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Brits 'enjoy active holidays in Spain'

British holidaymakers are more likely to take part in sporting activities then laze around on the beach, according to new research.

A study by Cater Allen Private Bank has revealed that 54 per cent of people enjoy participating in activities when abroad, with trekking topping the list of most popular holidayactivities.

Other activities popular with Britons taking holidays to Spain include scuba diving, wind surfing and sailing.

Commenting on the findings, Richard Dunn, managing director of the bank, said that the study suggested consumers were becoming more "adventurous" in their holiday choices.

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Celebrate Dia del Turista in Spain

Holidaymakers enjoying a break at La Manga Club will have the opportunity to celebrate the Dia del Turista this week.

Taking place on September 4th in the nearby town of Torremolinos, the Dia del Turista – also known as Tourist Day – is an annual event held in honour of those holidaying in the area.

Locals gather to say a "thank you" to visitors for the way in which their town has been transformed by tourism.

Those attending the Dia del Turista will be entertained by street parades, musical performances and evening shows, with events taking place in the town centre and on the beaches of La Carihuela, Playamar and Bajondillo.

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Book Spanish holidays in advance and 'save money'

Britons hoping to enjoy a holiday in Spain next year can save money by booking their trip in advance, it has been suggested.

Research carried out by consumer group Which? revealed that families could save more than £1,000 by booking their 2009 holiday early.

The magazine tracked the cost of several Spanish package holidays and found that consumers were likely to get a better deal by booking their flights and accommodation around 12 months in advance.

Which? warned that with prices likely to rise over the coming year, holidaymakers waiting for last-minute deals could be "disappointed".

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Costa del Sol 'perfect' for relaxing getaway

Spain's Costa del Sol is the ideal destination for a "relaxing getaway" and boasts an array of fine eateries, shops and tourist attractions.

A recent report in the Daily Mirror by broadcaster Korin Nolan depicted the south of Spain as an ideal family holiday destination and the perfect place for those looking to sample "amazingly fresh" and "beautiful" seafood.

As well as boasting an array of fine restaurants, Nolan noted that the Costa del Sol is also a shopper's paradise, with dozens of jewellery shops and souvenir stalls standing alongside high-street favourites such as Mango and Zara.

Those taking holidays in Spain can also enjoy a day-trip to Morocco, which Nolan described as one of the highlights of her holiday.

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Fuengirola hosts beer festival

Britons taking holidays in Spain will have more than just sunshine to enjoy this week as the Fuengirola Great Beer Festival takes place.

With a nod to Germany's Oktoberfest, the Great Beer Festival - held at Sohail castle – will offer visitors the opportunity to sample some of Germany's finest beer and culinary delights.

Visitors to Spain will have until September 7th to enjoy the festival, with the action taking place daily from 12:00 local time until 02:00.

According to costadelsolnews.

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Enjoy a winter holiday in Spain

With plenty of sunshine all year round, Spain is the perfect destination for a winter holiday.

As part of plans to boost visitor numbers during cooler months, tourism authorities in the country are launching a new Winter in Spain campaign.

A spokesman for Spain's tourism and industry ministry said that the government was keen to get the message across to holidaymakers that Spain is a year-round destination.

Those visiting La Manga Club this winter will find no shortage of activities to keep them occupied, with the winter months perfect for golf, tennis, mountain biking and hill walking.

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Spain is 'top car hire destination'

Britons taking holidays in Spain are among the world's best car hire customers, according to new research.

A recent study undertaken by car hire company CarDelMar revealed that holidaymakers driving Spain are the most careful customers.

Research found that 99.5 per cent of cars hired in Spain come back in immaculate condition.

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Patsy Kensit takes a Spanish holiday

British actress Patsy Kensit has been soaking up the sun on the Spanish island of Majorca this week.

The 40-year-old is holidaying with her partner Jeremy Healy and her sons James and Lennon.

Pictured in the Daily Mail, the star showed off her trim figure in a patterned orange dress as she spent time lounging around the grounds of her hotel.

After sunbathing by the pool she was then enjoyed a glass of sangria from the hotel bar.

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Stella McCartney soaks up the sun in Spain

Another day, another celebrity holiday and this time it is the turn of fashion designer Stella McCartney.

Stella is currently holidaying in Spain, along with her husband Alasdhair Willis and her three children, Miller, Bailey and Beckett.

The 36-year-old, who is best known for her work at Parisian fashion house Chloe, was pictured in the Daily Mail dressed in a leopard-print two-piece bikini.

Looking trim and toned, the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney enjoyed a dip in the sea and engaged in a spot of snorkelling.

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Holidaymakers 'book trips to Spain early'

Millions of British consumers are set to book next year's holidays over the coming month.

According to a report by Travel Weekly, Britons are keen to arrange their holidays to Spain in advance in order to allow budgeting time and ensure that their preferred dates are available.

A survey carried out by research group TNS revealed that ten per cent of people plan to book their holidays before December, while 25 per cent of consumers are already looking through 2009 brochures.

The research suggested that the current credit squeeze had failed to deter people from enjoying an annual holiday in Spain.

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