As the coronavirus pandemic is slowing down in some countries, Europe is reopening its borders to most travelers in and outside the EU. If you are planning a trip down to Europe for the summer, now’s the best time to consider your options.
You will find that accommodations and restaurants are partially reopened. However, not every holiday resort and eatery area is ready to welcome visitors. Some restaurants are delaying reopening. Hotels or holiday accommodations are being extremely cautious, which can make things uncomfortable or challenging for visitors. But, there’s something that the pandemic has enabled us to do, and that’s going back to nature. With reduced transportation and commercial exchange, air pollution has dropped significantly. As a result, your European trip could be the perfect opportunity to go back to nature.
Plenty of sea bass spots in Southern Europe
The European waters, and especially the Mediterranean Sea, are ideal for amateur anglers. Fish is plentiful around the Med, and as the water is shallow and typically quiet compared to ocean fish, it makes Southern Europe a great place to learn new skills. Grab yourself a fish kit – Tailored Tackle is a great place to get a beginner set with all the lures, rigs, and tips you need. You will find sea basses spots around Spain, Portugal, and the south of France. The waters are also rich in sardines, hakes, and squids, so there’s a lot of choices for amateurs. You don’t even need to go deep to find something to eat. The coast has many hiding spots for shellfish and shrimps, which means that you could get a meal without needing specialist fishing gear, license, and transportation.
A spot of foraging around the Med
Fish is not the only source of food you can get. Sourcing your food is a bit of an adventure, but you’ll find plenty of spots on land and sea to get you everything you need. Foraging is a popular activity in the south where wild herbs, berries, and plants are plentiful. Take a look at this wild camping example in the Pyrenées if you need inspiration. You can forage for juniper or pine needles, which provide an alternative to coffee in the morning. With plenty of lakes and rivers, you can put your fishing gear to good use. Ideally, you want to head to The Cirque de Gavarnie for a mixture of freshwater fish, mountain vegetation, and juicy berries.
Fruit freshly picked
You’ll also find that southern regions such as Spain offer fruit-picking activities all year round. You can pick oranges and lemons in Spain between October and May. But there are many varieties of fruits available in summer, such as pomegranate, persimmons, and chirimoya. With the impact of the COVID pandemic, many fruit farms are looking for fruit pickers, so you could grab yourself a short contract to collect fruits for a week or so. Chances are you’ll be allowed to keep some of the delicious and juicy fruits for yourself!
Going back to nature feels like a natural decision after the COVID lockdown. For a lot of holidaymakers, it makes no sense to carry on as life used to be. By choosing to focus your attention on sourcing your food, you can not only reduce physical contacts and avoid further outbreaks but also support the environment. There’s something magical about foraging your food that makes you feel a little more alive. And feeling alive is precisely what the post-COVID holiday should be about.Follow and Share with Jetsettersblog.