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Relaxing at La Manga Club

While Celtic Castle's founder Roger Masterson recently commented that "people want more to show for their trips than a tan", relaxing in the hot sunshine is still an essential part of a holiday for many.

When holidaying to La Manga Club, Britons will find there is ample opportunity to make the most of the hot weather.

La Manga Club receives over 300 days of sunshine each year so if you want one, a tan is a guarantee.

If you need to cool off between your sunbathing sessions, there are a number of swimming pools to choose from.

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Golf holidays to La Manga Club: Celebrity tournaments

La Manga Club is more than just a luxury holiday resort in Spain, it is also home to some of the foremost sporting facilities in Europe.

In addition to being the training ground for many UK football teams and having in the past hosted such tennis events as the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup, La Manga Club regularly hosts a series of celebrity golf events.

When it is not playing host to people enjoying golf holidays in Spain, La Manga Club becomes the venue for the annual Sunday Telegraph Junior Team Golf tournament.

In this competition, top golfers from Britain and Ireland compete in the Home Nations Championship Final at La Manga Club in four teams: England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

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Spurs players on training holidays in Spain

While footballer Steven Gerrard's wife recently relaxed at a luxury holiday resort in Spain, the players of her husband's rival club Tottenham Hotspur were hard at work on a training holiday in Spain.

And although they were spotted exercising on the golf courses, golf holidays in Spain were the last thing on the footballers minds as they endured tough morning sprints up and down the hills.

The tough training included two sets of six-successive 150 metre sprints.

In the 30 degree heat, the players then hit the gym before picking up their football training in the afternoon.

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"Magnificent" La Manga golf holidays

When it comes to golf holidays in Spain, few can be finer than golf holidays to La Manga.

This certainly seemed to be the feeling of Trevor Peake of the Liverpool Daily Post when he visited the luxury holiday resort in Spain recently.

Mr Peake reports that he enjoyed playing a round of golf with BBC television commentator Alex Hay and his wife on his holiday at La Manga.

"It was a privilege and a pleasure to play with Alex and his delightful wife Anne on my first ever visit to the magnificent La Manga Club, which has three great golf courses in its extensive sporting facilities," Mr Peake noted.

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Murcia's 'seductive' cuisine

Gourmands flying out on Spanish holidays might like to make La Manga their destination following a glowing recommendation from Florida.

A journalist writing in Fort Myers' News-Press reveals how she had travelled to Murcia to retrace the steps of King Alfonso X and ended up falling in love with the region's food.

She recounted "gorgeous fruits and vegetables, marine delicacies, crusty 'arroces' made with short-grain rice from Calasparra and wines so full of regional character I had to reconsider my exclusive passion for those of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero."

The article also describes how the area's position - facing the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor lagoon - has influenced its cuisine, with bluefin tuna, langoustines, sea bream, grey mullet and cod roe often on the menu.

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Spanish holiday food habits revealed

If the luggage being dragged of the conveyor belt in Spanish holiday airports looks heavy, that's because it is.

Tins of beans, boxes of cereal and packets of biscuits are all among the foodstuffs packed into suitcases by Brits heading out on Spanish holidays.

A survey of British tourists by Halifax Travel Insurance discovered that almost one in five like to take a taste of home with them when travelling to foreign climes.

The reason behind the tendency for Brits to cram their cases with supplies is apparently a fear of getting food poisoning.

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Football team returns from La Manga Club refreshed

A UK League Two football side has returned from a pre-season training at the celebrated La Manga Club "raring to go", it has been reported.

According to Kent News, Gillingham had spent four days in the luxury Spanish resort where they underwent intensive training.

Manager Mark Stimson trained his 21-man squad twice a day in preparation for a number of friendly matches taking place this July and August.

One unlucky player however missed out on the chance to practice his skills at the renowned Spanish holiday resort.

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La Manga listed as best last minute "girly" break

Spain's La Manga Club has been named in a list of top last minute holidays for summer 2008.

According to the Telegraph, La Manga Club is in the top ten out of 50 great last minute holiday destinations for this summer.

Recommending flights to Alicante, which is located near to La Manga, the publication reports that The Spa La Manga Club has launched an anti-ageing diamond-dust facial which could appeal to those planning on a girls' holiday in Spain.

Spa La Manga Club is located at the heart of the resort and offers full spa breaks in addition to spa treatments for those taking holidays in La Manga.

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Sushi on Spanish holidays

Britons looking for a taste of the Oriental East on a Western European holiday to Spain can now do so at La Manga Club.

A new sushi bar has opened at the resort's Piano Bar, a roomy and yet modern facility boasting a luxurious seated lounge area.

Located at the Hyatt hotel, the Piano Bar has an inviting atmosphere and is a delightful restaurant in which to eat dinner while on holiday at La Manga Club.

Holidaymakers can now enjoy a selection of different Asian, Oriental and Middle Eastern cuisine and tapas washed down by a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails in this establishment, which does not admit children under the age of 18 after midnight.

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Spanish holidays "increasingly popular" for horse riders

Britons who enjoy engaging in pursuits such as horse riding in the summer holidays could wish to opt for a holiday in Spain this summer.

Spanish holidays are becoming "increasingly popular" with horse riders, Horse and Hound magazine notes.

Moreover, the equine-focussed publication lists Spanish holidays as number two on its "top riding holiday destination" list.

Among the pros of a horse riding holiday in Spain is the fact the country can be reached quickly thanks to sea travel and flights to Spain.

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