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"Portuguese holiday? Sorry, I was in Spain!"

Hull City manager Phil Brown was recently reported to be taking a mid-season break in Portugal - but he insists he was actually in Spain.

The boss, whose team remain perilously close to relegation as the Premier League season edges to its close, was criticised for heading abroad, but he claims the reports were off the mark.

What's more, his flights to and from Spain were not booked with relaxation in mind, he told the Mirror.

"I understand you're in the public eye and everything you do is scrutinised but concerning those reports I was on holiday in Portugal, I can guarantee I was in Spain on a scouting mission," he explained.

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La Manga Club is 'ideal for families'

Families jetting abroad over the May bank holiday weekend may wish to consider a break at La Manga Club in Murcia.

While the adults are off enjoying the resort's exceptional range of sports and leisure facilities, the little ones can make new friends at the kid's club.

La Manga caters for children of all ages – from babies to teens, with experienced staff on hand to supervise activities.

Those aged 13 and over can enjoy squash, go-karting, quad bike excursions and horse riding, while children aged between three and 12 can make the most of the resort's outdoor play area and mini theatre.

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Soccer success scuppers Spanish holiday plans for Rice

It is around this time of year that Falkirk assistant boss Brian Rice turns his thoughts towards holidays in Spain.

However, this time around, the professional has had to cancel his end-of-season break due to the team's successful cup run.

Falkirk, managed by John 'Yogi' Hughes, meet Rangers in the Scottish cup final - a fixture which clashes with his annual Spanish holiday.

And while the game is a dream come true for Rice, he is also bemoaning his luck after deciding to book the holiday early.

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'Discover Spanish Culture' in Murcia

Those taking holidays in Murcia next month will have the opportunity attend one of the city's premier cultural events.

Taking place from May 13th to 23rd, the Murcia Tres Culturas International Festival features events based on Christianity, Judaism and Islam, according to events site WhatsonWhen.

The festival promotes the mixing of cultures and visitors can expect to see everything from flamenco dancing to medieval music concerts.

Poetry recitals, book readings, American gospel concerts and choral performances will also be taking place over the ten days.

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Celtic 'refreshed' after break at La Manga Club

Scottish football champs Glasgow Celtic are feeling refreshed for their final games of the season after a break at La Manga Club in Spain.

The team travelled to the resort following their recent 2-0 victory over Aberdeen, giving players the chance to relax and train in the sunshine.

La Manga certainly seems to have gained to approval of striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who said the resort has a great range of sports and leisure facilities.

"I've been before with PSV and La Manga is a great facility and you have everything there to improve and work as a player," he added.

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All-inclusive holidays 'prove popular'

All-inclusive holidays are proving particularly popular this year, as Brits look at ways to save money, it has been suggested.

Bob Atkinson, an industry extra from Travelsupermarket.com, said that while such a holiday may seem more expensive when booking, people should remember that their flights, accommodation and entertainment are included.

It is a particularly good option for those looking to stick to a tight budget on their next holiday in Spain.

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Alicante 'perfect for fun Spanish getaway'

Those looking for some fun in the sun next month should consider a break in Alicante, it as been suggested.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, a trip to Spain is perfect for people keen to escape the miserable weather over the May bank holiday weekend.

"Be sure to visit El Postiguet, Alicante's most popular beach, renowned for the quality of its sand, its palm tree boardwalk and its proximity to Andalucia's Old Quarter," the company noted.

Figures released by Skyscanner yesterday show that Alicante is one of the most popular destinations with Brits looking to jet off next month.

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Holidays for employees are 'important'

Employees who regularly take holidays to Spain and other destinations are more productive in the workplace, it has been suggested.

According to travel site Expedia, even a short break can help to boost morale and productivity.

In a recent poll carried out by the company, 60 per cent of people said they intend to use their full holiday entitlement this year.

Jonathan Cudworth, head of product marketing at the site, said there has been an increase in the number of people travelling to close-to-home countries such as Spain.

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Brits urged to protect cards while abroad

Those taking holidays in Spain have been urged to ensure they protect themselves against debit and credit card fraud while travelling.

Foreign exchange firm Caxton FX said the best way to prevent fraud is to opt for a prepaid currency card.

Figures released by trade body Apacs show there was an 11 per cent increase in fraudulent debit and credit card transactions abroad in the last year.

Commenting on the benefits of using a prepaid card, Robert Lee-Browne, chief executive at Caxton FX, said: "It is great value because you have no fees to pay for ATM use.

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Explore the countryside at La Manga Club

Located on the sunny Costa Calida, La Manga Club is bordered on two sides by a national park and is the perfect destination for those who like to stay active on their holiday.

There are dozens of pathways and trails snaking through the surrounding countryside and those who want a challenging hike can climb to the summit of La Fuente Hill, which is accessible through the nearby village of Los Belones.

A walk up the hill takes around 45 minutes to complete and once at the top holidaymakers can enjoy unrivalled views of the Mediterranean coastline and the green golf courses of La Manga Club.

Meanwhile, guests who would prefer to let someone else do the legwork can explore the surrounding countryside and the Calblanque National Park on horseback.

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