Five of the best: new routes from the UK
LONDON CITY TO SAN SEBASTIÁN (BRITISH AIRWAYS)
British Airways has expanded its short-haul network with a new route to San Sebastián, the pretty coastal town in northern Spain’s mountainous Basque Country. It’s known for its famous beaches, Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, as well as its world- class food – it has one of the highest number of Michelin stars per square meter in the world. The service will fly from London City Airport twice weekly from July through to September. The new route means British Airways will serve five Spanish destinations direct from the airport.
LONDON GATWICK TO TIRANA (EASYJET)
As of May, EasyJet will fly to Albania’s capital of Tirana, known for its fascinating architecture that ranges from Ottoman to Soviet. Flights, which are on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, start at £30.99 one-way. There’s plenty to keep you enthralled in the city, but there are also several beaches relatively nearby, including beautiful Kepi i Rodonit (one hour and 15 minutes by car).
BIRMINGHAM TO KEFALONIA (JET2)
Kefalonia is the largest of Greece’s Ionian islands and home to pretty harbour villages such as Assos and Fiskardo. The island is perhaps best known for providing the backdrop to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and has lost none of its charm since. Jet2 will be operating weekly services between May and September – among a number of new routes from Birmingham, which include Pula, Croatia.
GLASGOW TO ALMERIA (JET2)
From Glasgow, Jet2 has announced new routes to Almeria in Spain and Krakow in Poland. The former is in the autonomous region of Andalusia and is home to the only real desert in Europe, Tabernas, while the coastline of Cabo de Gata boasts beautiful villages and gorgeous beaches. The new routes bring Jet2’s total from Glasgow to 34.
LONDON HEATHROW TO PORTLAND (BRITISH AIRWAYS)
A new direct nine- and-a-half-hour flight will take you to America’s most hipster city when it launches in June. Return flights start from £452 per person, allowing visitors to spend more on the city’s ubiquitous craft beer, single origin coffee and BBQ joints. The service will fly five times a week.