Why Greece May be our Best Place to be in summer 2021
Officially resuming for business comes summer 2021 is Greece tourism sector. The pandemic had shut Greece from tourists for more than a year, and while the world is yet to recover and still shutting its doors to tourists, Greece has opened its doors to fellow European countries, the US, Israel, and the UK.
Hoping to claw back half and if, possibly more than half of its 2019 visitors level, Greece is saying “ελάτε να επισκεφθείτε την Ελλάδα” simply put “come visit Greece.”
So as you prepare for summer, here is some reason why you should be heading to Greece.
Greece has vowed to finish vaccinating its entire island population over the next six weeks and will even waive test requirements for tourists who have received vaccines made in Russia and China that are not approved for use domestically.
Visitors who are over the age of five will need to show proof that they have successfully tested negative for the Coronavirus COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival or a certificate confirming their vaccination status (14 days after the final dose).
And if you from the following countries, quarantine-free entry are permitted:
EU and Schengen Area countries, United States, U.K., Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, Russia, North Macedonia, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, and Saudi Arabia.
Not only is airfare plentiful, but it is also more affordable than usual, with an average of 25% savings on round-trip fares from the U.S., compared with 2019 prices. You can expect to pay around $800 if you book soon, rather than the typical $1,080 price tag before the pandemic.
And yes, flights are reliable. Flights to other European countries are habitual with schedule changes and disruptions until the opening policies are much clearer. But every significant carrier is flying into Athens now—and I can tell you that more airlines will be rerouting their wide-body jets there as soon as they can. Who wouldn’t want to fly again?
Exciting hotels, you may end up staying in all!
First on the list is OMMA Santorini.
Santorini is one of the world-famous greek islands I’d advise you must see before you die. This idyllic Santorini hotel offers 360-degree views of both the Caldera and Aegean Sea from its position on a secluded hilltop in Imerovigli. Altogether, this boutique hideaway has just 25 rooms and suites, along with five pool villas, in 1.23 acres of land. This accommodation is set around a double-level infinity pool, the tranquil OMMA Spa, and a sea-view OMMA Restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.
Kalesma Mykonos: At Kalesma Mykonos, a thoroughly modern sugar cube village created on five acres of prime real estate. Its 25 suites have private, heated plunge pools with sea views and terraces large enough for private meals or spa treatments.
Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa, Crete:
After making its debut last summer, Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa opened this April for its first season. This new design hotel is tucked into the village of Plaka, near Elounda Bay, and with uninterrupted views of Spingalonga islet, on the northwest coast of Crete. Here, suites and villas come with terraces and private pools, with the resort’s terraced architecture blending into the mountainous landscape. Guests can dine at the hotel’s four gastronomic restaurants, unwind at Armonia Spa and explore the surroundings on kayaking, hiking, and cycling excursions.
Brown Hotel Acropol, Athens: As part of a plan to open 24 hotels across Greece, Israel-based Brown has opened its first property in Athens, where it features one of the city’s largest rooftop sundecks. Its 165 rooms feature marble finishes, trolley bar carts, vinyl record players and are near Omonia Square and the Acropolis.
Blue Palace Resort, Crete: The most iconic luxury getaway on Crete—a family-friendly island considered a Covid green zone for its low case counts and large healthcare system—has recently introduced a hotel within the hotel. Known as the Haven collection, the collection features jasmine-scented villas with a private beach attached and a helipad. There’s also a retrofitted, traditional fishing boat that would be used for barbecues at sea, and an open-air cinema on the shore.
What else you ask;
In some cases, beaches, dining venues, shops, zoos, museums, and other attractions have reopened with capacity restrictions, curfews, and other restrictions.
So yes, those particular sites in Athens, like the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus can be seen and of course, send me a picture.
The Meteora Monasteries are one of the few UNESCO world heritage sites that have received a double designation. UNESCO confers world heritage status to two separate sites, one for art and one for nature. Meteora’s stunning bluffs and hoodoos have received both.
And if you a fan of Greece and cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and AIDA Cruises are among the cruise lines sailing to and from Greece this summer. The latter will offer a series of seven-day voyages from Greece beginning on May 23.
Currently, approximately 14 per cent of Greece’s population has been fully vaccinated, based on data from the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford.
Greece is the best packages come this summer. And as she hopes on tourists for its bad loan relief, my guess would be we might just be superheroes saving a county as we head out to Greece.