You’re flying…where? 10 Ryanair destinations you’ve never heard of

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1 Ostrava, Czech Republic

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As the third largest city in the Czech Republic, why haven’t we heard of this one? While it’s known as “the steel heart of the republic” at first I wasn’t so sure this industrial city was really worth a visit. However, it’s described as vibrant and exciting, a city with its own personality – something a little different!

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2 Rijeka, Croatia

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Rijeka is a big seaport, and while it’s not the main attraction at this beautiful destination, you might want to visit during the carnival that attracts up to 100,000 spectators, to watch the colourful floats in the parade. For something a little quieter, head up to the hilltop district of Tsrat which is refreshingly picturesque and full of history. Here, you’ll find an impressive fort and some lovely little churches.

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3 Bydgoszcz, Poland

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Forget trying to pronounce it, let alone spell this place! This city produces beer and is home to a military base. Yes, it’s not one of Poland’s crown jewels however it does have a lively culture and some amazing gothic architecture. Set on the river Vistula some would argue it’s one of Poland’s most striking cities.

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4 Rzeszow, Poland

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This city lies 70 miles from Ukraine in the south east of Poland. It has an attractive historic centre and  – amazingly! – a newly built 700ft underground walk way that connects 34 merchant cellars dating back to the 15th century. If you love the great outdoors, head to the dense forests  and open meadows between the Ukraine and Slovak borders – though be sure to watch out for wolves, bears, cats and bison which still live there!

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5 Kaunas, Lithuania

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If you’ve already been to Vilnius the former capital, Kaunas, is definitely worth a visit. It has quite a pleasant vibe, with some interesting landmarks.

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6 Tampere, Finland

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This populous inland Nordic city was once dubbed the “Manchester of the North” because of its industrial history – though if this isn’t enough to tempt you, how about the amusement park or the dolphinarium? For dinner, head up to the revolving restaurant atop a tower – although not recommended if you don’t have a head for heights.

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7 Haugesund, Norway

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The first King of Norway lived near by so be sure to visit his burial mound, which is certainly pretty spectacular. If you’re a fan of jazz music make sure you coincide your trip with the annual jazz festival – it’ll be worth it.

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8 Szczecin, Poland

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This city sits on the Oder River and is rich in history as way back in the 8th century it was a Pomeranian stronghold. You’ll be submerged in culture with galleries, museums and other cultural events throughout the year, which helped this city gain a place as a candidate for the European Capital of Culture 2016.

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9 Skelleftea, Sweden

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Once again, an industrial hot spot but this time sport makes this place a worth-while visit. If you’re into ice hockey, this copper mining town goes mad for it, too!

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10 Lublin, Poland

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Lublin was also a candidate for the 2016 European City of Culture because of its pretty Old Town as well as its role in the Second World War. This city has a dark history, too – it served as the head quarters for the German operation to evict Jews from Poland.

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