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Spanish theme park unveils underwater nativity

With Christmas out of the way, the last thing many families staying in Spanish holiday villas would expect to see is a nativity scene.

They would perhaps be even more surprised to come across the traditional yuletide figurines underwater.

Nevertheless, that is what awaits visitors to the popular Costa Blanca theme park Terra Natura. Five stone figures - representing Mary, Joseph, Jesus, an ox and a donkey have been placed at the bottom of a shark tank.

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Spain sees road safety improvement

Holidaymakers hiring a car in Spain may be happy to hear that Spanish roads are becoming even safer.

Statistics released by the country's government revealed a 20 per cent drop in motoring-related fatalities in 2008 compared to the year before.

This figure was made even more remarkable given that the number of cars on Spanish roads shows no sign of dwindling, with 20 per cent more vehicles in use than in 2003.

Typically Spanish reports that the toll is the lowest since 1964, though it noted that the figures do not account for those who die more than a month after accidents nor those who died in urban areas.

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Ryanair celebrates passenger growth

Budget airline Ryanair is flying in the face of the economic downturn by handling more passengers than ever before.

The airline, which offers flights to Spain and a host of other popular destinations, carried almost 58 million passengers in 2008, representing an 18 per cent increase on the previous year.

Ryanair's busiest month was August, which saw the airline transport 5.7 million passengers to sunny destinations across Europe.

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New arrival for Spanish zoo

Families on holidays in La Manga Club will be able to see the latest member of the family at Fuengirola Zoo if they head to the attraction.

Renting a car in La Manga might be one of the best ways to get the facility, which has just welcomed a new chimpanzee.

Called Noelia, the new arrival took everybody at the zoo by surprise - not least her mother, who is of an advanced age, the Euro Weekly News reports.

Noelia is the latest addition to the zoo following a pair of baby gibbons, a Sumatran tiger and a pygmy hippopotamus.

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'Save money' on holiday in Spain

British holidaymakers can make their euros stretch further by using a prepaid foreign currency card, it has been claimed.

According to moneysupermarket.com, travellers can save hundreds with a little preparation and by avoiding airport exchange desks.

A holidaymaker at Heathrow Airport looking to buy 1,000 euros will have to hand over £1,000, while the same amount on a FairFX prepaid card costs £922.

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Andalucia named 'top golf destination'

The Spanish region of Andalucia has been named as the best holiday destination for golfing enthusiasts, beating off competition from rival golf hotspots such as the Algarve.

Andalucia won the Best Golf Destination in Europe category at the International Golf Travel Market Awards, which were held in Marbella at the end of last year.

The region was selected due to its favourable climate, stunning landscape and fantastic range of golf courses and excellent transport links.

According to figures from the Spanish Tourist Office, over 400,000 golfers travel to Andalicia every year.

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Malaga plans tourism investment

Authorities in Malaga are planning to invest billions in developing a series of programmes aimed at boosting tourism in the city.

Spanish tourism officials are hoping to promote southern Spain as a city-break and weekend holiday destination.

Developments have so far included a new terminal at the city's airport and the addition of a new runway, which is expected to be completed by 2010.

Malaga's port area will also be regenerated and the waterfront harbour will be extended to accommodate large cruise liners.

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Holidaymakers urged to 'book early'

Britons taking holidays in Spain and other destinations this year should consider booking early to avoid disappointment, it has been suggested.

With many tour operators cutting their capacity by up to 25 per cent, there will be fewer deals available, according to Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta).

"There will be some attractive deals in the new year that will probably be worth taking up but there will [be] less, if any, late deals on the market. We know that last year, there was quite a dramatic decrease in the number of holidays under £400 and that will continue through 2009," she explained.

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Relax and unwind at Spa La Manga Club

Britons looking for some post-Christmas pampering may wish to visit La Manga Club in Spain, which is home to its own luxury health spa.

A stylish and spacious facility, Spa La Manga Club prides itself on offering an exceptional level of service and paying attention to detail.

The spa offers a range of sumptuous signature treatments, which include natura bisse facials, diamond facials and Hawaiian massage.

A full range of nail services are also available, using exclusive Jessica Nail System products.

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Brits took 'more holidays in 2008'

A recent survey by car hire company Alamo revealed that one in five Brits took more holidays than usual in 2008.

Figures suggest that the credit crunch has had little impact on people's appetite for holidays in Spain and other sunny destinations.

Of those surveyed, 34 per cent said they had taken two holidays in 2008, with 30 per cent taking three or more.

However, the research did show that holidaymakers are becoming more savvy when it comes to spending, with 37 per cent paying less for their 2008 holiday than they did for their break in 2007.

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