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Malaga is 'top summer destination'

Millions of Brits are planning to take holidays in Spain this summer, it has been revealed.

Figures released this week by budget airline bmibaby show that Malaga is the airline's top destination for 2009, followed by Palma and Portugal.

The airline said there have been a "huge" number of people searching for flights online, suggesting that despite the economic downturn, Brits are still eager to jet abroad this summer.

Crawford Rix, bmibaby's managing director, commented: "In order to meet demand from consumers to Mediterranean destinations we have recently increased capacity by an extra 30 flights a week to and from our most popular sunshine routes so that everyone can get to these red hot destinations this summer.

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'Controversial' exhibition on display in Spain

Those taking holidays in Spain this month will have the opportunity to see one of the world's most controversial exhibitions.

The Body Worlds exhibition, created by anatomist Gunther von Hagens, has gone on show in Sevilla.

According to Euro Weekly news, the "stunning and impressive" exhibition features 200 bodies, which have been treated through a process known as plastination.

"His process replaces the body's fluids with plastics, resulting in a body that looks like a model despite being real," the news provider said.

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EHICs 'useful but not enough'

European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) may be useful but they cannot compare with a proper travel insurance policy, it has been claimed.

Rachel Croft, head of Post Office travel insurance, said that EHICs should be used in addition to comprehensive cover.

For those taking holidays in Spain, EHICs will cover basic medical assistance. However, they do not provide protection for cancellations, delays and lost luggage.

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Grease comes to the Costa Blanca

The musical Grease is coming to the Costa Blanca, it has been reported.

According to the Round Town News, tickets are already selling like hot cakes, with the musical set to arrive at the Municipal Theatre in Torrevieja on March 21st.

"Favourite songs from the film such as 'Sandy', 'You're the One That I Want' and 'We Go Together' are re-enacted, each with original music," the news provider said.

Eduardo Dolon, Torrevieja's councillor for culture, said he is delighted that the city has been selected to host such an acclaimed show.

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Save money on holiday in Spain

The pound may have lost strength against the euro over the last year but holidaymakers can still save money, it has been claimed.

Writing in the Telegraph, Emma Wall said there are plenty of ways in which travellers can make their hard-earned money go further this year.

Those taking holidays to Spain and other destinations should ensure they use a card which doesn't charge for overseas transactions, such as the Classic MasterCard from the Post Office.

Brits can also save money by planning ahead and buying their currency at the right time.

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Brits like to 'holiday with mums'

Over half of Brits like to holiday with their mums, a new survey has revealed.

In a recent poll carried out by Holiday Extras, 54 per cent of people said that their mothers are their ideal travel companions.

However, 19 per cent admitted that they would only holiday with their parents out of a sense of duty.

Commenting on the findings, Mike Whiting, managing editor at Holiday Extras, said: "Mums deserve a treat on Mother's Day so it's great to hear that so many people would gladly take theirs on holiday.

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Regular holidays are "in the British psyche"

British people have become accustomed to travelling abroad regularly and no longer see it as a luxury, it has been suggested.

Speaking earlier this week, Steve Barnes, corporate marketing manager for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), said it is "in the British psyche" to go on holiday to Spain and other destinations every year.

"In difficult times you might downgrade your holiday, but I really don't think there will be that many that would cancel their holiday," he commented.

People may be forced to cancel in the event of redundancy; however, as long as they have a good travel insurance policy they should be able to claim their deposit back, Mr Barnes added.

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'Mediterranean forest' for Alicante

Officials at Alicante port have announced plans to make the area greener.

From September work will begin on creating a Mediterranean-style forest of 900 trees, Typically Spanish reports.

The area will also include sand dunes and "special 12-metre anti-dust screens to stop pollution and carbon dust reaching the city".

Although some local residents say they are sceptical about the plans, it is thought that the trees will absorb a significant amount of CO2 – the same as 4,000 cars.

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Brits 'unlikely to cancel holidays'

British people are unlikely to give up their annual holidays to Spain and other destinations, even in the midst of a recession.

That is the opinion of Steve Barnes, corporate marketing manager at the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), who said that it is "in the British psyche" to go abroad every year.

"In difficult times you might downgrade your holiday, but I really don't think there will be that many that would cancel their holiday," he commented.

The only reason people are likely to cancel their holidays is if they be become redundant and travellers should ensure that they take out a good travel insurance policy to offer protection against this, Mr Barnes furthered.

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Abta offers holiday advice

With the credit crunch to contend with, many people will be taking extra care when booking their holidays to Spain and other destinations this year.

Speaking this week, the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said holidaymakers should ensure that they are covered if they need to cancel their break in the event of a redundancy.

Although most travel insurance providers usually cover redundancies, Abta advises that holidaymakers check before booking.

Steve Barnes, corporate marketing manager at the organisation, said people should make sure they book with a reputable company.

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