• Easyjet Announces More Routes for 2015

    by  • December 14, 2014 • Architecture, Bilbao, City Breaks, Religious Sites, Spilt, UNESCO

     From June 2015 it will be possible to fly direct to Split from Luton, Manchester and Newcastle

     

    The low cost airline Easyjet has announced the introduction of 19 more new routes for the summer of 2015. Not all of these are from UK airports ands many of them are to summer sun rather than city break destinations. A few of the new routes did catch my eye however :- A Bristol to Bilbao service will operate twice weekly from 19th April, adding to the services which Easyjet already operates from Manchester and London Stansted. Bilbao isn’t one of the big city break destinations but the Basque Country’s largest city has plenty to offer including a superb location and of course the iconic Guggenheim Museum.

    Also of particular interest are the new routes announced to Split from Luton, Manchester and Newcastle, commencing in June 2015. The second-largest city in Croatia, Split has plenty to offer the visitor looking to spend a few relaxing days away. . This charming city is always buzzing with life and offers a perfect balance between tradition and modernity. It enjoys a beautiful setting on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, with the dramatic coastal mountains acting as a perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.

    Split is a major transport hub and makes an excellent base for exploring Dalmatia, including the many islands that lie just offshore. Regular ferries run to islands such as Hvar, Brac and Solta, giving the opportunity to escape from the city for a day.

    It’s hard to miss the Greek and Roman influences when you visit Split. The Greeks were the first to settle here, followed by the Romans. Diocletian’s Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the historic centre of Split is built around the remains of this Roman palace. It’s free to wander around the remains of the former palace but you can also pay to visit the excavated remains of the palace basement. The Archaeological Museum is about 20 minutes’ walk north of the old town and has on display many artefacts and monuments from the Roman colonies of Salona and Narona.

    For superb views of the city it is worth climbing the 13th century campanile of St Domnius Cathedral. (known locally as St Duje). The cathedral was built on the site of Diocletian’s mausoleum which can still be visited. Don’t miss the cathedral treasury, which contains valuable church documents and artefacts such as the relics of Saint Duje.

    Something which every visitor to Split must do is to take a stroll along the promenade. As the sun fades in the evening locals flock to the promenade to stroll, chat with friends and relax in one of the cafés.