Best European City Breaks after the New Year

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If you were anything like myself you would’ve avoided the internet for most of the weekend to stay away from Black Friday deals. The sales extended more than ever over to the travel industry, with airlines offering discounted sales on destinations across the globe. In the aftermath of the offers, there are still cheap flights available to destinations in Europe.

There are many excuses to take a break in the opening months of the year, and it’s one of the cheapest times to get away for a weekend break; in the midst of filling time before the end of the tax year. With the middle of January being one of my favourite times of year to get away, I searched for some of the best places to head too and where there were cheap flights.

I decided to have a look for a long weekend from 19th-22nd January and looked at flying from a variety of airports. Here are some of the best deals I found:


Barcelona – from Birmingham Airport


The Catalonian city in the North of Spain has a host of activities on offer throughout the year. Straight on the back of Christmas celebrations, the city still has plentiful entertainment on offer and is one of the most visited cities in Europe from tourists. Best of all, flights start from £39 from Birmingham Airport.


Copenhagen – from Luton Airport


Theme parks, football clubs, picturesque gardens and palaces greet visitors to the Danish capital. Copenhagen boasts a culture unique to most cities and the people are incredibly happy according to statistics. You can fly to Copenhagen from London Luton from just £20 return.


Dublin – from Glasgow


With plentiful ways of getting to Ireland from the UK, one of the cheapest ways is flying with good offers from a range of airports. I decided to look at Glasgow as an alternative, with flights starting from £20 return with deals similar across a number of UK airports. So for your Guinness guzzling after failing your New Year Resolutions, why don’t you venture to Dublin for it?


Luxembourg – from London Stansted


A quick search on Skyscanner for flights to any destination showed Luxembourg was the cheapest destination. One of the smallest states in Europe has just the one international airport but the country has a lot to explore. Luxembourg City has plentiful museums and Old Towns that connect the city together. If you’re after something different to the usual tourist hotspots, this place may be the best option with flights from £15 return.


Milan – from Manchester


Described as one of the most iconic cities for fashion in the world, Milan is beautiful every month of the year. An escape to the Italian city will never disappoint. Art and design thrives in the city with the cathedral it’s most popular attraction. Flights from Manchester start at just £35 return.

Posted by Matthew Weston


Matt is a Freelance Writer and Travel Blogger. He also creates editorial and video content for UNILAD. Previously worked for the International Business Times and the BBC's Newsnight.

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