A number of European countries have been added to the government’s green travel list – but many Britons will still be reluctant to book a vacation abroad.
The Balearic Islands, including Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, are among the places people can fly to from June 30th without having to self-isolate on their return.
But for those looking for a summer vacation close to home, 2Chill has selected some of the best travel destinations that rival Spanish tourist attractions.
Mallorca or Kent?
Mallorca is known for its beach resorts with 262 beaches on 50 km of coastline. It is also famous for its sheltered bays, limestone cliffs, and Roman ruins.
Kent now benefits from more than 50 beaches and a variety of historical attractions. Canterbury Cathedral has a 1,400 year history with a Romanesque crypt and medieval stained glass. You can also visit the excavated mosaics of the Canterbury Roman Museum underground!
Mallorca may have a great night out in the capital, Palma – but Kent has its own lively beach bars, including The Pilot Beach Bar in Folkestone and West Beach Bar and Tearooms, Whitstable.
Menorca or Norfolk?
Menorca is considered quieter than its neighboring islands, but still offers wonderful beaches and bays along a coastline lined with pine trees. The capital, Mahon, overlooks a large harbor and is steeped in history, from a 13th-century church to Georgian mansions.
To get a taste of Menorca in the UK, visit Norfolk. Home to the Broads and Fens, East Anglian is home to incredible natural beauty along the coast. Holkham’s white sandy beaches are lined with pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea Harbor is the perfect place to watch the boats come in.
Discover British history at Sandringham House and head to Georgian Square in Wells Town for some shopping.
Ibiza or Brighton?
The party island of Ibiza offers a vibrant nightlife, but also quiet beaches and yoga retreats with shops, hotels and bars to explore.
In the UK, you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets from Brighton Pier – one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It is blessed with a vibrant nightlife and exciting live events such as The Great Escape music festival every May.
However, if you’re looking for some escapism and tranquility, head to the nearby South Downs National Park to soak up the natural beauty.
Formentera or Pembrokeshire?
Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands and popular with day-trippers who come over from Ibiza by boat. It is famous for long sandy beaches and sand dunes and is a great snorkeling destination to see the colorful fish of the Cala del Moro marine park.
Pembrokeshire is the perfect place to get into the UK snorkeling action. In May you can find hundreds of brooding spider crabs – or spot pipefish, shrimp, velvet swimming crabs and sea hares beyond the reef.
The county has crystal clear water where you can watch curious and playful seals!