Reports of a steamy romance between Penelope Cruz and MATTHEW McCONAUGHY are hotting up - they've been touring Texas together.

The couple - who met on the set of upcoming adventure SAHARA - continue to deny they are dating but were seen taking in the sites of McConaughy's home state last weekend (02-05JUL04).

McConaughy and the stunning Spanish actress drove round Texas in an identical Airstream trailer to the one SIMPLE LIFE socialites Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton crossed America in.

And according to onlookers, the duo - who set up camp at the BIG OAK RIVER CAMP in Texas - did nothing to play down rumours they are now a couple.

A fellow camper says, "They looked very cozy together."

09/07/2004 09:16