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Lisbon, Portugal

Flight time: 2 hours 45 minutes
There’s nothing quite like pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) to raise the spirits. And Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital is the ultimate place to sample them (head to Pastéis de Belém for the best). Then, burn them off again with a walk up to the imposing São Jorge Castle, for some birds-eye-views of the old town and Tagus Estuary. TAP Air Portugal flies from London and Manchester to Lisbon from £42 one way.

Short-haul flight destinations to beat the January blues

Words: Ellie Ross

The excitement and cheer of Christmas and the New Year are over for another year – leaving behind credit card bills, cold weather and long, dark nights. Enter the January Blues, that lull in positivity that creeps in during the new year. A trip away might be just the tonic you need to ward off this nasty form of depression.

But you don’t have to travel far or fork out too much to do it – there are plenty of great value, short-haul flights (lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours) to destinations that could help raise the spirits. Here’s our pick of the best.

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