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The places in Europe considered at ‘high’ risk of a terrorist attack

Some of the most popular European Discount Holidays © holiday hotspots are at a ‘high’ risk of terrorism1 . Millions of Discount Holidays © holiday Brits travel to places like Spain and France for a bit of sun and relaxation every year. But there is considered to be a ‘serious and direct threat to Discount Holidays © holiday resorts across Europe’ from groups like ISIS, the Mirror reported.2

More: Terror police stage Euro 2016 drill simulating chemical attack in stadium where Wales will play3

The Foreign Office (FCO) says ‘there is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria’.

The map:

The countries in red are at ‘high’ risk of terrorist attacks, while those in orange are at ‘general’ risk

How safe is your holiday?

Spain

Risk level: High

According to the Foreign Office, more than 12 million Brits visit Spain every year and most visits are trouble-free. However, the FCO still deems the terror threat in Spain ‘high’, with a suspected ISIS collaborator arrested by police in Majorca just hours ago. They say attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.

The Spanish authorities have apparently taken measures to protect visitors, but holiday-makers should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities.

More: Here’s what you need to know about how terrorism will affect your travel insurance4

Why do they want to kill people like that?’ My six-year-old’s perspective on terrorism made me shudder5

The Moroccan-born man – who was detained by officers in Palma – is accused of promoting terror attacks in Europe. The FCO also warns tourists to look out for street thieves and to not take ‘unnecessary risks’, particularly when ‘under the influence of drink or drugs’.

France

Risk level: High

A French soldier stands guard at the Eiffel Tower as France observed three days of national mourning

France, which saw horrific terror attacks in Paris in November, was already at high risk level since the Charlie Hebdo attacks last January. A staggering 130 people were killed when suicide bombers and gunmen carried out a series of horrific attacks in Paris6 last November.

During the massacre, the attackers struck the capital’s Bataclan theatre, caf s and restaurants, injuring a further 368 people. The nation remains at a ‘high’ risk of terrorism.

Live updates from ongoing Paris siege thought to be linked to Friday’s terror attacks7

The FCO said: “Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures.”

It also warns travellers to be ‘vigilant in public places and follow the advice of local French authorities’.

Germany

Risk level: High

Germany is the latest European country to have its terrorism risk rating upgraded to ‘high’ by the FCO. The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings.

More: Germany terror threat: What do we know so far?8

Around two million Brits visit the nation every year, with many heading to Berlin to visit historic sites and the iconic Brandenburg Gate. The FCO said: “There s no requirement to carry your passport with you, but the police are currently carrying out more frequent ID checks.

“If you re asked to show your passport and you don t have it with you, the police may escort you to wherever your passport is being kept so that you can show it to them.”

Belgium

Risk level: High

Brussels explosions: Travel updates and advice for travellers in the wake of Brussels explosions9

The explosions, which were the deadliest act of terrorism in the country’s history, claimed the lives of 32 victims.

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Italy

Risk level: General

Around three million Brits visit Italy every year and according to the FCO most visits are usually trouble-free. Despite the ‘general’ level threat from terrorism, there are isolated cases of domestic terrorism. The FCO said: “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners.”

It also added: “There are isolated cases of domestic terrorism.

Attacks carried out by the extreme left-wing and secessionist groups have generally been aimed at official Italian targets, mainly in the form of small bombs and incendiary devices.”

Around three million Brits visit Italy every year

Denmark

Risk level: General

Around 150,000 British tourists visit Denmark every year. Last February, two civilians were killed in two shootings in the sterbro and Krystalgade areas of Copenhagen. Five cops were also wounded in the shocking attacks, which are both thought to have been linked and ‘terrorist-related’.

The country is ranked as having a ‘general’ threat from terrosim.

“You should be vigilant at this time,” the FCO says on its website.

Greece

Risk level: General

Crete

There is a ‘general’ threat from terrorism in Greece, with Brits warned that attacks could happen in tourist hotspots. The FCO says: “British nationals aren t normally considered a specific target, but attacks could happen in places visited by foreigners.”

In recent years, there have been a number of explosions and shootings at Greek shopping malls, public buildings and government offices.

Croatia

Risk level: General

Like Italy, Denmark and Greece, Croatia has been given a ‘general’ terrorism risk rating.

Portugal

Risk level: Underlying

^ terrorism (www.walesonline.co.uk)

  • ^ the Mirror reported. (www.mirror.co.uk)
  • ^ Terror police stage Euro 2016 drill simulating chemical attack in stadium where Wales will play (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  • ^ Here’s what you need to know about how terrorism will affect your travel insurance (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  • ^ Why do they want to kill people like that?’ My six-year-old’s perspective on terrorism made me shudder (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  • ^ horrific attacks in Paris (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  • ^ Live updates from ongoing Paris siege thought to be linked to Friday’s terror attacks (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  • ^ Germany terror threat: What do we know so far? (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  • ^ Brussels explosions: Travel updates and advice for travellers in the wake of Brussels explosions (www.walesonline.co.uk)
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  • Snowsports and Yoga – the perfect combination – Ski Club Blog

    Our resident blogger and pro freestyle snowboarder Angelica Sykes extols the virtues of combining two of her favourite pastimes yoga and snowboarding, in a week at a Ski Yoga retreat in La Rosiere.

    Snowsports And Yoga – The Perfect Combination – Ski Club Blog

    Whether you are a lover of Yoga or a lover of snowsports, no one can deny the natural beauty and magic of the French Alps. If you could mix the landscape of La Rosiere1 with freedom flow yoga, snowboarding and impeccably prepared vegan and vegetarian cuisine, then you have a combination that I could not be more interested in. Luckily for me and many others, Alex and Philip at Chalet Rosiere2 have created a magical week that has just that. To be a part of their full moon retreat is to be a part of something that helps us return to nature and remember why skiing and snowboarding is so different to other sports; you re outside, it keeps you fit and healthy and reminds you of how beautiful the Alps are.

    Snowsports And Yoga – The Perfect Combination – Ski Club Blog

    How does yoga work to help me?

    I have spoken before about how beneficial yoga is for people learning to ski and snowboard, using different stretches and different types of yoga to isolate muscle groups and understand how to maximise your power. It is also helpful for experts, teaching you how to achieve the necessary balance and equilibrium to ensure progression at a higher level of skill. Yoga helps you understand your body and then learn how to enhance your experience on the mountain. This idea of isolating the muscle groups helps you focus on certain areas (termed buzz areas) where you need extra help.

    If you feel aches, strains or dare I say weaknesses in certain spots, yoga helps you move the energy to that area and in a non invasive, non intensive way, you can help the muscle grow. This allows you to introduce more cardio at a later point to build on your new knowledge.

    Snowsports And Yoga – The Perfect Combination – Ski Club Blog

    For me personally, (I am not even ashamed to say it) my buzz area is my tummy. I have, what I affectionately like to call, a pizza pouch my tummy has never been an area of strength. However, using the right techniques will get you to a point where even your buzz areas become strong and you can start bringing it all together. Your core is massively important for not just balance, but also for impact, as venturing off piste really works your stomach muscles. You can use Yoga, as I did, to make yourself a better rider.

    Daily yoga sessions are vitally important for me

    On a day-to-day basis, there is no better way to avoid the training ache than an indulgent yoga session and a hot shower to finish the day. I fully believe that this has made me a better athlete. I guess in some ways, a yoga session at the end of the day helps heighten/supplement my daily training ritual and has helped me eliminate the need for many Rest Days . But most importantly, yoga helps you focus your thoughts and I think this has been the most beneficial.

    I do get very stressed and feel like I m not in control of where my career is heading, but after some yoga and deep breathing/meditation, I feel calm and I know which direction I m heading in.

    Snowsports And Yoga – The Perfect Combination – Ski Club Blog

    Follow me and try something new with a Ski Yoga holiday

    The wonderful brainchild of Alex Volkers is this incredible combination of snowsports and yoga in a laid back, stress free, fitness orientated environment. But it s not just yoga and snowsports Alex and her lovely ski enthusiast husband Philip have made the Full Moon Yoga Retreat3 about an all-round spiritual and healthy way to grow as a rider. Whether you re a complete beginner or an expert skier or snowboarder, they have a program to suit all levels. From the moment you arrive and are greeted in the insanely cosy Chalet Rosiere which is set back from the hustle and bustle of La Rosiere main town, just a short private ride away, you can leave your troubles at the door. They take all the stress out of a ski Discount Holidays © holiday by having everything from the passes to transfers sorted, no absolutely nailed. They gently incorporate an hour and a half of yoga in the morning and the afternoon as well as delicious vegetarian food and a chance to detox. All under the watchful eye of Laura Thorne from Lemon Tree Yoga, you will be guided through the Vinyassa yoga which has been expertly tailored to help you learn how to use you body and strength to your riding advantage.

    Snowsports And Yoga – The Perfect Combination – Ski Club Blog

    But enough from me here s what the owner Alex has to say!

    We ve noticed first-hand how much better balanced and focussed we are on the slopes after morning yoga sessions. This is also the first year that I ve been without injury, and the first year I ve combined yoga with snowboarding, and I don t think that s a coincidence. It makes complete sense that anything that improves flexibility and strength is going to enhance your mountain sport performance, while anything that also has the capacity to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness at the end of the day will make the whole experience more enjoyable. Yoga and skiing/snowboarding are quite literally the perfect fit.

    Snowsports And Yoga – The Perfect Combination – Ski Club Blog

    You can follow my progress through the second half of the season via my Facebook page4 and also here on the Ski Club Blog. I ve got an extremely busy schedule competing and filming for the All Girls Freeride Edit which I look forward to telling you all about next time!

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