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5 New Nonstop International Flights You Can Take From PHL

American Airlines is doubling down on nonstop flights out of PHL to far-flung spots, meaning global travel is easier — and quicker — than ever. Here’s where to go now.


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Athens is one destination you can get to via these new PHL nonstop flights. Photograph by Stanley Chen Xi/Getty Images

If you’re looking for: Medieval charm
Go to: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Travel details: Daily flights from June through October
Flight time: A little over nine hours
Why here: Thanks to the Game of Thrones spotlight (the HBO show filmed here), this old-world city is soaring to the top of every travel bucket list. Get there before it becomes impossibly touristy. (Cough, Iceland, cough.)
Don’t miss: The one-mile walk along the city walls for bird’s-eye views of the Adriatic Sea and the ancient fortresses and terra-cotta rooftops of Old Town Dubrovnik.

If you’re looking for: An energetic sensory-overload experience
Go to: Casablanca, Morocco

Travel details: Thrice-weekly flights from June to early September
Flight time: Between 7.5 and 8.5 hours
Why here: Spoiler: The movie was filmed on a Hollywood sound stage, and the real thing is even better. Spend a day or two taking in the Art Deco architecture and trendy restaurants, then make the 2.5-hour car or train ride to Marrakech for a more exotic experience.
Don’t miss: 33 Rue Majorelle, a concept store in Marrakech featuring emerging Moroccan brands.

If you’re looking for: Ancient history with a side of beach-lounging
Go to: Athens, Greece

Travel details: Daily flights from May to early October
Flight time: Between 10 and 11 hours
Why here: Loads of history, amazing food and stunning beaches. Visit anytime but July and August to avoid the stifling summer heat and the height of tourist season.
Don’t miss: Island-hopping. Head to crowd faves Santorini or Mykonos, or hit the Saronic Gulf Islands, a cluster of lesser-known isles that are a ferry ride from Athens.

If you’re looking for: A bustling metropolis
Go to: Lisbon, Portugal

Travel details: Daily flights from the end of March to early January
Flight time: 7.5 hours
Why here: A culture-laden European city experience that’s not Rome or London (read: less expensive; way fewer crowds; equally vibrant). Plus, incredible beaches, fascinating history and must-try food.
Don’t miss: The world-famous Portuguese egg custard tarts from Pastéis de Belém bakery. The line will be long, but it’s worth it.

If you’re looking for: Amazing architecture
Go to: Prague, Czech Republic

Travel details: Daily flights from May to early January
Flight time: About 8.5 hours
Why here: Visit Prague in December for total holiday charm, including Christmas markets, traditional Czech street food and mulled wine, and all sorts of festive decorations.
Don’t miss: A day trip or overnight visit to Český Krumlov, a town straight out of a fairy tale that’s three hours from the capital.

Published as “Around the World Nonstop” in the March 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine.