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'Book flights to Spain early' Britons advised

Britons are being advised to book their flights to Spain as early as possible in order to avoid the high season prices.

Go2Spain notes that as the summer holiday season approaches, prices can "soar".

The online resource also recommends the Costa del Sol as a great holiday region with resorts like Nerja boasting a "full range" of water sports activities such as water skiing, sailing and scuba diving.

Torremolinos, a former fishing villages turned package holiday haven, is also listed as a popular resort alongside the stylish resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus.

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Spanish holidays 'in the top three'

Spain is still one world's top tourist destinations, it has been reported.

According to Pilar Oliver, of Spanish travel portal Cielo, the number of British travellers taking flights to Spain is on the rise.

Ms Oliver added that the most visited resorts in Spain are Benidorm, Barcelona, Torremolinos and Benalmadena, as well as the Spanish islands of Majorca in the Balearics and Tenerife in the Canaries.

She added that low-cost airlines offer flights to different locations in Britain and Europe to Spain with affordable travel likely to increase the inflow of tourists taking holidays in Spain.

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More people taking flights to Spain from Birmingham

Last month, as Britons the country over packed their bags and took flights to Spain for some Easter sunshine, one airport particularly benefited from the UK's desire for Spanish holidays in the spring.

Birmingham International Airport handled 730,307 passengers during March, with 595,306 scheduled passengers and 135,001 charter passengers taking flights to Spain and other destinations from the airport's two passenger terminals.

This total "smashed" the previous highest figure for the month of March and reflected an increase of 8.4 per cent on the total for 2007.

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Charity golf tournament in La Manga

This weekend a charity golf tournament took place in the Spanish holiday resort of La Manga Club.

According to the Irish Independent & Sunday Independent, four Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) parties from Wicklow took part this weekend in the golf charity competition against teams from 31 counties.

The GAA Legends All-Ireland Charity Inter-County Championship is being played on the golf courses of La Manga Club.

"There are over 60 of the lads playing off single figures, the average handicap of them all is around 11 and the golf will be fierce competitive.

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Spain parties on through April showers

The Feria de Sevilla, or April fair, in the Spanish city of Seville has continued this year despite an unusual amount of rainfall.

Spanish partygoers thronged the streets of the historic Andalucian city to attend the annual celebrations, which included the switching on of the fairground illuminations.

Although rain was forecast for the week, it did not appear to be dampening the spirits of local residents, visitors to Seville for the festivities and those on Spanish holidays.

Stalls selling fried fish and shrimp did a brisk business as thousands of people flocked to the fairground and the small tents, or casetas, which are characteristic of Feria.

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Flights to Alicante for Moors and Christians festival

A stunning historic battle re-enactment takes place every year in the town of Alcoi, Spain, as part of an annual festival.

Taking place between April 21st and 24th this year, the Alcoi Moors and Christians Festival is in honour of Saint George, the patron saint of the region.

During the first two days of the event, the two 'armies' march through the town accompanied by pipes and drums, with the 'battle' held the day after St George's Day, re-enacting a fight between Moors and Christians that took place during the 13th century.

Local residents vie for a coveted place in one of the armies and spend the year preparing their costume and manoeuvres in an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

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Watch the Denia Bull Run on a Spanish holiday

This July sees the return of an adrenalin producing cultural traditional held in a Valencian town.

The Toros/Bous a la Mar is a bull run scheduled for the first half of July in Denia.

It is a free event which is held all day and can make an interesting insight into religious custom for those booked onto flights to Spain this summer

The annual run marks the Day of the Sacred Blood and occurs in various locations within Spain.

In Denia, participants' gather near the dock edges in the town as a bull is released near them.

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Flights to Alicante for summer festival

Alicante is set to resound with Spanish inspired music this summer when a series of well-known performers play at a festival.

Paseo del Puerto will play host this August to a range of theatre, music and dance events as part of a packed programme.

For instance those choosing flights to Alicante for their Spanish holiday of choice have the opportunity to watch Miguel Bose perform. The ex-actor has won Latin Grammy awards for his vocal talents.

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Say I do on a luxury holiday at La Manga Club

It was recently reported that many people who choose to get married abroad also have their honeymoon at the same destination.

According to, an organisation that offers a free service to help couples with every aspect of getting married, people marrying abroad tend to make their honeymoon out of that destination because "if you’re going that far it must be very beautiful".

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Colin Farrell film set for production in Spain

Brits taking holidays in Spain over the coming weeks may have the pleasure of running into Irish actor Colin Farrell, who set to produce new thriller Triage in Alicante.

Farrell will play a photo-journalist returning from a dangerous assignment "without his colleague and best friend", according to IGN.

IGN reports that according to Variety, Bosnian director Danis Tanovic, who won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film for No Man's Land in 2001, will be at the helm.

Co-starring with Farrell, and another celebrity face you may see on a Spanish holiday this spring, is Paz Vega, star of Spanglish and Lord of the Rings actor Christopher Lee.

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