I’m trying to put together a little trip to Granada, for this weekend.
The problem is that I am very restricted in how much time I can take off from work on Friday (none) and Monday/Tuesday (none at all).
So I’m looking at flights out on Saturday, and return flights on Sunday.
Here are my destination airport options:
This airport does not have direct flights to/from the UK.
If I caught a flight from LHR at 11am Saturday, I could get in to Granada at 5.30pm after one stop – and a total elapsed travel time of five hours. I would have to pick up a hire car and drive to my destination – a cool 1h 45m away.
The return journey would put me on a flight out of Granada at 1.45pm the next day, and would get me back to LHR – after one stop – at 5.20pm.
That’s not much time on the ground – especially when you factor in the hire car to/fro journeys and making it to departures in the advanced time that the airline demands.
At least this airport has direct flights to/from the UK – even though they’re EasyJet.
If I catch a flight from LGW at 6.20am I would get to Almeria at 10.10am. I’d have to pick up a hire car and drive to the village, which, from Almeria, would get me to my destination around noon.
But I would have to leave the village around 9pm, to drive back down to Almeria (two hours), to a hotel to spend the night, to ensure I returned my car and made it to departures in time to catch my return flight at 10.40am.
But this option would get me about 9 hours on the ground.
I’m not even going to look at using Malaga. I dislike that airport. And it is three hours’ drive away from my destination.
This is all a bit mentile, isn’t it?
Well maybe it is.
But it’s my daughter’s birthday.