The Brits love Spain, with hundreds of thousands a year visiting the sunny south coast for a week of sunshine, floating in the pool and drinking beer by the waves. However, Spain is so much more than its coastline, below are 5 incredible Spanish cities with direct flights from the UK.
The capital of the province of Analusia and one of the largest cities in Spain, travellers of the UK will be glad to know they can hop on a direct flight to Seville.
Is Seville worth visiting? Absolutely! The city has the largest historical centre in Europe, offering beautiful attractions such as Real Alcázar de Sevilla, the Seville Cathedral with the Giralda Tower and the Torre del Oro at the river.
The stunning city of Seville will take your breath away with Mudéjar palaces, Baroque churches and charming alleyways that wind through historical buildings.
Visitors can fly direct to Seville from London and Manchester for as little as £25 and £36 depending on when you want to visit. Flights from London to Seville take 2 hrs and 45 minutes from Gatwick or Stansted and flights from Manchester to Seville take just 2 hrs 50 minutes.
There are plenty of direct flights to Madrid from the UK and they take on average 2 hrs and 30 minutes from 6 cities – London, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Birmingham.
Imperial baroque cityscapes mix with the post-industrial, street markets sit alongside seriously good museums, and the city is home to some of the best shopping in Europe. Art, food and nightlife is what Madrid is known for, with bustling streets and al fresco dining buzzing until the early hours of the morning.
A visit to Madrid will make you feel like a local if you go to the right places. The city oozes a high-end cosmopolitan feeling, there is a population of over 4 million who travel into the city each day through endless suburbs.
Sports fans are drawn to the Santiago Bernabéu, home to one of the most successful clubs in world football, Real Madrid, and a scattering of green spaces gives tourists the chance to take a break and cool off in the shade.
A magnificent city, rich in history, Girona is a beautiful city in Catalonia. Visitors spend their days popping in and out of museums, galleries and Gothic churches, all dotted around a labyrinth of cobbled lanes and medieval walls.
The Jewish Quarter in Girona is one of the best preserved in the world, the web of streets in El Call have been standing for over 500 years, Girona offers a refreshing change from the Costa Brava which is less than an hour away, it might not have the sea and the sand but it has an abundance of cultural attractions to keep you busy for a quick break.
You can fly direct to Girona from London, Bristol, Nottingham, Bournemouth and Belfast, making it the best served Spanish city from smaller, regional airports.
The most visited city in Spain, almost everyone will recognise the famous skyline and streets of Barcelona. This enchanting city is perfectly situated by the sea, offering an incredible city alongside beach clubs and water sports.
Famous architecture hosts a lively bar and restaurant scene, whilst Gothic cathedrals offer a place of respite. Barcelona is Spain’s second city and radiates with life and there is nowhere else in Europe that matches up to its looks or energy.
Direct flights to Barcelona depart from 8 UK airports so you won’t be hard to find one, such a competitive route also keeps flight prices down which is an added bonus!
Santiago de Compostela
A popular destination for Christian pilgrims, Santiago de Compostela is unique city dominated by majestic squares and ancient churches.
Long-gone centuries live on in the city’s streets and traditions thanks to its medieval core full of nooks, crannies and beautiful surprises. Santiago has been a holy city for many centuries and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is supposedly built over the tomb of the apostle James.
The city’s main square is surrounded by beautiful buildings, and whilst it is not the most obvious Spanish city on the list of many, it is one of the most architecturally blessed.
Direct flights to Santiago de Compostela from London take just 2 hours from Stansted or Gatwick, starting a t£43 per person.