British Airways fly to 21 destinations from London City Airport, including 9 destinations perfect for short breaks with friends and family. Sip cocktails in Marbella, tee-off in Portugal’s Algarve, relax with the family on the beautiful island of Menorca or indulge in some fine dining in the Loire Valley. British Airways will be flying to 3 brand new destinations in 2012 – Menorca, Quimper (located on France’s Brittany Coast) and Angers (located in the Loire Valley).
France has always been a popular destination for short breaks with visitors from the UK due to it’s location and access. British Airways flies to Nice in the trendy Cote d’Azur and will be launching 2 new destinations in 2012 to Quimper located on the Brittany coast and Angers in the Loire Valley.
Nice is a little bit different and this may be because it was actually part of Italy until 1860. Both Nice and the nearby Principality of Monaco are hives of sophistication, elegance and glamour. Spend time browsing the boutique shops, the many galleries and museums or simply strolling along the iconic Promenade des Anglais.
Quimper is located in Brittany’s most traditional region, perfectly located for exploring the windswept beaches of Brittany. Glide along the shoreline as you get to grips with Stand Up Paddle boarding or ride the waves if you’re a more confident surfer. Away from the beaches you’ll find gothic cathedrals, countless museums and of course no visit would be complete without sampling the fruits of the sea at one of the many seafood restaurants.
Situated in the heart of France’s Loire Valley, which is located in the centre of France, Angers really does cater for everybody. The more active might want to kayak along the peaceful waterways, cycle through dense forests or take a horse riding adventure through magical scenery. Those that want something a little more relaxed might like to visit one of the many parks, gardens and heritage sites or simply indulge in a spot of wine tasting at a local vineyard.
Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the West and South and by Spain to the North and East. British Airways flies from London City Airport to Faro, which is located in the heart of The Algarve and also conveniently located for exploring the craggy Alentejo coastline in the south-west.
The Algarve has a favourable climate with more than 300 days of sun per year and is home to some of the finest golf courses in Europe. If golf isn’t your thing then you might want to relax on one of the many beaches dotted along the Algarve’s 200km coastline, explore the Ria Formosa National Park or perhaps you’d like to get up close and personal with a Dolphin Emotions experience at Zoomarine.
The Balearic Islands are made up of 4 main islands; Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera and are located in the western Mediterranean Sea near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. British Airways flies to Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca, which is new for 2012 direct from London City Airport.
Menorca is a quieter island in comparison to Majorca and Ibiza, making it a perfect choice for short breaks and holidays for families, couples and groups of friends. Relax by the pool or soak up the rays on one of the many beaches in the popular resorts.
Mallorca is often considered the main island of the Balearics and offers a little bit of everything; from medieval castles and Moorish-style palaces in Palma de Mallorca (the island’s capital) to white sandy beaches in the many popular resorts like El Arenal and Magaluf in the south and Alcudia and C’an Picafort in the north.
Ibiza was once seen purely as a party island and whilst there is still plenty of partying to be done in San Antonio, there’s also a quieter and more peaceful side of the island, which offers stunning scenery, a vibrant Catalan culture and secluded coves.
Spain is made up various regions, from Galicia in the west across to Catalonia in the west and down to Andalucia in the south. Each region offers something different to visitors and many speak in different dialects. British Airways flies to Barcelona, Malaga and Madrid from London City, in addition to Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza in the Balearic Islands.
Malaga is the central hub in the Spain’s popular Costa del Sol and is located in Andalucia on the south coast. With ample opportunity to while away the hours lazing on a bronze beach, the surf lapping at your legs, Malaga also delights with its many cultural events and venues, not to mention the delicacies of Spanish cuisine.
The flamboyant architecture of the unfinished La Sagrada Família, the tree lined La Rambla and shopping heaven along Passeig de Gràcia are just some of the attractions to be found in this vibrant city. Barcelona is a perfect short break destination, whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’re coming back for a repeat visit.