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Spanish airport reports "record high"

Holidaymakers were busy in 2007 taking flights to Alicante it would appear, according to new figures.

Costa Blanca news reports that El Altet Airport in Alicante saw a total of 9.12 million travellers passing through its terminals in 2007.

The news provider claims this makes the hub the sixth most important airport in the entire of Spain.

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Third of Brits take Spanish holidays

A third of all Britons holidaying abroad in 2006 took flights to Spain, it has been revealed.

Newly re-released official government figures in the Travel Trends publication show that more than one third of visits abroad were made by UK residents to Spain and France in 2006.

Also, the study showed that 14.4 million Britons took flights to Spain for Spanish beach holidays during this period.

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Older Britons 'head for Spain'

Older Britons are looking to enjoy Spanish holidays - in a caravan - it has been revealed.

According to the Caravan Club, people enjoy caravanning because of the sense of community and freedom that it affords them.

Nikki Nichol, head of PR for the Caravan Club added that while there is a "misconception" that caravanning is suited to older travellers, retired people often choose to spend four months of the year in Spain.

However she added: "There are people from all walks of life and all age groups.

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Civil War memorial tree planted in Alicante

An almond tree has been planted in a region of Alicante in memory of prisoners of the country's Civil War, it has been reported.

Typically Spanish reveals that 300 people attended a memorial ceremony in La Goteta at the weekend to witness the planting of the tree.

A former prisoner of the Campo de Los Almendros, 94-year-old Angel Rubio Nieto attended the ceremony and was quoted by the publication as saying that the prison "must be remembered so that it never happens again".

The Spanish Civil War was a major conflict which began after an attempted coup by parts of the army against the Second Spanish Republic government.

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Marina de Cop is Murcia's "biggest single tourism project"

Murcia's "biggest single tourism project" is the Marina de Cop, it has been asserted.

According to Round Town News, information about the future pleasure beach is scarce, however it looks likely to be a major tourist attraction in the coming years.

Tourists take flights to Murcia in order to enjoy Spanish villa holidays on the popular coastline and at nearby La Manga Club which lies on the Menor Sea.

Currently, other tourist attractions in Murcia include the Cathedral de Santa Maria which was completed during the 15th century and is generally held to be the "most impressive" monument of Murcia.

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Germans say "ja" to Spanish holidays

Spanish holidays have won out in a list of most popular tourist destinations among German travellers, it has been revealed.

According to a study in German tourism magazine Urlaub Perfekt, information from over 1,200 German tourists found Spain to be the top location for great holidays, Dnevnik News reported.

The publication reported that German tourists favoured Spain for its beaches, naming it number one seaside destination.

Also included in the top five destination list were Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Egypt.

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Spanish holidays 'may be good for your heart'

A lack of exposure to sunshine has long been associated with the medical condition of rickets - a bone-softening disease caused by vitamin D deficiency - however new research suggests that lack of this vitamin could increase the risk of heart disease.

Science Daily reports research from the American Heart Association which suggests that patients with low vitamin D levels had an increased rate of cardiovascular "events" over a five-year follow-up period.

"Low levels of vitamin D are highly prevalent in the United States, especially in areas without much sunshine," commented Thomas J Wang, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

He added that between 20 and 30 per cent of the US population suffers from moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency - attributed mostly to a lack of sun exposure.

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Extended Spanish holidays in Alicante

Children at a high school in Alicante are enjoying elongated Spanish holidays after a ceiling in the building partially collapsed.

While noone was injured following the detachment of some plaster slabs in the Rojales school building, it is the fourth time the ceiling has caved in since the school was opened in 1999 according to EFE, Typically Spanish reports.

Children attending the secondary school however are likely to be rejoicing at the lack of structural integrity as classes have been suspended until the repairs have been completed to the ceiling, affording them an extra-long holiday.

Following repairs, builders and technicians from the education department and will have to confirm that the area is safe for the children to continue their studies.

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Book flights to Alicante for short film fest

Britons looking to take Spanish holidays this spring should book their flights to Alicante for the month of April if they want to travel in time for the region's famous short film festival.

The Alicante Short Film Festival aims to promote film and other arts while also providing activities for those on family holidays in Spain during the fiesta, What's on When reports.

During April, holidaymakers in Alicante can expect to enjoy exhibitions, poetry readings and concerts as well as the mandatory sunbathing sessions on the region's nearby golden beaches.

Over the course of the festival there will be four different prize-winning competitions - including a category for documentary making.

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Spain is "easier to explore"

Increased flights to Spain and improved rail services have made the country easier to explore than ever before, it has been reported.

According to the Telegraph, flights to Malaga Airport mean that Spain can be reached from the UK in two and a half hours.

There has also been an "increased" interest in Spanish food and wine leading tourists to take holidays which incorporate routes highlighting local specialities and vineyards.

A new film about Salvador Dali starring Al Pacino is being made in the northern Costa Brava and there are a number of cliff paths and "tiny" coves which can be explored by those on Spanish holidays in the region, the publication notes.

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