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Holidays in Spain offer 'great value'

Holidaymakers should not rule out holidays in Spain and other eurozone destinations because of currency fluctuations, it has been claimed.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, travellers should compare the cost of food and drink, rather than focusing on exchange rates.

Holidays in Spain are likely to remain popular despite the strength of the euro and will continue to represent great value for British holidaymakers, the organisation said.

Rob Innes, the company's marketing manager, commented: "Skyscanner's message to those looking for cheap holidays is – don't rule out the eurozone quite yet.

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Brits 'spend longer planning holidays'

Brits are spending longer planning their holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been suggested.

Sian Williams of Trivago UK said holidaymakers are keen to find bargains this year and are not parting with their hard-earned cash as easily as before.

Trivago, which provides travel advice and insider tips, has seen a marked rise in visitor numbers, as people spend longer researching their destinations.

"People are looking to find the best rates for their holiday and people really seem to be trying to plan ahead and compare all the offers," Ms Williams added.

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A taste of Spain in Guardamar

Customers at a restaurant in Guardamar are being invited to enjoy a taste of Spanish cuisine.

La Canada Restaurant is just one of the newest venues participating in the Early Evening Tapas events.

The tastings are aimed at introducing the town's community of foreign residents to the traditional Spanish delicacy tapas.

During the tapas-tasting at La Canada Restaurant, owner Antonio Riviera explained the ingredients to diners and talked about how the tapas was prepared.

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La Manga golf holiday up for grabs for pub workers

People thinking about Golf Holidays in Spain may be interested to learn that such a break is one of the prizes on offer to participants in the The Publican Pub Gold Tournament 2009.

This year's amateur event is sponsored Fuller's London Pride and is one of the largest competition's of its kind in the UK.

Golfers of all standards are invted to take part in the competition, which is now in its 17th year. Lady golfers and mixed team are also welcome to compete.

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Escape the snow at La Manga Club

With the snow continuing to fall heavily across the UK, a holiday in Spain could be just the ticket for those looking to escape the chilly weather at home.

While building snowmen may be fun, a holiday in the sun at one of Europe's top resorts is equally entertaining – and warmer.

Moreover, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, it could be the ideal time to whisk your loved one off to Spain.

A number of airlines operate flights to the nearby airports of Murcia and Alicante, and with transfer times of under an hour, a trip to La Manga is a viable option even for a weekend break.

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Discover the art of film on holiday in Spain

Movie fans taking holidays to Spain this year will be in their element at the Alicante Short Film Festival.

Taking place in April, this annual event aims to promote the arts and encourage interest in film, particularly among young people, WhatsonWhen reports.

As well as films, the festival, which is held at the Panoramis shopping and leisure centre, will also feature children's activities, art exhibitions, musical performances and poetry readings.

The films are divided into a number of categories, including documentaries and short films, with festival organisers offering prizes of between 300 and 3,000 euros.

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Festivities get underway in Malaga

Those holidaying at La Manga Club this month may wish to consider hiring a car and taking a drive down the coast to Malaga.

From now until February 22nd the city will host a series of exciting events as part of the 2009 Malaga Carnival.

There will be musical performances from street bands, along with plenty of dancing and a main carnival parade, which will take place on February 15th, WhatsonWhen reports.

Local venues will also be holding a number of special events of their own throughout the month, so there has never been a better time to explore this stunning city.

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Holidaymakers 'look for value'

British travellers are looking for a good deal on their holidays to Spain and other destinations this year.

Research carried out by Trivago shows that 35 per cent of people plan to shop around for deals and plan ahead this year.

However, of those surveyed, 27 per cent said they intend to spend the same amount as last year and just two per cent said they plan to travel less than in 2008.

Elsewhere in Europe the view is much the same, with 42 per cent of Italians looking to bag a bargain this year, compared to 14 per cent of Spaniards.

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Kids want 'action-packed' holidays

Spending time outside is the top priority for British children when abroad, a new survey has revealed.

In contrast to mum and dad who like to relax and enjoy fine food, research by Eurocamp has revealed that children's priorities include playing outside and finding a good swimming pool.

Of the children surveyed, 31 per cent said a good beach was a must, as well as "lots to do and see".

Commenting on the findings, Eurocamp spokesman Chris Hilton said: "It seems that today's so-called cotton-wool kids look to their holiday to give them the independence and adventure they crave at home – where they are increasingly deprived of the freedom to play outside.

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Holidaymakers urged 'not to cut back on insurance'

The economic downturn may have holidaymakers looking for ways to save money, but cutting back on travel insurance should not be one of them.

Speaking last week, Andy Taylor, director of Go Travel Insurance, said that those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations could face huge bills if they travel without insurance.

The cost of treating a broken leg in Europe can be as much as £4,000 and that is without repatriation costs.

"Unfortunately bad things can easily happen on this type of holiday so you should ensure you have insurance for all the activities you might enjoy on holiday," he explained.

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