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City status for Marbella?

Holiday hot spot Marbella could soon be recognised as a larger municipality following its growth and popularity as a tourism destination.

Marbella's town council has supported plans by the region's economic leader to submit an order to try and gain the region the official status of a big city, reports euroweeklynews.com.

It comes as many Britons could be considering holidays in Spain this year, despite the economic downturn.

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Break helps tennis star bounce back

Taking a tennis holiday to La Manga Club is the preferred way to relax for many fans of the game but, for one professional, a different kind of break was required.

Jelena Dokic has revealed that taking time out from the tennis circuit is what she needed to get back on top of her game.

The Yugoslavian distanced herself from tennis as she battled depression and poor form but, having returned to the game, now feels ready to enter the world top ten rankings.

Discussing her hiatus, she told the Australian newspaper: "A lot of people didn't know what was going on.

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County Wexford golfers claim La Manga prize

A group of young golfers from Ireland continued their winning streak with victory in a La Manga tournament this month.

Golf holidays to La Manga Club are loved by many golfers, but the resort is also the setting for more nail-biting sporting events such as the Home Nations inter-club championship.

This year's trophy was taken by the youngsters of Rosslare in County Wexford, with Gary Collins, Conor Kelly, Ross Young, Ian Cuddihy and Eamon Kelly all doing their club proud, the Irish Independent reports.

The success follows their recent exploits at the Fred Daly Trophy, at which they also emerged with the top prize.

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"Ambitious" Murcia rail link hailed by mayoress

The mayoress of an Almeria town has hailed a new rail link in the region as a significant development for the region.

Maria Dolores Munoz, mayoress of Pulpi, said the link to Huercal Overa will allow easier transport between the town and areas such as Andalucia and Murcia, the Euro Weekly News reports.

"This is an important step forwards in one of the most ambitious projects for the development of our municipality and our region," remarked Ms Munoz.

A visit to Pulpi is already an option for those taking holidays to La Manga, as there is a line running to the town from Murcia.

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Things to do in Murcia

Located in the south-east of Spain, Murcia has long been popular with British holidaymakers attracted by the region's sandy beaches, mountainous scenery and excellent range of visitor attractions and facilities.

The region basks in sunshine for over 300 days a year and holidaymakers visiting La Manga Club will find plenty to see and do during their stay. Murcia has something to offer everyone, from water parks promising family fun to museums and art galleries for those keen to soak up some culture on their break.

When it comes to beaches, holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice and as well as making use of La Manga's own La Cala beach, they can enjoy some of the region's other popular coastal haunts, which include Las Delicias, Levante and the Playa del Paseo Parra.

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Torrevieja Carnival programme unveiled

Those taking holidays in Spain over the coming month will have the opportunity to attend the annual Torrevieja Carnival, which gets underway this week.

Running until February 22nd, the carnival has something for everyone, with everything from children's events to drag queen competitions taking place, Euro Weekly News reports.

Other highlights of this year's programme of events include the carnival parade which takes place at 4pm on February 15th, along with the annual children's dance.

The programme was officially launched earlier this week by councillor Eduardo Dolon and Julio Ruiz, president of the Association Cultural Carnival de Torrevieja.

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Under-16s are 'well travelled'

Today's under-16s travel abroad twice as much as their parents did, a new study has revealed.

Research undertaken by hotels.com found that the average 16-year-old has travelled abroad more than 14 times, compared to their parents who had visited just seven foreign destinations by the same age.

Results show that 98 per cent of under-16s have travelled within Europe, 34 per cent have been to North America and 13 per cent have taken a long-haul trip to Australia.

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Spain to promote 'sustainable tourism'

Tourism authorities in Spain are looking at ways to sustain the country's many tourist attractions and beaches so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

According to eTurboNews, a number of policies will be introduced aimed at preserving Spain's natural attractions and creating more conservation zones – making holidays in Spain even more enjoyable.

"Even before sustainability became a buzz word in environmental and conservation circles, tourism officials were taking an inventory of Spain's tourism infrastructure and carefully making plans for future development," Spain's ministry of tourism said.

The ministry said it will spend over two billion euros annually on introducing these new measures.

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Spain in bid for 2018 World Cup

Spain and Portugal are reportedly planning to enter a joint bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Football associations in both countries have signed an agreement and plans are in place to enter another bid for 2022 should this one fail, Typically Spanish reports.

The two countries believe that a joint proposal has a better chance of success than an individual one.

Tourism chiefs estimate that Spain's economy could benefit from a 1.

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Holidaymakers 'should not rely on EHICs'

Those taking holidays in Spain and other eurozone destinations should not rely solely on their European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs), one travel expert has claimed.

Perry Wilson, founder of InsureandGo, said that a large proportion of the population put themselves at risk by failing to purchase insurance cover.

"They [EHICs] are for basic medical treatment but it depends on what country you are in. Some countries give very basic medical cover.

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