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Shark excites tourists near La Manga

A shark seen by several excited holidaymakers was captured by a team of biologists and veterinarians at San Javier's Villamorena beach in La Manga on Thursday.

Spanish guards had been concerned for the shark's welfare and noted that the creature's appearance so close to the shore was far from typical.

"It's very rare to see a shark so close to the beach, now we're trying to find out if he's ill," Luis Gestoso, the head of civil protection in Murcia said, shortly before the shark was apprehended.

If the shark, now safely captured, is found to be in good health, it will be released further away from the coastline into deeper waters.

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More people choose Spain for their wedding

The number of foreign visitors choosing Spain as the venue for the happiest day of their lives has gone up by almost two-thirds over the past four years, according to Expatica, a website for expatriates living overseas.

More than one in ten couples - 16 per cent - are now choosing to tie the knot in a foreign country - a number which rises as high as 60 per cent of all weddings when second marriages are taken into consideration, statistics from Rush PR report.

With convenient flights making it ever easier to travel abroad, destination is no longer a major issue when planning a wedding, Ron Cropper, spokesperson for WeddingsAbroad.com said.

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ICC under-15 cricket championships heat up at La Manga

The action is heating up at the European under-15 division two cricket championships currently underway at the five-star La Manga resort, with Spain, Jersey and Guernsey all in with a shot at the title in Saturday's final.

Home side Spain continued in their unbeaten record yesterday, while group B rivals Guernsey also recorded another win, taking their tally to the maximum six points and setting things up for a top of the table clash between the two sides later today.

Although no Spanish batsman was able to reach 20 runs against Cyprus yesterday, most made a contribution to the total of 162-8. The Cypriots looked in with a shot at 105-1, but eventually Spanish bowling proved too much for the islanders, leaving Spain the jubilant winners by 32 runs.

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Yachtsmen on the Mar Menor may face breath tests

Sailors on the Mar Menor lagoon near the five-star resort of La Manga are being warned by police not to mix drinking with sailing, the Times reports.

Murcia's civil protection agency has proposed breath checks for excessive levels of alcohol for yachtsmen tying up their craft at harbours on the lagoon, which has seen a growing number of boating accidents over the summer.

Holidaymakers living the high life at the world-class holiday complex of La Manga sometimes choose to continue the party by visiting bars and nightclubs on the opposite side of 45-mile long lagoon.

But with more police making breath checks on the roads around the resort, growing numbers are taking to their yachts to reach the opposite coast, according to Nicola Coleman (25), a British holidaymaker at La Manga.

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ICC under-15 cricket championships kick off at La Manga

The International Cricket Council (ICC) under-15 cricket championships (division two) got under way at the five-star La Manga resort in Spain on Sunday (August 26th).

Ten nations are competing at the world-renowned La Manga sports complex for a chance at international glory and the opportunity to impress selectors for their national under-17 and under-19 sides.

Italy and Spain are currently at the top of groups A and B respectively, maintaining their undefeated status yesterday (August 27th) in their games against Germany and Belgium.

The Italians battered Germany into submission, winning by a total of 105 runs.

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Vote for local sports programmes to win trip to La Manga

A trip to the five-star La Manga Club is on offer to every person voting in Norwich Union's 'Join Our Team Campaign'.

Norwich Union, one of the UK's leading insurance providers, is promoting local British sports initiatives in a bid to get 10 million children involved in athletics by the start of the London Olympics in 2012.

Each person who registers for the scheme is automatically added into a prize draw to win a trip for two to La Manga, the world-class sports resort in the beautiful region of Murcia, Spain.

Flights, and spending money are all part of the prize, and the lucky winner and their guest will be provided with stylish and sumptuous accommodation at the resort, which boasts a luxury range of hotel suites and villas.

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ICC under-15 cricket championships begin on Sunday at La Manga

The International Cricket Council (ICC) under-15 cricket championships (division two) are set to begin at the La Manga Club this Sunday.
Ten European countries will be competing at the five-star resort from August 26th to September 1st, offering seven days of international youth cricket.

La Manga Club is renowned world-wide as one of the finest sports resorts on earth, and many teams choose the five-star complex each year for pre-season training or tournament preparation. It has also grown used to staging important events in the cricketing calendar.

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La Manga Club - one of the world's great resorts

With Summer here and Spanish sunshine beckoning, the five-star holiday resort of La Manga is a tempting prospect for a luxury break on the Med.

Families, sports-enthusiasts and sun-seekers are faced with a 1,400 acre holiday-maker's paradise, offering world-class sports and spa facilities, exquisite restaurants, children's holiday clubs and a host of bars, pools and beautiful views.

An array of luxury hotel accommodation and comfortable Spanish villas provide the ideal base from which to enjoy a truly five-star holiday.

And now that more than one in three people are looking for "active holidays," according to the Lonely Planet Guide's 'Travellers' Pulse' survey, the range of activities on offer at La Manga looks better than ever.

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Spain remains a "winning" destination for family holidays

Families are increasingly travelling abroad on their holidays, with the "child friendly culture" of Spain remaining "a winning formula", family holiday advisers Take the Family said.

Holidays abroad are becoming an increasingly popular option for families. According to the Office for National Statistics, British households spent an average of £12.50 a week on package holidays abroad last year, compared to just £1 a week on package holidays in the UK.

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'A Late Dinner': Rediscovering the culinary delights of Murcia

Visitors returning home from a stay in the beautiful huerta, or garden of Murcia can now relive the gastronomic pleasures of their holiday with a new book, A Late Dinner: Discovering the Food of Spain by Paul Richardson.

Published this August, a late dinner takes its readers on a highly flavoured journey through Spain and its cusine, from coastal fish, to the dishes made by mountain shepherds, to the inspired creations of world-class chefs in cities such as Barcelona and Madrid.

Delicacies such as jamon iberico, Cadiz fish, Navarre asparagus, morcilla, and Catalan calcotada are all vividly brought to life, presenting the reader to a banquet of delights that will make them wish that they were still on holiday.

But the lush and fertile plains of Murcia retain a special place of the author, who has lived in the country since 1990.

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