When you’re deciding where to go on a short-haul short break, one thing worth considering is where you can get to from your local airport. It’s the best way to ensure that you spend the vast majority of your weekend break enjoying your time away, and not wasting any more time than absolutely necessary on the travelling part!
With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best short break destinations from local airports, starting with answering the question: where can I fly to from Leeds-Bradford? Here’s our list of 3 great city breaks from Leeds-Bradford Airport and 3 beach breaks for something just a bit different…
3 Classic City Breaks…
Best time to visit: Autumn Flight time: 2h 5m
Prague has long held the crown of ‘Best Eastern European Destination’ and it seems far from ready to relinquish that title. The Fairy-tale architecture of Prague Castle, and tonnes of other must-see sights like the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock, make exploring Prague a true delight. The perception that the city is cheap and cheerful is a little off the mark these days, but you can certainly enjoy a great value Prague break from Leeds-Bradford airport – even four and five star hotels are affordable here, the perfect treat on a long weekend away.
Best time to visit: Spring Flight time: 2h 30m
This fascinating, historic city has lots of sights to get around, and walking around Venice’s winding backstreets is one of the great joys of visiting; don’t miss the Rialto Bridge, the Doge’s Palace, but most especially Saint Mark’s Basilica. With the Carnival and the Venice Film Festival each spring, there’s probably no better time to visit than then. But, truth be told, Italy’s romance capital is a great choice any time, because riding in a Gondola in Venice is just one of those life experiences everyone should do at least once!
Best time to visit: Year-round Flight time: 1h
Just one hour from Leeds-Bradford airport, the flight to Dublin couldn’t make getting away for a couple of days any easier. With so many great attractions – the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, The Old Jameson Distillery, Ha’Penny Bridge, the world-famous Temple Bar to name a few – this is one city break that’s perfect all-year round. With tonnes of great hotels in Dublin – from budget city accommodation to luxury retreats – our flight-inclusive breaks to Dublin start at a little over £100pp.
3 Beach Breaks…
Best time to visit: Summer Flight time: 2h 30m
There are lots of great reasons why The Algarve is one of our top choices when it comes to beach breaks in Europe. Just a little classier than the beach resorts in Spain, Portugal’s Algarve still manages to offer great value despite the spectacular golden beaches and impressive golf resorts that can be found dotted around this popular part of the world. Albufeira – perhaps The Algarve’s most famous break destination – has a charming old town and a vibrant nightlife, and plenty to do on a long weekend away. Sunny from April right through to October, Algarve breaks from Leeds-Bradford are a real must for sun-seekers.
Best time to visit: Summer Flight time: 4h 30m
Where The Algarve is a great choice for adults, and couples-only breaks, nowhere beats Lanzarote when you’re looking to get away with the kids. In fact, family breaks to Lanzarote (and the Canary Islands generally) offer something for everyone; whether it’s fun water sports at the beach, lounging poolside, camel treks or exploring caves and volcanoes, people of all ages can’t fail to fall in love with this place. Spanish-inspired cuisine and culture help make holidays here really familiar-feeling too.
Best time to visit: Year-round Flight time: 2h 30m
Barcelona is frequently overlooked as a beach destination, but the vibrant Catalan city has miles and miles of golden sands that make it perfect for a relaxed getaway. And yet, the historically-significant, architecturally beautiful, cultural, foodie haven of Barcelona’s city is always there should you get bored of soaking up the sun. For that reason, Barcelona is the best of both worlds, and a must-visit at any time in the year. Of course, summer’s always best for a beach break, but your Barcelona break from Leeds-Bradford wouldn’t be spoilt by the odd cloudy spell…
What’s your favourite short haul short break destination? Tell us in the comments section below!