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Spain continues 2016 Olympic bid

Spanish holidays became all the rage among sports fans in 1992 when it hosted the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Now, Spain is vying to host the 2016 Olympic Games in Madrid and has announced that its 30 sponsors have now committed in excess of €12 million in support for the campaign.

The Madrid Club 16 - as the group of main sponsors is known - is made up of leading financial, commercial and construction businesses.

Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, mayor of Madrid, had stated that the funding will bring many benefits to the city.

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Flights to Spain for Indian tourists

Spain is looking to attract classy Indian tourists to its shores for Spanish holidays, one commentator has claimed.

According to Thaindian News, the Spain Tourism Board is looking to increasing the profile of Spanish holidays to Indians.

"We have almost six billion tourists visiting us every year and we would like more people to visit the country from India," Spain's ambassador to India Ion de la Riva reportedly said.

He added that Spain is opening a National Tourist Office of Spain in Mumbai before the beginning of 2009.

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Flights to Alicante: England take one-stroke lead in golf

Female golfers in the UK may be tempted to take a golfing holiday in Spain after watching Trish Johnson and Rebecca Hudson take England forward to a one-stroke lead at the European Ladies Golf Cup near Alicante.

Rebecca Coakley and Martina Gillen of Ireland now trail the leaders at five under par 67.

"Trish played great, she was very steady. We gelled very well together, with the worst score being a par on a hole - you can't really complain at that," Hudson commented, according to the Press Association.

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Spain celebrates British fusion

A special competition to celebrate The Queen's Birthday has been launched in conjunction with Vodafone in Spain, it has been revealed.

Costa Blanca News reports that locals and Britons enjoying Spanish holidays who capture positive images of British influence in Spain could be in the running to win an invite to the Queen's Birthday party.

Celebrations for the Queen's birthday party are to be held in June 2008 in the cultural capital of Spain, Madrid.

According to the newspaper, the images should reflect British and Spanish fusion in the realms of fashion, music, culture, sport and business.

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Spanish holidays 'great for walking'

Britons who want to enjoy a spot of walking in the summer months should consider a Spanish holiday, according to one commentator.

The landscape of southern Spain's Andalucia is perfect for those who want to enjoy walking holidays in Spain, headwater.com reported.

The valleys and hills feature Moorish whitewashed villages, meadows and hidden tracks through a limestone landscape, it notes.

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Spanish holiday island 'targets tasteful tourists'

The perennially- popular Spanish holiday island of Ibiza is looking to shed its image as a mecca for hedonistic partygoers in an attempt to attract a more distinguished kind of clientele, it has been reported.

The comment from Bloomberg comes as a new spa facility is being constructed on a hill top in Santa Eulalia, as part of an effort by the island to attract wealthy holidaymakers and distance itself from younger clubbers.

"From the outside we're seen as a pure party island and that needs to change,'' said Albert Torres Gutierrez, who added that tourism used to be a "badge of pride".

Josefa Mari Ribas, Ibiza's head of tourism and economic cooperation,added that the Spanish holiday resort now needed to compete for classy customers with other destinations.

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Flights to Spain to avoid the rain

To avoid a repeat of last summer torrential downpours in Britain, it could be worthwhile booking flights to Spain.

A Met Office report has revealed that while temperature in the UK over the three months of summer is expected to be warmer than average, above average rainfall is also anticipated.

"Seasonal forecasting is a difficult thing to do and this places some limitations on our forecasts. Our predictions for last autumn, winter and spring have all given accurate advice, giving more confidence in our latest summer forecast," commented government services director at the Met Office Rob Varley.

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Plan ahead for Spanish holidays

Brits planning on taking several Spanish holidays in a year have been advised to plan ahead.

According to the Motley Fool, organising travel insurance can be "much easier" once people know how many holidays they are going to take in a year.

Annual travel insurance could be a cheaper option for those taking several flights to Spain in a year, while those only intending to take one luxury holiday in Spain could be better opting for single-trip cover.

"Similarly, it helps to know where you'll be travelling in advance.

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Day out to Denia Castle

This summer, those taking flights to Alicante for a Spanish holiday at La Manga Club, should consider taking a trip to Denia for the day to visit its famous castle.

Denia is located on the Costa Blanca between Alicante and Valencia and its origins date back to the third century BC.

Over the years it has acquired influences from other cultures including Iberians and Romans among others and the city is full of fascinating monuments to explore on a Spanish holiday.

Denia Castle itself was built around the 12th century and provides exquisite views of the city.

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Flights to Murcia: Tourism plan moves ahead

A tourism plan that could benefit people taking flights to Murcia for villa holidays in Spain has taken a major step forward, it has been reported.

According to Costa Blanca newspaper Round Town News, the important tourism scheme was granted approvals last week.

The development, called the Marina de Cope, covers a coastal area in Murcia measuring 21 million square metres and costs are estimated to be roughly €4 billion.

The Murcia regional government claims that the development will be "environmentally-friendly" as construction density will be "very low".

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