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Nerja Caves celebrate anniversary

One of Andalucia's most popular tourist attractions celebrated the 50th anniversary of its discovery earlier this week.

The Nerja Caves were found almost half a century ago by five local children who were searching the area for bats, Typically Spanish reports.

Four of the five are still alive and had a plaque unveiled in their honour by the Mayor of Nerja on Monday.

A number of other events have also been scheduled to mark the anniversary, including an arts festival.

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Baltasar Lobo sculptures go on display in Malaga

Those taking holidays in Spain over the next month will have the opportunity to view a number of large-scale sculptures by Spanish artist Baltasar Lobo.

The 16 sculptures went on display earlier this week at the Calle Marques de Larios in Malaga and will remain there for the next month, sur.com reports.

Completed between 1962 to 1991, the bronze pieces are all between 1.

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Dreams of holidays help Brits beat credit crunch

The thought of taking holidays in Spain and other sun-soaked destinations is helping many Brits get through the credit crunch, it has been claimed.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), 50 per cent of people believe that a break abroad will provide a "vital escape" from credit crunch pressures.

Furthermore, the study shows that holidays are three times more prized than pay increases.

Commenting on the findings, psychotherapist and life coach Christine Webber, who developed the study, said that looking forward to a holiday can help people to focus more on current tasks.

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Enjoy a romantic getaway at La Manga Club

Britons looking to escape the chilly winter weather and enjoy a romantic getaway this Valentine's Day may wish to consider a break at La Manga Club in Spain.

Couples can enjoy a gourmet meal in one of the resort's fine restaurants or perhaps indulge in some relaxing spa treatments.

A number of great-value deals are currently on offer and couples can also make the most of the resort's exceptional sports and leisure facilities, which include three championship golf courses and 28 multi-surface tennis courts.

In related news, a number of airlines slashed their fares on flights to Spain, with Ryanair, bmibaby and easyJet announcing price cuts last week.

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Top credit crunch holiday tips

The pound's exchange rate with the euro and dollar may be unfavourable at the moment, but holidaymakers can still find ways of cutting their costs, it has been claimed.

Writing in the Travel Mail, Anne Shooter said there are plenty of good-value deals on holidays to Spain and other destinations for those prepared to shop around and plan ahead.

Taking out an annual travel insurance policy is one way to save money, particularly for families that take holidays regularly throughout the year and pre-booking airport car parking is also advisable.

Using a debit or credit card which doesn't charge for overseas' transactions can also help to cut costs, as well as shopping around for the best foreign exchange deals.

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Holidays in Spain offer 'fantastic value'

Spain will always have a special place in the hearts of British holidaymakers and continues to offer excellent value for money, it has been claimed.

Despite the strength of the euro, there are still some fantastic deals to be had on holidays to Spain and there are several ways in which travellers can cut their costs, the Telegraph reports.

Getting to Spain is very cheap, with several budget airlines serving the country.

Those offering regular flights to Spain include easyJet, Ryanair, Flybe and Iberia, with the majority of those serving popular tourist hotspots such as Murcia, Malaga and Alicante.

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British holidaymakers 'expand their horizons'

An increasing number of Britons are travelling abroad to take part in cultural pursuits and learn about other countries, it has been revealed.

A recent poll by the Association of British Travel Agents revealed that just five per cent of people travel abroad to attract members of the opposite sex, while an impressive 18 per cent spend their holidays visiting cultural attractions.

Other reasons given for taking holidays in Spain and other destinations include relaxing and taking a break from routine.

Commenting on the results, Casia Zajac, head of communications at the organisation, said: "Holidays are important to people in different ways but the research is clear that holidays are a vital part of people's year and still will be this year despite the economic downturn.

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Brits search for cheap flights to Spain

The number of Britons searching for flights to Spain and other popular destinations is on the increase.

Flight search engine Skyscanner said that despite a recent report by Hitwise suggesting that flight searches are down, it has seen a 32 per cent rise in online flight search traffic in the last year.

The number of foreign visitors travelling to the UK is also on the increase.

Commenting on the travel industry's prospects for 2009, Barry Smith, co-founder of Skyscanner, said: "There’s no doubting that 2009 will be a tough year for the online travel industry, but our data suggests that either Skyscanner is bucking the downward trend.

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PGA: Spanish holidays 'ideal for golf'

Golf holidays in Spain have been hailed as an ideal choice for those who prefer the finer things in life.

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) claimed Spain and Portugal are two places where connoisseurs can find a combination of great golf facilities and culture, heritage and cuisine.

Spain, the PGA claims, is the new leader of European gastronomy, while wines from areas such as Andalucia, Ribera del Duero, Galicia and Catalonia are cementing the nation's reputation as a home of good wine.

There is also the added bonus of the great weather that the Iberian peninsula enjoys.

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No 'golf holiday in La Manga' for Welsh star

Jo Pritchard is currently enjoying her time on the fairways of La Manga's championship courses, but it is far from a golf holiday in Spain for Pontypool's finest.

The professional is currently in fifth spot after the final pre-qualifying round for the Qualifying School at La Manga Club, having finished on 72 in two consecutive rounds.

Five of her compatriots are also in the top 50, which bodes well for Welsh women's golf going into the final qualifiers.

The Q-School represents the final chance for women to get on to the European tour.

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