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Spain has "endless appeal"

Spanish holidays have an "endless appeal" to tourists and Britons will continue to flock to Spain in 2008, it has been suggested.

A spokesperson for Property Frontiers noted that Spain is a "beautiful" country with "beautiful" people and attracts visitors because of its quality of lifestyle.

"With wonderful beaches, 320 days of sunshine a year, delicious food and wine, a laid-back lifestyle, stunning mountain ranges and spectacular cities, it is of endless appeal to tourists and retirees alike," she commented.

An AIPP report for 2006 showed that Spain and France are the top two markets for Britons buying holiday homes abroad.

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Spanish tower to become Christmas tourist attraction

Soon, a tower in Torremolinos could become to Spanish holidays what Blackpool tower is to British holidays.

The Orihuela Cathedral tower in the Spanish town is set to open to the public for the first time ever as a tourist attraction, Typically Spanish reports.

Over the Christmas period, tourists will be able to ascend the tower and enjoy the spectacular views it offers across the region.

The publication had earlier reported that sweets and cakes produced by cloistered nuns from Andalucian convents were being sold in the the Feria del Dulce Convent this week to raise money for 48 convents in the region.

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Spain 'on track for record tourist year'

Spanish holidays have never been more popular, it would appear, as the country remains on track for reporting a record number of visitors, it has been claimed.

According to Spanish tourism officials, 60 million visitors are expected to tour the country by the end of 2007.

During the first ten months of 2007 there was a two per cent increase on arrivals on a year-on-year basis, with tourist numbers topping 52 million.

The news comes as tourism officials in Spain announced a new sustainable tourism plan, Tourism Plan Horizon 2020.

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Alicante Museum reopens in time for Christmas

A museum in Alicante is set to reopen its doors to visitors later this month, just in time for Christmas, it has been revealed.

The reopening of the Museo Alcoia de la Festa in Alcoy could give UK tourists added incentive to plan a holiday in Spain and the venue will feature a wide variety of costumes worn by participants in the traditional Spanish Moors and Christians festival.

In addition to the various costumes worn by those involved in the annual festival, the museum will be showcasing some of the artistic images that have been created over the years to commemorate the event.

The festival celebrates Saint George's defence of Spain against the moors and is a significant coming together across the country and particularly in the Alicante region.

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New football stadium planned for Alicante

A new football stadium is set to be created in Alicante – a hotspot for Spanish luxury holidays - as local authorities aim to make the city even more attractive to tourists from around the world.

In addition to a new sporting arena, the region looks set to benefit from a range of new infrastructural improvements over the next few years, with a number of new commercial properties to be developed as well.

British tourists on holiday in Spain could soon be able to take a direct tram from Alicante's main railway station to other parts of the city, while space is also being made for new restaurants, bars and shops.

Furthermore, new hotel complexes are planned to be built in the city, which could lure more families from the UK who are looking to find the perfect luxury holiday in Spain.

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Alicante in carnival season

A trip to Alicante during carnival time could prove to make the visit full of festivities.

Taking place over a three week period towards the start of each year, the event sees the region be overrun with costumes, music and parades.

In 2008, the carnival begins on January 21st and ends on February 10th, with similar dates making up the celebratory period each year.

The event which could prove to be the highlight of any holiday in Spain is the Sabado Ramblero, where the main routes through the city become filled with parades, in which music, dancing and costumes abound.

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Barcelona 'ideal for a winter break'

Barcelona has been noted as an ideal destination for a winter break in a new report.

An article in the Daily Express highlighted the fact that winter is the season when the city "really comes into its own".

Although a popular destination all year round, thanks to its relaxed culture and wide array of restaurants, a trip to Barcelona for a Spanish family holiday over the winter period may be ideal.

The newspaper notes that the city has a range of sites that will cater for all and for those that are interested in architecture, seeing the inimitable work of Gaudi for real could be worth the visit alone.

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"European Las Vegas" for Spanish holidaymakers

A major new development project being dubbed the "European Las Vegas" has been given the go-ahead by regional authorities in Spain, it has been announced.

Plans for what has so-far been named only as "Gran Escala" include two theme parks, a stadium and 32 hotel-casinos, which will all give British tourists even greater incentive to go on a Spanish holiday.

A report from AFP suggests that the development in the Los Mongeros desert region is expected to attract close to 25 million visitors per year and will be open for business before the end of 2008.

British investors are believed to be partly financing the project, while one Spanish backer has claimed that Gran Escala will aim to be a leisure city that can cater for the needs of tourists of all ages.

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Revellers flock to Spanish festival

Revellers from across Europe are booking their flights to Alicante in preparation for the annual Las Fallas festival that takes place in the spring of next year.

The event is inspired by the patron saint of carpenters Saint Joseph and typically involves hundreds of people constructing figures that look like famous individuals from paper and wood.

Benidorm, which has long been a favourite destination for Brits looking to enjoy a holiday in Spain, plays host to the three-day festival that gets underway on March 19th next year.

After parading the ceremonial figures through the streets of the local area, participants in the festivities set their creations alight on a bonfire and watch an often dramatic and spectacular firework display.

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Short city breaks "extremely popular"

The popularity of short city breaks to European destinations has risen since the introduction of low-cost airlines, it was said this week.

According to Sean Tipton, a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents, the reduced cost of flights nowadays has made taking a long weekend to the continent much more convenient.

Before no-frills airlines, travellers faced price tags of £300-400 for a flight to Madrid, making a city break rather expensive, he added.

But now, people can not only jet off at a minute's notice but do it at a much lower cost than in recent years.

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