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Enjoy a holiday in 'beautiful Murcia'

Murcia is an idyllic destination and the ideal option for those looking to soak up some winter sunshine.

That is the opinion of travel writer Adam Steel of the Sunday Sun, who described Murcia as "the place for lazy days in the sun".

According to Mr Steel, a trip to Murica is not complete without a dip in the famous Mar Menor at La Manga.

As Europe's largest saltwater lagoon, the Mar Menor is a divers' paradise and is around six degrees C warmer than the surrounding waters of the Mediterranean.

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Brits cut back on cars to pay for holidays

British people would rather cut back on major purchases such as cars and sofas in order to pay for their annual holidays in Spain, it has been claimed.

Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), said holidays had fared relatively well in other recessions and are seen as an important and often essential expenditure.

In a recent survey by TUI, 88 per cent of people said they would rather give up something else than sacrifice their foreign holidays.

"They are certainly an area where people don't want to cut back on, they'd rather give up a brand new sofa or car rather their holidays," she commented.

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Holidays in Spain 'will always be a favourite'

Spain will always be a favourite destination for British holidaymakers, it has been claimed.

Simon Calder, an independent travel expert, said that despite the unfavourable exchange rate between the pound and the euro, British holidaymakers are unlikely to turn their back on Spain.

"Spain is fantastic value for money whether you are in the Balearic Islands or Costas, you are going to get some very good deals this summer," he commented.

Meanwhile, a recent survey by Aldi Travel suggests that Britons are unlikely to sacrifice their holidays this year.

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Brits refuse to give up holidays

The majority of Britons are refusing to give up their hard-earned holidays in Spain, despite the prospect of a recession.

Research by the Co-operative Travel found that just seven per cent of people would consider cutting back on travel.

Although many people have jet to finalise their holiday plans, 65 per cent of those surveyed said they hope to travel abroad this year, Travel Weekly reports.

Trevor Davis, the company's head of retail distribution, commented: "Like a lot of people in the UK at the moment, many of our customers have concerns over the economy and job security and this is making it difficult for them to plan holidays in the short term.

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Benidorm to host Davis Cup round

The eliminatory round of the Davis Cup tennis tournament is to be held in the Spanish resort of Benidorm, it has been revealed.

According to news source Typically Spanish, Benidorm will be the location for matches between Spain and Siberia, between March 6th and 8th.

Spanish captain Albert Costa has reportedly expressed his approval at the match being played at sea-level.

Meanwhile, those looking to brush up on their own tennis skills can head to the nearby La Manga Club, which is home to 28 multi-surface tennis courts.

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Ryanair unveils expansion plans

Budget carrier Ryanair has announced plans to expand at three of its bases.

The airline will increase the number of aircraft based at Alicante Airport from one to four, as well as introducing a number of new routes.

With more flights to Spain than ever, the airline expects to carry more than two million passengers to Alicante every year – a move which could sustain up to 2,000 local jobs.

Expansion will also take place at Bristol and Edinburgh Airport.

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Nerja Caves celebrate anniversary

One of Andalucia's most popular tourist attractions celebrated the 50th anniversary of its discovery earlier this week.

The Nerja Caves were found almost half a century ago by five local children who were searching the area for bats, Typically Spanish reports.

Four of the five are still alive and had a plaque unveiled in their honour by the Mayor of Nerja on Monday.

A number of other events have also been scheduled to mark the anniversary, including an arts festival.

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Baltasar Lobo sculptures go on display in Malaga

Those taking holidays in Spain over the next month will have the opportunity to view a number of large-scale sculptures by Spanish artist Baltasar Lobo.

The 16 sculptures went on display earlier this week at the Calle Marques de Larios in Malaga and will remain there for the next month, sur.com reports.

Completed between 1962 to 1991, the bronze pieces are all between 1.

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Dreams of holidays help Brits beat credit crunch

The thought of taking holidays in Spain and other sun-soaked destinations is helping many Brits get through the credit crunch, it has been claimed.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), 50 per cent of people believe that a break abroad will provide a "vital escape" from credit crunch pressures.

Furthermore, the study shows that holidays are three times more prized than pay increases.

Commenting on the findings, psychotherapist and life coach Christine Webber, who developed the study, said that looking forward to a holiday can help people to focus more on current tasks.

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Enjoy a romantic getaway at La Manga Club

Britons looking to escape the chilly winter weather and enjoy a romantic getaway this Valentine's Day may wish to consider a break at La Manga Club in Spain.

Couples can enjoy a gourmet meal in one of the resort's fine restaurants or perhaps indulge in some relaxing spa treatments.

A number of great-value deals are currently on offer and couples can also make the most of the resort's exceptional sports and leisure facilities, which include three championship golf courses and 28 multi-surface tennis courts.

In related news, a number of airlines slashed their fares on flights to Spain, with Ryanair, bmibaby and easyJet announcing price cuts last week.

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