Only a few weeks ago it might have seemed that the prospect of any kind of family holiday, never mind to a sunny, sandy beach, was looking rather remote. But the world is gradually reopening its borders, albeit with some restrictions and rules, and the race to the airport is on!
However, not all countries are welcoming Brits just yet. You can certainly go and explore Ibiza, reportedly peaceful, and currently not the party paradise its is known for, but for holidays further afield, such as New Zealand or Mauritius, we might have to wait a little longer yet!
So, short-haul flights and trips are a much safer bet this summer, and we have a few suggestions for a family summer holiday in Europe to suit everyone!
There are now no quarantine requirements for Brits arriving in France, and with the country being our nearest continental neighbour, it’s perfect as an option for the kind of road trip that anyone who grew up in the 70s and 80s will fondly remember. Maybe for a real nostalgia trip too, a campsite in Normandy should provide a fabulous throwback.
Spain opened its borders to Brits on 21 June, but it welcomed tourists to the Balearics earlier, allowing German tourists from 15 June as a trial run. The islands should be back in full flow by August.
While Italy had its COVID-19 woes way back, one of the first epicentres in Europe, it also was one of the first to begin its recovery, reopening back on 3 June, and it is set to be as much of a staple of a summer holiday as ever. What’s even better is that there’ll be quieter street corners where you can enjoy a gelato and the good weather minus the vast crowds.
The island of Crete had been keeping Brits at bay, wary of our higher infection rate, and did not allow direct flights until 15 July. For the foreseeable future, visitors must also submit an online passenger locator form (travel.gov.gr) 48 hours before they land, detailing their planned whereabouts.
Similar to Greece, Malta also reopened its borders to British tourists on 15 July, having already welcomed tourists from select countries on 1 July.
Croatia also reopened to the world on July 1. The country’s Adriatic shore has been a massively popular destination for 20 years, and while there’s an appeal to sticking to the pool with the kids at your villa, there’s also exciting Game Of Thrones-related exploitation to be had.
Keep your distance
Of course, travelling during a pandemic will have an element of risk, but apart from the necessary precautions of face masks and social distancing, there are ways to help quell any anxiety. Perhaps swap the aeroplane in favour for the private sanctuary of your car, and enjoy an old fashioned European road trip.
Holiday villas to rent are likely to be very popular, as they will allow holidaymakers to retreat into their own protective bubbles and avoid unnecessary interaction with others.