Many European countries are opening their borders and flights and hotels are also reopening now. After weeks of confinement you want to travel to Europe but do not know where to travel and what safety measures are being taken in countries and regions.
EDB has selected some of the destinations least affected by Covid-19 (up to 600 times fewer Covid-19 cases). These destinations have also implemented very specific protocols concerning hygiene in accommodations, restaurants, shops and measures such as the change of air conditioning filters between each traveller stay, availability of masks and social distancing.
Before traveling to any of the beautiful places that made it to the list, EBD recommends:
- Remain vigilant and do not forget the barrier gestures, social distancing, wearing masks when possible and necessary;
- Avoid traveling if your health is poor;
- People over 70, those overweight or who have respiratory problems should be particularly vigilant;
- It is travelers’ responsibility to protect their most fragile loved ones and residents of host countries.
1- Tbilisi, Georgia
Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia. With its dramatic valley setting, picturesque Old Town, eclectic architecture and superb eating and drinking opportunities, Tbilisi is the vibrant, beating heart of Georgia and home to more than one in three of its citizens. Add to that the pull of the city's hipster culture, its techno scene and general air of cool, and Tbilisi is confidently sealing its reputation as the South Caucasus' most cosmopolitan city.
Tbilisi is one of the world’s least affected by coronavirus countries. Georgia reacted very quickly with measures that kept the epidemic at an extremely low level. There are up to 260 times fewer cases of Covid-19 in Georgia than in the most-affected European countries.
The country is reopening its borders on July 1 and implementing health measures to protect travelers and its citizens for a safe and relaxing holiday.
Georgia has more hospital beds per thousand inhabitants than Sweden and Denmark, and Tbilisi is up to five times safer (criminality rate) than Paris or London.
2- Cavtat, Croatia
Hemmed in by mountains and lush swathes of pine and cypress forest, Cavtat is pretty from all angles. Add a seafront promenade lined with fishing boats, artisan shops, and pebble beaches, and it’s clear why travelers stop off at Croatia’s southernmost resort..
Croatia is among the European countries least affected by coronavirus with up to 20 times fewer infected people per million inhabitants than in other European countries.
Croatia is also one of the European countries with the highest number of hospital beds per inhabitant. The hospital in Dubrovnik is a 20-minute drive from Cavtat while the airport is only 10 minutes away.
3- Madeira Islands, Portugal
The Madeira Islands are a stunning archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic — a place of lush greenery and rugged mountains 1,000km from the European mainland. where you can hike in the morning, surf in the afternoon, and finish your day in a fine restaurant where the breathtaking view is complemented by the unforgettable Mediterranean or traditional Madeira cuisine.
if Portugal was particularly spared from the Coronavirus epidemic, Madeira Islands did even better with no death linked to Coronavirus.
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4- Preveza, Greece
Perched at the edge of the Ambracian Gulf, Preveza is a scenic town that, like Corfu, has a vaguely Italian style, thanks to centuries of connection. And thanks to a large international yacht harbour, the town is livelier and more stylish than its small size would suggest, with a lovely car-free waterfront and old quarter, nice small hotels and good restaurants and nightlife. Nearby are the massive ruins of Nikopoli, and up the coast, en route to Parga, are a whole stretch of impeccable (if sometimes windy) beaches.
Preveza has all the ingredients for a safe destination. Greece is one of the European countries least affected by coronavirus (up to 50 times less infected people than in the most affected European countries); the destination has many assets: it has one of the longest beaches in Europe "Monolithi beach" (22 km long and 50 m wide). No social distancing problems! Sanitary measures were taken very quickly to welcome travellers (4m between each beach umbrella, airco filters changed between each stay in a room, disinfection of hotel rooms,...). Preveza is surrounded by 3 hospitals ready to welcome travellers when/if needed (including a university hospital) and is located just 10 minutes’ drive from Aktion Airport.
5- Sibiu, Romania
Sibiu is a perfect destination for all types of travellers: for Instagram addicts who want to blow up their Insta accounts, for history buffs and nature lovers.
Thanks to its mayor‘s commitment, Sibiu has developed many green spaces in the city but also soft mobility, leisure spaces, parks… Sibiu is famous now and is regarded as one of the European destinations with the best quality of life.
Sibiu, with other regions such as the Azores, fights against global warming and takes real measures to protect environment; it is also committed to sustainable tourism development based on respect for nature and human beings.
There were 15 times fewer Covid-19 cases in Romania than in the most affected European countries. Some destinations like Sibiu County have had no deaths linked to the pandemic.
Romania has more available hospital beds per inhabitant than Belgium, Switzerland or the Netherlands.
Reopening to travelers July 1.