New European Flights for 2018

on Friday, 19 January 2018. Posted in 2018

New European Flights for 2018

The new year brings lots of new flight routes, some of them especially welcome.

The following quintet of new flight routes either open up – or make it much easier to get to – some of our favourite European corners:

Ancona, Le Marche, Italy

Served by: easyJet

Flying from: Gatwick

Starting from: 27 June

Ancona’s the main entry point for Le Marche, a diverse region which doubles as one of Italy’s least touristy. The temptations include its Sibillini Mountains and accompanying flower-filled meadow hiking, long stretches of sandy Adriatic beaches, some of the world’s most important Renaissance artworks, summer opera festivals, charming small hotels and, amid Ascoli Piceno, perhaps the country’s loveliest square. At present, only Ryanair flies here from London, so an alternative route will add greater flexibility and – hopefully – price competition.

Volos, The Pelion, Greece

Served by: easyJet

Flying from: Gatwick

Starting from: 27 June

This first direct UK flight (aside from charters) to Volos opens up the surrounding Pelion. Long one of our favourite places, this hook-shaped peninsula is a great place to walk among olive groves, hilltowns and forested mountains. You’ll also find undeveloped, attractive coastline and the hamlet of Damouchari, seen in the original Mamma Mia! film. Our options span villas, seaside apartments and houses like Villa Daphne, whose sea views take some beating.

Kefalonia, Greek Islands

Served by: British Airways

Flying from: Heathrow

Starting from: 15 May

Familiar to any fan of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – book or film – Kefalonia is one of the archetypal Ionian Islands, adhering faithfully to the ever-seductive formula of white-sand coves, steepling green mountains, marina-side tavernas and Venetian architecture. Although mainstays like Fiskardo and Myrtos Beach can get busy, goat bells still tinkle and paths still lie empty amid an oleander-scented interior. We recommend going in May, June or September to avoid the crowds and sometimes oppressive heat.

Bari, Pugla, Italy

Served by: Wizz Air

Flying from: Luton

Starting from: 25 March

Home to the more northerly of Puglia’s  airports – the other being Brindisi – Bari is also the area’s main city. From here you can drive south-west and explore whitewashed medieval towns and conical trulli dwellings, or venture north to admire octagonal Castel del Monte and a splendid Romanesque cathedral in port-town Trani. Further up the coast is the Gargano Peninsula, all limestone cliffs and perfumed maquis plants.

Reus, Eastern Spain

Served by: easyJet

Flying from: Luton

Starting from: 27 March

Reus can be used to reach Costa Dorada beaches, the nearby city of Tarragona, with its Roman aqueduct, or even Barcelona. But we love it most for providing easy access to Matarraña, aka ‘Spain’s Tuscany’. Little-known even to Spaniards, this small region is characterised by superb country walking and swimmable river pools, while the food’s routinely superb and villages relentlessly attractive. We offer two quietly-luxurious hotels: Mas de la Serra  and Torre del Visco. Flights from Britain are currently the sole preserve of Ryanair and Jet2, so we welcome the increased options!







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