Southend Airport is on the up and there are now almost 50 routes to choose from.

Here is a list of all the destinations you can fly to.

1. Paderborn, Germany

Founded by Charlemagne in 795, Paderborn today is a beautiful city of two halves. On one hand, it is a hub for forward-thinking technology companies and on the other a place where you can find history around every corner.

The 13th-century Cathedral serves as a focal point for the city and is a must-see. Paderborn also hosts a summer festival, Libori, which features locals pouring kegs into the water supply and culminates in an incredible fireworks display.

Adria. Flying from winter 2018

2. Bilbao, Spain


The Spanish port city of Bilbao in northern Spain is situated just inland from the Bay of Biscay and is surrounded by inviting hills and beaches. Famed for the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the impressive titanium-clad building housing prominent modern and contemporary art works. Other highlights include the Azkuna Zentroa cultural centre, leafy Parque de Doña Casilda de Iturrizar and for foodies, Mercado de la Ribera.

Ryanair Flying from summer 2019

3. Brest, France

Rich in French maritime history, Brest is a port city in Brittany. Visitors can relax on one of the roadside beaches, take part in an array of exciting watersports or simply enjoy a stroll around the pretty marina and plentiful green spaces. Make sure to stop by Oceanopolis – one of Europe’s largest aquariums that is home to over 10,000 sea creatures.

Ryanair Flying from summer 2019

4. Cluj-Napoca, Romania


The main city of the Transylvania region in Romania is characterised by architecture dating back to Saxon and Hungarian rule. Head to the central square, Piața Unirii, to see the Gothic-style St. Michael's Church. With several universities, Cluj-Napoca also boasts a buzzing café culture and nightlife, as well as a nascent art scene.

Ryanair. Flying from summer 2019

5. Corfu, Greece


The island of Corfu was the idyllic refuge for the shipwrecked Odysseus in ancient Greek history, and continues to revive travellers with its rolling scenery and immaculate beaches. Flanked by rugged mountains, wanderers can adventure through the quaint inland villages as well as the dive into its irresistible cobalt-blue waters.

Ryanair Flying from summer 2019

6. Košice, Slovakia

With its historic Old Town and beatnik nightlife, Košice in eastern Slovakia has something to offer everyone. Its colourful origins go back as far as the Medieval period and its buildings now mix up Gothic and Soviet influences. Attractions include St Elizabeth's Cathedral and the so-called singing fountain.

Ryanair Flying from summer 2019

7. North Iceland


Book an incredible trip to the Arctic north of Iceland exclusively with Super Break. All trips include return flights and accommodation plus a choice of packages including an exciting range of excursions and experiences. Whether you fancy sightseeing in the city of Akureyri, enjoying the nature baths and waterfalls in Myvatn, hunting for the Northern Lights or exploring the fishing villages of Siglufjordur and Húsavík, this once in a lifetime break is for you.

Super Break Flying on 25 February 2019

8. Venice, Italy

There's nothing more romantic than meandering down Venice’s Grand Canal on a gondola ride as you take in the Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Whilst a visit to the central square Piazza San Marco and St. Mark’s Basilica is a must for any traveller, make sure to get lost in the myriad back streets of this lively Italian city, where you’ll find busy bacaro bars and artisanal shops galore.

Ryanair Flying from summer 2019

9. Alicante, Spain

Head south to Spain’s Costa Blanca and you’ll find the bustling port city (and regional capital) of Alicante, fringed by a wealth of resort towns to the north and south including Benidorm – the daddy of them all. The Costa Blanca is blest by long, hot summer days (and equally long sandy beaches), so it’s no surprise that it’s been a firm family favourite with us Brits for decades. Alicante itself offers a mix of historic daylife and vibrant nightlife, as medieval history jostles for attention with clubs and bars.


10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Netherlands’ most famous canal-side city (though not its capital) has always drawn an international crowd, ever since its trading heyday in the 17th century – its ‘Golden Age’. Today, it’s a haven for visitors seeking a bit of boating, cycling, easy living and, yes, a touch of decadence. The city is famously liberally-minded, and while the coffee shops and red light district aren’t for everyone, rest assured there are myriad other cultural attractions, from the Van Gogh Museum to the Rijksmuseum to name just a couple.


11. Antwerp, Belgium


Whether you know it as the city of fashion, diamonds, or chocolate, Antwerp has an export we’re all familiar with. Whether you’re drawn to the glittering sparkle of Antwerp’s diamond industry or the call of the confectioners, it’s a city with so many more dazzling gems to uncover.

The extensive shopping district is just a gateway to unearthing the vibrant market culture. When you’re done with the retail therapy, there’s a chance to show off your new outfit at the city’s live music venues, clubs and concerts.

With the coastal resorts of Ostend and De Panne within a 2-hour drive, you can mix up your city break with a few days by the sea. The North Sea might be bracing, but its sandy shores are made for sun-seeking beach lovers.


12. Barcelona, Spain

Millions make the pilgrimage to Barcelona every year, and it’s easy to see why. One of Europe’s most naturally beautiful cities, the Catalan capital is a modernist mecca, where names like Picasso, Miro and Gaudi trip off the tongue. It’s an art lover’s paradise too, with a famously not-quite-finished cathedral – and plenty more to see besides. Take a ramble down La Rambla. Check out the cosmopolitan beachside vibe in nearby Sitges. Or join the football-loving throng in the Camp Nou. Barcelona has it all.


13. Bordeaux, France

The city of Bordeaux is among France's most exciting, vibrant and dynamic cities with pedestrianised boulevards and restored neoclassical architecture. Half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site; while world-class architects have designed a bevy of striking new buildings. Bolstered by its university-student population and 5½ million visitors annually, La Belle Bordeaux scarcely sleeps: think barista-run coffee shops, super-food trucks, an exceptional dining scene and more fine wine than you could ever possibly drink


14. Budapest, Hungary


When it comes to beauty, there’s nowhere quite like the Hungarian capital. The ‘Queen of the Danube’ has a distinctly eastern flavour that sets it apart from Paris, Vienna and Prague. If architecture’s your thing, Budapest has it in spades, from Baroque to Art Nouveau. Wander the city’s elegant tree-lined boulevards, pop into its many leafy parks or take a boat down the Danube. Budapest is there to be discovered.


15. Caen, France

Historic Caen is capital of Lower Normandy or ‘Basse Normandie’ – a great place to explore the rural glories of northern France, and a bit of history; ancient and modern. Founded by William the Conqueror almost 1000 years ago, it boasts a castle, museums, abbeys, and in recognition of its role in World War II (and the battle that raged here), there’s a world class museum, Le Memorial, which uses audio-visual magic to bring the experience to life.


16. Châteauroux, France

Situated on the banks of the Indre river in central France, Châteauroux is home to a blend of medieval and 18th century architecture. Make sure to pay a visit to Musée-Hôtel Bertrand, an 18th-century mansion that once belonged to General Bertrand, Napoleon's right hand man, and now displays a collection of Napoleonic souvenir and fine art. Châteauroux is also the gateway to the Loire Valley – a Unesco World Heritage Site full of pretty villages, gastronomic delights and vineyards to explore.


17. Cagliari, Sardinia


The historic city of Cagliari has culturally rich past and is home to Roman ruins, museums filled with prehistoric artefacts, facades of centuries-old churches and elegant golden-hued palazzi. Head to the east of the town and you are greeted by Poetto beach, the hub of summer life with clear azure water and lively party scene.


18. Catania, Sicily

Situated on Sicily’s east coast lies Catania, a 2700-year-old Unesco-listed wonder. Steeped in remarkable architecture, Catania plays host to dizzying church domes and sweeping baroque piazzas. Make sure to sample some of the iconic pasta alla Norma at the extraordinary La Pescheria market at the foot of the impressive, and towering, Mount Etna.


19. Carlisle, Lake District

England's most northerly city, Carlisle, lies on the very edge of the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall. The city itself is home to the impressive Carlisle Castle that overlooks the cityscape as well as Greenmarket that offers exciting street entertainment and also houses the local Farmer's market. Head south and you will come across the beautiful landscape of the Lake District. Home to England's highest mountain, Scafall Pike, and the deepest lake, Wastwater.


20. Cologne, Germany

Sat majestically on the banks of the Rhine in north-western Germany, with all the riverside charm you’d expect, Cologne is a perfectly modern medieval town. Combine the spectacular sights, age-old wonder and breathtaking architecture of a historical setting (including a massive, jaw-dropping cathedral), throw-in all that’s good about 21st century Germany, and there you have it. Good shopping, fascinating nightspots, brilliant old town bars, and a diverse cultural scene.


21. Dublin, Ireland


Dublin’s mix of heritage landmarks and stunning green spaces make it the perfect pitstop for a relaxing city break. There’s plenty for kids - Visit the impressive Dublin Castle, dating back to the 13th century, or head to Dublin Zoo located in the beautiful Phoenix Park. For adults, make sure you stop by one of the many pubs for an obligatory pint of Guinness.


22. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Described by poets as the ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’ and ‘heaven on earth,’ the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik really is a picture postcard come to life. This vibrant fortress town (which fans of “Game of Thrones” will recognise as King’s Landing) extends down into glittering turquoise waters of the Adriatic – with plenty of surprises up its sleeve. Perfect summer temperatures, crystal clear seas, sandy beaches and ancient alleyways make it ideal for a summer getaway or a city break.

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23. Faro, Portugal

See only the legendary beaches, resorts and hillside villas of the Algarve and you’ll be missing out. Faro, the region’s capital, is worth spending time in for its well preserved medieval old town, energetic term-time nightlife, and upmarket marina. Go just a little further afield and there are deserted islands, lagoons and a vast national park to explore, a haven for wildlife, and a world away from the Algarve’s touristy throng.


24. Geneva, Switzerland


There’s a beauty and elegance to Geneva – a compact, civilised Swiss city built on centuries of banking and diplomacy – where everything works, and everything’s on time. Life revolves around its beautiful lake, Lake Geneva (or Lac Leman as the locals call it) which stretches all the way to Lausanne and Montreux. In short: cobbled historic centre, good food, high class shopping, astonishing lakeside setting with the legendary Jet d’Eau... and the slopes of the Alps within easy reach.


25. Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland’s largest city boasts a wealth of hidden treasures. By day explore the impressive historical landmarks and bustling shopping precinct with its unique boutiques, and in the evening stop by some of the immersive theatres and music venues and vibrant upmarket bars.


26. Groningen, The Netherlands

The Dutch call Groningen ‘the metropolis of the north’ – and, despite its compact size, it comes with many of the trappings of a regional capital. Its historic university helps give the city a young, buzzing feel, with a vibrant nightlife and bars that stay open til 5 in the morning... in fact 1 in 4 of the local population is a student. There’s culture aplenty, too, with a clutch of museums covering everything from high art to the more modern genres of comics and graphics.


27. Ibiza

Just off Spain's East coast is Ibiza, renowned for its buzzing club scene and party atmosphere in the height of the summer. To discover the Balearic island's rich cultural history visit its quiet coastal villages in autumn and winter and mingle with the friendly locals.


28. Jersey


Come to Jersey and put yourself at the very crossing-point where Britain meets France. The largest and most developed of the Channel Islands has its own uniquely mashed-up culture, yet often feels like a corner of the UK just off the coast of Brittany. With walking trails, long sandy beaches, war tunnels and the Durrell Wildlife Park, there’s always plenty to do. And to make life easy, you’ll find English universally spoken, the pound accepted and all your usual British TV and radio wherever you go.


29. Lanzarote, Spain

Off the coast of West Africa, Lanzarote is the most fascinating and varied of the Canary Islands – with a landscape pock-marked by volcanic eruptions from almost 300 years ago, and a rocky national park unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere in Spain. Stay on the coast, however, and this Spanish island serves-up whitewashed fishing villages, vibrant resort towns and long sandy beaches - all blest by all-year sunshine and friendly locals.


30. Lyon, France

Historic Lyon, where the rivers Rhone and Saone come together, has been around since the Romans, with a historic centre – Vieux Lyon – to die for. Today it’s France’s third largest city, with all the modernity that comes with it. But don’t be fooled – peel back the surface and there’s loads of antiquity to explore, including a fascinating network of covered passageways that fuse the city together. In particular, don’t miss the gastronomic (and Michelin-starred) delights in the old town.

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31. Malaga, Spain

Slap bang in the centre of the Costa Del Sol, jetting into Malaga will put you straight at the heart of the action, with resorts towns like Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella within easy reach. Beyond the soaring towers of the beachfront suburbs, Malaga has treats in store, many with a Moorish twist. Look up, head for the hills and you’ll find the Alcazaba – a lovingly preserved medieval fortress fringed by beautiful gardens and a roman theatre.


32. Malta


Steeped in 7,000 year history, the island of Malta offers stunning cultural delights – from the ancient temples that outdate the Pyramids and Stonehenge, to awe-inspiring medieval walled towns. Located just south of Sicily, its sparkling coastline is also home to some of the best diving sites in the Mediterranean.

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33. Manchester

Infused with performing arts, museums, galleries and rich nightlife, Manchester is the U.K’s youthful metropolitan city of culture. Take time to rummage through the record shops in the bohemian Northern Quarter or if you’re up for something more adrenaline pumping, make sure to visit Chill Factor, Britain's longest and widest indoor ski slope.


34. Menorca

With unspoilt glittering sandy beaches and stunning turquoise waters, the Spanish Balearic island of Menorca is the relaxed neighbour of Mallorca and Ibiza. Best-known for its beaches that stretch for miles and picturesque rocky bays, Menorca offers a tranquil escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of city life.


35. Milan, Italy

Famed throughout the world for the ‘three Fs’: fashion, football and food, this buzzing, cosmopolitan Italian city is unique – because it has something for pretty much everyone. Modern Milan is home to some to some of the world’s most famous art, two of the world’s great football teams (Inter and AC Milan) and the peerless opera house, La Scala. In amongst it all you’ll find a decidedly modern gastronomic and retail scene. Expect to return home laden with shopping.


36. Murcia, Spain


Nestled in South-eastern Spain, Murcia is the seventh largest city in the country, giving it a vibrant metropolitan feel. The city is steeped in history – just visit its stunning landmarks such as the gothic Cathedral of Murcia, the impressive Romea Theatre and 11th century Monteagudo Castle.


37. Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Chances are, if you fly in to Palma, you’ll be Majorca to relish its endless golden beaches, waterfront villages or hedonistic resorts. After all, it’s the ultimate package holiday pioneer, with 50 years of experience. But there’s more to the island than sun, sea and copious cervaza. Palma itself is well worth getting to know, boasting a 13th century Gothic cathedral and hilltop palaces, castles and fortresses. Take time to explore and you’ll find history and culture at every turn – and top-notch local gastronomy (just head where the locals go).


38. Paris, France

You can’t help being bowled-over by the City of Light – a ‘world capital’ from every angle. The city’s attractions – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Montmarte, the River Seine, the Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, the Louvre – read like a ‘must-see’ shopping list of Europe’s finest monuments and museums. It’s a gastronomic hub, too, with more Michelin Stars than you can shake a wooden spoon at. And yes, despite its size, its energy and its round-the-clock buzz, the French capital it still desperately, effortlessly romantic.


39. Prague, Czech Republic


Seen from any angle, it looks as though the Czech capital has leapt straight from the pages of Grimm’s fairytales... and this magical masterwork of extravagant gothic architecture and culture will take you on a memorable journey. Walk the winding cobblestone streets en route to its majestic castle. Watch the world go, pilsner in hand, from a bar in Wenceslas Square. Or soak it all up from the banks of the mighty river Vltava. Almost 30 years since it opened its arms to the world, Prague is enchanting new generations.

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40. Pula, Croatia

The wealth of Roman architecture makes Pula (ancient Polensium) a standout among Croatia’s larger cities. The star of the show is the remarkably well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, smack in the heart of the city, which dominates the streetscape and doubles as a venue for summer concerts and festivals. Historical attractions aside, Pula is a busy commercial city on the sea that has managed to retain a friendly small-town appeal. Just a short bus ride away, a series of beaches awaits at the resorts that occupy the Verudela Peninsula to the south. The coast is dotted with fragrant pine groves, seaside cafes and a clutch of good restaurants.


41. Rennes, France

Brittany’s highly civilised capital city is the ideal jumping-off point for a Breton road tour – with historic coastal towns from Quimper to Brest within just a few hours’ drive. Stay in town and there’s plenty to do. From space and astronomy to local colour, culture and history, Rennes has museums well worth a visit – and a Beaux Arts gallery to boot, not to mention a grand cathedral and an old town full replete with medieval houses. Rennes is also on the TGV network for fast regional and national rail connections.


42. Sofia, Bulgaria


Bulgaria's capital city lies at the foot of Vitosha mountain and has a rich cultural history that spans seven millennia, making it one of Europe's oldest cities. Peppered with Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet influences, there's plenty to explore in Sofia, from cobblestone boulevards, beautiful parks and grand cathedrals to independent boutiques, outdoor cafés and late night bars.


43. Tenerife, Spain

Spain’s tallest peak isn’t on the Spanish mainland at all – it’s on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic a few hundred miles off the coast of Morocco. Year-round sun, modern resorts like Playa de las Americas, plentiful golden (and volcanic black) beaches and the dominant summit of Mount Tiede draw Brits in their droves every year. Visitors for late winter sun are also treated to the Carnaval de Santa Cruz every year just before Lent – a traditional street festival with all the trimmings.


44. Vienna, Austria

Once an imperial capital, Vienna has all the hallmarks of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities – in grand and breathtaking scale. And with than 50 concerts and theatrical performances every day, it’s a haven for culture vultures as well as architecture fans drawn to the magnificent buildings that hark back to its heyday as the political and commercial hub of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Waltz your way to Vienna in the heart of the continent – and you won’t forget it in a hurry.


45. Zadar, Croatia


Half way down the Croatian Riviera, bang on the Adriatic, you’ll find Zadar – voted European Destination of the Year 2016 for good reason. With a historic old town that crosses the centuries (Roman ruins meet medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums on a small peninsula), it’s is the perfect place to start your Croatian adventure. It’s not too crowded either, and its two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation – need to be seen and heard to be believed.