Toss Tossa and Salou to one side and beat it to Begur. Spain’s Costa Brava has long been a summer sun, sand and sangria holiday favourite of Brits, and long may that continue, but there’s a new cool kid on the Costa block. Bijou Begur is where trendy types from Barcelona escape to, luxing it up in boutique hotels and fine seafood restaurants. Get there before it’s discovered, with flights to Gerona from £21
Follow in the dainty steps of new celeb chef sensation Rachel Khoo with a culinary break in Paris. Pick up a petite Paris pad and conjure up a feat for friends after floating round a food market buying artichokes, or just pretend you’re Parisian. Ogle fine-looking produce and pick up treats for a sunny spring picnic in Buttes Chaumont at markets such as Marché Raspail and Marché des Enfants Rouges. Pick up flights to Paris from only £20
See the ever-so-pretty Polish city of Wroclaw before prices shoot up and football fans from across the continent descend for Euro 2012 in June. Less touristy than Krakow, Wroclaw boasts all the city break attractions you could wish for, from olde worlde pubs and old town architecture to hip and happening nightspots. Or, if you’re a football fan, book your ticket for June with great value flights to Wroclaw from £35
The biggest celebration in the Dutch calendar, unless they beat Germany on 13 June, is set to be Queen’s Day on 30 April. Amsterdam turns into party central, when the usually restrained locals get merry on massive quantities of Heineken – probably the reason for the proliferation of kitsch patriotic attire sported by partygoers. As long you’re clad head-to-toe in orange, you’ll be fine. Join the party with flights to Amsterdam from £37
Majorca is synonymous with summer holidays thanks to its family-friendly beach resorts like Alcudia and Puerta Pollensa. But with spring temperatures shooting up already, you might be tempted to press that book button for an early-season break on the beautiful Balearic island. You’ll have plenty of space on the beach to stretch out and soak up that sun and have the pick of the best tables for dinner on the seafront, and the more actively-inclined could head inland for hiking in the hills. Or just have another beer. Get flights to Palma, Majorca from just £21
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