7. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from £151A city still scarred from conflict, Sarajevo is nevertheless a handsome place, sprawling among hills where adventure is to be found. By day, there’s hiking, biking and rafting, while in winter there are two ski areas just 30 minutes from the city (as featured in our article on the world’s cheapest ski resorts). By night the bars and clubs are full of friendly locals who are only too pleased to welcome foreigners to their city, and the cuisine is of surprisingly high quality (especially if you like meat and lots of it!) at very reasonable prices. 2. Chittagong, Bangladesh from £524India has long been a favourite for gap-year backpackers and spiritual questers alike, but Bangladesh offers its own unique adventure. The frenetic port of Chattagong on the Bay of Bengal is Bangladesh’s second busiest city. And boy is it busy, but you might find a little peace along the banks of the Karnaphuli River. Sit on the dock of the bay watching small family fishing boats dodging massive freight ships. Or check out Boga Lake, apparently formed by a deity disguised as a dragon who caused an earthquake after eating the inhabitants of a nearby village. 10. Entebbe, Uganda from £454Uganda is emerging onto the tourist map as a cheaper alternative to countries like South Africa and Botswana for a safari holiday. Sitting on the beautiful shores of Lake Victoria, in the city of Entebbe, you can go on safari right on the city’s doorstep by taking a boat trip on the lake itself to Ngamba Island, home to gorillas and chimpanzees.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Košice, Slovakia from £41Sharing Capital of Culture honours with Marseille (and Derry) is Košice, Slovakia’s second-largest city. While capital Bratislava is starting to attract stag weekenders, Košice remains much less visited, although it may be more economical flying to Bratislava and getting the train through impressive Slovak countryside to Košice. Situated at the foot of brooding mountains near the border with Hungary, the city is full of history, evident in interesting architecture like the wondrous Gothic St. Elisabeth Cathedral. If you are after faster-paced thrills than gazing at buildings, immerse yourself in the national passion, ice hockey, at the Steel Aréna, home of local favourites HC Košice. 5. Turku, Finland from £126Turku, on Finland’s Baltic Sea coast in the south-west of the country, was itself a Capital of Culture in 2011. It’s a buzzing place with happening nightlife thanks to its large student population, but before you hit the bars, pay homage to national treasure, composer Sibelius, at a museum dedicated to him. Embrace Finnish culture of a slightly lower brow variety at Moominworld – rated as one of the world’s top 10 theme parks. 6. Yangon/Rangoon, Burma/Myanmar from £588Past meets present (as for the future, who knows?) with old colonial mansions nestling among modern skyscrapers in Yangon, or Rangoon. However you refer to it, throw yourself into the city in the madness of the Bogyoke Aung San Market, a hive of haggling and slipper stalls. Take tips on how to keep relaxed from the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, a 70m-long reclining statue of Buddha adorned with a diamond encrusted crown. 9. Timisoara, Romania from £50You could say it was a lightbulb moment. Timisoara was the first place in Europe, and second in the world after New York, to have electric streetlights. Despite this claim to fame, this stately city in the far west of Romania doesn’t draw many visitors, which means you’ll have sights such as atmospheric Huniade Castle to yourself. Take a boat trip on the Bega canal, watch the world go by over an ice cream in Victory Square and take in a performance at the marvellous Romanian Opera House. 1. Marseille, France – flights from £36 returnAs a European Capital of Culture for 2013, Marseille has done much to shed its long-standing reputation as being ‘a bit rough round the edges’. France’s second-biggest population centre has lost none of its appeal as a thriving, exiciting port city on the Med; it has just smartened itself up with showcase projects such as the Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean and the renovation of the Musée de l’Histoire. Experience unpolished Marseille with a pre-lunch pastis in a port-side bar followed by super seafood fresh off the boat at La Boîte à Sardine. 4. Manila, Philippines from £490Few visitors to the Philippines linger in Manila, preferring to head on to tropical beaches like those of Palawan island. But the sprawling capital is a hugely exciting place to explore. The Sampaloc district is home to the University of Santo Tomas, Asia’s oldest institution, while round the corner, take a stroll among the bright blooms of colourful Dangwa Flower Market. Entertainment goes on long into the night – the locals like their karaoke. 8. Beirut, Lebanon from £188Once it would have been over-optimism to refer to Beirut as the Paris of the Middle East’, but from being a by-word for trouble and strife, the Lebanese capital is now firmly on the aspiration pages of in-flight magazines. An intriguing mix of ‘bling’ and bullet holes, Beirut is a party town with a character and attitude reminiscent of Belgrade. By day, you can hit the track to watch Arabian racehorses and have a flutter, then head to Mnaitra just outside the city for canoeing or biking, or even go for scuba diving. By night, hit the cool Gemmayzeh area packed full of party-hungry Lebanese girls and guys and have a cocktail in one of the many small, funky bars before heading on to an pool party, beach bar or nightclub where the action goes on ’til sunrise. RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in MarseilleFrance’s oldest city, long known for its seedy underbelly, has gone glossy in recent years, with an influx of designer hotels, chic boutiques and world-class galleries and museums. See why people are choosing city breaks in Marseille’s sunshine.6 European Capitals of CultureEach year the EU chooses European Capital of Culture, we check out 6 of 2012’s picks5 May getaways with flights for less than £50Get away this May with our five fun ideas for a spring city break from Venice to Valencia, all with flights under £50 return.