Ryanair has tons of exciting holiday destinations to visit if you want to explore somewhere new in the New Year. Check out our list of 20 places to see in 2020.
Itching for a week away in the New Year? Leave those pesky winter chills behind with a January break away to sunny Ponta Delgada.
With cheap flights to Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores offers a dose of relaxation and fun in Portugal after the hectic Christmas rush.
Visit the lava tunnel at Gruta do Carvãol, enjoy dolphin and whale watching, or unwind with a walk through the Pinhal da Paz forest reserve.
Armenia’s capital is affectionately known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the colourful stones on which it was built centuries ago.
Ryanair has launched two brand new routes from Milan Bergamo and Rome Ciampino straight to Yerevan, a city famous for its rich, complex history and fascinating culture.
Take a Valentine’s Day stroll through Lovers Park with your significant other before enjoying an afternoon of fun at Yerevan Water World.
Delve into the country’s fascinating, tragic history at History Museum of Armenia and the medieval monastery of Geghard, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Game of Thrones fans will be more familiar with Dubrovnik than they might be aware.
Used as a filming location for “King’s Landing”, “Qarth” and the gardens of the “Red Keep” in the hit TV show, this beautiful Croatian city has tons to offer.
Dubrovnik is famous for its Old Town, dominated by massive stone walls which were built in the 16th Century and it boasts loads to do like sea kayaking on Lokrum Island or a visit to Lovrijenac Fort.
Take a cable car tour to see every inch of the city’s stunning architecture from on-high, or go the whole hog and book a Game of Thrones tour to get the full low-down on the iconic series.
Kosice, Slovakia’s hub for architecture, art, culture and gastronomy, is also perfect for a low-budget week away in Eastern Europe, as is Podgorica in nearby Montenegro.
Want to feel the sun on your skin? With low cost flights, a trip to Santander is just what the doctor ordered when heading towards the summer.
A warm Spanish port city filled with atmosphere, Santander is a hidden gem when it comes to booking that much-needed week away in Spain.
Packed with promenades, plazas and stunning sandy beaches, you can pass the time with surfing, swimming and snorkeling before filling your belly with some local delights at the lively tapas bars.
Be sure and pay a visit to the stunning Palacio de la Magdalena. It used to house the Spanish Royal Family who frequently holidayed in Santander. Good enough for royalty!
Palanga is a lovely little resort town on Lithuania’s Baltic coast and a favourite for locals looking for an enjoyable break away.
Palangos Pliažas beach is packed with lively bars and restaurants offering a stunning view of the coast.
Taste the very best of Eastern European cuisine at Vila Komoda, one of Lithuania’s top-five restaurants located in an intimate boutique owned by renowned chef Martynas Meidus.
Let loose with an afternoon of horse riding right on the Baltic Shore, but also make time for a family visit to the Botanical Park and the Musical Fountain, which comes alive with dance and light shows late at night.
The home of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Verona is the fourth-most visited city in the whole of Italy.
Beloved for its restaurant scene and range of dynamic boutiques, budget-friendly Verona is a prime destination for anyone looking to experience Italian food, shopping and culture.
You can shop to your heart’s content at Centro Storico and enjoy a fascinating afternoon at Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheatre which is still used for large-scale opera shows. Don’t miss out visiting Juliet’s Balcony, which is said to have inspired Shakespeare’s play.
Georgia’s capital has become one of Eastern Europe’s fastest-growing tourist hotspots.
The charming cobbled city set in the valley of the Mtkvari river is a must for travel explorers and foodies alike, with local Eastern European cuisine and a close-up look at Georgia’s intriguing history everywhere you turn.
Relax and unwind in Tbilisi’s famous sulphur baths, take a cable car trip up to the Narikala Fortress and pay a visit to the Jvari and Svetitskhoveli Monasteries.
Looking for somewhere else? Flights for a summer trip to Katowice, one of Poland’s most under-rated tourist destinations, won’t break the bank.
This year Ryanair launched its first-ever flights to and from Beirut Airport. The capital of Lebanon is a contrast of old and new. An exciting city filled with history springs out from the shadow of its war-torn past.
Beirut is known for its nightlife and you’ll love the many bars and nightclubs where patrons are always in the mood for dancing and celebration. B018, a nightclub founded in the 1980s to ease the stress of war is a local favourite.
Stroll along the Corniche, drop in to Heliopolis (‘City of the Sun’), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and pay a visit to The National Museum to learn more about Lebanon.
Marseille boasts stunning beaches, delicious food and a bustling cultural hub. A mixture of French and African culture makes this an exciting, fun port city not to be missed.
French hotspots like Nice, Paris and Bordeaux grab the limelight, but Marseille is a vibrant city with plenty to offer for your vacation away.
Sports fan? As the new Ligue 1 season gets underway take in a football game at the excellent 67,000-seater Stade Velodrome.
Want to chill out? Relax along Marsille’s beautiful beaches before having your fill of delicious local Mediterranean-style food.
Marseille is famous for its edgy culture so be sure to check out Cours Julien, one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods for the best bars, restaurants and nightclubs around.
Fancy trying somewhere else in France? Ryanair has also launched brand new flights to Brive and Nantes, while Belgium’s industrial city Charleroi is a hidden gem for anyone seeking history and intrigue over glitz and glam.
An under-appreciated metropolis, Tel Aviv is rapidly growing as a travel hot-spot thanks to a bunch of new hotels and exciting developments.
Famous for its city beaches and bustling nightlife, Tel Aviv is a travel destination which will create lasting memories in Israel.
With 16 beaches and temperatures as high as 27 degrees, you can pick up a glowing tan in the middle of October.
The Jaffa District (Old City) is the heartland of Tel Aviv. Here you’ll enjoy an array of trendy cafés and hipster boutiques, while the Neve Tzedek neighbourhood will open your eyes to the city’s arty side too.
HBO’s drama series Chernobyl brought Kyiv’s tragic nuclear disaster to life in gripping fashion throughout 2019.
Fans of the show have flocked to Kyiv in recent months to experience first-hand one of the saddest chapters in modern European history.
The Ukrainian capital’s famous Nuclear Power Plant is a popular destination for tourists.
But the city offers plenty more to see including the Hydropark (sat right on the beach) and the city’s array of counterculture nightclubs like Closer and D.Fleur.
Fancy seeing somewhere else in Ukraine? Lviv is an historic city famous for its chocolate and coffee, while Odesa boasts one of the county’s finest opera and ballet theatres.
Fancy yourself a skiing aficionado? Grenoble’s picturesque alps offer the perfect opportunity to get your skis on without breaking the bank.
Based on the foot of the French Alps, Grenoble is surrounded by stunning snow-capped peaks which you can scale by cable car before zipping back down on your skis.
Prefer some downtime? The city is famous for its art galleries like Archaeological Museum of Saint-Laurent, Le Magasin National Centre of Contemporary Art and Musée Dauphinois.
An ideal spot to ring in the New Year with friends and family.
That’s our list of must see places in 2019. Check out our huge range of flights to new holiday destinations in 2019 on Ryanair.com
- Aaron Gallagher