Travel London Lite Friday, 2 October 2009 13 Heres a hot idea... l this is one for adrenaline junkies. the worlds first volcano half-marathon will take place in December, on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. the active soufrire hills Volcano last erupted in 1995. Now, the lush green paradise is organising the half-marathon to help local charities. Organisers warn the route -- which goes over volcanic rubble -- is strenuous but the sea views are spectacular. Details at visitmontserrat.com. Registration costs 11.50. ... and a cool one l if ruNNiNg a race isnt your idea of a holiday but you still crave excitement, gap Adventures have a great last-minute deal on a trip of a lifetime to Antarctica, leaving on 31 October. Passengers will get 50 per cent off the 24-day adventure, which takes in some of the worlds most remote regions including the penguin-populated falkland islands, surrounded by whale-filled waters. Price per person, including all travel, accommodation and food is 3,510. Visit gapadventures.com Paddle inVenice l fOr a water experience a bit closer to home, try Venice by kayak. forget crammed water taxis and overpriced gondolas, for a fresh look at La serenissima, you need to paddle up to st Marks square. the company Venice Kayak offers kayak holidays and guided tours of the city and lagoon for groups of two to 12 people, from 91 per person per day or 255 for three days. See venicekayak.com or call 00 39 346 477 1327. Save onSri Lanka l fOr a last-minute drop of sunshine, Virgin holidays is offering 10 nights in sri Lanka for the price of five. the holiday includes scheduled flights with Oman Air from London heathrow and accommodation at the four-star taj Exotica hotel, on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Prices start at 689, based on two adults sharing, and departures are from 12-26 October. Visit virginholidays.co.uk or call 0844 557 3870. Takingoff... an exotic land of spice, sun and great shopping awaits edited by olivia walmsley London Lite Friday, 2 October 2009 13 Aladdins cave: the markets of Tunis have all sorts of treasures including hand-painted plates, rugs, glass tea sets and tagines De-fuse your food OMEDAYS,LUNCHHASTOBEGRABBED WHENEVER AND WHEREVER. The result can be an uncomfortable afternoon. For up to 12 HOURS, one tiny Zantac tablet works fast to reduce the amount of stomach acid produced, rather than just neutralise it. Zantac disarms the pain and discomfort of heartburn and indigestion to stop it spoiling the rest of your day. Contains ranitidine. Always read the label. ZANTAC is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. S foodyourDe-fuse Contains ranitidine. Always read the label. POW ER TO STO HEAR T BURN & IND I G ESTION for up to 12 hours P serving trays (from 10) that artisan sellers would personalise in seconds. Another must-see is the Souk des Chechias, where the ornate, 19th-century shops were selling beautiful hand-made Tunisian versions of the fez (from 15). Even the food market was excit- ing, with fish stalls offering shark and octopus, and butch- ers selling every- thing from heads to hooves. I stocked up on saffron, which at 1 a ba g was a bargain, and jars of home-made harissa, a chilli paste. I was also eager to buy dates, said to be some of the finest in the world, but they were better bought in season, which starts in November. Traditional cafs were the perfect respite from the buzz of the market, where tooth-ach- ingly sweet mint tea with pine nuts is the standard offering. Customers sit cross- legged on raised platforms, drinking, talking and smoking shisha. More substantial fare can be found in one of the many medina restaurants, but as they are often hidden behind unas- suming doorways, its worth asking locals or your hotel for advice on where to go. Our guide took us to the Dar Belhadj (darbelhadj.com) where we dined on tuna pasties and tagine (which in Tunisia is a dish akin to Spanish omelette) followed by lamb and some of the best couscous Ive tasted. But there is much more to the country than the markets, as my friends and I discovered further along the coast at Nabeul, a town as famed for its pottery and lace-making as its nearby beaches. Here we found some of the most elegant dars to stay at, each as indi- vidual as the people who owned them. And living the dream is not as pricey as you might think. Despite the five- star accommodation, a double room starts at just 55 per night for two people sharing at Dar Om El Khair. At nearby Kelibia, is El Mansourah beach, just one of the beaches along the coast, and while the sea is rough, the water is warm and perfect for a dip before lunch. The area has just one restaurant, which served up a seafood feast of red snapper, langoustines, octopus, squid and cuttlefish with crisp, white Tunisian wine -- the perfect end to a long weekend, and from only 15 per head. I missed out on seeing the ancient ruins at Carthage, the celebrity favourite island of Djerba and camel riding in the desert. But as this is the perfect short-haul hop, Ill be back. Tunisair flies from Heathrow to Tunis, prices from 170. Call 020 7734 7644 or visit tunisair.com Stay at Dar Om El Khair from 55 per room per night, based on two people sharing. Includes breakfast. See daromelkhair.net for details. 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