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The Coles enjoy romantic Spanish holiday

Celebrity couple Ashley and Cheryl Cole have been pictured enjoying a romantic Spanish holiday, it has been reported.

According to the Mirror, Girls Aloud singer Cheryl was spotted wearing a straw hat as she enjoyed a holiday on the south coast of Spain with her footballer husband Ashley.

The Spanish break will be a welcome opportunity for the Geordie singer to relax before she takes up her new role as an X Factor judge later this year.

Cheryl will replace Sharon Osbourne as the second female judge on the reality television show, alongside Australian singer Dannii Minogue and pop moguls Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh.

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Brits abroad 'don't understand currency conversions'

Many Brits who travel overseas, including those who take holidays in Spain, are at a loss when it comes to converting their pounds sterling into euros, it has been claimed.

According to Abbey, 38 per cent of travelling Brits would prefer to pay for their holiday treats in pounds.

However, the bank notes that holidaymakers will not be saved from paying foreign exchange fee if they pay in pounds while abroad.

Research by the company's credit card division reveals that 92 per cent of Brits are unaware of dynamic currency conversion with 40 per cent of people thinking they can avoid foreign exchange fees by paying in pounds.

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Flights to Alicante for 'best beaches in Spain'

If you are looking for the cleanest beaches in Spain this summer, flights to Alicante might be the best option.

According to 10 Minutos newspaper, Alicante has the best blue flag beaches in Spain, Typically Spanish reports.

Britons taking flights to Alicante for family holidays in Spain can sunbathe on of 527 blue flag beaches, so designated for their excellent water quality and beach amenities.

In Alicante, blue flags were given to the beaches of Denia Les Bovetes, Denia Marineta Casiana, Sant Joan and Saladar.

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Holiday Villas in Spain

Why bother with a holiday villa? Indeed why bother with holiday villas in Spain? As the world of international travel becomes increasingly more accessible, holidays and planning are becoming complex and frustrating.

Those who opt to enjoy their hard earned breaks staying in holiday villas in Spain can enjoy the luxury of controlling their own sojourn and doing as much or as little as they want at their own pace and to their own schedule.

New research from American Express revealed that 65 per cent of Britons manage to fall out with their holiday companions before their planes have begun the taxi down the runway, before, even, the holidaymakers have reached the check-in desk at the airline terminal.

One of the top five holiday planning rows was revealed to be the quality and type of accommodation booked - a bug bear for 17 per cent of Brits.

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Water sports at La Manga Club

Holidays are all about enjoying the weather and then cooling off and on a La Manga Club Spanish holiday, you are perfectly position to do the latter.

La Manga Club is sandwiched between two seas: The Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor so there are ample opportunities to enjoy water sports on your break.

On the Mar Menor, try your hand to the skilful water sports of sailing and windsurfing, the gentle water and soft winds make the Mar Menor a safe environment for beginners.

Dinghy sailing courses are also available at nearby sailing schools, where holidaymakers can hire dinghies and wetsuits.

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Spanish holiday weather revealed

Britons contemplating a holiday in Spain this summer may be interested in a summer weather forecast for the region that has been released.

Costa Blanca News reveals that a long-term forecast released this week by the Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterraneo states that summer 2008 will be slightly cooler than usual in the months of July and August.

According to experts, high summer season will be humid and cool interspersed with short periods of "intense sunshine".

Also, those planning early summer holidays in Spain may be in luck with the weather if they travel during the coming weeks, as temperatures are expected to "soar".

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Brits 'forget about money on Spanish holidays'

A number of Britons get so caught up in the excitement of being on their annual holiday that they fail to think about money, it has been claimed.

According to National Savings and Investments, 30 per cent of holidaying Brits get swept away while on holiday in Spain and elsewhere and don't consider the financial implications, resulting in overspending.

Meanwhile, the research revealed that almost half of those questioned overspent on holiday because they feel they work hard all year and want to treat themselves when they go on holiday.

"There is no doubt that holidays and spending while abroad are costing Brits a lot more than many bargain for, but people need to think past simply enjoying themselves and to plan their finances so there are no nasty shocks when they get home and face the bills," Dax Harkins, senior savings strategist at National Savings and Investments, advised.

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Birthday celebrations for the Queen in Spain

The Queen has been the focus of special birthday celebrations in Spain this week, it has been revealed.

According to Round Town News, had Her Majesty taken a flight to Alicante on Wednesday she could have enjoyed the party at the British Consulate in Alicante held in her honour.

However, despite the absence of the birthday girl, a good time was reportedly had by all who celebrated on her behalf.

The party was held at Alicante Castle and the theme was British music - highly appropriate as it was recently reported by Chris Evans that the Queen enjoyed dancing to Abba at a dinner dance event in Windsor Castle.

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Frank and family enjoy Spanish break

Frank Lampard, famous Chelsea and England footballer, was spotted enjoying a beach break on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca.

Lampard - whose Chelsea team mate John Terry was spied enjoying a holiday in Miami recently - was pictured enjoying the sunshine with finacee Elen Rives and her mother by the Daily Mail.

The couple's two daughters, two-year-old Luna and 13-month-old Isla also accompanied them on the holiday.

And Majorca was not the first stop on the famous footballer's family holiday to Spain as he had previously been spotted on the holiday island of Ibiza, where his daughters played in the sand and the midfielder was seen enjoying an ice lolly.

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Family holiday arguments revealed

The most common arguments that families have while on holidays in Spain and other countries have been revealed by one commentator.

According to American Express, 65 per cent of Brits manage to fall out with their family before they even arrive at their destination, with arguments breaking out about everything from packing to money.

Younger travellers were proven to be the most argument prone while older travellers aged above 55, arguably the age group more in need of a relaxing holiday, are the more pacifistic when it comes to arguing.

The top argument is how much is packed in a suitcase while 40 per cent of arguments are related to getting to the airport on time.

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