Antoni Gaudí’s temple is reopen for visits (with restrictions)
Barcelona is still on top of world tourism. The charming capital of Catalonia, Spain, beat the record of nearly 12 million tourists in 2019. It is only behind London and Paris in the number of tourists in Europe. More than 75% of these visitors are from out of Spain, mostly from France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the United States.
What makes Barcelona so attractive is a wide variety of attractions: history, arts, gastronomy, a whole set of hidden gems, beaches, and even mountains, all in one single place with a well-connected network of public transportation. With so many interesting attractions, there is one big favorite that is also the most crowded one to visit: Basilica La Sagrada Familia, an unparalleled monument in architecture’s history, and a Unesco World Heritage site.
With the Covid-19 pandemic, La Sagrada Familia was closed for more than a year. It reopened to visitors and events last May.
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Which European countries are open for vaccinated (and unvaccinated) travelers?
Vaccinated travelers are now a precious asset, despite the fact that vaccines are not a reality in most of the world yet. Only 12 % of the global population has been vaccinated with at least one dose (on the 11th of June), and there is a huge imbalance among countries or continents. While Asia has vaccinated 7% of its population, South America has done 22%, Europe as a whole has reached 35% and North America (Mexico included) has immunized 39%. Special mentions go to Israel, which has 63% of its entire population vaccinated; the UK has 60%, and the United States has 51%.
As the vaccination in the European Union (43%) and the US seems to have a good rhythm, tourism authorities have unveiled their plans regarding the European summer season. There is an obvious side note to this: if new COVID outbreaks pop up, restrictions may be put back in place.
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EU Digital COVID Certificate starts to be rolled-out in July
A second summer season is coming amid the pandemic, but this time a big part of the world is getting prepared not to lose everything by blocking traveling. Just as Israel is moving on with its Green Pass and China has its vaccination certificate, the European Commission outlined a proposal on a “digital green certificate”, also known as a “vaccine passport”, to facilitate safe free movement in the EU – the so-called “vaccine passport” or “EU Digital COVID Certificate”. The complete roll-out of the initiative in European countries, however, is still a mystery. However, it is known that the European Parliament has come to a deal and a date: July 1st.
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A list of essentials to travel safely and complying with the rules in 2021
Travelling has changed drastically and it is critical to have in mind how a packing list should be in pandemic times. While Europe is resuming traveling, it is mandatory to travel with items that comply with the travel permits, prevent the spread of the virus and follow the guidelines of health authorities. The main goal of everyone, of course, is to prevent new COVID-19 outbreaks.
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What to do in the City of Lights for free
Paris isn’t known as a cheap destination. Indeed, it is not. Whether it´s a museum entry or fine dining, you’ll probably leave a bunch of bucks to enjoy the most charming and elegant European capital. Paris’ charming arrondissements full of cafes, gleaming boutiques, museums, and Michelin-starred restaurants make it the most pricey city.
However, Paris is also loaded with things to do that won’t cost a sou (old French coin). So come with us to know Paris without spending tons of cash.
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