Searches for holidays in Spain and Greece increase more than 50 per cent says TravelSupermarket


Searches for package holidays to Spain this summer have increased by 52 per cent, Greece by 51 per cent and Portugal by 38 per cent in the past fortnight on the back of news that European tourism is reopening and quarantine-free air bridges can be established.

There have been 40 per cent more price comparison searches for July, August and September holidays in the past two weeks. That’s according to searches on holiday price comparison site TravelSupermarket from May 16 to 30 compared with the previous fortnight, for package holidays overseas departing between July 1 and October 31 this year.

Portugal has gone up two places in the search rankings in the past fortnight, compared with the start of May, to become the fifth most popular summer holiday search option for Britons.

Searches for package holidays to Spain this summer have increased by 52 per cent, Greece by 51 per cent and Portugal by 38 per cent, says TravelSupermarket 

This uptake in searches for Portuguese holidays is on the back of of the country’s announcement that it is hoping to welcome holidaymakers including Britons as soon as possible and will not quarantine them.

Greece has also been one of the first countries in Europe to say it wants to welcome back international holidaymakers – international flights will be operating to its two largest mainland airports from mid-June.

Similarly, Spain has been outlining in the past two weeks its desire for tourists to return in July and for the summer season to be salvaged.

According to TravelSupermarket, as Britons look to get away when lockdown restrictions are lifted, the country of choice to visit before the end of October is Spain.

In second place is Greece followed by the United States, Turkey and Portugal.

When it comes to more specific destinations, the top ten most-searched-for places by Britons in the past fortnight for a holiday to depart between July 1 and October 30, 2020, are Las Vegas (first), Tenerife (second), the Maldives (third), the Costa Blanca (fourth), Dubai (fifth), Orlando (sixth), Canary Islands (seventh), Majorca (eighth), Amsterdam (ninth) and Crete (10th). 

An uptake in searches for Portuguese holidays is on the back of of the country’s announcement that it is hoping to welcome holidaymakers including Britons as soon as possible and will not quarantine them. Pictured is a beach in the Algarve

An uptake in searches for Portuguese holidays is on the back of of the country’s announcement that it is hoping to welcome holidaymakers including Britons as soon as possible and will not quarantine them. Pictured is a beach in the Algarve 

BRITONS’ MOST POPULAR HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS

Most popular destinations to search for a holiday for between July 1 and October 30, 2020

1. Las Vegas

2. Tenerife

3. The Maldives

4. Costa Blanca

5. Dubai

6. Orlando

7. Canary Islands

8. Majorca

9. Amsterdam

10. Crete

Most popular countries to search for a holiday after lockdown, any departure date

1. Spain

2. U.S

3. Greece

4. Maldives

5. Turkey

6. Mexico

7. Italy

8. Portugal

9. Cyprus

10. Unite Arab Emirates

Source: TravelSupermarket 

TravelSupermarket points out that searches for package holidays to Crete have shot up by 73 per cent in the past two weeks – it was in 19th place.

The website says this comes as many airlines and holiday companies say they will resume flights to the Greek Islands from the beginning of July.

Package holiday price enquiries to Tenerife have increased by 36 per cent and to the Costa Blanca by 46 per cent, taking holidays to resorts including Benidorm from seventh to fourth most popular with Britons.

Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator from TravelSupermarket, said: ‘There are more people searching for a holiday now for this summer than there were at the beginning of May. Talk of air bridges and countries opening up to tourism appears to be getting people searching and comparing holiday prices.

TravelSupermarket says that package holiday price enquiries to the Costa Blanca, pictured, have increased by 46 per cent

TravelSupermarket says that package holiday price enquiries to the Costa Blanca, pictured, have increased by 46 per cent

‘Holiday prices have also been creeping down in the past fortnight and there are some good prices on offer. However, the reality is that we don’t yet know when Brits will be able to travel again.

‘The Foreign and Commonwealth Office indefinite advice against anything but essential travel remains in place and there is no indication of when this will be lifted. It is wait and see as to which countries will let Britons travel there and when – and when the UK Government will allow Brits to travel overseas for holidays again. The UK 14 day quarantine is also set to come in on Monday (June 8) and to be reviewed in the last week of June.

‘Despite the increase in people searching for holidays for this summer in the past week, people are clicking through from our site and booking with travel companies for next summer, more than they are for this summer. There needs to be more certainty before people are willing to take the plunge on this summer more than next.’

HOLIDAY SEARCHES IN THE PAST FORTNIGHT FOR ANY FUTURE DEPARTURE DATE

TravelSupermarket also looked at the most popular holiday searches for all dates in the future, not just this summer.

The most-searched-for destination between May 16 and 30 was the Maldives, followed by Las Vegas and Orlando.

Tenerife was in fourth place, New York fifth and Cancun was sixth. The Costa Blanca came seventh with the Canary Islands eighth, Dubai ninth and Amsterdam 10th.

The rest of the top 20 most-popular searches in the past fortnight were Lanzarote (11th), Ibiza (12th), Majorca (13th), Dominican Republic (14th), Bali (15th), Barbados (16th), Cape Verde (17th), Jamaica (18th), Hawaii (19th) and The Algarve (20th).

The most-searched-for destination for all departures in the future between May 16 and 30 was the Maldives, pictured

The most-searched-for destination for all departures in the future between May 16 and 30 was the Maldives, pictured 

Island escapes seem particularly popular as 11 of the top 20 most popular searches are to islands.

TravelSupermarket says that Ibiza has seen the biggest jump in search interest in the past two weeks, up 85 per cent, taking it from the 22nd to the 11th most-searched destination for a future holiday from the UK.

The website points out that the Balearic Islands, as a whole, have seen a 55 per cent increase in clicks in the past fortnight.

There has been a 48 per cent increase in searches to Portugal, taking it from 13th to the eighth most-searched country for holidays from the UK in the space of a fortnight and there has been a 45 per cent increase in holiday prices searches to Greece.

Spain has seen a 43 per cent increase in holiday price searches as has Italy, says TravelSupermarket. 

Other destinations that have seen a significant uplift in searches in the past fortnight are Crete (68 per cent), the Costa del Sol (63 per cent), Tenerife (46 per cent), Lanzarote (44 per cent), Rhodes (44 per cent), Goa (40 per cent), the Algarve (38 per cent), Santorini (37 per cent) and Cancun (36 per cent).

The most popular country on British holidaymakers’ wishlists to visit after lockdown is Spain (No1), followed by the U.S, Greece, the Maldives and Turkey.

The rest of the top 10 comprises Mexico (sixth), Italy (seventh), Portugal (eighth), Cyprus (ninth) and the United Arab Emirates (10th).

THE MOST POPULAR MONTHS FOR A HOLIDAY

When looking at all holiday searches in May on TravelSupermarket, the price comparison website says that October 2020 is the most popular departure month. It is followed by September 2020, December 2020 and May 2021.

Data shows that the most popular destinations to search for an October 2020 holiday are the Canary Islands, Las Vegas, Dubai, the Costa Blanca and New York.

Las Vegas, pictured, is one of the most popular destinations for searches for a holiday for October 2020

Las Vegas, pictured, is one of the most popular destinations for searches for a holiday for October 2020 

The most popular destinations that Britons are comparing prices for in September are the Costa Blanca, Tenerife, Crete, Dubai and Las Vegas.

For December, the wish list is headed up by New York, followed by Tenerife, Lanzarote, the Maldives and Dubai.

For May 2021, British holidaymakers are looking and booking ahead for holidays to Orlando, followed by Majorca, the Maldives, the Balearic Islands and the Costa Blanca.

For departures being looked at for this July and August, the most price comparison searches are for the Canary and Balearic Islands and the resorts in and around Antalya in Turkey.

Other price comparison sites are available.  

BARGAIN HOLIDAY PRICE EXAMPLES FOR 2020  

Ibiza, three-star self-catering departing on August 17 for two adults and two school-aged children for seven nights from £326pp, reduced from £435pp.

Costa del Sol, four-star self-catering departing on August 19 for seven nights for two adults and two school-aged children from £354pp, reduced from £428pp.

Costa Blanca, four-star self-catering for seven nights departing on September 9 for two from £285pp, reduced from £373pp.

Rhodes, four-star self-catering departing on September 19 for seven nights for two from £142pp.

Dubai, five-star half-board departing on October 18 for seven nights for two from £470pp, reduced from £542pp.

Source: TravelSupermarket (prices correct as of June 2, 2020). 

Klein Curacao – the rogue abandoned ghost island in a Caribbean paradise


No infinity pools, no tuxedoed cocktail bar staff, no palm-fringed golf courses.

Klein Curacao, which lies 15 miles to the south-east of the Dutch outpost of Curacao, is a rogue island in a Caribbean paradise – uninhabited, barren, scarred with shipwrecks and graves, and blighted by a grisly history.

In the 17th century it was used by the Dutch West India Company to quarantine slaves it was transporting between Africa and Curacao who had become sick on the journey.

Klein Curacao, which lies 15 miles to the south-east of the Dutch outpost of Curacao, is a rogue island in a Caribbean paradise – uninhabited, barren, scarred with shipwrecks and graves, and blighted by a grisly history. Image courtesy of Falco Ermert, who posted this to his Flickr account

A lighthouse was built on a plot in the centre of the island in 1850 (and rebuilt twice after being destroyed by hurricanes)

A lighthouse was built on a plot in the centre of the island in 1850 (and rebuilt twice after being destroyed by hurricanes)

The shipwreck of the oil tanker Maria Bianca Guidesman, which ran aground off the coast of Klein Curacao in the 1960s

The shipwreck of the oil tanker Maria Bianca Guidesman, which ran aground off the coast of Klein Curacao in the 1960s 

For some, the tiny island, which measures just half a square mile, became their final resting place. A handful of graves are still visible on the south side.

In the 1600s the island would have been relatively verdant – but goats were allowed to roam over the years and they chewed up the vegetation.

And mining in the 19th century stripped out the minerals from Klein Curacao’s soils.

The process began in 1871 when English mining engineer John Godden discovered that droppings from seabirds could convert limestone into phosphate.

In the 17th century Klein Curacao was used by the Dutch West India Company to quarantine slaves it was transporting between Africa and Curacao who had become sick on the journey. Image courtesy of Falco Ermert, who posted this to his Flickr account

In the 17th century Klein Curacao was used by the Dutch West India Company to quarantine slaves it was transporting between Africa and Curacao who had become sick on the journey. Image courtesy of Falco Ermert, who posted this to his Flickr account

Conditions off the Klein Curacao shorelines, particularly on the south side, are particularly unforgiving

Conditions off the Klein Curacao shorelines, particularly on the south side, are particularly unforgiving

The lighthouse on the island has been rebuilt twice after being devastated by hurricanes

The lighthouse on the island has been rebuilt twice after being devastated by hurricanes

According to news.com.au, this was mined and exported until 1886, by which time the seabird population had been decimated and the fertile soil destroyed, completing the desertification process the goats had started.

In 1888, the Germany navy tried to set up a naval base on Klein Curaçao, but they were driven off the island by ‘windswept conditions’.

Since then, the only visitors have been fishermen, day-tripping tourists and shipwrecked mariners.

Conditions off the Klein Curacao shorelines, particularly on the south side, are unforgiving.

A lighthouse was built on a plot in the centre of the island in 1850 (and rebuilt twice after being destroyed by hurricanes) – but that hasn’t always been enough to prevent disaster.

There are several shipwrecks dotted around the coastline, the most famous being that of the oil tanker Maria Bianca Guidesman, which ran aground in the 1960s.

Another visible shipwreck is that of a luxury sailing yacht from France, which suffered extensive damage in 2007. Fortunately, all on board survived.

Day trips to Klein Curacao, also known as Little Curacao, are popular, especially with snorkelers and divers keen to explore its incredible reefs and underwater caves.

Onshore, there is no infrastructure – the island is a designated conservation area, so developments are barred – save for the storm-weathered lighthouse and a few huts.

Day trips to Klein Curacao, also known as Little Curacao, are popular, especially with snorkelers and divers keen to explore its incredible reefs and underwater caves

Day trips to Klein Curacao, also known as Little Curacao, are popular, especially with snorkelers and divers keen to explore its incredible reefs and underwater caves 

Pristine: Klein Curacao is a designated conservation area, so developments are barred

Pristine: Klein Curacao is a designated conservation area, so developments are barred

Mermaid Boat Trips and Irie Tours both run trips to Klein Curacao, lockdowns permitting

Mermaid Boat Trips and Irie Tours both run trips to Klein Curacao, lockdowns permitting 

That means the key activities are lying around on beautiful white-sand beaches and soaking up the sun, though the historical lighthouse can be viewed.

Mermaid Boat Trips and Irie Tours both run trips to Klein Curacao, lockdowns permitting. The former owns a beach house, which offers one of the few shaded areas on the island.

The FCO currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

Easyjet to resume flights to almost 75% of network by August


Easyjet says it will resume flights to almost 75% of its network by August – and all passengers and crew will have to wear face masks on board

  • The airline said it plans to fly 50% of routes in July and up to 75% by August
  • It said it will fly to and from its UK bases to a selection of European destinations
  • The carrier is also launching what it claims is its ‘biggest ever summer sale’ 
  • FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

EasyJet has announced it will resume flying to almost three-quarters of its route network by August.

The airline is also launching what it claims is its ‘biggest ever summer sale’ with over one million flights to holiday destinations across Europe on offer from £29.99 for travel between July 1 and October 31, 2020.

Onboard, all passengers and crew will be required to wear face masks.

EasyJet has announced it will resume flying to almost three-quarters of its route network by August. Onboard, all passengers and crew will be required to wear face masks

EasyJet said it plans to fly 50 per cent of its 1,022 routes in July and 75 per cent in August, although flight frequency will be much lower, equating to around 30 per cent of normal July to September capacity.

This will include flying to and from its UK bases across July and August to a selection of destinations for summer holidays.

The airline said that although there will be fewer flights on offer, ‘customers will have the choice of flights to domestic, city and beach destinations’.

These include cities such as Paris, Milan and Rome; ‘summer sun favourites’ the Balearics and Canary Islands; ‘lively and culturally rich hotspots’ in Italy, Croatia and Portugal and ‘even further afield to exotic destinations, Egypt and Morocco’.

The airline has confirmed that some flights will initially resume from June 15 including those from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast in the UK.

EasyJet has also revealed it has teamed up with superhero illustrator Will Sliney to create comic-book-inspired face mask covers for children flying this summer.

EasyJet said it plans to fly 50 per cent of its 1,022 routes in July and 75 per cent in August, although with a lower frequency of flights

EasyJet said it plans to fly 50 per cent of its 1,022 routes in July and 75 per cent in August, although with a lower frequency of flights

The carrier said the new comic book face mask covers had been designed to ‘help ease the experience for both kids and parents’.

As well as the requirement of masks for passengers and crew, other safety measures will also be put in place for flights this summer.

These will include enhanced aircraft disinfection and, initially, no onboard food service.

EasyJet said the additional cleaning and disinfection procedures for aircraft cabins are on top of an existing daily aircraft cleaning schedule.

It added: ‘Every aircraft will be subject to a daily disinfection process which provides surface protection from viruses that lasts for at least 24 hours.’

In addition, customers are being advised to check-in online and use automated bag drops in the airport, if available.

The airline is also launching what it claims is its 'biggest ever summer sale' with over one million flights to holiday destinations across Europe on offer from £29.99 for travel between July 1 and October 31, 2020

The airline is also launching what it claims is its ‘biggest ever summer sale’ with over one million flights to holiday destinations across Europe on offer from £29.99 for travel between July 1 and October 31, 2020

The airline said social distancing would be encouraged at airport gates and during boarding.

EasyJet explained: ‘The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser.’

Robert Carey, chief commercial and planning officer at easyJet, said: ‘We are delighted to announce that we will be flying the majority of our route network across Europe, meaning customers can still get to their chosen destination for their summer holidays this year.

‘We’re passionate about helping our customers get back flying, which is why we’re offering one million seats at £29.99 for those planning on booking a holiday this summer.

‘Travel restrictions are being lifted and demand is starting to return, so there’s no better time for us to introduce this sale.’ 

The FCO currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

NEW MEASURES ON EASYJET FLIGHTS

EasyJet said additional cleaning and disinfection procedures for aircraft cabins are on top of an existing daily aircraft cleaning schedule

EasyJet said additional cleaning and disinfection procedures for aircraft cabins are on top of an existing daily aircraft cleaning schedule

AIRPORT MEASURES

To protect customers and ground crew in the airport, easyJet said customers will be able to use automated bag drops to check in their hold luggage and screens will be in place at check-in desks at airports where auto bag drop is not available.

Ground crew and cabin will not handle any customer documents during boarding and customers will be asked to present and scan their own documents. EasyJet said it already encourages all customers to check-in online and download their boarding pass onto their smartphone or to print their own boarding passes before arriving at the airport.

The airline’s ground crew will also wear gloves and masks at all times when transporting customer luggage to and from the aircraft.

The airline added that further recommendations from airports indicate there may also be measures in place such as self-declaration health forms to be completed ahead of departure and temperature screening.

The carrier said it is working with all airports where it operates to understand what measures will be in place to protect customers.

ON BOARD MEASURES

On board, all passengers and crew will be required to wear masks at all times and initially when flights restart, the ‘Bistro and Boutique service’ will not be available.

Furthermore, easyJet said all flights will be equipped with spare sanitary equipment including masks, gloves and hand sanitiser to ensure these are available to customers and crew at all times on board if required.

The airline pointed out that its aircraft are already fitted with state-of-the-art filtration technology. It added that high-efficiency particle arresting filters filter 99.97 per cent of airborne contaminants in the cabin, including viruses and bacteria. These filters are ‘the same as those used in hospitals and through them, the cabin air gets replaced every three to four minutes’.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

EasyJet said customers will be able to practice social distancing in the airports, at gates and during boarding. Onboard, and where possible, the crew will invite customers to sit at distance from customers not in their party where seats are available.

EasyJet said it will continue to work with the relevant national authorities to review and assess what measures are required in the longer term.

Villanelle’s flat from season three of Killing Eve is on Airbnb 


The Barcelona filming location for Villanelle’s flat in season three of Killing Eve is a stunning Art Nouveau apartment that’s available to rent on Airbnb

  • The Art Nouveau property is listed on Airbnb as ‘Our house: Architects’ flat’, but its name is Casa Ramos 
  • Some Killing Eve scenes were filmed in the rentable flat, some in the family home that it’s part of
  • The host offers guided tours of the entire property, which is rich in Art Nouveau details and steeped in history
  • NOTE: The FCO currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel 

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Killing Eve’s fictional assassin Villanelle has a killer flat in season three of the hit show – and the real-life Barcelona apartment used as the filming location is available to rent through Airbnb.

A wonderfully lavish place to lurk post-lockdown, with interiors to die for.

The Art Nouveau property is listed on Airbnb as ‘Our house: Architects’ flat’, but its actual name is Casa Ramos and it’s located in the Gracia area.

Killing Eve’s fictional assassin Villanelle has a killer flat in season three of the hit show – and the real-life Barcelona apartment (pictured) used as the filming location is available to rent through Airbnb

The Art Nouveau property is listed on Airbnb as 'Our house: Architects' flat', but its actual name is Casa Ramos and it's located in the Gracia area

The Art Nouveau property is listed on Airbnb as ‘Our house: Architects’ flat’, but its actual name is Casa Ramos and it’s located in the Gracia area

The apartment available for rent sits within a family home, with some scenes for Killing Eve filmed in the former’s bathroom and hall, and others in the latter’s eye-catching rooms.

But the family home isn’t off-limits – the host offers tours of the whole property. 

He says: ‘Go deep into Art Nouveau architecture with this visit to my family’s home, Casa Ramos, a Catalan Modernist gem, where I live.

A scene featuring Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer) from season three of Killing Eve that was filmed in the hallway of the Barcelona Airbnb apartment

A scene featuring Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer) from season three of Killing Eve that was filmed in the hallway of the Barcelona Airbnb apartment

Here's the hallway as it appears in the Airbnb listing. The apartments costs around £230 a night

Here’s the hallway as it appears in the Airbnb listing. The apartments costs around £230 a night

The apartment available for rent sits within a family home, with some scenes for Killing Eve filmed in the former's bathroom and hall, and others in the latter's eye-catching rooms (above)

The apartment available for rent sits within a family home, with some scenes for Killing Eve filmed in the former’s bathroom and hall, and others in the latter’s eye-catching rooms (above) 

The host offers tours of the entire property (above), which will no doubt delight Killing Eve fans

The host offers tours of the entire property (above), which will no doubt delight Killing Eve fans

Killer view: Here's Villanelle gazing out of the incredible apartment...

Killer view: Here’s Villanelle gazing out of the incredible apartment…

... in this matching exterior shot of the actual apartment, the foliage is a bit more colourful

… in this matching exterior shot of the actual apartment, the foliage is a bit more colourful

‘Steeped in history, every exposed surface is abundant in Art Nouveau details, original tiles, stained glass windows, and spectacular Arabesque features.’

The listing for the rentable apartment, meanwhile, says: ‘Unusual, very spacious “Art Nouveau” flat with reception hall, studio, dining, living-room, gallery, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. An architectural experience in the Modernista Barcelona of 1906.’

It adds: ‘Gracia is one of the trendy areas in Barcelona where there are many designer shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and cinemas.’

The listing for the rentable apartment says: 'Unusual, very spacious "Art Nouveau" flat with reception hall, studio, dining, living-room, gallery, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. An architectural experience in the Modernista Barcelona of 1906'

The listing for the rentable apartment says: ‘Unusual, very spacious “Art Nouveau” flat with reception hall, studio, dining, living-room, gallery, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. An architectural experience in the Modernista Barcelona of 1906’

The season three finale of Killing Eve aired on Sunday night – and a fourth season has been confirmed

The season three finale of Killing Eve aired on Sunday night – and a fourth season has been confirmed

The Gracia area, where the apartment (pictured) is located, is described as 'trendy'

The Gracia area, where the apartment (pictured) is located, is described as ‘trendy’

The season three finale of Killing Eve aired on Sunday night – and a fourth season has been confirmed.

You can read all about the finale here – but warning, there are spoilers. 

Casa Ramos costs from around £230 a night and sleeps four.

Apartment used as the location for Villanelle’s flat in season three of Killing Eve is on Airbnb 


The Barcelona filming location for Villanelle’s flat in season three of Killing Eve is a stunning Art Nouveau apartment that’s available to rent on Airbnb

  • The Art Nouveau property is listed on Airbnb as ‘Our house: Architects’ flat’, but its name is Casa Ramos 
  • Some Killing Eve scenes were filmed in the rentable flat, some in the family home that it’s part of
  • The host offers guided tours of the entire property, which is rich in Art Nouveau details and steeped in history
  • NOTE: The FCO currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel 

Advertisement

Killing Eve’s fictional assassin Villanelle has a killer flat in season three of the hit show – and the real-life Barcelona apartment used as the filming location is available to rent through Airbnb.

A wonderfully lavish place to lurk post-lockdown, with interiors to die for.

The Art Nouveau property is listed on Airbnb as ‘Our house: Architects’ flat’, but its actual name is Casa Ramos and it’s located in the Gracia area.

Killing Eve’s fictional assassin Villanelle has a killer flat in season three of the hit show – and the real-life Barcelona apartment (pictured) used as the filming location is available to rent through Airbnb

The Art Nouveau property is listed on Airbnb as 'Our house: Architects' flat', but its actual name is Casa Ramos and it's located in the Gracia area

The Art Nouveau property is listed on Airbnb as ‘Our house: Architects’ flat’, but its actual name is Casa Ramos and it’s located in the Gracia area

The apartment available for rent sits within a family home, with some scenes for Killing Eve filmed in the former’s bathroom and hall, and others in the latter’s eye-catching rooms.

But the family home isn’t off-limits – the host offers tours of the whole property. 

He says: ‘Go deep into Art Nouveau architecture with this visit to my family’s home, Casa Ramos, a Catalan Modernist gem, where I live.

A scene featuring Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer) from season three of Killing Eve that was filmed in the hallway of the Barcelona Airbnb apartment

A scene featuring Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer) from season three of Killing Eve that was filmed in the hallway of the Barcelona Airbnb apartment

Here's the hallway as it appears in the Airbnb listing. The apartments costs around £230 a night

Here’s the hallway as it appears in the Airbnb listing. The apartments costs around £230 a night

The apartment available for rent sits within a family home, with some scenes for Killing Eve filmed in the former's bathroom and hall, and others in the latter's eye-catching rooms (above)

The apartment available for rent sits within a family home, with some scenes for Killing Eve filmed in the former’s bathroom and hall, and others in the latter’s eye-catching rooms (above) 

The host offers tours of the entire property (above), which will no doubt delight Killing Eve fans

The host offers tours of the entire property (above), which will no doubt delight Killing Eve fans

Killer view: Here's Villanelle gazing out of the incredible apartment...

Killer view: Here’s Villanelle gazing out of the incredible apartment…

... in this matching exterior shot of the actual apartment, the foliage is a bit more colourful

… in this matching exterior shot of the actual apartment, the foliage is a bit more colourful

‘Steeped in history, every exposed surface is abundant in Art Nouveau details, original tiles, stained glass windows, and spectacular “Arabesque’ features.’

The listing for the rentable apartment, meanwhile, says: ‘Unusual, very spacious “Art Nouveau” flat with reception hall, studio, dining, living-room, gallery, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. An architectural experience in the Modernista Barcelona of 1906.’

It adds: ‘Gracia is one of the trendy areas in Barcelona where there are many designer shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and cinemas.’

The listing for the rentable apartment says: 'Unusual, very spacious "Art Nouveau" flat with reception hall, studio, dining, living-room, gallery, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. An architectural experience in the Modernista Barcelona of 1906'

The listing for the rentable apartment says: ‘Unusual, very spacious “Art Nouveau” flat with reception hall, studio, dining, living-room, gallery, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. An architectural experience in the Modernista Barcelona of 1906’

The season three finale of Killing Eve aired on Sunday night – and a fourth season has been confirmed

The season three finale of Killing Eve aired on Sunday night – and a fourth season has been confirmed

The Gracia area, where the apartment (pictured) is located, is described as 'trendy'

The Gracia area, where the apartment (pictured) is located, is described as ‘trendy’

The season three finale of Killing Eve aired on Sunday night – and a fourth season has been confirmed.

You can read all about the finale here – but warning, there are spoilers. 

Casa Ramos costs from around £230 a night and sleeps four.

No screaming and no high-fives: Japanese funfairs release rules for the coronavirus era


No screaming, no high-fives and haunted house ghosts will scare victims from a safe distance: Japanese funfairs release rules for the coronavirus era

  • Japanese funfair operators have released guidelines on how to safely operate
  • Characters dressed in costume cannot handshake or high five other guests 
  • Superheroes fighting villains should avoid whipping up support from spectators
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

No screaming on the roller coaster, socially distant spooks in the haunted house and please refrain from high-fiving your favourite superhero: welcome to Japanese amusement parks in the coronavirus era.

As Japan’s funfairs slowly reopen, a group of park operators have released joint guidelines on how to operate safely under the threat of the virus.

Among the recommendations, thrill-seekers will be asked to wear masks at all times and ‘refrain from vocalising loudly’ on roller coasters and other rides.

As Japan’s funfairs slowly reopen, a group of park operators have released joint guidelines on how to operate safely under the threat of the virus – and ‘vocalising loudly’ on roller coasters is a no-no 

‘Ghosts’ lurking in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their ‘victims’, the guidelines add.

Park staff, including those dressed up as stuffed animal mascots and superheroes, should not shake hands or high-five with young fans but maintain an appropriate distance.

Superheroes engaged in fights to the death with evil villains should also avoid whipping up support from spectators to prevent screams  – and potentially coronavirus-laden droplets – from flying through the air.

Virtual reality attractions should not operate unless the special glasses or goggles can be fully sanitised, the guidelines suggest.

And perhaps to parents’ relief, vendors will be asked to refrain from putting out toys or food samples for young visitors to touch, play with or eat.

‘These guidelines will not bring infections to zero, but will reduce the risk of infection,’ the operators admit, pledging to continue studying ways to bring down transmission risks.

Japan's best-known theme parks - Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, pictured - remain closed

Japan’s best-known theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, pictured – remain closed 

Japan’s best-known theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in the western city of Osaka – remain closed with no date yet set for reopening.

But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted a nationwide state of emergency after a sharp drop in the number of coronavirus cases in Japan.

Citizens and businesses have been urged to adapt to a ‘new normal’ in the coronavirus era, including mask-wearing and social distancing where possible.

No screaming and no high-fives: Japanese funfairs release rules for the coronavirus era


No screaming, no high-fives and haunted house ghosts will scare victims from a safe distance: Japanese funfairs release rules for the coronavirus era

  • Japanese funfair operators have released guidelines on how to safely operate
  • Characters dressed in costume cannot handshake or high five other guests 
  • Superheroes fighting villains should avoid whipping up support from spectators
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

No screaming on the roller coaster, socially distant spooks in the haunted house and please refrain from high-fiving your favourite superhero: welcome to Japanese amusement parks in the coronavirus era.

As Japan’s funfairs slowly reopen, a group of park operators have released joint guidelines on how to operate safely under the threat of the virus.

Among the recommendations, thrill-seekers will be asked to wear masks at all times and ‘refrain from vocalising loudly’ on roller coasters and other rides.

As Japan’s funfairs slowly reopen, a group of park operators have released joint guidelines on how to operate safely under the threat of the virus – and ‘vocalising loudly’ on roller coasters is a no-no 

‘Ghosts’ lurking in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their ‘victims’, the guidelines add.

Park staff, including those dressed up as stuffed animal mascots and superheroes, should not shake hands or high-five with young fans but maintain an appropriate distance.

Superheroes engaged in fights to the death with evil villains should also avoid whipping up support from spectators to prevent screams  – and potentially coronavirus-laden droplets – from flying through the air.

Virtual reality attractions should not operate unless the special glasses or goggles can be fully sanitised, the guidelines suggest.

And perhaps to parents’ relief, vendors will be asked to refrain from putting out toys or food samples for young visitors to touch, play with or eat.

‘These guidelines will not bring infections to zero, but will reduce the risk of infection,’ the operators admit, pledging to continue studying ways to bring down transmission risks.

Japan's best-known theme parks - Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, pictured - remain closed

Japan’s best-known theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, pictured – remain closed 

Japan’s best-known theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in the western city of Osaka – remain closed with no date yet set for reopening.

But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted a nationwide state of emergency after a sharp drop in the number of coronavirus cases in Japan.

Citizens and businesses have been urged to adapt to a ‘new normal’ in the coronavirus era, including mask-wearing and social distancing where possible.

Virgin Atlantic A350 captain asks travellers to ‘buy airline tickets like you bought toilet paper’


‘Buy airline tickets like you bought toilet paper.’

That’s the plea from the most senior A350 training captain at Virgin Atlantic, Chris Pohl. And his request has gone viral.

Captain Pohl, 56, who has been flying for 38 years, posted a picture of himself holding up a piece of cardboard carrying the message to his Instagram profile – and it has now received over 4,100 ‘likes’. And he said he’d received messages of support from all over the world.

‘Buy airline tickets like you bought toilet paper.’ That’s the plea from the most senior A350 training captain at Virgin Atlantic, Chris Pohl. He posted the above image to his Instagram profile, and it’s gone viral

Customers are even using the hashtag #buyairlineticketslikeyouboughttoiletpaper in WhatsApp exchanges with Virgin Atlantic customer service teams.

Captain Pohl, who has logged 24,000 flying hours, explained that the inspiration came from Instagram sensation @dudewithsign, whose similarly styled pronouncements have led to 7.5million followers, and @pilotcharlotte, who posted a similar message.

His Instagram caption reads: ‘I have been following @dudewithsign since I started on Instagram and I saw @pilotcharlotte posted a similar message. I put them together to make my own version.’

The Australian, who lives in south-west France, near Toulouse, hopes that the photo, which was taken at the top of his son’s BMX ramp at their home, will help to ‘get the world flying again’.

The caption continues: ‘Please re-post and pass this message to everyone you know, because it’s real. We need the world to start booking tickets, which will allow airlines to fill aircraft and get us all flying again.

‘The only thing holding us back, is you, our loyal customers/passengers, without you, we’re grounded. Let’s get the world flying again.’

Captain Pohl, pictured, who has logged 24,000 flying hours, explained that the inspiration for his photo came from @dudewithsign, whose similarly styled pronouncements have led to 7.5million followers, and @pilotcharlotte, who posted a similar message

Captain Pohl, pictured, who has logged 24,000 flying hours, explained that the inspiration for his photo came from @dudewithsign, whose similarly styled pronouncements have led to 7.5million followers, and @pilotcharlotte, who posted a similar message

Captain Pohl told MailOnline Travel: ‘[Since posting the picture] I’ve had hundreds of DMs, texts, emails, WhatsApp messages and Facebook messages, plus many calls. Messages arriving from all over the world. Many travel agents are asking to use the image, and of course, the answer is yes. This photo is not about me, it’s about sending a fun message to get people motivated to buy airline tickets.’

Frequent flyer Gilbert Ott, who runs the travel tips site God Save The Points, gave the post his backing.

He said: ‘I think he got the timing right. Safety concerns are on the way down, borders are opening… We need to get confidence back up and get the travel bug going.’

Captain Pohl explained that the Covid-19 crisis had hit travel and aviation ‘like nothing ever before’.

He said: ‘In all my years flying, I have never experienced a crisis like this, including 9/11 and Sars.

‘My colleagues and I at Virgin Atlantic are optimistic. We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery and as the Covid-19 crisis stabilises and demand gradually returns, we are looking forward to welcoming our customers back onboard and flying them safely to their favourite destinations.

‘Our teams are working really hard to ensure the health and safety of our people and our customers, and when we resume flying, we’ll be implementing new measures to offer peace of mind for our customers and our people when taking to the skies.

‘There’s so much uncertainty created by the 14-day UK quarantine that people are not sure if or when they can fly.’

Captain Pohl explained that the Covid-19 crisis had hit travel and aviation 'like nothing ever before'. Pictured is a Virgin Atlantic A350

Captain Pohl explained that the Covid-19 crisis had hit travel and aviation ‘like nothing ever before’. Pictured is a Virgin Atlantic A350

Captain Pohl said Virgin Atlantic has been operating repatriation flights and vital cargo runs.

He added: ‘We’re assisting the FCO with repatriation flights, bringing stranded Britons back to the UK. Most recently bringing people back from Lagos.

‘And also, for the first time in our history, we’re flying cargo-only flights, keeping global supply chains running and transporting essential supplies around the world. We’re also partnering with the Department for Health and the NHS, working with them on cargo charters from Shanghai and Beijing, bringing in essential PPE that the teams here in the UK urgently need to care for patients.’