European countries are moving to relax the restrictions on corona measures and open their borders, and new measures for safe tourism are being created. If you want to grow your wings, traveling to Europe during the summer vacation may be a viable option.
Even under the corona crisis, there were plans called “air bridges,” “travel bubbles,” and “holiday corridors,” which allow certain countries to enter the country without waiting, but governments, international organizations, and tourism associations. In addition, is promoting new initiatives and arrangements. First, we will resume tourism within Europe, and a few weeks later, we aim to accept tourists from outside the region in time for the peak of the summer season.
The Sun newspaper reports that the summer vacation trip to Europe using the “Air Bridge” is likely to resume in June.
According to the European Best Destinations (EBD), which belongs to the European Commission’s EDEN (Europe’s Best Tourist Destinations) network and promotes sustainable tourism, “Many countries in Europe have opened borders and Flights and hotels are also reopening. ”
EBD is affected by the new coronavirus in order to respond to the worries that “I want to travel to Europe when the ban on going out is lifted for the first time in a long time, but I do not know where to visit, I want to know what kind of safety measures are taken in each place” Has released a list of 20 tourist destinations with small (up to 1/600 of the average infection rate).
The tourist destinations on the list are close to hospitals and have the highest number of beds per inhabitant in Europe. In addition, we have established detailed hygiene guidelines for accommodation facilities, restaurants, and stores, and are taking measures such as replacing air conditioner filters after check-out, distributing masks, and thoroughly implementing social distance.
EBD cites the following four points to note when actually traveling.
・ Stay alert and don’t forget to wear etiquette, social distance, and mask when washing your hands or coughing.
・ Refrain from traveling when you are not feeling well.
・ Be especially careful if you are over 70 years old, obese, or have respiratory illness.
・ It is the duty of travelers to protect their loved ones and local residents .
Let me introduce you to the safest and most beautiful tourist destinations in Europe. This time, the first part.
- Tbilisi (Georgia)Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is less affected by the new coronavirus worldwide. Due to the quick response of the government, the restraint has been extremely successful. The domestic infection rate is 1/260 that of European countries, which suffer the most damage.
Georgia will open its borders on July 1 with medical measures in place to ensure that travelers and citizens can spend their holidays safely and securely.
Tbilisi is an open-minded city with a mixture of past, present and future, culture and leisure, and is becoming more and more popular year by year. Perfect for enjoying culture, gourmet food, diversity and architecture, visitors must be admired.
The buildings are medieval, neoclassical, Soviet, modern and state-of-the-art, as well as the magnificent Ottoman buildings.
Georgia has more beds per 1,000 people than Sweden and Denmark, and Tbilisi is five times safer than Paris and London in terms of crime rates.
There are many popular tourist apartments in Tbilisi these days, and there are also many small boutique hotels and guesthouses.
“And Tbilisi can cost just one-quarter of the capitals of other European countries for the same five-star hotels and villas in the same group,” EBD teaches.
- Corfu Island (Greece)“The paradise-like island of Corfu is perfect for recharging the mind and body worn down by the corona,” EBD presses.
Greece is one of the countries in Europe where the impact of the new coronavirus is small, and the infection rate is one-fiftieth that of the countries with the highest damage. Even under the corona epidemic, medical care is not tight and the number of beds per capita is higher than in most European countries.
- Cavtat (Croatia)Cavtat is visited by celebrities, families, couples, as well as gourmet, cultural, nature and water sports enthusiasts.
Croatia is one of the least affected by the new coronavirus in Europe, and its infection rate is one-twentieth that of other countries.
The number of beds per capita is also at the top level in Europe. It takes 20 minutes by car from Cavtat to the hospital in Dubrovnik and only 10 minutes to the airport.
There are plenty of accommodations to suit this summer, including villas, tourist apartments and small family hotels. Even large hotels are implementing national hygiene measures.
- Azores (Portugal)Even in Portugal, where the impact of the new coronavirus was small, the Azores and the Algarve region, which will be described later, suffered even less damage.
The Azores in the Atlantic Ocean consists of nine islands. Untouched nature remains, making it one of the largest whale sanctuaries in the world.
“The perfect place for those who want to reconnect with nature. If you want to hike, enjoy flora and fauna, observe dolphins and whales, taste local produce and experience the real thing, a holiday in the Azores is the best choice “It will be,” EBD recommends.
- Preveza (Greece)Preveza is a vacation spot with the sun, Europe’s longest sandy beaches, Mediterranean cuisine and a marina full of yachts.
It can be said to be an “island in the mainland” located at the tip of a cape between the Ionian Sea and Ambrakicos Bay in the Epirus region of northwestern Greece.
To accommodate tourists, hygiene measures such as spacing beach umbrellas 4 meters apart, replacing air-conditioning filters in guest rooms at every check-out, and regularly disinfecting hotel guest rooms were started early on.
There are 3 hospitals nearby, including a university hospital, and Aktion Airport is a 10-minute drive away. Greece has more beds per capita than Britain and Canada.
- Batumi (Georgia)Georgia is less affected by the new coronavirus worldwide. Due to the quick response of the government, the restraint has been extremely successful. The domestic infection rate is 1/260 that of European countries, which suffer the most damage.
At the foot of the Caucasian Mountains and facing the Black Sea, Batumi is the capital of the Ajaria Autonomous Republic in southwestern Georgia and the second largest city in Georgia.
Also known as “Las Vegas on the Black Sea,” according to EBD, “combining beautiful scenery, vibrant culture, and renowned hospitality. The contrast between ancient ruins and modern lifestyles is worth a
visit. ” Not only is it less, but it is five times more secure than most European capitals in terms of crime rate.
“Long sandy beaches by the sea, high mountains, cultural monuments, monasteries, arch bridges, beautiful lakes, traditional villages-the Ajaria region is incredibly diverse. Enjoy local wines and unusual dishes, eco-friendly. You can feel the charm of tourism and be welcomed by kind people. You can feel the harmony with nature in the high mountains. The temperature from October to November is comfortable, and it is good to visit in autumn. “(EBD)
Batumi There are more than 30 hospitals, including university hospitals, and medical care has never been tight even in the Corona disaster.
- Zagreb (Croatia)Zagreb is also popular on the EBD list, Croatia’s “tourist destination” and “must-see if you’re traveling to the city”. It is also the starting point for car trips in Croatia, a “romantic city” throughout the year, and the Christmas market is well known.
It is the capital and the largest city in the country, and has a rich history from the ancient Roman era. It faces the Sava River in northwestern Croatia and overlooks Mount Medvednica to the north.
Croatia is one of the least affected by the new coronavirus in Europe, and its infection rate is one-twentieth that of other European countries. The medical system is in place and the number of beds per capita is one of the highest in Europe.
“In the summer, you can read newspapers and watch football on the myriad coffee terraces (soccer is very popular in Croatia). Visit many beautiful parks, stunning buildings and historic monuments. It’s guaranteed to look good, “the EBD recommends.
- Algarve region (Portugal)Compared to other European countries, Portugal is less affected by the new coronavirus, and the infection rate is 1/40. Like the Arentegio region, the Algarve region has almost no damage to the corona, and no corona-related deaths have been reported in popular tourist destinations such as Lagos.
The Algarve region is located in the southernmost part of mainland Portugal and is especially favored by families. Long sandy beaches run along the golden rock walls, dotted with rock-protected coves. The sea has a blue gradation and is full of tranquility and warmth.
You can experience traditional life in Yamanote and enjoy the characteristics of each region in towns and cities. Sylves is home to the ruins of the Islamic dynasty, Lagos tells the story of the Age of Discovery, Tavira is full of traditional buildings, and Faro, the gateway to the Algarve region, has a beautiful historic center.
Unusual in Europe, 60% of accommodations in the Algarve region are villas with pools, apartments, guest houses and small hotels. Large hotels are posted with “safe and clean” certification by national tourism authorities, guaranteeing hygiene and cleanliness guidelines.
The Portuguese government responded quickly, and the main industry, garment makers, manufactured masks early and exported them abroad. “Portugal, with hundreds of kilometers of sandy beaches, is perfect for summer trips,” EBD recommends.
- Sibiu (Romania)Sibiu is a beautiful city in the Transylvania region, northwest of the capital Bucharest.
The town spreads across the Cibin River and is visited by tourists from home and abroad.
Culture, history, gourmet food, a wide variety of buildings (also known as “towns with eyes” because of the distinctive cityscape with two windows protruding from the roof of the building), and wonderful nature attract tourists.
In 2004, the historic center of Sibiu was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2007 and was named “Europe’s 8th Most Idyllic Land” by Forbes the following year. In addition, it won the title of the European gastronomic region in 2019 and was ranked in the EBD’s “6th best travel destination in Europe” in 2020.
There are many green spaces in the city, but there are also soft mobility (environmentally friendly transportation), leisure spots, and parks, and it boasts one of the best quality of life in Europe.
Like the Azores Islands in Portugal, Sibiu has strict policies to prevent global warming and protect the environment.
We are also working on sustainable tourism development based on respect for nature and humankind.
Romania’s new corona infection rate is one-fifteenth that of European countries, which suffer the most damage. No corona-related deaths have occurred around Sibiu.
The number of beds per capita in the country is higher than in Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands.