Ski into winter

PANORAMA Holidays believes the early bird catches the worm — its first edition winter ski and board brochure is now available at travel agents.

The company features 14 resorts in six destinations, including Andorra, Italy, Austria, France and Bulgaria.

In Bulgaria, prices start from €315 for seven nights (half-board) in a hotel.

Those booking before October 31 get discounted lift passes, and there’s a low deposit of just €50. Online bookings receive a standard discount of 5%.

There will be direct ski charters from Dublin and Cork.

Details from www.panoramaholidays.ie or tel 0818 202020.

* LOOKING for something unusual? Uwalk.ie, a division of Navan Travel, in Bridge St, Co Meath, offers walking holidays in Spain, Austria, Madeira and Italy.

The walks cater for all levels of fitness and accommodation ranges from simple pensions to five-star hotels. One-week packages start at €495.

Check out the programme at www.uwalk.ie or lo-call 1890-289255.

* AIR Southwest has teamed up with one of Cornwall’s luxury ‘hometels’ to launch a new offer for visitors to the county this summer.

Air Southwest passengers will get one free night’s accommodation at The Cove in Lamorna, when clients book a stay of two or more nights between now and September 16 (excluding English school-holiday time).

Recently extensively refurbished, The Cove is in a popular and beautiful area of west Cornwall, allowing access to some of the most outstanding parts of the Land’s End peninsula and activities such as walking, windsurfing, diving, sailing and fishing.

Air Southwest provides regular links to Newquay Cornwall Airport from London Gatwick, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Bristol, Dublin and Cork.

More info: www.thecovecornwall.com.

* THE Irish-owned SelfCatering.ie is snaring an increasing percentage of the overseas holiday market thanks to a willingness by clients to seek holidays out of the ordinary.

The company offers variously priced luxury rental properties at home and abroad.

With families of all shapes and sizes in mind, SelfCatering.ie’s selection is worth taking a look at. Each overseas villa has its own private pool, and there is a locally appointed representative in each country to help with any queries while on holiday.

Details: www.selfcatering.ie.

* TICKETS for the Sony Ericsson Surf and Music Festival in Co Clare on September 7, 8 and 9 are now on sale.

The surf and music event will feature the best of Irish and international acts.

Co Clare has fast become a mecca for champion surfers across the globe.

Details: www.coisfharraige.com.

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