Whether you’re hoping to escape for a city break or a long, overdue holiday Belfast is quickly becoming one of the most accessible cities in Europe.

With a massive range of destinations to choose from there’s even a new craze of young people racing each other to tick as many new places as possible off the list.

Here are 10 to get you started…but where is the best place you’ve flown to direct from Belfast?

1. Palma, Majorca
Flying from George Best Belfast City Airport. www.aerlingus.com
Palma de Majorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands, is the largest city in Majorca. The city occupies the north western end of a bay in the south west of the island.
The city became a tourist destination in the 1950s, and tourist numbers have continually increased in the subsequent half century. Palma is a busy commercial and cultural centre of Majorca.

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2. Rome, Italy
Flying from Belfast International Airport. www.jet2.com
Visitors to Rome can enjoy the many historic marvels including the Colosseum, an amphitheatre built in the Roman Empire for gladiators, the world famous Trevi fountain, The Vatican or the two thousand year old temple, Pantheon. Indulge your palate with homemade pasta or Italian ice cream, followed by a shot of espresso to keep you sightseeing all day long, there is plenty to see and do in Rome.

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3. Liverpool, England
Flying from George Best Belfast City Airport. www.flybe.com
Home of The Beatles, Liverpool Football Club and the Walker Art Gallery there literally is something for everyone in Scouse-land. A favourite spot for hens and stags, football fans and students this English city is worth checking out if you want to get some serious partying done. Apart from that the chances of bumping into your favourite Hollyoaks star is relatively high.

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4. Nice, France
Flying from Belfast International Airport. www.easyjet.com
The capital of the French Riviera, Nice skirts the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century Europe’s elite, the city today balances old-world decadence with modern urban energy. Its sunshine and liberal attitude have long attracted artists, whose work hangs in its museums. With vibrant markets and diverse restaurants, it’s also renowned for its food.

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5. Faro, Portugal
Flying from George Best Belfast City Airport. www.aerlingus.com
Located right in the heart of the southern coast, the city of Faro, in Portugal, is the gateway to the Algarve. Offering some 200km of dramatic golden coastline, protected natural parkland, a whole host of historical, archaeological and architectural gems and some of the best recreational facilities available in Western Europe, it is little wonder that the Algarve has gained the popularity it enjoys today.

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6. Amsterdam, Holland
Flying from George Best Belfast City Airport. www.klm.com
Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and modern art at the Stedelijk. Of course its also famed for its relaxed drug laws and red light district.

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7. Prague
Flying from Belfast International Airport. www.jet2.com
Prague is one of Europe’s most picturesque cities full of history and culture. Visitors can take in the imposing and impressive Prague Castle, wander around the capital’s historic centre, which since 1992 has been classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, take a stroll along the world-famous Charles Bridge over the river Vltava, or simply relax and enjoy the sights.

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8. London City
Flying from George Best Belfast City Airport. www.flybe.com
The big city, fly direct into the city centre of London for business, shopping, socialising or simply to see a show on the West End.
Whatever your reasons for going to London be sure to get some time to see the sights and absorb the tourist culture very often forgotten by people who live so close by.

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9. Reyjavik, Iceland
Flying from Belfast International Airport. www.easyjet.com
Reykjavik is Iceland’s coastal capital. It is renowned for the late-night clubs and bars in its compact centre. Home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island’s dramatic landscape is the volcanic setting of the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa.

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10. Grand Canaria
Flying from International Airport. www.thompsons.co.uk or www.falconholidays.co.uk
Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. It’s known for the white-sand beaches stretching along its southern coast, from happening Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico to quieter, family-oriented Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín.
The northern capital, Las Palmas, is a popular stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping, while the island’s interior is rural and mountainous.

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11. New York, America
Flying from International Airport. www.americanholidays.com
Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential centre of art, culture, fashion and finance.
The city’s five boroughs sit where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean, with the island borough of Manhattan at the Big Apple’s core.

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