Surrey is well connected to the UK's two biggest airports, which means it is easy for those living here to jet off on a quick break somewhere in Europe. The continent is a melting pot of different cultures, food and experiences - and many of its cities are cheap to fly to as well.

Gatwick and Heathrow both have weekly, budget-friendly flights on offer and now is the ideal time to go and relax away from the cold. Whether you fancy feeling the warm Mediterranean air on your face in the south of France or eating authentic gelato in Italy, many locations can be reached within a couple of hours or so.

With this in mind, we have picked out a handful of European cities that don't cost an arm and a leg to go to, certainly based on flight costs in January. Some of them have even been voted among the best in the world in 2023.

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Below is a breakdown of each city destination, including the flight cost and airline.

Dublin, Ireland

The cheapest on the list is also quick to travel to at just one hour and 25 minutes. Flights from Gatwick cost only £10 with Ryanair on many days throughout January.

Dublin is famous for being the home of Guinness but if you don't want a pint of the iconic black stuff while you're there then there are plenty of other things to enjoy, such as strolling along the River Liffey or walking around the prestigious trinity college, where the likes of Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker once went.

Rome, Italy

This place was voted one of the best cities in the world and you could be there for a little over a tenner. Whizz Air is offering flights from Gatwick between January 22 and 24 for just £14.

Italy's capital city needs no introduction and if you haven't experienced the imposing Colosseum yet or witnessed the beautiful Sistine Chapel ceiling, famously painted by Michelangelo in the 16th century, then you are in for a treat.

Of course, you could just enjoy some Italian cuisine , from pasta to pizzas and gelatos, all while sipping on a cappuccino by the River Tiber.

Barcelona, Spain

Spain, Barcelona - image of Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was left unfinished after Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí died in 1926

Another city that was voted one of the best in Europe this year, Barcelona costs only £22 to fly to from Gatwick on numerous days in January. Flights are with Vueling and take around two hours.

The Catalan city is football-obsessed and a visit to FC Barcelona's Spotify Camp Nou is a must for sports fans. Elsewhere, Gaudi's unfinished Sagrada Familia gothic church is a sight to behold and a leisurely walk down Las Ramblas - packed with delicious food and drink joints - is always a good shout for tourists.

Paphos, Cyprus

This flight is the longest on the list at around four-and-a-half hours but the Cypriot harbour city is worth the extra air miles. Especially at only £19 from Gatwick with Whizz Air on most days in January.

For culture vultures, there is the huge Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, with its pretty mosaics and Roman ruins, which costs only a few Euros to enter. Plus, for a more family-fun day out the Aphrodite Waterpark is a fantastic naturally landscaped site. On top of this, the weather is a lovely 18C in January.

Nice, France

Another pleasant climate for this time of year can be found on the stunning French Riviera. On January 22 there are flights costing just £20 from Gatwick to Nice with easyJet .

The location is known to attract the rich and famous - from Elton John to Kate Moss and Lewis Hamilton - and the 7km paved promenade is perfect for walking along and soaking up the laid-back atmosphere. Or you can climb up Castle Hill and take in the scenic postcard-esque panorama.

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