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Brits get itchy feet for winter sunshine

One-in-five Britons are planning on travelling abroad over the festive period, it has been reported.

According to Halifax, 19 per cent of UK consumers will be taking flights to La Manga and other destinations over Christmas to see relatives and enjoy the celebrations.

Meanwhile, a total of one-in-ten Brits plan on spending a fortnight or even longer away from home over the holidays.

"People can take practical measures to deter burglars and protect their homes while they are away by keeping expensive Christmas presents out of view, installing an alarm or even fitting timers to lights and radios which will create doubt in the burglar's mind," Marty Foulds, senior claims manager at Halifax Home Insurance advised festive holidaymakers.

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El Dia de Santa Lucia

Brits taking Spanish holidays this month may notice that December is a time of year for many festivals and celebrations in Spain.

December 13th is known as El Dia de Santa Lucia, or in English St Lucy's Day.

Traditionally, St Lucy's Day marks the beginning of the Christmas period and coincides with Advent.

St Lucy is the patron saint of blindness in the Catholic faith and those enjoying family holidays in Spain may wish to join in celebrations by lighting candles, as the name Lucy comes from the Latin root word lux which means light.

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Rise in air traffic as Brits head abroad

Following the recent report from Post Office that 2.4 million Brits would be heading abroad for Christmas this year - a fifth of which intend on taking Spanish holidays - it has now been announced that air traffic in the month of November 2007 rose.

According to BAA figures, airports in the UK saw a total of 10.8 million passengers travel through their terminals last month - an increase of 1.

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Brits plan to travel this Christmas

This year a significant proportion of Britons are planning on spending their Christmas and New Year overseas, it has been reported.

According to Post Office, at least 2.4 million people intend on celebration the turn of the year abroad, with 17 per cent planning on marking the celebrations with luxury holidays in Spain.

Reasons behind this trend include a rise in the availability of cheap flights as well as "depressing" British weather.

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Holiday heatwave hits Spain

Flights to Alicante may be on the cards for a number of Britons after it was reported that a heatwave struck the southern coast of Spain at the weekend.

Midday temperatures reached over 20 degrees Celsius in Alicante, Murcia and Malaga, think Spain reports, drawing in large numbers of weekend holidaymakers.

"Large numbers of holiday weekenders visiting Spain's southern Mediterranean seaboard made the most of the unseasonal conditions with a trip to the beach with some brave, or foolhardy, enough to risk a quick dip in the sea," think Spain noted.

Meanwhile, more tourists will soon be able to take flights to Murcia following the news that a new international airport could be built in the region.

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Christmas Race Regatta in Spain

Spanish holidaymakers heading to the Costa Brava can look forward to some competitive sailing in the form of the seasonal Christmas Race Regatta.

The 2007 Palamos Christmas Race will set off from the Club Nautico Costa Brava yacht club on December 17th-22nd.

Roughly 200 crews from 25 different countries are scheduled to take part in the Christmas Race, in the waters of the bay of Palamos.

"Palamos is known in half of the world as Palamos, paradise of sailing," commented president of the CVP, Miquel Avino.

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Spain has "endless appeal"

Spanish holidays have an "endless appeal" to tourists and Britons will continue to flock to Spain in 2008, it has been suggested.

A spokesperson for Property Frontiers noted that Spain is a "beautiful" country with "beautiful" people and attracts visitors because of its quality of lifestyle.

"With wonderful beaches, 320 days of sunshine a year, delicious food and wine, a laid-back lifestyle, stunning mountain ranges and spectacular cities, it is of endless appeal to tourists and retirees alike," she commented.

An AIPP report for 2006 showed that Spain and France are the top two markets for Britons buying holiday homes abroad.

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Spanish tower to become Christmas tourist attraction

Soon, a tower in Torremolinos could become to Spanish holidays what Blackpool tower is to British holidays.

The Orihuela Cathedral tower in the Spanish town is set to open to the public for the first time ever as a tourist attraction, Typically Spanish reports.

Over the Christmas period, tourists will be able to ascend the tower and enjoy the spectacular views it offers across the region.

The publication had earlier reported that sweets and cakes produced by cloistered nuns from Andalucian convents were being sold in the the Feria del Dulce Convent this week to raise money for 48 convents in the region.

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Spain 'on track for record tourist year'

Spanish holidays have never been more popular, it would appear, as the country remains on track for reporting a record number of visitors, it has been claimed.

According to Spanish tourism officials, 60 million visitors are expected to tour the country by the end of 2007.

During the first ten months of 2007 there was a two per cent increase on arrivals on a year-on-year basis, with tourist numbers topping 52 million.

The news comes as tourism officials in Spain announced a new sustainable tourism plan, Tourism Plan Horizon 2020.

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Alicante Museum reopens in time for Christmas

A museum in Alicante is set to reopen its doors to visitors later this month, just in time for Christmas, it has been revealed.

The reopening of the Museo Alcoia de la Festa in Alcoy could give UK tourists added incentive to plan a holiday in Spain and the venue will feature a wide variety of costumes worn by participants in the traditional Spanish Moors and Christians festival.

In addition to the various costumes worn by those involved in the annual festival, the museum will be showcasing some of the artistic images that have been created over the years to commemorate the event.

The festival celebrates Saint George's defence of Spain against the moors and is a significant coming together across the country and particularly in the Alicante region.

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