Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Lanzarote deals
StopTravel has current deals with an Irish-run apartment complex in Lanzarote and can offer a week with flights at the Bitacora apartments from €299. 

The resort has its own pool and pool bar, with regular entertainment and activities. A full breakfast is available at the pool bar which is also open for lunch and snacks throughout the day. Visit http://itaa.ie/2015/08/19/lanzarote-november 

Majorca for mid-term break

The kids will be hardly back at school before mid-term break. Budget offers a seven-night deal from October 19 at Club Marthas in Cale D’Or, Majorca, for a family of four for €1,102. 

Club Marthas is especially popular with families thanks to its ‘Molly Club’ which offers daily/early evening activities for children. Flights are ex Dublin. See http://itaa.ie/2015/08/20/majorca-family-october-mid-term-specials-7-nights-22-total-price-e1102 

Etihad offers ‘Fare Choices’

Etihad Airways will implement a new fare structure from September 14 to provide more choice. A total of eight new ‘Fare Choices’ will be introduced, allowing travellers to tailor their bookings to their individual needs. Go to www.etihad.com/farechoices 

Solo in Malta

A solo friendly holiday in Malta is now available from the Travel Department, departing Dublin on October 29 with Ryanair. Clients will be accommodated at the San Antonio Hotel and Spa on a bed and breakfast basis. 

Excursions to Valletta, Mdina, the Three Cities, and the nearby island of Gozo are thrown in at prices starting from €899. Visit www.traveldepartment.ie  or call 01 6371600

Cost of culture

Good news for Ireland. Growing numbers of UK tourists are turning into culture vultures when they head off on trips abroad. 

The British Post Office Travel Money Cost of Culture report reveals that Dublin is the city where culture costs the least, found to be cheaper than Warsaw, Budapest, and Prague, the cities that set the pace for a culture-cramming break a year ago. 

Based on six attractions, Dublin cost £76 and London a staggering £287.


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