Holiday recommendations from the Airporter team
It’s that time of the year again. We’re jetting off around the world to soak up some vitamin D, experience new cultures and seek some respite from our busy lives. It can be difficult choosing a holiday destination to suit your preferences; sun, family, or city breaks. Luckily, our team were happy to step in and offer some recommendations based on their travel experiences. Let’s have a look at their favourite holiday destinations available from Belfast International Airport.
Gemma’s favourite: Paris
Holiday type: City Break
Going up the Eiffel Tower was amazing at night, but this wasn’t the best thing about Paris. Just wandering around, having French breakfast and tasting the wine was the best. I really enjoyed roaming around Montmarte and visiting the food markets at Sacre Couer. Paris is so beautiful, you will not get bored. We also visited Père Lachaise Cemetery where Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde are buried. This was really interesting and very pretty if the weather is good. My favourite place to eat or drink is Le Coq Rico, Montmarte and generally trying all the Macaron shops dotted around.
Paris is actually very easy to get around. It’s quite small in comparison to London or New York and you can walk to most places. Food and drink can be expensive. It’s cheaper to drink wine rather than beer or spirits and the wine is very good (especially red). You can save money by eating street food and eating from food markets – there’s loads of opportunity to try escargot and traditional French cuisine. There’s little point in booking an expensive hotel as most of your time will be spent wandering around and taking in the sights. We booked a really compact but clean hotel room near Montmarte and the Moulin rouge that had great transport connections.
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Jennifer’s favourite: Ibiza
Holiday type: Sun/Sea/Family
Ibiza has such a chilled vibe even for a family holiday destination. It’s an unbelievably gorgeous destination with a really quick and direct flight from Belfast International. The sunsets are amazing on the island, a definite must see! Find yourself a good spot with a beach bar, sit back and enjoy. An all-day diving boat trip is also a must, we took one from Port D’Es Torrent which included food and drink – a great way to get a tan!
We stayed All Inclusive as this is a great choice for a young family, the choice of food at the hotel was fantastic with something for everyone. However, if you are self-catering you can find many local food spots around the island. I recommend spending time at the beach as the water is so warm for swimming and water sports. All in all, it’s a really relaxing family holiday destination with beautiful scenery, food, wine and of course Sangria!!
Kathy’s favourite: Lanzarote
Holiday type: Sun/Family/Couples/Seniors
I choose Jet2 because their flight times are the best for departing from Northern Ireland. Their customer service is second to none and they now have the bonus of a resort check in service which is a huge plus for me! I have returned time and time again to Lanzarote because of course the guaranteed sunshine but mostly because of the chilled-out vibe and friendly welcome. As a resort its very family friendly and not a crazy party destination, also perfect for couples and seniors.
You can find some wonderful places to eat and there’s plenty of choice when it comes to dining out. We particularly enjoyed Lani’s Café Restaurant which is situated on the beach. The restaurant is fully glazed and has amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean and Fuerteventura. It really was a 5* dining experience, great for a special occasion and the staff really go the extra mile.
I would highly recommend a visit to Rancho Texas park when visiting Lanzarote. It’s great for kids during the day, they can see lots of animals with splash shows and worth a visit to the waterpark. But, if you want a great night of entertainment book a Country Night. You can enjoy a BBQ buffet with great music line dancing and a cabaret show.
You’ll notice when in Lanzarote lots of people walking and cycling. It is worth renting a bike and cycling to the airport to watch the planes taking off and coming into land. This does sound an unusual excursion but you will be impressed by the low flying planes.
Papagayo Beach, Lanzarote
Joleen’s favourite: La Zenia, Spain
Airline: Ryanair, direct flight to Alicante from Belfast International
Holiday type: Sun/Sea/Family
I go back to my favourite holiday destination, La Zenia on an annual basis. It’s a quaint Spanish village, perfect for relaxing on the beach or by the pool, but with a small bit of travel you can have an action-packed holiday.
I recommend going to the “Dive, Dive, Dive” it is an amazing dive school that offers a wide range of PADI scuba diving courses. My favourite is the guided tour around wrecks, reefs and marine reserves. Words can’t describe how beautiful the Mediterranean seas are, make sure to book this in advance to avoid disappointment.
One of my favourite things to do is shop! La Zenia hosts the largest shopping centre in the province of Alicante, Zenia Boulevard. It’s an amazing shopping mall with lots to do for kids and adults, from kids play area, bowling alley, water fountains, exercise park, restaurants and a large selection of shops to meet everyone’s taste. I highly recommend a visit, you won’t be disappointed!
La Zenia, Orihuela coast. Costa Blanca. Spain