Ranking of the safest places for travellers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to European Best Destinations.
As the world tries to return to post-pandemic normality, many tourists are longing to travel again after over a year of travel and movement restrictions in most of Europe. While the European Commission is finalising its vaccination passport, the European Best Destinations website has compiled a ranking of the best places to travel for tourists with vaccination certificates, and there a some Spanish destinations on the list with Seville and the Canary Islands featuring.
According to the portal, destinations in Portugal and Greece are the most recommended for vaccinated tourists, while the safest destination for this summer 2021 is the Georgian capital. Tbilisi has managed to remain among the destinations least affected by COVID-19. Let's check out the full list of the safest European destinations for summer 2021.
Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is the ideal holiday destination in 2021. Georgia reacted to the health crisis very quickly with effective and innovative measures. As the number of COVID cases decreased and the vaccine became available, the country opened up to vaccinated travellers without quarantine or additional testing. Georgia, and especially Tbilisi, is traditional and modern, cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic, truly unique and authentic.
Madeira considers itself to be one of the safest travel destinations in Europe. Anyone who has been vaccinated or has a negative COVID test can have a dream experience on this Portuguese island. Combining safety and quality leisure time, Madeira is the ideal choice for travellers seeking outdoor activities, nature, relaxation and well-being. The Portuguese government has made great efforts since 2020 to ensure that travellers spend their time safely on the island.
The Azores, Portugal
Staying with Spain's neighbours, the Azores, also belonging to Portugal, are the first group of islands where the entire population has already been vaccinated. The archipelago is made up of nine islands that make up one of the safest destinations in Europe. A 100% natural destination, this is the ideal place for sustainable tourism and nature observation. Much less affected by the coronavirus than other regions in Europe, the Azores are a perfect choice for a safe holiday, whether you are vaccinated or not. If you have not yet been vaccinated, you only need to do a preliminary PCR or antigen test (less than 72 hours before your flight) and you will not be required to quarantine if the test comes back negative.
Its sublime lighthouse, its charming harbour crowded with fishing boats, its fortress, but also its hiking, walking and cycling routes and its sublime beaches: these are just a few of the reasons to stay in Rethymno this summer which is an authentic destination rich in history and archaeological heritage. Agia Galini, Plakias, Bali, Adelianos Kampos are among the most famous beaches of Rethymno, not to mention "Preveli Heart Rock", a beach where you can discover a rock in the shape of a heart.
Voted one of the best destinations of 2021, Kefalonia is well known as one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Less affected by the COVID-19 pandemic than other European countries, Greece has quickly established itself as a safe destination in Europe and a favourite country for travellers seeking safety and recreation this summer 2021. We recommend taking a trip to 'Lake Melissani' ranked among the best natural wonders of Greece, or the beach of Xi, an orange sandy beach which is among the most beautiful in Greece.
Iceland was the first European country to approve a vaccination certificate, which also recognises vaccination certificates issued by other European countries in the Schengen area. This summer, treat yourself to a trip to this beautiful country and breathe Iceland's fresh air. Its black sand beaches, fascinating lagoons, incredible geysers and waterfalls await you. Nature reigns here and is the perfect safe destination to disconnect this summer 2021.
Cavtat is considered one of the safest destinations in Europe due to a low positive COVID-19 rate. Its good geographical location is combined with good services and a wide variety of accommodation, as well as beautiful sights and landscapes to be seen.
After the initial blockade to fight the pandemic, Spanish administrations have tried to contain the effects of the virus without shutting down all activity. Bars and restaurants have remained open most of the time, while the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, headed by Reyes Maroto, is moving towards the introduction of the vaccination certificate to offer safe corridors for travellers. While mainland Spain hasn't made it onto the UK's green travel list yet, it's sure to come in the not too distant future, and one of the destinations highlighted by for visiting this summer is Seville, a guarantee of sun and gastronomic delights, ideal for immersing yourself in the most authentic Andalusian culture.
For a safe getaway in Europe, Athens is another great choice in Greece. For a city break for culture, as a couple or with friends, Athens is a destination that combines safety and leisure. The city really does have it all: shops, monuments, history, restaurants, cafes and beaches nearby.
Rubjerg Knude, Denmark
Denmark and Sweden pioneered the vaccination passport in Europe. It has been used to gain access to events (concerts, exhibitions, etc.) or to book a table in a restaurant, and is also used to travel with a vaccination certificate, making this another COVID-safe destination to visit this summer 2021. Don't miss a visit to the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse, one of Denmark's landmarks. This lighthouse, set in an ocean of sand, overlooks the sea and is close to magnificent kilometre-long golden sandy beaches.
The Canary Islands, Spain
Rounding out the list of the 15 best destinations for holidaymakers are cosmopolitan capitals such as Copenhagen and Stockholm and some of Europe's most beautiful islands, such as the Greek islands of Rhodes, Kos and, of course, the Canary Islands.
The Canary archipelago is synonymous with good weather and pleasant temperatures all year round and is expected to appear on the UK's green travel list. Gran Canaria or Tenerife can be reached from almost any destination, and the other islands can be reached internally by boat or plane. From the spectacular Teide (Tenerife) to the volcanoes of Timanfaya (Lanzarote); or the endless beaches in Fuerteventura to the rugged mountains and views of the stars on La Palma; discover the secrets of El Hierro or La Gomera or enjoy a cosmopolitan city like Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria), with one of the best urban beaches in Europe.