London Gatwick Airport serves the city of London and, with 200 million passengers passing through a year, is the second largest airport in the UK. It claims to be 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. There are numerous transport options available to passengers. They can take the rail – called the Gatwick Express – which would get them to Victoria in central London in half an hour. Alternatively, numerous coaches and buses such as easyBus are available for shuttling passengers to locations such as central London, Bristol, Brighton etc. at low costs.
For a short weekend trip away from the hustle and bustle of London, take a direct flight from Gatwick to Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. The birthplace of world-famous cruise ship the Titanic, the city is home to the Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. Go to the actual historic site of the doomed ship’s construction and learn about her behind-the-scenes story, revel in the pride of her makers, and find out intimate details about her maiden voyage and eventual tragic end. Besides that, Belfast also features Cave Hill, Stormont Castle and more, for an all-rounded holiday experience.
Alternatively, direct flights are also available from Gatwick to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Named European Capital of Culture in 1995, Glasgow offers some amazing natural beauty in the form of rolling hills and clear blue lochs, boasts a happening music and art scene and is among some of the safest cities in the world. On top of that, it was also once among Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for tourists.
For something more on the city side, you can also fly to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. A city with centuries of history mixed with modernity, Edinburgh is a quite literally a blend of the old and the new: the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh have been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1995, and offer an insight into different architectural styles. On top of that Edinburgh also boasts beautiful unspoilt scenic sites such as Arthur’s Seat, the peak of a group of hills, and the sweeping East Lothian coastline.
If you want to get out of the United Kingdom for a bit, one of the most popular destinations from London Gatwick Airport is Barcelona. Few cities can encompass some of the best beaches, sports, shopping, entertainment and dining options in the world the way Barcelona does. Consistently rated amongst the best in all the above arenas, there is something in that 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, and you can visit their stadium and museum. For foodies, there is no lack of gastronomic delight in this 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 and street performers.
For history buffs, the city of Athens is just a short direct flight away. Once known as the capital of Europe, Athens is the site of many historical battles and home to an impressive collection of some of the oldest, most historically significant and imposing monuments in the world. Visit the Acropolis of Athens to see the Parthenon and Erechtheon and feel the weight of history on your shoulders.
For the more adventurous, direct flights are also available from Gatwick Airport to Reykjavik, capital of Iceland. A city of surprises and wonder, there’s no place quite like Reykjavik – you can enjoy either almost constant sunlight or darkness depending on the time of year you visit, see the northern lights, soak in geothermal pools even in freezing weather, and go all the way down into the magma chamber of a once-active volcano.
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