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'Purchase insurance separately' when taking holidays in Spain

People planning to take holidays in Spain this summer have been advised that they can save money by purchasing their insurance separately.

Bob Atkinson, a travel expert at moneysupermarket.com, said many airlines and tour operators try to lure travellers into taking out cover with one of their preferred insurance providers, but this is not always the cheapest option.

In reality, many of these policies are uncompetitive and do not suit individual circumstances, he noted.

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Paddy Power offers 'volcano ash betting'

Holidaymakers planning to take flights to Spain in the near future may be interested to learn that bookmaker Paddy Power is giving passengers the chance to place bets on whether or not they will be disrupted by the volcanic ash cloud that is currently hovering over Europe.

According to the Telegraph, the company has started taking bets on the closure of specific airports around the UK and in Ireland.

"Travellers can bet at odds of up to 20-1 to hedge against flight delays or cancellations, with Paddy allowing up to £2,000 of cover per customer per day – and £5,000 for wagers covering several days," the publication noted.

Bets are also open to those who are not taking flights to Spain in the near future, with a Paddy Power spokesman confirming that speculators can also try their luck.

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Dine out in style at La Manga Club

Guests holidaying at La Manga Club will find more than 20 bars and restaurants to visit around the complex.

There is a wide range of choice, with something to suit most tastes and budgets.

For a light bite to eat during the day diners can head to the Deli Cafe, which serves a delicious selection of salads, sandwiches and wraps throughout the day maybe remove this one.

Guests who want to sample some local cuisine can book a table at La Manga's flagship Amapola Restaurant.

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Attend the Cante De Las Minas Flamenco Festival

Holidaymakers staying at La Manga Club this year will find no shortage of exciting events taking place over the course of the summer.

Kicking off on August 3rd 2010, the Cante De Las Minas Flamenco Festival promises to be an event that the whole family can enjoy and is a must for people keen to soak up some culture during their stay.

The event is sponsored by La Manga Club and is held in the nearby town of La Union, which is around ten minutes away from the resort.

One of Spain's most popular and authentic flamenco festivals, it features some of the country's best dancers and musicians.

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Cut costs 'by shopping around for currency'

People taking holidays in Spain can save money by shopping around for currency deals before leaving the UK, it has been claimed.

According to moneysupermarket.com, travellers can make significant savings with a little preparation.

Kevin Mountford, head of banking at the organisation, said it is worth remembering that the best deals are rarely available at the airport.

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Start your little one on the path to athletics success

Parents holidaying at La Manga Club this summer can start their little ones on the path to sporting success by enrolling them in one of the resort's junior academies.

Double Olympic champion Daley Thompson has created a special course aimed at helping seven to 12-year-olds develop their athletics skills.

The programme runs for six consecutive days, with lessons taking place between 10am and 11:30am every day.

A number of special guest trainers are also taking part in the course, including former Gladiator Kate Staples and Olympic pole vaulter Nick Buckfield.

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Buy golf clothing and accessories at La Manga Club

Guests planning to take a golf holiday at La Manga Club will find a well-stocked golf pro shop located within the clubhouse building.

The store sells a wide range of high-quality clothing and equipment from a number of top brands.

In fact, the recently extended shop boasts one of the largest selections of golf wear in Spain.

Players will find clubs from manufacturers including Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade, as well as footwear from Footjoy, Hi-Tec and Nike.

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Dine out in style at Amapola

Guests hoping to enjoy a delicious Mediterranean-inspired meal during their stay at La Manga Club may wish to consider booking a table at the resort's flagship Amapola Restaurant.

Located within Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe, the venue serves up food cooked with fresh, "designated origin products".

Holidaymakers dining here will have the opportunity to enjoy fish and seafood from the Mar Menor, ox meat from the Sierra de Guardarrama, rice from Calasparra, tomatoes from Mazarron and cured cheese from Zamora, among other things.

Executive chef Nicholas Cedro said the food is prepared in a way that respects the ingredients.

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'Save money' on holiday in Spain

There are a number of ways to save money on your next holiday to Spain.

This is according to Nick Trend, editorial director at Simonseeks.com, who said that if possible travellers should avoid the school holiday period when hotels tend to be busier and prices higher.

He noted that most state schools break up on July 23rd this year, going back at the start of September.

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Ryanair launches summer holiday seat sale

Budget airline Ryanair has launched a sale on flights to Spain and other destinations.

The carrier is releasing 500,000 tickets priced from £5 for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in June 2010.

Fares include taxes and travellers looking to bag a cheap flight to Spain or elsewhere must book before May 20th.

Stephen McNamara, a spokesman for the airline, commented: "Only Ryanair sells Europe's lowest fares with a no fuel surcharge guarantee.

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