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Costa Brava is 'best for families'

The Costa Brava is a great location for those looking to enjoy Spanish family holidays, it has been reported.

According to the Telegraph, the region is great for families with young children as resorts like Tamariu have sheltered sandy beaches which are ideal for children to play on while parents watch from bordering fish restaurants.

The publication reports that Calella de Palafrugell is somewhat larger and has a traffic-free town centre.

Holidaymakers may wish to book their flights to Spain for travel to the Costa Brava during term time well in advance, as the newspaper notes that the mentioned regions can get busy in high-season.

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Leisure travel grows at "historic" rate

Flights to La Manga and other top holiday destinations continued to perform well in 2007, one new industry report has suggested.

According to the Recent Trends in Growth of UK Air Passenger Demand report from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), leisure travel to visit friends and relatives has continued to rise at or above the "historic growth rate" of six per cent per annum.

Meanwhile, the CAA notes that this type of travel accounts for 15 per cent of total traffic per annum.

"Looking to the longer term, demographic changes and ownership of homes abroad are likely to buttress air travel demand," Dr Harry Bush, group director of economic regulation.

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Local airports 'equal less stress'

Travellers taking flights to Spain from local airports is less stressful than travelling through a larger regional airport, it has been asserted.

According to Bournemouth Airport, queuing and moving through security at airports can be one of the most traumatic parts of a holiday - one that most holidaymakers don't enjoy.

However, a spokesperson for the hub added that choosing to fly from a regional airport instead of a more central regional base can reduce queuing time significantly.

"By choosing to go for a regional airport, the average queuing time is like three to five minutes and not 55 minutes," she continued.

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Coach travel to Spain 'could be on the rise'

Travel to luxury holidays in Spain by coach could be an increasingly common mode of transport for environmentally aware consumers, it has been reported.

According to the Coach Tourism Council (CTC), travellers in the UK may choose to head to Spain by coach because it is a "greener" and "nicer" way to travel.

Other benefits of coach travel are that it avoids the "hassle" of queuing at airports for passport and immigration controls.

"One thing about the coach market is that it has always offered good value for money and prices are very competitive.

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Football at La Manga Club

Spain is well known for its attraction as a beach holiday destination. In fact, it was recently reported by Property-Abroad's Les Calvert that Spain is one of the top holiday destinations for Britons.

However, aside from the endless sunbathing that can be enjoyed on the country's miles of golden coastline, there is more to be experienced on a luxury holiday in Spain than simply tanning, sangria and paella.

Sport is another reason Britons take Spanish holidays.

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Football fans 'look to Costa del Sol'

Fans of premiership football team Sunderland may soon be flocking to the coast of Spain, it has been reported.

According to the football club's official website, 44 per cent of Black Cats' fans would prefer to take a Spanish holiday than visit the likes of France or the US.

Meanwhile, Sunderland "legend" Marco Gabbiadini reported that Spain's Costa del Sol is "ideal" and "perfect" for fans of the UK football team, which is managed by ex Manchester United captain Roy Keane.

Sunderland AFC added that the news that fans preferred Spanish holidays to other vacation destinations was "unsurprising" due to the region's fantastic climate.

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Flights to Malaga is 'top web search term'

Brits looking to book flights to Spain are increasingly opting to use the net in search of their ideal Spanish holiday, it has been revealed.

According to Analyst weblog Hitwise Intelligence, the term flights to Malaga was one of the top 20 search terms entered into the internet over the Christmas period.

The news comes as blog author Robin Goad reveals that there was a significant rise in the number of people searching for winter sun breaks online.

"Search data for the aviation sector always gives a good indication of where people are choosing to go on holiday each year," the author explained.

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Spanish festival coming soon

The international arm of the Guardian's Hay Festival is descending on the magnificent surroundings of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

Many people will know of the renowned literary festival in the charming Welsh village of Hay-On-Wye, but the international popularity of the festival means it now travels the world.

Its latest destination is the Spanish town of Granada and those wishing to combine their Spanish holidays with cultural splendour will be interested to know that the festival takes place from 3rd to 6th April 2008.

The Hay Festival Granada will comprise of a four-day bazaar of "stories, ideas and celebrations" according to its website.

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New Barcelona route from London City Airport

British Airways has confirmed a new flight from London City Airport to Barcelona, set to take on passengers this spring.

Those interested in Spanish holidays will welcome the launch of the route that will allow Britons to set off for their luxury Spanish holiday without having to breach the M25.

The capital's hub has also reported record passenger numbers for 2007, revealing that 2.9 million people travelled to and from the airport last year.

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Spain is 'ahead of US'

Flights to Spain are ahead of flights to the US in terms of attracting retirees, it has been reported.

According to, the US cannot compete with the European destination in terms of UK tourism, with Spanish holidays being a favourite among Britons.

Les Calvert, director of Property-Abroad.

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