Double vaxxed destinations
With more and more countries letting tourists visit if they are part of the double vaccination club there's plenty of destinations to choose from for your summer holiday. Plus with recent changes to the amber list rules - if you're double vaccinated the process to the return to the UK from amber is the same as green.
What was the latest travel update?
As of August 8th at 4am the following changes come into place:
- Green list additions: Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway
- Amber list additions: India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE
- Red list additions: Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico
- The cost of quarantine hotel is rising
- France is being removed from the Amber plus category - meaning the traffic light system returns to the 3 categories Green, Amber and Red.
Mallorca (or you might know it as Majorca) is definitely the most popular of the islands - with its sheltered coves, sandy beaches and perfectly turquoise waters. The island has a lot to offer, no matter what type of holiday you're looking for.
If you prefer the city scene then you can't go wrong with a trip to Palma, the capital of the island. We recommend you spend a day wandering the maze-like streets of the Old Town and stop off at the La Seu cathedral.
Heading on a family holiday? Then head to Alcudia and Cala Bona - these are the most popular areas for a family getaway. Here you'll find excellent beaches, plus waterparks to keep the kids entertained.
Of course Majorca is also quite a popular party scene, with revellers heading to Magaluf (we won't mention its more seedy nickname!). But things being as they are, we aren't sure there'll be the same nightlife scene it's usually famous for this summer.
Menorca is a popular spot for families, as it moves at a much slower pace than Mallorca. Though you may head to one of the popular beach resorts, such as Cala'n Forcat, Punta Prima, Cala'n Bosch and Santo Tomas, it's also worth taking some time to explore the capital Mahón as it has a rich history and some interesting old architecture to admire.
If you hear the word Ibiza then we are sure certain things come to mind - it is after all one of the party destinations in Europe. That being said, if you step away from the nightlife scene Ibiza actually has a lot to offer for non partygoers. If you head to the north of the island, around Puerto San Miguel, you'll find a much more laidback scene. With beautiful countryside to explore, with hidden caves, walking trails and of course excellent beaches.
Want to get a little more off the beaten track? Then catch a flight to Ibiza but then head by ferry to Formentera. Here you'll find smaller independently owned hotels and true relaxation. Spend your time relaxing on the beach, and cool off in the sparkling waters with a spot of snorkelling. There's not a lot to do here, but really isn't that the appeal?
Nestled in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea between Europe and Africa is the small islands of Malta and Gozo - the islands have a rich history and culture (they have at different times been ruled by the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, the French and the British) plus the beautiful cerulean waters the Med is so famous for.
Malta is a recent addition to the Green List and there was some back and forth about whether the NHS app would be accepted to prove your double vaccination status - the most recent announcement being that they WILL be able to use the app (this is not yet reflected on the gov.uk entry requirements - they state you currently need to get a printed pass which you can get here.
Madeira is to Portugal, what the Canary Islands are to Spain - a group of islands off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Not to be confused with the Azores which lie a little further out.
It is of course, known for it's wine - which after this year is reason enough for us! But you'll also find beautiful rugged coastlines, subtropical climate, botanical gardens, volcanic caves and so much more. The beaches here may not be sandy - but the waters are clear and beautiful.
Madeira is also one of the only destinations where double vaccinated travellers don't have to submit a PCR test or take one on arrival - we think Madeira is going to be a popular summer destination so it's a great time to visit before it gets busier!
It might not be the first place that pops to mind for a summer holiday - and we'll admit it won't necessarily do much for your tan, but with nearly 24 hours of daylight, amazing scenery and hardly any crowds there's plenty of reasons to choose Iceland as your holiday destination this summer. In fact we recently gave 10 reasons to visit Iceland this summer - so go check those out!
Iceland was one of the first countries to allow double vaccinated travellers to visit and they've got the system well worked out. As we write this they have also had no new cases of Covid in over a month - meaning it's a pretty solid bet to stay on the UK Green List.
Dreaming of a Caribbean island? Soft sand, blue waters - sun! Then maybe it's time to head to Barbados!
Barbados is accepting double vaccinated travellers - you will need to test on arrival and isolate until you receive your results (up to 24 hours), but as most people go to Barbados to relax we figure the isolation isn't too much of a hardship!
You could of course spend the whole time relaxing on the beach (I mean who'd blame you) but when you fancy a bit of sightseeing then we recommend you head to Mount Gay where you can take a tour of the distillery and of course sample some of the famous Bajan rum!
Zante might be well known as a popular party destination but there's a lot more to this island - and with temperatures hitting the high 20s it's the perfect escape from a less than sunny UK summer!
There are tons of beaches to choose from, including the famous shipwreck beach (Navagio beach). Plus you can visit the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, which was the first designated sea turtle conservation spot in the Med.
Don't forget of course the amazing Greek food you can sample, the crystal clear waters and of course the wine - a perfect place to relax and unwind after a hard year.
Though Tenerife may be the more popular Canary Islands amongst UK tourists, there's a soft spot in our heart for Lanzarote.
Lanzarote has one of the most consistent climates found anywhere in the Canary Islands, with stable temperatures throughout the year averaging 17ºC (63º F) in January/February and 24º C (75º F) in summer time. Meaning no matter what time of year you visit you can't really go wrong!
There's plenty of places to explore - from volcanic national parks, green lakes and even a cactus garden! Plus great food and a welcoming atmosphere - this is one of our favourite picks for our LGBTQ+ customers as well.
Beautiful beaches, sparkling seas, glorious sunshine, fresh fish and seafood, delicious meze and a rugged wine-growing interior make Cyprus a dreamy summer holiday destination.
When walking through the streets of any German town or city, you'll immediately be hit by its rich history. Be it the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Munich Beer hall or the cathederal in Cologne - there's plenty of awe-inspiriting sights to take in
Germany is of course also famous for it's gastronomic delights. You'll find no shortage of German sausage, pastries, chocolate and pretzels, as well as bottomless pints of German beer. Not only this though, Germany offers up everything from street vendors to Michelin-starred restaurants. Whatever your tastes, Germany has the food for you.
With very short and very afforable flights available to the Emerald Isle, Ireland is a great choice for dipping your toes back in the holiday water. Though that water may not be very warm.
You could simply head to Dublin for a city break for a long weekend, or you could take a little longer and explore the many beautiful places you'll find outside of the city.
If you appreciate exploring in nature then Slovenia is one of the countries in Europe that you have to visit. From the crystalline beauty of Lake Bled to the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps, there is a breathtaking vista at every turn. Not to mention the array of activities available such as skiing, hiking, kayaking and canoeing. As far as popular holiday destinations go, Slovenia isn't one that many people talk about, but we have to wonder why not!?
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