Europe Without the Crowds – Tops Spots For Social Distancing Holidays
If you managed to see all the popular sights before the pandemic reached Europe, then you can consider yourself lucky. In all likelihood after the virus outbreak is over, we will no longer be able to travel as freely as before. The crowds gathering near Mona Lisa, football matches at Camp Nou, and tour groups at the entrance to the Vatican are likely to become part of the past.
However, coronavirus spread in Europe is not a reason to despair! The best thing you can do is take care of your health (and automatically the health of others) and go to less well known, less populated, and non-touristy places in Europe where there are no large crowds. Here is our selection of ideas where you can enjoy a Europe holiday while social distancing.
Faroe Islands, Denmark
Faroe farms are almost endless space. Mountains, hills, fields, and small fishing villages are almost all that can be found here. Get ready for the fact that the path here will be difficult, but the solitude and power that dominate here are worthy to suffer ferry crossings.
This is not a tourist place, be prepared for it. That is why there are no crowds of tourists who are used to living in the luxury of five-star hotels and drinking champagne. This is a harsh region with wildlife and almost complete absence of civilization.
Yes, Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes are the first associations with Croatia. However, unfortunately, these places are poorly suited for social distance. Therefore, we offer you an alternative – a small resort town of Cavtat. This city does not rank top among the best European sunbathing resorts. And this is not fair because the city is surrounded by pristine sand and pebble beaches. Plus, this place is not filled with tourists to capacity.
Did you know that Germany has an island? Yes, yes, an entire island, which by the way can be an excellent refuge from touristic Berlin, Cologne or Munich. This is a luxurious resort, chosen by the local rich people and celebrities. However, a mid-level tourist will also be quite comfortable here, especially since the island is attractive both in summer and in winter. Plus, you can even take a quick trip to Denmark.
Formentera beaches are considered one of the best beaches in Europe. Despite the fact that the resort is only six kilometers from Ibiza (you can even get here on foot), it is a very quiet and peaceful place. Most of the island is completely untouched by civilization, and the sea landscapes are somewhat reminiscent of Greek resorts with turquoise water and a very diverse underwater world. Come here this summer if you want to be alone with the Mediterranean Sea.
The Azores have become popular in recent years, but they are not comparable with Portugal teeming with tourists and emigrants. There is definitely more free space and clean air. Moreover, each of the islands is unique. But be sure that here you will find entertainment and activity for every taste – from hiking through untouched natural places to historical monuments and volcanoes.
Moreover, tourism infrastructure is just beginning to develop on the islands. Therefore, if you are willing to sacrifice a little comfort for the lack of crowds, this is a great place to see a little Europe in May.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
As a rule, the Lofoten Islands become the starting point for those tourists who want to catch the northern lights in Norway. And yes, this is still a great place to escape from people into the harsh Norwegian nature. Despite the fact that the Lofoten Islands offer a decent (and not cheap) tourist infrastructure, there is enough free space here not to worry about your safety.
It is also a good idea to visit these places in spring or summer to go fishing with the locals, try the seafood that was alive half an hour ago and admire how the harsh nature is changing before your eyes.
Cumbria County, UK
This county is also called the Lake District. Honestly, these landscapes allow you to forget that you are in England and feel somewhere in the Swiss Alps because nature is also untouched here. This is a great place for an eco-vacation in a country style and in conditions of almost complete isolation.
Be sure that you will not want to return to London after spending at least a few days in these places. By the way, it is very easy to get here by express train from any major city in England.
Bialowieza Forest, Poland
This unique nature reserve is located on the border of Poland and Belarus and has the status of the largest forest in central Europe. This is almost the only place in Europe where you can see the bison in its natural habitat. Of course, there is so much free space that you will not meet people even if you really want to!
In addition, it is very easy to rent a hotel room near the reserve. Since this place is rarely listed in popular guides, the bulk of vacationers are local residents, that is, the virus circulation is definitely less. This is a great choice for eco-tourism and kayaking enthusiasts.
Gulf of Orosei National Park, Italy
Sardinia is a unique natural formation, and the Gulf of Orosei and Gennargentu National Park is a special phenomenon even in the world of Sardinian nature. The combination of the island’s subtropical climate, mountainous terrain with unique vegetation and the effects of sea air make this place an amazing natural phenomenon with almost no people. Fans of walks in the mountains will find a lot of pleasure on the mountain paths leading to the stunning scenery of the island.
The coronavirus pandemic made us live and even think differently. However, even this is not a reason to give up quality rest and new experiences. Europe is full of unique places that are not listed in travel guides. And you can be a discoverer! Most importantly, do not ignore the rules for the safety of your health, the health of others, and the health of the entire planet.
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