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Where to go after the golf in La Manga

After a hard day's putting, tourists on golf group holidays will no doubt be in need of a good night out, with La Manga offering Spanish holiday solutions to suit all tastes.

Nightlife in the favoured Spanish holiday town is plentiful and varied, attracting visitors from all over the country, from couples' getaways to family breaks and golf group holidays.

Those seeking the famous Spanish holiday club scene should head to party area Cabo de Palos, where clubs sit next to the golden sands and blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Tourists on gold breaks who have been working the green all day, however, may find themselves hungry for a more relaxed night out, with a wide variety of authentic and international restaurants in La Manga ready to cater to the fussiest palate.

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Want to warm down after the tennis? Hire a bicycle

Spanish holiday takers seeking an alternative to car hire in La Manga may wish to complement their healthy tennis package holiday with a bicycle hire.

Cycling is an excellent way to warm down following a session on one of the area's numerous tennis coaching courses while also affording the rider a totally different view of their Spanish holiday.

Bicycle rentals are cheap and available in most areas, with different models available for the seasoned Spanish holiday trail rider or the beginner wishing for a new transport perspective.

Calablanque National Park can offer tourists a wide range of routes of varying difficulties to choose from, while La Manga itself is an excellent town in which to cycle around, with plenty of cycle lanes and a variety of shops and restaurants.

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Tips for those looking for car hire in La Manga

Car rental in La Manga is a great way for many tourists to make the most of their Spanish holiday.

However, those looking to take the independent step of car hire in La Manga should be aware of the rules of the roads to get the best out of their luxury holidays in Spain.

Spanish holiday drivers need to be 18 or over to secure car rental in La Manga, for which a valid photographic driver's license will also be required - with those looking for car hire in Spain also advised that they will legally require third-party coverage.

Drivers should also be aware that seat belts are compulsory, as are keeping lights on in tunnels and beeping a horn in the daytime, or flashing your lights at night, in addition to signalling an intention to overtake.

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Advice for over-55s on Spanish holidays

Older customers planning their Spanish holiday adventure this summer may want to take heed of new advice regarding insurance.

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) is warning over-55s not to go on holiday without sufficient insurance to cover the activities they will be undertaking while on their Spanish holiday, following revealing research.

Spokesperson for Abta Sean Tipton comments: "The present generation do not like to think that they are part of a certain age where they have to be cliched or go on old-style holidays."

He added that many people in the age group are willing to risk travelling without insurance because they believe pre-existing medical conditions will lead to a higher premium.

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Regular visitors to Spain advised to book annual insurance

Frequent flyers - which may include those heading on tennis holidays in Spain - have been advised to take out an annual policy by a leading representative body.

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) believe those who regularly take advantage of last minute Spanish holiday deals may want to consider a yearly policy to avoid forgetting to book insurance in the rush excitement of a next-day bargain.

Spokesperson for Abta Sean Tipton comments: "If you take more than two trips a year anyway then it is very sensible to do that [take out annual insurance] because you’ll get the benefits of it straightaway."

He added that the currently competitive insurance market in the UK means Spanish holiday seekers can expect even greater savings from an annual policy.

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Spanish golf holidays 'increasingly popular with Americans'

Excellent facilities for golfing holidays in Spain have been cited as one of the reasons behind a swell of interest in Spanish holidays from US tourists.

The number of US tourists taking holidays in Spain has increased 20 per cent in 2008, which is partly down to an increased awareness of the world-class golfing holidays available in the country, according to PGAtour.com.

Spain has over 300 golf courses, while 27 of Continental Europe's Top 100 Golf Courses can also be found in the country and in neighbouring Portugal.

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Abta defends the use of travel guides on Spanish holidays

Travellers seeking information about where to go and visit on their Spanish holiday should not be put off travel books following recent revelations, it has been claimed.

A recent book by Thomas Kohnstamm, entitled Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?, has alleged that travel writers often 'run roughshod' over details, however, the Associated Board of Travel Agents (Abta) believes they are still a useful tool.

Spokesperson for Abta Sean Tipton states: "I think they have been a great help and a boon to the travel industry and travellers in general.

"Of course, mistakes will creep [in] - the very nature of any publication means that it
can become out-of-date very quickly, things can change.

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Self-catering villa holidays 'good for independence'

Spanish holiday villas may experience a surge in bookings following a leading tour operator body recommending self-catering villas as an attractive family option.

Those considering taking their family holidays in Spain this year may wish to consider Spanish villas with pools, following the Association of Independent Tour Operators’ (Aito) suggestion.

A spokesperson for the AITO commented: "I think self-catering is something that people feel they want to do to maintain some semblance of independence on
their holidays."

"People with younger children are starting to travel as well and self-catering overseas is certainly an attractive option for them," they added.

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Group insurance recommended for tennis and golf holidays

Groups heading off on golf holidays in Spain this year have been advised to take out group insurance by a leading broker.

Direct Line Travel Insurance state that group insurance offers sporty travellers a simple way to reduce costs, while ensuring their Spanish holiday fun in the sun is properly protected.

Head of the insurance company Chris Price comments: "If you and your mates are heading off on a sporting holiday, you can get together and benefit from a group discount."

A recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office report has stated that 31 per cent of British holidaymakers fail to take out adequate sports insurance cover when going on vacation abroad.

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Take the plunge on a holiday at La Manga Club

With unpredictable UK weather always a concern why not take the plunge and opt for a holiday at La Manga Club which averages more than 300 days of sunshine a year thanks to its situation on the Costa Calida.

Unlike a holiday on the UK coast at this time of the year, where only the brave of heart and those with access to wet suits are likely to test the waters, La Manga Club is located between two seas – including the gentle lagoon of the Mar Menor – where the water is on average six degrees warmer than that of the Mediterranean.

A short walk from La Manga Club resort there are many water-based activities you can enjoy as you cool off on a holiday at La Manga Club.

Sailing on the Mar Menor is a popular pastime thanks to shallow waters and gentle winds.

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