Something To Declare: Prestwick airport; driving in Portugal; onwards from Boston

The column that gives the global picture

Destination of the week: Prestwick airport

Scotland's fastest-growing airport celebrates the 40th birthday of its terminal this year, and this week gained yet another new route on Ryanair (0871 246 0000; www.ryanair.com): Prestwick is now linked to Bergamo, north of Milan, at least when Italian air-traffic controllers are not on strike. But the Ayrshire airport is also a magnificent relic of 1960s intercontinental aerial ambition - and the only place in the UK visited by Elvis Presley, who touched down in 1960. Fly from Cardiff on Bmibaby (0870 264 2229; www.bmibaby.com), or Bournemouth or Stansted on Ryanair (0871 246 0000; www.ryanair.com).

Warning of the week: why you might prefer not to drive in Portugal

Should you find yourself motoring on the EN125 road along the Algarve coast of Portugal, take great care. That is the view of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (001 301 983 5252; www.asirt.org). It rates the highway road as "Portugal's fourth most dangerous road" - and this in the country that has the highest death rate in the European Union.

Why so dangerous? A combination of alcohol, dangerous overtaking and poor signposting, says the Association. The very worst road in the country, it believes, is the IP5 highway between Coimbra and Vilar Formoso on the Spanish frontier - a road that, in summer, will be busy with soccer fans travelling to Euro 2004.

You will not be much better off walking: "general lack of respect for pedestrians' rights contribute to high fatality rates".

Bargain of the week: onwards from Boston

JetBlue (001 800 538 2583; www.JetBlue.com) this week launched flights from Boston airport to Denver, plus the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa. These destinations can now be accessed with a cheap transatlantic flight (under £200 on Virgin Atlantic) and a change of plane in Boston. You can also reach Long Beach (home of the original Queen Mary liner) and Oakland (for San Francisco) in California.

Typical domestic return fares to Florida are $175 (£110). Inflight bonuses include 24 channels of live television - and, for most passengers, a generous seat pitch of 34in.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Product Development

    £26000 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Product Development departm...

    Recruitment Genius: Assistant Manager - Visitor Fundraising

    £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Visitor Fundraising Team is responsi...

    Recruitment Genius: Developer

    £30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

    Recruitment Genius: Estates Contracts & Leases Manager

    £30000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Estates Team of this group ...

    Day In a Page

    A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

    A nap a day could save your life

    A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
    If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

    If men are so obsessed by sex...

    ...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
    The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

    Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

    The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
    The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

    Rolling in the deep

    The bathing machine is back but with a difference
    Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

    Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

    Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

    Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
    House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

    The honours that shame Britain

    Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
    When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

    'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

    Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
    International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

    International Tap Festival comes to the UK

    Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
    War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
    Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

    'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

    Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
    Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

    BBC heads to the Californian coast

    The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
    Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

    Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

    Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
    Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

    Car hacking scandal

    Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
    10 best placemats

    Take your seat: 10 best placemats

    Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory