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From 15 June to 4 September, Kirker Holidays has a four-night break to Seville for £499pp. The stunning Andalucian city offers a wealth of cultural diversions including the third largest cathedral in the world and the Alcázar royal palace. The price includes B&B at Las Casas De La Juderia, easyJet flights from Gatwick and transfers (kirkerholidays.com).

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