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Dive into a watersports holiday at La Manga

La Manga is a luxury holiday resort in Spain and while its many beaches make it perfectly equipped for those who wish to laze their days away with a good book and a fully charged iPod, its adventure sports facilities are second to none.

While it may be hard for holidaymakers to tear themselves away from the region's golden beaches, there is a world to be explored underwater and diving can be a great way to get acquainted with the Costa Calida.

Visitors to the La Manga Club Resort can discover the submerged secrets of the coast with Adventure Divers, a dive centre in the La Manga village of Las Lomas.

The centre is owned and run by Professional Association of Diving Instructors-accredited staff and offers a range of diving courses for different levels of experience, making it ideal for those on family holidays in La Manga.

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Spain 'ahead of France' in tourism stakes

France is "lagging" behind Spain in terms of how much money it generates from tourism, it has been asserted.

According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), revenue drawn from travellers on Spanish holidays reached $51.1 billion (£24.8 billion) in 2006, the Associated Press reports.

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Growth of regional airports offering flights to Spain

There has been a growth in the number of people heading out on Spanish holidays from regional UK airports, it has been reported.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), a main factor behind this growth has been the expansion of low-cost carriers.

Recent CAA figures show that the number of annual passengers travelling through UK regional airports has surpassed 100 million - roughly three times the amount that flew from regional airports in 1990.

"One of the main factors is that the London airports are becoming increasingly busy and as a result of that, more services are being offered from the regional airports," commented Chris Mason, spokesperson for the CAA.

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Spain 'popular party destination'

Spain has been listed as the number one country for nightlife, according to a new report.

The Earthtimes reports that thanks to vibrant cities like Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and the renowned clubbing hotspot of Ibiza, the Country Brand Index (CBI) placed Spain in the top spot for nightlife.

The news comes after Typically Spanish reported that 52.7 million people took Spanish holidays in October.

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Book flights to Alicante for 'extended' Christmas

In modern Britain Christmas can start as early as October with retail outlets piping in festive music and supermarkets stocking shelves with mince pies, however, the celebrations usually end by New Year's Eve.

Not so for those who book flights to Alicante this. According to What's On When the Three Kings Procession is a highlight of the Alicante Christmas season - event though it takes place on January 5th.

Those enjoying family holidays in Spain can watch as the three kings dressed in regal festive clothing parade down the streets from Plaza de Toros to the town hall, distributing sweets to children along the route.

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'Wait for passport' before booking flights to La Manga

Britons looking forward to jetting off to luxury holiday in Spain have been advised to hold off booking their flights to La Manga until they have received their passport.

The advice comes from the Identity and Passport Service and follows a report by the Post Office that revealed 22 per cent of Brits do not know when their passport is due to expire.

Meanwhile, according to the Post Office this means that one in five consumers risks having their holiday spoiled by not having their passport before they are due to go on holiday.

"The Identity and Passport Service constantly reminds customers that they should never book travel before they have their passport," an Identity and Passport Service spokesperson commented.

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Over 50s 'look forward to Spanish holidays'

A significant proportion of Britain's over-50-year-olds are making provisions to take Spanish holidays upon their retirement, it has been revealed.

Research from Alliance & Leicester reveals that 11 million people in this age group intend to travel more regularly in the next five-to-ten years.

Meanwhile, many could be looking to book flights to La Manga with the news that 21 per cent of those approaching pension age would like to visit countries in Europe.

Furthermore, many are looking forward to engaging in exciting activities during their holidays, with seven per cent wishing to participate in scuba diving on their arrival.

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Archaeological find for Spain

Spain could become a hotbed of activity for dinosaur enthusiasts after the discovery of over 8,000 fossils from the upper Cretaceous period.

According to Expatica, the remains, which are thought to be around 80 million years old, are a significant discovery for the region and could convince large numbers of dinosaur fans to converge on the area while on holiday in Spain.

The website reports that the find was stumbled upon by excavators operating on the new high-speed rail link between Madrid and Valencia and that the area could be one of the largest fossil sites from the period in Europe.

A number of palaeontologists, archaeologist and experts have already arrived at the scene and are said to be working hard to retrieve the findings, which so far include three nearly complete dinosaur skulls, so that work on the rail link may continue.

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Baggage tips for Spanish holidaymakers

The number of people experiencing lost luggage problems when travelling abroad is a problem but should not deter those considering a holiday in Spain, one expert has suggested.

A spokesman for InsureandGo said today that the current situation with lost baggage was unacceptable but added that this would not affect the number of people opting for a family holiday in Spain or elsewhere.

Perry Wilson, managing director of the company said: "I think people will be more cautious. Let's be honest there have been baggage stories [in the press] since January this year.

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Luxury holidays in Spain 'popular'

Luxury holidays in Spain are becoming ever more popular, it has been suggested.

According to a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents, there has been a "boom" in the demand for luxury travel.

Moreover, Frances Tuke added that travel companies which specialise in specific destinations such as flights to La Manga are enjoying good custom.

"There is a real boom at the moment for luxury travel.

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