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Activity holidays 'prove popular'

British holidaymakers will be reaching for their golf clubs and tennis racquets this year, a new poll has suggested.

Research carried out by online travel community TripAdvisor suggested that British travellers are eager to engage more in activities when on holiday.

Of those surveyed, 26 per cent said they would like to take an activity holiday over the coming year, while five per cent said they were eager to try their hand at some extreme sports.

However, it seems that skiing holidays are not quite so popular, with just ten per cent of Britons planning to hit the slopes this year.

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Malaga Airport receives €14m funding

Britons taking flights to Spain over the coming year may be pleasantly surprised by Malaga Airport's new terminal building.

According to Euro Weekly News, AENA – the Spanish airport and navigation body – has given the go-ahead for €14 million to be spent on fixtures and fittings for the newly-built terminal.

Work will be carried out on the terminal over the next 12 months, with plans to install a VIP room, medical centre and gardens.

The new terminal building covers an area of 271,000-square-metres and will feature more than 86 check-in desks.

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'Culture vultures' enjoy holidays in Spain

Golf holidays in Spain are a top draw for many visitors to the south of the sunny nation, but there is also a great deal going on there from a cultural point of view.

In particular, a trip to Malaga could be a worthwhile excursion for culture vultures, Spain Magazine suggests.

Car hire in La Manga could be a good way for guests at the Murcia resort to find their way to the city, where people will find a range of attractions dedicated to Malaga's favourite son, Picasso.

The Picasso Museum is one of the main stops on a cultural tour of Malaga, housing more than 200 original works by the Spanish master.

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Travel insurance is 'vital' for holidays in Spain

Britons taking sporting holidays at La Manga Club and other destinations this winter have been warned to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before leaving.

According to, holidaymakers should also read the "small print" on their policy and make ensure that they are covered for all of the sporting activities that they intend to partake in.

Peter Gerrard, head of insurance research at the site, commented: "Brits that save their hard earned cash for a snow filled adventure must ensure they are adequately insured; it is important to scour the small print before travelling to avoid any nasty surprises.

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Spain is 'ideal' for golf holiday

Holidaymakers wanting to take in a few rounds on their trips have been advised that Spain is an ideal location for a golfing holiday.

PGA Tour claims the golfing delights of the Iberian Peninsula are "in a class entirely of its own".

It noted that while this may seem like an exaggeration, it must be remembered the British first introduced the sport to the region in the 1800s.

"It's the British with their great appreciation for quality golf, who still list Spain and Portugal as their favourite golf holiday destinations of all," the tour said.

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Older holidaymakers are 'becoming more adventurous'

The older generation of British holidaymakers are becoming increasingly adventurous, it has been suggested.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito), older holidaymakers are opting for active breaks and travelling to destinations such as Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Spain, as well as countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Aito chairman Derek Moore commented: "The older generation are travelling more. Their kids have grown up and are much more self-sufficient these days so they are able to have a look at a bit more disposable income.

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Traditional family holidays 'revived' by credit crunch

Traditional family holidays in Spain and other popular destinations have been "revived" by the recent credit crunch, according to a new study.

Research carried out by Abbey revealed that the current economic climate has encouraged people to take holidays with their parents and extended family members in order to save money.

Some of the benefits of holidaying with a large group include cheaper accommodation costs and the availability of free childcare.

According to Abbey, almost half of people in their late 20s now holiday with their parents or grandparents.

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Holidays in Spain 'remain popular'

Holidays to short-haul destinations such as Spain are likely to remain popular, despite the credit crunch, it has been claimed.

Antony Martin, MD of travel insurance specialist, said that although long-haul destinations such as Australia and the US may be affected, countries served by budget airlines are still likely to remain popular.

Meanwhile, holidaymakers travelling to La Manga Club will certainly find no shortage of economical flights to Spain with Ryanair, bmibaby and easyJet all serving the area.

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Half of Britons book holidays 'independently'

Almost half of Britons book their holidays independently, according to new research.

A study carried out by Mintel revealed that 47 per cent of holidaymakers booked their own flights and accommodation over the last year.

Furthermore, the research found that 42 per cent of holidaymakers opted for package deals, while 11 per cent used went for a mixture of both.

Holidaymakers staying at La Manga Club can book their flights to Spain with a number of providers including Ryanair, bmibaby and Jet2.

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Spain named as 'top wine destination'

Spain has been named as one of the world's top ten destinations for fine lovers.

Research carried out by online travel community TripAdvisor revealed that wine-loving Britons should look no further than Spain for their next trip abroad.

The area of La Rioja was singled out as a particularly good area for wine producing.

Divided into three regions - Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Baja – the area is famous for its "outstanding" red wines, laced with distinctive vanilla flavours.

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