This week's top travel deals from the Taj Mahal to Thailand, winter sun in Spain and more
The weekend was a washout, but winter sun really does reign in Spain
IF you were there at the weekend, you'll know the rain in Spain was a pain.
However, sunshine is all but guaranteed in the Canary Islands in January, and Lowcostholidays will get you there (prices include return flights from Dublin and taxes).
Seven nights' self-catering at the three-star Blue Sea Los Fiscos, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, departing January 16, from €279pps. Seven nights' self-catering at the four-star BlueBay Beach Club, Gran Canaria, departing January 16, from €329pps. Seven nights' self-catering at the five-star Hotel Geranios Suites and Spa, Fuerteventura, departing January 16, from €339pps. Seven nights' B&B at the four-star Hotel Blue Sea Interpalace, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, departing January 18, from €299pps. lowcostholidays.ie
Portugal remains the cheapest country in Europe for a sunshine holiday, though a barman in Lisbon airport tried to charge me €14.30 for a bottle of beer that cost €1.25 in the city. He's probably now an ex-barman. Anyway, Gohop has a couple of Portugal specials.
Seven nights' self-catering at the three-star Mirachoro I Apartments in Albufeira, departing Dublin on June 19, costs from €269pps, based on two sharing. Seven nights' self-catering at the three-star Club Praia da Rocha, departing Dublin on July 22, costs from €306pps, two sharing. Prices include return flights from Dublin. gohop.ie
Thailand is cheap too, and Sunway has a great offer. Seven nights' B&B at the three-star Chaba Samui Resort, Koh Samui, departures in May, costs from €855pps, two sharing. Price includes return flights from Dublin, taxes and one piece of checked luggage. Transfers are not included but are available for a small extra cost. sunway.ie
Visiting the Taj Mahal tops many a bucket list, and you can see it during a visit to India with the Travel Department's Splendours of Delhi, Taj Mahal and Rajasthan tour, with departures between March and May. The trip costs from €1,499pps and includes return flights from Dublin, taxes, 10 nights' full and half-board accommodation, transfers and excursions. traveldepartment.ie
Speaking of bucket lists, you have to see Prague, and you can with Clickandgo. A three-night city break, staying on a B&B basis at the five-star Corinthia Hotel, costs from €279pps and includes return Aer Lingus flights from Dublin, taxes and charges. clickandgo.com
If you haven't yet been to Dubai, you can enjoy four nights' B&B at the five-star JA Ocean View Hotel between December 1 and 26 from €939pps (book by November 30). The price is based on two sharing and includes return flights from Dublin and transfers. tropicalsky.ie
Four December ski deals from Topflight, all for seven nights and including return flights from Dublin, transfers and taxes. B&B at the two-star Pension Faisten- auer, Soll, Austria, from €449pps based on two sharing, departing December 19. Self-catering at the three-star Residence Cybele, Meribel Valley, France, from €569pps, four sharing, departing December 26. Self-catering at the three-star Residence La Licorne, La Plagne, France, from €599pps, four sharing, departing December 26. Self-catering at the three-star Livigno Ski Apartments, Livigno, Italy, from €649pps, four sharing, departing December 26. topflight.ie
Here's three from Crystal Ski, all for seven nights and including return flights from Dublin, departing December 20. Self-catering at Planibel Apartments, La Thuile, Italy, from €485pps. B&B at Hotel Arinsal, Andorra, from €494pps. Self-catering at Terrasses du Soleil d'Or Apartments, Les Orres, France, from €552pps. crystalski.ie