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Improve your game at La Manga Club

If the idea of playing golf on a sun-soaked course appeals to you, then why not consider holidaying at La Manga Club?

Located in the popular Spanish region of Murcia, the resort is easily accessible for players travelling from the UK and is renowned for the quality of its facilities.

As well as three championship courses, golf enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that there is an 80-bay floodlit driving range where players can practice teeing off.

In addition, there are two chipping greens and a crazy golf course, which the whole family can enjoy.

Guests can also improve their game with the help of a professional tutor.

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Take a dip in the Mar Menor

Guests holidaying at La Manga Club will no doubt be keen to get out and enjoy the famous Mar Menor during their break.

Europe's largest saltwater lagoon, it is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

The Mar Menor is surrounded by picturesque beaches and villages, where holidaymakers will find everything from boat excursions to scuba diving on offer.

Other activities guests can enjoy there include sailing, snorkelling, jet-skiing and canoeing.

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Scuba dive at La Manga Club

Located in the sun-soaked area of Murcia, La Manga Club is the ideal place to enjoy water-based activities such as scuba diving.

The Adventure Divers team offer courses from Easter to November and cater for people of all ages and abilities.

Children can take part in the Bubblemaker programme, which involves building up confidence and using professional equipment in the pool.

Meanwhile, those keen to gain an official certificate can take an Open Water course, which typically last between three and four days and are open to anybody aged 12 and above.

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Explore the Calblanque National Park

Located in Murcia, La Manga Club is the perfect destination for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits.

The popular resort is bordered on two sides by the stunning Calblanque National Park, which boasts spectacular scenery and is the ideal place to take a hike or enjoy a mountain bike ride.

Guests will find numerous well-marked trails to explore, as well as golden beaches and secluded coves.

Maps are available from the La Manga Information Centre and guests will find a wide variety of routes to choose from, with something to suit people of all fitness levels.

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Tickle your taste buds at La Manga Club

When it comes to dining, guests holidaying at La Manga Club will be spoilt for choice.

There are more than 20 bars and restaurants to choose from, with something to cater for all tastes and budgets.

For a delicious Mediterranean-style meal, guests can head to the resort's flagship Amapola Restaurant, which boasts a spacious terrace offering views of the golf course.

Another great place to enjoy Spanish cuisine is La Bodega, where visitors will find a wide selection of tapas and fine wines.

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Top tips for weddings abroad

Couples planning to tie the knot abroad have been offered some advice to ensure that their big day goes to plan.

According to foreign exchange provider Caxton FX, brides and grooms-to-be should ensure first and foremost that they take care of all of the necessary legal paperwork.

It is also advisable to visit the destination and venue beforehand and consult with a local wedding planner.

Shopping around for good currency deals is also a must, according to James Hickman, managing director of Caxton FX.

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Luxury holidays in Murcia 'to get healthier'

Those heading off for luxury holidays in Murcia, home to La Manga Club, over the next few years could notice an improvement in the quality of the region's air.

The local government has launched a new initiative aimed to get people out of their cars and on to bicycles, as part of efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Round Town News reports.

Approximately 35 km of cycle paths have already been installed in the area and a total of 117 km will be created as a result of the project, which has a budget of €10 million (£8.7 million) and is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

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La Manga Club 'has top European golf course'

La Manga Club has been named as one of the best places to play golf in Europe by a UK newspaper.

The Daily Telegraph stated that the Murcia destination is among the "top courses" in Spain, Portugal and France as it promoted Telegraph Open Fairways, a specialist golf membership service.

La Manga's north, south and west courses all feature on the Open Fairways website, which is offering three months' free membership as part of its celebrations for the US Masters, taking place this week.

The portal is full of praise for the facilities at the luxury holiday resort in Spain, particularly with regard to the west course, which is a favourite for many.

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See the Pinatar Folk music festival at Mar Menor

Guests staying at the Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia this week may enjoy taking in the Pinatar Folk music roots music festival, which is being held at San Pedro del Pinatar between April 8th and 11th.

Cartagena band Malaguero are to kick off proceedings today (April 8th) in El Mojon's The Corner Bar and will be performing hits from their new album.

They will be followed on Friday (April 9th) by a recital from Celtas Cortas at Nuevo Teatro Circo, while Aljibe and Taray will both take to the stage on Saturday evening to showcase their Folkresort work.

A musical parade, along with a crafts area, will also be among the penultimate day's highlights, with the festival being concluded on Sunday with a children's concert by Valladolid's La Carraca.

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Take in Cartagena while at La Manga Club

Those staying at La Manga Club in Murcia over the next fortnight may wish to take a 25-minute trip to nearby Cartagena, where the annual Mudanzas festival of dance is taking place.

Between April 8th and 17th, cutting edge dance will be showcased across the city, with artists from all over the world putting on performances and additional shows being staged for free in local streets.

Among the main attractions are recitals by the Maiantonia Oliver company, the Pani Pannullo Dancetheatre Co's break dancers and Aracaladanza - whose dances are aimed specifically at children.

The Akram Khan Company will also perform Bahok, featuring artists from Spain, China, India, Slovakia and South Africa, among other countries.

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