The Plaza Mayor in Madrid

CHRISTMAS presents – it’s difficult to continue to surprise and please every year. There are only so many sets of bath salts and lotions, pairs of socks and bottles of wine that you can buy – and giving money is just a tad impersonal.
So what to do? Have you thought about giving the gift of travel this Christmas? What better way to get through the dark and dreary winter than looking forward to a holiday or short break in the New Year?
Who wouldn’t love a trip to a European city for a long weekend or a week in the sun, whether it’s a romantic trip to Rome, a shopping trip to Milan, a weekend of culture in Berlin, Lisbon or Madrid, or even a beach break in the Canary Islands.
Abbey Travel are now offering a three-night trip to Madrid for Valentine’s weekend from €155, and a seven-night stay in Fuerteventura for €205 in January.

Delight
For parents looking to surprise the kids with an extra treat on Christmas Day imagine the delight on their faces if they found out they were going to meet Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck on a magical trip to Disneyland Paris.
A three-night stay for a family of two adults and two kids under seven starts at €528, including three nights staying at Disney’s Santa Fe Hotel with free half-board meals and three days park tickets.
Treat the sports fan in your life to a trip to see their favourite team. The most popular are Liverpool and Manchester United packages. One- night hotel and match ticket packages to Premiership matches start from €169 per person.
Still unsure? Abbey Travel gift vouchers are a great alternative. Call Abbey Travel on 01 8047100 for more information or book online at www.abbeytravel.ie.