Places to fly this December for under £50

As the year comes to a close, there’s no better way to bid adieu to 2023 than by embarking on an affordable December adventure. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to break the bank to experience some winter sun or enjoy a festive wonderland. Whether you dream of a snowy adventure in the Carpathian Mountains or a sunny retreat along the coast of Malaga, we’ve got you covered! So let’s dive into these budget-friendly destinations!

Marrakech £29 return

Marrakech offers a delightful escape from the cold wrath of December with warm winter sun and a vibrant atmosphere. Start by immersing yourself in the enchanting medina, where you can explore narrow alleyways, bustling souks, and historic sites like the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Don’t miss a visit to the serene Jardin Majorelle, a lush garden once owned by Yves Saint Laurent. Indulge in the rich flavours of Moroccan cuisine, savouring tagine and couscous in local restaurants. Admire the iconic Koutoubia Mosque and its towering minaret, or unwind with a traditional hammam experience. Consider day trips to the Atlas Mountains or the desert for a change of scenery and outdoor adventures. December offers a less crowded shopping experience in the souks, where you can find unique souvenirs, spices, textiles, and crafts. Stay in a traditional riad to complete your authentic Moroccan experience, but do remember to pack warmly for the chilly December nights! Check out flights here and join us this December on one of our amazing Morocco Experiences.

Istanbul £44 return

Istanbul offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and a unique winter charm. Begin your journey by exploring the historic heart of the city, the Sultanahmet District. Here, you can marvel at the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, the stunning Blue Mosque, and the ancient Basilica Cistern. Take a leisurely stroll through the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of shops and stalls offering everything from spices to handmade crafts. Don’t miss a visit to Topkapi Palace, where you can learn all about the rich Ottoman history. Experience Istanbul’s culinary delights by trying traditional dishes like kebabs, baklava, and Turkish delights at local eateries. December is an excellent time to enjoy these treats in cosy, atmospheric restaurants. Take a cruise on the Bosphorus to witness the city’s enchanting skyline, with its blend of historic and modern architecture. If you’re feeling adventurous, embark on a day trip to the Princes’ Islands or explore the charming neighborhoods of Kadikoy and Besiktas. Istanbul’s vibrant arts scene often hosts cultural events, exhibitions, and performances, so be sure to check the local schedule during your stay. Istanbul’s weather in December can be brisk, so dress warmly to enjoy all these activities comfortably. Whether you’re sipping Turkish tea in a historic tea house, admiring the city’s historic treasures, or savouring its culinary delights, Istanbul in December promises an unforgettable experience filled with warmth and wonder! Find flights to Istanbul here and join us on our mesmerising 4-Night Hot Air Balloon Experience.

Valletta £38 return

The capital of Malta exudes a unique charm with its mild winter climate and a rich tapestry of history and culture. Begin your journey by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city center, where you can admire the magnificent St. John’s Co-Cathedral, a true masterpiece of Baroque architecture, and its opulent interior, including the famous Caravaggio painting. Stroll along the city’s historic streets, where limestone buildings and colorful balconies create a picturesque backdrop. Visit the Grandmaster’s Palace, a splendid example of Renaissance architecture, and explore its State Rooms and the stunning Armoury. The Upper Barrakka Gardens offer panoramic views of the Grand Harbour, providing a perfect vantage point to watch the sunset. Sample delicious Maltese cuisine at local restaurants, trying traditional dishes like rabbit stew and pastizzi. Don’t forget to try Maltese ftira, a unique local sandwich. Valletta’s compact size makes it easy to explore on foot, but you can also take a scenic ferry ride across the Grand Harbour to visit the Three Cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua), which are steeped in history and maritime heritage. December in Valletta is relatively mild, but it can be a bit rainy, so it’s wise to bring an umbrella and dress in layers! Find flights here.

Reykjavik £32 return

Reykjavik is a true winter wonderland, offering a unique and enchanting experience in December. Begin your adventure by exploring the city’s vibrant cultural scene. Visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja, a towering church that provides stunning views of the city from its observation deck. Reykjavik’s compact downtown area is perfect for strolling, with colorful buildings, quaint shops, and a lively atmosphere. Don’t miss the opportunity to relax in one of the city’s geothermal swimming pools, like the Blue Lagoon or the local pools in Reykjavik, where you can soak in the warm waters and even catch the Northern Lights on a clear night. December is an excellent time to witness this natural spectacle. Indulge in Icelandic cuisine by trying traditional dishes like lamb stew, fresh seafood, and the unique delicacy of fermented shark, washed down with a shot of Brennivín, a local schnapps. Day trips from Reykjavik offer a chance to explore the surrounding natural wonders. Consider visiting the Golden Circle to see geysers, waterfalls, and the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park. Or venture further afield to experience the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland, such as the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Given Iceland’s winter climate, be sure to dress warmly, with layers and waterproof clothing, as December can be quite cold and snowy. Embrace the magic of Iceland’s winter landscape, from the stunning geothermal features to the Northern Lights dancing across the dark skies, and create lasting memories in Reykjavik in December. Check out flights here.

Oslo £30 return

Oslo invites you to embrace the heart of Scandinavian winter. Explore the city’s sleek, modern architecture and its deep-rooted historical sites. Take a leisurely visit to the remarkable Vigeland Park, adorned with Gustav Vigeland’s striking sculptures. The contrasting design of the Opera House, resembling an iceberg, is equally impressive, and its rooftop offers panoramic views of the city. Oslo’s many museums beckon, from the Viking Ship Museum with its ancient vessels to the Munch Museum, home to the iconic “The Scream” painting. You can also warm up with a visit to the Nobel Peace Center or explore the immersive exhibitions at the Fram Museum, dedicated to polar exploration. Norwegian cuisine shines in the winter months, with hearty dishes like fårikål (lamb and cabbage stew) and riskrem (rice pudding) to savor. Try these delicacies at local restaurants, where you can enjoy cozy atmospheres and perhaps even a glass of aquavit, Norway’s traditional spirit. Venturing outside of Oslo, consider a trip to the charming city of Drøbak, known for its Christmas spirit and Santa Claus Post Office. Or head to Holmenkollen to witness ski jumping in a picturesque setting. December in Oslo offers a wintry landscape, so ensure you’re well-prepared with warm clothing. Embrace the serene winter atmosphere, from the festive holiday lights that adorn the city to the possibility of witnessing the mesmerizing Northern Lights if you venture far enough north. Check out flights to Oslo here.

Bucharest £28 return

Wrap up warm and head to Bucharest for some festive fun! Explore the city’s architectural heritage, starting with the grand Palace of the Parliament, one of the largest administrative buildings in the world. Wander through the Old Town (Lipscani District), where you’ll find a mix of quaint streets, historic buildings, and lively restaurants and bars. Experience the city’s cultural scene by visiting the Village Museum, showcasing traditional Romanian village life, or explore the Art Collection at the National Museum of Art. Don’t miss the elegant Athenaeum, a cultural landmark known for its impressive architecture and classical concerts. Romanian cuisine awaits, with dishes like sarmale (cabbage rolls) and mămăligă (cornmeal porridge) served in cozy, traditional restaurants. You can also explore the local Christmas markets, where you’ll find seasonal delights like mulled wine and sweet treats. Day trips to the Carpathian Mountains or the medieval towns of Transylvania are easily accessible from Bucharest, offering a change of scenery and opportunities for winter activities like skiing or simply enjoying the charming old-world atmosphere. While December in Bucharest can be chilly, the festive holiday lights and decorations create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Whether you’re sipping mulled wine at a Christmas market, admiring the city’s elegant architecture, or taking day trips to the picturesque countryside, Bucharest in December promises a unique blend of tradition and modernity in a winter wonderland. Find flights to Bucharest here and join us on one of our many Romanian Experiences!

Bari £48 return

Bari’s historic center is a treasure trove of ancient sites, such as the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, an important pilgrimage site, and the Swabian Castle, a medieval fortress perched on the waterfront. Stroll through the narrow, winding streets of Bari Vecchia (Old Bari) to soak in its authentic Italian atmosphere. Sample the delectable flavours of Apulian cuisine, known for its fresh seafood, handmade pasta, and local wines. Enjoy dishes like orecchiette with broccoli rabe and burrata cheese in charming local trattorias. Bari’s position along the Adriatic coast offers beautiful sea views and the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely walk along the waterfront promenade. While swimming may be off the table in December, you can still appreciate the seaside ambiance. Consider day trips to explore the nearby towns of Alberobello, famous for its unique trulli houses, and Matera, known for its ancient cave dwellings. Both destinations offer captivating historical and architectural experiences. December in Bari is generally mild, with a bit of chill in the air, so be sure to dress accordingly. Experience the city’s festive holiday decorations and the warm, welcoming Italian culture. Whether you’re enjoying freshly baked focaccia, admiring the centuries-old architecture, or embarking on day trips to discover the region’s treasures, Bari in December promises an Italian experience full of tradition, flavors, and coastal beauty. Check out flights here.

Malaga £20 return

Malaga provides a delightful blend of Mediterranean charm, history, and festive spirit in December. Begin your exploration in the heart of the city with a visit to the Alcazaba, a well-preserved Moorish fortress, and the nearby Roman Theater. Stroll along the Calle Larios, a bustling shopping street adorned with holiday lights and decorations, or relax in the peaceful gardens of Paseo del Parque. The Picasso Museum, dedicated to the life and works of the famous artist, is a cultural gem that’s well worth a visit. Additionally, the Malaga Cathedral showcases stunning architecture and offers the chance to climb to the rooftop for panoramic views. Tantalize your taste buds with Andalusian cuisine, savoring traditional dishes such as gazpacho, grilled sardines, and churros dipped in thick, hot chocolate. You can explore the local markets and indulge in the festive delights of the Christmas markets. Malaga’s mild December climate allows you to enjoy the coastal beauty, whether you’re taking a walk along the Malagueta Beach or visiting the Gibralfaro Castle for stunning views of the city and the sea. Consider day trips to the charming town of Ronda, known for its dramatic gorge and historic bullring, or to the stunning Caminito del Rey, a thrilling cliffside walkway. With December offering comfortable temperatures, you can immerse yourself in the city’s holiday spirit and enjoy traditional Spanish celebrations. Whether you’re indulging in tapas at local bodegas, exploring centuries-old architecture, or simply savoring the Mediterranean ambiance, Malaga in December promises a delightful Spanish experience. Check out flights here.

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Written by Lucy Kaufmann