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Scottish squad prepares at La Manga

The Scottish rugby union squad has been enjoying the year-round climate at La Manga Club recently.

However, rather than relaxing at the luxury holiday resort in Spain, the team have been knuckling down for some pre-tournament preparation.

According to the Scotsman, the players are making use of the first-class training facilities at La Manga Club as they get in shape for the RBS Six Nations Championship.

The resort offers quite a contrast to the low temperatures and wet weather the players are used to back home.

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Penrose exhibition opens in Malaga

Art lovers holidaying to La Manga Club might like to consider renting a car in Murcia and driving to the Picasso Foundation in Malaga.

The museum - which is housed in the building where Picasso was born - is hosting an exhibition of the work of British artist Roland Penrose.

Penrose was a good friend of Picasso's - so much so that he was able to write a biography of the Spanish master - and this show offers the chance to compare the styles of the contemporaries.

The exhibition allows visitors to view the work of one of the UK's first surrealist painters and runs until January 25th, typicallyspanish.

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Christmas holidays in Spain 'on the agenda'

Tired of the gloomy weather, over half of Britons say they dream of jetting off to warmer climes this winter.

A survey carried out by kayak.co.uk revealed that 60 per cent of Britons would like to spend the Christmas period abroad, with 41 per cent saying they longed for a beach break.

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Hard-working Brits 'long for spa breaks'

One in six Britons would like to kick back and take a relaxing spa break this Christmas, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by kayak.co.uk revealed that 16 per cent of people would like nothing more than to spend the festive period being pampered and preened.

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Chilly temperatures send bookings 'soaring'

The dreary British weather and last week's bout of snow has sent holiday bookings soaring, it has been revealed.

Figures from travel site lastminute.com show that holiday bookings for the last week were up by 35 per cent on the same period in 2007.

The news suggests that despite the economic doom and gloom, Britons are desperate to jet abroad and soak up the sunshine.

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Women 'make holiday decisions'

When it comes to holidays in Spain, it's the women that wear the trousers, a new survey has revealed.

Research carried out by hotels.com revealed that four in five women expect their partner to pay for mini-breaks, while 73 per cent like to decide when and where they go on holidays.

Furthermore, research found that women prefer to spend their money on beachwear and make-up, rather than on flights and accommodation.

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One in three holidaymakers 'do their homework'

Over a third of Britons research their destinations and learn about laws and cultural difference before travelling, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by Holiday Extras found that 37 per cent of those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations do their homework before travelling.

Furthermore, 56 per cent of respondents said they occasionally read up on customs, depending on their destination.

Just seven per cent of people embark on their holidays knowing nothing about the place they are travelling to.

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Baggage charges 'should be reduced'

The cost of taking baggage on holidays to Spain and other popular family holiday destinations should be reduced, it has been claimed.

According to Co-operative Travel, many families, particularly those with small children are being adversely affected by the restrictive baggage policies imposed some airlines.

Ruth Evans, head of marketing at Co-operative Travel, commented: "It is a bit of a shame because obviously a holiday is a very nice thing for a family to look forward to a holiday but it is a shame when they get to the airport and get stung by these baggage charges. They've got particularly worse since all the security problems.

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TV presenter's post-tennis holiday heaven

Tennis holidays in Spain could be the ideal choice for one of the country's leading standup comedians and TV presenters.

Jimmy Carr has admitted that he likes to spend all day on the courts while away, before spending his evenings doing very little as he recovers.

"If I've spent the day playing tennis and hanging out on the beach, by 10pm I feel tired," he explained to the Telegraph.

Carr is perhaps best known these days for presenting 8 out of 10 Cats, the comedy quiz show on Channel 4 on which teams field questions about the week's news and polls.

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Youngsters gear up for La Manga golf tournament

The team representing England at the Junior Home Nations Inter-Club Championship at La Manga has been selected.

Willow Valley were victorious in the English final last week, securing their place in the final in Spain between January 17th and 22nd, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports.

Tom Brancker, Tom Calvert. Lewis Howell, George Branch, Ali Butters and Tom Pinder will now be getting in practice for the tournament, in which they will compete against teams representing Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

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