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Five flights for £50

Five flights for £50

Skyscanner finds five fantastic destinations for foodies, shopaholics and culture vultures. So beat the crowds and book an out-of-season break to one of these European gems.

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1. Gothenburg, Sweden £22

Eating out in Gothenburg is so good you need no other reason for a visit. Sweden’s second largest city has transformed in recent years from an industrial seaport to a cultural hotspot. Take in a performance at its concert hall or its opera house – the most modern in the world – and take a ride on the new Wheel of Gothenburg. But one of the major attractions is food. Gothenburg is now a gourmet’s dream destination, having gained an international reputation for innovative cuisine using local produce, especially fish and shellfish. Indulge in fresh-off-the-boat seafood, Swedish-style, at the classic old-school Sjömagasinet dining room which overlooks the Göta Älv river, or at Fiskekrogen in the city centre. Find cheap flights to Gothenburg

2. Krakow, Poland, £35

Beat the crowds to the cosmopolitan city of Krakow. Many thousands of football fans, and the England football team, are set to descend on Krakow next summer as it is one of the Euro 2012 host cities. Get there before they do to enjoy the ambience and charm of the Old Town, with its impressive Renaissance and Gothic architectural sights such as Wawel Cathedral and the breathtaking 15th century Cloth Hall. As well as history, explore the modern in the vibrant galleries, bars and restaurants in the Jewish district, Kazimierz. When you dine out, make sure you try the city’s signature dish, one of the favourites of traditional Polish cuisine, ‘Krakow duck’. Wash it down with a Polish vodka or two to get you in the mood to sample the city’s buzzing nightlife. Find cheap flights to Krakow

3. Palma, Majorca, £36

There’s more to Majorca than beach holidays. You may think of Palma as just a gateway to the island’s many resorts, which are thronged with holidaymakers in the summer. But Palma is actually a cosmopolitan capital well worth a visit in its own right, and it’s even better out of season. Wander around one of the best preserved historic city centres in Europe, guarded over by the famous La Seu cathedral. Admire the old at the 13th century Almudaina Royal Palace and the new at Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art, which also boasts spectacular views of the Mediterranean. All this sightseeing is sure to give you an appetite and that means tapas! Head to locals’ hangout La Lonja where you’ll find Palma’s most atmospheric restaurants. Find cheap flights to Palma

4. Milan, Italy, £36

Milan will always be in fashion. Arguably Italy’s most stylish city (the well-dressed residents of Turin and Rome may disagree!), it oozes glamour and sophistication and is a must for any self-respecting shopaholic. But despite its glitz and fast-paced modernity, Milan is by no means lacking in culture, boasting an abundance of art galleries and museums. If you need a break from the shops, don’t miss the Duomo – one of the world’s largest cathedrals – and the Medieval Castello Sforzesco, which has gorgeous grounds and houses several extensive museums. And of course, gaze at Da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper, which is housed in Santa Maria delle Grazie convent. Then it’ll be time for dinner yourself, and you’re spoilt for choice in a city that likes its food as much as its fashion. Find cheap flights to Milan

5. Faro, Portugal, £36

Beach life isn’t the only life in Faro. The charming capital of the Algarve makes an excellent base to explore this beautiful region, which is even lovelier outside the hot tourist season. Faro itself has more of an authentic Portuguese feel to it compared with many other resort towns, boasting a bustling centre packed with restaurants, cafes and elegant buildings. Admire Sé Catedral de Faro with its ornate statues, carvings and panoramic city views; visit the Museu Municipal de Faro, set in the beautiful cloisters of a former convent constructed in the 1500s, and simply stroll the cobbled streets of Faro’s old town. If you can’t resist the beach, you can even build an out-of-season sandcastle on nearby Ilha de Barreta. Find cheap flights to Faro

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