Monarch Blog http://blog.monarch.co.uk Monarch Airlines Official Blog Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:28:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Strike affecting Southern services to Gatwick Airport http://blog.monarch.co.uk/strike-affecting-southern-services-to-gatwick-airport/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:45:58 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=13235 (Luton, UK – 6 December, 2016) Monarch is aware of the planned strike action due to affect the Southern rail services on the following dates: 13 December 16 December 19-20 December 31 December – 2 January 9-14 January Should the industrial action go ahead there is likely to be severe disruption to Southern rail services during these dates. We advise customers to check with Southern Railway before travelling and allow plenty of extra time for their journey. Customers planning to travel by car are also advised to allow extra time travelling to the airport as the roads will be busier due to the rail strike. For your reference, check-in opens three hours before departure and closes 45 minutes before departure.

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(Luton, UK – 6 December, 2016) Monarch is aware of the planned strike action due to affect the Southern rail services on the following dates:

  • 13 December
  • 16 December
  • 19-20 December
  • 31 December – 2 January
  • 9-14 January

Should the industrial action go ahead there is likely to be severe disruption to Southern rail services during these dates.

We advise customers to check with Southern Railway before travelling and allow plenty of extra time for their journey. Customers planning to travel by car are also advised to allow extra time travelling to the airport as the roads will be busier due to the rail strike.

For your reference, check-in opens three hours before departure and closes 45 minutes before departure.

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Road closure affecting travel to and from London Luton Airport http://blog.monarch.co.uk/road-closure-affecting-travel-to-and-from-london-luton-airport/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:30:04 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=15856 (Luton, UK – 6 December 2016) Monarch would like to advise customers travelling to and from London Luton Airport about the overnight closure of Percival Way. The closure will take place from 12 December 2016 to 15 December between 20:00 and 04:00. Customers travelling to the airport for an early morning check-in at London Luton Airport could be affected by the overnight closure. A fully signed diversion route will be in place however we advise customers to allow sufficient time to travel to the airport. For your reference, check in opens three hours before departure and will close 45 minutes before departure.

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(Luton, UK – 6 December 2016) Monarch would like to advise customers travelling to and from London Luton Airport about the overnight closure of Percival Way. The closure will take place from 12 December 2016 to 15 December between 20:00 and 04:00.

Customers travelling to the airport for an early morning check-in at London Luton Airport could be affected by the overnight closure. A fully signed diversion route will be in place however we advise customers to allow sufficient time to travel to the airport.

For your reference, check in opens three hours before departure and will close 45 minutes before departure.

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Don’t miss this winter: the alluring Algarve http://blog.monarch.co.uk/the-alluring-algarve/ http://blog.monarch.co.uk/the-alluring-algarve/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:50:26 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=15709 Looking for a relaxing retreat this winter? Look no further than the Algarve. Situated in the southern coast of Portugal, you can soak up the sun, sea and peaceful ambience felt around the picturesque beaches and cobbled streets. Endless stretches of golden sand adorn the coasts and boast warm temperatures all year round. Exploring the Algarve gives you the best of both worlds with both a beach and city break holiday all in one. Merited as Portugal’s premier holiday destination you will be spoilt for choice with activities to do. From water sports, boat tours, beach activities, historic walks and exuberant night life.  All the major coastal resorts are well connected and easy to reach, so you won’t have to spend too long travelling around. The Algarve is located just over two hours away and once there transfers from Faro airport to all tourist destinations are extremely quick and efficient. Its excellent location makes it the ideal destination to escape the winter weather and you can get there from flying into Faro from all five of our bases (Manchester, London Gatwick, Birmingham, London Luton, and Leeds Bradford) where we fly all year round. With over 100 beaches to choose from you are spoilt for choice, whether you are a sun worshipper or an avid surfer there is something for everyone. You can also find many activities involving boat excursions, kite surfing, scuba diving, jet skiing and surfing. Algarve is the perfect year round destination as temperate soar to 32 degrees in summer and stay around 18 degrees in winter, promising 300 days and 3,000 hours of glorious sunshine every year! Most of the beaches are lined with the iconic limestone rocks that decorate the crystal blue waters. The postcard beaches offer Atlantic waves and family orientated paddling zones for young children. Seafaris are popular here and there are many excursions that offer you chances to scuba dive, dolphin watch, fishing and also the chance to visit some of the best caves- make sure to check out Benagil! This year Tripadvisor nominated Praia da Marinha as one of the best beaches in the world! We also recommend visiting: Dona Ana beach, Lagos Praia da Falésia, Albufeira. Meia Praia, Lagos Once you are finished with the beach you must experience the rest of the idyllic nature that the Algarve has to offer. Some say that it is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe and you can experience some of the most pristine nature through mountain walks, popular flagged trails and cycling routes. Enjoy the sights of the birding hotspots in particular the Castro Marim wetlands, the Ria Formosa and Lagoa dos Salgados. Algarve celebrates Nature Week during spring which boasts 130 outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. The Algarve is famous for its world-class golf resorts and well known for the quality and design of its golf courses, with many designed by some of golf’s most famous names. Algarve is currently celebrating 50 years of golf which sees keen golfers take part in the Algarve Golden Tees Challenge which ends in December. For those who want to spend a few days away from the golden beaches; take a stroll around the cobbled streets that offer a treasure trove of history, culture, excellent shopping and beautiful architecture. Offering interesting castles, museums, churches and villages, we recommend Sagres, Monchique, Loulé and the Castle of Silves. One of the most beautiful sights would have to be the church of São Lourenço that depicts Portugal’s renowned blue and white azulejo tiles mixed with opulent gold baroque style architecture. You will also notice the great cutting edge designs in the Algarve that feature intricate embroidery, tapestry, semi-precious jewellery and pottery that make perfect gifts to take home for friends and family. The Algarve is rich in culture and authentic Portuguese charm. For art and music lovers this is the place for you as art galleries, concerts, theatre productions and dance shows are in most towns. You will notice the Moorish influences throughout the streets and chimneys that showcase various shapes and designs.  Churches and castles built in previous centuries reflect a rich culture steeped in history. Local cultural artworks are to be found and preserved in museums in the major coastal centres and in smaller inland towns throughout the region. In regards to arts; Fiesa is the largest sand exhibition ever built and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Using 40,000 tons of sand, sculptors hand carve magnificent creations replicating famous places, people and scenarios. Fiesa also offers a sand pit for children to be inspired by their surroundings and unleash their creativity. The fun doesn’t stop there, as there is regular music performances, circus acts, dance performances and light projections in the night across the magnificent sculptures- defiantly worth a visit! When visiting the region you will notice the fresh paradise of gastronomy where locals take advantage of the many delights of the Atlantic Ocean. You will experience plenty of Michelin starred restaurants for fine dining experiences that offer the best quality of food. As you can imagine there are endless seafood dishes, such as sardines, fish stew and octopus remain ever popular while inland vegetables are lovingly celebrated with pulses and broad beans. For those who don’t enjoy fish there are a range of spiced meat dishes and hearty highland stews. To accompany your meals try a glass of wine as vines love Portugal’s southernmost region for the same reason its tourists do – it’s perfect and temperate climate which is perfect for grape harvesting. Major towns that lend their names to the region’s four wine DOCs are Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira. For these traditional wines, the main white grapes are Arinto, Malvasia Fina, Manteúdo and Síria, and for the reds Castelão and Negra Mol. Book your perfect winter escape today with our great offers on Faro flights! (Ends 08/12/16)  

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Looking for a relaxing retreat this winter? Look no further than the Algarve. Situated in the southern coast of Portugal, you can soak up the sun, sea and peaceful ambience felt around the picturesque beaches and cobbled streets. Endless stretches of golden sand adorn the coasts and boast warm temperatures all year round. Exploring the Algarve gives you the best of both worlds with both a beach and city break holiday all in one.

Merited as Portugal’s premier holiday destination you will be spoilt for choice with activities to do. From water sports, boat tours, beach activities, historic walks and exuberant night life.  All the major coastal resorts are well connected and easy to reach, so you won’t have to spend too long travelling around.

The Algarve is located just over two hours away and once there transfers from Faro airport to all tourist destinations are extremely quick and efficient. Its excellent location makes it the ideal destination to escape the winter weather and you can get there from flying into Faro from all five of our bases (Manchester, London Gatwick, Birmingham, London Luton, and Leeds Bradford) where we fly all year round.

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With over 100 beaches to choose from you are spoilt for choice, whether you are a sun worshipper or an avid surfer there is something for everyone. You can also find many activities involving boat excursions, kite surfing, scuba diving, jet skiing and surfing. Algarve is the perfect year round destination as temperate soar to 32 degrees in summer and stay around 18 degrees in winter, promising 300 days and 3,000 hours of glorious sunshine every year!

Most of the beaches are lined with the iconic limestone rocks that decorate the crystal blue waters. The postcard beaches offer Atlantic waves and family orientated paddling zones for young children. Seafaris are popular here and there are many excursions that offer you chances to scuba dive, dolphin watch, fishing and also the chance to visit some of the best caves- make sure to check out Benagil!

This year Tripadvisor nominated Praia da Marinha as one of the best beaches in the world!
We also recommend visiting:
Dona Ana beach, Lagos
Praia da Falésia, Albufeira.
Meia Praia, Lagos

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Once you are finished with the beach you must experience the rest of the idyllic nature that the Algarve has to offer. Some say that it is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe and you can experience some of the most pristine nature through mountain walks, popular flagged trails and cycling routes. Enjoy the sights of the birding hotspots in particular the Castro Marim wetlands, the Ria Formosa and Lagoa dos Salgados. Algarve celebrates Nature Week during spring which boasts 130 outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.

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The Algarve is famous for its world-class golf resorts and well known for the quality and design of its golf courses, with many designed by some of golf’s most famous names. Algarve is currently celebrating 50 years of golf which sees keen golfers take part in the Algarve Golden Tees Challenge which ends in December.

For those who want to spend a few days away from the golden beaches; take a stroll around the cobbled streets that offer a treasure trove of history, culture, excellent shopping and beautiful architecture. Offering interesting castles, museums, churches and villages, we recommend Sagres, Monchique, Loulé and the Castle of Silves. One of the most beautiful sights would have to be the church of São Lourenço that depicts Portugal’s renowned blue and white azulejo tiles mixed with opulent gold baroque style architecture.

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You will also notice the great cutting edge designs in the Algarve that feature intricate embroidery, tapestry, semi-precious jewellery and pottery that make perfect gifts to take home for friends and family. The Algarve is rich in culture and authentic Portuguese charm. For art and music lovers this is the place for you as art galleries, concerts, theatre productions and dance shows are in most towns. You will notice the Moorish influences throughout the streets and chimneys that showcase various shapes and designs.  Churches and castles built in previous centuries reflect a rich culture steeped in history. Local cultural artworks are to be found and preserved in museums in the major coastal centres and in smaller inland towns throughout the region.

In regards to arts; Fiesa is the largest sand exhibition ever built and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Using 40,000 tons of sand, sculptors hand carve magnificent creations replicating famous places, people and scenarios. Fiesa also offers a sand pit for children to be inspired by their surroundings and unleash their creativity. The fun doesn’t stop there, as there is regular music performances, circus acts, dance performances and light projections in the night across the magnificent sculptures- defiantly worth a visit!

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When visiting the region you will notice the fresh paradise of gastronomy where locals take advantage of the many delights of the Atlantic Ocean. You will experience plenty of Michelin starred restaurants for fine dining experiences that offer the best quality of food. As you can imagine there are endless seafood dishes, such as sardines, fish stew and octopus remain ever popular while inland vegetables are lovingly celebrated with pulses and broad beans. For those who don’t enjoy fish there are a range of spiced meat dishes and hearty highland stews. To accompany your meals try a glass of wine as vines love Portugal’s southernmost region for the same reason its tourists do – it’s perfect and temperate climate which is perfect for grape harvesting. Major towns that lend their names to the region’s four wine DOCs are Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira. For these traditional wines, the main white grapes are Arinto, Malvasia Fina, Manteúdo and Síria, and for the reds Castelão and Negra Mol.

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Book your perfect winter escape today with our great offers on Faro flights! (Ends 08/12/16)

 

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Advent Calendar 2016: the winners http://blog.monarch.co.uk/advent-calendar-2016-the-winners/ http://blog.monarch.co.uk/advent-calendar-2016-the-winners/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:37:04 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=15821 On this year’s Monarch Advent Calendar we’re not holding back on prizes! We have teamed up with some amazing partners including Royal Caribbean, Twinings, Fitness First and many more to offer you an unforgettable December this year. We’ll have holidays, vouchers and experiences up for grabs every day from the 1st until 24th December. Throughout the month we will be updating this blog post regularly to let you know who the lucky winners are. We will also be in touch with them separately by email or telephone to confirm the prize details. Good luck everyone! Day 1. A family holiday in Tenerife, courtesy of Spring Hotels Winner: Mr P Hughes from Chester Day 2. A 600gr jar of gourmet popcorn, offered by Joe and Seph’s Winner: Ms S Lipscombe from Surrey Day 3. Beer school for six people with BrewDog  Winner: Mr J New from Warwickshire Day 4. One pair of golf shoes, socks, hat and a glove kindly provided by G/FORE Winner: Mr S Myatt from West Midlands Day 5. One night for two in the luxurious superyacht hotel Sunborn London Winner: Ms H Piper from East Sussex

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On this year’s Monarch Advent Calendar we’re not holding back on prizes! We have teamed up with some amazing partners including Royal Caribbean, Twinings, Fitness First and many more to offer you an unforgettable December this year. We’ll have holidays, vouchers and experiences up for grabs every day from the 1st until 24th December.

Throughout the month we will be updating this blog post regularly to let you know who the lucky winners are. We will also be in touch with them separately by email or telephone to confirm the prize details. Good luck everyone!

Day 1. A family holiday in Tenerife, courtesy of Spring Hotels

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Winner: Mr P Hughes from Chester

Day 2. A 600gr jar of gourmet popcorn, offered by Joe and Seph’s

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Winner: Ms S Lipscombe from Surrey

Day 3. Beer school for six people with BrewDog 

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Winner: Mr J New from Warwickshire

Day 4. One pair of golf shoes, socks, hat and a glove kindly provided by G/FORE

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Winner: Mr S Myatt from West Midlands

Day 5. One night for two in the luxurious superyacht hotel Sunborn London

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Winner: Ms H Piper from East Sussex

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Winter 2017/18 now on sale http://blog.monarch.co.uk/winter-201718-now-on-sale/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:29:38 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=15813 Monarch flights and holidays on sale for travel up to end of April 2018 (Luton, UK – 1 December 2016) – Monarch, a leading UK independent airline group, today announces the launch of its winter schedule for 2017/18 with flights on sale from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester airports. The airline is releasing over 75% of its winter schedule with further routes, frequencies and additional dates to be added in early 2017. On sale from today are some of the airline’s most popular winter sun destinations including Malaga, Faro, Alicante and Tenerife. Monarch’s Lapland programme is also featured in the advanced schedule with holidays and flights to Kittila on sale for winter 17/18. In addition there is a selection of city break destinations such as Lisbon, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Gibraltar and Rome. All Monarch holidays can be booked with just a £59 deposit.  Customers can also take advantage of Monarch’s Holiday Concierge service. This personal service is on hand before, during and after your holiday. Ian Chambers, Chief Commercial Officer at Monarch, comments: “We are pleased to be able to release our most popular routes and destinations for advanced sale. Giving our customers the opportunity to book early allows them to make the most of the best deals and choices on winter flights and holidays. “As well as a city breaks we have a large choice of winter sun destinations for customers to choose from. The Canary Islands offer the perfect break to the sun during the winter months.” Flights are now on sale with over 15,000 seats at £32. Ski flights will be released during the next phase of winter flights early in the New Year. For more information or to book flights please visit www.monarch.co.uk.

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Monarch flights and holidays on sale for travel up to end of April 2018

(Luton, UK – 1 December 2016) – Monarch, a leading UK independent airline group, today announces the launch of its winter schedule for 2017/18 with flights on sale from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester airports. The airline is releasing over 75% of its winter schedule with further routes, frequencies and additional dates to be added in early 2017.

On sale from today are some of the airline’s most popular winter sun destinations including Malaga, Faro, Alicante and Tenerife. Monarch’s Lapland programme is also featured in the advanced schedule with holidays and flights to Kittila on sale for winter 17/18. In addition there is a selection of city break destinations such as Lisbon, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Gibraltar and Rome.

All Monarch holidays can be booked with just a £59 deposit.  Customers can also take advantage of Monarch’s Holiday Concierge service. This personal service is on hand before, during and after your holiday.

Ian Chambers, Chief Commercial Officer at Monarch, comments: “We are pleased to be able to release our most popular routes and destinations for advanced sale. Giving our customers the opportunity to book early allows them to make the most of the best deals and choices on winter flights and holidays.

“As well as a city breaks we have a large choice of winter sun destinations for customers to choose from. The Canary Islands offer the perfect break to the sun during the winter months.”

Flights are now on sale with over 15,000 seats at £32. Ski flights will be released during the next phase of winter flights early in the New Year.

For more information or to book flights please visit www.monarch.co.uk.

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December holidays from £129 per person with Monarch http://blog.monarch.co.uk/late-deals/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:45:44 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=11720 Record Black Friday sales!  Following a record Black Friday for Monarch, with Tenerife leading the way as the most popular destination, the discounts continue this week with some great flight and holiday deals still available. Black Friday flight sales were up nearly 40% compared to last year with holiday sales showing an increase of more than 20% in bookings. Mobile sales through smart phones proved the most popular way to book with a massive 200% increase versus last year. With the Black Friday sales now over Monarch has the ideal December break. Head off for some winter sun or to the perfect city break before Christmas. If you want to get in the festive spirit then why not go meet Santa himself in Lapland! There are excellent packages with last minute deals starting at just £129. December Beach Breaks: Tenerife – Canary Islands from £585 pp – Depart Luton on 13 December for a seven night stay at the five star Bahia Principe Tenerife priced from £435 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a double room. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740. Fuerteventura – Canary Islands from £585 pp – Depart Birmingham on 10 December for a seven night stay at the four star Arena suite. Priced from £309 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a one bedroom apartment. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740. December City Breaks: Barcelona – Spain from £129 pp – Depart London Gatwick on 12 December for a two night stay at the four star Senator Barcelona Spa Hotel from £129 per person includes return flights and two nights room only accommodation based on two adults sharing a double room. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740. Lisbon – Portugal from £179 pp – Depart Manchester on 6 December for a three night stay at the four star Browns Boutique Hotel and Apartments priced from £179 per person includes return flights and three nights bed & breakfast accommodation based on two adults sharing a double room. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740. Lapland Breaks: Lapland from £625 pp – Depart London Gatwick on 30 December for a four night stay at the four star Levistar Apartments. Priced from £625 per person includes return flights and four nights bed & breakfast accommodation based on two adults and two children sharing studio with a sauna. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740. – all prices correct at time of publishing –

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Record Black Friday sales! 

Following a record Black Friday for Monarch, with Tenerife leading the way as the most popular destination, the discounts continue this week with some great flight and holiday deals still available. Black Friday flight sales were up nearly 40% compared to last year with holiday sales showing an increase of more than 20% in bookings. Mobile sales through smart phones proved the most popular way to book with a massive 200% increase versus last year.

With the Black Friday sales now over Monarch has the ideal December break. Head off for some winter sun or to the perfect city break before Christmas. If you want to get in the festive spirit then why not go meet Santa himself in Lapland! There are excellent packages with last minute deals starting at just £129.

December Beach Breaks:

Tenerife – Canary Islands from £585 pp – Depart Luton on 13 December for a seven night stay at the five star Bahia Principe Tenerife priced from £435 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a double room. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740.

Fuerteventura – Canary Islands from £585 pp – Depart Birmingham on 10 December for a seven night stay at the four star Arena suite. Priced from £309 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a one bedroom apartment. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740.

December City Breaks:

Barcelona – Spain from £129 pp – Depart London Gatwick on 12 December for a two night stay at the four star Senator Barcelona Spa Hotel from £129 per person includes return flights and two nights room only accommodation based on two adults sharing a double room. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740.

Lisbon – Portugal from £179 pp – Depart Manchester on 6 December for a three night stay at the four star Browns Boutique Hotel and Apartments priced from £179 per person includes return flights and three nights bed & breakfast accommodation based on two adults sharing a double room. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740.

Lapland Breaks:

Lapland from £625 pp – Depart London Gatwick on 30 December for a four night stay at the four star Levistar Apartments. Priced from £625 per person includes return flights and four nights bed & breakfast accommodation based on two adults and two children sharing studio with a sauna. Click here for details or call 0333 777 4740.

– all prices correct at time of publishing –

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Black Friday: swap commodities for memories! http://blog.monarch.co.uk/black-friday-2016/ http://blog.monarch.co.uk/black-friday-2016/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:21:42 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=15766 Black Friday is upon us again and as we all make a dash to get good deals on electronics, clothes and Christmas presents, it’s worth thinking about the experiences that money could go towards instead. So before you rush to purchase more stuff for yourself or as presents for others, think about buying memories that will last a life time. Swap the widescreens for sun cream in the Canaries Tech is one of the biggest areas where people want to bag bargains on Black Friday, but what if you were to forgo the warm glow of a bigger TV screen for some natural sunshine? The Canary Islands benefit from warm temperatures year-round and some fantastic beaches on which to stretch out and relax. Whether you prefer the natural beauty of Playa Papagayo in Lanzarote or perfect swimming conditions at Playa Barca in Fuerteventura, there’s a beach in the Canaries waiting for you. Swap a new phone for history in Rome You can learn a lot from surfing the web on your phone, but nothing compares to being in a place and soaking up its many stories. Rome certainly has the credentials when it comes to history, having been founded in 27BC and having seen everything from the assassination of Julius Caesar to the filming of Ben Hur. The Eternal City drips with historic architecture and works of art that seemingly transport you back in time. So eschew a new, shinier phone and opt to wander through the Roman Forum, bask in the evening light of the Piazza Navona and stare up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel until you have filled yourself with the wonder of this historical setting. Swap a laptop for top of the mountain views in Barcelona There are many iconic scenes of Barcelona that you are likely to have seen on Facebook and Instagram from your laptop, but no matter the spec, no collection of pixels compares to the views you witness yourself. Head up Mount Tibidabo, which at a height of 512 metres is the tallest peak in the Serra de Collserola and opens up expansive views of the whole of Barcelona below. Marvel at how small the magnificent Sagrada Familia looks from such a distance and allow your eyes to drift up to the sea on the horizon. Forget Facebook envy; this is the way to live. Swap a pair of trainers for a trip on a tram in Lisbon A new pair of trainers could take you to many places, but will they transport you through the finest neighbourhoods of Lisbon? There’s no need to hop aboard a tourist bus in Portugal’s capital, as tram number 28, which is just a regular part of the city’s transport infrastructure, offers the best sightseeing opportunities any vehicle could give you. Still serviced by the original Remodelado trams of the 1930s, the scenic route goes through the Baixa, Graça, Alfama and Estrela districts, as well as climbing the hill to the Sao Jorge Castle. Great Black Friday deals at Monarch So whether your aim is to grab a winter sun bargain, sort out your city breaks for 2017 or purchase flights as Christmas presents for loved ones, Black Friday is the time to do it. Monarch has some incredible deals for all kinds of holidaymakers, with 35 % off seats to the Canaries and 25 % discounts on flights to city break destinations . If none of these are quite up your street, then take advantage of Black Friday with £30 off all holidays with Monarch or £10 per person on hotel bookings.

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Black Friday is upon us again and as we all make a dash to get good deals on electronics, clothes and Christmas presents, it’s worth thinking about the experiences that money could go towards instead. So before you rush to purchase more stuff for yourself or as presents for others, think about buying memories that will last a life time.

Swap the widescreens for sun cream in the Canaries

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Tech is one of the biggest areas where people want to bag bargains on Black Friday, but what if you were to forgo the warm glow of a bigger TV screen for some natural sunshine? The Canary Islands benefit from warm temperatures year-round and some fantastic beaches on which to stretch out and relax. Whether you prefer the natural beauty of Playa Papagayo in Lanzarote or perfect swimming conditions at Playa Barca in Fuerteventura, there’s a beach in the Canaries waiting for you.

Swap a new phone for history in Rome

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You can learn a lot from surfing the web on your phone, but nothing compares to being in a place and soaking up its many stories. Rome certainly has the credentials when it comes to history, having been founded in 27BC and having seen everything from the assassination of Julius Caesar to the filming of Ben Hur. The Eternal City drips with historic architecture and works of art that seemingly transport you back in time. So eschew a new, shinier phone and opt to wander through the Roman Forum, bask in the evening light of the Piazza Navona and stare up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel until you have filled yourself with the wonder of this historical setting.

Swap a laptop for top of the mountain views in Barcelona

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There are many iconic scenes of Barcelona that you are likely to have seen on Facebook and Instagram from your laptop, but no matter the spec, no collection of pixels compares to the views you witness yourself. Head up Mount Tibidabo, which at a height of 512 metres is the tallest peak in the Serra de Collserola and opens up expansive views of the whole of Barcelona below. Marvel at how small the magnificent Sagrada Familia looks from such a distance and allow your eyes to drift up to the sea on the horizon. Forget Facebook envy; this is the way to live.

Swap a pair of trainers for a trip on a tram in Lisbon

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A new pair of trainers could take you to many places, but will they transport you through the finest neighbourhoods of Lisbon? There’s no need to hop aboard a tourist bus in Portugal’s capital, as tram number 28, which is just a regular part of the city’s transport infrastructure, offers the best sightseeing opportunities any vehicle could give you. Still serviced by the original Remodelado trams of the 1930s, the scenic route goes through the Baixa, Graça, Alfama and Estrela districts, as well as climbing the hill to the Sao Jorge Castle.

Great Black Friday deals at Monarch

So whether your aim is to grab a winter sun bargain, sort out your city breaks for 2017 or purchase flights as Christmas presents for loved ones, Black Friday is the time to do it. Monarch has some incredible deals for all kinds of holidaymakers, with 35 % off seats to the Canaries and 25 % discounts on flights to city break destinations . If none of these are quite up your street, then take advantage of Black Friday with £30 off all holidays with Monarch or £10 per person on hotel bookings.

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Our top picks for December http://blog.monarch.co.uk/our-top-picks-for-december/ http://blog.monarch.co.uk/our-top-picks-for-december/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:00:12 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=15678 Well, believe it or not, we’re almost there already. 2016 is nearly over and, no matter how your year has gone, December is a fantastic time to get away from it all. For many people, the last month of the year is an extremely busy one. Finding presents, planning festive events and catching up with family are all fun, but they can be stressful. With this in mind, a December getaway could make you feel refreshed as we head into 2017. While the wind and rain may leave some feeling warm and cosy indoors, not everyone will be content with the British weather. After all, who doesn’t want a trip to a warmer climate, or an exciting city break ahead of the big Christmas rush? Here are just some of the top destinations to visit next month: Sun, culture and live music awaits in Palma As the capital city of Majorca, there are plenty of awesome activities that await in Palma. While tourist resorts such as Alcudia and Cala Millor attract holidaymakers due to their beaches and entertainment, Palma offers a variety of cultural attractions and boasts a wonderfully authentic Spanish feel. Spanish singer Ismael Serrano is appearing at the Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca on December 8th, where he will be performing a host of hits from his solo career. The politically-inspired songwriter has built up a huge following in Spain, which will guarantee an excellent atmosphere for visitors. If it’s culture that you are looking for, the Morgana Theatre Company’s production of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark could be an excellent option for a fascinating night out. Running from December 16th to the 18th, this show is a compelling portrayal of the timeless tale and a great opportunity to see Spanish theatre’s take on an all-time classic. Enjoy local traditions and art in magnificent Malaga As one of the most popular tourist spots in Spain, there are plenty of incredible attractions lined up in Malaga next month. Music fans may be interested in seeing Spanish indie rock band Hinds, who are playing at CC Ollerias on December 15th. The all-female quartet have made a name for themselves worldwide in the last year thanks to their debut record Leave Me Alone, and the show will represent a warm homecoming. Elsewhere, art enthusiasts will be happy to hear that David Salle’s Inspired by True Life Events show will be held at the Contemporary Art Centre until December 4th and admission is free. Salle’s work is inspired by popular culture and classical works, making this is a must-see for culture vultures. As well as this, on December 12th, the Fiesta de los Rondeles takes place, which is a tribute to the olive oil miners who carried their torches in a procession to give thanks to the Divine Shepherdess. As part of the tradition, Rondeles walk from the square near Ermita de la Veracruz up to the parish Church of St James, carrying lighted capachos to a soundtrack of Moorish castanets. Escape to classy Venice this winter Venice is a fantastic winter destination, with its winding streets and sophisticated aura glowing in the dark nights of December. There are also plenty of excellent events lined up to suit all kinds of travellers. If you want to experience the true class of the city, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will be performed on the December 4th at the Ateneo di San Basso theatre. Even if you’ve never seen an orchestra before, the most famous work of the legendary Antonio Vivaldi is the perfect place to start. A trip to Venice is not complete without taking in its splendid art scene, with Ca’Pesaro top of the list for those interested in seeing the best of the destination’s creations. Located on the historic grand canal, this gallery contains a stunning selection of 19th and 20th century works and is a fascinating place to explore before grabbing a bite to eat at the nearby restaurants. Explore authentic Spain in Almeria this December Spain is often associated with beach holidays and, while there’s nothing wrong with that, there is much more to the country than its golden sands and warm climate. Almeria is one of the top destinations for travellers who are looking for an authentic taste of Spain away from the typical tourist locations. Crowds are much smaller in December, too, making it a fantastic time to explore outstanding sites such as Nijar Natural Park and La Alcazaba. With its magnificent landscape and excellent walking routes, the aforementioned Nijar Natural Park is one of Spain’s best locations for outdoor enthusiasts, while La Alcazaba provides a breathtaking view of the city. Originally built as a defence against pirates, the structure offers a compelling insight into Almeria’s past. Plus, if you do want to unwind at the beach, the sands of Levante are absolutely blissful with small crowds and extraordinary views. Enjoy festive fun in the sun in Funchal If your only drawback of Christmas is the British weather, Funchal may be the perfect destination this December. Festive events aplenty await next month, including a fantastic market night on December 23rd, where a wonderfully traditional atmosphere can be expected as concerts, beverage stands and street parties take over the streets. The Santana Theme Park is another extraordinary attraction and provides a great insight into the history of the area, examining how pottery and carpentry became a vital part of the economy. With many of the exhibitions based in small and colourful houses, it’s a fun and unique experience for both kids and adults.

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Well, believe it or not, we’re almost there already. 2016 is nearly over and, no matter how your year has gone, December is a fantastic time to get away from it all.

For many people, the last month of the year is an extremely busy one. Finding presents, planning festive events and catching up with family are all fun, but they can be stressful. With this in mind, a December getaway could make you feel refreshed as we head into 2017.

While the wind and rain may leave some feeling warm and cosy indoors, not everyone will be content with the British weather. After all, who doesn’t want a trip to a warmer climate, or an exciting city break ahead of the big Christmas rush?

Here are just some of the top destinations to visit next month:

Sun, culture and live music awaits in Palma

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As the capital city of Majorca, there are plenty of awesome activities that await in Palma. While tourist resorts such as Alcudia and Cala Millor attract holidaymakers due to their beaches and entertainment, Palma offers a variety of cultural attractions and boasts a wonderfully authentic Spanish feel.

Spanish singer Ismael Serrano is appearing at the Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca on December 8th, where he will be performing a host of hits from his solo career. The politically-inspired songwriter has built up a huge following in Spain, which will guarantee an excellent atmosphere for visitors.

If it’s culture that you are looking for, the Morgana Theatre Company’s production of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark could be an excellent option for a fascinating night out. Running from December 16th to the 18th, this show is a compelling portrayal of the timeless tale and a great opportunity to see Spanish theatre’s take on an all-time classic.

Enjoy local traditions and art in magnificent Malaga

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As one of the most popular tourist spots in Spain, there are plenty of incredible attractions lined up in Malaga next month.

Music fans may be interested in seeing Spanish indie rock band Hinds, who are playing at CC Ollerias on December 15th. The all-female quartet have made a name for themselves worldwide in the last year thanks to their debut record Leave Me Alone, and the show will represent a warm homecoming.

Elsewhere, art enthusiasts will be happy to hear that David Salle’s Inspired by True Life Events show will be held at the Contemporary Art Centre until December 4th and admission is free. Salle’s work is inspired by popular culture and classical works, making this is a must-see for culture vultures.

As well as this, on December 12th, the Fiesta de los Rondeles takes place, which is a tribute to the olive oil miners who carried their torches in a procession to give thanks to the Divine Shepherdess. As part of the tradition, Rondeles walk from the square near Ermita de la Veracruz up to the parish Church of St James, carrying lighted capachos to a soundtrack of Moorish castanets.

Escape to classy Venice this winter

iStock credit: AlbertPego

Venice is a fantastic winter destination, with its winding streets and sophisticated aura glowing in the dark nights of December. There are also plenty of excellent events lined up to suit all kinds of travellers.

If you want to experience the true class of the city, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will be performed on the December 4th at the Ateneo di San Basso theatre. Even if you’ve never seen an orchestra before, the most famous work of the legendary Antonio Vivaldi is the perfect place to start.

A trip to Venice is not complete without taking in its splendid art scene, with Ca’Pesaro top of the list for those interested in seeing the best of the destination’s creations. Located on the historic grand canal, this gallery contains a stunning selection of 19th and 20th century works and is a fascinating place to explore before grabbing a bite to eat at the nearby restaurants.

Explore authentic Spain in Almeria this December

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Spain is often associated with beach holidays and, while there’s nothing wrong with that, there is much more to the country than its golden sands and warm climate.

Almeria is one of the top destinations for travellers who are looking for an authentic taste of Spain away from the typical tourist locations. Crowds are much smaller in December, too, making it a fantastic time to explore outstanding sites such as Nijar Natural Park and La Alcazaba.

With its magnificent landscape and excellent walking routes, the aforementioned Nijar Natural Park is one of Spain’s best locations for outdoor enthusiasts, while La Alcazaba provides a breathtaking view of the city. Originally built as a defence against pirates, the structure offers a compelling insight into Almeria’s past.

Plus, if you do want to unwind at the beach, the sands of Levante are absolutely blissful with small crowds and extraordinary views.

Enjoy festive fun in the sun in Funchal

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If your only drawback of Christmas is the British weather, Funchal may be the perfect destination this December.

Festive events aplenty await next month, including a fantastic market night on December 23rd, where a wonderfully traditional atmosphere can be expected as concerts, beverage stands and street parties take over the streets.

The Santana Theme Park is another extraordinary attraction and provides a great insight into the history of the area, examining how pottery and carpentry became a vital part of the economy. With many of the exhibitions based in small and colourful houses, it’s a fun and unique experience for both kids and adults.

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Junior Golf Championship 2016 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/junior_golf_championship/ http://blog.monarch.co.uk/junior_golf_championship/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:00:47 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=15756 The Junior Golf Championship 2016 ran from 31st October- 4th November where a variety of young talent were able to showcase their dynamic skills.  Liam Gibson our Direct Marketing & CRM Manager got to attend the great event and had this to say: I was fortunate enough to attend the Junior Golf Tournament , hosted by the Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal last week. For the past 30 years, this tournament has been the breeding ground for some iconic household names, most notably Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Matthew Fitzpatrick. Monarch were a sponsor as we provided the flights to get all the players, organisers, officials and other sponsors out to Faro and onto their destination (only 20 mins away from the airport). Twenty one junior golfers between the ages of 14-18, competed for the title of The Telegraph BMW Junior Golf Champion 2016. One boy and one girl champion would be crowned after three days of competition at the wonderful Quinta do Lago North course. Every player earned their place in the finals by winning a qualifier back in the UK so from a total of 25,855 who started out on the journey, we really did have the best of the young talent out there! The boy’s winner Harry Goddard, who studies sports science at Herts Regional College, showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels as he ended up nine shots clear of the next best competitor- over the three days of competition, that really was an impressive win. 16 year- old Harry made me feel both very old and equally inept at golf when I saw him in action! Hannah Screen, also 16 years of age, won the girls event and now aims to become an elite golfer after her win. She hails from Berkhamsted and is truly a rising star amongst the female youngsters. This golf event was run was by Brookes Sport, a specialist sports agency, and was rolled out to an absolute tee (boom boom). The organisation needed to ensure players, their parents, sponsors, officials and golf staff were all in the right place at the right time, was very impressive. A big thank you to Sophie and Sonia especially for their hard work! The winners were presented with their trophies on course by ex-Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, who takes a keen interest in seeing the development of the junior winners over the years. Along with the accolade of junior champion golfer, a surprise gift was also given to them at the Gala Dinner – an invite to play in the pro-am at the BMW PGA Championship in May, held at Wentworth. Nice work kids!

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The Junior Golf Championship 2016 ran from 31st October- 4th November where a variety of young talent were able to showcase their dynamic skills.  Liam Gibson our Direct Marketing & CRM Manager got to attend the great event and had this to say:

I was fortunate enough to attend the Junior Golf Tournament , hosted by the Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal last week. For the past 30 years, this tournament has been the breeding ground for some iconic household names, most notably Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Matthew Fitzpatrick. Monarch were a sponsor as we provided the flights to get all the players, organisers, officials and other sponsors out to Faro and onto their destination (only 20 mins away from the airport).

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Twenty one junior golfers between the ages of 14-18, competed for the title of The Telegraph BMW Junior Golf Champion 2016. One boy and one girl champion would be crowned after three days of competition at the wonderful Quinta do Lago North course.

Every player earned their place in the finals by winning a qualifier back in the UK so from a total of 25,855 who started out on the journey, we really did have the best of the young talent out there!

The boy’s winner Harry Goddard, who studies sports science at Herts Regional College, showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels as he ended up nine shots clear of the next best competitor- over the three days of competition, that really was an impressive win. 16 year- old Harry made me feel both very old and equally inept at golf when I saw him in action!

Hannah Screen, also 16 years of age, won the girls event and now aims to become an elite golfer after her win. She hails from Berkhamsted and is truly a rising star amongst the female youngsters.

This golf event was run was by Brookes Sport, a specialist sports agency, and was rolled out to an absolute tee (boom boom). The organisation needed to ensure players, their parents, sponsors, officials and golf staff were all in the right place at the right time, was very impressive. A big thank you to Sophie and Sonia especially for their hard work!

The winners were presented with their trophies on course by ex-Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, who takes a keen interest in seeing the development of the junior winners over the years. Along with the accolade of junior champion golfer, a surprise gift was also given to them at the Gala Dinner – an invite to play in the pro-am at the BMW PGA Championship in May, held at Wentworth. Nice work kids!

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The ultimate guide to Faro Airport http://blog.monarch.co.uk/the-ultimate-guide-to-faro-airport/ http://blog.monarch.co.uk/the-ultimate-guide-to-faro-airport/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:21:40 +0000 http://blog.monarch.co.uk/?p=14433 Arriving at an international airport for the first time can be a confusing experience. You and your family or friends want to navigate your way through and out of the other side with minimal stress. Ease this process by being prepared in advance with Monarch’s ultimate guide to some of the most popular airports it flies into. First in this series is Faro Airport – gateway to the Algarve and the beginning of your fabulous holiday in Portugal. Where your Monarch flight will arrive at Faro Airport As Faro Airport has only one terminal, it’s not too confusing when you arrive. It is also this same building where your flight will leave from when returning to the UK. Navigating around Faro Airport While Faro Airport is more than capable of coping with the influx of holidaymakers it experiences during the busy summer season, it isn’t a huge, modern airport. This means it retains its personal feel and is relatively easy to navigate. All of the signs giving directions to the likes of check-in, baggage reclaim and transport options are in both Portuguese and English. Customer service personnel throughout the airport have a high level of English as a second language and should be able to help you with any queries. The tourist information point is located in the arrivals hall and is staffed by helpful employees. It is open from 8am to 11pm daily. The layout of Faro Airport is thankfully straightforward, with departures at one end of the long terminal building and arrivals at the other. After passing through security, the distance to the departure gates is relatively short when compared to many other airports. Smokers will find the designated smoking area on the level above the shops and restaurants. Eating and drinking There are three food outlets on the public concourse – Air Tasty, Costa Coffee and Faro Airport Café – but a much wider selection can be found once you have passed through security. In the departure lounge, there is another Air Tasty and Costa Coffee, as well as Burger MH, Carlsberg Bar, Mulligans, Quiosque Delta, Soho Coffee, and Subway. They tend to open at 4am or 5am and close once the last flight of the day has departed. Airport shopping A wide selection of shops awaits once you have been through security at Faro Airport, allowing you to spend the last of your euros. You may wish to get local specialities from the likes of Airport Craft Shop, Casa dos Sabores de Portugal or Cores Doces sweet shop to take home as souvenirs. Alternatively, internationally-known brands, such as Accessorize, Billabong, Sunglasses Hut and Swarovski are also present. Facilities and amenities If you haven’t yet sorted out your holiday money, there is a bank, bureau de change and several ATMs at the airport, allowing you to access euros for your trip. The pharmacy in the public area of the arrivals hall is open between 8.30am and 11pm. Onward travel Faro Airport is located four kilometres outside of the city centre. There are a number of options to transport you to your hotel in Faro or further afield to a resort in the rest of the Algarve. Unfortunately, there are no train services that depart directly from the airport. For these, you must make your way into Faro itself. Buses Buses run along lines 14 and 16, which go between the airport and various locations in Faro city centre. If you are going to other locations throughout the Algarve, this could be taking you in the wrong direction, however, and there are no buses to these destinations. Buses run from 5am to 11pm and the 20-minute journey costs €2.40. Airport transfers Private transfers are one of the most convenient ways to get to your destination and can be compared online prior to travel. There are plenty of companies that offer these services, so look for a good deal and one that includes everything you need. They should be able to provide car seats for babies, space for all your luggage and the safe transportation of golf clubs should you require any of these things. Car hire The car hire desks at Faro Airport are located just outside the terminal building and well-known international names, such as Avis, Europcar and Hertz are all represented. It’s a good idea to organise your hire car in advance to get the best deal and cut down on hassle once you arrive. Once you have picked up your car, the A22 toll road runs close to the airport and is the best route to most of the towns and resorts close by. Taxis Hiring a taxi from the airport taxi rank is relatively easy, but not the most cost effective way to go long distances. It’s fine, however, if you are only going as far as Faro city centre and should cost no more than €16 during the day and €20 at night for a four-seater vehicle. All of the prices are displayed on a list, so be sure of the price before you set off. The taxi rank is to the right of the exit from the arrivals hall. Top tips for Faro Airport · There is free public WiFi at Faro Airport, but users must login to access it. · Ensure your phone or device is well-charged prior to getting to the airport, as there are very few charging points. · An Airplay area in the departures hall allows kids to let off a bit of steam before boarding. · Just after security you can pick up a pushchair to pop your little one into and leave it at your departure gate.

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Arriving at an international airport for the first time can be a confusing experience. You and your family or friends want to navigate your way through and out of the other side with minimal stress. Ease this process by being prepared in advance with Monarch’s ultimate guide to some of the most popular airports it flies into.

First in this series is Faro Airport – gateway to the Algarve and the beginning of your fabulous holiday in Portugal.

Where your Monarch flight will arrive at Faro Airport

As Faro Airport has only one terminal, it’s not too confusing when you arrive. It is also this same building where your flight will leave from when returning to the UK.

Navigating around Faro Airport

While Faro Airport is more than capable of coping with the influx of holidaymakers it experiences during the busy summer season, it isn’t a huge, modern airport. This means it retains its personal feel and is relatively easy to navigate. All of the signs giving directions to the likes of check-in, baggage reclaim and transport options are in both Portuguese and English.

Customer service personnel throughout the airport have a high level of English as a second language and should be able to help you with any queries. The tourist information point is located in the arrivals hall and is staffed by helpful employees. It is open from 8am to 11pm daily.

The layout of Faro Airport is thankfully straightforward, with departures at one end of the long terminal building and arrivals at the other. After passing through security, the distance to the departure gates is relatively short when compared to many other airports. Smokers will find the designated smoking area on the level above the shops and restaurants.

Eating and drinking

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There are three food outlets on the public concourse – Air Tasty, Costa Coffee and Faro Airport Café – but a much wider selection can be found once you have passed through security. In the departure lounge, there is another Air Tasty and Costa Coffee, as well as Burger MH, Carlsberg Bar, Mulligans, Quiosque Delta, Soho Coffee, and Subway. They tend to open at 4am or 5am and close once the last flight of the day has departed.

Airport shopping

A wide selection of shops awaits once you have been through security at Faro Airport, allowing you to spend the last of your euros. You may wish to get local specialities from the likes of Airport Craft Shop, Casa dos Sabores de Portugal or Cores Doces sweet shop to take home as souvenirs. Alternatively, internationally-known brands, such as Accessorize, Billabong, Sunglasses Hut and Swarovski are also present.

Facilities and amenities

If you haven’t yet sorted out your holiday money, there is a bank, bureau de change and several ATMs at the airport, allowing you to access euros for your trip. The pharmacy in the public area of the arrivals hall is open between 8.30am and 11pm.

Onward travel

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Faro Airport is located four kilometres outside of the city centre. There are a number of options to transport you to your hotel in Faro or further afield to a resort in the rest of the Algarve. Unfortunately, there are no train services that depart directly from the airport. For these, you must make your way into Faro itself.

Buses

Buses run along lines 14 and 16, which go between the airport and various locations in Faro city centre. If you are going to other locations throughout the Algarve, this could be taking you in the wrong direction, however, and there are no buses to these destinations. Buses run from 5am to 11pm and the 20-minute journey costs €2.40.

Airport transfers

Private transfers are one of the most convenient ways to get to your destination and can be compared online prior to travel. There are plenty of companies that offer these services, so look for a good deal and one that includes everything you need. They should be able to provide car seats for babies, space for all your luggage and the safe transportation of golf clubs should you require any of these things.

Car hire

The car hire desks at Faro Airport are located just outside the terminal building and well-known international names, such as Avis, Europcar and Hertz are all represented. It’s a good idea to organise your hire car in advance to get the best deal and cut down on hassle once you arrive. Once you have picked up your car, the A22 toll road runs close to the airport and is the best route to most of the towns and resorts close by.

Taxis

Hiring a taxi from the airport taxi rank is relatively easy, but not the most cost effective way to go long distances. It’s fine, however, if you are only going as far as Faro city centre and should cost no more than €16 during the day and €20 at night for a four-seater vehicle. All of the prices are displayed on a list, so be sure of the price before you set off. The taxi rank is to the right of the exit from the arrivals hall.

Top tips for Faro Airport

· There is free public WiFi at Faro Airport, but users must login to access it.

· Ensure your phone or device is well-charged prior to getting to the airport, as there are very few charging points.

· An Airplay area in the departures hall allows kids to let off a bit of steam before boarding.

· Just after security you can pick up a pushchair to pop your little one into and leave it at your departure gate.

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