Sick of the World Cup? Skyscanner suggests some football-free destinations in countries which didn’t qualify for South Africa 2010.
Poznan, Poland (from £55)
Often overlooked in favour of its larger cousin, Krakow, Poznan is a similarly charming old city located in west-central Poland. You can even hire your own tram for a private party – what better way to travel across the city? And, for that matter, to enjoy the local vodka…
Bucharest, Romania (from £85 return)
Romania’s capital city is the eighth largest city in the European Union, and has much to offer travellers looking for a week-long city break. Despite many buildings being damaged or destroyed by war, Bucharest’s stunning architecture has earnt the nickname ‘Little Paris of the East’. The sunny beaches of the Black Sea are also worth a trip outside of the city this summer.
Prague (from £87 return)
The City of a Hundred Spires remains ever popular with tourists, and it’s not hard to see why – set on the vast Vlatva River, Prague’s stunningly varied architecture is packed full of historic sites with plenty of cafés and bars to unwind in. The capital of the Czech Republic also remains a good value destination this summer.
Cork (from £29 return)
The Republic of Ireland’s second city was named European City of Culture in 2005 and is attracting increasing numbers of visitors to the south of the Emerald Isle. The city’s cobbled lanes are ideal to wander around on a summer afternoon before taking in some traditional folk music with a pint in the evening. Cork is also the gateway to the South-West, featuring the legendary gastronomy of Kinsale and some fine sailing off the coast of West Cork.
Edinburgh (from £78 return)
The festival city is a great place to visit in June, and not only because you have a better chance of catching good weather. The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 16 – 27 June and boasts a number of premieres from across the globe. In between films, stroll around the Old Town or get out of town to one of East Lothian’s stunning beaches.