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Six dream holidays on the path-less-trodden

Six dream holidays on the path-less-trodden

Exploring the world is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Sometimes there are even greater experiences to be had if you venture off the beaten track.

That’s why we’ve prepared this list of our six favourite lesser-known holiday destinations, all accessible via a direct flight from Heathrow airport - no connections required.

If you feel like doing something different with your next holiday, these hidden gems will give you the advantage of less crowds, cheaper flights and hotels, and a more authentic experience.

So go ahead, and follow the path-less-trodden! The world is yours to explore.

La Coruña, Spain

La Coruña, Spain

Take off from Heathrow, and just one hour and fifty-five minutes later you could be in this beautiful Spanish seaside retreat, known as “The City Of Glass”.

With stunning views across the Galician bay and the pleasingly relaxed atmosphere of a sleepy port town, this is the perfect destination for those looking to take it easy. Enjoy a glass of wine by the water, and sample some local seafood tapas for a fresh taste of Spain.

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

The capital city of Mexico is filled with beautiful architecture and a uniquely rich cultural history. Filled with museums, music, and fine dining, this vibrant metropolis also serves as a perfect basecamp for tours into the surrounding countryside, including the famous Teotihuacan square pyramid - one of the largest in the world.

If you crave the hustle and bustle of city life, then a Central American adventure could be yours direct from Heathrow in under 12 hours.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s capital city stands at the base of the majestic Vitosha mountain, and reflects countless centuries of world history through its many influences, combining elements of the Roman, Greek, and Ottoman empires, with flashes of the former Soviet Union.

With a typical flight time of just three hours and five minutes from Heathrow, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into another world. The streets of Sofia have a character that you won’t find anywhere else, and a long weekend spent exploring them will refresh your body and mind in equal measure.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The 14 hour flight from Heathrow to Buenos Aires is absolutely worth the wait as soon as the warmth, colour, and passion of Argentina washes over you.

It’s easy to be swept up by the spirit of Buenos Aires. Home to tango dancing, dulce de leche, hedonistic night-life, and (just outside the city), subtropical forests, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.

To paraphrase a song from a certain well-known musical; don’t cry for Argentina. Once you’ve been to Buenos Aires, the truth is, you’ll never want to leave.

St. John’s, Canada

St. John’s, Canada

This picturesque port town on Canada’s east coast is less than six hours away from London, meaning you can have breakfast at home, and arrive in Newfoundland in time for dinner!

Here, the calming pace of a fishing village meets with the breathtaking North Atlantic scenery in a way that will let your stress simply melt away.

With great opportunities for boat trips, hiking, and even guided tours of local haunted houses for ghost-fans, a break in St. John’s is a great way to recharge your batteries and truly relax.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

In many ways, Sri Lanka feels as though it couldn’t possibly be further away from London. In reality, it’s only about 10 hours away, direct from Heathrow. The capital city of Colombo boasts a host of delights for the senses, with a dizzying array of sights and sounds that can only be found in this part of the world.

Where else could you experience such a wonderful collision of east meets west? Exotic foods like kottu roti and gotu kola mallung will excite your tastebuds, while Colombo’s many temples and museums will enrich your mind.

Who would have guessed that such far-flung delights could be accessed in the same amount of time as a flight to Miami?

Don’t forget...

Before you head off on your hidden gem holiday, book your Heathrow parking with us.

Park right at the airport and take a quick, easy transfer to your terminal, or with our Meet & Greet parking service all you have to do is drop your car off with us and we’ll do the hard work of parking for you.

Now you’re ready to start your adventure!

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