Easyjets Top 5 Summer Holiday Spots From Newcastle Airport
Thursday, 16 June 2011
For those of you who haven't booked their holiday and are looking for some inspiration, easyJet has compiled a list of this summer's top five destinations from Newcastle Airport.
With one-way fares starting from just £27.99 (one-way, including taxes), there's never been a better time to jet off.
Situated on the south coast of Portugal, Faro is the provincial capital of the Algarve and is set in a stunning ancient port crammed full of character and charm. The city has a host of chic boutiques, specialist shops and superb beaches where sporty holidaymakers can try windsurfing and watersports. Cultural curiosities include the Museu Capitular inside Faro Cathedral buildings and the Museu Municipal in the old Jewish quarter of Faro.
The Old Town
One of the must see sights in Faro is the peaceful Old Town. This part of the city can be reached via the Arco da Vila, an 18th century arch built on the site of a medieval castle gate. At its heart is Largo da Sé, a cobbled square surrounded by elegant buildings, including the Bishops' Palace - a perfect spot to break for lunch in the sunshine.
Ria Formosa Lagoon Nature Reserve
For visitors wishing to get closer nature, Capela dos Ossos the infamous Ria Formosa lagoon is a perfect setting for an idyllic afternoon stroll. The nature reserve boasts more than 17,000 hectares and is home to hundreds of species of birds. It is located on the Eastern Algarve coast from Faro and stretches 60km to the village of Manta Rota.
The Municipal Museum
Inside this museum are finds from the Milreu Roman Villa, plus Moorish artifacts and Manueline window frames. There is a fantastic selection of drawings and paintings in the museum, with a great collection on show by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Pop in and see his charcoal drawing on display, plus other works from the donated Ferreira d'Almeida collection.
easyJet flies to Faro from Newcastle six times weekly from £35.99 (one-way, including taxes).
Stunning beaches litter the coast of this attractive town on the Costa Blanca making it an ideal getaway for sun-seekers. Originally known as Lucentum, which translates as 'City of Light', Alicante enjoys great weather. It is famous for its palm tree-lined boulevard and shopping streets and extends it allure to night owls seeking some after-hours fun at its many night spots.
The Castle of Santa Barbara
One of the biggest mediaeval fortresses of Spain is located in the centre of Alicante. It looms large over the city atop Mount Benacantil, which offers attractive panoramic views of the cityscape. Gazing at the castle from El Postiguet beach, its most quirky feature becomes evident - an unusual projected section in the shape of a human face known as the Moor's Head.
San Juan Beach
Regarded as Alicante's top sandy beach, San Juan is located some 4.5 miles from the centre. It was awarded the Blue Flag of the European Union and is a good spot for take a dip. Various water sports are available from the beach and a selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants are conveniently close by.
For something different, catch a production at Alicante's central theatre. Built in the neoclassical style and with a grand six-columned porch inside, it was completed in 1847 and typically showcases ballet and opera.
easyJet flies to Alicante from Newcastle daily from £38.99 (one-way, including taxes).
Palma is the capital of Majorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands. Majorca is a popular holiday destination thanks to a fantastic mix of luxury and culture. The varied scenery includes beautiful mountains, picturesque harbours and gorgeous beaches.
In the island's capital you can catch sight of the stock exchange building La Lonja, dating from 1388. During the Middle Ages, the place where you now drink coffee was where most of the Mediterranean area's trade was handled. As early as 123 BC the Romans christened this town with the name Palmeria. Later, the name given to Palma by the Moors-Medina Mayurka-became the name for the whole island.
Casco Antiguo - Old Town
You can hear echoes of previous centuries in the lanes and alleyways of the Old Town. Take a stroll around one of the largest areas of ancient buildings in Europe, cast your eyes over the spruced-up palaces and visit the designer hotels and bars.
Binissalem Wine Village
Try a wine tasting at José Louis Ferrer and the other bodegas. Majorca's wines are winning more and more prizes. During the Wine Festival in September, Binissalem is just one long table laden with wine and food.
easyJet flies to Palma from Newcastle daily from £40.99 (one-way, including taxes).
The Spanish port city exudes charm from its narrow old streets and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Nocturnal activities are aplenty with the city boasting bustling nightlife at its many clubs and bars. There is more to Malaga than its party atmosphere though, with its landscape punctuated with monuments and pleasant gardens.
In the heart of the old city stands a 16th century building which is home to the Pablo Picasso museum. It opened in 2003 and fulfils the internationally-esteemed artist's personal desire for his work to have a permanent presence in the city where he was born in 1881. The museum was created by Picasso's daughter-in-law and grandson and contains 233 of his artworks.
One of the city's most prominent landmarks is the fortified walls of this ancient fortress which dates back to the 700s. The gateway to enter the structure is known as the Puerta del Cristo - Christ's Door - where the first mass was celebrated following the Christian victory over the town.
Mercado de Atarazanas
Sample the local delicacies of fresh fish, meat, spices, fruit and vegetables during a wander through this colourful city market. Its iron structure incorporates a 14th century Moorish gate that used to connect the Malaga with its port.
easyJet flies to Malaga from Newcastle daily from £48.99 (one-way, including taxes).
While the majority of holidaymakers flock to the lively Balearic Islands, Menorca attracts those who want the best of this archipelago in the Mediterranean, but without the crowds. The stunning coves with white sand beaches are enough of a draw by themselves, but the history, countryside and tranquillity of this quieter isle all add to its charm.
With so many coves to choose from you're spoilt for choice. Some are only accessible by private road where a small toll is often charged during the summer months. Arenal de'en Castell is one of the most popular beaches on the island with a veritable host of water sports facilities and a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Cala Galdana, known as the 'Queen of the Calas' (coves), is a large horseshoe of pale sand fringed by pine trees which provide plenty of shade. There are also plenty of watering holes and eateries nearby. Cala Talaier is a quiet sheltered cove on the southwest coast with white sand, clean turquoise waters and a border of pine trees.
Take a tour of the tunnels in this low-lying fort, built by the British in the 18th century.
The fort is situated at the mouth of Mahon harbour on the cove of Sant Esteve. It is named after Sir John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough - the most outstanding British general of the time. The descendants of his French enemies still remember him as 'Mambru' in popular children's songs. A fascinating place that's well worth a visit - a tour takes about 45 minutes.
Cala En Porter
This was one of Menorca's first beach resorts whose popularity with holidaymakers has endured for over 30 years. The wide sandy beach, framed by cliffs either side, leads down to crystal clear waters ideal for swimming or snorkelling and pedaloes are also available for hire. The beach is safe for children, as indeed is the whole resort, which appeals greatly to families. One of Menorca's most popular attractions is very nearby: The Caves of Xoroi are situated on a cliff edge offering stunning views by day, before becoming a popular music club by night.
easyJet flies to Menorca from Newcastle once weekly from £27.99 (one-way, including taxes).