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Alicante among the top tips for Irish holidaymakers

Holidaying to La Manga Club could be on the cards for many Irish travellers, judging by the latest figures on holiday trends this summer.

The Irish Tour Operators Federation claimed that despite a fall in the number of seats available through its members, certain destinations remain popular for summer 2009.

In particular, Reus, Alicante and the rest of Spain were the fifth most popular holiday hotspots revealed in the survey of travel agents.

That ranking places the Spanish resorts higher than locations such as Greece, Tenerife, Italy/Cyprus and Ibiza/Menorca.

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Aberdeenshire defeat Spanish at cricket in La Manga

Aberdeenshire's cricket side was celebrating a significant victory in La Manga this week.

The Scottish side claimed the scalp of the Spanish national team on the opposition's home soil.

And it was not just wickets that the Scots took - they also gained one or two famous fans as well.

Celtic Football Club were holidaying in La Manga as part of a mid-season training break and took time out to watch their countrymen bowl their way to victory.

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Date confirmed for Creamfields Andalucia

Couples holidaying at La Manga Club this August might like to take the short trip to Almeria for a day of dancing in the sun.

Global dance festival Creamfields is returning to Andalucia on August 15th, it has been confirmed.

Names already on the bill for the all-day dance music party include Tiesto, Trentemoller and Rex the Dog - with many more to be announced over the coming months.

A number of reduced-price tickets for the event will be available for those who book early, set at a very tempting 35 euros (£32).

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Soccer success scuppers Spanish holiday plans for Rice

It is around this time of year that Falkirk assistant boss Brian Rice turns his thoughts towards holidays in Spain.

However, this time around, the professional has had to cancel his end-of-season break due to the team's successful cup run.

Falkirk, managed by John 'Yogi' Hughes, meet Rangers in the Scottish cup final - a fixture which clashes with his annual Spanish holiday.

And while the game is a dream come true for Rice, he is also bemoaning his luck after deciding to book the holiday early.

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"Portuguese holiday? Sorry, I was in Spain!"

Hull City manager Phil Brown was recently reported to be taking a mid-season break in Portugal - but he insists he was actually in Spain.

The boss, whose team remain perilously close to relegation as the Premier League season edges to its close, was criticised for heading abroad, but he claims the reports were off the mark.

What's more, his flights to and from Spain were not booked with relaxation in mind, he told the Mirror.

"I understand you're in the public eye and everything you do is scrutinised but concerning those reports I was on holiday in Portugal, I can guarantee I was in Spain on a scouting mission," he explained.

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Brits urged not to miss out on Spanish holiday bargains

Villa rentals in Spain remain a thriving market which Britons are advised not to miss out on, according to one firm.

The strength of the euro against the pound is putting many British investors off buying a holiday home in Spain but, despite currency fluctuations, they could still be losing out on bargains by not doing so, claims Spanish Hot Properties.

Nick Stuart, managing director of the company, said that the majority of buyers at present seem to be based in countries where the euro is the currency.

However, properties in Murcia can sell for less than 200,000 euros (£180,630), he added.

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La Manga Club is 'ideal for families'

Families jetting abroad over the May bank holiday weekend may wish to consider a break at La Manga Club in Murcia.

While the adults are off enjoying the resort's exceptional range of sports and leisure facilities, the little ones can make new friends at the kid's club.

La Manga caters for children of all ages – from babies to teens, with experienced staff on hand to supervise activities.

Those aged 13 and over can enjoy squash, go-karting, quad bike excursions and horse riding, while children aged between three and 12 can make the most of the resort's outdoor play area and mini theatre.

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Loose Women take a holiday in Spain

Loose Women stars Carol McGiffin and Sherrie Hewson have been spotted soaking up the sunshine on a holiday in Spain.

Pictured in the Daily Mail, the bikini-clad presenters spent time sipping champagne by their hotel pool and chatting to other guests.

The pair had travelled to Spain to celebrate the opening of TV chef John-Christophe Novelli's new restaurant.

Several other celebrities also made an appearance at the launch, including former Eastenders actor Joe Swash and television presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood.

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'Discover Spanish Culture' in Murcia

Those taking holidays in Murcia next month will have the opportunity attend one of the city's premier cultural events.

Taking place from May 13th to 23rd, the Murcia Tres Culturas International Festival features events based on Christianity, Judaism and Islam, according to events site WhatsonWhen.

The festival promotes the mixing of cultures and visitors can expect to see everything from flamenco dancing to medieval music concerts.

Poetry recitals, book readings, American gospel concerts and choral performances will also be taking place over the ten days.

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Celtic 'refreshed' after break at La Manga Club

Scottish football champs Glasgow Celtic are feeling refreshed for their final games of the season after a break at La Manga Club in Spain.

The team travelled to the resort following their recent 2-0 victory over Aberdeen, giving players the chance to relax and train in the sunshine.

La Manga certainly seems to have gained to approval of striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who said the resort has a great range of sports and leisure facilities.

"I've been before with PSV and La Manga is a great facility and you have everything there to improve and work as a player," he added.

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