Table Mountain in Cape Town

New Cathay Pacific Direct Destinations Worth Visiting

28 February 2018

Been bitten by 2018’s wanderlust bug? Itching to plan that next holiday? Well, here’s something worth remembering – there are five new direct routes launching on Cathay Pacific flights this year, meaning five new cities that just became a lot quicker and easier to reach as a result!

 

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Frequently named the happiest city in the world, Copenhagen exudes a singular Scandi-cool charm – and a myriad of ways to lap it all up at your leisure. Hop onto a canal boat tour from Nyhaven to snap pics of the picturesque rows of coloured houses, before taking to the cobblestones of Stroget to explore some of the city’s most beloved shops, including Danish design haven Illum. The world’s second-oldest amusement park Tivoli might sound kitschy on paper, but a night spent amidst its twinkling lights and old-school fairground rides is really rather lovely; for a more traditional take on history, take your pick from the city’s stunning collection of castles and palaces (Rosenbourg, Frederiksborg and Christiansborg, to name but three) and fantastic museums (The National Museum and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art are two of the best). Be sure to plan plenty of pit-stops for eating though; there are far too many amazing restaurants, cafés and bars to list here, whilst the foodie wonderland of Torvehallerne market will set hunger pangs into overdrive. 

Cathay Pacific’s Copenhagen service runs 2 May-12 October 2018; direct flights to and from Copenhagen every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

Brussels

Brussels

There’s more to Belgium than chocolate, waffles and moules et frites – but that is a pretty delicious place to start! Feasting aside, Brussels is an architecture lovers’ delight; head up the nine conjoined metal spheres of the instantly recognisable Atomium, which was originally constructed for the city’s 1958 World Fair, for a stellar 360-degree panorama across the entire city. Art Deco buildings here abound (consider a walking tour for a rundown of the city’s most striking facades), whilst the neoclassical grandeur of the Opera House is also worth a look. Meanwhile, the city’s majestic centrepiece is the medieval Grand Place – widely renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful squares – with the famous Mannekin-Pis statue, depicting a boy urinating into a fountain, nearby. Brussels’ Vintage Market (held the first Sunday of every month) and Jeu De Balle Flea Market (held daily) are the perfect places to hunt down some treasures on your trip… just be sure to leave some luggage space for all those bargains!

Commencing 25 March 2018, Cathay Pacific direct flights to and from Brussels every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

Dublin

Dublin

Irish eyes were most definitely smiling when the Emerald Isle’s capital was added to CX’s list of direct destinations – meaning there’s never been a better time to go uncover this charming city’s unique blend of history and hedonism for yourself. A wander around the beautiful grounds of 400-year old Trinity College is a must for any Dublin virgin; head to the Old Library for a scene straight out of Harry Potter, with teetering shelves stacked with books as far as the eye can see. Culture vultures should also make stops to admire the 15,000 works of art at the National Gallery of Ireland and drink up the heritage at the imposing Dublin Castle, which was built back in the thirteenth century. Don’t forget some drinking of a more literal kind at the famous Guinness Brewery and sink back a pint or two of the black stuff – it’s all about the craic here, after all!

Commencing 2 June 2018, Cathay Pacific direct flights to and from Dublin every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

Cape Town

Cape Town

No trip to Cape Town is complete without visiting Table Mountain – we’d recommend taking the cable car up for some truly breath-taking views, although the more hard-core might prefer a bracing hike to earn those awe-inspiring panoramas in walking miles. However, Table Mountain National Park encompasses far more than just that iconic peak; the adorable African penguins at Boulders Beach, the incredible wildlife at the Cape of Good Hope, and the gorgeous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are just some of the highlights within its sweeping expanses. More cosmopolitan delights await at V&A Waterfront, with Two Oceans Aquarium, boat cruises, excellent eateries, a great food market, intriguing museums and far too many shops to count to keep you busy. The Mother City is also renowned for its wonderful wines; head to one of the vineyards at Stellenbosch or Franschhoek to try some truly impeccable tipples, with some equally impeccable bucolic scenery to match.

Cathay Pacific’s Cape Town service will run from 13 November 2018 until 18 February 2019; direct flights from Hong Kong every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from Cape Town every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

Washington DC

Washington DC

If you’re looking for iconic monuments, you’ve come to the right place in Washington DC. The White House, Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, George Washington’s Mount Vernon… it’s all here, and then some. The museum scene is similarly awe-inspiring; good luck narrowing down which of the Smithsonian Institute’s 17 museums in Washington DC to visit, lest your entire holiday ends up disappearing amidst its fascinating exhibits! With the big sights conquered, head to Georgetown for scenic canal-side strolling or cycling, complete with delicious eats, lively bars and chic boutiques along the way. The charming neighbourhood of Dupont Circle is also well worth a visit, with historic buildings, museums and galleries scattered alongside quirky cafés, mouth-watering food markets and independent stores – Kramerbooks, a second-hand bookshop with an all-day eatery attached, is basically a DC institution.

Cathay Pacific’s Washington DC service commences 15 September 2018; direct flights from Hong Kong every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and from Washington DC every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.

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Rachel Read

Rachel Read is a Hong-Kong based freelance writer, editor and blogger. In addition to creating her own beauty, food and lifestyle blog Through The Looking Glass, she has contributed to the likes of South China Morning Post, Lane Crawford, Hong Kong Tatler, Jetstar Asia, BBC Nottingham, Harper’s Bazaar Ukraine and many more.