Top 6 European destinations for 2016

Watch the amazing Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights at Reykjavik, Iceland.
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If Europe and Britain are on your travel list this year, then check out British Airways' top six destinations for 2016. Specially catering to culture seekers, city jetsetters and beach dwellers, all the holiday hotspots are within easy reach for travellers on the airline, with connections through London Heathrow Airport to its extensive European and British network.

1. Madrid, Spain


The Royal Plaza is located in the capital of Spain, Madrid, one of the largest cities in Europe.

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The capital of Spain is one of the largest cities in Europe, offering visitors a cultural treat with its historic museums and Golden Triangle of Art. An iconic landmark is the Royal Palace of Madrid, which is still used by the Spanish Royal Family for state ceremonies. Visit the local restaurants for sangria and tapas, small dishes of Spanish food including meats, cheese and seafood served hot and cold.

2. Biarritz, France


Biarritz on the Basque coast in France, was a favourite destination for many royals, including Queen Victoria of Britain. It is also known as the surf capital of Europe.

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Just under two hours flight from London, the elegant town of Biarritz on the Basque coast in France, has been a favourite destination for many royals, including Queen Victoria of Britain. For those looking for sporting activities, Biarritz is also known as the surf capital of Europe. The main stretch of beach La Côte des Basques is the hotspot for surfing beginners and experts. British Airways will be launching twice-weekly flights from London Heathrow in May 2016.

3. Cornwall, Britain


Located in the South-West of England, Cornwall is known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the United Kingdom, among them the Fistral Beach in Newquay.

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Cornwall is known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain, if not the world. It is located on the coastline in the South-West of England and is a popular family-friendly destination. Nominated as the top landmark that defines Britain in the 21st century by British Airways' Highlife inflight magazine, the Eden Project in Cornwall is a fascinating and fun place that all the family will enjoy. Don't forget to try the Cornish pasty, a traditional delicacy of the region. Cornwall can be reached by road or train from London Heathrow.

4. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, offers the best of both worlds, combining a chic city trip with a relaxing beach break.

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The capital of Portugal has the best of both worlds as it combines a chic city trip with a relaxing beach break. The Praia Carcavelos beach is the most popular spot, where its promenade is filled with a selection of local cafes and restaurants. Being home to 400 shops and restaurants, Centro Comercial Colombo is definitely a place not to be missed.

5. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland's dramatic volcanic landscape of lava fields, geysers, glaciers, waterfalls and black-sand beaches make it a popular tourist destination, especially to watch the astonishing Aurora Borealis. There is more to see than just snow and ice, the world's most northerly and quirky capital with its cosmopolitan atmosphere which makes a great base to explore this fascinating country.

6. Palermo, Italy


Palermo Cathedral or Duomo at dusk, Sicily, Italy.

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As the capital of Sicily, this beautiful city is rich with culture, history and charm. This part of Italy has an abundance of gastronomic delights, renowned for its local restaurants, as well as its authentic affordable street food. British Airways is launching twice-weekly flights from London Heathrow to Palermo from April 30.

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