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Gandia Fallas in March

This March in Gandia south of Valencia, those on Spanish holidays are set to celebrate in style for the fiesta of Las Fallas.

What's On When reports that the four-day festival takes place in March in celebration of patron saint, San Jose.

The event's website reports that over 4,000 participants are set to take part in the event which will see 20 paper mache heads, or Fallas, of celebrities and politicians promenaded through the streets.

Those on Spanish holidays will then be able to watch the ceremonial burning of the effigies in a bonfire on the last evening of the fiesta.

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UK airport to get visitors centre

Holidaymakers on their way from the UK to Spain and vice versa will soon have the opportunity to learn more about the airport in which they are travelling through.

BAA Stansted has revealed that it has been granted authorisation to construct a state of the art visitors centre by Uttlesford District Council.

The facility will house up to 40 visitors who can learn more about the operations of the airport, which also offers flights to Alicante.

A lecture theatre and parking for up to 20 vehicles in addition to a coach bay for organised trips are among the features propositioned for the centre.

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Brits dream of Valentine's holidays

Spanish holidays by the beach are what some British men dream of when it comes to Valentine's Day, new research suggests.

According to, a perfect February 14th treat for the UK's men would be a "luscious beach break".

Meanwhile, what 56 per cent of Britons most wish for on Valentine's Day is to be surprised with a weekend away or a romantic holiday.

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Brits could see bargain flights to Spain

British holidaymakers would do well to be on the look out for bargain flights to Alicante and other destinations in the coming weeks, it has been suggested.

According to the Air Transport Users Council, vigilant Brits may be able to bag "real bargains" as the budget flight market becomes fairly saturated.

The comment comes after Ryanair this week released a profit warning for next year, due to weakening consumer demand, rising oil prices and higher airport charges.

James Fremantle, industry affairs manager with the council commented: "In a strange way - based on recent history - at the moment it might be a good time for consumers, as Ryanair's response to problems in the industry is to slash fares.

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Brits opt for "complete lifestyle change" in Spain

British expatriates who move to Spain in their retirement take the flights to Spain for a "complete lifestyle change", it has been claimed.

The comment from a NatWest spokesperson comes after Spain was listed in a top quality of life study by the company on account of its weather and other services.

Dave Isley, Head of NatWest International Personal Banking, added that while many Britons travel overseas on account of the bad British weather, a significant proportion relocate in the hope of experiencing a better lifestyle.

He noted that they also do so in an effort to broaden their horizons.

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Brits take flights to Alicante from Doncaster

An increasing number of British holidaymakers took flights to Alicante from a regional UK airport in January 2008, it has been reported.

According to Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport, passenger numbers rose by more than five per cent in the first month of 2008 compared to the figures for the corresponding period in 2007.

And the number one destination for travellers using the Doncaster airport was Spain with the majority of passengers taking flights to Alicante for Spanish holidays.

"We're happy to report the growth in passenger throughput year on year, which demonstrates the continued impact Robin Hood Airport has on the region," commented Peel Airport's Group airport director, Hugh Lang.

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Lots to expect in Spain in 2008

Travellers taking flights to Murcia for Spanish holidays in 2008 will not find themselves short of engaging activities and exciting things to do.

According to the Seattle Times, Barcelona boasts the "curvy" Palau Guell which tourists will find to be one of the "finest" interiors designed by famous Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi.

Those enjoying Spanish holidays in Madrid can visit the Prado Museum while Toledo's Alcazar fortress is also worth a view, according to the publication.

"[The fortress] which evokes so much Civil War history emotion among Spaniards will hold Spain's National Military Museum reopens, hopefully in 2008," it notes.

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Spanish wine makes the grade in airline wine awards

A variety of Spanish wine has been recognised in the Business Traveller Cellars Sky Awards 2007.

Wine lovers who enjoy Spanish holidays and take regular flights to Alicante and Murcia may already be familiar La Plaza Vieja, Medium Golden wine from Spanish maker Emilio Lustau.

The wine won first place with American Airlines in the category of Best Fortified or Sweet wine.

Meanwhile, KLM airlines was placed fifth in the category of Best White Wine for its offering of Spanish wine Ermita Veracruz Verdejo, 2006, by Ruedo.

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"Simple" things can reduce carbon footprint on Spanish holidays

Britons taking Spanish holidays can help to reduce their carbon footprint by employing the smallest of actions, it has been asserted.

According to The Travel Foundation, remembering to do simple things can help to keep environmental impact through tourism to a bare minimum.

The Travel Foundation is an independent UK charity whose cited aim is to help tourism make a positive contribution to places that holidaymakers enjoy to visit.

"Remember to switch off your heating or air conditioning when you go out for the day rather than leaving it all running," David Weston, spokesperson for The Travel Foundation, said.

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Brits 'anxious about missing flights'

UK holidaymakers are anxious about missing their flights to Murcia and other destinations, one commentator has suggested.

According to TravelWeekly, while around half of all travellers exhibit some kind of pre-flight anxiety, 37 per cent of holidaymakers are most concerned about arriving late or missing flights.

It claims that a study by Holiday Extras reveals that four in ten UK holidaymakers have obsessive compulsive tics in relation to their travel documents - checking them up to four times before travelling to the airport.

"Overseas holidays may be fun, but clearly getting there is a nightmare for most of us .

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