We have scanned the skies to bring you six cheap flights to take you on a brilliant budget winter break in Europe, from Spain to Sweden, all coming in at under £46 return.
1. Frankfurt, Germany from £31
Frankfurt is not the most obvious city for a break, but it’s not all business and skyscrapers. Aficionados of large railway hubs will love the city’s Central Station – one of the largest terminal stations in Europe. A cold winter’s afternoon will probably lead you to seek sanctuary in one of many olde worlde ‘apple-wine’ taverns in the Affentorplatz district.
2. Krakow, Poland from £35
Ear muffs are a must for a winter break in the historic southern Polish city of Krakow. In the deep mid-winter, the nights can be a chilly -15C and the spires of the old town are often finished with a dusting of the merry white stuff. Oddly though, it can also get up to 20C in winter thanks to the ‘halny’ – a warm wind that blows off the Tatra Mountains that shadow the city.
3. Stockholm, Sweden from £36
Buck the swallows’ trend and fly north this winter, to the ice-cool capital of Sweden. Spread over a sprawling archipelago of 14 islands, Stockholm is sometimes dubbed the ‘Venice of the North’, for obvious reasons. A boat trip is a fine way to see the city of islands, but you’ll need to wrap up warm. Warm your heart with a waffle cone - a local speciality - on a sightseeing stroll of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s medieval centre.
4. Bratislava, Slovakia from £42
As rivers go, you can’t get much more well-known than the Danube, which runs through Bratislava, but the Slovak capital's most famous landmark is, no, not Bratislava Castle, but UFO – a flying saucer-shaped restaurant perched high on the Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising. If that wasn’t enough to make you desperate to go, the price of beer is attractively low, a pint setting you back a measly £1, so a boozy break won’t bust the bank.
5. Valencia, Spain from £42
Somewhat overshadowed by Barcelona, vibrant Valencia is a less touristy alternative for a Spanish city-on-a-beach break. Malvarrosa beach may be a bit chilly for swimming right now, but aquatic amazement comes in the form of Oceanogràfic at the City of Arts and Sciences - the biggest aquarium in Europe where you can sleep with sharks, if that takes your fancy.
6. Tallinn, Estonia from £45
A European Capital of Culture in 2011, the Estonian port city of Tallinn is blessed with UNESCO heritage status. It is so historic that it has not one but two old towns – Toompea (Upper) and All-linn (Lower). Cyber defence buffs should pay homage to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, while the rest of us could take a stroll in the gorgeous Botanical Gardens, popping into the hothouses to heat up.