TAKE YOUR PICK
Direct routes from Edinburgh are being added all the time
Here are just some of the destinations you can now visit from Edinburgh.
For a full list visit www.edinburghairport.com/flights/destinations/new-destinations
Eurowings, Easyjet, Lufthansa
Sadly, you’ve probably missed Oktoberfest, the city’s famous beer festival, but there’s always next year… Munich is the capital of the German region of Bavaria, known for skiing, gingerbread-style chalets and lederhosen (traditional German costume), so it is a great base from which to explore more of this area.
In Munich, there are plenty of attractions too, like BMW Welt, a museum dedicated to the famous German car, or Frauenkirche, the 15th-century cathedral in the centre. If you visit around Christmas time, be sure to head to Marienplatz, where the Christmas market is held.
Dubai – Emirates
A popular Middle Eastern destination for tourists, it is also an important hub for onward travel to Australia.
Emirates will operate a Boeing 777-300ER, having eight private suites in first class, 42 lie- flat seats in business class and 304 roomy seats in economy.
Flying daily and all year round, the service will replace the Etihad service which ceases in October this year. www.bit.ly/CEdubai
As the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, this new direct route from Ryanair is proving popular. Close to the border in the north, on the River Foyle, you can either stay in the city or use it as a base for travelling around.
Some episodes of Game of Thrones were filmed in and around Derry, and fans will be pleased to learn there are tours available.
Derry was the UK’s first ever City of Culture, back in 2013, which helped put the city back on the map. The massive city walls are one of the most striking things about Derry, and they date back to the 1600s.
Lose yourself in Galma Stan, the medieval heart of Stockholm, where you’ll find the Nobel Prize Museum, charming restaurants, and hipster coffee shops.
Take a boat trip to get your bearings, as Stockholm is made up of lots of little islands. Try trail running in the many parks – some of them even have an outdoor sauna.
Could this be the perfect city? With a beach, amazing shopping and world-class cuisine, Barcelona seems to have it all. Fiercely proud of their Catalan heritage, menus are often printed in Spanish, English and Catalonian.
Equally as proud of Gaudi, the genius architect who left his organic art nouveau mark on the city, his unfinished masterpiece, Sagrada Familia, is actually nearing completion, (estimated 2026), some 143 years after work first began.
Gaudi’s Parc Güell, overlooking the city, is a perfect place for chilling with a picnic.