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Majorca a top choice for Britons

Britons are continuing to holiday in Spain with the island of Majorca the number one holiday destination among travellers this year, it has emerged.

As reported by the American Chronicle, family holidays in Spain are set to increase in 2007 compared to last year, despite increased competition from eastern European countries.

Flooding across Britain during the summer months led to "mass holiday bookings" of Spanish holidays with Majorca continuing to be popular despite environmental concerns based on aviation.

The news comes after a disappointing summer was expected for Spanish holiday figures after an unseasonably warm April in the UK contributing to a slowdown in the market, the article notes.

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New tram system draws a crowd in Sevilla

Thousands of visitors attended the opening of a new tram system in Sevilla this week, which could help those on holiday in Spain to navigate their way round the city.

Typicallyspanish.com reports that the new metrocentro transport facility cost €80 million (£38.6 million) and will extend out across the consumer belt of the city.

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Travel insurance 'vital for holidaymakers'

Britons planning a sunny holiday in Spain during the winter period have been warned that taking out travel insurance is "vital".

Moneyexpert.com research has revealed that 28 per cent of holidaymakers travel uninsured, despite the average Briton spending £681.20 on extra items during their trip.

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Spain to host charity sporting event

Families jetting off to warmer climes next month for a pre-Christmas Spanish holiday may catch a glimpse of global superstar David Beckham on their travels.

The ex-Real Madrid player, who now resides in Los Angeles, is to play in a charity football match on November 19th alongside a number of international players.

The event, in aid of anti-poverty efforts and various charity projects, is to be sponsored by the United Nations Development Program and will feature Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo as team captains.

With a capacity of 38,000, Malaga's Estadio La Rosaleda is set to be the location for the game.

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New flights to Alicante with Ryanair

A new route from Shannon to Alicante has been announced by budget airline Ryanair, meaning holidaymakers may have more to spend at a luxury Spanish resort rather than on travel arrangements.

Ryanair, which is to open a further eight new routes from Shannon in the next fortnight, plans to make its Shannon-Alicante service available to passengers from March of next year.

The announcement might be of interest to those wanting a Spanish holiday or possibly for travellers thinking about exploring Europe.

"Ryanair will open 18 new routes from Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Knock and Shannon in the next two months alone," said Michael O'Leary, chief executive officer of the airline.

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Renovated Prado museum to open this week

Although a family holiday in Spain often includes sun, sea and sandcastles, those looking for a fascinating and educational opportunity may want to visit the Prado museum in Madrid.

Housing around 1,000 works of art, the beautiful building has recently been refurbished and is set to reopen this week complete with a new "ultra modern" wing, according to AFP.

The new section is to showcase some 400 paintings that were previously not on display due to a lack or space.

Of the new red brick building, deputy director of Prado Gabriele Finalde said: "It is the most important extension the Prado has ever had.

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Online check-in praised by AUC

Checking in for a flight online is good for passengers in terms of practicality and convenience, it was suggested this week.

James Freemantle, industry affairs manager for the Air Transport Users Council (AUC), said checking in via the internet can often enable travellers to arrive later for their flight and avoid the queues inside some airports.

The comments may be of interest to those who take family holidays, as children can often become restless when travelling but online check-in can minimise extra fuss.

In addition, Mr Freemantle said it was cheaper for airlines to enable its customers with this type of service and may therefore make plane tickets less expensive.

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Spain among 'least stressful' countries

Many people book flights to La Manga for luxury holidays in Spain and now it has been reported by Bradford and Bingley that the number of those aged over 50 travelling overseas is growing year-on-year.

According to Bradford and Bingley 57 per cent of Britons owning a property abroad are now over the age of 55 – and a recent report from Saga suggested that one in ten people over the age of 55 are considering moving abroad permanently – with Spain being the number one destination.

For those who are considering elongating their luxury holidays in Spain, new research from HiFX listing the country as one of the least stressful destinations to emigrate to will be pleasant news.

Spain, along with the surrounding Spanish islands, was listed by swiftcover as the top European destination for holidaymakers this year.

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Travel to your luxury Spanish holiday in style

Britons taking flights to Murcia may find their travelling experience "enhanced" if they fly onboard Virgin Atlantic's new Airbus A380, it has been reported.

According to Anna Knowles, head of PR at Virgin Atlantic the vessel will allow passengers to enjoy an "enhanced" experience while they travel to destinations such as La Manga in Spain.

Ms Knowles added that a new Dreamliner aircraft will also offer passengers an "improved onboard experience".

The double-decker Airbus A380 is the largest passenger airliner in the world and its first commercial flight is scheduled for October 25th 2007.

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Couples look to marry in Spain

For a holiday and a honeymoon in one, many couples are now looking to marry in overseas countries like Spain, it has been reported.

According to a spokesperson from Confetti, there has been a "huge growth" in couples getting married abroad.

It was reported in September that a growing number of British couples are marrying on luxury holidays in Spain.

Father Manuel Torres, parish priest of Benalmadena, told Sur that couples enjoy luxury family holidays in Spain "with all their friends, staying together in a hotel for a few weeks of celebrations".

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