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Family holidays in Spain are "sacrosanct"

Family holidays in Spain and other European destinations have been described as "sacrosanct" by one commentator.

A survey by revealed that although Britain is in the midst of a credit crisis, UK parents will not be deterred from booking their family holidays - with 95 per cent of Britons still intending to do so.

Of all the parents surveyed 60 per cent claimed to have already chosen a holiday destination outside of the UK this summer - with Spain favoured above other destinations for the majority of respondents.

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Film star Farrell slims down in Alicante

Britons enjoying holidays in Spain may be sharing a restaurant with Irish actor Colin Farrell without realising it.

According to ShowBiz Ireland, the In Bruges actor has been photographed outside a restaurant in Alicante looking far thinner than in recent months, as he prepares to begin filming new movie Triage in Alicante in the coming weeks.

Farrell was compared to fellow actors Daniel Day-Lewis and Christian Bale, both of whom have dieted for certain films.

It is believed that the Irish heartthrob is attempting to get in character for the "war weary" photojournalist he is set to play in his latest film.

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Travel insurance 'needed for tennis holidays'

If you are planning on taking a tennis break in Spain this year, travel insurance is mandatory it has been claimed.

According to, such a policy is essential for anyone intending on taking part in sporting activities while on holiday.

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Flights to Spain for beach holidays

Seaside resorts are the most sought after destination among those taking flights to Spain and other holiday locations, it has been reported.

Research from Ciao Surveys shows that over a fifth of Britons would enjoy a dream holiday by the sea, with 18.3 per cent citing Europe - for instance holidays in Spain - as their preferred location for a break.

Once on holiday in Spain, the study revealed that relaxation is the order of the day for 68 per cent of Brits while more than half claimed that sunbathing was their top priority.

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Spanish holidays 'will not be touched by credit crunch'

Britons will not be put off taking flights to Spain for Spanish holidays in 2008, despite the looming credit crunch, it has been claimed.

According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the director of the Turespana Spanish Tourist Board in London, Ignacio Vasallo, claimed that tourist numbers for 2008 would, if anything, rise slightly on last year's figures.

Stating that sales of summer holidays to Spain performed well during the first three months of 2008 in the UK, Mr Vasallo said that the market forecast is "good" for this summer.

"However, while the credit crunch may persuade British consumers to put off selling the house or buying a new car, it will not deter them from going on holiday this year," he added.

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Holidaymakers advised to check cover on valuable items

UK residents who indulge in a spot of shopping on their Spanish holidays have been advised to check their levels of insurance cover.

According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), travel insurance covers policyholders for a "limited amount" only.

The comment comes after Sainsbury's Travel Insurance estimated that up to ten per cent of people travelling overseas may be travelling without cover, with an approximate 4.2 million people failing to take out travel insurance the last time they travelled abroad.

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Travellers 'would sacrifice snacks for cheaper prices' on flights to Spain

Holidaymakers are more concerned with cheaper airfares than small luxuries once onboard flights to Spain and other destinations, it has been reported.

According to a study by SeatGuru, while 26 per cent of holidaymakers surveyed said that they most valued a full meal onboard aircraft, if it meant they could have a cheaper fare, 36 per cent of flyers would go without their complimentary snack.

Research by the company also revealed that the snack that most travellers prefer is cheese and crackers, while most popular drink for holidaymakers is bottled water, followed by soda and wine.

"At the end of the day, a TV dinner is all flyers are really asking for," Matt Daimler, founder of SeatGuru, commented.

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Flights to Spain for car rally

Another Classic Car Rally is set to take place in Benidorm next month, meaning that fans of timeless autos wishing to attend the event should get their skates on in booking their flights to Spain.

Expected to attract enthusiasts from all over Europe, the meeting is due to take place in Benidorm between May 9th and 11th 2008, Round Town News reports.

Holidaymakers who attend the third annual exhibition may recognise some of the motors on display from popular films and television, according to the publication.

In addition to the showcasing of seventy classic cars, the 'talking' Kitt car made famous on 1980's TV show Knightrider, which starred David Hasselhoff, will be on diaply.

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Tennis holidays and football tournaments

Tennis holidays are being increasingly offered to British holidaymakers by tour operators, it has been reported.

According to Derek Moore, chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), as well as tennis, golf breaks alongside canoeing, cycling, walking and sailing holidays are becoming more widely available.

The news comes after the Office of National Statistics' Social Trends 2008 survey revealed that one quarter of adults in England are currently members of a sports club.

"We don't necessarily wish to sit on a beach sunning ourselves for 14 days in the 21st century," Mr Moore commented.

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'Greater range of golf holidays available'

More Britons are interested in incorporating sport into their holidays, such as their luxury holidays in Spain, it has been reported.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), an increasing range of sports-related holidays are now available from UK operators.

The news comes after figures from the Office of National Statistics Social Trends 2008 survey suggested that the number of UK residents regularly taking part in sport and exercise is on the increase.

"People are much more aware of health issues and the fact that our sedentary daily lives leave us open to potential heart attack and stroke problems in later life," Derek Moore, chairman of AITO, said.

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