The European islands most likely to go ‘green’ next – and the best vacations for you

Long strokes

Corsica, France

Chances of being green-lit: 2/10

France raised eyebrows when it started easing lockdown measures last month, even though case rates were still alarming – but the country has held its own and new infections are down to its peak of April. Its main holiday island, Corsica, is unlikely to get the green light from the UK government in June, however.

The island’s case rates are declining (less than 1 per 100,000 for new daily infections) and are among the lowest in France. However, it seems unlikely that the government will use its Green List capital on an island not considered a major tourist destination for Britons, and attached to a country that still has infection rates more than four times those of the Kingdom. -United. It doesn’t help either that the country has just imposed a 14-day quarantine period on anyone arriving from Britain.


Contrary to its harsh and rugged image, France’s thin fragment of the Tyrrhenian Sea is increasingly sophisticated – especially in the southeast, where Porto-Vecchio, on its sheltered bay, is dotted with shops and cafes. at the water’s edge, while the hills above shine with high-end villas (some of which are still available for rent this summer).

Villa Fiorella is a key example: a two-bedroom gem with an infinity pool which can be hired for £ 4,680 the week of August 8, via Simpson Travel (020 3504 2025;

Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

Chances of being green-lit: 2/10

Croatia’s Adriatic coast is dotted with islands, stretching from Istria in the north to Dubrovnik in the south. They are very attractive, but some of the most popular include Vis, Krk, and Hvar.

Unfortunately, for the purpose of data analysis, island numbers are included in their mainland regional authorities, making it difficult to see which destinations have the best numbers. Croatia, as a whole, is emerging from the peak of its second wave, but still has a far higher case rate than the UK and a slow vaccination campaign not yet reaching a third of the population.

Also, without direct flights from the UK, it will be an unlikely addition to the green list at this point.


The lack of direct flights from the UK is not seen as an obstacle by Jet2holidays (0800 408 0778;, which offers getaways to what is both the largest of Croatia’s Dalmatian islands and a dream seaside destination, where Zlatni Rat’s V-shaped sand spit has become a social media staple.

A seven-night escape to the four-star Milna Osam (on the west coast, where Brac gets closer to neighbor Solta), checking in on July 25, costs from £ 975 per person. This price includes direct flights from Stansted to Split, as well as organized coach and ferry transfers from the mainland.

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