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Visit Terra Mitica on holidays in Spain

Families taking holidays in Spain over the next month may wish to take a trip to the Terra Mitica theme park and Benidorm.

The park is easily accessible for those hiring a car in Murcia and is one of the area's most popular family attractions.

With exciting themed rides, entertaining shows and several restaurants, the park offers visitors the chance to journey through the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean.

According to events site What's on When, visitors can slide down waterfalls in the Egyptian zone, go to the Magnus Colossus in Rome and take a ride on the largest wooden roller-coaster in the Med.

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Dance the night away on holiday in Spain

Top flamenco performers and dancing troupes from around Spain are set to descend on Malaga next month, as the annual Verdiales Festival gets underway.

Verdiales is a style of Flamenco dancing unique to the olive growing region of Malaga and December 28th will see dozens of talented performers travel to Venta San Cayetano to show off their skills.

Described by whatsonwhen.com as one of Andalucia's "liveliest" festivals, the Verdiales is a must for those taking holidays in Spain next month.

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Celebrate Christmas in Malaga

Britons can celebrate Christmas in style this year by taking a trip to sunny Spain.

Anyone staying at La Manga Club and hiring a car, may wish to take a trip to the town of Mijas, where all manner of festive activities are due to take place.

Families can attend the annual Festival of Christmas Traditions, which kicks off on December 6th.

Taking place in Butibamba Park in La Cala, the festival features Christmas food, handicrafts and plenty of festive entertainment and performances.

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Family fun in Alicante

It may be forecast snow in the UK, but over in Alicante the sun is shining and there's still plenty going on.

Kicking off on November 29th, Alicante's annual International Puppet Festival is guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained.

Featuring 15 acts from around the world, the festival has long been popular with tourists and locals and since its first edition, more than 200 puppeteers have performed, according to events site What's on When.

Visitors can expect everything from glove puppets to string and rod puppets, along with a series of hands-on workshops and exhibitions.

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Celebrate the past in Alicante

Britons taking holidays in Spain next summer can enjoy a unique spectacle in the form of the popular Moors and Christians Festival in Alicante.

The event commemorates the various battles between the Moors and the Christians via re-enactments and parties thrown by both sides, WhatsOnWhen reports.

While the festival is marked across the region, Alicante in particular offers an intriguing interpretation of the historic events.

Local people are woken up in the morning and congregate in the town centre to see the Moors and Christians march along the streets in full costume.

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Holidaymakers 'prefer Europe'

British travellers are shunning long-haul trips in favour of holidays in Spain and other European destinations, it has been claimed.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, the last month has seen a 15 per cent fall in the number of people looking for flights from Britain to the US.

Figures suggest that with the pound still falling against the dollar, Britons are looking at holidays closer to home.

Commenting on the findings, Barry Smith, Skyscanner's co-founder and director of business development, said: "Despite the current economic gloom, traffic is still very strong, and there's every indication that people are continuing to make travel a top priority – perhaps because we need holidays to look forward to more than ever.

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Lynx cubs born in Andalucia

Families taking holidays in Spain over the coming months will have the opportunity to see some rather cute new arrivals.

According to Typically Spanish, 13 lynx cubs have been born in captivity in Andalucia so far this year.

In fact, the cute little critters have reportedly caused overcrowding at recovery centres in Jerez Zoo, El Acebuche in the Donana Nature Park and La Olivilla in Jaen.

The animals are being bred as part of a programme aimed at reintroducing the cats into the wild.

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Enjoy mussels and cider in Andalucia

Holidaymakers hiring a car in Murcia may wish to take a trip to Benalmadena this month and sample some of the fine food an offer.

Until the end of November, Tivoli World amusement park in Arroyo de la Miel will be holding a mussels and cider fair every Saturday and Sunday, enabling visitors to sample delicious Spanish food while having a fun family day out.

According to sur.com, visitors to the park will also find Galician-style octopus and Galician pies on offer.

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Roman Theatre opens in Murcia

The Roman Theatre in Cartagena has finally opened to visitors.

Discovered in 1988, the theatre had been hidden for centuries beneath other buildings and now, after years of careful restoration work it is now open to the public.

As well as strolling through the remains of the theatre, those on holiday in Spain can also visit the theatre's museum, which features photographs of the site's excavation, along with archaeological objects discovered during the dig.

Located close to Murcia's cathedral, medieval castle and port area, the theatre is a must-visit attraction for history lovers visiting the region.

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Ryanair shakes off calendar criticism

Leading budget airline Ryanair has responded to criticism over its Christmas calendar by suggesting that those against the calendar are merely "jealous".

The airline has received criticism from several organisations, including the Women's Institute of Spain over its new charity calendar, which features scantily clad cabin crew members.

According to Ryanair, the airline has been condemned because the calendar only features "sexy girls".

Commenting on the situation, Ryanair boss Michael O' Leary said: "We have the best looking cabin crew in Europe, over 700 of whom applied to take part in this year’s calendar and we continue to defend the rights of girls (and boys) to strip off for charity if they want to.

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