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Tips for those considering car hire in Murcia

Holidaymakers thinking of hiring a car in Murcia have been given top rental tips from a motoring expert.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said tourists should inspect for damage before signing and also check the car's tyres and oil and water levels.

Experts from the organisation said people hiring a car while on a Spanish holiday should also ensure a spare tyre is in the boot before driving off.

The IAM said: "Make sure you are comfortable with the brakes and steering: don’t feel pressured to throw the case in the boot and be on the road in 30 seconds.

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Boost family bonds with a Spanish holiday in La Manga

Family relationships could be boosted by a simple holiday abroad, experts have said.

The Family Holiday Association (FHA) claimed breaks make for happier, healthier family units as relatives bond and relax.

A break involving a Spanish holiday could be the ideal method of improving family ties, according to the organisation's advice.

FHA director John McDonald said: "From the family's perspective, the single biggest improvement is simply spending time together and bonding.

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Guide to La Manga Club

La Manga Club Spain is one of Europe's top holiday destinations and the resort itself has a wide range of things to see and do.

Sport is one of the key features of the resort and the tennis academy is something not to be missed for any budding Tim Henmans. The academy is situated right in the centre of the club and includes 28 courts in a choice of clay, Astroturf or hard surfaces. The Academy runs courses throughout the week and there is the option of private tuition and video analysis.

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La Manga benefits cited by GAA team

The benefits of taking a Spanish holiday to La Manga during the off season have been cited by some of the leading teams within the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

La Manga is renowned for its excellent golf and tennis facilities but some Irish sports squads have been making the journey to south-eastern Spain on a regular basis in recent years, reports the Irish Independent.

The trend was started by Amargh Irish football team in 2002, who won the All-Ireland title the following season and since then a number of other GAA-affiliated sports teams have sought to soak up the sun and make the most of La Manga's training facilities.

Explaining some of benefits of a trip to La Manga, the owner and trainer of Amargh's team said: "It was great for a number of reasons: it improved fitness, you did three weeks' work in one; it allowed more rehabilitation for fellows with injuries; and it helped from a morale point of view.

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Make your Spanish holiday permanent, Brits advised

Many UK residents are feeling the pinch of living in a country with such inclement weather and a yob culture that makes them afraid to walk the streets, according to a member of the Spanish Property Owners Guild.

Paul Bradley, of the Guild, believes that many Brits would be far happier if they made their Spanish holiday permanent and left behind the dreariness of the UK.

He noted that Spain is a quintessential example of how life used to be in the UK, but with better weather.

Mr Bradley said: "The country is full of interesting places to visit, rich in history and landscapes.

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Tips for driving abroad

UK motorists are being advised to take a number of precautions before heading off on Spanish holidays.

The Daily Mail has published a list of things the UK driver needs to take into account when driving on the continent, including checking with insurers as to whether they are fully covered to drive overseas.

Also, drivers are advised to make sure you are carrying the correct documentation with them whilst driving as being stopped without the proper papers could be hazardous.

Making sure home contents insurance covers belongings when they are in the vehicle abroad is also recommended, in case the car is broken into.

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Spanish holidays 'best for golfers'

Holidaymakers are being advised that a Spanish holiday could yield some of the best golfing experiences in Europe, according to one newspaper.

Spain offers six full courses in its Almeria region alone with six more currently in the planning stage and it is fast gaining a reputation for variety among golf lovers with courses for all levels, according to Independent Online.

Murcia, the newspaper claims, has been cited as a region that has not been greatly affected by any slowing down in the country's economy.

Bridget Rosser, of the Almanzora Group, said: "Spain has the best infrastructure of anywhere in Europe and it's only two and a half hours from the UK.

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The soundtrack to car hire in Murcia

Drivers wondering what to listen to following car hire in La Manga might like to take note of a latest motoring musical survey.

Contemporary pop anthem Mr Brightside by rock band The Killers was voted the number one driving song in a survey of over a thousand motorists.

The results of the questionnaire, conducted by insurance experts

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Budding Olympians - come and train in La Manga

Budding golf stars may be keen to book a Spanish holiday in La Manga following the recent news that the sport could soon be contested at the Olympic Games.

Last week, leaders of the European and US golf tours held talks with the head of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, to discuss bringing golf back to the games in time for the 2016 tournament.

A strong lobby is coming from many of the minor tours the European Tour represents across the continent, who want golf to become an Olympic sport because of the increased funding they would receive, industry insiders told

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Check your docs before taking Spanish holiday

Brits taking a Spanish holiday to play golf or tennis at La Manga Club would be well advised to check their travel documents are up to date, following new advice.

In response to reports that approximately three million European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) will expire before the peak holiday season kicks in, the UK's Department of Health has warned travelers to make sure they are properly covered.

Dr Hilary Jones is quoted by

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