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Brits 'should see the sights' on Spanish holidays

UK holidaymakers should make more of an effort to get out and about and involve themselves in local culture when on holiday in Spain, it has been suggested.

According to Halifax, Brits spend less than seven hours in total on average away from their hotel when on holiday.

Research also showed that three quarters of Britons on package holidays in Spain and other countries fail to attempt to speak the local language.

Paul Birkhead, senior underwriting manager at Halifax Travel Insurance, said: "Our research strongly suggests that the idea of a holiday, to most, is a room with pool and somewhere to eat.

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Cold weather sees Brits flee on Spanish holidays

Britons are escaping the cold interior of the UK for family holidays in Spain, it has been reported.

According to, freezing conditions in the UK this Easter have resulted in hundreds of families booking flights to Spain to defrost in the warmth and comfort offered by Spanish holiday villas.

High bookings for flights to Spain are anticipated over the coming weeks during April as families take holidays to Spain.

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Spain is 'still favourite'

Spain is still a favourite holiday destination for many travellers, despite competition from European rivals.

According to the Telegraph, Spanish holidays have faced pressure from rival destinations but has retained its crown as a popular destination for Britons.

And while inland areas have seen an increase in tourism, it is the country's dazzling coastal areas, such as La Manga, that continue to "draw" crowds.

Ready2Invest notes that according to the newspaper: "[Spain] remains a hugely popular, tried-and-tested destination for buyers of all sorts.

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'Pick up camera and insurance' before taking flights to Spain

Holidaymakers planning on travelling on flights to Spain this spring may wish to make the most of a new offer from one travel insurance provider.

Tesco Travel Insurance is offering those taking holidays in Spanish villas with pools the opportunity to remember their holiday in full cover by offering 1,000 free clubcard points with the purchase of annual policies in-store.

The offer would reduce the cost of one of the company's 8.2 mega pixel camera to under £70.

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Flights to Spain for instinct and morality exhibit

Britons taking flights to Spain for luxury holidays in Spain may wish to consider taking time out from relaxing at their Spanish villas with pools to visit the Andalucia Contemporary Art Centre in Seville.

The art gallery is currently presenting a selection of etchings by the famous artists Goya, Picasso and Dali, which focus on the confrontation between instinct and morality.

Holidaymakers can view the Disasters Of War series from Goya, etchings used by Dali for his painting The Songs of Maldoror and Picasso's Suite Vollard, where use is made of classical mythology to explore passion and desire.

The exhibition opened toward the end of March and is open to the public until June 25th 2008, Spain's official tourism website notes.

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Spanish holidays rivalled by congress tourism

Beach-loving holidaymakers are not the only people filling up the flights to Spain, it has been reported.

Event Planner Spain reports that, according to the Spain Convention Bureau, congress tourism is the tourist industry sector with the biggest growth.

Mayor of Malaga Francisco de la Torre claimed that Spain has the fifth most important congress tourism sector in the world.

According to the mayor, tourism in this sector had a turnover of €3 billion in 2006.

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Brits attracted to golf in Spain

Britons are becoming increasingly interested in purchasing property in Spain as golfing holidays become ever more popular, it has been reported.

According to Homes Worldwide, global golf tourism is worth in the region of an annual €10 billion.

The popularity of golfing breaks is also reported to be growing at a rate of two and a half times the speed of other leisure-based travel.

The company reports that golf in Spain in particular is popular, reflected by the developments built around golf courses including hotels, restaurants, spas and other amenities.

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Flights to Spain to be 'boosted' this winter

Monarch has boosted its flights to Spain - specifically flights to Alicante, Lanzarote, Malaga, Menorca and Tenerife - from Luton and Birmingham in its 2008/2009 winter schedule.

Managing director Liz Savage noted that demand for travel to Spanish holiday destinations like the Canary Islands has been "huge" for the winter months.

She noted that 15 per cent more seats are now available from Birmingham and ten per cent more from London Luton this winter than in 2007/2008.

"We're once again ahead of our rivals by putting our entire winter programme on sale before the summer months begin and with more flights to the destinations our passengers want, we're giving them exactly what they want too," Ms Savage commented.

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Young travellers 'want to explore'

Young people have a desire to be independent and set off on travelling holidays to Spain and elsewhere, it has been reported.

According to STA Travel, gap years, which can include young Brits taking flights to Spain, are featuring ever increasingly on people's CV's.

A spokesperson for the company noted that volunteer work and other learning experiences are mentioned on CVs.

"The desire of young independent travellers to explore .

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Prepaid credit cards 'great' for tennis breaks in Spain

Prepaid foreign currency debit cards are likely to replace traveller's cheques as the most efficient way of taking money abroad on tennis holidays in Spain, it has been suggested.

According to comparison site, prepaid cards are a cost-effective way of taking money abroad.

Steve Willey, head of cards and payments at moneysupermarket.

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