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Alicia Keys to sing in Madrid

Brits taking Spanish holidays to Madrid this March could choose to see soul singer Alicia Keys in concert.

The US R&B singer shot to fame with her debut album Songs in A Minor and, in particular, the single Fallin'.

Other hit songs for the artist have included A Woman's Worth, My Boo - a duet with Usher - Diary and Karma. Also, Keys has worked with top names Christina Aguilera, Mary J Blige and Jamie Foxx.

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Caldereros Fiesta in San Sebastian

Those on Spanish holidays within easy reach of San Sebastian should pay a visit to the region this weekend for the Caldereros Fiesta.

Celebrating the Hungarian gypsies who used to pass through San Sebastian in the olden days, locals dress up in traditional gypsy clothing and mimic the tinkers in their method of advertising their services.

Holidaymakers too can get into the spirit of things by banging hammers against pots and pans or simply by being somewhat raucous.

According to Entertainment in Spain, the festival is "quite an event", while the Tinkers' Parade which is used to announce the carnival is "peculiar".

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Publican golf tournament to be held at La Manga Club

Pub landlords and customers are to be offered the chance to play golf at La Manga Club in Spain, it has been revealed.

According to the Publican, golfers who enter the Publican Pub Golf Tournament 2007 will have the chance to play championship golf at "top European course" La Manga Club this July.

Pub frequenters will take part in qualifying rounds in the UK before taking flights to La Manga Club this summer where they will compete head to head for the Pub Golf National Final Trophy.

"All amateur golfers aged 18 or over are eligible.

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Romantics pop the question on beach holidays

Couples taking flights to Murcia next month may be interested to know that the beach has been listed in the top five most romantic places to propose marriage.

According to Travelzoo, on the beach at sunset is the second most romantic place in which to propose to a loved one.

Tips have even been given to amorous Brits taking Spanish holidays over Valentine's Day, including that a sunset walk on the beach can be the perfect place in which to pop the question.

"The number of marriage proposals always spikes around the holidays with Valentine's Day being the most popular," Travelzoo.

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Travel insurance 'is all different'

Brits looking to take Spanish holidays should not only remember to take out insurance, but also be aware that one size does not necessarily fit all.

According to STA Travel, insurance deals vary depending on the type of holiday that Brits are taking.

A spokesperson noted that each travel insurance policy is different and offers consumers different levels of cover and inclusions.

"It is important for a customer to assess their needs when it comes to travel insurance, for instance assessing the overall value of the items they are travelling with," she continued.

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Tennis star 'regained passion' in Spain

Tennis ace Maria Sharapova rediscovered her drive at the final tennis championships of 2008 in Madrid last November, it has been reported.

According to the Herald Sun, prior to this major tennis tournament, the Russian women's professional tennis player has been considering taking an extended break, according to the Herald Sun.

"I didn't really expect too much from myself that week (in Madrid) and I really played great tennis," the former world number one told the publication.

The comment comes after Sharapova beat opponent Jelena Jankovic in the Australian Open earlier this week.

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New flights to Spain launched

Holidaymakers wishing to take flights to Spain and from the Spanish mainland to the Canary Islands will have more options after Spanair reaffirmed its commitment to the Canary Islands.

In what is a 17.4 per cent increase on passenger seats available in 2007, the airline is making nearly 3.5 million seats available to travellers who wish to journey between the two Spanish holiday destinations in 2008, Easier reports.

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Cutting edge cuisine in Spanish food show

Michelin-star winning Spanish chef Ferran Adria presented a high-tech cookery show at the Madrid Fusion 2008 earlier this week, it has been reported.

The chef, who earned his three Michelin stars for his El Bulli restaurant near Barcelona, was performing as a guest speaker at the annual international culinary conference, according to the AFP.

The news provider reports that the Spanish chef offered "a dozen" new ideas to an audience of chefs and international food specialists.

"Everytime you see him, it's like getting smacked in the face.

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Benidorm in tourism incentive

The popular Spanish holiday destination of Benidorm is set to target new travellers, it has been reported.

According to Typically Spanish, Benidorm tourism officials are planning on promoting the region as a top spot for holidaymakers at the Madrid international tourism fair later this month.

The fair begins on January 30th 2008 and lasts until February 3rd.

Typically Spanish reveals that officials have invested € 400,000 (£299,000) on a 270 square-metre stand which will distribute thousands of T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "I Love Benidorm".

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Spanish airport reports "record high"

Holidaymakers were busy in 2007 taking flights to Alicante it would appear, according to new figures.

Costa Blanca news reports that El Altet Airport in Alicante saw a total of 9.12 million travellers passing through its terminals in 2007.

The news provider claims this makes the hub the sixth most important airport in the entire of Spain.

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