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24-Hour Holiday Destinations from Top 15 UK Airports

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The 24-hour holiday trend, made popular by TikTok, involves daring travellers embarking on whirlwind mini-holidays. From jetting off to Barcelona for a spot of tapas or enjoying a picnic in Paris, the latest TikTok travel trend is inspiring Brits to take advantage of affordable flights for quick 24-hour getaways. 

In their bid to explore this trend, LateRooms has revealed the best UK airports to fly from for a 24-hour holiday and the best destinations to fly to.

Palma, Faro & Alicante topped the list for Belfast International Airport based on flight price, flight time, number. of departing flights per day, lowest rainfall, closest destination to its airport, cheapest average meals, most cultural places of interest and highest demand for content on TikTok.

LateRooms analysed UK airports based on three factors: which airport has the shortest flights available, which airport has the cheapest flight available to a destination, and which airport has the most common occurring flight, so you can take part in the trend on any day. 

They also analysed destinations flown to from the UK’s busiest airports on five factors: finding the destination where you could hop off the aeroplane and head straight to the centre, which destinations saw the least rainfall, the destinations with the most spots of interest and lastly, the highest demand for ‘things to do’ content on TikTok. 

Palma ranks first as best 24-hour trip destination for Belfast International Airport passengers

From Belfast International Airport, Palma ranks as the top destination for a 24-hour (otherwise known as an extreme) day trip.

Travellers can enjoy a moderate 180 minute flight time for around £278 per person, with a choice of up to 5 departing flights per day. Additionally, the appeal of a whirlwind mini-break to Palma lies in great weather (average rainfall of only 495mm) and over 30 cultural points of interest within the city, including the Santa Maria cathedral and the infamous Castell de Bellver. 

In terms of average food price, Palma sits on the cheaper side of our ranking (an average meal for 2 costs around £42.75) it still garners demand as a city break of choice, with over 3,200 monthly searches on TikTok for ‘things to do’.

If extreme day trippers don’t have time on their side and are looking for something closer to home, the shortest flights from Belfast Airport are to Amsterdam, Netherlands and Paris, France, both coming in at just 95 and 110 minutes, ideal for a speedy getaway.

Faro is the second-best destination for a 24-hour city break from Edinburgh

In second place is Faro, Portugal for a 24-hour city break. 

Despite a longer flight time compared to other destinations (at around 190 minutes), travellers can secure flights for a thrifty £319 per person, with up to 5 flights departing from Belfast per day.

That longer flight time is worth the wait, however, with more than a dozen cultural points of interest, including the infamous Old Town and Igreja de Santa Maria, and a relatively cheap price for food & drinks (around £38.47 for a restaurant meal for two). 

Faro Airport is a short distance to Faro centre (at 6.7 km), making this transfer time short and sweet compared to many other European destinations. With an average rainfall of 505 mm per year, Faro offers a sunny city break at an affordable price from Belfast.

Although Faro offers the best all-round experience for a short getaway, travellers looking for lower-cost options could bag a flight to Gdansk, Poland, for only £66 or Milan, Italy, for £72 – some of the cheapest destinations Belfast flies to. Despite a short flight time and low flight cost, Gdansk & Milan didn’t rank as top destinations for any UK airport due to other metric factors.

Alicante comes in third as best extreme day trip destination

Coming in third is Alicante, Spain. The fifth-largest airport in Spain, it’s a popular hub for those visiting Alicante itself and popular nearby resort destinations such as Benidorm. With an average flight cost of £240 per person, a moderate 195-minute flight time and 4 departing flights per day, it beat out destinations such as Porto and Krakow to Belfast’s top three. 

Despite low rainfall and a high number of cultural points of interest (at 18), it had a slightly longer distance from the airport to the main centre (12.3 km) and a lower number of searches for travel content on TikTok (around 3,010 per month).

Luqa, Malta, is the city for close proximity to the hustle and bustle

If you’re keen not to add any more travel time to your 24-hour break, then Luqa in Malta is the destination for you. Flying from London Heathrow airport, travellers only have a short 30-minute walk from Malta Airport – or a taxi ride covering a few minutes – to the city centre. 

Luqa is a summer hotspot, given that it is home to one of the longest sandy beaches in Malta, Ghadira Bay. Day-trippers can take the century-old Grand Harbour, a natural wonder and one of the country’s premier landmarks. 

Another city praised for its proximity to the local airport is Greek island Skiathos. Thanks to the small size of the island, the airport is just a 2.1-taxi ride away from Skiathos Town, where tourists can enjoy an array of sights, activities and food spots. 

For the sunniest 24-hour city break, fly to Almeria in Spain 

Almeria in Spain is the best option when looking to chase some sun. Out of all destinations analysed across the UK’s busiest airports, Almeria boasts the least rainfall of just 261mm each year. With average high temperatures of 28 °C in June, visitors are guaranteed a healthy dose of vitamin D. What’s better is that it was the destination that saw the least rainfall from four popular airports in the UK, including Birmingham, London Stansted, Manchester and London Gatwick. 

Vibrant holiday destination Marrakesh in Morocco sees the second-least rainfall – just 344 mm each year. Marrakesh is a culturally rich city and home to stunning palaces and gardens, such as the Bahia Palace. The exquisite city is also the driest city that both London Heathrow and Leeds Bradford airports fly to. 

Rome is the 24-hour holiday destination with the most attractions

While some tourists seek a good cocktail spot for their one-day-holiday, others are seeking to fill their itinerary. For those looking to fill their twenty four hours with attractions, the best option is Rome, as it boasts more places of interest than any other destination analysed. What’s more, Rome was listed as the destination with more places of interest for every UK airport analysed by Late Rooms.

The Eternal City is home to not only good food, but many tourist attractions too; fill your Rome bucket list with hot spots such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Rome attractions are hailed for their beauty and are popular among locals and tourists alike. 

For the cheapest meal for two, head to the capital of Tunisia

If you’re looking for where you can get the best food for your buck, LateRooms analysis finds foodies can dine for two at a mid-range restaurant for all three courses for £15.16. Traditional tunisian food is a fusion of Mediterranean and Arab influences, resulting in delicious dishes such as Chakchouka and Lablabi. 

Other cost-effective options for food include Ankara, Turkey, which is the cheapest destination for a meal for two from Stansted, London. A three-course meal would set you back just £19.70 and if you opt for a traditional dish, then Turkish food is typically rich, including dishes such as Köfte and Turkish dumpling dish Manti. 

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