Explore colourful Catalonia with flights to Girona from Scotland

Planning to combine a Barcelona city-break with exploration of Catalonia, Aragon and the Spanish Pyrenees, or just fancy some bronzing on the Costa Brava? Direct flights to Girona from Scotland offer the perfect solution, especially if you choose to make this delightful and ancient city the base for your holiday.

Until recently, Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) offered flights to Girona from 3 airports in Scotland: Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow (Prestwick). Cutbacks mean that only the Prestwick connection presently operates, but careful booking can still find some bargain fares on this route.

Ryanair advertises the availability of a basic fare of £22.99 for seats from Prestwick to Girona. With taxes and the airline's surplus charges for baggage, credit-card booking fees, check-in and the like this is likely to amount to around £70 single fare for the average traveller.

Nevertheless, by taking hand-baggage only and being very flexible with your travel dates you might be able to find a substantially cheaper fare. Look out for Ryanair's regular offers, usually heavily-advertised in the national press.

One useful tip with Ryanair bookings is to be on the lookout for tax-free flights, available on certain dates as a promotional device, as this can amount to a substantial saving if there is a large group of you flying.

Once you've arrived, don't spend all your time on the road to Barcelona, or roasting on the beaches. Girona is a beautiful, atmospheric city, easy to explore on foot.

Wander the old town and admire the Cathedral, the Carolingian city wall and one of the best-preserved medieval Jewish quarters in Spain. In the process, you won't be able to help stumbling upon some very tempting tapas bars and restaurants clustered around sun-dappled squares.

Keep up to date on the city's vibrant cultural scene by consulting www.girona.cat, which can also offer information on the Museum of Cinema, local fiestas, concerts and activities for children.

You only need to spend a couple of days in this relaxing and welcoming city to congratulate yourself that you made a smart choice when you booked those holiday flights to Girona from Scotland.



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