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Coronavirus: Safest places to travel

Coronavirus - Safest destinations and safety tips

Latest update : 22 March 2020

 

You are planning your holidays but wonder where and when to go in Europe? Here are some safety tips as well as some information on the symptoms of the Coronavirus.

 

The Covid-19 has now reached the pandemic stage and just a few countries are spared. Daily sanitary and hygienic measures are needed to reduce the spread of the virus. It is recommended to wash your hands several times a day (for at least 40 seconds), avoid shaking hands or kissing. 

 

 

Not travelling at all this spring is a healthy precaution.

 

 

Coronavirus: 5 frequently asked questions

1. What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 

The Public Health agency says that most of the time the coronavirus causes symptoms similar of those of flu such as fever, breathing difficulties, cough, sore throat but also muscle pain and significant fatigue; all of these symptoms heal spontaneously. Some people (3% of cases) can develop severe pneumonia, respiratory distress syndrome or even septic shock. 

 

2. Who are the people most at risk?

The elderly and those already suffering from a disease (hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver disease, respiratory disorders). Those over 80 affected have a 15% risk of dying. On the other hand, children seem to have been largely spared from the epidemic.

 

3. What is the death rate from Coronavirus? 

According to WHO “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died" (WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 -  March 2020). This rate is confirmed by the latest figures (20th March 2020). 

 

 96,6% of patients who contracted this virus survived.

 

4. Which destinations should be avoided?

Avoid cruises where proximity is permanent and constant. As a security measure, you can also avoid large hotel complexes and prefer to book your tourist apartment, villa, B&B, guesthouse or a medium-sized hotel.


The following destinations are the most affected:

 

  • Italy: Venice, Milan, Bergamo, Rome, Florence, Turin (Italy).  Italian ski resorts have also been closed.
  • France: Amiens, Bordeaux, Oise, Morbihan, Montpellier. French ski resorts have also been closed.
  • Germany: Berlin and the region of Bavaria.
  • Spain

This interactive map provides the latest global numbers and numbers by country of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis.

5. Which are the hygiene measures to prevent and reduce the risk of contagion:

Wash your hands frequently with a hydro-alcoholic solution or with soap and water. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze - discard the tissue immediately afterwards and wash your hands. Avoid close contact with people with  fever or cough and stay at home as much as you can.

 


Some inspiration for your next holidays in Europe

You are planning your holidays but wonder where and when to go in Europe? Here is a list of destinations less affected by this virus.

 

There are no longer any "coronavirus free" countries in Europe. For security reasons, if you want to travel this summer avoid cruises, large hotel complexes with more than 500 rooms and book only 100% refundable hotels. 

 

In the meantime, travel online by discovering some magnificent European destinations that await you once this health crisis is behind us.

 

Neverthless, we advise you to book your flights once this health crisis is behind us. Regarding accommodation, select the best 100% refundable hotel deals for your next holidays. Tours and activities, can be cancelled 48 hours in advance

 


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Corfu - Greece

 

For your next holidays, choose nature, discovery and relaxation while staying in Corfu. Air quality is up to three times higher in Corfu than in central Paris and the population density on this Greek island is 23 times lower than the population density in London. 

 

The beach of Paleokrastritsa and its monastery, the nightlife of Sidari and the beach of the "Canal d'amour", the seaside resort of Agios Georgios or the old town of Corfu and its rich Byzantine heritage await you this summer. The best time of the year to visit Corfu is certainly spring (from May) and summer (until late August). April and September are quite rainy but not as much as November and December that should be avoided. Be that as it may, all this rain that falls in winter makes Corfu one of the greenest and most beautiful Greek islands. The island is the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday under the sun . It was marked by the Venitian, English and British cultures as it was under their control for centuries.

 

Come discover this rich historical past, stay at its paradisiacal beaches, enjoy its wine, its virgin olive oil and offer yourself a private Corfu full-day wine tasting tour or a 5-hour private Corfu & Achillion palace tour.

 

Book your flights to Corfu as well as your accommodation at the best price guaranteed and treat yourself to a dream holiday in one of the most beautiful Greek islands.

 

As a security measure, you can avoid large hotel complexes and prefer to book your tourist apartment, villa, B&B, guesthouse or a medium-sized hotel

 


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The Algarve - Portugal

With 90 inhabitants per square kilometre, the Algarve is one of the least dense regions in Europe.

 

Destinations like Lagoa, Lagos, Aljezur are among the destinations with the purest air in Europe. Forests of eucalyptus trees, pines, sea air are beneficial for the respiratory tract. Imagine that the air on an Algarve beach is 100 times less loaded with germs than on the streets of London. Sun-drenched, this region is perfect for outdoor sports, golf, surfing, trekking.

 

 Would you rather go to the mountain ? Enjoy a hike on the heights of Monchique or a trekking along the 7 hanging valleys: the most beautiful hiking trail in Europe. There is room for everyone along the gigantic Algarve beaches and you will not be stuck like sardines unlike other destinations in the world. As a security measure, you can also avoid large hotel complexes and prefer to book your tourist apartment, villa, B&B, guesthouse or a medium-sized hotel

 

Book your flights to Faro and your accommodation in the Algarve.

 


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Antalya - Turkey

Antalya is a perfect destination for those who hesitate between a city break and a beach holiday. Antalya is world famous for its turquoise blue waters and its magnificent sandy beaches. Are you or your other half passionate about history? Antalya is surrounded by Greek and Roman ruins. You will fall in love with its old historic center, its traditional cafes but also its trendy cultural places. Do you fancy a holiday in nature? Treat yourself to a Duden waterfalls visit with boat trip or travel from Antalya to "Pamukkale" the cotton palace. Do you need to gain height? Discover the landscapes around Antalya from up on a panoramic tour by cable car. Are you traveling with children? Treat yourself to a viking boat tour on the beautiful bays of Kemer. 

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Antalya as well as your transfer.

 

As a security measure, you can avoid large hotel complexes and prefer to book your tourist apartment, villa, B&B, guesthouse or a medium-sized hotel.

 


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Parga

Greece

Only 60 kilometres from Aktion / Preveza airport, Parga is a beautiful fishing village with a beautiful cove and beach. On site you can get around by rental car or taxi. Treat yourself to the best by booking your hotel in Parga, your tours and activities in Greece such as a "full-day boat cruise" to explore the beautiful old town of Parga .

 

 

As a security measure, you can avoid large hotel complexes and prefer to book your tourist apartment, villa, B&B, guesthouse or a medium-sized hotel

 

How to get there: book your flights to Aktion and join Parga by car (50 min).

 

Where to stay: "Alfa Hotel". Situated 300 m from Piso Krioneri Beach

 


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Cork

Ireland

Cork is ideal for lovers, families and friends who want more than just a common city break: Cork has it all. Do you fancy a holiday by the sea? Would your wife rather go hiking or biking with the children? Are you a gourmet? Is she looking for a wellness destination? Would the children like kayaking and windsurfing? Look no further, Cork is for you. Cork city and county offer visitors history, heritage and landmarks, accompanied by artisan food and drink and a strong cultural, musical and artistic vibe. This is a place of dramatic natural landscapes, riverscapes, harbours, bays and seascapes, a place of mountains, river valleys and coastlines.

 

Book your flights to Cork, your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Cork such as a Jameson Whiskey Tour Experience.

 


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Budapest - Hungary

The city setting is stunning with a rich architectural and historical heritage: it offers an unmatched combination of culture, blooming gastronomy and the advantages of thermal waters and world heritage sights. The pearl of the Danube is not only the best European destination, it is also one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the world. Budapest offers the elegance of Paris, the architectural heritage of Vienna, the charm of Porto, Stockholm’s gentle way of life.

 

Join Budapest lovers and book your flight, accommodation and best tours in Budapest such as a Danube Cruise, a visit to the Buda Castle or an alternative Budapest walking tour of both Buda and Pest and enjoy your stay in the best destination in Europe! A word of advice: your Instagram account is at risk of blowing up if you share all the photos you will be taking!

 


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Wroclaw - Poland

 

Wroclaw is an amazing city, the "waaaaw" effect is guaranteed! Wroclaw has the energy of  Berlin, the youth of Lisbon or Barcelona, trendy bars like Amsterdam’s, an exceptional architecture that could make you think of Bruges or Vienna, ... but in fact, Wroclaw is incomparable, Wroclaw is Wroclaw and that’s all.

 


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Azores - Portugal

 In the middle of the Ocean, the Azores is a perfect choice for a holiday in the great outdoors, away from the crowds, close to nature.

 

Not to miss: Facing the island of Sao Miguel, the main island of the Azores Archipelago, the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo will be the icing on the cake of your stay in the Azores. Only 1 kilometre from the coast, this small island is actually the visible part of an incredible underwater volcano. Crystal clear waters and a small beach await you in this little corner of paradise unique in the world.

 

Book your flights to Ponta Delgada and your accommodation at the best price on the island of Sao Miguel. If you want to stay near this Islet, book your room at the best price in Vila Franca do Campo. Also book your best tours and activities in The Azores such as a whale and dolpin watching tour with Vila Franca Islet visit.

 


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Gran Canaria - Spain

Gran Canaria is one of the favourite destinations of travellers. 

 

As a security measure, you can avoid large hotel complexes and prefer to book your tourist apartment, villa, B&B, guesthouse or a medium-sized hotel

 

Book your flights to Gran Canaria and your accommodation at the best price. Also book your best activities and tours in Gran Canaria such as a 2.5-Hour Dolphin watching boat tour. 

 


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Prague - Czech Republic

Prague has been considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world since Middle Ages. Adjectives such as “golden“, “city of a hundred spires“, “the crown of the world“ were attributed to Prague, which is located right in the heart of Europe. And how to get the city into your heart? Try with us to wander not only in the Historic Centre of Prague that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992 and with its 866 hectares is the largest historic city centre on this list in the world, but also in the vibrant cultural metropolis.

 


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The Lofoten Islands - Norway

The Lofoten Islands are a dream destination for many travellers from all over the world. This archipelago offers one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. It is a quiet and peaceful place inhabited by a few fishermen  who enjoy the fishy waters of Lofoten.

 

This archipelago owes its name "Lofoten" to its form, that of the footprint of a lynx.

 


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Bodrum - Turkey

Located in the southwest of Turkey, bordered by the Aegean Sea, Bodrum is a perfect destination for lovers of beaches, gastronomy, scuba diving, wines.

 

This incredible city, dedicated to relaxation and leisure is also called the Turkish Saint-Tropez. During your stay in Bodrum do not miss to visit Bodrum Castle: it is classified among the most beautiful castles in Turkey and was built with the stones of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world,: the mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Want to take off? Treat yourself to a boat trip on the Greek island of Kos to discover the heritage of this island. If you are travelling with children make a splash at the largest water park in Turkey, Aqualand.

 

Book your flights to Bodrum Milas Airport (30 minutes from your swim in the sea).

 

As a security measure, you can avoid large hotel complexes and prefer to book your tourist apartment, villa, B&B, guesthouse or a medium-sized hotel.

 


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 Barra - Outer Hebrides

With its mild and oceanic climate, Barra is a perfect destination from April to October. With its white sandy beaches, its wild nature, the crystal clear waters, Barra is a good alternative to a noisy and crowded holiday. With its low population density but also the purest air in the UK, the outer hebrides is a perfect choice for a holiday away from the hustle and bustle. The ions will have a positive effect on your mood, your health, your mind.

 

Book your flights to Barra and your accommodation. “Isle of Barra beach hotel”, the most westerly hotel in Britain to wake up to the sea.

 


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Menorca - Spain

Menorca is the unspoiled island of the Balearic Islands where migratory birds and dolphins are more welcome than large hotel groups. This island is a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve; it is an ideal destination for a stay in the great outdoors, to unwind, discover sublime landscapes and recharge your batteries.

 

Menorca is not very large (1 hour by car from one end to the other) but you can choose to stay in both parts of the island (Ciutadella and Mahon) so as not to miss anything of this heavenly island. It will suit hikers, lovers of old stones as well as those who just want to lie on the beaches or admire the seabed (don't forget your mask and snorkel!).

 

Be sure to visit Ciutadella, one of the prettiest towns on the island; Macarella Beach, ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Europe is very well worth a visit (come early in the morning in high season).

 

To get off the beaten track, take a walk to Ferreries or Fornells (with its small marina). Menorca is a perfect destination for holidays for two or a family. If you travel in the spring or autumn you will pay less for a quiet holiday.

 

Book your flights to Menorca, your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Menorca such as a cruise to discover the most beautiful coves and beaches of the island. Travel more, spend less.  Book now!

 

 

As a security measure, you can avoid large hotel complexes and prefer to book your tourist apartment, villa, B&B, guesthouse or a medium-sized hotel.

 


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Riga - Latvia

 

Riga has a glamorous city centre as well as a hipster republic. It’s possible to arrive in Riga via all three classic means of transportation – air, land and water – and the city can be observed both from above and from a SUP board on the water. Like any city full of creative energy, it vibrates, pulsates and astonishes at any time of year.

 

Book your hotel, B&B, apartment or guesthouse in Riga and enjoy your holiday in the capital of Latvia.


 

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