7 Amazing Ryanair Destinations You Probably Didn’t Know About

Aug 6, 2019

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If you’re looking for something a bit different for your next trip away, look no further than the likes of Ryanair. Sometimes, it’s not always possible to fly using points and miles, but with fares this good to destinations as unique as these, it’s definitely worth giving Ryanair a go and unleashing that wanderlust.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Service from: London (SEN)
One-way fares from: £10

Deep in the heart of the mysterious fantasy land of vampires and wolves, Cluj-Napoca is the capital of Romania’s Transylvania region. Not only will you find loads to keep you busy in the city itself, but in the surrounding countryside there are hikes, lakes and castles a plenty for you to explore. In 2015, Cluj was the European Youth Capital and continues to have a lively, party atmosphere thanks to its university population and array of student bars. In terms of culinary delights, the locals are very proud of their varzā à la Cluj — a savoury-flavoured rice and meat dish that you absolutely must try.

(Photo courtesy Doncaster Sheffield Airport)

Dinard, France

Service from: East Midlands (EMA) (summer season only), London (STN)
One-way fares from: £10

Dinard is a real hidden gem. Located on the North Coast of Brittany, it boasts beautiful beaches and nature walks. The resort is extremely popular with families — French and British alike. If you like to get out and explore while on holiday, Dinard is close to some other stunning spots that Brittany has to offer. Across the bridge on the other side of the estuary of La Rance river is St. Malo — a historic port city with cobbled streets and old town that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 19th Century. A little further afield at around an hour’s drive is the stunning abbey and island of Mont Saint-Michel.

Dinard (35) Villas on the seaside in the area of the "pointe de la Malouine" headland and beach of "l'Ecluse". Swimmers and sea gulls (Photo by: Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Beach at Dinard (Photo by Andia/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
Aerial view of the Mont-Saint-Michel at low tide. In the background, the small island of Tombelaine. (Photo by: Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Aerial view of the Mont-Saint-Michel at low tide. In the background, the small island of Tombelaine. (Photo by Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Gdansk, Poland

Service from: Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), Leeds Bradford (LBA), London (STN), Manchester (MAN), Newcastle (NCL), Belfast (BFS)
One-way fares from: £10

Gdansk lies on the Baltic Sea coastline and is one of three cities that make up a tri-city metropolitan area including Sopot and Gdynia. Due to its location, the area is a popular summer beach destination for Poles and tourists like. The city itself is fairly small, meaning it’ll only take you a day to get around it on foot. Sopot and Gdynia are accessible by direct train or equally only a short drive along the coast. The beaches are wide, clean and go on for what seems like forever. There is a really relaxed vibe in the air, especially in Sopot which has a long wooden pier that stretches out into the bay of Gdansk. At night, the mood changes and becomes one of the places to be in Poland. From the fancy restaurants to beachfront bars and clubs, there is definitely something for everyone.

A general view of a traditional architecture near the Motlawa river in Gdansk's city center. On Thursday, 1st September 2016, in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A general view of a traditional architecture near the Motlawa river in Gdansk’s city center. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Service from: London (STN)
One-way fares from: £18

Jerez is a stunning, quintessential Spanish city nestled in the heart of Andalusia, Spain’s southern-most region, and is a great alternative to popular British favourites along the Costa del Sol. The weather is some of the best in Spain, with temperatures soaring well into the 30s in summer months. The city envelops an 11th Century moorish fortress and is oozing with flamenco dancing, sherry, tapas and horses — can you really get more Spanish than that? If you can’t get enough of Andalusia, the beautiful port city of Cádiz and stunning city of Sevilla are only 30 minutes and an hour away, respectively. Once you’ve been, it’s definitely a place you’ll want to go back to.

The Cathedral in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz Province, Andalucia, Spain.
The Cathedral in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz Province, Andalucia, Spain.

Karlsruhe/Baden Baden, Germany

Service from: Edinburgh (EDI), London (STN)
One-way fares from: £10

Tucked along the French border deep in southwestern Germany is the tiny airport of Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB). Karlsruhe, the bigger of the two cities, is just over a 30-minute drive north of the airport and is a university city so small that the locals’ preferred mode of transport is on foot or by bike. As it’s Germany, there is no shortage of breweries in the area — two of the best being Vogelbrau and Badisch Brauhaus, which has a slide inside. The real draw with this place is its proximity to the lakes, mountains and waterfalls of the Black Forest. The hikes in the summer are absolutely stunning and the skiing in the winter should definitely be considered as a little alternative to the bigger resorts across borders in Austria, France and Switzerland. After a hard day’s hiking or skiing, you can reward yourself with a slice (or three) of mouthwatering schwarzwälder kirschtorte — black forest gateau to me and you.

Mummelsee. Lake in the Black Forest (Image by Getty Images)

Podgorica, Montenegro

Service from: London (STN)
One-way fares from: £18

It doesn’t get more off-the-beaten-track than Montenegro. Its capital city, Podgorica, had to be completely rebuilt as it was pretty much destroyed in WWII. One thing that did survive was its ancient Turkish-built Clock Tower, which stands tall in the centre of the old town. The city is a perfect base for some exploring and adventuring. Freshwater Lake Skadar is the largest lake in southern Europe and is teaming with an abundance of flora and fauna sure to put a smile on any nature-lover’s face. If rest and relaxation is more your thing, around an hour’s drive from Podgorica is a string of stunning coves and beaches along the country’s Adriatic Coastline at the base of the famous Dalmatian Coast, which stretches from northern Croatia right down into Montenegro.

View of Podgorica with the Moraca river – Montenegro (Photo by Getty Images)

Ponta Delgada, The Azores (Portugal)

Service from: London (STN), Manchester (MAN) (summer season only)
One-way fares from: £33

I discovered this absolute gem of an island a few years back when I was looking for a cheap way back to the UK from Montreal. The cheapest one-way ticket I could find was with the then SATA Airlines, the Airline of the Azores. The Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal and is a group of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Tempted? You should be. The islands are pretty much undiscovered by tourists and the sights to be witnessed are literally breathtaking. Ponta Delgada is the largest city of the archipelago inhabited by around 45,000 people. It’s small, cute and has a really Portuguese feel to it. The cuisine is mostly seafood and is super fresh and cheap.

Lake of Sete Cidades from Vista do Rei viewpoint in Sao Miguel, Azores
Sete Cidades Lake, The Azores (Photo by Getty Images)

Featured photo by Francesco Bonino/Getty Images.

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