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Sunday 11 December 2016

This week's top travel deals from the Taj Mahal to Thailand, winter sun in Spain and more

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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).

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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