Hotspots on your doorstep

Tapas in Spain or art in Italy? The choice is yours as BA makes a welcome return to Birmingham Airport this summer

British Airways is returning to Birmingham Airport with some exciting summer routes to stunning European hotspots just over two hours away. From May, the airline will begin direct flights from Birmingham to the popular Spanish destinations of Malaga, Ibiza and Palma and to the Italian city of Florence. Will you be dining on tapas in Spain or musing at art in Italy this summer?


Providing the idyllic backdrop to many a romantic movie, Florence boasts breath-taking vistas, world-class art and iconic domed cathedrals. With so much to see and do it’s easy to see why tourists regularly flock to this riverside city, making it high on the world’s must-see destinations. Gaze at the amber-gilded ripples of the Arno River at sunset, admire the Renaissance architecture and finish by tucking into traditional rustic cuisine.

While Florence is famous for its art and cathedrals, there’s so much more to explore. Sway to Latin rhythms under the stars at the open-air nightclub in Central Park or wander around Santa Spirito organic market and pick up some hand-painted crockery or aromatic spices.


One of the world’s oldest cities is overflowing with stunning architecture, traditional bars and whitewashed villages. Immerse yourself in history and culture at the local cathedrals or find an Abyssinia where you can listen to live music and while the night away.

Similar to the other Spanish destinations that British Airways flies to, Malaga has spectacular views. A bike tour around the city is an ideal way to take them in. Prepare to be wowed by panoramic sights of the picture perfect beaches, oceans and hillside.

If you’re a foodie, Mercado Merced in the heart of the city showcases traditional and innovative culinary producers. It’s the perfect venue to taste the local gastronomy and experience the authentic atmosphere.


There are many different sides to Ibiza so you’re sure to find something to whet your appetite, from rugged beaches and secluded coves to high-end clubs and up-market restaurants, you can create the ideal trip.

If you’re looking for a relaxing get-away why not retreat to the hills and stay in a vineyard, or take a horse trek in the north of the island and admire the forests and unspoilt beaches. For something more lively, board the biggest boat party in Ibiza where you’ll enjoy a Champagne breakfast, music and entertainment.


There are so many reasons to book a flight to Palma, whether it’s for an intimate city break or a family holiday, you’re guaranteed a great trip. The Spanish city is home to golden beaches, a vast array of restaurants and bars and plenty of historic buildings and monuments.

Book an open-top bus tour where you can even create your own itinerary ensuring you don’t miss a thing. For a foodie adventure, indulge in a local tapas night where you can sample the traditional cuisine and enjoy some Spanish wine.

You could be in one of these amazing European destinations in just over two hours from Birmingham Airport this summer for an unforgettable summer break.