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Travel insurance is a 'must' for holidays in Spain

Brits heading to the sunny Costa Blanca this year should pack their travel insurance policy, as well as their sun lotion, it has been claimed.

Writing on, Sue Ockwell, a spokesperson for the Association of Independent Tour Operators, said that travel insurance is a must for those heading overseas this year.

Failing to take out adequate protection could leave travellers with a hefty medical bill and repatriation costs.

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Spain's beaches to get 'new sand'

Those taking holidays in Spain this summer can enjoy the feeling on "new" sand between their toes.

Authorities in the Costa del Sol are planning to rebuild the area's beaches with new sand in time for the Easter holidays.

According to Typically Spanish, as part of the first phase of improvements, beaches including those in Marbella, Estepona and Malaga will be covered with new sand.

A further 20 beaches in the area will also be improved before summer and the second phase is expected to be completed by June.

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Art lovers flock to Marbella

Brits taking holidays in Spain this summer can soak up some culture at the annual Festival of International Art in Marbella.

Kicking off on June 19th, the three-day event will feature the work of artists, photographers, sculptors and designers from across Europe, Typically Spanish reports.

"Artists will display their work in individual white tents and the street festival is expected to draw artists and public from far and wide," the website said.

The festival also aims to support Marbella's artistic community and provide them with somewhere to showcase their talents.

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'Shop around' for the best currency exchange deals

The pound may have dropped in strength against the dollar and euro over the last year, but there are still good deals to be had with a little shopping around.

Buying currency at the airport is a big no no – unless you want to pay over the odds.

According to flight comparison site

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Ryanair delivers 'best customer service'

Budget carrier Ryanair claims that despite its low fares, it manages to deliver the best customer service in Europe.

Figures from January revealed that 89 per cent of the airline's 31,000 flights were on time last month.

The carrier also revealed that it received less than one complaint per 100 passengers.

"Ryanair is the No.

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Ryanair introduces new in-flight phone service

Those booking flights to Spain in the future may be interested to learn that Ryanair has introduced a new in-flight mobile phone service on a number of its aircraft.

The OnAir system has so far been installed on 20 planes; however, there are plans to roll the service out across Ryanair's whole fleet.

Michael O'Leary, the airline's chief executive, said this is likely to take place over the next 18 months.

"We expect customer demand for this service to grow rapidly and hope that customers of all UK mobile operators will soon be able to call or text home from 30,000 feet to tell loved ones of yet another on time Ryanair flight," he added.

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Short-term holidays 'on the increase'

Brits are changing their travel habits to beat the credit crunch, new research has revealed.

According to research by Essential Travel, there has been a "major shift in British holiday booking patterns".

It seems that people are happy to book short holidays to Spain and other destinations, but when it comes to lengthy summer holidays, people are waiting until the last minute.

Spokesman Stuart Bensusan commented: "'Short-termism' is where travellers are too nervous to pay for an expensive summer holiday now, but are savvy enough to know that there are last-minute bargains to be had online.

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Explore the Spanish countryside at La Manga Club

Bordered on two sides by a stunning national park, La Manga Club is the ideal destination for holidaymakers keen to enjoy the great outdoors.

The resort may be famed for its exceptional golf and tennis facilities, however, there are many other leisure activities available in and around La Manga.

One way to make the most of the surrounding area is to hire a mountain bike and explore Calblanque Natural Park or take a ride to one of the neighbouring villages.

The park is home to numerous walking trails and guests can enjoy a refreshing trek to the summit of La Fuente hill.

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Benidorm is 'top' holiday hotspot

British holidaymakers just can't get enough of the Costa Blanca, according to new research.

In a recent poll carried out by Thomson, the resort of Benidorm was named as Britain's favourite holiday destination, the Mirror reports.

Brits are reportedly attracted by the good beaches, excellent range of facilities and vibrant nightlife, with more than 1.5 million visiting the area every year.

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Top tips for credit crunch travel

We may be in the midst of a credit crunch, but in some ways there has never been a better time to take a holiday.

Tour operators and airlines are slashing their prices left, right and centre, with some offering up to 50 per cent off.

According to leading flight comparison site

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