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Next weekend — March 3-5Tallinn, Estonia: 130.01 pounds round trip

Fly Easyjet from London Stansted to Tallinn.

Tourists with only a short time to spend in Tallinn should start in the city’s old town, a World Heritage site. Begin with an examination of the 26 towers and mile-long walls that once protected this medieval town. According to the Tallinn Information Center (with English speaking advisers), three towers — Nunna, Sauna and Kuldjala — in the center of old town are the only towers currently open to visitors. The wall that links the three towers offers camera-worthy views of the old town below.

From there, follow the cobblestone streets into town to visit the Great Guild Hall, built between 1407 and 1417. It is well-preserved and has an exterior door still boasting bronze knockers from 1430. The hall houses the Estonian History Museum, with permanent and temporary exhibitions showcasing Estonia’s history from prehistoric times to the 18th century.

The 13th-century St. Nicholas Church, which includes a museum and concert hall, holds three of the four most important medieval works of art in Estonia, according to The fourth is the altar in the Church of the Holy Ghost, also in Tallinn’s old town.

Journey along St. Catherine’s Passage and visit the open studios of artisans as they create their works of art, or visit Masters Courtyard to shop for handcrafts and jewelry.

Next month — March 30-April 1Asturias region, Spain: 77.81 pounds round trip

Fly Easyjet from London Stansted to Asturias.

Visitors can start their exploration of the Asturias region in the city of Oviedo. The gothic Catedral de San Salvador has a ninth-century holy chamber that houses three fine examples of Asturian art: the Cross of Don Pelayo, the Cross of the Victory and the Cross of the Angels. Behind the cathedral is the Museo Arqueologico in a 15th-century former convent. Exhibits include prehistoric relics, sculptures and a display of old musical instruments.

Next on the agenda should be a visit to the region’s largest city, Gijon. Visit the Roman baths, then walk the short distance to the 1½-mile-long Playa San Lorenzo, where swimmers gather. While this is a great beach for laying back and catching a few rays, don’t forget to enjoy some surfing and snorkeling, too. The average high for Gijon for the last weekend in March is 62 degrees, according to

Just 20 miles east of Gijon is the Jurassic Museum of Asturias, which claims to have the most complete and educational collection of dinosaur remains in the world. The museum is divided into three rooms that give the building the unique appearance of a giant tridactyl footprint. Visitors interested in some outdoor exploration can pick up a guide to the area’s nine dinosaur fossil track sites.

Outdoor adventure enthusiasts should visit the mountains known as Picos de Europa (Peaks of Europe). This mountain range offers many opportunities for hiking, caving and mountain biking. The lakes and rivers have plenty of trout and salmon.

Airfare prices include estimated taxes and are courtesy of the Web site Prices were verified as of Monday afternoon when Stripes UK went to press. Deals are not guaranteed to be available; restrictions may apply.


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