This week, numerous travel restrictions were lifted and plans were announced to remove 40 countries from the red list.
The news that the Red List has been reduced to just seven countries means that vacationing abroad is again an option for many people.
Fortunately in Bedfordshire we have Luton Airport with several low cost airlines flying from there making it easier for locals to vacation. But now, with so many options, it can be difficult to decide where to go.
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To help you decide, Conde Nast Traveler asked its readers to vote for the top 20 countries in the world to visit and a number of destinations you can fly to from Luton.
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Portugal was the absolute winner at number one, and after looking at the photos, it’s easy to see why – so here’s a guide to the places to visit.
A World Heritage City, Porto is located in the north of Portugal and is home to the Douro River and the coast. With medieval streets and the Riberia, it is a cultural experience like no other while being able to bask under a radiant sun.
A number of budget hotels are available, making it an ideal destination for a quick weekend getaway on the city. It is also the oldest wine region in the world and is known not only for its port for boats but also for its Port wine.
Far from the mainland lies the island of Madeira, which is home to beautiful beaches and stunning rock formations.
From hiking in the hills to snorkeling in the sea to see marine life or just resting on the beach, there are activities for everyone. Madeira also has a rich history with wine and is home to a large number of wine bars.
You can also take a cruise around the island while stopping at various wineries for history lessons and tastings.
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The capital of Lisbon offers an opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the beauty of Portugal’s past while being in a modern city.
The Alfama district is home to the city’s oldest neighbors and offers an afternoon of getting lost in the enjoyment of the old narrow street.
The harbor attracts many people with the stunning views and the sea breeze. Despite being the capital of a European country, Lisbon offers affordable accommodation and restaurants.
Popular with families, the Algarve is Portugal’s largest tourist destination with year-round sunshine and high temperatures.
Even in winter, temperatures rarely drop below 10 ° C, which attracts thousands of tourists to its white sandy beaches.
The area is also famous for its pottery and ceramics, especially glazed ceramic tiles which are hand painted and can be purchased throughout the region.
The Algarve offers a large number of all-inclusive options, making it ideal for longer stays, especially for those who don’t want to escape the cold winter here.