The municipality of Lagoa, which includes the parishes of Carvoeiro, Ferragudo, Porches, Estombar and Parchal, has been named one of the safest destinations to visit in Europe in 2021 by European Best Destinations (EBD).
Accompanying the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the online portal has compiled a list of destinations that have remained safer in recent months and which are open to travellers.
According to EBD, the Algarve is “one of the safest destinations in Europe”, with “fewer people per km², clean air, beautiful walks along the coast [and] unspoilt nature”. In particular, says the portal, the borough of Lagoa “put measures in place very early to protect the local population and reduce the spread of COVID-19”.
“Bringing together some of the most beautiful jewels of the Algarve, such as the beaches of Cova Redonda or the beach of Praia Nova and its famous chapel, the beach of Marinha, the villages of Carvoeiro, Ferragudo, Porches… Lagoa is probably one of the most beautiful Algarve destinations and one of the safest.”
The list, entitled ‘Coronavirus – Safest Destinations to Visit in 2021’, also features other Portuguese destinations, such as the Alentejo region, the Madeira Islands and the Azores.
Selection criteria included “number of active cases per 100,000 inhabitants, number of deaths, health measures, recommendations put in place by the authorities to welcome you in hotels, tourist accommodations, shops and restaurants in compliance with health standards”.
While the portal emphasised its efforts to provide accurate information, it also recommends that visitors regularly check the rules governing both the country of departure and the destination country.
For help in staying up to date with Portuguese regulations, or for advice on other holiday matters, get in touch with the team at Algarve Holiday Lets.