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DESTINATIONS FLIGHT-FREE TRAVEL | EUROPE expert ASK THE Emma Batchelor,


director, Discover Ferries “Our research, conducted a


couple of weeks ago, suggests 73% of people want to get


away this summer, with over half saying they’ll be looking to travel within the British Isles and 27% to Europe. Last year, destinations such as France, Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands were all popular with holidaymakers, and we saw growth in the number of people travelling to the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands. Ferry travel is an excellent way of reaching places that are a little off the beaten track, and it lends itself well to social distancing, with wide public areas, open deck space and private cabins on


certain routes. Our members have introduced Covid-safe


St Ouen’s Bay, Jersey


BRITTANY There’s plenty to draw travellers across the Channel, and it’s not only Calais that’s reachable by ferry, with links from Poole and Portsmouth to Brittany (with Condor Ferries and Brittany Ferries). Gold-sand shores, rugged coastal walks and quaint fishing harbours come together in this diverse region and at its heart is Saint-Malo, where medieval ramparts frame a postcard-pretty old town and port. Beyond the city there are islands, forests and quieter spots to explore, including Dol de Bretagne, famous for its 13th-century cathedral and its medieval houses. Book it: Brittany Ferries offers a week at the quaint three-bedroom La Fresnais gite in Dol de Bretagne (close to Saint-Malo) from £721 for up to five travelling, including ferry travel. brittany-ferries.co.uk


JERSEY There’s no time like the present to sell Britain’s islands, and at just over four hours by ferry from Poole, oft- underrated Jersey deserves a spot on the list. Rugged coastlines, soft-sand beaches, a laid-back atmosphere and an abundance of historical sights make the island an excellent bet for families as well as older travellers, while the annual Tennerfest draws foodies each October. Attractions include the Jersey War Tunnels, Maritime Museum, Mont Orgueil Castle and Jersey Zoo, while water-based activities range from kayaking to surfing. Book it: Premier Holidays offers three nights’ B&B at the Radisson Blu Waterfront in capital Saint Helier from £259, including return ferry travel between August 1 and October 31. premierholidays.co.uk


protocols including staggered boarding, reduced passenger capacity, additional cleaning and social distancing signage to ensure passengers and crew are able to travel as safely as possible.”


top tip


For clients keen to go farther afield, Brittany


² travelweekly.co.uk


Ferries sails overnight from Portsmouth to Bilbao and Santander, offering access to the less-visited north of Spain


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