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Bristol and Birmingham are returning to the British Airways network, with a summer programme of flights to Spain and Italy.

Ten years ago, BA ended almost all flights that did not begin or end in London, with the sale of its regional operations to Flybe.

But following the recent decision to operate weekend flights from Manchester to a range of Mediterranean destinations, the airline is to offer a similar service from Birmingham and Bristol.

From May, both airports will offer BA services to Florence, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma.

All the routes except Florence already have existing services on rival airlines.

The BA flights will use small Embraer jets normally deployed on business routes from London City airport. The Docklands airport is closed for 24 hours at weekends, and rather than leave aircraft on the ground a plane will be “positioned” to each of Bristol and Birmingham.

Airport bosses see the move as a hopeful sign of further expansion by BA.

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer for Birmingham, said, “Having British Airways return to Birmingham is not only great news for the airport but also the Midlands region and we are confident this is the beginning of a long-term growth plan with the airline.”

Robert Sinclair, Bristol airport’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement which will see the iconic British Airways brand returning to Bristol Airport.

“We look forward to working with British Airways on the new routes and further enhancing the services available from Bristol.”

Ryanair today began flights from Aberdeen to Alicante and Malaga. And easyJet has announced a new summer link from Luton to Zadar on the Croatian coast.

The Balearic island of Mallorca has attracted the world’s rich and famous for centuries. Its picture postcard scenery has become a sublime setting of both inspiration and relaxation for those in the spotlight, emerging as the perfect romantic getaway destination.

Spain’s most international tennis player, Rafal Nadal often returns home to Mallorca to relax with girlfriend Xisca; look out for his silhouette sailing around the island which also hosted the popular ITV show, Love Island and the hit BBC drama, The Night Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singer-songwriter James Blunt not only celebrated his wedding on Mallorca but continues to be a frequent visitor to the island with his wife, Sofia. They wanted to show their affection for the island by making sure that their big day gave back, buying the bridal gown from Mallorquin designer Rosa Esteva and using Palma based event planners to organise the celebration.

The Beckhams are the most recent celebrity couple to fall in love with the island and they know how to celebrate their love for one another in style. The luxurious setting of Mallorca is where the world’s power couple now enjoy time away from their star-studded lifestyle.

It is clear that Mallorca is the top destination for a romantic getaway and Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, for leading Spanish homebuilder  Taylor Wimpey España, agrees as he himself fell in love with the island when he first visited on a family holiday in 1975.

He comments, “Having visited a great number of Spanish destinations, Mallorca has a special hold on me. It’s where I met my wife, started my career in property, and it’s the place my family and I call home.

“There are many reasons why Mallorca has a unique and romantic feel; the coastline is truly stunning with an amazing 200 beaches, many of which boast Blue Flags, all over the island. It is also an absolute paradise for nature lovers, my favourite is the Tramuntana mountains. Nothing beats taking my motorbike up through the winding mountain roads to enjoy the most breath-taking views and see the local wildlife at the weekend.

“Mallorca is an island full of life; the capital Palma plays host to half of the island’s population offering style, sophistication and a buzzing nightlife. The Mallorquin people are passionate and I have no doubt that the island will steal your heart just as its stolen mine.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those ready to follow in the sandy footprints of today’s elite, leading Spanish homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España offer an array of properties perfect for an A-list romantic retreat. The Marina Golf complex is less than 30 minutes from the capital Palma and is located next to the celebrated Santa Ponsa III Golf Club.

This new Mediterranean style village has spacious townhouses with private terraces, gardens and allocated parking spaces. In the communal area there is a swimming pool for the exclusive use of owners, surrounded by a solarium with views over the golf course and a large communal garden.

Prices start from just €600,000 +VAT and every townhouse has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, with air conditioning, under floor heating in the bathrooms, double-glazing, a security door, TV aerial and satellite dish. In order to ensure the maximum amount of light the properties are southwest facing and have several terrace areas so the sun can be enjoyed for most of the day.

Santa Ponsa is surrounded by some of the top golf clubs on the island including Golf Santa Ponsa I, II and III. It is also near the coast, in an area dotted with beautiful coves and beaches and some of the island’s most exclusive marinas such as the Puerto Adriano. Designed by Philippe Starck and just 1.5 km away, Puerto Adriano has a wide variety of elegant bars and restaurants ideal for that much needed date night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those with a more modest budget, Taylor Wimpey España’s most recent development is the gorgeous  Bahia Sant Pere. The development is situated in the traditional north east coastal village of Colonia de Sant Pere, perfect for those wanting a more rural escape.

Less than an hour from Palma’s international airport and only a short distance from the local fishing port and Mallorca’s golden coastline. From just €215,000 +VAT all apartments have two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen with breakfast bar and the use of a private parking space. Each resident will have access to the development’s two swimming pools and luscious communal gardens.

Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the village of Colonia de Sant Pere allows visitors to experience the more rustic side of Mallorca, being the perfect location to enjoy both the stunning landscape of the mountains of the Peninsula de LLevant Natural Park and the beautiful coast with the white sandy beach of Sa Canova.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://taylorwimpeyspain.com. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

The number of British tourists visiting Spain jumped by the most in over a decade to hit a record in 2016, defying expectations of a slowdown in bookings after June’s Brexit vote and the subsequent tumble in sterling.

The trend looks set to continue into this year, with British early bookings for 2017 summer holidays in Spain up 16 percent on last year, according to travel market analysts GfK.

Spanish economists and policymakers had feared tourism, which accounts for around 11 percent of economic output, would be hit by sterling’s fall in value against the euro after the British vote to leave the European Union.

For years, Britons have been the biggest group of tourists to Spain by nationality. The pound has shed just over 10 percent against the euro since the June 23 referendum and some see it weakening further once EU divorce talks begin.

But like predictions of a swift Brexit-led slowdown in the British economy, these concerns appear misplaced.

The number of Britons visiting Spain rose by over 12 percent last year, to 17.8 million people, as security worries in holiday destinations such as Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt led them to seek sun closer to home. That is over six million more than the next biggest group by nationality – the French.

“We have been very happy with the figures – instead of a fall there’s been a sharp rise,” said Cristobal de la Rosa, Vice-Councillor of Tourism in the Canary Islands, an archipelago and popular winter sun destination off the coast of West Africa.

British tourist Alison Moore, who has been visiting the Canary Islands since the 1980s, said the fall in currency had not affected her decision to visit Tenerife, the largest of the seven islands, this year.

“Tenerife is the place we go back to every year for a January week and a bit of sun,” said the 57-year-old garden designer from Cheshire. “It’s a short flight and even with the pound it’s a relatively cheap destination.”

The government of the Canary Islands, the second most visited region of Spain last year after Catalonia, has set up a Brexit committee which meets every couple of months to monitor the progress of Britain’s exit from the European Union, Vice-Councillor de la Rosa said.

Representatives from industries including tourism and agriculture sit on the committee, de la Rosa said. The tourist industry wants to keep travel to Spain as easy as possible once Britain leaves the EU, he said, for instance avoiding any introduction of visas for Britons entering Spain.
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The Canary Islands, where more than one in three tourists is British, has worked to reinforce the links with Britain which date back to the 19th century, when Britons stayed at grand hotels on the islands, believing the climate and waters to be beneficial for health.

Tenerife launched a ‘Hug a Briton’ campaign encouraging locals to embrace British tourists and post photographs of encounters on social media to signal affection towards Britons in the wake of the vote.

“It was absolutely lovely,” said Dawn McIntyre, a commercial refurbishment manager from Newcastle and regular visitor to the island. “Hotels were putting up signs saying ‘Hug a Brit’ and ‘We’re sending you our love’.”

By Sonya Dowsett | MADRID

Leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España celebrated the start of 2017 by completely selling out three desirable developments in three different destinations.

Costa Beach in Mallorca, Jade Beach in Marbella and Jardin del Mar in Javea have all now sold out, with a combined total of just under 100 units.

However, with demand set to rise further still throughout 2017, Taylor Wimpey España are on hand to provide new and alternative options for prospective buyers looking to the sun kissed Costas and the beautiful Balearic isle of Mallorca.

Fancy the Costa Blanca? Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España, recently revealed the launch of their newest development in the region. He explained,

“In response to European buyer demand, especially families looking for a second home, we are delighted to be presenting our new development Arenal Dream to the market. Especially after the success of its neighbouring development, Jardín del Mar, which has now completely sold out.”

Situated only 300 metres from the beach of El Arenal, awarded with a Blue Flag and one of the best beaches in the Valencian Community, the stunning Arenal Dream development consists of 47 properties, comprised of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Luxurious communal areas include a swimming pool and luscious gardens creating a beautiful environment in which to relax.

With prices starting from just €220,000 +VAT, all residents can enjoy the spacious terraces integrated as part of the living room which benefit from natural light through large French windows. Each property includes an underground parking space and ground floor apartments also offer private gardens to the front and rear. It is a privileged location with many services within walking distance such as leisure amenities, restaurants, banks and supermarkets.

Dreaming of the Costa del Sol? Destined for Marbella? Acqua is a modern, elegant residential complex, situated between the Paseo Maritimo seafront promenade and the historic old quarter of San Pedro de Alcantara, with the harbour of Puerto Banus just 5 minutes away.

With prices starting from just €265,000 +VAT, there are still 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available, with residents able to choose from stylish ground floor properties to luxury penthouses complete with sunbathing terrace. Aqcua also offers a beautiful communal swimming pool and gardens for residents, with each apartment benefitting from fitted air-conditioning and a private parking space.

If island life is for you, Taylor Wimpey España’s most recent development on Mallorca, Bahia Sant Pere, is perfect. The development is a Mediterranean-inspired residential complex situated in the traditional north east coastal village of Colonia de Sant Pere, ideal for those wanting a more rural escape for their second home.

Less than an hour from Palma’s international airport and only a short distance from the local fishing port and Mallorca’s golden coastline, Bahia Sant Pere is comprised of two and three bedroom apartments.

From just €215,000 +VAT all apartments have two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen with breakfast bar and the use of a private parking space. Each resident will have access to the development’s two swimming pools and luscious communal gardens.

Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the village of Colonia de Sant Pere allows visitors to experience the more rustic side of Mallorca, being the perfect location to enjoy both the stunning landscape of the mountains of the Peninsula de LLevant Natural Park and the beautiful coast with the white sandy beach of Sa Canova.

If you’ve been dreaming of owning your own slice of Spanish sunshine, don’t miss out. Contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.

A NOVEL idea could see Mallorcan motorways have dedicated bus lanes running through the middle of them. Gone would be the typical green shrubbery dividing opposite lanes. Rather they woud become special bus lanes to help ease traffic flow. 

The idea is to make public transport even quicker than private transport. In an ideal world this would encourage people to ditch their cars and travel collectively, easing pollution on the island.

Express bus lanes are in operation in dozens of cities across the world, such as Istanbul which has more cars than Madrid has people.

The Balearic government is hoping to raise the relative share of public transport to 25 per cent of all transport across the islands by 2028. Currently around 13 per cent of trips are taken collectively.

A first step in the project could see bus lanes introduced from the airport on the motorway route to Peguera. Another proposal is that cars carrying three or more passengers could also use the dedicated lanes.

The plan is not, however, without its detractors. One commentator noted the irony of trying to improve the environment by replacing miles of green shrubbery with bus lanes.