1. Warsaw, Poland from £19
Seriously cheap flights sure make a short break in Warsaw a tempting offer. What’s more, your spending money will go a long way in the Polish capital, whether you want to drink beer or check the city’s cultural attractions. Go star-gazing at the cosmologically-named Heavens of Copernicus planetarium, spend a day on the Royal Road sightseeing parade, and spend a night on the town. Grab a great value meal to line your stomach for that beer at a Communist era ‘milk bar’ – it’ll keep you going for dancing the night away in Śródmieście.
2. Bergerac, France from £26
Like the Loire, the Dordogne is a hugely popular cross-channel summer hols destination for Francophile Brits, but it’s even better now the crowds have gone. Named after John Nettles’ cool 80s TV detective show (only kidding!), the quaint Dordogne town of Bergerac is a must for the connoisseur of fine French produce. Reap the autumnal harvest that fills its markets, and picnic baskets heading for sunny strolls in the Dordogne countryside to build up an appetite for dinner.
3. Venice, Italy from £28
Ah, the city of love expressed in song by crooning gondoliers, of cornettos for breakfast, of morning coffee in sun-dappled piazzas, linguine for lunch, art in the afternoon and prosecco on tap. It could only be Venice - even more charming out of season without the volume of tourists that is a less welcome feature of the summer months.
4. Budapest, Hungary from £28
City breakers on tight budgets should consider Budapest. Not only can you get captivatingly cheap flights, especially if you book now for the New Year, but the exchange rate is great, so you can get a bundle of Hungarian forints for your pound. The cost of both accommodation and eating out is really reasonable as well, which means win, win, win and more win.
5. Reus, Spain from £31
If the changing seasons are getting to you and you feel like fleeing the country, you don’t have to go long-haul. It’s not too late to grab a warm, satisfying slice of continental sunshine this autumn. A really cheap flight to Reus lands you on the Costa Dorada within easy reach of both Barcelona and Valencia and is perfectly-placed for exploring the wild delights of this coastal stretch that takes in the Ebro Delta National Park.
6. Dublin, Ireland from £32
You could always take an open-top bus tour of the city’s famous sights, like Trinity College, Dublin’s Docklands and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Or you could take a tour with a twist in Viking Splash’s amphibious vehicle which takes you along the streets and, James Bond-style, into the water. More traditional activity for a Dublin city break is spending time in its hostelries, being entertained by an impromptu music session or two and sampling a legendary local Guinness or three. Or try the Bernard Shaw for a more modern take on Dublin nightlife.