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Brits holidaying on Costa Del Sol say they feel much safer in Spain than UK and praise resorts as ‘better than ever’


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BRITS returning to the Costas for a much-needed break after months of lockdown reveal it is now better than ever.

Those heading back to Spain for some fun in the sun also claim they feel safer there than they do back home in the UK.

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The Dawson family revealed they feel safer in Spain than the UK[/caption]

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Spain’s sun-soaked beaches are now bustling with tourists once more[/caption]

The Mediterranean hotspot has reopened its borders to European tourists in a bid to kickstart its flagging economy.

And on Friday, the UK government revealed an air-bridge plan for last minute getaways to dozens of countries including Spain.

That means holidaymakers can travel to the Costas without needing to quarantine if they return from July 10.

And those who have already headed to the Spain seem to have no regrets – as the Sun Online found out.

As well as revealing the journey was “straightforward” they are impressed with the lockdown measures on Spain’s famous southern coastline.

Adrien Dawson, 50, who travelled with wife and daughters Holly, 21 and Niamh, 19, was clearly impressed.

The Durham businessman, who is staying in Estepona, said: “We actually feel safer in Spain than we do in the UK because of how well managed the pandemic was here.”

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Jade Jemima Smith told the Sun Online it was great to be back in the sun[/caption]

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Londoner John Taylor is staying in Estepona with his girlfriend Cathy Hyens[/caption]


The UK government has revealed an air-bridges plan for last minute getaways[/caption]

Wife Julie also heaped praise on Ryanair for keeping its middle seats empty during their flight over on July 4.

“We were pleasantly surprised because the middle seat was kept empty on every row and according to staff it was done on purpose,” she said.

Meanwhile, Richard, 29 and Janette Stevenson, 36, from Derbyshire, were reassured by the temperatures checks at East Midlands airport.

“We had heard about checks in Spain, but we didn’t know that was also happening in the UK, it’s good to see that they’re taking it seriously at home as well,” said the company director.

The safety measures in Spain also impressed Londoner John Taylor.

“It feels safer here than in the UK because everyone here has to wear a mask when they’re indoors, even in shops and supermarkets, whereas in the UK it’s optional, ” he revealed.

The 59-year-old is staying in Estepona for two weeks with his girlfriend, Cathy Hyens, 51.

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Sisters Lesley Nichols and Fiona Scott from Glasgow flew out to Malaga[/caption]

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John Peters said he was pleased prices hadn’t been bumped up in the wake of the pandemic[/caption]


Trippers can stay in Germany, France, Spain and Italy without needing to quarantine[/caption]

“The journey over was very smooth, the airport was eerie though, only WHSmith was open and people were actually queuing up to go in,” she added.

Sisters Lesley Nichols, 49 and Fiona Scott, 50, from Glasgow, flew to Malaga on July 5 – before the air bridge announcement.

“As we both work from home, we didn’t really care about having to quarantine on our return, it’s so nice out here, it’s worth it,” said Lesley.

Insurance brokers, Steve and Sophie Johnson from London urged other Brits to start packing their cases.

Steve, 48, said: “We would definitely recommend other potential tourists come out, it’s very safe here, none of the shops are overly packed and social distancing is very well maintained.”

Meanwhile Federica Polise, 23, a fashion stylist from London, has been impressed at how well the beaches have been maintained.

“I was also impressed with how well the Spanish have followed the social distancing rules.

“In addition, the beach protocols are starting to take shape, but everyone is being very responsible and keeping their distance from each other.

“The locals have been very gracious and are happy to see us back in Estepona, they can’t wait for the summer season to really take off,” she added.

Another holidaymaker staying in nearby Sotogrande, Jade Jemima Smith, 21, from Reading, said: “It’s great to be back in the sun with all the lovely local people, they’re all so welcoming to having us here.”

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Federica Polise was impressed at how well the beaches have been maintained[/caption]


Access to some stretches of sand has been restricted[/caption]

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Many of Spain’s beaches were virtually deserted just weeks ago[/caption]

John Peters, 52, from Southend, was really happy to see that the prices in almost all his favourite bars and restaurants were the same.

“There is one bar I go to that has put 50 cents on a pint, but everywhere else is the same,” he explained.

“Either way, it’s still far cheaper than the UK. And for the most part everything is the same as it was before.

“I am having a great time and Spain is certainly still very good value for money. I definitely raise a glass to the Spanish for knowing how to keep the tourists happy!”

On Monday we revealed how Brit sunseekers had been turned away from scores of Spanish beaches after they closed to maintain social distancing.

Fears of a second killer coronavirus wave have forced overcrowded coastal hotspots to shut.

Around 55 beaches in southern Spain’s Andalucian region were closed at some point yesterday according to Malaga-based paper Sur.

Thirty of those beaches temporarily shut on the Costa del Sol to maintain the 1.5metre distance.

Tourists were also barred from popular Benalmadena, Malaga and Andalucia resorts.

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