Travel latest: Bookings to Greece surge as British holidaymakers flee Spain

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British holidaymakers are flocking to Greece in lieu of Spain as the busiest month for summer holidays gets underway.

The chairman of Sunvil Holiday Group, Noel Josephides has reported a sudden rise in enquiries for ‘last-minute, flight-only’ bookings to Greece, and not from the company’s usual 50-plus demographic. “We know they are people who were likely to go to Spain,” he told iNews.

It comes as Europe’s largest tour operator Tui extended the cancellation of all UK holidays to the Spanish Balearic Islands and Canary Islands until August 10 and all holidays to mainland Spain until August 17. Jet2 has also been contacting customers already on holiday there and requesting they fly home earlier; sending empty planes to repatriate them.

Both operators have added extra added services to Greece in order to meet demand. 

Greece has fared well through the pandemic compared to the rest of Europe, with only 3.7 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days. The UK has registered 14 per 100,000 over the same period.

Elsewhere, senior ministers in France and Germany have both warned of possible new lockdowns, and Matt Hancock has said it is “quite likely” that further countries will be dropped from the FCO’s quarantine-exempt list as fears of a second wave grips Europe.

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10:17AM

The British holiday let hotspots seeing the biggest jumps in bookings

It’s getting crowded in the UK’s post popular staycation spots this summer, even more so than usual, as the below map displays.

Wish to join in? Read our insider guides to Cornwall and Devon. Looking for somewhere quieter? Consider our new round-up of 10 UK holidays you probably haven’t thought of .

10:04AM

Switzerland lights up the Alps to celebrate its national day

Witness the beauty. Switzerland turned a section of the Alps amber last night in a pyrotechnic display to celebrate its national day. The country was founded in 1291.

Last night, 100 kg of magnesium powder was used to light up the mountain chains of Veisivi and Dent de Perroc

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Thousands of socially-distanced spectators gathered in the Evolene valley below

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Celebrations continued at sunrise this morning at Lake Geneva

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9:50AM

‘If it were a person it would be Poldark’: Elizabeth Day visits The Pig – at Harlyn Bay

The author Elizabeth Day enjoyed her first post-lockdown stay at the newly-opened Cornish arm of The Pig, and had a jolly good time:

From the outside, the hotel is handsome but no-nonsense: if it were a person, it would be Poldark, dismounting from his horse after returning from the American War of Independence. But inside, the house gradually reveals its considerable, softer charms, in much the same way as Poldark does when he takes off his shirt

Check-in is done over the phone once I’ve got to my room. The windows have been left open to air it and all public areas are regularly sanitised using “fogging” methods. There are bottles of delicious, mint-scented hand sanitiser everywhere you go. In my room is a “personal safety kit” in a brown bag containing masks, gloves and antibacterial wipes, but most staff and guests opt not to wear any of these, preferring instead to keep a respectful one-metre distance. Inside, it feels safe.

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Elizabeth Day at The Pig

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9:32AM

Jet2 ‘will refund customers returning early from Spain’

Jet2 will refund customers on holiday in Spain who have been asked to return to the UK early, it has been reported.

The airline on Thursday cancelled flights to the UK for hundreds of passengers. But today Jet2 told the BBC that it is operating empty flights to pick up passengers from Spain until August 3. The airline will also refund unused nights for customers forced to come back early by the flight cancellations.

Jet2 said it was “responding to a very fast-moving situation with updates coming from the Government with little or no notice, and we have had to make decisions about our programme accordingly”.

“We can assure these customers that we will be in touch with them to resolve any issues that they may have,” the airline added.

9:27AM

Yesterday’s top headlines

A recap:

  • President of Balearics urges UK to drop blanket travel ban
  • Face masks to become mandatory in museums in England
  • Antigua to welcome first post-lockdown UK flight – and it’s full
  • Portugal reopens nightclubs yet country remains on quarantine list
  • Luxembourg added to list of countries requiring 14-day quarantine
  • Tui and Jet2 cancel more holidays to Spain and its islands

You can read yesterday’s blog here.

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