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Actor reveals "therapeutic" nature of golf

Scottish actor Dougray Scott has hailed golf as the perfect way to unwind.

The Desperate Housewives star has fond memories of playing rounds with his father after work, revealing the sport instilled a "really good philosophy for life".

He tells Sky Sports: "I kind of see golf as a very therapeutic exercise for me where I can really forget about everything else and really focus on the here and now."

The busy actor and father-of-two may do well to re-visit his childhood with a break at La Manga Golf resort, which offers tailored family holidays.

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Keep an eye out for Murray on Spanish holiday

British tennis ace Andy Murray needs to train harder if he is to reach the top, according to one expert.

Murray was outclassed in straight sets at the Hamburg Masters last week by Rafael Nadal, who went on to win the championship.

Now the Times sports columnist Simon Barnes has expressed concern this trend will continue unless the 21-year-old Scot dedicates more time to practice.

He says: "Training on is the process of turning promise into achievement, turning precocity into maturity.

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Cante de las Minas Flamenco Festival

The Cante de las Minas Flamenco Festival attracts thousands of people on Spanish holidays each year to the mining town of La Union.

Combining the best of Spanish music, singing and dance, the festival brings the small mining town to life, with celebrations taking place into the early hours of the morning.

Those considering car rental in Murcia might find that having a vehicle makes getting to this party a lot easier.

Taking place in August each year, the festival is predominantly held in the historic market building with its quirky modernist architecture.

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The finest golf holidays in Spain at La Manga

Spanish holiday specialist La Manga Golf Resort is the holder of the prestigious World Travel Award for best European resort.

The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 and are decided by the vote of over 25,000 travel agencies in 182 countries worldwide, making La Manga's win a huge coup for the Spanish holiday favourite.

La Manga Golf Resort is situated in the popular Spanish holiday destination of the eastern Costa del Sol, between the Costa Blanca and Costa Almeria, and offers visitors wishing to unwind with a little golf 1,400 acres of facilities.

This latest award represents the second time the location - which includes the La Manga Golf Academy - has been named Europe's top golf resort in the past five years.

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Arrange your car rental in La Manga in advance

Those intending to take advantage of car hire in La Manga are able to do so in advance, thanks to La Manga Rentals online booking service.

Customers using the online tool to arrange their car rental in La Manga can compare rental prices and make their booking with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Car hire in La Manga is an excellent idea for those seeking the freedom of the open road, with many stunning drives available in the immediate area.

South-eastern Spain's Aguilas, 103 kilometres from Murcia, offers 28 kilometres of coastal roads, accompanied by thrilling mountain trails for some truly unforgettable scenery.

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Spanish holidays are 'most affordable for half-term'

Research by a leading UK bank has named Spanish holidays as the cheapest option for families holidaying abroad during half-term.

According to data collected by Abbey Credit Cards, Spanish holidays still represent the best value for money for families taking a break from it all, despite the pound's recent weakening against the euro.

Head of Abbey Credit cards Callum Gibson comments: "There are a number of ways to keep costs down on foreign holidays such as booking in advance to get the best deal [and] shopping around for the best price on foreign currency."

A half-term stay at a four-star establishment in Spain was shown by the research to cost an average £348 per person, compared to £439 for an equivalent hotel in Cyprus and £553 for the Algarve.

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Drivers told: Check your cover before heading abroad

Tourists seeking car rental in La Manga may wish to check their overseas insurance cover following advice from a leading consumer website.

Car rental in La Manga is a popular choice among independent travellers; however, for those not properly insured, overseas driving can prove a financial nightmare, thisismoney.co.uk reports.

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Footballers heading to La Manga? They're not telling

Championship team Bristol City are being whisked away to a top secret location to get in some extra training for their play-off final with Hull.

The winners of the final will gain entry into the lucrative Barclay's Premier League, meaning every second counts for manager Gary Johnson and his boys, sportinglife.com reports.

Johnson is quoted on the club's website as saying: "It is certainly not a holiday and we will be doing plenty of training with the lads - it just gets them away to focus their minds for the final.

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Spanish golf legend reveals his golfing youth

Spanish golf hero Seve Ballesteros has revealed that his early life was one long golf holiday.

The legendary golf star - who was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award from Special Olympics Great Britain - revealed that school work took a back seat to golf practice in an interview with the Telegraph.

Ballesteros told the newspaper: "We played sport for 30 minutes every day in school, but I spent my spare time caddying and playing golf on the beach.

"Once I had become really involved in golf, I did not spend much time in school.

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Play paddle tennis in La Manga

Home to world-renowned tournaments like the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup, La Manga Club Tennis Centre is a 28-court facility providing the ultimate leisure and relaxation facility on a Spanish holiday.

To provide a twist, paddle tennis is also on offer on two glass-walled courts combining skills involved in tennis, racketball and squash.

Paddle tennis is played in both singles and doubles and uses the same scoring as tennis, but involves only underhand serves and is played on a smaller court.

For traditionalists, based in the heart of the resort, the centre has a tennis academy and artificial grass, clay and hard surfaces alongside a tennis academy.

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