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Sporty Brits 'should check cover' ahead of Spanish holidays

Sports lovers planning on taking action packed holidays to Spain this summer should ensure they check the small print of their insurance policies before travelling, according to new advice.

According to esure, a quarter of holidaymakers intend to engage in more active pursuits than sunbathing on the beach this summer, however ten per cent of Brits mistakenly believe themselves to be covered for adventurous activities by their travel insurance policies as standard.

Research by the company revealed that of the 88 per cent of British holidaymakers that have taken part in adventurous holiday activities, more than 2.8 million have suffered an injury while doing so.

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Road safety abroad campaign launched

Britons considering making use of car hire services while on holiday in La Manga Club are the targets of a new road safety campaign launched by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

According to the FCO, tourists are three times more likely to be involved in road accidents than locals and the government department's Steer Clear of Trouble on Foreign Roads' campaign is designed to benefit Brits renting hire cars and driving abroad.

Research shows that almost one third of Britons have driven on the wrong side of the road while on holiday while more than one in ten have driven in the wrong direction on a roundabout.

"I would urge those planning to drive abroad this summer to prepare carefully before leaving the UK.

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Sitcom 'boosts Spanish holidays'

Following the completion of series two of ITV1 comedy series Benidorm, it has been reported that there has been a boost in bookings of Spanish holidays.

According to Travelbite, bookings for holidays to Spain have soared since the airing of the series which focuses on a set of stereotypical Brits abroad on the Costa del Sol, LateRooms reports.

It is claimed that bookings to Benidorm have almost doubled since the first series of the programme, starring funnyman Johnny Vegas.

""Jonny Vegas and the cast of Benidorm have clearly been a huge driver this year," commented company spokesperson Kathy Gwinnett.

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Sixties festival to be held on Spanish holiday island

A backward-looking festival will be held this summer on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca.

The Deya Heydays festival, Oona Napier and Jackie Waldren, will seek to remember the golden age of the village when it was immersed in art, poetry, writing and music, the Majorca Daily Bulletin reports.

Between the 1960s and 1980s Deya was a haven for struggling artists, musicians, writers and poets, including the likes of Robert Graves and the organisers are looking to make sure the memory of this era and its influence on Majorca is celebrated.

"We have collated some old posters advertising Deya, postcards and other items like old Vespas.

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English football team to train at La Manga Club

UK football team Gillingham will be taking flights to Spain for pre-season training this summer, it has been reported.

According to Kent Online, the League Two football club will be honing their skills with a week of training at La Manga Club from July 8th 2008.

However, squad members have been assured by manager Mark Stimson that the trip does not amount to a Spanish holiday.

"It's going to involve some serious training and in three or four days we'll be looking to get in 12 sessions, training three times a day," Stimson commented.

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New transport link between Alicante and Benidorm

Britons taking flights to Alicante for Spanish holidays will now find themselves enjoying better transport links.

The local Ferrocarrils Generalitat Valencia - FGV - train service between Benidorm and Alicante has been opened.

The line L9 service offers a half hourly train instead of the previous hourly service on odder.

"The tram gives much more flexibility and frequency to the travelling public.

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Brits 'cling on to Spanish holidays'

Consumers in Britain are looking unlikely to relinquish their plans for summer holidays in Spain, according to a new report.

TravelMole claims that despite concerns over the impending fuel crisis which ahs seen petrol prices rocket, 61 per cent of British workers intend to take the same amount of holiday entitlement as they took last year.

Meanwhile a quarter of Britons are looking to enjoy even more time off this summer than in summer 2007, the TripAdvisor study highlighted.

"A summer holiday is a must-have for the British public.

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How to keep the cost of a Spanish holiday down

Britons looking to avoid paying too much while still enjoying a Spanish holiday this summer may want to give some thought to a selection of tips offered by one UK publication.

According to the Telegraph there are several ways in which to alleviate the cost of a family holiday.

Travelling off-peak in the autumn months instead of the traditional July and August months is one way of avoiding steep air fares.

Meanwhile, taking a holiday that lasts for one week instead of a fortnight will also save money on the cost of accommodation.

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Chelsea midfielder enjoys Spanish holiday in the sunshine

Perhaps the pain of watching other teams compete in Euro 2008 when England failed to qualify was too much for Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard.

The midfielder has been spotted enjoying a Spanish holiday on the island of Ibiza with his fiancee Elen Rives and baby daughters - two-year-old Luna and Isla, aged 13 months.

The scene of the foursome enjoying the pleasures of sandcastle building on a crowded beach serve to support the notion that holidays in Spain are as popular as ever, after a study by the institution of international tourism in Spain, Frontur, revealed that 15 million tourists have visited Spain so far this year.

And photographs of the group enjoying a family holiday in Spain printed in the Daily Mail prove that footballers do not always spend millions of pounds on exclusive holidays on private islands, when the simple attractions of the Spanish holiday islands will do the trick.

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Keep fit on a La Manga Club holiday

The Telegraph recently reported that sporty holidays are a good choice for families looking to keep teenagers entertained on holiday.

In addition to tennis, football and golf facilities, families on a holiday at La Manga can engage in other forms of exercise.

For those who prefer jogging and walking to competitive or team sports, La Manga Club offers a multitude of quaint and quiet trails.

Lying aside natural park area, runners can jog through unblemished countryside without having to travel far from their accommodation.

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