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Discover the Mar Menor at La Manga Club

Guests holidaying at La Manga Club in the Murcia region of Spain will find a wide range of water-based activities to try during their stay.

The popular resort is located within easy reach of the Mar Menor – Spain's largest saltwater lagoon - and is the perfect place for beginners to try their hand at everything from scuba diving to wind surfing.

Sailing enthusiasts flock to the area from across Europe due to the constant thermal winds and warm, shallow waters. The lagoon is around six degrees C hotter than the Mediterranean Sea that surrounds it.

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Hire a bike at La Manga Club

As well as lounging around the pool and enjoying the activities on offer within the resort, guests holidaying at La Manga Club will also find plenty of interesting places to explore in the surrounding area.

The club is bordered on two sides by the stunning Calblanque National Park and is within easy reach of dozens of beaches and pretty coastal villages.

A great way to explore all of these locations is to hire a bike at La Manga Club and spend a day discovering the area at your own pace.

Guests can also hire children's trailers and seats, meaning the whole family can get in on the action.

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Discover the underwater world at La Manga Club

Located in the Spanish region of Murcia, La Manga Club is the ideal place to try your hand at scuba diving.

The Adventure Divers team is based at the resort between from Easter to November and offers a range of courses and excursion options, with something to suit people of all ages and abilities.

The Discover Scuba Diving Course is a great option for beginners. After a short session in the pool, guests are taken for a short dive in clear, shallow waters.

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Ryder Cup bid could bring golf lovers to La Manga

Spain's bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup could be strengthened by its pedigree in golf holidays, according to a prominent Spanish golf figure.

Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG) president Gonzaga Escauriaza remarked that Spain's reputation for golfing tourism could serve to boost the country's efforts to become the first continental European host of the prestigious competition.

Mr Escauriaza told SportBusiness: "For us, to be the heartland, the home of golf outside Great Britain and Ireland, is important because of the tourism opportunities."

If the bid is successful, the tournament will be held near Madrid.

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New campaign to promote Spanish holidays

A new drive to convince more people to take their holidays in Spain will star Catalan chef Ferran Adria.

The renowned cook will become the new face of Spanish tourism as the country seeks to promote its already internationally-recognised cuisine to holidaymakers in Europe, China and the Middle East.

Launching the new campaign in London, Spanish tourism minister Joan Mesquida described Adria's achievements as "the tip of the iceberg" of Spanish food and said: "The success of Spanish gastronomy is not going to fade away soon."

Spain remains a hugely popular holiday destination, attracting tens of millions of tourists each year.

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La Manga to host Leaders in Football conference

La Manga Club has been named as the venue for the next Leaders in Football conference.

The event will take place in March 2010 and will see 50 senior football executives discuss all things football as well as providing a valuable opportunity for networking.

La Manga Club football manager Fran de Paula said he hoped the event would further boost the resort's profile and added: "It underlines the sporting industry's faith in the quality of our facilities."

Leaders in Football is the world's biggest football business event and has been hosted at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge stadium for the last two years.

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Complementary therapy 'could be useful' at La Manga

People holidaying at La Manga could benefit from complementary treatment.

At least this is the suggestion of Dr Michael Dooley, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, who commented that alternative therapies can make it easier to give up alcohol, stop smoking or change diet.

The doctor stressed that such treatment would be most beneficial as part of an "integrated approach," but could bring about improvement in the recipient's physical condition.

He said: "Complementary therapies can have several benefits.

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Spain holidays top popularity list

Holidays in Spain are still the number one choice for European holidaymakers, according to a new report.

The research carried out by survey organisation Eurobarometer found that 10.4 per cent of those questioned were planning to take a Spanish holiday, trailed by France and Italy respectively.

Respondents to the survey said their main motivation for getting away was rest and recreation, followed by a desire for sunny weather and good beaches.

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X Factor's Ruth Lorenzo to play La Manga Club

X Factor finalist Ruth Lorenzo is set to perform at La Manga Club this weekend, taking to the stage of the luxury holiday resort in Spain's Piano Lounge Bar.

The singer, who came fifth in the 2008 edition of the popular ITV talent show, will be at the Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe venue on Saturday March 13th and visitors will be treated to a number of songs from her repertoire absolutely free.

Lorenzo grew up in Murcia and performed at La Manga Club during the early phase of her career, before she became famous.

She will appear at the Piano Lounge Bar one-month into its new season, which is going to include a number of themed nights throughout 2010.

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Special offers for qualified divers at La Manga Club

Guests at Murcia's La Manga Club will have access to a number of special water activity offers from April 1st if they are qualified divers.

The team from Adventure Divers will be back at the luxury holiday resort in Spain through to June and are throwing in some fresh deals to attract those already initiated in the wonders of water exploration.

A guided shore dive is available for free to people buying any 4 x guided diver package, while anybody booking two boat dives in the marine park will be given kit hire for no charge.

There will also be a Deep Diver package on offer as the speciality of the month.

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