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Majority of Brits 'planning winter holidays'

Despite the economic downturn, Brits are still keen to take holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been revealed.

In a recent poll carried out by Monarch, 86 per cent of respondents said they are planning to escape to warmer climes this winter.

The airline revealed that between December 18th and January 4th it expects to transport around 140,000 British holidaymakers to hotspots such as Murcia, Alicante and Malaga.

"If you haven't yet booked and fancy enjoying the festivities away from home or seeing the new year in overseas it's not too late to grab a great deal to the sun with Monarch," the carrier noted.

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Take a quad biking excursion in Murcia

Guests holidaying at La Torre Resort in Spain can explore the surrounding area by taking a quad bike excursion.

Local company Quad Espuna offers bike hire throughout the year and has four road-legal vehicles.

Groups are escorted on excursions by a tour guide and all bikes are linked via a radio mic system.

Holidaymakers will have the opportunity to travel down dirt tracks and trails in the parks surrounding La Torre and explore the area in a gentle but exciting way.

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Ryanair announces new Malaga base

Budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to open its 38th base at Malaga Airport.

The airline will introduce 19 new routes at the hub from June 2010, meaning it will operate 39 services from there in total.

According to Ryanair, the move will create 200 jobs and lead to an investment of $250 million in the airport.

Passengers will be able to book flights from Malaga to destinations including Paris, Oslo, Zaragoza and Santiago, as well as Tampere, Valladolid, Venice and Wroclaw.

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Keep the kids occupied at La Torre

Brits looking for the perfect place to enjoy a family holiday in Spain may wish to consider a break at La Torre in Murcia.

As well as a spa and golf course to keep the adults happy, the resort also caters for children of all ages and is home to a top-quality kids' club, with childcare services available for holidaymakers between the ages of two and 12.

Children can take part in a range of organised activities and have access to play equipment and games.

There are also several playgrounds dotted around the resort, as well as a number of swimming pools and tennis courts, which the kids can enjoy.

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Children can develop their tennis skills at La Manga Club

Holidaying at La Manga Club is a great way to stay active and encourage family members to try out new sports.

Children staying at the resort can take part in specially-designed courses at the Junior Tennis Academy or even put their game to the test in one of La Manga's competitions.

Courses run from Monday to Friday and are available for children of all ages. Children under the age of six can book a Mini Tennis course, which involves 45 minutes of tuition every day from Monday to Friday.

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British holidaymakers 'hate to tip'

Almost half of Brits do not like to tip when they are on holiday in Spain, a new poll has revealed.

Research carried out by Holiday Extras revealed that 58 per cent of men and 39 per cent of women do not feel comfortable leaving extra money on top of their bill.

Of those surveyed, 14 per cent claimed that tipping in a restaurant makes them feel awkward.

A further 19 per cent said they dislike offering a gratuity when staying in a hotel.

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Treat yourself to a massage at La Manga Club

As well as enjoying the fantastic sports facilities on offer at La Manga, guests will find plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind.

Spa La Manga Club offers a range of treatments, including a wide selection of massages, with something to suit everyone.

An excellent option for first-time spa guests is the Swedish massage, which helps to ease sore muscles and improve circulation.

Deep tissue treatments are also on offer and are ideal for guests who play sports regularly and lead an active life.

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Timing of BA strikes 'is surprising and disappointing'

The timing of the forthcoming British Airways' cabin crew strikes is surprising and disappointing.

This is according to John Tangney, chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators aviation committee, who said that the action could be a "disaster" for families who are taking holidays to Spain and other destinations over the festive period.

"The problem now will be that very, very few seats will be left on other carriers over [the] Christmas period. The seats that are left will be in the premium cabins I would have thought," he explained.

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'Be a child again' at Fuengirola Zoo

Brits taking holidays in Spain over the coming months will have the opportunity to feel like a child again by enjoying a visit to Fuengirola Zoo.

According to Euro Weekly News, the popular family attraction is offering adults the chance to enter for the same price as a child from now until January 18th 2010.

"Fuengirola Zoo is dedicated to the protection of animals and their natural habitat and is taking part in more than 35 European reproduction programmes. The many births at the zoo are proof of their success," the newspaper noted.

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Ryanair launches seat sale

Holidaymakers planning to book flights to Spain may be interested to learn that budget airline Ryanair has launched a new seat sale.

The carrier is offering £5 flights on over 500 routes for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in January.

According to the airline, tickets must be booked before midnight on Thursday December 17th.

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

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