ZThe impending autumn may seem just a prelude to winter, but it’s never too late for a final dose of summer sunshine to banish those ‘end-of-summer’ blues.
Relax on beaches for a last-minute tan, feast on fresh foods that taste of the sun and sip coffee alfresco by a brilliant blue sea. Here are four fantastic bargains for a final autumnal fling!
What could be better than an autumn break on the Adriatic?
Zadar, in Croatia, is an ancient walled city surrounded by stunning blue seas; blessed with endless sunshine. This is the place to escape the impending winter.
As sun seekers flood the Croatian coast, Zadar remains relatively unexplored meaning you can marvel at the beautiful Roman old town, walk through national parks and along marble boulevards, or chill out in cosy cafes with plenty of elbow room. After swimming, hiking or rock climbing the Dalmatia coast and the rugged Velebit Mountains, dine with local fishermen on the catch of the day. Lush landscapes and evocative history make the gorgeous port city of Zadar come to life. Find flights to Zadar.
This enchanting Estonian coastal city is the jewel in Europe’s crown and the official capital of culture for 2011. Beautiful, delicate monuments and monasteries gaze watchfully from blue skies over the city’s parks and gardens and galleries. Captivating cobbled streets hide an eclectic mix of shops selling hand blown glass, pottery and paintings, while modern designers create colourful fashions that twinkle in boutique windows.
Foodies will be in a heaven full of handmade cakes where the scent of strong coffee mingles with the sea air. Cave-like restaurants, candle-lit cafes, elegant bistros and sun-drenched piazzas make you think of a hundred different European cities at once. With opera, ballet, jazz clubs and theatre, evening adventure is guaranteed while day time means a chance to roam local woodlands or laze on the beautiful beach. Tallinn really has it all. Find flights to Tallinn.
No other European city oozes such effortless cool as Berlin. The combination of an unimaginable history, that has captivated the world for years and an emerging, political, passionate and young population create the enigmatic Berlin of today.
Visit Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate, the imposing Reichstag and the remains of the wall that divided a nation. Revel in the cutting edge galleries and street art, as well as traditional museums and moving monuments.
Transport is on time to the nearest second, streets are safe and lively, and Jewish, Turkish and Greek communities add to the melting pot of foods and culture so loved by Berliners. Fresh food markets, ping pong bars, amazing beer, a city beach, and enchanting markets, Berlin is a city for everyone; a city for the people. Find flights to Berlin.
Romance, fashion and art come together in a kaleidoscope of elegance in this city on stilts. With canals instead of streets, Venice has a magic that no other city can boast; it literally sparkles, whether from the sun as it hits the gilded architecture or the reflection of colourful bridges and marble cathedrals in the water, it is truly unique.
With the world’s highest number of artistic masterpieces per square kilometre, Venice is not only the city for lovers, but for lovers of fine art and the cutting edge – don’t miss the outstanding Biennale. Fine cuisines, whose aromas waft down the narrow alleyways to tempt tourists, are another of Venice’s decadent pleasures.
Feast on exquisite gelato, the freshest of seafood and alluring risottos washed down with heady coffees and refined wines. One night on the tiles in Venice should dispel any myths about a city in ‘graceful decay’. Find flights to Venice.
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