With plenty of new and extended routes from the UK, there’s every reason to make 2019 your year of travel. Here are 19 of our top picks, month by month, for 2019...
Ditch winter blues and head to Marrakech for a sweet January escape. Shop the markets and explore the sights of the city. Hike the Atlas mountains. Relax in the beach resorts of nearby Essaouira. Marrakech offers something for every type of traveller – check out our insider’s guide to the city here.
For snowy thrills in eastern France, pack your ski gear and tackle the winter resorts of Dole (new route from London Stansted).
Fly to Memmingen and hit the slopes of Allgau in Bavaria – there’s plenty to look forward to on the après ski front too – read our guide to Bavarian food and drink here.
February is carnival season in Venice. With new routes from Southend, there’s no excuse not to experience the colourful parties and parades. Read our budget-friendly guide to Venice and find out how to see the city like a local.
April is the perfect time to discover the ancient wonders of Greece. With a new route from London Luton to Athens this year, getting to the Greek capital couldn’t be easier. And the Greek odyssey doesn’t end there. Manchester to Thessaloniki is also new for 2019!
Pack your castanets and fly to Seville for Seville Feria. The city’s biggest party of the year takes place two weeks after Semana Santa in Los Remedios in the south-west of the city. In 2019, the festival falls between 4th – 11th May. Expect late nights and lots of dancing.
Flights to Seville
Fly to Bilbao from Southend and secure your spot at Bilbao BBK, the city’s sizzling summer music festival. Bilbao BBK takes place from 11th – 13th July. Alternatively, head to Marseille for Bastille Day (July 14th) and look forward to a spectacular fireworks display at the old port.
Catch a free jazz concert in Nantes during the city’s Festival des rendez-vous de l'Erdre or fly to Berlin (new route from Edinburgh), where the International Berlin Beer Festival takes place from August 2nd – August 4th. Read more about what to see and where to go in the German capital in our local’s guide to Berlin.
Cooler temperatures and less crowded beaches makes September the perfect time to plan a sun holiday to Corfu or to map out a road trip adventure around Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Discover Naples and the best of Campania with our guide to this beautiful corner of Italy.
Fly to Bordeaux for harvest season and raise a glass of the local red or head to Derry for one of Europe’s most spectacular Halloween festivals. Spooky shenanigans take place from the last week of October to the first week of November. Read more about the best things to see and do in Derry here.
Jet into Tallinn and discover the magical Christmas market in one of Europe’s most budget-friendly cities. Need further Christmas market inspiration? Check out our big fat Christmas market guide. Alternatively, head to Italy’s food capital Bologna for the annual Cioccoshow, a festival celebrating all that’s good about chocolate. For travel tips on Bologna read our insider’s guide to Bologna.