The first ever easyJet flight left Luton airport headed to Glasgow in November 1995, 25 years ago this month. To celebrate, we've rounded up the 25 most iconic getaways you'll find at the end of an easyJet flight, so you can start ticking them off your bucket list in 2021. Call it a birthday treat (yours is coming up, right?) and book now.
1. Indulge your sweet tooth in Paris
We start with Paris – the French capital is famously a loveable springtime staple, and not just for the nodding tulips of the Tuileries gardens. The bright colours of the epic eclairs found at the city's best shop (L'Eclair de Genie, so we reckon) are a beacon for gourmet travellers.
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2. Sprawl on the spectacular beaches of Sardinia
Look beyond the beach resorts of northeast Sardinia and you'll find some of the dreamiest (and quietest) stretches of sand in Italy. Breezy Sandy Le Vecchie is virtually unknown to non-surfers; green-ringed Dottore Beach offers a near-private scuba diving experience; and idyllic San Teodoro is home to countless flamingos. That's three solid reasons to lay your towel near Olbia.
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3. Mellow out in Marrakech
The red city of Morocco is best known for its bustling souks, where pushy sellers meet artful hagglers in a battle for bargains. But venture down the right back alley and you'll find yourself in some of the most peaceful gardens on the planet – perfect for drinking mint tea until you burst.
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4. Feel Mozart’s legacy in Vienna
A classic spot in every sense, Vienna is also a modern metropolis often cited as one of Europe's best places to live. Go to discover where the great Wolfgang Amadeus composed his masterworks, then stay for the hip hangouts of this old town that's young at heart.
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5. Eat the best falafel in Tel Aviv
Crispy, squidgy, spicy – how do you like yours? The perfect falafel might be a matter of opinion, but there's no doubt the best is to be found in this happening Middle Eastern hub. And you'll need the chickpea-based energy to make the most of a spectacular 24-hour city.
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6. Find an idyllic island outside Faro
With over 300 bronzing days a year and miles of cliff-backed beach, the Algarve is the hottest of beach holiday hotspots. But if you want to find your own spot of sand, head to one of the idyllic islands off the coast of Faro. From unspoiled Ilha Deserta to the bird-dominated Ilha de Tavira, these little dots of land are worthy escapes.
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7. Stay out all day and all night and all day in Ibiza
Clubbing at night is great, but have you tried clubbing in the day? Ibiza makes it as easy to party at 3pm as 3am and a burgeoning 'daylife' scene means some of the best events are now poolside. Who needs a watch anyway?
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8. Find all the time in the world in Geneva
In the home of Swiss watchmaking, there’s no excuse for ever being late. Even if you can’t afford a handmade timepiece on your wrist, the city celebrates its reputation in many other ways, from a flower clock made of 6,500 blooms to a kitsch cuckoo-clock shop. It’s time you went.
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9. Fill up on Catalan cuisine in Barcelona
The Catalan capital may be best known for its eye-popping Gaudí architecture but it’s also fast becoming a foodie hotspot with mouthwatering local delicacies. Seek out barbecued calcots with romesco sauce, ham-stuffed canelons, deep-fried bomba balls and hearty cap i pota stew.
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10. Scale a volcano in Sicily
The Sicilian city of Catania sits in the shadow of Mount Etna, which partly explains the local devotion to cone-shaped arancini (rice balls) that explode with molten cheese when you bite into them. Also on menu: skiing. Yes, literally skiing on the slopes of an active volcano. Extreme enough for you?
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11. Find shopping nirvana in Milan
Milan is synonymous with couture and that inimitable Italian sense of style. So it follows that its shopping’s particularly fruitful, with high-end boutiques, funky furniture stores and designer outlets all waiting to be discovered. Take an extra suitcase to fill.
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12. See the family-friendly side of Amsterdam
Beyond Amsterdam's neon nighttime glow, the Dutch capital is also a brilliantly sunny destination for taking the kids. From canal cruises to family-friendly galleries, there’s enough to keep everyone occupied all day. Plus they’ll love the world’s highest swing, in A’Dam Tower.
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13. Follow in Durrell’s footsteps on Corfu
Author of the classic My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell made Corfu a destination with his evocations of its natural beauty and tales of quirky island life. That appeal hasn't been dimmed by the decades – Corfu is the real deal for swimming, walking and a spot of zoology.
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14. Explore the trendiest bits of Copenhagen
The Danes know how to live well, whether it's dining out on Michelin-starred grub, or steaming in a dockside sauna. You can do both of these things, and ski down the side of eco-friendly power plant, on the reborn industrial island of Refshaleøen. Europe's coolest neighbourhood? Maybe.
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15. Scoff all kinds of waffles in Brussels
Plain, sweet, savoury or even topped with seafood – waffles are what Brussels is all about. The classic Belgian dish is treated as a versatile culinary vehicle in this cosmopolitan capital. Mix yours up with a taste of its highbrow culture and underground cool.
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16. Party in a spa in Budapest
It wouldn’t be an authentic visit to the Hungarian capital without getting in hot water – the thermal kind, that is. If you want to experience the famous baths but don’t want to miss out on the city’s wild nightlife, get down to a ‘sparty’ – a party in a spa, geddit?
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17. Take an Instagram tour of Mykonos
Chic cafés, blue skies, whitewashed walls and the odd pelican make this fashionable Greek island a photographer's dream. Strike a pose with the rest of the beautiful people in between elaborate meals and lazy sunbathing sessions.
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18. Hop between plazas in Seville
Cheap and tasty tapas, quirky bars, sublime churches, impromptu flamenco jam sessions – if you want to experience the heart of this bustling southern Spanish city, take a tour of its finest plazas. Unique and brimming with life, they're the spots to find a seat and soak it all up.
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19. Eat your way around Belfast
Belfast is a fantastic advert for the cracking produce of Northern Ireland, as eager chefs jostle to show off the fish from its coasts, the beef from its fields and those mussels from Strangford Lough. St George’s Market should be the hungry visitor’s first stop.
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20. Visit a crafty cocktail bar in Berlin
Berlin’s banging nightlife might be defined by pounding techno in dark corners, but the city is also home to a bevy of bars so good they could quite easily be the focus of a roaring night out. Take to the streets and whet your whistle at one of these mixological marvels.
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21. Soak up the local culture in Reykjavik
Iceland has more swimming pools per capita than any other nation on Earth, most of which are heated by the magic of its geothermal energy reserves. Take a tour of the best of them and you'll be getting wrinkly with every kind of Icelander going, from politicians to pop stars.
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22. Track the Minotaur of Crete
Theseus had a tough time tracking the monstrous Minotaur of Crete through its labyrinth – but families visiting the balmy Greek island will relish picking up the trail and exploring the amazing historical sites it has to offer, from archaeological hoards to fresco-covered ruins and the Cave of Zeus.
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23. Take a street art tour of Lisbon
Lisbon might just be Europe’s coolest city, partly due to the great swathes of kick-ass contemporary artwork that plaster its backstreets. Talented painters from across the globe have daubed amazing work across town, making a self-guided tour a must.
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24. Discover black sand beaches in Fuerteventura
Golden sands meet their match on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, which leans towards the dark side with a host of stunning black-sand beaches. The colour is caused by the erosion of the island’s abundant volcanic rock and is uniquely beautiful.
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25. And finally… sip rakia by the sea in Dubrovnik
Knocking back a glass or three of rakia is a woozy rite of passage for visitors to Croatia. There are few better places to sample this delicious firewater than in venerable Dubrovnik. Enter the fortified city, take an Adriatic-facing seat at one of its fine bars and set your tastebuds aflame.
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