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Spain sees summer of sporting glory continue

Spain has seen its summer of sporting glory continue with the news that Carlos Sastre came in ahead of the pack at this year's Tour de France.

The event is widely recognised as the most prestigious cycling event in the world and Sastre recently became the seventh Spaniard to win it.

His success follows hot on the heels of those of the Spanish national football team at the European Championships and tennis superstar Rafael Nadal in the final of men's singles at Wimbledon.

The sporting successes of Spain this year may come as little surprise to those who have sampled the high-quality facilities available at the La Manga Club on the Mediterranean coast.

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Warning issued for holiday drivers

Anyone planning to drive while enjoying a holiday in Spain should take safety precautions before they set off, it has been suggested.

According to the NFU Mutual, unfamiliar roads could make driving difficult for British holidaymakers and it is important to make sure that all aspects of the relevant vehicle are in full working order.

Furthermore, it is important to make sure that all the paperwork relating to car and travel insurance is in order, otherwise a holiday in Spain could be more costly than it needs to be, the company maintains.

"Driving on unfamiliar foreign roads can be a tricky business but it is important that you also check whether you are covered in the event of an accident or theft," said Laura Wood from NFU Mutual.

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Brits unwilling to ditch their holidays in Spain

British consumers are unwilling to shelve their plans for holidays in Spain despite the financial difficulties many are being faced with, it has been claimed.

Spanish holidays are very popular with families form the UK and around a third of people around the country say they are not prepared to change their holiday habits.

The credit crunch that began last summer has taken its toll on British purse strings, but a poll by ICM on behalf of the BBC found that millions of people remain determined to have a holiday break.

Young people from across Britain holiday in Spain each year and according to the recent study those aged between 18 and 24 are least likely to let financial constraints stop them from getting away over the summer.

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Spain gearing up for F1 Grand Prix

Spain is gearing up to host the European Formula 1 Grand Prix next month.

The event is to be staged on the streets of Valencia on the weekend of August 23rd and 24th and it is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators to the city.

Formula 1 is popular with sports fans from around the world and the race in Valencia will be the fastest of the year in an urban environment, with drivers reaching speeds of more than 300 km per hour.

The Spanish tourism office has said this year's European Grand Prix will have a "unique setting with the sea and the famous Arts and Sciences Centre as backdrop".

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Holidays in Spain are "child friendly"

Holidays in Spain have been designated as "child friendly", by one commentator.

According to Post Office, many of the heritage attractions in Spain are either discounted or altogether free for younger children.

In comparison, the Post Office revealed that France's attractions often levy charges for children which can make a day out "much more" expensive, such as a visit to the Eiffel Tower, which for a family of four, costs £31.58.

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River safari trips for kids on La Manga breaks

Sunbathing is not the number one priority for children when they on holidays in Spain, although it might be for parents.

However, for those holidaying to La Manga Club, there are plenty of activities available to keep kids occupied.

In terms of sports, golf holidays to La Manga Club are legendary and there are specific courses and tournaments available for children to get involved in.

As well as junior golf, kids can get stuck into the tennis and football academies while crazy golf is always a hit for parents and children alike.

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Chocotherapy at La Manga Club

If you feel in need of pampering and rejuvenation in between your rounds of golf and tennis lessons at La Manga Club then why not plump for some Chocotherapy.

Plump, however, may be the wrong word to use, as while this rich and smooth indulgent pleasure might go straight to your hips, but it is free of calories.

At Spa La Manga Club, lie back and be covered in the aromatic Chocotherapy treatment during a full body massage.

The treatment uses a unique blend of 100 per cent natural cocoa, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil.

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Learning a second language is "worth anybody's time"

Learning a second language, even if only to make life easier on your holidays in Spain, is a worthwhile pursuit, it has been reported.

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), for those considering holidaying or working on the continent while English may be a widely spoken language, it is still important to be able to communicate in the language of the host country in order to make the most of your stay.

In 2005, the European Commission highlighted that 50 per cent of the European population had the ability to speak a foreign language.

However, the total proportion of Britons capable of communicating in another language was only 30 per cent of Brits.

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Holidays in Spain are 'officially great'

The British love of an annual summer holiday in Spain has been confirmed after the destination appeared in, yet another, top-ten list.

According to the Telegraph, a study by Lonely Planet reveals that British and Irish holidaymakers favoured breaks in Spain over trips to countries such as Greece and France.

Holidays in Spain also topped out over sojourns in India and Canada in the survey.

And when it comes to planning future holidays, Spain came second in the list, with 7.

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Mountain biking for the family at La Manga Club

With holidaymakers increasingly looking to enjoy active breaks to La Manga Club could be of appeal to a growing number of British travellers.

One of the many activities available at La Manga Club is cycling and mountain biking.

There is the option of exploring the resort itself - including the rolling green golf courses and twinkling blue swimming pools - on two wheels or travelling slightly further afield to enjoy other surroundings.

With Biking La Manga, holidaymakers can ride up to the stunning cliffs which overlook the Mediterranean Sea.

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