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Book online for the 'best deals'

Those looking for a good deal on their next holiday in Spain should book online, one travel expert has claimed.

James Furse, managing director of greenbee.com, said that booking holidays in Spain online enables people to compare prices on flights more easily.

"The more dynamic pricing online gives you much more access to deals and offers.

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Medieval market comes to Altea

Britons enjoying holidays in Spain this month might be surprised when they arrive in the city of Altea to find that is has been transformed into a medieval market.

The fair will be taking place until February 9th and is the city's way of paying homage to its patron saint, reports the Benidorm Spotlight.

It is called Fiestas del Santisimo Cristo de la Salud de Altea le Vella and visitors to the area can expect to see most of its balconies draped in banners as part of the festivities.

According to the article, is well-suited to taking holidaymakers back in time.

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Spanish coastline to be 'upgraded'

Officials in Spain are planning to upgrade the stretch of coastline between Torremolinos and Marbella, in a bid to attract more holidaymakers.

Andalucia's Ministry for Tourism and the Western Costa del Sol's Association of Municipalities are planning to invest more than 5.6 million euros to revamp 12 beaches in the area, Euro Weekly reports.

Some of the beaches that will benefit from the investment include Los Alamos and La Carihuela in Torremolinos and Santa Ana in Benalmadena.

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England's female footballers emerge from La Manga camp

The England Women's football squad will be jetting off for further training soon, having spent time at a camp in La Manga Club this month.

Manager Hope Powell has selected 26 players for another get-together in Cyprus between February 3rd and 13th.

The squad were based at La Manga Club from January 12th to 17th for a few sessions in the Costa Calida sunshine.

January is proving to be a busy month for the camp, which has also welcomed the squads of FC Basel and PSV Eindhoven since the start of the new year.

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La Manga tournament helps golfer turn pro

A golf holiday in La Manga Club it may not have been, but for 19-year-old Florentyna Parker, her trip to the famous courses will be even more memorable.

The Germany-based golfer recently made the cut at the La Manga Qualifying School, which means she will be taking part in the European tour.

Emerging from the qualifying tournament holds particular significance for Parker, as it has preceded her turning professional, the Liverpool Daily Post reports.

Had she not flourished as a golfer, Parker may have been enjoying a tennis holiday at La Manga Club.

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Springsteen to rock Benidorm?

Music fans taking holidays in Spain may have the opportunity to see rock legend Bruce Springsteen perform later this year.

The American singer, whose back catalogue contains hits such as Born in the USA and Born to Run, is reportedly in talks to play a gig in Benidorm this summer.

According to Typically Spanish, officials at Benidorm Town Hall have earmarked July 31st as a possible performance date.

Details have yet to be confirmed; however, it is thought that the singer will play a number of Spanish concerts as part of the promotional tour for his new album Working on a Dream.

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Historic exhibition opens in Spain

Those taking holidays in Spain this month will have the opportunity to learn more about the country's history at a new exhibition in Cartama.

The exhibition, which showcases a number of Megalithic artefacts and reconstructions, will remain open until February 19th, Euro Weekly reports.

Guided tours are available and the exhibition will open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm and from 4:30pm until 8:30pm.

The exhibition will also present reconstructed images of village live in Spain during the Copper Age.

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Top tips for travelling with kids

With half-term fast approaching, families across the UK will no doubt be planning their holidays to Spain and, according to flight search engine Skyscanner, parents can ease the stress of travelling with kids by following its 'top tips'.

Those travelling with young children are advised to pack economically and prepare for delays by carrying enough essential items such as nappies and baby food.

Checking in early is also advisable, particularly for large families that want to sit together.

Providing children with toys to keep them amused is a must; however, holidaymakers are advised to leave messy games and noisy objects at home.

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Use 'alternative' payment methods when travelling abroad

Those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations overseas should carry a mixed wallet, with a combination of cards, cash and travellers cheques

Tim Pie, a spokesman for HSBC said holidaymakers should also notify their bank if they will be carrying out transactions abroad.

Holidaymakers failing to contact their bank could see their card blocked.

"In the vast majority of cases of we block a transaction and telephone customers so we would advise customers to keep their mobile and contact details with them when they travel," Mr Pie commented.

The classic travellers cheque is an excellent "fall-back" option for holidaymakers concerned about carrying money overseas, he added.

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Holidays in Spain 'offer fantastic value'

The euro may have gained strength against the pound in recent months, but holidays in Spain still offer excellent value.

That is according to the latest Post Office Holiday Money Report, which revealed that Spain is the best-value destination within the eurozone.

Results show that the cost of a three-course meal with wine is the same in Spain as it is in Bulgaria.

Furthermore, the average cup of coffee is priced at just £1.

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