Five hidden gems for a holiday with a difference

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Want a holiday with a difference? Discover these hidden gems before everyone else gets to them.

Want a holiday with a difference but don't fancy going the same place as everyone else in the office? Seriously, one more Ibiza pic...

Whether you're after a romantic getaway or a girly holiday, Bob Atkinson, travel expert at TravelSupermarket, shares his top five hidden destinations you need to visit now.

All less than five hours away from the UK too. Bliss.

Bergen, Norway


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Bergen has great cultural heritage. It is home to one of the world's oldest symphony orchestras, a professional ballet company, an exciting jazz and blues scene, and a wide choice of festivals, so if you time it right, there's plenty to do.

If you're into jazz or folk music, Bergenfest at the end of April/beginning of May each year is a good starting point if you're looking to book for 2015. If food is your thing you can try some of the world's finest restaurants, like the Enhjørningen Restaurant, which offers stunning fresh seafood.

A great destination to unwind and relax, Bergen also hosts a lively student community, and subsequently some of the hottest rhythms in Latin music, dance and techno on the Norwegian party scene. And don't forget the stunning scenery, set on a fjord with wonderful views from the top of Fløyen, one of seven mountains that surround the city

Biarritz, France


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Why not opt for a sporty getaway in Biarritz, which is considered as the European Mecca for surfing, but is still relatively unknown in the UK?

The beaches attract amateurs and professionals alike from all corners of the world, and reach along a six-kilometre coastline, so are ideal for any additional water sports too.

You can then enjoy the sophisticated surroundings in the evening by heading to Chez Albert for dinner, a classic and delicious fish restaurant; then move onto Blue Cargo, an outdoor nightclub which is the place to be for night owls!

Rovinj, Croatia


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Rovinj's steep and cobbled streets are not exactly designed for high heels, but the area is packed full of charming restaurants and beautiful buildings, bustling with activity.

Local bars have played host to the likes of Tom Cruise and Prince William, so you can expect a classy night out hobnobbing with the elite.

Clubs and bars here are suitably chic, featuring huge cushions, candles and cocktails to provide a classy experience. If you do want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the harbour, the Rovinj Trail takes you out of the old city centre, and into the beautiful areas of protected nature in the surrounding countryside.

Tel Aviv, Israel


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What many people might not know is that the nightlife in Tel Aviv is considered by some to be on a par with Ibiza, and just a five hour flight from the UK.

The bars and clubs are buzzing and what's more, you don't have to fork out a 70-Euro entry fee. Check out the bar Zou Bisou on Ben Yehuda Street, it's easy to find and has got a really fun atmosphere.

During the day, chill out on one of the many beaches, and check out the shops on Dizengoff Street. If you want to soak up some culture, take a stroll around Jaffa, an ancient port city full of flea markets, galleries and museums.

Warsaw, Poland


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Warsaw has got the perfect mix of fun activities with some great things for culture-vultures to do.

There aren't many other places in the world where you can marvel at the sites in an old town, and explore a botanical garden, before taking part in a pole dancing class.

Why not end your trip in luxury, with a La Prairie Caviar and Pure Gold facial at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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