Direct flights to popular summer destinations to explore this summer brought by flydubai with strong demand for these new summer flights in both Business and Economy Classes. The interest in affordable, popular and off-the-beaten-track holiday destinations continues to be on the rise with the increase in cost conscious and seasoned travelers across flydubai’s network.

Batumi, Georgia

Best for: Beaches, Nature

From its misty hills to beautiful pebble beaches, Georgia’s summer holiday capital is full of hotels and attractions while maintaining its historical charm. The city has it all for those looking for a seaside getaway in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere.

Batumi, Adjara, Georgia.

Once you take a stroll on the famous Batumi Boulevard you will see what Batumi is all about: trees, paths, beautiful fountains and cafes and it remains the life and soul of the city. At the tip of the boulevard is a large Ferris wheel and the 145m tall Alphabet Tower, a monument to the Georgian script. For something to eat make sure you visit the Piazza Square, which has a host of boutique hotels, cafes and beautiful architecture which combines the old and new perfectly.

  • flydubai flights between Dubai and Batumi Daily flights from 16 June to 30 September.
  • Flight time Three hours and forty minutes
  • Return fares in Economy Class From AED 1,580
  • Return fares in Business Class From AED 5,300

Top Tip Make sure you take the Cable Car up to Anuria Hill that overlooks Batumi. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy while you’re taking in the view.

Catania, Italy

Best for: Beaches, Food, History

Catania is the second largest city on the Island of Sicily and is known for its rich culture, arts and history. The island is filled with museums, monuments and of course beaches, all under the shadow of the impressive Mount Etna. Start the day at the Piazza Del Duomo, the main square in Catania and a popular gathering place for locals and tourists. In the centre of the square is the impressive Fontana Dell’Elefante, the Fontana Dell’Amenano, the Catania Cathedral and the Palazzo degli Elefanti.

Catania Sicily, Italy

For the best island experience, the main stretch of beach in Catania is the Lido Azzurro, a great place to relax, soak up the sun and have some fun. With miles of golden soft sand, there are plenty of sun loungers, so sit back and enjoy the glorious weather. The beach also has a children’s play area, shops and restaurants. Another reason to visit Catania is of course the food. From fresh seafood, to delicious pasta and amazing gelato (try it inside a brioche bun!), Catania has something that will keep your tastebuds coming back for more.

  • flydubai flights between Dubai and Catania Daily flights from 13 June
  • Flight time Six hours and five minutes
  • Return fares in Economy Class: From AED 1,810
  • Return fares in Business Class: From AED 9,085

Top Tip The San Giovanni Li Cuti is a truly unique beach with black volcanic sand and rocks. It’s a great spot outside the city worth exploring.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Best for: Sightseeing, Culture

With its stunning location overlooking the calm blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and its enchanting Old Town, Dubrovnik is the perfect destination to visit for a long weekend. One of the best ways to spend a day in Dubrovnik is to take in the sights and sounds of the Old Town. Not only is this the historical centre of Dubrovnik, a stunning UNESCO cultural World Heritage Site, it is also home to some of the filming locations for the TV series Game of Thrones. Start your day at the Pile Gate and grab a coffee and a pastry from one of the small cafes on the limestone-lined streets. Continue to Fort St. Lawrence, which at 37 metres above sea level, offers unparalleled views over the Adriatic and the Old Town. Pause on one of the narrow streets of the Old Town to enjoy a freshly prepared lunch and then make your way up Mt. Srđ by cable car. Be sure to stand at the back of the cabin for breathtaking views over the Old Town. Walk the City Walls and definitely stay for sunset!

Holidays Activity:
Port of Dubrovnik

Another way to spend a day in this oasis on Croatia’s southern tip is to request a picnic basket full of the local delicacies including local cheeses (try the Dinarski Sir!), freshly baked bread, cold cuts and seafood from your hotel and take it to one of the secluded beaches. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh sea air – or an episode of Game of Thrones on your iPad!

  • flydubai flights between Dubai and Dubrovnik Four times a week from 10 April to 25 October
  • Flight time Five and a half hours
  • Return fares in Economy Class Starting from AED 1,800
  • Return fares in Business Class Starting from AED 8,080

Top tip Spend an evening on Lokrum Island, which is a fifteen-minute boat ride from the harbour in the Old Town. Escape the heat by taking a dip in the salt-filled lake located in the southern part of the island. Pack a picnic, find a nice shaded area and marvel at the exotic plants that grow in the nature reserve.

Krakow, Poland

Best for: Sightseeing, City break, Art

If you’re looking for a short city break, look no further than Krakow, Poland’s cool little brother to Warsaw. While it is only starting to grow in popularity, it remains one of the cheapest cities in Europe with plenty to do. If you love beautiful architecture, rich history and great desserts (try their delicious cheesecake and Kremowka, a Polish Mille-feuille!), this is the place for you.

Krakow – Wawel castle at day, Poland

One of the best things to do in Krakow is take a leisurely stroll through the historic centre of the city. Krakow’s Old Town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and it’s easy to see why. The city is filled with cobbled streets, architecture straight out of a fairy-tale, pretty cafes and charming restaurants. The main square in Krakow is one of the largest medieval market squares in Europe, and it’s a great place to just unwind and watch time pass.

To get a taste of the history of the city, don’t forget to explore Wawel castle, one of the most famous attractions in Krakow and home to an excellent museum. For more culture, Krakow is filled with art galleries and street art, which really adds to the cities atmosphere. The MOCAK art gallery is a great example of local and international artists and another gallery worth checking out is Bunkier Szutko, an awesome gallery which is surround by the peaceful Planty Gardens, great coffee and giant Polish breakfast bagels.

  • flydubai flights between Dubai and Krakow Daily flights
  • Flight time Six hours
  • Return fares in Economy Class: Starting from AED 1,600
  • Return fares in Business Class: Starting from AED 8,800

Top Tip Take a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. While it sounds a little odd this UNESCO World Heritage Site must be seen to be believed. Situated hundreds of metres underground, the mine is decorated with elaborate carvings and statues, chandeliers and even an underground chapel. Due to the uniquely salty and damp micro-climate, a trip to the mines is even believed to be good for your health. You will never look at salt the same way again!

Kutaisi, Georgia

Best for: Culture, city break

Kutaisi is the third most populous city in Georgia, perched on the banks of the Rioni River, and is known for its striking beauty and rich heritage. Take a trip to Kutaisi’s indoor market, marvel at the stalls piled high with fresh, local produce and pick up a khachapuri (fresh bread stuffed with cheese) for breakfast or lunch. Move on to the bustling Tsentraluri Moedani where you’ll find the ornamental Colchis Fountain. After a few pictures move on to Gelati Monastery, a medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site and be mesmerised by the intricate mosaics and frescoes lining the walls.

Rioni River

Go on an adventure to Kumistavi cave, one of Georgia’s natural wonders providing visitors with breathtaking examples of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, underground rivers and lakes.

  • flydubai flights between Dubai and Kutaisi Three times a week from 14 June to 22 September
  • Flight time Four hours
  • Return fares in Economy Class From AED 1,580
  • Return fares in Business Class From AED 5,265

Top tip If you’re up for a four hour drive, head to the region of Svaneti which is one of the most remote areas in Gerogia and home to the village of Ushguli. At 2,100 meters above sea level, it’s the highest settlement in Europe that is inhabited year round.

Thessaloniki, Greece

Best for: Great food and culture

Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, is a wonderful mix of old and new. With castles dating back to the Byzantine period, a popular waterfront packed with restaurants and cafes and wonderful sea views, there really is something for everyone. There are a couple of sights that no trip to Thessaloniki is complete without seeing. Start your day at the iconic White Tower, which dates back to the 15th Century, and is one of the most recognisable spots in Thessaloniki. Then move on to The Arch of Galerius, which was constructed in the early 4th Century, and serves as an excellent example of Roman monumental architecture. Head to Aristotelous Square and watch the world go by at one of the many cafés overlooking the sea. End your day with a visit to Eptaprygio Castle, which is pearched on a large hill that overlooks the Old Town of Thessaloniki.

View of Aristotelous square, the heart of Thessaloniki city, Greece

You cannot leave Thessaloniki without savouring the local cuisine. Pick up a koulouri (bread rings covered with toasted sesame seeds) with your morning coffee, traditional meat-filled gyros for lunch and a bougatsa (pastry with cheese, cream or meat) as a special treat.

  • flydubai flights between Dubai and Thessaloniki Three times a week from 15 June
  • Flight time 5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Return fares in Economy Class From AED 1,800
  • Return fares in Business Class From AED 7,491

Top tip If you’re looking to chill out by the beach, head to the Halkidiki Peninsula where you’ll find nothing but white sandy beaches and clear blue water.

Tivat, Montenegro

Best for: Beach holiday and sightseeing

It’s not even 300km from top to bottom but Montenegro is home to majestic mountains, a stunning national park, delicious delicacies and breathtaking beaches and resorts – a compact country bursting at the seams with hidden gems! Make sure you spend some time in the Old Town of Kotor. Make a stop at St. Tryphon Cathedral and Maritime Museum. See if you can catch the cappella group who sing regularly in the town square. Take a stroll by the marina and enjoy a boat ride around Kotor Bay.

Sunny winter day on the embankment of Tivat city

Don’t miss out on Cetinje, the historical capital of Montenegro, where you can visit King Nikola’s house and if you’re lucky enjoy a traditional Montenegrin dance performance in the open air amphitheatre. Take the scenic serpentine road and head towards Lovcen National Park, which is located in rocky region of Dinara Alps. If you’re a sun seeker and looking for some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean start at Budva and take your pick from 17 unspoiled naturally beaches.

  • flydubai flights between Dubai and Tivat Three flights a week from 26 March to 26 October
  • Flight time Five and a half hours
  • Return fares in Economy Class From AED 2,120
  • Return fares in Business Class From AED 8,755

Top Tip Visit Porto Montenegro, a vibrant marina-side village. Feast your eyes on the luxury yachts moored on this scenic stretch of the Adriatic, enjoy window-shopping at the high-end boutiques and savour a bite to eat in one of the many buzzing bistros.

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