London Gatwick Airport serves the city of London and, with 200 million passengers passing through a year, is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom. It is allegedly the world’s most efficient single-runway airport, and flies to 200 destinations in about 90 countries worldwide. Located just 28 miles south of London, it is the most convenient (compared to other London airports) when it comes to airport-city connections. The airport has 2 terminals, one named North and the other, South.
Though considerably less well-known than its counterpart London Heathrow, Gatwick Airport has won several prestigious awards in its many years in operation since it was established in the 1930s. Some of these include the Airport of the Year Award by the National Transport Awards 2013, the Best UK Airport Award by the British Travel Awards 2012 and 2013 and the UK Airport of the Year Award by the Travel Agents Choice Awards 2012.
If a short break from bustling cosmopolitan London is what you’re after, a 1.5 hour flight from London Gatwick can get you to pretty Belfast, capital city of Northern Ireland. Give your eyes a treat and your soul a sigh of relief at scenic spots like gorgeous Cave Hill, Stormont Castle and of course, the one-of-a-kind Giant’s Causeway. One of Northern Ireland’s most iconic tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway is the work of an ancient volcano and consists of thousands of basalt columns put together to form what looks like stepping stones for a giant’s big feet.
For the romantic in you, a visit to the Titanic Belfast (the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience) is a must. Learn about this world-famous cruise ship’s background story in the city in which she was born – you can go to the actual historic site where the Titanic was constructed, revel in the pride of her makers, and discover intimate, little-known details about her maiden voyage and eventual tragic end.
Fancy a jaunt to an exotic, non-English-speaking land? Hop aboard a flight towards Barcelona at London Gatwick to start your Spanish adventure. Few cities can encompass some of the best beaches, sports, shopping, entertainment and dining options in the world all at once, and Barcelona is one of them. Consistently rated amongst the best in all the above arenas, there is something in this amazing capital city for just about everyone. Love art and architecture? Antonio Gaudi’s magnificent and eccentric works are scattered all around the city. Big sports fan? Barcelona FC – one of the most prominent and successful football clubs globally – is based here, so catch a live game at Camp Nou. For foodies, there is no lack of gastronomic delight in the city that houses some of the best Catalan restaurants and tapas bars in the world. Shopaholic at heart? Take a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas, a lively pedestrian mall lined with merchants selling all sorts of wares, as well as street performers pretending to be statues.
But if a long holiday far, far away is more your cup of tea, then grab a long-haul to the magical land of Skopje, Macedonia, for some of the most beautiful natural sights Eastern Europe has to offer. Visit the Matka Canyon, located only about 15km southwest of Skopje, that has steep sides of up to 1000m high created by vertical erosions of the Treska River. The Matka canyon is surrounded by low mountains – the Osoj hill, Suva gora Mountain and Vodno – and even has its own underground spring Koritište, making for a truly spectacular sight.
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