Ryanair began in 1985 with daily flights from Waterford in Ireland to London Gatwick. From those humble beginnings, the airline has grown out of all recognition and it now operates 1,500 flights a day to 168 destinations in 28 countries. Ryanair’s top destinations include major European cities such as Barcelona, Berlin and Madrid, but also many more that are perhaps less well known.
Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia and since the country officially became a member of the European Union on 1st May, 2004, it has seen much inward investment. The old town of Bratislava is dominated by Bratislava Castle, which appears in the first known reference to the city in the Annals of Salzburg, which was written in the early 10th century. Other historical attractions include the Old Town Hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral, both of which date back to the 13th century. Bratislava also has many bars, coffee shops and restaurants offering Slovak and international cuisine scattered throughout the city.
The village of Figari is situated on the south coast of Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean south-east of the French mainland and west of Italy. The stretch of coastline known as the Bay of Figari, between Roccapina to Bonifacio, is largely uninhabited but offers numerous small beaches and is a haven for scuba divers. The vineyard in Figari is the oldest on Corsica, dating back to Roman times and a type of Corsican cheese known as Sardenais is a specialty of the region.
Katowice is a city in the province of Silesia in south-western Poland. Katowice is home to around 320,000 people, 80,000 of whom are students. Historically, the city owes its development to heavy industries such as coal and steel, but nowadays it is very much a vibrant, modern city. In fact, half of the city is covered with woodland and there are many parks, playgrounds, sports pitches and other open spaces.
Lappeenranta is a city in south-eastern Finland and it is less than 20 miles from the Russian border. The city is famous for its outdoor marketplace, which features a colourful array of local produce during the summer months. Culture is also very much in evidence during the summer, with concerts, parades, military exercises known as tattoos and theatre performances taking place at regular intervals between June and August.
Marrakech may have been made famous by the song “Marrakech Express” recorded by Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1969 but more recently it has emerged as the style capital of North Africa. The labyrinthine old quarter, known as the Medina, assaults the senses with its sights, sounds and smells. After dark, the market in Djemaa el Fna Square comes alive with all manner of food stalls, acrobats, drummers and other attractions.
Ryanair operates out of major UK airports such as London Gatwick but also out of provincial airports such as Bournemouth, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool. If you’re driving to an unfamiliar airport, use a route planner to determine the quickest, least congested way to get there. If you’re driving any distance to the airport, it’s also worth thinking about breakdown cover with Green Flag so that you don’t get stranded en route.