Portugal shines on this list for vaccinated travellers with the archipelago of the Azores and Madeira featured prominently.
What are the best and safest destinations in Europe to travel to this summer? European Best Destinations has compiled a list that answers this question. It brings together the most beautiful and safest places to travel to, especially, but not only, for those who are already vaccinated against COVID-19. Portugal features prominently on this list, with the Azores and Madeira leading the way.
The European Commission is still working on the passport that certifies the vaccination against Covid-19. Some countries have already committed to recognising a vaccination certificate and are ready to welcome tourists without restrictions (without, for example, quarantine on arrival). Let's check out the list of safest destinations in Europe this summer 2021.
Recognised as the safest travel destination in 2020, Tbilisi has managed to remain among the least affected destinations by COVID-19 in 2021. This is the perfect place for those looking for the best combination of culture, nature, wellness, history, gastronomic discoveries or simply a shopping break. Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is the ideal city for a holiday in 2021 and is also an award-winning destination, being among the most visited in Europe. Georgia reacted quickly and positively to the health crisis with effective and innovative measures, and as soon as the number of COVID-19 cases started to decrease and the coronavirus vaccine became available, the country started to receive vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine or additional tests.
Portugal makes its first appearance on the list in the form of Madeira. This island remained in the green zone during the pandemic because it applied effective health measures and Madeira is already considered as one of the safest destinations in Europe. Those who have been vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test can have a dream experience on this Portuguese island this summer 2021.
The Portuguese Government has made great efforts to guarantee tourists a safe stay. And it is also committed to recognising a vaccination passport for travellers wishing to stay in Portugal.
The Azores, Portugal
Did you know that Corvo, one of the islands in the Azores archipelago, was the first island in the world where the entire population has been vaccinated? This is one of the nine islands that make up this archipelago, which is also considered one of the safest destinations in Europe. A 100% natural destination, and one of Portugal's finest assets, the Azores are the first choice for people sensitive to sustainable tourism, protection and nature observation.
Far less affected by COVID-19 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, a preliminary test is sufficient (less than 72 hours before your flight). No quarantine is imposed if you are vaccinated or have a recent negative test.
Rethymno is known for its stunning lighthouse, its harbour full of fishing boats, an impressive fortress, endless paths for hiking or cycling and its sublime beaches. This destination is both natural and sustainable, while maintaining its authenticity, rich in history and archaeological heritage. It is also a gastronomic destination, perfect for lovers of beautiful beaches. Agia Galini, Plakias, Bali, Adelianos Kampos are among the most famous beaches in Rethymnom and don't forget to visit "Preveli Heart Rock", a beautiful beach where you will discover a heart-shaped rock.
Kefalonia is one of the most beautiful Greek islands and has been voted as one of the best destinations in Europe in 2021. One of Greece's selling points for tourists this summer is the fact that the country has been much less affected by COVID-19 than other European countries and is a favourite destination for tourists looking for safety and leisure. One of the great highlights of this island is "Lake Melissani" ranked among the best wonders of nature in Greece.
Iceland was the first European country to implement a vaccination certificate, making it another attractive destination this summer 2021. The population is entitled to a certificate only after they have received their two doses of the vaccine. Iceland also recognises vaccination certificates issued by other European countries (as well as other Schengen area countries), meaning that this summer, breathing the fresh Icelandic air can be an option for you.
Cavtat is considered one of the safest destinations in Europe because of the low number of cases of COVID-19, but also because of its proximity to airports and hospitals, the sanitary measures imposed by the authorities and its wide variety of accommodation. This destination is the choice of many celebrities to recharge their batteries, enjoy a good meal in a local restaurant, meet the locals, walk or swim in the crystal clear waters of the Cavtat and Konavle region.
Portugal's neighbours in Spain have provided an innovative response to the pandemic crisis. After a severe blockade, other ways of managing the pandemic have been tested and the number of infections has fallen. Spain's Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said her government plans to introduce passports or certificates for vaccines in the safe travel corridors they are defining. This, she believes, is "an element of safe mobility".
With bars and restaurants still open, Spain is seen as an oasis of freedom for travellers. The Spanish take this health situation very seriously and try to implement acceptable and effective measures. The numbers have spoken for themselves and one of the recommended destinations is Seville with its a guarantee of sun and also of gastronomic offer, ideal to immerse yourself in the most authentic Andalusian culture.
Greece makes another appearance on the list and for a safe European getaway, Athens is a great choice. The capital of Greece is a destination that combines safety and leisure, shopping and culture, whether with family or friends, and the city of Athens has it all: shops, monuments, restaurants, cafes and the beach nearby.
Rubjerg Knude, Denmark
The Scandanavian countires of Denmark and Sweden were pioneers in obtaining a vaccination passport that is used to access events in these countries, including concerts and exhibitions, among others, or even to book a table in a restaurant. This passport also functions as the vaccination certificate for travel.
The Rubjerg Knude lighthouse is one of Denmark's most emblematic places to visit. This lighthouse has had to be moved several times. Lost in an ocean of sand, it overlooks the sea and is close to magnificent golden sandy beaches which stretch for miles.