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'Snap up bargains' on holiday in Spain

Shopaholics arriving at La Manga Club might like to head to the neighbouring shops in Malaga, particularly as the sales season is now entering full swing.

The Junta de Andalucia had brought the beginning of the January sales period forward from the traditional date to January 2nd, but some of the big stores stuck to their usual plans, Sur reports.

These retailers cut the ribbon on their big sales on January 7th - the day after Three Kings Day.

Thousands of bargain hunters descended on the big name shops, including Massimo Dutti, Carrefour, Zara and El Corte Ingles.

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Property for sale in Murcia

If a holiday at La Manga Club just isn't enough, perhaps it's time to consider a more permanent base and invest in one of the privately owned villas and apartments located at the resort.

Located just 20 minutes from Murcia Airport, an apartment at La Manga Club is an ideal option for Britons looking to invest in a property that is easily accessible and close to good transport links. The resort is also situated with an hour's drive of Alicante Airport, which is served by a number of budget airlines including Ryanair, easyJet and bmibaby.

More details on the range of Property for sale in Murcia is available from various estate agents located around La Manga Club and properties range from one-bedroom studios to seven-bedroom villas with private swimming pools and tennis courts.

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Ryanair celebrates passenger growth

Budget airline Ryanair is flying in the face of the economic downturn by handling more passengers than ever before.

The airline, which offers flights to Spain and a host of other popular destinations, carried almost 58 million passengers in 2008, representing an 18 per cent increase on the previous year.

Ryanair's busiest month was August, which saw the airline transport 5.7 million passengers to sunny destinations across Europe.

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New arrival for Spanish zoo

Families on holidays in La Manga Club will be able to see the latest member of the family at Fuengirola Zoo if they head to the attraction.

Renting a car in La Manga might be one of the best ways to get the facility, which has just welcomed a new chimpanzee.

Called Noelia, the new arrival took everybody at the zoo by surprise - not least her mother, who is of an advanced age, the Euro Weekly News reports.

Noelia is the latest addition to the zoo following a pair of baby gibbons, a Sumatran tiger and a pygmy hippopotamus.

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'Save money' on holiday in Spain

British holidaymakers can make their euros stretch further by using a prepaid foreign currency card, it has been claimed.

According to moneysupermarket.com, travellers can save hundreds with a little preparation and by avoiding airport exchange desks.

A holidaymaker at Heathrow Airport looking to buy 1,000 euros will have to hand over £1,000, while the same amount on a FairFX prepaid card costs £922.

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Holidaymakers urged to 'book early'

Britons taking holidays in Spain and other destinations this year should consider booking early to avoid disappointment, it has been suggested.

With many tour operators cutting their capacity by up to 25 per cent, there will be fewer deals available, according to Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta).

"There will be some attractive deals in the new year that will probably be worth taking up but there will [be] less, if any, late deals on the market. We know that last year, there was quite a dramatic decrease in the number of holidays under £400 and that will continue through 2009," she explained.

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Brits took 'more holidays in 2008'

A recent survey by car hire company Alamo revealed that one in five Brits took more holidays than usual in 2008.

Figures suggest that the credit crunch has had little impact on people's appetite for holidays in Spain and other sunny destinations.

Of those surveyed, 34 per cent said they had taken two holidays in 2008, with 30 per cent taking three or more.

However, the research did show that holidaymakers are becoming more savvy when it comes to spending, with 37 per cent paying less for their 2008 holiday than they did for their break in 2007.

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Holidays in Spain 'may be on the increase'

British consumers will book more holidays to Spain in 2009, despite the credit crunch, it has been revealed.

According to research carried out by travelsupermarket.com, Brits will take an average of 1.8 holidays in 2009, compared to 1.

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Spanish cities top list of 2009 destinations

British travellers just can't get enough of holidays in Spain, it has been revealed.

Figures released by flight search engine Skyscanner show that Malaga, Alicante and Murcia are among the most searched for holiday destinations for 2009.

Out of the top ten destinations, five are in Spain, suggesting that despite the credit crunch, Brits are as keen as ever to jet off to warmer climes.

Commenting on the figures, Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder said that people are choosing Spain due to the good value deals on offer.

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Holidaymakers 'may save' with annual insurance policies

Those who like to take regular holidays in Spain may save money by investing in an annual travel insurance policy, it has been suggested.

A recent study by moneysupermarket.com found that in some cases families can save up to 27 per cent by opting for a multi-trip policy.

Managing director of insurance Andy Leadbetter, said that people should decide what type of traveller they are and base their decision on that.

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