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High-flying romantic is fan of Spanish holidays

A man who recently proposed to his girlfriend while on a flight to Alicante is a frequent visitor to Spain, it has been revealed.

According to Easier, 53-year-old Mick Hill, who popped the question to girlfriend Sharalyn Anderson aged 52 on Valentine's Day, owns a sailboat in the region and regularly takes flights to Alicante for weekend holidays.

Ms Anderson reported that she was at Luton Airport when she first met Mr Hill, who was waiting for his usual flight to Alicante.

"I thought that as we met at the airport it would be very fitting to propose mid-flight and when better than Valentine's Day! I was nervous of what Sharalyn's reaction would be," Mr Hill recounted.

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Travel agents "back" Spain

Spain has being tipped to do well in 2008 by travel agents, according to one commentator.

Research carried out by travel marketing company The Network shows that flights to Spain feature in the "short-haul popularity stakes" for travel agents this year, Easier reports.

On the whole, travel agents are optimistic about the forthcoming holiday season, with 38 per cent of independent agents predicting holiday bookings to rise by between five and ten per cent in 2008.

"The prospects for 2008 holiday bookings through the trade are hugely encouraging [the] survey demonstrates the value of talking directly to travel agents to gain up-to-date market intelligence," commented Paula Lacey, business development director at The Network.

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Rain in Spain falls mainly where it's needed

Spain has received some much-needed rainfall, it has been reported.

Typically Spanish notes that a heavy rainfall on the normally dry Costa del Sol this week has helped to partially fill the reservoirs in Malaga.

The publication reports that the rainfall deposited the most amount of water seen by the reservoirs since autumn 2007.

In terms of sunshine, the absence of precipitation has been great for those taking flights to Alicante for Spanish holidays, but adds to the period of extended drought currently taking place in Malaga.

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Britons 'want Spanish holidays'

Flights to Spain are top of the list for the majority of sun-seeking Britons, it has been revealed.

According to Holidays-Direct.co.uk is the most popular destination for British holidaymakers.

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Costa Blanca 'boasts breathtaking beauty'

Spain's Costa Blanca is home to "breathtaking" and beautiful beaches according to one commentator.

Those taking flights to Alicante can be met with delightful coastal towns and large sandy beaches, Canada.com reports.

In particular, the huge limestone rock above sea level located between Denia and Xabia is impressive, it is claimed.

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Open Skies could mean 'cheaper flights to Spain'

The recently settled Open Skies Agreement between the United States and the European Union could mean cheaper flights to Spain.

According to the Air Transport Users Council (AUC), when Europe was liberalised, the e-market allowed low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair to operate, meaning a drop in airfares.

AUC industry affairs manager James Fremantle added that this liberalising the air transport market is "good" for consumers as it draws down prices and offers more choice.

"I can't think of anything bad that can come of it from a consumer point of view.

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Monte Verde Villas

For spectacular views and plenty of comfort on a holiday to La Manga Club, why not book into Monte Verde Villas.

Situated at an elevated position the villas offer fantastic views all around down to the south golf course and beyond to the beautiful Mar Menor.

Perfect for those who wish to enjoy tranquillity while on a Spanish holiday, the development benefits from a peaceful setting, idyllic backdrop and quality specifications.

Those taking family holidays in Spain can book into a two, three or four bedroom apartment, complete with open plan living area meaning that travellers have privacy and yet can relax in a sociable atmosphere.

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Las Higueras Villas

For a luxury holiday in Spain why not travel to La Manga Club where in addition to top sporting facilities and sandy beaches, the accommodation on offer is second to none.

Holidaymakers staying at the Las Higueras Villas will find themselves surrounded by flourishing gardens, offering a feeling of seclusion and tranquillity.

Reminiscent of the Andalucian foothills, the apartments are built on white winding lanes within their own grounds.

Those on holidays in La Manga Club can enjoy barbeques on the property and even a meal by the pool at this centrally-located development.

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New bullet train for Spain

Britons taking flights to Spain will be able to explore more of the country in a shorter period of time after it was revealed that the country's first high-speed trains linking Madrid and Barcelona made their debut on Wednesday.

National train company Renfe announced that they have now made their first complete journeys following years of construction.

The high-speed bullet rail line will reduce travel time between Madrid and Barcelona by two hours to 2.38 hours.

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Spanish holidays on Costa del Shop

A new shopping mall is set to open in the popular Spanish holiday resort of the Costa del Sol, it has been reported.

According to the Manchester Evening News, property and investment company Peel Holdings is to develop a Spanish version of the UK's Trafford Centre on the popular Spanish holiday coast.

Following years of negotiations with Spanish authorities, Britons could soon be taking flights to Alicante for a weekend shopping trip.

The centre, to be called Trafford Centre Espana will feature on an 80-acre site in Torremolinos and could become an attraction for Britons enjoying holidays in La Manga.

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