vastly underestimate the cost of keeping their children entertained during school breaks over the course of a year.

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Britain's young say no to Punch and Judy

The British youth has spoken and it has said a resounding "no" to the traditional British seaside holiday.

According to research from TeleText, younger UK holidaymakers find traditional UK beach resorts "decidedly uncool".

A total of 60 per cent of those aged under 30 found traditional resorts to be unfashionable, while two per cent were unimpressed by Punch and Judy shows and three per cent disliked donkey rides.

However, a hefty 45 per cent said they would be enjoying a minimum of one foreign holidays each year.

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New flights to Alicante offered from Manchester

Britons wishing to enjoy holidays in Spain on flights to Alicante from Manchester Airport now have even more choice, after one airline added an extra route to its itinerary.

The new easyJet route will launch in September and operate flights to Alicante four times per week throughout the winter months.

Budget airline easyJet anticipates that the new destination will be "particularly popular" for those taking family holidays to Spain and as a mini-break destination, with 60,000 passengers expected to take flights to Spain on the route in its first 12 months.

"Alicante has proven to be a popular destination from other easyJet bases in the UK and now independent travellers from the north-west can take advantage of this new service from our Manchester base, to one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations," Carly Brear, UK commercial manager, said.

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