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As we’re getting into the peak summer holiday season, while you may struggle to find a rock-bottom price for a flight in the next few weeks, there are loads of cheap flights out there for travel this autumn, winter and next spring. Here are seven ideas for your next trip.
1. Ljubljana, Slovenia from £40 return
Slovenia’s small capital Ljubljana offers a manageable alternative to larger, busier central and Eastern European cities for a short break. Wander in happy aimlessness through old town lanes of baroque buildings up to its city-top castle, which watches over the blue-green Ljubljanica River where the locals sup cappuccinos or beers on the banks. For out-of-town adventures, the exciting mountain peaks of the Julian Alps are only an hour away.
2. Paris, France from £46 return
It’s always a good time to go to Paris, but once summer’s over, the city of love goes back to work. The queues for Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower (if the strike is over) et al have shortened, while the weather is still warm enough to laze in the Jardin du Luxembourg with a baguette and a bottle of blanc.
3. Bergen, Norway from £54
Places that are called ‘the gateway to’ don’t usually live up to much themselves, but ‘the gateway to the fjords’, is well worth a gander itself, especially with the aid of a cheap flight. There is a certain charm in its colourful higgledy-piggledy houses, cobbled streets and cool coastal climate, cradled by a circle of seven mountains that remind you that the great outdoors, and those fjords, aren’t far away.
4. Bratislava, Slovakia from £54
Waltz on down the beautiful blue Danube to Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, whose 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. Madrid, Spain from £56 return
While Brits are bent on Barca for breaks, consider not Catalonia but the Spanish capital for a classy city sojourn. Of course the rain in Spain falls mainly in the north of the country, while it is well known that it gets blisteringly hot in central Spain in summer, it’s pretty pleasant outwith, so you’ll be able to tuck into that tapas outside in your maxi well into the autumn.
6. Rome, Italy from £60 return
Obviously you should be careful where you buy a round of ice creams in the vicinity of the Spanish Steps, but step aside the tourist traps and get stuck into a stracciatella. Well, when in Rome, as they say. If perusing passing people from a pavement gelateria is too pedestrian for you, hop on an Italian icon for the afternoon to see Rome from a local’s perspective on a Vespa Tour.
7. Ibiza, Spain from £62 return
Out of season, once the lager lads and electronic music aficionados have abandoned the island, Ibiza is another, quieter place altogether. Take it easy simply spending your days sunbathing, or later in the year, strolling with a light jumper around your shoulders, on one of the many pretty playas around the island, some of which boast beachside restaurants serving up seafood.
Want a bargain? Don’t dawdle! Flight prizes are correct at time of going to press (3 June 2013) but are subject to change as people snap up the best deals!