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Spain home to 'some of the world's best vineyards'

Those who love a glass of sherry might like to combine their tastes with a holiday among the sherry-producing vineyards in Spain.

One such location is Andalucia, which is packed with fields dedicated to the production of the fortified wine.

Visitors to the Jerez region in particular will marvel at the white, chalky soil that is so crucial to the growth of its grapes, writes wine expert Oz Clarke in the Independent.

"You'll never have seen such white soil.

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Brits spend 'thousands' on holidays in Spain

The worldwide economic picture may not be looking that great, but it seems as though Britons are not yet feeling the pinch when it comes to holidays.

A recent poll by travel company Holiday Extras revealed that 35 per cent of consumers spend between £500 and £1,000 per year on holidays in Spain and other foreign destinations.

"Brits still value their holidays and are prepared to spend significant sums on them," the company noted.

The research also revealed that luxury holidays to resorts such as La Manga are also as popular as ever, with 20 per cent of people spending between £1,000 and £2,000 on their holiday flights and accommodation.

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Luxury airport goods 'still popular'

Holidaymakers still enjoy treating themselves to luxury items bought from airport shops, according to one retail expert.

Nick Gladding, lead analyst at Verdict Research, said that despite the credit crunch, Britons taking flights to Spain and other destinations, still enjoyed treating themselves before travelling.

"In general, luxury goods are holding up well. In the luxury sector, people are treating themselves," he commented.

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Puppeteers perform in Alicante

Britons travelling to Alicante next month will have the chance to see some of the world's finest puppeteers in action when Festititeres takes place.

A festival dedicated to the art of puppetry, Festiteres features impressive acts from all over the world, with performers from as far away as Russia.

According to events website whatsonwhen.com, the festival takes place throughout November and December and promises to be an event that the whole family can enjoy.

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Holidays are 'essential'

The economic climate may be less than rosy; however, a majority of consumers still consider holidays in Spain and other foreign destinations as essential, one organisation has claimed.

Dermot Blastland, managing director of TUI Travel UK, suggested that despite the credit crunch, Britons were unwilling to sacrifice their hard-earned holidays, with many consumers vowing to continue travelling abroad

"Over half of our customers agree that even if they had to cut back on spending, their main holiday abroad would be the last thing they would give up," he explained.

A recent survey commissioned by the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) revealed that 83 per cent of people that took a holiday this year intend to travel abroad again in 2009.

Mr Blastland added that for many people holidays are simply viewed as a "necessity", rather than a luxury.

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Spain is 'ideal' for golf holiday

Holidaymakers wanting to take in a few rounds on their trips have been advised that Spain is an ideal location for a golfing holiday.

PGA Tour claims the golfing delights of the Iberian Peninsula are "in a class entirely of its own".

It noted that while this may seem like an exaggeration, it must be remembered the British first introduced the sport to the region in the 1800s.

"It's the British with their great appreciation for quality golf, who still list Spain and Portugal as their favourite golf holiday destinations of all," the tour said.

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A new face at La Manga's academy?

Should one of Europe's premier golfers decide to take a golf holiday to La Manga Club in the coming years, it is likely that he will be bringing a new face with him.

Justin Rose is expecting to be a father, according to the Daily Mail, as his partner Kate Phillips is pregnant with his child.

While Rose would be in his element on La Manga Club's three world class courses, his little one could also hone the skills that made a 17-year-old boy the talk of the golf world 11 years ago.

Juniors are expertly catered for on golf holidays to La Manga Club, with academy classes running for beginners of all ages from 09:00 to 12:00, Monday to Friday.

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British weather 'forces people abroad'

The UK may boast some of the world's finest golf courses, but as long as the rain falls, people might prefer to head abroad.

Such is the outlook of figures released by VisitBritain, which found that last year's summer - thought to be the wettest on record - has made a dent in the number of visitors heading to British towns.

A spokesman told TravelMole: "Last year was a mixed picture for England's towns and cities with many seeing declines after one of the warmest summers on record in 2006."

Courses the match of any in the UK and weather that far outshines that found there awaits those heading to La Manga Club.

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Credit crunch 'will not halt 2009 holidays'

Sports lovers planning tennis holidays in Spain next year are unlikely to change the plans in light of economic problems.

That is the suggestion of Malcolm Preston, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, who told the audience at the Association of British Travel Agents convention that people will be reluctant to forgo a holiday, regardless of the financial climate.

According to TravelMole, Mr Preston referred to statistics which showed that only ten per cent of people answered 'travel' when asked what their first cutback would be in an economic downturn.

"There are many things that will go before that, which backs up our feeling that the [holiday] industry is pretty resilient," he said.

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Online booking growth for holidays

The majority of people in the UK book their holidays online, it has been found.

According to figures compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), 57 per cent of Britons booked their last trip abroad via the internet.

It was also discovered that many people no longer approach travel agents to book their villa rentals in Spain and other breaks, with only 35 per cent choosing this method, TravelMole reported.

Abta also asked holiday bookers what their main considerations were when choosing their time away.

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