Travelling has been very restricted lately due to coronavirus. The global pandemic has affected international tourism and the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer estimated tourism fell by 87% in January 2021. With these numbers, uncertainty becomes a growing worry for many who are unsure on whether travelling is safe again in different countries or not.
However, as vaccination against COVID-19 increases in many countries and there is more awareness regarding the virus, travelling is becoming safer. Moreover, nautical destinations are a key spot as these sports are practiced outdoors. We recommend these 6 safe travel destinations worldwide. Dive in!
Greece is a gem in the Mediterranean Sea. Combining tradition with the latest technology in water sports, Greece has thousands of beautiful islands worth visiting and is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilization. It is a great summer spot to visit ancient ruins, eat delicious food and swim by the Mediterranean blue waters.
We highly recommend you discover Karpathos or Symi in the Dodecanese Islands. Greece has over 20,000 kilometers of coastline, and is therefore a paradise for nautical lovers. It offers high-quality sea sport services and satisfies even the most demanding enthusiasts.
Naxos is well known for being a wind sports destination. However, scuba diving in this island is also highly recommended, as you can explore the Express Samina wreck or an underwater cave. If you are more into sea kayaking, then Santorini offers a great variety of hidden beaches and coves.
If you would like to try some surfing, then Tinos is a burgeoning surfing spot. Kolibithra beach, on the north of the island is a perfect location to catch some waves. However if you would like some sailing action, then you should come to Rhodes. You will have the possibility of sailing in two different seas: the Aegean and Mediterranean sea.
Nautical tourism has grown in Croatia over the past years. Most of Croatia is by the coast, and there is a huge variety of water sports. Croatia is a stunning nation with amazing landscapes as the Paklenica National Park, the largest in Southeast Europe. From kayaking to jet ski or diving, Croatia has it all.
We recommend locations such as Split for the variety of marine sports it offers. If you would prefer a bigger adventure, travelling to other destinations as Dubrovnik or Zadar is highly recommended as well. You might find useful: Watching Sail-Ho Croatia to discover the most beautiful marinas and nautical spots in this Adriatic paradise.
Sailing enthusiasts are most commonly seen in Split, though sailing from Dubrovnik to the nearby islands including Hvar and Korcula is also highly recommended. Best swimming and snorkelling spots include the uninhabited islands of Kornati National Park or the gorgeous Stiniva Beach.
For kitesurfing and windsurfing popular spots to go include Premantura on the south of Istria, Viganj and Zadar. If you would like to try some sea and river kayaking, Dubrovnik and the Elafitis islands is a top destination for sea kayakers. Meanwhile, the Cetina River or Karlovac are fantastic spots for some river action.
Blue Flag status has been awarded to more than 577 beaches around Spain this last year. This position is given to beaches with the best water quality and the top facilities as providing a safeguard, access for people with disabilities and restrooms. Spain tops the global ranking, meaning it probably has some of the best beaches of the world.
Spain is a sunny destination and ranked third in terms of number of tourists. Lately, many hotels have been focusing on quality over quantity. This means they provide sustainable accommodation in the most mesmerizing destinations.
Places to travel in Spain to practice water sports: the Balearic and Canary Islands, Barcelona and Cádiz. Sofía is an inspiring show on a Canarian surfer with beautiful scenery, check it out!
If you travel to Gran Canaria, windsurf is practiced in the Pozo Izquierdo area. However, if you end up deciding for the Balearic Islands, in Majorca there are many sailing spots. Cala Figuera or Cabrera for example are some of local's favourite spots.