Green destinations for summer, off-track

12.7.21

What are we looking for in our summer vacation? Green destinations that do not require isolation and that have almost returned to the pre-Corona routine, are cheap, not too crowded with tourists, so that we can feel the welcome detachment, but with enough points of interest nearby, so that we do not get bored. Whether you want a mountain vacation, an elegant city or a peaceful island – here are recommendations for some destinations that meet the requirements.

Worth knowing: The Ministry of Health has divided the countries of the world into four categories of disease. There are destinations with a maximum risk level to which the flight requires the approval of an exceptions committee, there are destinations with a severe travel warning where the morbidity situation worsens and if there is no significant improvement they will enter the list of destinations at maximum risk, there are destinations with a travel warning (Corona) that the Ministry of Health does not recommend. Due to the level of morbidity and there are targets without classification. All the destinations listed here are at the time of writing the article in the list of destinations without classification, but it is important to know that the data is constantly changing and even countries without classification can become countries with a travel warning. One way or another, anyone who returns from a country without classification must be isolated upon his return unless he is vaccinated or recovers.

Bansko, Bulgaria

Bulgaria is considered one of the cheapest destinations in Europe, and in the summer many travelers flock to its beaches, especially in Varna and Burgas. But Bulgaria also has another side. In winter, for example, many people come to ski in the popular (and inexpensive) ski town of Bansko, which is located 925 meters above sea level on the northern slopes of the Pyrenees. Bansko is also perfect in summer, for hikers who want a mountainous vacation in green landscapes. Bansko is a charming town, with cobbled alleys lined with antique pubs, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. Nature lovers will find around countless options. The main attraction Hiking in the mountains – in the Bansko area there are no less than 200 kilometers of marked hiking trails, which pass through forests and near clear lakes. Some can be reached by cable car, which is an attraction in itself. There are also cycling routes, rafting on the Struma and Masta rivers, horse riding, summer tubing, and everything you need for an active holiday in nature.

In Bansko there are countless hiking trails in nature

Day trips: One of the popular excursions is to Rila Monastery, the largest and oldest monastery in Bulgaria, about an hour and a half from Bansko. Further excursions go to the Bear Reserve, to well-preserved medieval villages such as Leshten, the town of the mineral springs Velingrad and even to the port city of Kwala in Greece.

How to get there? Direct flights to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and from there a two-hour drive to Bansko.

Corona Limitations: Israel is defined in Bulgaria as an orange country. Everyone arriving in Bulgaria from an orange country must present a vaccinated / recovering certificate or a corona test done up to 72 hours before arrival. In addition, five percent of visitors to Bulgaria from orange countries will be checked by Corona upon arrival. Within the country, there are no restrictions on transportation. The shops, parks and gardens are open, the restaurants and entertainment centers are open until 11 at night with an occupancy limit of 50 percent and the clubs and bars are open at 50 percent occupancy. Mask should be worn indoors.

Beautiful view of the Orthodox Rila Monastery, a famous tourist attraction and cultural heritage monument in the Rila Nature Park mountains in Bulgaria

Olomouc, Czech Republic

Olomouc, located in the Moravian region in eastern Czech Republic, on the banks of the Moravian River, is the sixth largest city in the Czech Republic. This beautiful city is full of elegant squares, historical sites and architectural gems, just like Prague, but unlike it, it is not tiredly crowded with tourists. Among other things, you should visit the magnificent Holy Trinity Pillar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the main square, St. Wenceslas Cathedral built in the Gothic Revival style, the Baroque Archbishop’s Palace and the town hall on which an astronomical clock is installed. And charming, and has some great museums like the Museum of Modern Art, and lots of great cafes.

Olomouc – beautiful as Prague but less touristy

Day trips: A short drive from Olomouc will take you to impressive castles and endearing natural sites. Do not miss a visit to Bouzov Castle, located about 30 km northwest of the city and looks like it was taken from a fairy tale. About two hours drive from the city are the Jeseníky Mountains where you can walk or bike or ride a horse. Prague, the beautiful and romantic capital of the Czech Republic, is a two-and-a-half hour train ride away.

How to get there? By direct flight to Prague and from there by a two-and-a-half hour train ride.

Corona restrictions: approxThose arriving in the Czech Republic must present a certificate of vaccination / recovery or a corona test done up to 72 hours before arrival. Tourist sites, including heritage sites, castles, zoos, botanical gardens and museums open to the public under special restrictions. The restaurants are also open, both outside and inside (while maintaining restrictions). In some hotels (such as restaurants, theaters and swimming pools) a vaccinated or recovering certificate or a negative test must be presented.

Stunning shot of hot air ballon right above castle Bouzov, perfect for wallpaper

Weiss, Croatia

Beautiful Croatia boasts several prominent tourist attractions – the beautiful Plitvice Falls Reserve, the historic fortified city of Dubrovnik, the capital Zagreb and the beautiful strip of coastline along the Adriatic Sea. Even in the coastal area of ​​Croatia you can still find charming and less touristy pearls, like the island of Vis, next to another charming and much more touristy island – Hvar. Weiss Island, like other islands in the area, is suitable for a slow and relaxed vacation, and one of its most notable advantages is what it does not have, not what it has – it has no highways, skyscrapers, malls and fast food restaurants. It has magical bays with clear water, fishing towns with houses built in the Venetian style, grape vineyards (the island is known for its fine wine), excellent fish restaurants and plenty of tranquility. One of Weiss’s most prominent attractions is the Blue Cave (Biševo), which is flooded daily at noon with blue light sweeping cries of admiration from visitors. Local tourist agencies offer boat tours to the place.

Rural mediterranean landscape near town Komiza at Vis island

Day trips: You can sail to the romantic island of Hvar which is considered one of the most beautiful in Croatia, with an ancient city with a 16th century fortress, Renaissance palaces, Levner fields and beautiful beaches. Another option is to take a ferry to Split, the capital of the province of Dalmatia, full of churches, palaces and museums.

How to get there? On a flight to Split (with a stopover, for example in Zagreb) and from there a cruise of about an hour and a half on the Lewis ferry. It is also possible to reach Split by a train ride of about five hours and a quarter of an hour from Zagreb.

Corona Restrictions: The country is open to vaccinated, recovering and those who present a negative corona test done up to 48 hours before landing. In addition, all visitors to the country must present a document proving that they have paid for the accommodation in advance, otherwise they will not be able to enter. Public transportation operates as a series, and museums and tourist sites are open but under congestion restrictions. The shops and restaurants are also open. Mask should be worn indoors.

Marl, another magical island near Weiss

Milos, Greece

Greece is one of the favorite destinations of the Israeli tourist, and now more than ever. Along with popular tourist-laden destinations, including masses of Israelis, such as Crete and Rhodes, there are still islands in Greece where you can enjoy relative tranquility and a sense of detachment from the Israeli experience. One of these islands is Milos in the southern Cyclades. Israelis are very fond of the prestigious Santorini and Mykonos, they also belong to the Cycladic islands, but only a few reach Milos.

This beautiful volcanic island offers dramatic views that do not fall short of those of Mykonos, but with fewer tourists and much more reasonable prices. The main activity here is spending time on the beaches, and choosing the preferred beach is not easy, as Milos has some particularly photogenic beaches. One of the most famous is the photogenic Sarakiniko Beach, famous for its white volcanic rocks that give it a lunar look and a small bay with clear turquoise waters. Another beautiful beach is Tsigrado beach, a small and charming sandy beach dominated by dramatic cliffs. Although tempting to spend all your vacation on the beach, Milos has many other points of interest: the Mining Museum reminiscent of Milos’ past as an island of miners (thanks to the many minerals on the island), the Archaeological Museum, the first century AD catacombs, the ancient theater, Plaka Fort, the charming fishing village of Klima And more.

The fishing village of Klima on the island of Milos

Day trips: There are several boat trips out of Milos to nearby islands, for example, the island of Serifos, where wonderful beaches and a capital city built in the style typical of the Cycladic islands, Sifnos, whose capital Apollonia looks like it was taken from a postcard and Folegandros, a mountain island and Folegandros. Romantic beer.

How to get there? By direct flight to Athens and from there by hovercraft or ferry to Milos, on a cruise that lasts about three to five hours respectively.

Corona Restrictions: Vaccinated, recovering, or those who present with a negative corona test done up to 72 hours before landing can enter Greece. Everything is open in Greece, including restaurants, cafes and attractions – but with occupancy restrictions and wearing masks in enclosed areas.

Sarakiniko beach at the island of Milos in Greece


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