Most Scenic Airports Around the World - Part 1
Most people associate airports with expansive structures of glass and steel that see millions of travelers board huge commercial airliners. However, there are a few interesting airports around the world that are strikingly beautiful and offer some of the most prolific landscape views ever. Featuring a kaleidoscope of gorgeous coastlines, rocky islands, and mountain passes, these scenic airport runways are in no way, less than any top-rated tourist destination in the world. Without further ado, here are five airports around the world that offer some of the most picturesque sights you will ever find elsewhere. Take a look.
Donegal Airport, Ireland
Featuring breathtakingly-beautiful views of the Atlantic coastline and Mount Errigal, the Donegal Airport in Ireland is a sight to behold. Landing at Donegal, you will get a chance to experience miles of pristine ocean views, which include the extensive dunes and mesmerizing waters of the Carrickfinn Beach. Initially, the airport had nothing but a grass strip and a tarmac runway. In the 90s, however, the runway was extended and the authorities gave the green light to develop the terminal. Today, the Donegal airport daily connects travelers to the Irish cities of Dublin and Glasgow and offers stunning views of nature. You might be surprised to know that stunning scenery around this airport was used as a location for the famous Millenium Falcon landing scene on the Malin Head in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” movie.
Barra Airport, Scotland
Don’t be fooled by the diminutive size of this Scottish airport right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The Barra Airport, in reality, features a strikingly beautiful landing spot that will put many top-ranked tourist destinations to shame. Situated in the mesmerizing backdrop of Traigh Mhòr bay in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, the Barra airport is truly unique. Why do you ask? Well, the airport is the only one functioning in the world to feature a beach as the runway. Each year, hundreds of scheduled flights land on the velvety smooth beach sand of this fascinating Scottish airport, where the only markings for a runway are a set of permanent wooden poles. Truly amazing, isn’t it?
Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
As a thriving, top-ranked tourist destination in the world, New Zealand is famous for its beach resorts, high mountain peaks, and curving skiing pistes. That said, there is one more welcome surprise that astonished the millions of tourists visiting the country - the Queenstown airport. Many pilots and tourists who fly here, have dubbed the scenic cityscape of Queensland and its airport as “a paradise hidden below the sea of clouds”. That said, you might wonder, what’s so special about the airport? Well, you have got to see for yourself to believe the mesmerizing beauty of snow-capped mountains rising high among a thick cloud cover, and the serenely still waters plodding the shores of a dramatic mountain backdrop, as your aircraft descends on the runway.
Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport, France
In the Alpes-Maritimes region of Nice, France, lies the scenic airport of Nice Côte d'Azur Airport. Not only is it the third-busiest airport in France, it also features one of the most well-endowed runways in terms of pristine natural landscape views in the entire country. That said, the airport boasts of relaxing Mediterranean weather and mesmerizing views of the city of Nice and the daunting mountain landscape. Furthermore, if you’re en route to the historic city of Monaco, make sure to take a connecting flight, and not a direct one. Otherwise, you will miss the beautiful phenomenon that is the Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport.