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City status for Marbella?

Holiday hot spot Marbella could soon be recognised as a larger municipality following its growth and popularity as a tourism destination.

Marbella's town council has supported plans by the region's economic leader to submit an order to try and gain the region the official status of a big city, reports euroweeklynews.com.

It comes as many Britons could be considering holidays in Spain this year, despite the economic downturn.

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Things to do in Murcia

Located in the south-east of Spain, Murcia has long been popular with British holidaymakers attracted by the region's sandy beaches, mountainous scenery and excellent range of visitor attractions and facilities.

The region basks in sunshine for over 300 days a year and holidaymakers visiting La Manga Club will find plenty to see and do during their stay. Murcia has something to offer everyone, from water parks promising family fun to museums and art galleries for those keen to soak up some culture on their break.

When it comes to beaches, holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice and as well as making use of La Manga's own La Cala beach, they can enjoy some of the region's other popular coastal haunts, which include Las Delicias, Levante and the Playa del Paseo Parra.

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Torrevieja Carnival programme unveiled

Those taking holidays in Spain over the coming month will have the opportunity to attend the annual Torrevieja Carnival, which gets underway this week.

Running until February 22nd, the carnival has something for everyone, with everything from children's events to drag queen competitions taking place, Euro Weekly News reports.

Other highlights of this year's programme of events include the carnival parade which takes place at 4pm on February 15th, along with the annual children's dance.

The programme was officially launched earlier this week by councillor Eduardo Dolon and Julio Ruiz, president of the Association Cultural Carnival de Torrevieja.

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Spain to promote 'sustainable tourism'

Tourism authorities in Spain are looking at ways to sustain the country's many tourist attractions and beaches so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

According to eTurboNews, a number of policies will be introduced aimed at preserving Spain's natural attractions and creating more conservation zones – making holidays in Spain even more enjoyable.

"Even before sustainability became a buzz word in environmental and conservation circles, tourism officials were taking an inventory of Spain's tourism infrastructure and carefully making plans for future development," Spain's ministry of tourism said.

The ministry said it will spend over two billion euros annually on introducing these new measures.

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Book online for the 'best deals'

Those looking for a good deal on their next holiday in Spain should book online, one travel expert has claimed.

James Furse, managing director of greenbee.com, said that booking holidays in Spain online enables people to compare prices on flights more easily.

"The more dynamic pricing online gives you much more access to deals and offers.

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Medieval market comes to Altea

Britons enjoying holidays in Spain this month might be surprised when they arrive in the city of Altea to find that is has been transformed into a medieval market.

The fair will be taking place until February 9th and is the city's way of paying homage to its patron saint, reports the Benidorm Spotlight.

It is called Fiestas del Santisimo Cristo de la Salud de Altea le Vella and visitors to the area can expect to see most of its balconies draped in banners as part of the festivities.

According to the article, is well-suited to taking holidaymakers back in time.

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Spanish coastline to be 'upgraded'

Officials in Spain are planning to upgrade the stretch of coastline between Torremolinos and Marbella, in a bid to attract more holidaymakers.

Andalucia's Ministry for Tourism and the Western Costa del Sol's Association of Municipalities are planning to invest more than 5.6 million euros to revamp 12 beaches in the area, Euro Weekly reports.

Some of the beaches that will benefit from the investment include Los Alamos and La Carihuela in Torremolinos and Santa Ana in Benalmadena.

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Springsteen to rock Benidorm?

Music fans taking holidays in Spain may have the opportunity to see rock legend Bruce Springsteen perform later this year.

The American singer, whose back catalogue contains hits such as Born in the USA and Born to Run, is reportedly in talks to play a gig in Benidorm this summer.

According to Typically Spanish, officials at Benidorm Town Hall have earmarked July 31st as a possible performance date.

Details have yet to be confirmed; however, it is thought that the singer will play a number of Spanish concerts as part of the promotional tour for his new album Working on a Dream.

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Historic exhibition opens in Spain

Those taking holidays in Spain this month will have the opportunity to learn more about the country's history at a new exhibition in Cartama.

The exhibition, which showcases a number of Megalithic artefacts and reconstructions, will remain open until February 19th, Euro Weekly reports.

Guided tours are available and the exhibition will open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm and from 4:30pm until 8:30pm.

The exhibition will also present reconstructed images of village live in Spain during the Copper Age.

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Top tips for travelling with kids

With half-term fast approaching, families across the UK will no doubt be planning their holidays to Spain and, according to flight search engine Skyscanner, parents can ease the stress of travelling with kids by following its 'top tips'.

Those travelling with young children are advised to pack economically and prepare for delays by carrying enough essential items such as nappies and baby food.

Checking in early is also advisable, particularly for large families that want to sit together.

Providing children with toys to keep them amused is a must; however, holidaymakers are advised to leave messy games and noisy objects at home.

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