Wroclaw, Poland, from £14
If you fancy Krakow, but are put off by its reputation for boozy Brit stag dos, consider the capital of Lower Silesia. Wroclaw actually trumps Krakow in the nightlife stakes, but the bar flies are more student than stag, more local than lager lout. Join the cool kids at Art Café Kalambur, where a quick beer could turn into a long night - it’s open ‘til 7am on a Friday (or should that be Saturday?)
Cork, Ireland from £34
Fancy a pint? If you’ve already done Dublin, or would prefer somewhere less rowdy for a quality pub crawl, try Ireland’s second city. The perfect place to start sampling the local brews is not on the plane but at the Franciscan Well Brewery, which not only serves one of the best selections of beer on the Emerald Isle, but also boasts probably its best (heated) beer garden.
Gerona, Spain from £32
While summer sees bucket ‘n spade Brits flock to over-developed resorts on this stretch of Spanish coast, go out of season and you’ll have ‘the gateway to the Costa Brava’ to yourself. Forget the beach and explore the city in Spanish winter sunshine. If you’re hungry, it’s probably best to book ahead for El Celler de Can Roca, officially the world’s second-best restaurant.
Turin, Italy from £34
Overshadowed by Milan, well turned-out Turin is just as good a place to sample the legendary Italian style, so strut your Prada, catch a Juve game and go to at least one Cafeé Mulassono for coffee, cake, cheese and Campari. Or use Turin to access ski resorts on the Italian side of the Alps along the French border, such as Sestriere and Sauze d'Oulx.
Limoges, France from £36
You’d be hard-pushed to pin the location of Limoges on a map, but who cares? This little-visited city in the middle-south-west-ish of France has art and history by the gallery and museum-full, so you’re sure to get enough culture to stimulate your appetite. You’ve just missed the annual food fair, but don’t miss dinner at Le Vanteaux, or the food markets, which are held on weekend mornings.