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Sixties festival to be held on Spanish holiday island

A backward-looking festival will be held this summer on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca.

The Deya Heydays festival, Oona Napier and Jackie Waldren, will seek to remember the golden age of the village when it was immersed in art, poetry, writing and music, the Majorca Daily Bulletin reports.

Between the 1960s and 1980s Deya was a haven for struggling artists, musicians, writers and poets, including the likes of Robert Graves and the organisers are looking to make sure the memory of this era and its influence on Majorca is celebrated.

"We have collated some old posters advertising Deya, postcards and other items like old Vespas.

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English football team to train at La Manga Club

UK football team Gillingham will be taking flights to Spain for pre-season training this summer, it has been reported.

According to Kent Online, the League Two football club will be honing their skills with a week of training at La Manga Club from July 8th 2008.

However, squad members have been assured by manager Mark Stimson that the trip does not amount to a Spanish holiday.

"It's going to involve some serious training and in three or four days we'll be looking to get in 12 sessions, training three times a day," Stimson commented.

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New transport link between Alicante and Benidorm

Britons taking flights to Alicante for Spanish holidays will now find themselves enjoying better transport links.

The local Ferrocarrils Generalitat Valencia - FGV - train service between Benidorm and Alicante has been opened.

The line L9 service offers a half hourly train instead of the previous hourly service on odder.

"The tram gives much more flexibility and frequency to the travelling public.

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Brits 'cling on to Spanish holidays'

Consumers in Britain are looking unlikely to relinquish their plans for summer holidays in Spain, according to a new report.

TravelMole claims that despite concerns over the impending fuel crisis which ahs seen petrol prices rocket, 61 per cent of British workers intend to take the same amount of holiday entitlement as they took last year.

Meanwhile a quarter of Britons are looking to enjoy even more time off this summer than in summer 2007, the TripAdvisor study highlighted.

"A summer holiday is a must-have for the British public.

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How to keep the cost of a Spanish holiday down

Britons looking to avoid paying too much while still enjoying a Spanish holiday this summer may want to give some thought to a selection of tips offered by one UK publication.

According to the Telegraph there are several ways in which to alleviate the cost of a family holiday.

Travelling off-peak in the autumn months instead of the traditional July and August months is one way of avoiding steep air fares.

Meanwhile, taking a holiday that lasts for one week instead of a fortnight will also save money on the cost of accommodation.

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Chelsea midfielder enjoys Spanish holiday in the sunshine

Perhaps the pain of watching other teams compete in Euro 2008 when England failed to qualify was too much for Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard.

The midfielder has been spotted enjoying a Spanish holiday on the island of Ibiza with his fiancee Elen Rives and baby daughters - two-year-old Luna and Isla, aged 13 months.

The scene of the foursome enjoying the pleasures of sandcastle building on a crowded beach serve to support the notion that holidays in Spain are as popular as ever, after a study by the institution of international tourism in Spain, Frontur, revealed that 15 million tourists have visited Spain so far this year.

And photographs of the group enjoying a family holiday in Spain printed in the Daily Mail prove that footballers do not always spend millions of pounds on exclusive holidays on private islands, when the simple attractions of the Spanish holiday islands will do the trick.

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Keep fit on a La Manga Club holiday

The Telegraph recently reported that sporty holidays are a good choice for families looking to keep teenagers entertained on holiday.

In addition to tennis, football and golf facilities, families on a holiday at La Manga can engage in other forms of exercise.

For those who prefer jogging and walking to competitive or team sports, La Manga Club offers a multitude of quaint and quiet trails.

Lying aside natural park area, runners can jog through unblemished countryside without having to travel far from their accommodation.

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Airport invests in new facilities

Britons travelling on flights to Spain via Southampton Airport can look forward to a speedier check-in thanks to recent investments.

Just the Flight reports that new check-in desks and self-service kiosks have been installed as part of a £3 million refit.

Holidaymakers will even be able to check-in before they enter the building via two check-in kiosks situated in the short-stay car park.

"The installation of 13 new check-in facilities will benefit the time-conscious passenger by providing additional choice for check-in," director of planning and development at Southampton Airport Dave Lees observed.

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Spanish holidays: Popular since the 80s

Spanish holidays have enjoyed favour with travellers the world over for decades and in particular since the 1980s, when Spain was the most popular country in Europe, it has been reported.

According to the institution of international tourism in Spain known as FRONTUR, a growth of 3.3 per cent in tourism was recorded on 2007 so far this year.

Research by FRONTUR also shows that Barcelona is the most popular destination among those taking holidays in Spain.

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Tennis training in La Manga

As the annual build up to Wimbledon begins in the UK and excitement mounts in regards to British hopefuls, only one thing can be guaranteed - the likelihood of rain delays.

While Wimbledon may be one of the greatest tennis tournaments in the world, matches are often held up and disrupted due to rain delays.

As tennis fever sweeps the nation again, an ideal break this summer for adults and children looking to hone their backhand skills is La Manga Club in Spain.

La Manga benefits from in excess of 2,800 hours of sunshine annually, this works out at more than 300 days.

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