If you’re after a cheap city break that still gives you the wow-factor, these five getaways are just the ticket with return flights for under £50.
1. Venice, Italy from £18
If you thought the palaces and grandeur of Venice were reserved for those with bucket loads of cash, then think again. With return flights from £18 you’ll have plenty of spare euros to spend on a coffee or cocktail in St Marks Square. From art and architecture to gondoliers and glistening waterways, you’ll fall in love with this floating city, especially away from the heat and hoards of tourists that swamp the city in the summer months.
2. Berlin, Germany from £18
With so much fascinating history to take in and a club scene to rival New York, Berlin is a vibrant city break destination. Culture buffs will get a kick out of the museums, art galleries, and historic buildings around every corner, while those looking for something more chilled will enjoy people-watching in one of the many street cafes. And for something a bit more whimsical, visit at the end of November or during December to take in one of the city’s many Christmas markets. With flights from £18 return, you’ll have plenty of cash to splash on essentials like warming mulled wine and gingerbread…
3. Amsterdam, Netherlands from £40
Whether you choose to tour the city like the locals on two wheels or wander the city’s narrow lanes on two legs, you can’t help but be charmed by the Dutch capital. Winter is the perfect time to explore as there’s plenty to do inside, from relaxing in cosy canal-side cafes to meandering through Amsterdam’s world-class museums and art galleries. Winter also brings the city’s beautiful Light Festival, where the canals, streets, and landmarks are adorned in lights. And if the temperature drops low enough, you might even be able to ice skate on the frozen canal – or if not you can enjoy one of the city’s many outdoor ice rinks instead.
4. Toulouse, France from £25
Paris might have the famous landmarks, but if you’re looking for a budget French getaway, you can forget the capital. Instead head further south to Toulouse, La Ville Rose (the pink city) where the pink-hued buildings gently glow in the winter sunshine. Here you’ll find teeming food markets to browse and a charming old quarter to explore. And if all that leaves you hungry, you’ve come to the right place. Take a break from sightseeing at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants serving up traditional dishes like a hearty cassoulet (sausage and bean stew) or confit of duck washed down with some delicious local wine – perfect for a chilly winter’s day.
5. Palma, Mallorca from £18
Away from the summer package holiday crowds and rowdy hen weekends, the Mallorcan capital is a tranquil city. By day, with mild winter temperatures, you can take in the sites like the impressive Gothic cathedral or spend your spare euros in some of the city’s boutiques. When night falls you can enjoy the city’s seafront restaurants and bars and take advantage of the fantastic local food and wine. It’s also easy to explore the rest of the island using Palma as your base; from hiking in the mountains to exploring sleepy fishing villages there’s plenty to keep you busy without having to resort to downing shots or dancing on the bar… unless you want to that is.
Where will you escape to this winter?
All prices are correct as of date of publication on 11 October 2018 and are subject to change and availability.