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Spain named as 'top wine destination'

Spain has been named as one of the world's top ten destinations for fine lovers.

Research carried out by online travel community TripAdvisor revealed that wine-loving Britons should look no further than Spain for their next trip abroad.

The area of La Rioja was singled out as a particularly good area for wine producing.

Divided into three regions - Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Baja – the area is famous for its "outstanding" red wines, laced with distinctive vanilla flavours.

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Dance the night away in Seville

Britons enjoying holidays in Spain over the next month will have the opportunity to see some of the country's best dancers and musicians perform.

Taking place in Seville until October 10th, the Flamenco Biennial is a celebration of traditional dancing and music, featuring a host of highly respected Spanish performers.

Artists featured in this year's programme of events include singer Jose Merce and renowned flamenco dancer Sara Baras.

According to What's on When, performances take places at various venues and theatres across the city, with the full programme available on the Flamenco Biennial website.

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Holidaymakers 'long for' a nice cup of tea

British travellers enjoy nothing more than a nice cup of tea when they return from their holidays in Spain.

In a recent survey carried out by Holiday Extras, a whopping 65.6 per cent of Brits said that tea was the item they missed most when on holiday.

Other items missed by those on holiday in Spain include Hobnob biscuits, custard and Branston Pickle.

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Denise enjoys a holiday in Spain

Television presenter and actress Denise Van Outen has been making the most of the late summer sun by taking a holiday in Spain.

Denise was pictured in the Daily Mail looking tanned and toned in a two-piece baby blue bikini.

The 34-year-old, who is holidaying with a female friend, soaked up the glorious sunshine onboard a luxury white yacht.

She spent time sunbathing and enjoying a glass of wine, before cooling off with a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Britons enjoy holidays in Spain 'with partners'

Britons prefer taking holidays in Spain with their partners, as opposed to their friends, according to new research.

In a recent survey, three-quarters of Brits said they enjoyed romantic breaks more than girly weekends and all-male holidays.

The study, which was carried out by, also revealed that when on holiday Britons enjoy city strolls, eating out and sightseeing.

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Take a "mixed wallet" on holiday to Spain

Holidaymakers could be placing themselves at risk by carrying too much cash and storing it in the wrong places, it has been claimed.

Sarah Harrison, director of American Express Travellers Cheques, said that those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations, should take a "mixed wallet", containing a combination of cash, cards and travellers cheques.

"Travelling overseas is a fantastic experience and the last thing people want to worry about is money. By carrying all of your cash in your pocket, you could be asking for trouble as if something happens to it, you may be left in the lurch," she explained.

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Technology 'changes' holidays to Spain

Technology has changed the way in which people spend their holidays in Spain, it has been claimed.

Carmel McCarthy, PR manager for More Th>n said that the use of mobile phones and laptop computers meant that people were now easy to contact when abroad and as a result, found it more difficult to relax.

"Technology has opened up the doors and allowed people to be contacted on holiday. People forget that the most precious time is the two weeks they take off with their family so they should leave the technology at home and go and enjoy it," she commented.

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Spanish roads are 'safer than ever'

Holidaymakers renting a car in Murcia will no doubt be pleased to learn that safety levels on Spanish roads have improved significantly over the last year.

According to the Costa Blanca News, the number of fatalities on the country's roads this summer was the lowest seen since 1964.

Figures from the DGT trraffic department indicate that accidents this year have dropped by almost 20 per cent compared to the same period in 2007.

The improvement in safety levels is thought to be a result of less congestion on the country's roads and the fact that major holiday resorts saw fewer traffic jams.

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Holidays to Spain 'increase in popularity'

The number of British tourists enjoying holidays to Spain is on the increase, it has been claimed.

Tired of the unpredictable British weather it seems that holidaymakers are travelling to the Spanish costas in their droves, in search of sun, sea and sangria.

On a recent visit to Benidorm, regional tourism chief Angelica Such said that tourist numbers for the area were up four per cent on last year, the Costa Blanca News reported.

According to Ms Such, the biggest increase has been the number of visitors from the UK, with figures reportedly up 1.

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'Sign up to newsletters' and save money

Holidaymakers can save money on their flights and accommodation in Spain by signing up to email alerts and checking websites regularly, it has been claimed.

Sharon Livingstone, founder of Travel Magazine – a publication which specialises in worldwide destination guides and travel tips – claimed that consumers could find the best deals and special offers by signing up to newsletters from hotels and tour operators.

"The credit crunch is turning us savvy at bargain hunting. My advice is to sign up to as many newsletters as possible because that's where online travel agents first promote their offers.

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