Deirdre Mullins rounds up home breaks, winter sun deals and more.

Ireland Debuts as Host of International Kite Surf Pro Championships in Achill
Ireland will host the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro as part of the prestigious Kite Surf Pro (KSP) tour this weekend (the tour runs October 19-28). The event will take place for the first time ever on Achill Island, Co Mayo, and will see international competitors take on the famous west coast wind and wave.

Ireland was hand-picked as one of the tour stops as a result of its exposed Atlantic seaboard on the west coast, as well as its warm welcome by locals. The media exposure for Ireland's west coast is massive – KSP is broadcast around the world to 80+million viewers and can also be viewed live during the 10-day event. So what better time to visit Achill? Go and see the hundreds of colourful kites out at sea and the beach-side entertainment that will accompany this adrenalin-fuelled event.

Representing Ireland in the event will be Ryan Coote and Keith McGeown (male riders) and Jade O'Connor (female rider), who will take on the top 33 international kitesurfers in what is expected to be a breathtaking battle for the coveted world championship title and the €15,000 prize money that is up for grabs.

Glenview Hotel
If you're looking for an overnight getaway then why not head to the Glen of the Downs with a stay at the Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club - just a 30-minute drive from Dublin city. Enjoy 1 night B&B for €45pps. Facilities at the leisure centre include a spa, swimming pool Jacuzzi, steam room, Canadian hot tub and gym. For details, see: www.glenviewhotel.com.

Winter Sun Deals
Morocco - Agadir
Departing December 1 or 8 from Dublin to Agadir with Aer Lingus. Enjoy a 7-night stay at the 4* Argana Garden in Agadir on a half-board basis. €469pp based on 2 people sharing.

Hungary – Budapest
Departing November 12, 19 or 26 and December 3, 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 from Dublin to Budapest with Aer Lingus. Enjoy a 3-night stay at the 5* Sofitel Chain Bridge in Budapest on a B&B basis. €299pp based on 2 people sharing.

Fuerteventura – Caleta de Fuste
Departing November 20 & 27 and December 4 & 11 from Dublin to Fuerteventura with Aer Lingus. Enjoy a 7-night stay in the 3* Suite Hotel Castillo de Elba in Caleta de Fuste on a self-catering basis. €319pp based on 2 people sharing.

Lanzarote – Puerto del Carmen
Departing November 28 & December 3, 5, 6, 12 & 13 from Dublin to Arrecife with Aer Lingus for a 7-night stay in the 3 key Puertocarmen Aparthotel in Puerto del Carmen on a self-catering basis. €349pp based on 2 people sharing. Or departing from Cork on November 29 and December 4, 6, 11 & 13.

Gran Canaria – Maspalomas
Departing November 27 & 29 and December 6, 11 & 13 from Dublin to Las Palmas with Aer Lingus. Enjoy a 7-night stay in the 2 key Vista Oasis in Maspalomas on a self-catering basis. €339pp based on 2 people sharing. Or departing from Cork on November 30 and December 7 & 14 for €369pp.

Visit www.clickandgo.com or call: (01) 637-1699 for more details.

Halloween at The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt
This midterm break coincides with the fifth birthday of The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt and in celebration the hotel is offering a new rate for The Gordon Ramsay Dining Experience package. Prices start at €155 per person sharing which includes overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Room, dinner for two people in the Gordon Ramsay restaurant (excluding beverages) and full Irish breakfast for two in the restaurant the following morning.
For the junior guests, the hotel offers an array of activities this Halloween including Trick or Treat, where a selection of costumes will also be available for kids to dress up and pumpkin carving in the Games Room. For more information see: www.ritzcarlton.com/powerscourt or call: (01) 274-8888/ email: powerscourtreservations@ritzcarlton.com to book the above package.

Truffle Faire in Tuscany
Every Autumn, San Miniato in Tuscany holds a National White Truffle Fair entitled 'La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco', during the last three weeks of November.

The region is renowned for producing the finest quality of white truffles in Europe, which are exported all over the world. The truffles grows in the hills of San Miniato.

Camino Ways is offering an opportunity to experience the many gastronomic and cultural events during the National White Truffle Fair, in various parts of the historical centre of San Miniato. The nearby villages and towns organise exhibitions within the festivals, where local people and tourists alike can buy fresh truffles and eat truffle-based dishes.

You can now take this gastronomical and cultural experience with Camino Ways from €695 for 6 days.

For further information, visit: www.caminoways.com or call: (01) 525 2886

Deirdre Mullins

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