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'Save money' with a self-catering holiday in Spain

Families hoping to keep costs down this summer may wish to consider booking a self-catering holiday in Spain.

Victoria Sanders, managing director of Teletext Holidays, said this type of break can be a good option, particularly for those with children.

"You can also get some quite good deals on self-catering. You can get a villa, often with a pool, and very close to coastal locations.

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Parents 'take term time holidays to save money'

Almost half of British parents have taken their children on a holiday to Spain or elsewhere during school term time, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of Teletext found that 46 per cent of adults have done this in the past.

Of those polled, 17 per cent admitted they lied to their child's school, blaming the absence on illness or that they were delayed in returning to the UK.

More than 88 per cent of respondents said that taking family holidays is important, while 39 per cent claimed they would avoid taking term time breaks if they had more choice.

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Stay in a townhouse at La Torre

If you're hoping to enjoy a family break in Spain this year, then why not consider holidaying at La Torre Resort in Murcia?

The complex is home to a number of swimming pools and fantastic restaurants, as well as a golf course and tennis facilities, making it an ideal choice for sports enthusiasts.

A great option for families and groups is to book a self-catering townhouse. There are three different styles available - Madrono, Cornical and Palmito - with each one typically featuring two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

They come fully-furnished and equipped with cooking and laundry facilities, as well as spacious balconies and terraces where guests can soak up the sunshine.

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'More flights to Spain' from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

People planning to book flights to Spain next year may be interested to learn that Thomson Airways is set to increase the number of services it operates from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The carrier is to raise capacity by around nine per cent during summer 2011, transporting an additional 15,000 passengers.

"The growth is a result of strong summer 2010 forward sales and will see Thomson Airways operating two 737-800's and one 737-300 for summer 2011," said airport director Mike Morton.

He added that the hub has been working hard to raise awareness of the routes it serves.

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Have a light bite to eat at La Manga

As well as restaurants and bars, La Manga Club in Spain is home to a number of cafes where you can enjoy a light bite to eat throughout the day.

Located at Las Lomas Village, the Deli Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a healthy salad or delicious wrap for lunch. You can also stock up on groceries here or enjoy a coffee on the spacious terrace.

After a demanding game of tennis, why not head to the Tie Break and relax with a refreshing glass of juice or a tasty snack?

Another great place to have lunch is the Sol Y Sombra pool-side bar, which overlooks the north golf course and offers a wide range of light meals and drinks.

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Spain 'is one of most affordable eurozone destinations'

Brits hoping to save money this year may wish to consider taking a holiday in Spain.

Nadine Hallak, a spokesperson for Cheapflights Media, said it is one of the most affordable destinations within the eurozone.

"Spain is particularly well-serviced by low-cost airlines. Return flights, departing from the UK, are almost always available for well under £100," she explained.

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Discover the great outdoors in Spain

People taking holidays in Spain this year will find dozens of activities to enjoy during their stay.

One of the best things about taking a break in the country is having the opportunity to spend time outdoors and make the most of the stunning Spanish countryside.

Writing for bootsnall.com, Nellie Huang noted that although Spain is renowned for its sun-soaked golden beaches, visitors will also find plenty of hills to walk and natural attractions to visit.

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Confusion 'leaves young holidaymakers short on cash'

Confusion over bank charges and transaction fees leaves many young holidaymakers short on cash, new research has revealed.

A recent study carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of EZ Pay revealed that 13 million people have been stuck with no money during holidays to Spain and other destinations.

This problem has affected 50 per cent of people between the ages of 25 and 34.

Furthermore, a quarter of 35 to 44-year-olds admitted that they have called their parents to ask for an emergency money transfer in the past.

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Sample the local cuisine on holiday in Spain

People planning to take holidays in Spain this year will no doubt be keen to sample some of the delicious cuisine on offer in the country.

Writing for bootsnall.com, Nellie Huang suggested that it is a great destination for culinary enthusiasts.

"Gastronomic travel is one of the best ways to uncover a country, especially so in Spain.

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'Purchase insurance separately' when taking holidays in Spain

People planning to take holidays in Spain this summer have been advised that they can save money by purchasing their insurance separately.

Bob Atkinson, a travel expert at moneysupermarket.com, said many airlines and tour operators try to lure travellers into taking out cover with one of their preferred insurance providers, but this is not always the cheapest option.

In reality, many of these policies are uncompetitive and do not suit individual circumstances, he noted.

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