The Best Green List Holidays for Summer 2021
Who else did a little jig when it was announced that the travel green list was to be expanded last week? Finally, after so many months there were at last a few traditional beach destinations open to us Brits without the need to quarantine upon our return home.
What countries are on the green list?
As of 8th July, the key holiday destinations on the green list are the Balearic Islands, Barbados, Madeira and Malta, with the hope that more are added soon!
But which destination should you book up for a summer 2021 holiday? Let us guide you through our top picks for the best green list holidays for summer and you can choose your favourite.
The Balearic Islands
Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca are the key Balearic Islands enjoyed by millions of Brits (and Germans!) each year, with the much smaller island of Formentera completing the set. The islands have an inviting year-round Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cool winters, making Balearic Island holidays an ideal choice no matter what time of year you visit.
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The largest island, Majorca attracts the majority of tourists unsurprisingly, with families loving the charms of resorts such as Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona. Those who like a bit of a party flock to the west coast where the famous resort of Magaluf can be found along with the great, slightly more chilled out nightlife and restaurants found in the capital, cosmopolitan Palma.
Ibiza needs no introduction – it is home to the world’s best clubbing scene as well as some of the most beautiful and laid back resorts you could imagine – making it a real island of contrasts. The clubs in Playa d’en Bossa, San Antonio and Ibiza Town are famous for their music, cheap drinks and free entries, whereas powder-white sandy beaches await those who want to experience the beauty of the island rather than pulsating music!
Menorca is known for its lovely beaches and idyllic surroundings, making it a sun-drenched haven perfect for young families and couples who want a traditional beach holiday within a few hours of the UK. Popular resorts include Cala'n Forcat and Cala'n Bosch, with the main attractions being the blue flag beaches and stunning views.
This is one small island that packs a serious punch. The first thing to upon your arrival is experience the coastline and you’ll be rewarded with golden sandy beaches and rocky shores which combine to offer any type of swimming spot imaginable. Once you’ve finished splashing around its crystal clear waters, it is time to experience the taste of Malta. Influenced by neighboring Sicily and North Africa, Maltese cuisine is to die for, and the local delicacy of rabbit is not to be missed. In the last few years the local cuisine scene has exploded and you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants rubbing shoulders with long established home-cooking style favourites to ensure that all tastes and budgets are catered for.
Whilst in Malta, make sure you take in its sister island, Gozo. Take a day trip using one of the ferry-boats connecting the islands. Gozo is a bit greener and quitter than Malta itself, making it ideal for those who want to unwind after a hard days sightseeing and lazing on the beach! Whilst on the island, make sure you visit world’s Ggantija, a UNESCO world heritage site as it is the world’s oldest free-standing temple.
Malta holidays should be at the top of your summer 2021 holiday wish list for sure!
If lockdown has left you with a burning desire to spread your wing and fly (on an airplane) to a far flung corner of the earth, then make Barbados holidays your choice this year. With historical sites, word famous beaches, fabulous restaurants and lots more on offer you definitely will not be bored in Barbados. If you want pure relaxation and just the sounds of the sea, head to Maxwell Beach. The rest of the island is much livelier though so make an appearance in the capital Bridgetown if you want a quirky city to explore. For those of you who love a bit of nightlife, then St Lawrence Gap is where you should venture out to, with it being a hub for reggae bars and calypso clubs plus plenty of places to grab a bite to eat.
So there you have it. Which is your favourite? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Perhaps you would prefer one of the destinations we have not mentioned? Either way, let us know…