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Traveling this summer : Greece, Cyprus, Iceland

Gilles

Europe will be accessible this summer, unlike the rest of the world (COVID-19 obliged). Nevertheless, our continent is full of countries, each one more beautiful than the next.

It will be much safer to travel to Europe this summer, with all the hygiene measures put in place at the borders to limit the spread of the virus.

As explained in the previous article, we recommend that you get closer to your mandatory health insurance plan, get your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), and supplement your coverage with YUPWEGO, in order to be perfectly covered, especially during this period. From 1€ per day, you will be covered and you will be able to concentrate only on your trip!

Click here to request your EHIC if you are an European resident. It will allow you to have a part of your health expenses covered if something happens to you.

In the previous article, we told you about Portugal, Croatia and Norway. Today, let's go to Greece, Cyprus and Iceland! Come on, follow us!

Greece

Of course Europeans will favour tourism in their own country, but they will also divide part of their budget for a little more exoticism. And what could be more exotic than Greece, so close and yet so exhilarating.

Greece is one of the most popular countries in our community because it handled the COVID-19 crisis very well. An exotic destination, exotic because of its landscapes and colours. 

It is the country with 6000 islands to discover with turquoise blue / deep blue water and sunny conditions of 300 days a year. Enough to rebuild your vitamin D after 2 less confinement.

The change of scenery is total, the people are welcoming and the islands are exceptional such as Milos, Corfu, the Ionian Islands, Santorini or the Amorgos nugget.

Of course Greece is also the founding history of our European civilizations with the antiquity and its vestiges in Athens like the Acropolis and the Parthenon. But also in other islands and in the Peloponnese.

And to awaken the taste buds of the most greedy: Mezzés: small dishes accompanied by pita like hummus, Greek tabbouleh, feta, moussaka and baklava for the most traditional. The ouzo for alcohol (in moderation).

In short, a country with a change of scenery, soothing and endless with its countless islands. But also endearing personalities like the "Greek yayas" make it a must in Europe.

White buildings with blue roofs over the sea

Cyprus

In Cyprus, the Greek and Turkish origins of the island are visible in the narrow streets. If you love history, the archaeological sites on the island will delight you! Cyprus is a beautiful island, where mountainous, marine and rural landscapes coexist. You will fall in love with its magnificent beaches, its charming towns with typical architecture. In addition, the Cypriot Government has announced that tourists who contract COVID-19 after their arrival will have their holidays paid for by the state! And yes, because the island's economy depends very much on tourism, so the authorities are ready to do anything to revive this sector! Even without that, we still recommend Cyprus, because it is a beautiful destination, which will take you back in time with its atmosphere and architecture!

Northern Cyprus

The northern part of the island, where the Turkish Cypriots live, has some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. You will also find there an important historical heritage such as the Saint Sophia Cathedral, the ruins of the Church of Saint Nicholas of the English or the Church of Saint Catherine. If you are looking to visit a small, quiet and culturally rich town, we advise you to go to Kyrenia which is home to the Monastery of Bellapais, a place of beauty and tranquillity only 5km from the city. 

But if you go to Cyprus you can't miss its unmissable capital: Nicosia, the city with two faces. And good news (or not) you will be able to visit this capital if you are in the North, as well as in the South of the island because it has the sad peculiarity of being the last city divided in Europe by the "green line"... The contrast between Nicosia North and Nicosia South is flagrant! In the south, a modern city with Mediterranean charm, in the north, a Turkish provincial town with many architectural surprises. In fact, a few minutes after crossing the line (with your ID anyway), you will be on the main street of the bazaar which leads to the heart of the city where the Great Mosque is located. 

But if you are going to Cyprus you can't miss its capital city: Nicosia, the city with two faces. And good news (or not) you will be able to visit this capital if you are in the North, as well as in the South of the island because it has the sad peculiarity of being the last city divided in Europe by the "green line"... The contrast between Nicosia North and Nicosia South is flagrant! In the south, a modern city with Mediterranean charm, in the north, a Turkish provincial town with many architectural surprises. In fact, a few minutes after crossing the line (with your ID anyway), you will be on the main street of the bazaar which leads to the heart of the city where the Great Mosque is located.

Southern Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus, located in the south, is inhabited by Greek Cypriots and this part of the country has no shortage of very interesting places to see!

Rendezvous in the south-west of the island, in Paphos, a town that mixes passion, religious fervour and romanticism. This town is home to many ruins dating back to the 12th century BC, the Roman period and the Middle Ages. And for the record, according to legend, Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty in ancient Greek mythology, was born on the south coast of Paphos. If you continue your journey to Kouklia, you will be able to admire the Petra Tou Romiou, or Aphrodite's rock. 

But if you prefer to sunbathe and enjoy the sea air, put on your swimsuit and head to Lara Beach, a beach accessible by small steep footpaths that will lead you to fine sand and turquoise water.

Let's go for a complete change of scenery: towards Iceland! 

Sandy beach, mountainous landscape

Iceland

Iceland, which means "land of ice" is a rock lost in the Atlantic Ocean. Small island of 320 000 inhabitants, mostly concentrated in the capital Reykjavik, it has everything to please and attract many tourists: fjords, icebergs, hot springs, whale watching... 

I don't even tell you about his landscapes which seem supernatural and which reinforce all the mythology and mystery around Iceland. 

You can't get bored there. If you're a fan of hiking and nature, Iceland is the place for you, you've come to the right place. You will do beautiful walks where you will see things you only saw on the internet before: boiling water geysers, waterfalls and waterfalls that you only see in animated films. 

We advise you to go whale watching, mainly in the north of the country. You'll feel tiny in front of these (nice) giants, which are almost 30 metres long! It will be a breathtaking spectacle, nature in all its splendour.

As you can understand, Iceland is full of landscapes and activities to do. It is a country where you will feel at home. And you'll probably want to go back as soon as possible, as if the country had enchanted you...

Waterfall, landscape full of greenery

Find here our previous trilogy of European countries! 

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