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Holidays: Spot-on help for next big kick-off.

Byline: Edited by Sarah Whitfield King

EVERY week our travel editor SARAH WHITFIELD KING gets on the case, helping you make the most of your holidays...

QJAPAN was far too expensive for a group of us to go to the World Cup, but we're now thinking about a trip to the European Championships in Portugal in 2004. Can we fix up accommodation in advance? - Fred Stokes, Newcastle.

ATHE Villa Agency (01392 424 400; www.thevillaagency. co.uk), a specialist on Portugal, has already started taking bookings from football fans. The company has over 120 self-catering villas in the Algarve and along the Lisbon coast on its books. Nearly all the villas have swimming pool, tennis courts, barbecues and of course digital TV so you can catch up on other matches. Currently a 15 per cent deposit will secure a villa until October 2003 when booking details have to be finalised. Flights and car hire can also be arranged.

QI HAVE heard there is a fun wine festival in Cyprus in September which is not stuffy and full of wine bores. Where can I find out more, and how can I book a package to take in the festivities? - Selina Oakes, Derby.

AYOU must be thinking of the Limassol Wine Festival which runs from August 27 to September 8. Cypriots and tourists get together for a week of free wine and entertainment in Limassol Municipal Garden. There's traditional Cypriot music and theatrical performances as well as a chance to take part in dances which accompany the traditional wine-pressing. It's also possible to see a typical wine village and the harvest being brought in. Packages available during the festival include Olympic Gold (0870 429 2020) with one week bed and breakfast at the Miramar Bay Resort , Limassol, leaving on August 27 for pounds 605, with flights and transfers.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2002
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