Top Sun Destinations to Fly to from Belfast Airport
We’ve all been starved of the excitement and relaxation a sun holiday brings. From September, we hope that we’ll be able to get back to doing the things we love and returning to our favourite destinations.
People in the UK and Northern Ireland, from May 24th, are now able to go abroad. There is a traffic light system in place with conditions for testing and quarantining attached to the green, amber and red status. There are currently 12 countries on the green list, including Portugal.
Under the new system, when arriving from a green country, you need a negative PCR test result up to 3 days before departure and take another PCR test 2 days after arriving back in Northern Ireland. When arriving from an amber country, you must take the same PCR tests as with a green country but are required to self isolate for 10 days.
Departing from Belfast, there are so many sun-soaked destinations to choose from this year, but these are our top six…
The Algarve is such a vibrant destination with a town to suit every holidaymaker. If you like a chic, luxurious area, head straight to the Vilamoura where its impressive marina is the focal point of the town. If you prefer nightlife and an area with a good buzz, visit the ever-popular Albufeira or Praia da Rocha. Or, if you want a more traditional Algarvian fishing town, Olhão or Alvor are filled with Portuguese charm.
Lanzarote will always hold a special place in our hearts. A volcanic island with a big seafaring past, Lanzarote is rich in history, culture and has become one of our most popular sun destinations. From the lively Puerto del Carmen and Matagorda to the sandy beaches of Costa Teguise and the chilled-out Playa Blanca, there’s something for everyone.
Fuerteventura is a hidden gem. In Fuerteventura, you’ll find life moves at a slightly slower pace than on the other Canary Islands – relaxation is very much the order of the day. Corralejo is the most popular town on the island with amazing beaches and natural beauty in abundance. Costa Calma is the place to stay in Fuerteventura if you enjoy water sports like surfing, windsurfing and water skiing. Caleta de Fuste is the perfect all-rounder town and is particularly popular for family holidays as it has shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment, as well as a fabulous stretch of beach.
Majorca isn’t all partying, it has quaint towns, idyllic beaches and plenty of character. The capital, Palma, is brimming with history and culture. Alcudia is a port city with a well preserved old town and a 14km stretch of beach. Santa Ponsa and Magaluf are well-known party towns, but won’t disappoint those who aren’t there to party with excellent waterparks and delicious local restaurants. Palma Nova, Cala d’Or and Puerto Pollensa, on the other hand, are perfect for those who want to completely relax and take in Majorca’s natural beauty.
From partying to pampering, Tenerife has it all. Playa de las Americas is the most popular resort in Tenerife. With bars and restaurants galore, there is a constant buzz in the atmosphere. Close by is Los Cristianos, a haven for watersports and formerly a traditional fishing town, perfect for sampling the freshest seafood. Costa Adeje, on the other hand, has it all. Here you’ll find great nightlife, calm blue waters, five-star hotels and stunning scenery.
The ‘Continent in an Island’ is truly spectacular. Our favourite place to visit in Gran Canaria is the quaint fishing village of Mogan. Nestled in a valley with a big sandy beach, Mogan is picture-perfect. Known as the ‘Venice of Gran Canaria’, you’ll fall in love with its colourful buildings, cobbled streets and palm-lined avenues.
Flying from Belfast airport, where will you book your next sun holiday to?