June 17, 2024

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The European capital of summer, Spain has never been hotter—literally and figuratively—than it is now: with close to 90 million tourists expected, it’s challenging its next-door neighbor France for the title of most-visited country this year.

Aerial View Of The Medieval Cathedral In Palma De Mallorca, Capital Of Mallorca, An Island In Spain, Mediterranean Sea, Southern Europe

Needless to say, there is growing demand for Spain vacations among Americans, who are not only craving a sunny getaway across the pond but also some much-needed culture: the Caribbean may have pristine beaches, but for the most part, it lacks Europe’s ancient allure.

Lucky for U.S. travelers keen on Spain, they can fly to not only to the capital, but five Spanish destinations this summer, without the long layovers:

Mallorca

Mallorca Beach, SpainMallorca Beach, Spain

The trendiest destination in Spain this summer, Mallorca is both a resort island and cultural hotspot most Americans are yet to discover, though they’re certainly invited to now that nonstop flights have relaunched from Newark.

The island’s charming capital, Palma de Mallorca, is dominated by an imposing medieval cathedral, resting on the Mediterranean harbor-side, while all around the coastline, there are quaint historic towns, secret coves, and powdered-sugar, white sands embraced by teal seas.

Heritage Tram In Soller, A Small Town In The Spanish Island Of Mallorca, Balearics, Mediterranean EuropeHeritage Tram In Soller, A Small Town In The Spanish Island Of Mallorca, Balearics, Mediterranean Europe

Mallorca also lays claim to one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, Cala Deià, the breathtaking Banyalbufar, a UNESCO-protected medieval village nestled in the mountainous inland, and the lively Port Sóller, famous for its ornate Gothic church and heritage tramway.

Nonstop Flights From The U.S. To Mallorca

United Airlines is the only carrier to offer nonstop flights from the U.S. to Mallorca this season, with outbound flights operating twice a week.

a woman walks down a street with stone buildings in Mallorcaa woman walks down a street with stone buildings in Mallorca

On both Sunday and Tuesday, outbound flights leave Newark (EWR) at 7:05 PM, landing in Palma (PMI) the following morning at 9:10 AM; return flights depart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, always at 11:10 AM, landing back in Newark at 2:20 PM on the same calendar date.

Basic fares start from $764.

Malaga

It only took them a couple of decades, but Americans have finally woken up to the marvels of Malaga and its adjacent Costa del Sol (literally translated as Sunny Coast): the hottest beach city in Spain, thanks to its proximity to the African continent, it sees temperatures soar above 100°F in July.

Playa Burriana at Nerja, Costa del Sol, MalagaPlaya Burriana at Nerja, Costa del Sol, Malaga

This shouldn’t be an issue for beachgoers flocking into the trendy Malagueta, with its honey-colored sands and warm waters, the quaint resort zone of Marbella, with its bougainvillea-adorned streets and modern seafront promenade, or the offbeat beach town of Torremolinos.

Though it mostly serves as the gateway to the Sunny Coast, Malaga should not be bypassed: its 1st-century Roman ruins, Arab-built citadel, lush Mediterranean gardens, and Old Town criss-crossed by picturesque narrow streets are definitely worth exploring.

aerial view of Malaga, Spainaerial view of Malaga, Spain

Nonstop Flights From The U.S. To Malaga

As of this season, you can fly nonstop to Malaga (AGP) from United’s Newark hub, with daily outbound flights scheduled for 5:55 PM, leaving from Newark, and touching down in the Spanish hub 7:35 AM the next day.

Return flights leave Malaga at 9:35 PM, reaching Newark 12:15 PM local time, and tickets for the most restrictive Basic Economy fare, which does not include free flight changes, nor free seat allocation beside friends or family, start from $843.

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Madrid

That’s hardly news, but it’s worth reiterating, anyway:

You can of course fly to the capital of Spain from a host of different departure points in the United States, and no, it isn’t coastal, and the nearest beach is hundreds of miles away, but it’s the Mediterranean that wishes it had Madrid, not the other way round:

This is one of Europe’s ‘grand’ cities, with wide boulevards lined by Belle époque buildings, verdant city parks, hidden leafy plazas flanked and world-class museums galore—the most famous, Museo Nacional del Prado is second only to the Louvre in grandeur and vastness of its collection.

Cibeles Fountain - a fountain in the square of the same name in MadridCibeles Fountain - a fountain in the square of the same name in Madrid

Other Madrid landmarks include El Retiro, a regal garden centered around a beautiful Glass Palace, the Royal Palace, official residence of the monarch, and Gran Vía, the city’s main thoroughfare, home to heritage theaters and luxury hotels, often referred to as the Spanish Broadway.\

U.S. Cities With Nonstop Flights To Madrid:

Iberia—every day, two flights per day

American Airlines—every day, one flight per day

Delta Air Lines—every day, one flight per day

Air Europa—one flight every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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American Airlines—every day, two flights per day

Iberia—every day, two flights per day

Air Europa—every day, two flights per day

Iberojet—one flight every Sunday, starting 06/23

Iberia—every day, one flight per day

American Airlines—every day, one flight per day

aerial view of Madrid, Spainaerial view of Madrid, Spain

Delta Air Lines—every day, one flight per day

United Airlines—every day, one flight per day

Iberia—one flight every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

United Airlines—every day, one-two flights per day

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Iberia—one flight every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Iberia—one flight every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

American Airlines—every day, two flights per day

Iberia—every day, one flight per day

the lake at El Retiro park in Madridthe lake at El Retiro park in Madrid

American Airlines—every day, two flights per day

Iberia—every day, one flight per day

Barcelona

Barcelona is the historical capital of Catalonia, a nation-like region of southwestern Spain with its own culture, language and tradition, and as it straddles the azure Mediterranean, it gets typically chosen over inland Madrid.

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It’s so much more than beachfront resorts and Sitges beach clubs, however, as it concentrates several of Gaudí’s masterpieces, from the world-renowned Sagrada Família to Casa Batlló, and the maze-like Gothic Quarter, dating back to the Middle Ages, remains one of the best preserved in Europe.

Barcelona has developed a reputation for being crowded and openly ‘anti-tourist’ in recent years, with its infamous restrictions on Airbnb rentals and disproportionate fines for women walking in bikini, or bare-chested men outside beach zones, but it’s still a well-loved summer escapade.

U.S. Cities With Nonstop Flights To Barcelona:

woman holding spanish flag in park guell, Barcelonawoman holding spanish flag in park guell, Barcelona

American Airlines—every day, one flight per day

Delta Air Lines—every day, one flight per day

Iberia—every day, one flight per day

American Airlines—every day, two flights per day

United Airlines—every day, one flight per day

view of the place de espana and venetian towers in barcelona spainview of the place de espana and venetian towers in barcelona spain

American Airlines—every day, one flight per day

American Airlines—every day, one flight per day

United Airlines—every day, one flight per day

Iberia—one-two flights every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Aerial view of Barcelona skyline with Sagrat Cor temple during sunset, Catalonia, SpainAerial view of Barcelona skyline with Sagrat Cor temple during sunset, Catalonia, Spain

Iberia—everyday, one flight per day

American Airlines—every day, one flight per day

Iberia—one flight every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

United Airlines—every day, one flight per day

a sailing boat off the shore of port olimpic in barcelona spaina sailing boat off the shore of port olimpic in barcelona spain

United Airlines—every day, one flight per day

Iberia—every day, one flight per day

Delta Air Lines—every day, one flight per day

Tenerife

Panoramic View Of A Beach City In Tenerife, Canary Islands, SpainPanoramic View Of A Beach City In Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

We’ve saved the best for last.

The Island of Eternal Spring, Tenerife is located thousands of miles away from the Spanish mainland, in the autonomous Canaries archipelago, just off the coast of West Africa, and as it is not technically in the European continent, it has a milder climate.

It’s never too hot, nor too cold in Tenerife, and while temperatures can get unpleasantly warm in Southern Europe over summer, it’s always a pleasant 75°F on the island; on top of that, there is a plethora of all-inclusive resorts to pick from.

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Though the concept is not as widely diffused in Europe as it is in Mexico or the wider Caribbean, Tenerife is the cheapest all-inclusive destination across the pond, with one-week stays starting from only $1,356—it’s no wonder middle-income Brits and Germans flock in here year-round.

Nonstop Flights From The U.S. To Tenerife

Similarly to Mallorca and Malaga, Tenerife (TFS) is served by nonstop United flights leaving from Newark, with outbound Stateside flights leaving Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:40 PM, before landing in Tenerife-South at 9:45 AM the next morning.

Returning home, flights are set for Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Americans should expect to take off from Tenerife-South at 12:00 PM, and arrive back in Newark at 2:55 PM local time, on the same day; one-way tickets cost $742.

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