With the ‘Green Light’ having been given to a handful of countries deemed safe for us to travel to for much needed holidays, we consulted travel experts, Idle Travel for their advice on the best ones to visit.
Here’s what they had to say about three of the countries on the list. It’s always good to get an expert opinion.
This beautiful country has always been a popular holiday destination, there is so much diversity from medieval castles and cobblestone villages to captivating cities and golden beaches: the Portugal experience can be many things. History, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning.
You can go hiking amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or take in the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Beiras, and with 800km of coast, Portugal is a sunworshipper and surfers paradise.
The blend of cultures that has shaped the British overseas territory of Gibraltar over the centuries make it a fascinating place to visit. This is the only European destination where you can hang out with monkeys. The population of about 230 Barbery macaques that live on the 400-metre-high plateau of the Rock are one of Gibraltar’s most iconic sights.
The Rock is reached by cable car and the views from the peak of the Rock of Gibraltar are worth a visit here alone. From its 400-metre roof, you look out over 2 continents: Africa lies just 13 miles across the Straits to the south, whilst Europe stretches out to the north with the sun-scorched mountains and plains of Andalusia.
For history addicts, Gibraltar’s Great Siege Tunnels are some of Europe’s most fascinating historical attractions. They were built towards the close of the 1779-1783 Great Siege – during which Spanish and French forces unsuccessfully tried to seize the territory from the British – as a way of setting guns into the precipitous terrain of the Rock. Somewhere you must add to your itinerary.
A place that is truly magical, known as “The Land of Fire and Ice” because of its volcanoes and glaciers. Iceland may only have a population of around 360,000 but it boasts some of the most extraordinary landscapes in Europe as well as a cultural identity like no other.
This truly unique place is dotted with natural wonders; The Blue Lagoon and Dettifoss Waterfall are two very famous and popular attractions. There is also a rich cultural history, Norse mythology and folklore in abundance to discover.
Defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields, this is a country like no other. There is so much to experience and with Icelanders are often ranked as the happiest people in the world, you may find the magic and not want to leave.
These are just three off the current list, we are in no doubt that more will be added over the next few weeks and Idle Travel will keep us updated with the best ones to visit.