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Malaga is 'ideal for Easter'


The Spanish city of Malaga has been described as an ideal destination for the Easter holidays.

According to travel site Skyscanner, Malaga is the second most searched for destination by British travellers, suggesting that millions of people are eager to escape the gloom and take a holiday in Spain.

"Easter is big in Spain and especially in Malaga; Semana Santa (holy week) sees huge processions and parades that stream through the streets as the Trono," the website said.

Rob Innes, head of marketing at Skyscanner, said that Easter is a great time to get away, with the beaches of Europe beginning to warm up nicely.

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Holidaymakers 'delay essential treatment'

Millions of Brits have delayed seeking medical treatment when abroad, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by the Department of Health found that 50 per cent of Brits have been ill or sustained an injury when on holiday in Spain and other destinations.

However, 35 per cent of those polled said they had delayed visiting the doctor until they returned to the UK.

Dr Hilary Jones, resident GP at GMTV, said that by waiting to receive treatment, holidaymakers are putting themselves needlessly at risk.

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Buy a 'bargain property in Spain'

Reductions in the price of Spanish property has created a great deal of buyer interest, it has been claimed.

According to overseas property resource Nubricks.com, "bargains" are now becoming available on the Spanish property market.

Adam Samuel, director of the company, said: "Now there's quite a lot of distressed or below market value properties on the market, while you're seeing up to 50 per cent reduction in price and it's bringing people out to buy.

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Holidays in Spain 'won't break the bank'

Brits can still enjoy holidays in Spain this year, despite the credit crunch.

Speaking to the Daily Mail recently, author and journalist Richard Browning said there are plenty of ways people can save money.

One of his top tips is to stay in accommodation which has some kitchen facilities, enabling holidaymakers to prepare some of their own meals.

"And when you get to your destination try to walk around as much as possible.

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Abta urges government to scrap aviation tax

The Travel Association – Abta – is urging the government to make flights to Spain and other destinations even cheaper by scrapping aviation tax.

According to Abta, the government should follow the lead of the Dutch authorities and do away with Air Passenger Duty.

Andy Cooper, head of development at the organisation, said the authorities must see sense and avoid further damage to the country's tourism and aviation industries.

"The Dutch government's proposal to bin their own aviation tax will greatly benefit their own economy with the added effect of yet more airlines giving up on over-taxed Britain and re-routing to the continent," he commented.

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Holidaying with hand-luggage 'is possible'

Those taking holidays in Spain could save money by travelling with hand-luggage rather than checking a suitcase in.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, it is possible to pack enough clothing into a small bag for a week-long holiday in Spain.

Travelling with hand-luggage can be a great deal cheaper than taking a larger case and those using a small bag are also less likely to have their belongings lost, damaged or stolen.

Skyscanner spokesman Sam Baldwin said travellers should be ruthless when packing and create a list.

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Enjoy a Taste of Spain

Before taking your holiday in Spain this summer you can get into the spirit of things by attending one of the UK-based events organised by the Spanish Tourist Office.

Taking place on May 31st on Regent Street, A Taste of Spain will see the area transformed, with food and entertainment on offer from noon until 6pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to sample traditional Spanish cuisine, including two giant paellas, as well as well as fine wine and sangria.

There will also be flamenco demonstrations, sevillanas dancers and traditional musicians.

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Brits head to Alicante for Easter

Thousands of Brits are preparing to take holidays in Spain this Easter, it has been revealed.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, Alicante is one of most searched for Easter holiday destinations.

The popular Spanish city, which is close to La Manga Club, was ranked ahead of destinations such as Barcelona, Rome and Paris.

Rob Innes, head of marketing at Skyscanner, said Easter is a great time for families to take holidays in Spain, with the beaches beginning to warm up.

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Medical problems most common reason for insurance claims

British travellers are more likely to make an insurance claim for medical reasons than anything else, it has been found.

According to figures released by InsureandGo, the cost of settling medical claims has risen by a staggering 58 per cent since 2007.

Perry Wilson, founder of the company, said that travel insurance was particularly important during tough times when people cannot afford to foot costly bills themselves.

Research shows that lost luggage is the second most common reason for submitting a claim.

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Travellers warned over debit card charges

Those taking holidays in Spain this year have been urged to check their debit card charge tariff before leaving.

Although debit cards are free to use in the UK, those travelling overseas may find that they have to pay out for transaction charges and conversion fees.

Speaking this week, Andrew Hagger of Moneynet.co.

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