Direct to Spain's sunny spots
In a new series entitled "Fly Direct", the LT Expat Hub explores the sunny destinations you can fly to direct from Luxembourg, with information about Covid restrictions, what's open and travel requirements such as negative PCR tests and Passenger Locator Forms.
All the Ms - three Spanish destinations – Mallorca, Menorca and Malaga.
Covid-19 tests and health questionnaire
Note that PCR or Antigen tests are required before your flight in Luxembourg and you will also need to organise a test at your Spanish destination. You can book a test at the airport in Malaga, and the one in Mallorca, and Menorca. You’ll find a list of other Covid-19 testing facilities in Spain here.
All passengers arriving in Spain must also complete a health questionnaire (FCS form). You can do so here, or download an app for this purpose by searching “SpTH” in either Google Play Store or App Store. If you cannot complete the form online you can get a printable version here.
Daily flights some with an early start (06.05), and a flight time of just less than 2 hours.
This Balearic Island has a good mix of culture, charming villages, palaces, and of course plenty of beaches. It has a rich ecosystem of salt meadows, wetlands, mountains and gorges, and some 400 different species of fish, 31 orchids and is home to the flamingo and the fish eagle.
Cultural highlights include the Almudaina Royal Palace in Palma, built in the early 14th century. An irregular rectangle-shape with imposing towers, it houses a Gothic-style chapel and some Moorish baths. The Royal Palace del Rei Sanc in Valldemossa, built in the same century, became a monastery and has a preserved Renaissance cloister.
Hikers have two challenges – the Serra de Tramuntana and the Serres de Llevant. The former is a 156km trail divided into sections suitable for all ages, the latter passing by sand dunes and into the mountains. Other natural wonders on the island include Torrent de Pareis, a 3km canyon with high limestone walls which ends at the Sa Calobra bay.
The Dragonera Natural Park consists of the rocky island of the same name plus two others. It’s accessible by boat, and on the island, you can explore the lighthouse (where there is a visitor centre) and defence towers, and do a spot of bird watching.
Mallorca has its own special culinary delights and celebrations. In the third week of June certain villages celebrate the orange, grown locally, with delicacies such as marmalades, liqueurs and sweets made from citrus fruit for sale.
Cocarrois are a local speciality. Half-moon shaped they are filled with locally grown cabbage, chard or cauliflower, pine nuts and peppers. The island's sweet delicacy, ensaimada, is a sugar covered pastry, made with pork lard (saim) which gives it its name. The dough is left to rise for 12 hours before it’s baked, and the resultant pastry is crispy on the outside, soft inside. Its origins date back to the 17th century, and you can try your Ensaimada filled with chocolate, caramel, jam or nut paste.
Flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays take 1 hour 50 minutes direct (check when booking as some flights stop in Ibiza and therefore take much longer).
Somewhat more tranquil, Menorca is a protected biosphere reserve which boasts a coastline of idyllic coves. It’s also home to prehistoric archaeological sites and an imposing fortress La Mola. At the mouth of the port of Mahon, the fortress was designed by military engineer Montalambert, who used a casemates system with a polygonal front to provide the island with defence from attacks both by land and sea.
Mahon still has the remains of the medieval walls on a rocky outcrop overlooking its harbour, and its historic centre is home to French and English architectural style, plus the Santa Maria Cathedral and the Carmen convent whose ancient cloisters now house the local market. The other island’s town, Ciutadella is filled with Spanish palaces, Moorish architecture and a charming harbour.
The village of Talati de Dalt contains enormous prehistoric stones in the shape of a T and is the Menorcan Stone Henge. A twelve acre talayot village Torre d’en Galmes is located near Alaior with artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age. The Albufera des Grau Natural Park includes a 2km lagoon and a wetland area dotted with observation points and unspoiled beaches.
Mahon cheese is a local speciality, with a salty taste, whilst Perol is a dish of layered potato and tomatoes covered with shredded bread, garlic and basil. The island is also known for its fish and seafood dishes.
Flights leave Luxembourg on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, with direct flights taking 2 hours 45 minutes (check when booking as not all flights are direct).
On Andalusia’s Costa del Sol, Malaga combines beaches and nature with a century-old castle, the Castillo de Gibralfaro. The Moorish Alcazabar sits on a hill overlooking Malaga city, and can be reached on foot via a scenic walkway. The city’s museum is the fifth biggest in Spain and brings together art and archaeology from the region.
Malaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, and a museum now houses a number of his paintings, sculptures, drawings and ceramics.
The Montes de Malaga are just 5km from the city, and you can rent a bike or spend a day discovering the flora and fauna which includes wild boars and eagles.
What should you eat? Sardines roasted on an open fire (espetos), a cold tomato soup (like a gazpacho), known as Porra Antequerana, and prawns cooked in chilli. The Costa del Sol is also known for its seafood paella.
Other Spanish destinations you can fly to directly from Findel
Currently you can also fly direct from Luxembourg’s Findel Airport to destinations in the Canary Islands (Gran Canarias, Fuerteventura, Tenerife) and the beach resorts of Almeria.
This article was first published on 9 May 2021.