Jet2com Announces Expanded Schedule to Rome and Barcelona from Glasgow

Jet2.com, a UK-based low-cost airline operating out of Leeds Bradford Airport, is expanding its services to Barcelona, Spain; and Rome, Italy.

The services from Glasgow Airport to Barcelona and Rome have been extended for all year round from the summer of 2013. Fares commence from £38 one way for a twice weekly service to Rome; while airfares commence from £37 one way for services to Barcelona.

Steve Heapy, the chief commercial officer of Jet2.com, said, ‘Rome and Barcelona are two of our most popular destinations and so we want to ensure customers can visit at any time of year. With our generous 22kg baggage allowance people can take their winter woollies or summer gear and really make the most of their trips.’

Amanda McMillan, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said, ‘This yet more positive news from Jet2.com which is clearly committed to continually improving its service for customers.

The extension of its popular Barcelona and Rome routes will provide passengers with greater flexibility and choice and it follows the airline’s recent decision to introduce flights to Murcia, Pula and Menorca.’

The airline – in August 2013 – will be adding a fourth aircraft based out of its hub at Glasgow Airport, extending its services from the area. The airline’s additional capacity from the airport will add around 50 new jobs, and increase the frequency of service to destinations such as the Canaries, Majorca, Ibiza and Turkey.

The airline had earlier announced new services, with flights to Murcia departing from Glasgow Airport twice a week, from May 24, 2013, with fares commencing from £41 per person; weekly flights to Pula will commence on June 18, 2013, with fares from £49 per person; and weekly flights to Menorca commence on May 25, 2013, for fares starting from £41 per person.

A guide to Barcelona’s best New Year’s Eve parties

If you’re thinking of jetting off somewhere exciting for New Year’s Eve in 2012, Barcelona has to be near the top of your list. The Spanish are known for their love of partying, so there’s nowhere better to see in 2013 in style.

While it’s easy to get carried away with planning where you’ll be when the clock strikes midnight, make sure you don’t forget to book your accommodation – you’ll need to have a place to crash when all the festivities are over. You can find more information about some of the available options here.

Once you’ve got the practicalities sorted out, it’s time to decide how you want to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona.

Join a street party

If you’re on a bit of a tight budget for your getaway, heading to one of Barcelona’s street parties could be your best option, as you can join in with all the revelry here without having to pay a hefty entrance fee.

On December 31st, the biggest crowds gather at Plaza de Catalunya and along Las Ramblas. As the clock hits midnight, don’t be surprised to see people eating grapes – it’s a tradition in Spain that if you eat one grape for every chime, your wish for the coming year will come true. Get involved with the fun and see if you can manage it.

There are also spectacular fireworks displays over Barcelona that are best viewed from somewhere outdoors, so this is a great opportunity to enjoy the spectacle without having to spend a lot of cash.

Head to a club

Before midnight, many of the celebrations will be taking place at family homes, as this is traditionally a time when parents, children and other relatives gather together for a large meal.

You shouldn’t be surprised, therefore, if the clubs and bars don’t fill up until after the start of 2013. One of the biggest and best NYE parties will be held at Razzmatazz, a super-club in the city.

It’s a great choice if you’re travelling with a group of friends who all have varied musical tastes as it has got five rooms, each of which plays different tunes. So, everyone should be happy if you head here for your evening out. It’s worth noting that booking your tickets in advance can save you money on admission, while it’s cheaper to get in after midnight than before.

Another option is Sala Apolo, a venue that regularly plays host to famous DJs and holds other concerts. On December 31st this year, a selection of DJs will be spinning the decks into the early hours of the morning. Entry costs €16 (£12.85) per person, with the doors opening just after midnight.

Go for dinner – Spanish style

If you’d like to have an authentic Spanish New Year’s Eve experience – and you have the money to spare – book a table at one of Barcelona’s top restaurants in the evening. Many of the city’s establishments will have special menus on December 31st, with the likes of Ribelino’s, Shoko and Rita Blue among the eateries you can visit for a meal before you hit Barcelona’s clubs.

Some of the restaurants – like Shoko – even have their own club, so you could look into whether there are any deals available that will provide you with dinner followed by entry to one of the best parties in town.

Barrhead Travel Announces Summer Charter Flights from Glasgow

Barrhead Travel, a UK based holiday company, will be operating charter flights from Glasgow Airport, in Scotland, to a number of popular holiday destinations next summer.

The company intends to charter flights to Palma, Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona and Venice, offering a total of around 20,000 seats, between the May and October period in 2013.

The company has reported that seats are currently available on sale with a range of choices, including flight only reservations, as part of a traditional holiday package, or as a connection to cruise departure points in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.

Barrhead Travel is offering its charter flights with British Airways aircraft, with amenities that include more legroom for passengers and more luggage allowance.

Sharon Munro, the chief executive officer of Barrhead Travel, said, ‘We strive to give our customers greater choice and value and chartering more flights during the summer months to some of our most popular destinations and cruise ships enables us to give them the best prices possible.

2013 will see our most ambitious flight programme to date, including new routes from Aberdeen to Barcelona, Glasgow to Alicante and three flights per week due to public demand from Glasgow to Palma. The flights will give our agents more flexibility to tailor cost effective holiday options or are available for customers to book directly online.’

Amanda McMillan, the managing director of Glasgow Airport, said, ‘Barrhead Travel has always proved a popular choice for Scottish holidaymakers and we have worked closely with them over the last three summers to ensure their flight programme from Glasgow Airport has been successful.

It is great news for Scottish holidaymakers that Barrhead has expanded its Glasgow Airport programme every year since it began in 2010. With five popular destinations in 2013, we are confident that our partnership is on course for another successful summer.’

Hilton Barcelona Reopens After Transformation

Hilton Barcelona, a Hilton Hotels brand property in Barcelona, Spain, has reopened after completing a total refurbishment aimed at attracting new age travellers.

The hotel, which had initially opened during the Barcelona Olympic Games, has re-opened on completion of a makeover of its 289 guestrooms, and 13 suites, as well as its Mosaic restaurant, The Vibe Bar and an impressive outdoor terrace. The hotel has benefited from the brand’s new innovative lobby design for the first time in Europe.

British designers, Bevis Design Associates, has planned the rooms, suites and Executive Lounge decor, while Matteo Thun is the architect for the hotel’s public areas, including the lobby, which has been designed with flexible space which may be changed according to various hospitality requirements.

Matteo Thun said, ‘We’ve turned a twenty year old building into a stylish and contemporary urban space. Hilton Barcelona is not just a hotel, but a dynamic open place that embodies the different needs of a constantly changing society.’

The dining venues include two restaurants, the Mosaic Restaurant for fine dining, and Atrium Bar and Terrace for evening cocktails.

All guestrooms are provided with wireless high speed Internet access, and separate workspaces. For guests staying in Executive class rooms, the Executive Lounge will provide complimentary breakfast and refreshments.

The Hilton Barcelona hotel has 17 meeting rooms for events and conferences, a Business Centre and wireless Internet access in all public areas.

Introductory room rates commence at €149, per room, per night.

Enjoy a late sunny city break in Spain

As warm summer gives way to cooler autumn days, it’s only natural to start feeling as if the time for travel is over and there is nothing left in the year but a never-ending sequence of dull, grey, colourless days of chilly winds and rain and snow. Or maybe I simply have a penchant for the dramatic… The best of summer may indeed be behind us, but no one seems to have told that to Southern Europe, where it’s still warm and pleasant even thought it’s almost October.

September is a busy month in sunny Spain. There are no bad times to visit Barcelona – a city alive with culture, history and gorgeous architecture that is at times bizarre, at times lovely, but always mesmerizing – but if you happen to be in Catalonia this week, it’s the perfect time to drop by the City of Counts, just in time for La Mercè Festival. Going back to the late 19th century, La Mercè is a festival held every year on September 24th, but with several days of festivities leading up to it.

Wine aficionados will be glad to know the Festival includes a Catalan Wine Fair, where you will be able to taste some of the wines of the region. There is also a marathon race, a pyromusical event and a special correfoc. The correfoc is a very Catalan tradition, in which a group of people dress up as devils and dance to the rhythm of drums, while setting off fireworks among the crowds. During the day you can admire the castellers dressed in red-and-blue, trying to build the tallest human tower possible. The streets of the Old Quarter will also be filled with street performers, including people dancing the Sardana, a traditional Catalan dance.

Driving a car hire in Barcelona during the festivity days, specially in the centre of the city, is ill-advised, as many of the streets will be closed, there will be crowds and parades, and the traffic will be hectic. However, the metro will be open all night, so you won’t be left stranded! Even though it’s still warm in Barcelona this time of year, the nights can be chilly, so be sure to take a sweater. If you plan to watch the correfoc, protective clothing is important, including a hat and glasses, so as to protect your skin and eyes from the flying sparklers that are sprayed at the crowds.

If you’re staying a bit further south and travelling to Catalonia is not a practical option, driving your car hire to Murcia for the Feria de Murcia is another fun option. This festival goes back to the 18th century and lasts most of September. The festival is actually a collection of smaller festivals and events, which include competitions, bullfights, folklore, the Moors and Christians Festival and several others!

Autumn may be starting, but Spain still has much to offer, so pack up your bags and enjoy the new season!