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A 'good book' advised for holidays to Spain

One of the essentials to pack before holidaying in La Manga Club is some absorbing reading material.

That is the advice of actress Emilia Fox, who believes the essentials for the perfect holiday are "a good book, good company and great food" - as well as sunshine, preferably.

Fox, who has starred in adaptations of novels such as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, told the Telegraph that having a book with you can even make the travel as enjoyable as the holiday itself.

"I love the feeling of being transported to another world when I'm travelling, then arriving at my destination," she explained.

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Three-quarters 'want to learn a new skill' on holiday

Lessons from a professional golfer or a tennis coach could be high on the agenda for many London-based holidaymakers, it has been suggested.

A survey found that nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of adults in the English capital would like to pick up a new skill while away.

Meanwhile, 52 per cent of Britons said in the YouGov and VisitScotland poll that they would like to take part in a relaxing activity ruing their break.

Perhaps golf holidays in Spain could be a good option for these people, as the year-round sunshine makes it a perfect destination for those who enjoy a gentle day on the fairways.

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'Alicante flight' among most searched-for online terms

As holidaymakers surfed the web in March searching for their ideal spring or summer break, two words that came more readily than most were 'Alicante' and 'flight'.

According to research company Greenlight Search, the term 'Alicante flight' accounted for 12 per cent of all searches for short-haul holidays last month.

Overall, short-haul was the largest destination category in the firm's study, with 48 per cent of searches being for holidays in Spain and other nearby countries.

British holidaymakers planning on holidaying in La Manga Club may find that their flight takes them to Alicante, which is located close to the resort.

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Investment planned for Alicante Airport

Those taking flights to La Manga in future could be greeted by an altogether bigger and better Alicante Airport.

The hub is to be the subject of a 353,000 euro (£316,500) investment that will increase its daily operations from 18 to 40, allowing even more people to take holidays to La Manga Club.

Completion of the expansion is expected by the end of the year, the World Aeronautical Press Agency reports, and forms part of a plan to increase capacity to 20 million passengers a year from 2020.

As well as enlarging terminal space, the airport is working on adding parking facilities for 4,200 vehicles and 73 buses.

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Gatwick expects boost in Alicante flights

There could be a larger number of people taking flights to La Manga from Gatwick Airport than usual this weekend, it has been suggested.

Staff at the London hub are bracing themselves for some busy shifts as they welcome bank holiday travellers, with trips to Alicante Airport, which serves La Manga, among the most popular.

Gatwick is expecting to greet 325,000 passengers between Friday May 1st and Monday May 4th, with Alicante the fifth most in-demand destination.

As the airport is likely to be busier than normal, management has advised people to help keep the flow through security gates as smooth as possible by being prepared.

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La Manga trip was key to promotion push, says Wolves hero

A trip to La Manga was one of the key moments in the season for newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers, believes their hero of the hour.

Kyel Reid, who came off the bench at the weekend to score a late equaliser and seal Wolves' place at the top of the Championship, said a break at the resort recharged the squad's batteries at exactly the right time.

The side had fallen into something of a rut but their time in the Murcia sunshine seemed to the trick, with a run of seven wins, three draws and two defeats coming afterwards.

"We hit a rough patch but the week we had at La Manga helped us and we needed that team spirit back," the 21-year-old, who is on loan from West Ham, told the Express and Star.

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La Manga Club facilities are "absolutely superb"

A footballer who recently spent time at La Manga Club has spoken of his high regard for the resort as he continues his recuperation from injury.

Stephen McManus, who plays in defence for Celtic, travelled to La Manga with the rest of the squad for a mid-season break before the campaign's final run-in and lavished praise on the resort on his return.

"The facilities at La Manga were absolutely superb," he recounted.

"The pitches were immaculate and the gaffer was able to do a lot of work and work some of the lads really hard.

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Busy Celtic were not 'holidaying' in La Manga

Despite what their rivals may think, Celtic's footballers were far from holidaying at La Manga Club when they visited the resort recently.

Instead, the team were busy making use of the first-class training facilities - as well as taking advantage of the year-round climate that the Murcia region affords.

The break was particularly useful for defender Stephen McManus, who used the time in the Spanish sun to continue building up his fitness as he fights back from injury.

"It certainly wasn't a holiday.

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Properties abroad 'not just for the rich and famous'

Buying property abroad is no longer the preserve of the upper echelons of society, according to one firm.

Foreign exchange brokerage Caxton FX revealed that it has seen a huge surge in enquiries from want-away Britons since the Budget last week.

James Hickman, managing director of the company, said it is not necessarily just the rich and famous who are seeking a new life abroad.

"These people are not celebrities or high profile people who figure in the Rich Lists but simply clients with some capital," he explained.

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'Arrange currency' before holidaying in La Manga

Holidaying in La Manga Club can be an even more relaxing experience if holidaymakers are happy that they have secured themselves the best currency deals in advance.

Moneysupermarket.com claims there are a number of steps that British holidaymakers can take to make sure they are getting the most out of their holiday spends.

Ordering currency in advance, using credit cards that carry no charges for use overseas and taking a prepaid card are all ways that people can save money while abroad.

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