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Holidaymakers offered car hire advice

Drivers planning to take holidays in Spain and elsewhere have been offered some advice on how to cut their car rental charges.

Writing for the Telegraph, Nick Trend said it is an important - yet often expensive - part of many trips abroad.

He noted that it is vital to book vehicles well in advance, particularly at times such as Easter, when demand is likely to be high.

According to Mr Trend, holidaymakers should compare prices across several providers and ask about the cost of extras such as insurance and additional drivers.

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Spain 'is top choice for Easter holidays'

Thousands of Brits are set to take family holidays in Spain over the coming month, it has been revealed.

According to flight search site Skyscanner, the country is the most popular foreign destination for people travelling abroad over Easter.

Hotspots include Malaga, Barcelona, Palma and sun-soaked Alicante, which is home to dozens of golden beaches and attractions.

"Malaga remained the second most popular place for an Easter break for the second year running," the website noted.

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Take a horse riding excursion at the Mar Menor Resort

Holidaymakers staying at the Mar Menor Resort in Murcia will no doubt be keen to get out and explore the stunning Spanish countryside during their stay.

A great way to do this is to book a relaxing horse riding excursion with local provider Rancho de la Fuenta, which is located in the town of Los Belones.

The stable caters for guests of all abilities and is home to around 60 horses, as well as several donkeys and Shetland ponies.

Holidaymakers can take a course of lessons during their stay or opt to try a longer beach or mountain hack, which involve more intensive riding.

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Relax and unwind at the Thai Room Spa

Guests holidaying at La Torre Resort in Spain will find plenty of opportunities to relax during their stay. However, one of the best ways to unwind is to book a revitalising treatment at the Thai Room Spa.

A range of therapies and packages are on offer at the facility, including massages and anti-ageing facials.

In addition, holidaymakers can treat themselves to a relaxing body scrub or a detoxifying wrap, with something available for all skin types.

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Enjoy water sports at the Mar Menor Resort

Guests holidaying at the Mar Menor Resort will find dozens of activities to enjoy during their stay, including a range of water sports.

The resort is located within easy reach of Europe's largest saltwater lagoon, making it the perfect place to try sailing or windsurfing.

Scuba diving is also widely available, with several local companies offering courses and excursions. Scuba4all caters for people of all abilities and is ideal for those keen to gain a PADI certificate.

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Have an after dinner drink at the Mar Menor Resort

Located in the sunny region of Murcia, the Mar Menor Resort is home to several bars and restaurants, meaning guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a venue for a relaxing after dinner drink.

One place where holidaymakers will find a wide selection of wines and cocktails on offer is the Lobby Bar, which is located in the Intercontinental Hotel.

The venue has a warm and laid back atmosphere, with large windows that overlook the pool and a spacious terrace where guests can relax with a drink outdoors.

If there is a major sporting event on the TV, then look no further than the Clover Irish Golf Tavern, which boasts five plasma screens and is the perfect place to cheer on your team.

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Rent a villa at the Mar Menor Resort

If the idea of renting a villa and lounging around your own private pool is your idea of holiday heaven, then why not consider taking a break at the Mar Menor Resort in Spain.

The complex is home to more than 900 villas, meaning there is something available to suit everyone.

These self-catering properties come furnished to a high standard and boast balconies and terraces, which are ideal for enjoying barbecues and evening drinks.

Villas typically feature two, three and or four bedrooms, as well as two bathrooms.

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Thrifty Brits spend least on holiday accommodation

British travellers are the thriftiest when it comes to spending on holiday accommodation, it has been revealed.

According to, the average UK holidaymaker spent £90 a room per night in 2009.

In contrast, the Irish are Europe's biggest spenders, parting with an average of £107.

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Sample delicious Mediterranean cuisine at La Torre Resort

Holidaymakers staying at La Torre Resort in Spain will find no shortage of places to dine in the evenings.

The complex is home to several bars and restaurants, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

An impressive buffet-style restaurant, La Encina is the perfect place to enjoy a family meal. Guests will find a wide selection of options on offer, with everything from grilled meat to fresh fish and salads available.

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Enjoy a drink at the Clover Irish Golf Tavern

Holidaymakers visiting the Mar Menor Resort in Spain will find plenty of places to enjoy a refreshing drink or an after dinner tipple.

One place where guests are sure to receive a warm welcome is the Clover Irish Golf Tavern, which is located on the ground floor of the Intercontinental Hotel.

The establishment offers a range of drinks, including Draught Guinness, Murphys Irish Stout and larger, as well as international beers and ciders.

Guests can also enjoy a light bite to eat, with everything from salads to sandwiches and burgers on offer there.

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