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Nine cheap yet beautiful holiday destinations to fly to from Manchester this spring

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Fancy a cheap getaway this spring?

Last week, the government dropped all travel restrictions, including the requirement for Passenger Locator Forms (PLFs), mandatory face masks on airplanes and negative Covid tests for unvaccinated travellers.

The rule up haul has undoubtedly made travel plans for those wanting a quick getaway a whole lot easier and stress free, but one question still remains…

Where should you go?

Well, luckily for you lot, there’s a huge selection of fantastic locations to fly to directly from Manchester Airport, and some smashing return deals.

 Here’s some of the best ones…

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Vienna is a must-visit for those wanting to soak up the culture, with the Austrian capital boasting everything from museums, art, contemporary buildings and historic imperial palaces.

Some famous names moulded the city into what it is today, including the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. 

As well as arts and culture, there’s also an abundance of great food and drink to sample, making Vienna the ideal city break. 

£56 return, Monday March 28th – Saturday April 2nd. Book here.

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Faro is the capital of southern Portugal’s Algarve region, and is the ideal location for those wanting to escape the city and soak up the sun.

Most tourists flock to the beautiful beaches that line the Algarve shore, including the famous Benagil Caves, fascinating rock formations on the beach with a hole in the ceiling that allows the sun to shine through.

Faro also boasts a historic old town, which features cobbled streets, drinking haunts and restaurants offering some of Portugal’s best cuisine. 

£44 return. Wednesday March 30th – Thursday April 7th. Book here.

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The birthplace of Guinness, Dublin has long been a popular city break destination for its electric nightlife and vast food and drink offerings. 

Visitors can embark upon a tour of the world-famous Guinness brewery and sample some of Ireland’s best whiskies.

And for those wanting a somewhat more cultured trip (or an activity to enjoy while nursing a sore head from the night before), Dublin boasts a zoo and even a castle, which dates all the way back to the 13th Century. 

£19 return. Wednesday March 30th – Wednesday April 6th. Book here.

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Those wanting to soak up the sun can escape to Turkey’s beautiful Dalaman, famed for its mud baths, historical spots and sandy beaches.

Dalaman is ideal for those wanting to spend their days sunbathing on the beach, exploring historic buildings or sampling fresh Turkish seafood. Turkey enjoys a warm climate all year round, too, so you’ll be guaranteed a spot of nice weather.

Dalaman is also situated nearby to the famous Turtle Beach in Dalyan, which is a must-visit for all animal lovers. 

£69 return. Tuesday April 19th – Thursday May 12th. Book here.

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Oslo is known best for its sprawling green spaces, beautiful country side and, most prominently, the world-famous Northern Lights.

Visitors can also enjoy day trips to the city’s neighbouring island Oslo Fjord, the ideal spot for a picnic and wild swimming. The city’s famous hot saunas – often combined with a swim in the icy Oslo Fjord waters – are also a must-try. 

The city also boasts innovative architecture, quirky bars and restaurants and lively neighbourhoods, making for a memorable getaway. 

£20 return. Wednesday March 30th – Saturday April 30th. Book here.

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Hailed as one of the most beautiful destinations in the whole of Europe, Madeira is a must-visit for those wanting to experience the great outdoors. 

The island, situated between the Portuguese and Moroccan coastlines, boasts gorgeous black sand beaches, rolling green landscapes and towering mountains, making it the perfect spot for hikers and explorers. 

And better yet, the whole island can be driven across in just over an hour, meaning you can pack in all the sights in under a week. 

£42.50 return. Wednesday March 30th – Monday April 4th. Book here.

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Situated on the coast of Iceland, Reykjavik makes for the perfect holiday for those wanting to experience a new culture and recharge the batteries.

The city has become famous for its Blue Lagoon Spa, where visitors can bask in the outdoor lagoons warmed perfectly by the surrounding volcanic activity. 

The city centre itself is also bustling full of trendy cafes, cosy restaurants, local shops and quirky museums, making it an ideal city break too.

£87 return. Thursday April 28th – Thursday May 5th. Book here.

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You can pop over to one of the fashion capitals of the world on a budget this year, with return flights to the Italian city coming in as low as £25. 

There are so many things to see and do in the booming city of Milan, including Duomo, the instantly-recognisable gothic Cathedral. The building dates back to the late 14th century, and offers stunning views of the city from the top, which is accessible via many flights of windy stairs.

Though most people just go for the pizza, pasta and the shopping. Fair enough.

£25 return. Monday April 4th – Wednesday April 6th. Book here.

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The sunny Greek island of Corfu is the perfect location for anyone seeking a bit of sun, sea and relaxation, and it is remarkably cheap to get to this spring.

The island benefits from a combination of rich cultural heritage and a cracking nightlife, so tourists can enjoy a bit of historic sight seeing in the day, and can let their hair down on the night. 

There’s also an abundance of restaurants serving all those wonderful Greek delights, as well as a selection of freshly caught seafood – the dream.

£35 return. Tuesday April 5th – Thursday April 7th. Book here.


Wizz Air launch mystery holiday deal where you find out destination when you land

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If you’re dreaming of catching a jet plane to just about anywhere, well Wizz Air have launched a holiday deal where the mystery location isn’t revealed until you land.

The Hungarian airline will take a plane full of holiday hopefuls from London Gatwick for a four-day mystery getaway as part of its #LetsGetLostwithWIZZ campaign.

Those who win a ticket to the unknown location, will turn up to London Gatwick on March 7th to board a Wizz Air flight for ‘four days of fun, including cultural, culinary and adventure activities’ – it could turn out to be the trip of a lifetime!

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To be in with a chance of winning a seat on the flight, UK residents can visit the Wizz Air’s Instagram page and follow the prompts on the Let’s Get Lost London pinned post.

“Entries close on February 22nd at 00.01am”, the low-cost airline says. 

The lucky chosen ones will be able to bring a plus one on the trip and winners will be contacted via Instagram.

In a post shared to its official Instagram page, the airline put: “It’s time to get onboard our latest venture to the unknown with Let’s Get Lost London, departing from London Gatwick to…

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“Do this by the 22nd February and you could be in with a chance of departing with us on an exciting flight to the unknown.

“The trip will take place between 7th – 10th March. Open to UK residents only, please make sure you’re following WIZZ on Instagram and that your profile is public.”

If you’re wondering whether you’ll need your bathing suit, suncream, hiking boots, rain coat or winter woollies, don’t worry, the 35 lucky winners will be told the climate to pack for a few days before the trip.

No other clues will be given away until touch down in the unknown destination.

UK Wizz Air Managing Director, Marion Geoffroy said: “We love connecting our passengers to new countries, allowing them to meet new people and try new experiences. 

“Going on a flight to an unknown destination is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are pleased to be able to offer this to lucky winners here in the UK.

“Let’s Get Lost is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our British passengers and we hope to continue serving them as they travel the world and make new memories.”

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Wizz Air flies to more than 70 destinations from the UK. Last year, the most popular destinations among Brits included Morocco, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Spain.

It is unclear whether the airline will jet the 35 lucky ticket holders and plus ones off to one of its more popular destination choices, or whether it will choose to take them somewhere a little more alternative and secluded.

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P&O launches ‘80s and ‘90s themed mini cruises to Amsterdam from £89

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P&O is offering two-day ‘80s and ‘90s mini cruises to the Netherlands from £89.

If you’re curious about going on a cruise but not sure you could manage a long trip, look no further because P&O is offering short cruises to the Netherlands, perfect for you to give it a try.

The cruise line company has a wave of deals on mini cruises so you don’t have to splash out. But these aren’t just any old cruises, they are ‘80s and ‘90s themed cruises playing music from both decades for all those who love a bit of nostalgia.


First-time cruisers can travel between Hull and Rotterdam, and go on a day trip to Amsterdam, with return ticket prices starting from £89 per person.

The mini cruises include a two-night stay in an en-suite cabin, sailing across the North Sea from Hull to Rotterdam and back.

These short themed cruises will be filled with music, fun and entertainment for all to enjoy on board during the journey. 

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The Jam’d Mini Cruise welcomes guests to party like it’s 1985 and prepare for a mini cruise full of the ‘nuttiest, loudest and best loved tracks from the ’80s onwards’.

Live tribute bands The Jam’d and Ultimate Madnezz will play on board to keep the ‘80s party flowing as it sets sail for Rotterdam on Friday, March 8th 2024.

And that’s not all – when you arrive in Rotterdam, you’ll also enjoy return coach transfers to Amsterdam for your day trip.


A P&O spokesperson said: “The Jam’d’ are now the UK’s best-known and most popular tribute to the live performance and sound of The Jam, and are totally committed to giving an unforgettable, authentic performance with all the energy, passion and style of the Woking three.”

The ’90s Mini Cruise sets sail from Hull on Friday, February 23rd 2024, offering guests a nostalgic throwback filled with all your favourite music of the decade.

P&O promises a voyage packed full of incredible entertainment including live bands, DJ’s, and a dynamic live production on stage – all while you sail to the Netherlands.


Entertainment will be provided by Ultra 90s – a ‘premier Dance Anthem Production Show’, which promises to ‘take you back to the most exciting musical movement in decades – the unforgettable era of dance anthems!’

Take That tribute band Re-Take That will also be performing.

After a night of entertainment, cruisers will disembark the ship in Rotterdam, and take a coach for a day trip to Amsterdam.

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Holidaymakers can explore the city’s elaborate canals lined with beautiful architecture and visit art galleries and museums before tucking into local cuisine. Whatever you choose to do in this fascinating city, you’re sure to have a fantastic time on a short Amsterdam break.

So, if you’re thinking about trying a cruise and love the ‘80s and ‘90s, you can book a ticket today on a P&O Ferries Amsterdam Mini-Cruise and make the most of a short break in the ‘Dam. Click HERE to book and find out more.

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EasyJet launches ‘grans go free’ holiday deal on trips to Europe

The operator wants to encourage families to go on holiday with three generations or more

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EasyJet Holidays has announced it is offering ‘grans go free’ places on family holidays to Europe.

It comes after research found half of families had never gone on a holiday abroad with their grandparents.

The ‘first of its kind’ offer will allow one grandparent on the trip to travel free of charge to countries including Spain, Greece and Italy.

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The deal has been launched as part of easyJet’s Big Orange Sale where holidaymakers can save up to £400 on trips, though places are limited and the offer will end soon.

The tour operator says it hopes the deal will encourage Britons to go on ‘3G’ holidays – with families of three generations or more.

In easyJet’s survey of 2,000 British adults, just over half said they regret not spending more time with grandparents and hoped to take them on upcoming holidays. 

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Matt Callaghan, chief operating officer at easyJet holidays, said the company was proud to offer ‘thousands of free kids places’ but also wanted to ‘recognise the grandparents’.

The poll found that 77% of Brits agreed the bond between grandparents and grandchildren was one of the most special relationships within a family. Yet, 27% of those who took the survey said they spoke to their grandparents less than once a week.

Mr Callaghan said: “This research shows how important grandparent and grandchild relationships are and how much can be learned from making time for them.

“We’ve launched our ‘grans go free’ offer to tighten these important family relationships.”

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The offer begins today February 1st and will be available for a limited number of customers only, with the easyJet Holidays website saying the offer ‘ends soon’. The operator said some additional spaces would also open on Monday (February 5th).

To qualify for the deal, the grandparent must be travelling as part of a family booking with at least one child.

To find out more about the easyJet Holidays ‘grans go free’ offer, click HERE.

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