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Roman festival to take place close to La Manga

This September Britons taking flights to Spain for holidays to La Manga should make sure to take time out of their sunbathing schedule to pay a visit to nearby Cartagena.

During the later part of this month, the citizens of this ancient port clothe themselves in tunics and togas in order to recreate the founding of the city by General Asdrubal in 223 BC.

Performers also re-enact Cartagena's fall in 209 BC into the hands of the Romans.

Expect to see many people dressed in costumes typical of the period, representing both the Carthaginian troops and the Roman soldiers involved in these defining events.

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Hydrotherapy at La Manga del Mar Menor

Holidays in Spain don't come much better than holidays to La Manga for swimmers, marine sports fans and admirers of all things aquatic.

The luxury holiday resort in Spain benefits from not one but two seas: the Mar Menor - also known as the Minor Sea, the Little Sea and the Great Pool - and the Mediterranean.

La Manga del Mar Menor is perfect for families who want to introduce smaller children to the seaside as the coastal lagoon - which is the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe - boasts shallow warm waters and a gently sloping beach.

It is also ideal for those wishing to try their hand at water sports such as sailing, canoeing, swimming, waterskiing, jet-skiing and wind surfing.

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Sailing regatta to reach Cartagena

This August Brits enjoying late summer holidays in Spain can follow the progress of the Audi MedCup fleet.

Guests taking holidays to La Manga Club can take a day trip to nearby Cartagena to see the 19 TP52 sailing boats which are due to reach Cartagena on Monday August 25th, the Costa Blanca News reports.

The Audi MedCup flotilla has already competed in Alicante and Palma de Mallorca so far this year.

Cartagena will host the fifth event of the competition consisting of several boat races between August 25th and August 30th.

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Travel advice for those taking flights to Spain

Holidaymakers should make sure that their travel insurance providers are made aware of any pre-existing medical conditions before taking their flights to Spain, it has been reported.

According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) standard travel cover can often exclude factors such as pre-existing medical conditions as routine.

Malcolm Tarling, spokesperson for the ABI added that holidaymakers who are intending to engage in active sports, such as scuba diving, also need to provide the company with details of where they are going as well as existing medical conditions.

The comment comes after Defaqto revealed that a seventh of all tourists go on holiday without travel insurance.

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Summer holidays in Spain for cricket ace

England cricketer Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has been spotted enjoying a break with his family in a luxury holiday resort in Spain.

The England bowler was pictured by the Daily Mail paddling in the sea off southern Spain with his children.

Flintoff, his 30-year-old wife Rachael and their three children - four-month-old Rocky, three-year-old Holly and two-year-old Corey - look happy and relaxed in the pictures as they enjoyed their holidays in Spain.

Comparisons were drawn between Flintoff's model wife, as she carried baby Rocky, and actress Angelina Jolie, mother to a brood of adopted and biological children.

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La Manga del Mar Menor guest in goat charge

A man enjoying a holiday in Spain at La Manga del Mar Menor with his wife and children will be staying close to the luxury Spanish holiday villas after an unusual incident with a goat at as Murcia zoo.

The Sun reports that Lee Levett and his family came face to face with an angry goat at the Terra Natura zoo in Murcia.

Mr Levett, 45, claimed he was walking through the zoo with his wife and children when the goat, which had a "shaggy coat" and "curly horns" charged at him.

Terra Natura in Murcia operated a new-generation "Zooimmersion" experience where visitors can come into contact with animals "as if there were no barriers between you".

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Europe is "favoured" holiday destination

European resorts such as La Manga are still the destination of choice for British holidaymakers, a new poll has revealed.

Despite recording an increased interest in long-haul destinations, Cater Allen Private Bank's survey found that more than a quarter (26 per cent) of Brits would sooner go holidaying to La Manga Club and other hotspots on the continent than anywhere else.

It would also appear that golf holidays in Spain and tennis holidays in La Manga Club could continue to be popular, as one in ten respondents said that they prefer to take activity holidays.

The results follow another survey by Cater Allen which revealed that 43 per cent of Brits believe they need a holiday to give themselves a break from the daily toil.

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Granddad from UK 'to make matador comeback in Spain'

A man from Salford will be boarding a flight to Spain this weekend for more than your average holiday in Spain as he comes out of retirement and steps back in to the bull ring.

The Telegraph reports that Frank Evans, a 65 year old granddad, retired from his career as a matador three years ago due to ill health but following a quadruple heart bypass and knee surgery he is once more raring to go.

When Mr Evans retired, his fellow matadors cut his ponytail off and carried him on their shoulders from the Costa del Sol Benalmadena bullring in a mark of respect.

"I now feel better than ever and I want to be a bullfighter again.

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Holiday resorts in Spain to get nudist beaches?

While many Britons take flights to Spain in the hopes of returning with bronzed suntans, few treasure the tan lines that come as part of the package as a result of wearing swimming costumes.

As such, many may be in favour of recent demonstrations throughout Spain during Dia Sin Banador, also known as day without the bathing costume.

Typically Spanish reports that the event, organised by the 14 associations of the Spanish Nudist Federation, stripped off at the weekend in a bid to end the segregation between nudist and non-nudist beaches.

The publication notes that the day had particular successful in Asturias and Cataluna.

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Hot temperatures reported across Spain as winds predicted for UK

Britons who were hoping for a hot and sunny August may soon be looking at renting an apartment in Spain after the Met Office described the month as "awful".

The UK's national weather service has predicted gale force winds for the coasts of the English Channel with rain anticipated in many regions of the country.

"Unfortunately, the poor summer weather shows no sign of letting up over the next few days," Met Office chief forecaster Richard Young said.

Rain and showers are also forecast over other parts of the country over the coming days, with eastern areas of Northern Ireland likely to see "the wettest conditions".

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