With its outdoor lifestyle and uncrowded streets, Geneva is ideal for a socially distanced city break that doesn’t scrimp on culture or glamour, says Abra Dunsby
It’s dusk in the leafy, rose-scented Parc La Grange, and as I walk up the hill to admire the view of boat-dotted Lake Geneva, I hear the sounds of a saxophone lingering in the breeze.
As I walk further I discover the park’s Orangerie theatre, where a band is playing to locals who swill happily on their beers as they chatter.
Summer is a great time to visit Geneva, as I discovered for myself when I visited last year, before Covid-19 shook the world.
With Switzerland’s borders now reopen to UK visitors and the destination on FCO exemption and air bridge lists, clients who want to dip their toe into international travel this year or next on a short break should consider a trip here, not least because a recent report conducted in conjunction with the World Economic Forum revealed that Switzerland was the country that had best dealt with Covid-19.
With a population of just fewer than 500,000 Geneva never feels crowded, making it easy to maintain social distancing.
And in summer, the city’s many outdoor bars, restaurants and parks also mean clients can enjoy the sunshine and ambience while staying relatively safe.
While most clients are generally more likely to visit Geneva in winter on their way to ski or snowboard in the nearby Alps, the destination makes for an enjoyable, culture-filled city break in summer, when its many parks are dotted with picnicking locals, and where the lake’s shores are an inviting place to while away a lazy, sunny afternoon.