Traveling to Europe was a distinguishing feature between the 16th and 19th centuries. With the turn of the millennium, the most gourmets oriented their compass towards remote places and the emergence of low-cost flights ended up turning the Old Continent into an accessible place that the traveling aristocracy no longer dreamed of.
The pandemic has recalibrated that status quo and, after two years marked by the boom in national tourism, Europe is reborn again. "The sale of air tickets between September and November in Europe has doubled compared to 2021, a clear sign of recovery as the devastating effects of the pandemic are left behind," explains Mario Gavira, Vice President of Growth at Kiwi.com, who recalls that Spain is the second most booked destination on its website worldwide to travel in autumn, only behind Italy and ahead of the United Kingdom. "Barcelona is, in fact, one of the star destinations, sharing the podium with London, Milan, Bangkok and Paris."
If we focus exclusively on the American market, it has once again put Europe on the radar: "Reservations from the United States to Europe have also grown exponentially this year, tripling the figure for 2021. Barcelona appears again and is, together with London , Berlin and Paris, one of the most requested destinations", they assure from the online travel agency, which for this autumn recommends different plans such as going to the Italian Piedmont, taking advantage of the time of the white truffle.
From Booking.com they have also detected this awakening and describe it as a very important indicator of the gradual improvement of the tourism sector after Covid. "According to our latest search data, this fall the Spanish travel community will continue to opt for some of the best-known national destinations, as Madrid and Barcelona are the most popular cities to visit these months. However, international destinations are also in demand ; Paris already reaches third place in the search ranking in Spain, while on the same dates in 2021 it was in seventh place," explains Pilar Crespo, director of Spain and Portugal at Booking.com.
After the French capital, in the ranking of the favorite destinations of the Spanish traveling community outside our country, London, Rome, Lisbon and Porto appear, in this order.
According to Crespo, the outlook until the end of the third quarter of the year remains positive with more bookings for the same period than in 2019. "This indicates that the tourism sector continues to recover and that people want to travel and discover different destinations."
Europe is back in fashion and not only through its most iconic capitals, but also with exclusive off-road plans to reclaim the spirit of those exclusive trips of yesteryear. "For this season, in Europe, the Portuguese Ribera del Duero area is in great demand, but with an exclusive touch, such as staying at the Six Senses Hotel, with wine tastings and a spa. Private and tailor-made visits are also on the rise, such as those organized by Private Luxury Malta Tours around the Mediterranean country, with which to get to know the native culture while taking advantage of the heat of southern Europe", says Paulo Ribeiro, CEO of Plenia Travel, awarded as one of the best luxury travel agencies of Europe.
The expert details another of the most demanded forms of travel at the moment: "The Orient Express, a journey through time on a luxury train with exceptional service, more specifically, the route that connects Paris with Prague, which people uses to get to know the Czech capital, a unique destination".