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Destinations South Sinai Travel: Best places to visit in Egypt's blessed land! November 26, 2020

Sinai, the Egyptian land that links between Africa and Asia, the spot that has managed to capture imaginations throughout the centuries. South Sinai is Egypt’s gleaming tourism destination which offers endless adventures. From Red Sea resorts, underwater activities, coral reefs and great diving, to Bedouin culture and religious attractions, South Sinai has a lot to offer for everyone. The region is well known for its deep religious significance and its strategic position as a crossroads of empires: prophets and pilgrims, conquerors and exiles have all left their footprints on Sinai sands. Inland are desert adventures, close-up encounters with traditional Bedouin culture and treks up Mount Sinai to see the sunrise over St Catherine’s Monastery. South Sinai beaches are pleasant spots even if you are not into water activities. Divers and underwater lovers can explore the extra­ordinary Red Sea reefs, either from a base on the coast or on a liveaboard. In this article, we bring you a list of must-visit places in South Sinai, so get ready to explore more about this heaven on earth! Check the best packages and activities offers in South Sinai Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh is the biggest and fastest-growing holiday destination in Egypt that boasts sun, sea and sand at affordable prices. Sharm El Sheikh offers you the widest array of fun, exciting and even crazy water and extreme sports: besides diving, snorkeling, sailing, wind and kite-surfing, you can even try sky diving or parachuting from a helicopter. It is the central gateway to the region where tourists are drawn by an intoxicating range of plush five-star resorts at relatively low prices – and the near-guaranteed good weather is also a strong draw. Sharm El Sheikh includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, St. Catherine and Mount Sinai. Sharm El Sheikh is a significant center for tourism in Egypt and it promotes itself as ‘The City of Peace’ – a venue for international peace conferences, which are held in the large resort hotels. Naama Bay Naama Bay is a natural bay in Sharm El Sheikh and is considered the main hub for tourists in the city, with tightly packed restaurants, crowded shopping malls, and the busiest bars and nightclubs. Naama Bay is where most people come to eat outside their hotel, and many of the surrounding hotels organize free shuttle transfers. From the late afternoon, Naama Bay is really buzzing, fuelled by happy-hour offers at many of the bars, some of which have rooftop terraces with great views. Ras Mohamed National Park Located near the resort city of Sharm El Sheikh, Ras Mohamed was the first National Park in Sinai. It is famous for its underwater life and coral reefs, and so is usually visited for snorkeling and scuba diving, either by car or by boat. Ras Mohamed National Park has exceptionally nutrient-rich water flowing in strong currents, attracting fishes of all sizes, especially during summer months. Considered one of the top diving sites in the world, it encompasses several marine ecosystems and is home to more than 1,000 species of fish, marine animals and corals. It is possible to explore the deeps with full diving equipment or simply snorkel. Those who don’t want to get wet can glimpse this watery world on a glass-bottom boat or submarine tour. Ras Mohamed also protects the shoreline environment, including rare mangrove forests with abundant birdlife. St Catherine Monastery and Mount Sinai The Monastery of St. Katherine and Mt. Sinai (Jebel Musa) are located in the town of St Catherine, in the center of the interior. The monastery is the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the World and its library has the largest religious collection after the Vatican. The church houses some of the monastery’s treasures donated by wealthy benefactors. It was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD. Mount Sinai is one of the highest mountains around town, offering stunning sunsets and sunrises. Known locally as Jabal Mosa or Mount Moses, it is a point of pilgrimage for generations, This is said to be where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. For many Christians, Jews and Muslims this is a very spiritual place. Colored Canyon The Colored Canyon is one of the natural wonders of South Sinai. It's a maze of sandstone rocks in hues of red, yellow, purple, magenta and gold reaching up in some places a height of 40 meters. The uneven forms and height of the rocks sometimes make climbing necessary, so be prepared and try to get there as early as possible, not only because of the weather but also to avoid the crowds. Whether alone or with a group of friends, be sure that you will enjoy the magic of the place. Yet you will need to have a guide to the Canyon. Dahab Dahab means "gold" in Arabic, and it is really a piece of gold on the Red Sea shore.  Dahab is located 90 km away from Sharm El Sheikh. Transformed from a dusty Bedouin outpost to a spruced-up tourist village, the town is so clean and vibrant and it offers different accommodation choices for everyone without destroying its budget-traveler roots. It is probably the most appealing for those who want to soak up some sun in pristine beaches, relax in a laid back atmosphere and try local restaurants. There are also plenty of activities to do in Dahab, from a Bedouin night in Mount Tawilat, to a all the crazy sea fun in the Blue hole, Abou Galoum and Blue Lagoona. There's a saying: "Whoever comes to Dahab leaves a piece of his heart and soul in the town". Nuweiba Located 87 km away from Dahab, Nuweiba is Sinai's largest oasis, where fine-sand beaches are dressed with Bedouin beach tourist camps. Uniquely inhabited by two distinct Bedouin tribes, Nuweiba is still a destination where you can unwind and relax away from the usual mass tourism hustle and bustle. Both Dahab and Nuweiba are thriving resorts but fortunately remain less developed than Sharm al-Sheikh. They are both well equipped for diving, windsurfing and other water sports. It is also a perfect destination to go on for exploration tours into the depths of the Sinai desert. Explore the nearby Red Sea destinations such as Taba, Tiran Island, and Nawamis site which is the biggest site of the mysterious Nabataean buildings. Often claimed they are burial places, but no bones were found to prove this theory. They are always located at elevated points with the doors always facing west. All these trips can be arranged from Nuweiba through a tour operator or with the help of your hotel desk. Also Read: Egyptian beauty: The best beaches in Egypt

Destinations Egyptian beauty: The best beaches in Egypt November 04, 2020

One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Egypt features mesmerizing deserts, fascinating greenery, and absolutely gorgeous beaches. Due to its interesting location, Egypt has beaches on both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, as well as river banks on the Nile and several beautiful lakes and oases. Let’s take a tour along the best beaches in Egypt.   Egyptian beaches for relaxing If you appreciate relaxing on the beach (who doesn’t) you will love these Egyptian beaches, they combine amazing weather with beautiful scenery for a perfect vacation. Marsa Matrouh Situated 290 kilometers away from Alexandria and 524 km away from Cairo, Matrouh is one of the most popular resorts along the Mediterranean in Egypt. The brilliant beaches of Marsa Mtrouh are protected by a stone formation that acts as a natural sea breaker, that is why they are as calm as they are beautiful. They also feature white sand and turquoise water in a rare color combination, which makes them the perfect relaxation destination. The best beach in Marsa Matrouh: Ageeba Ageeba lies forty kilometers away from the city but it is definitely worth the trip. No visit to Marsa Matrouh is ever complete without checking The beach famous as The pride of Marsa Matruh.   The Arabic word "Ageeba" means "the astonishing one" and with its extraordinary beautiful rock formations, the beach is aptly named.   Ageeba beach is naturally set between two high cliffs, with a million shades of turquoise, blue and green, the water there is unlike any other beach in the world. There is also a cafe with a panoramic view on top of the cliff if you do not want to swim, the weather in Marsa Matrouh is generally balmy and nice, but on this high cliff, it’s even more beautiful. The North Coast This stretch of beach between Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh features marvelous beaches and brilliant weather, that is why it is one of the top summer destinations in Egypt. The coast is home to a large number of resorts, it is also home to the New Alamein city, which is set to be the new tourist hub in the Mediterranean.   The best beach in the North Coast: Sidi Abd El-Rahman Bay 132 kilometers west of Alexandria and 30 km west of Al Alamein, Sidi Abd El-Rahman Bay is one of the most serene beaches in Egypt. The area may be quiet, but that is perfect for relaxation, and many tourist hubs like Marrassi and Hacienda offers activities, facilities, and services so if you want to do more than relax you will not lack options.   The Best Beaches in Egypt for diving and snorkeling Egypt is one of the top tourist destinations when it comes to diving and snorkeling, the biodiversity and the clarity of the water make it a dream come true for divers, as well as the warmth of the water most of the year. Many cities along the coast feature beautiful diving sports, so here are our top choices.   Dahab Dahab is an amazing destination, it features beautiful beaches combined with a vibe of serenity and a minimalist lifestyle. Visiting Dahab should be on top of the list when choosing a diving destination in Egypt.   The name of the city means gold in Arabic, and with its golden sandy beaches, the city truly is a gem in Egypt. It is located an hour away from Sharm El Sheikh, and it is considered an ideal destination because it combines the best of both worlds, if you are an adventurer Dahab is bursting with activity, and if you just want to recharge it provides a stress-free seaside atmosphere.   The best diving spot in Dahab: The Blue Hole The Blue Hole is a sinkhole that drops straight down to 130m. It is accessed from the shore. And while exploring the deeper depths is better left to experienced technical divers, there is still plenty to see and explore close to the surface. Intermediate to advanced divers can explore the thriving marine life with a reasonable plunge into the hole from 7m to 27m.    Hurghada   With its sandy beaches and sunny blue skies throughout the year, Hurghada is a prime tourist destination in Egypt. The city offers numerous recreational activities for its visitors, some of which are water activities that create the vacation of a lifetime. Because of the warm water most of the year, the abundance of marine life, and the beautiful, not too harsh, sun, Hurghada is one of the best diving destinations in the world. The best diving destination in Hurghada: Straits of Gubal Straits of Gubal is the narrow strip of water between the Red Sea Coast and the Western shore of the Sinai Peninsula. it is one of the most popular diving spots in Egypt. It can be accessed from other cities, but it is easily accessed from Hurghada, and the sea trip to the spot is not to be missed. The best beaches for a day trip from Cairo Overlooking the banks of the Nile, the capital Cairo features no beaches. However, if you have a day off in the city, you can take a day trip to one of the nearby beautiful beaches and enjoy it.   Ain Sokhna Just an hour’s drive from Cairo, Ain Sokhna is a year-round sunny destination on the Red Sea. This location, as well as the calm beaches, makes it a popular destination among both locals and tourists. Many hotels in Sokhna offer day-use options, if the one you choose doesn’t you can even spend the night and leave for work the next morning, it’s merely an hour away from the office. Activities are in abundance in the small tourist hub, Ain El Sokhna is considered a center for deep-sea fishing, as well as wind and kite surfing. The best place to enjoy the day in Sokhna As we mentioned above, most hotels in Ain Sokhna offer day-use options, but we highly recommend that you go for a cruise when in Sokhna. This way you get to enjoy the day to the max, swimming, fishing, and relaxing. You can easily book a boat trip to Sokhna in Advance and have a truly enjoyable weekend.   To learn more about tourism in Egypt see also: This is Egypt: a new trend spreading on social media

Destinations The North Coast: Family resort or elite-only getaway? October 22, 2020

The debate has been on forever, what exactly are we building in the North Coast with its secluded gated communities? And the speculations are various and sometimes scary, from Ahmed Khalde Tawfik’s ‘Utopia’, a dystopian novel that features the elite living in their Northern secluded compounds while the poor struggle to eat, to the simple and basic theory of the late housing minister who had an idea to populate the area so he had the government build three resorts there, each almost a hundred kilometers far from the next. The North Coast of Egypt has succeeded over the past couple of decades in cultivating an image as a world-class beach resort, by catering to an upscale, or dare we say, exclusive lifestyle through high-end communities. The question is: how exclusive is it?   The Northern Coast of Egypt The northern coast of Egypt extends for almost 1,050 km along the Mediterranean Sea. One of the longest Mediterranean coastlines in North Africa, It technically starts from the eastern side of the Sinai Peninsula to the western village of Sallum.  However, what people usually refer to by The North Coast, shortened in Arabic as El Sahel, or just The Coast is the shoreline that extends from Borg El Arab west of Alexandria to just Before Marsa Matrouh. This is still considered a very long coast to cater to less than 15% of the population, so why isn’t the shore more accommodating to middle and lower classes?   Supply and demand The North Coast is very popular, among both Egyptians and tourists. This popularity has led to an increase in property prices that have neared a real estate bubble in some resorts. But we are not talking about real estate investment here, are we? Some wonder why there isn't some cheap value for money hotels along the Northern shore? Why wouldn’t investors build camps for youth, like the ones in Dahab for example? It seems to be a good idea, doesn’t it? I mean, even if the land is expensive, a project like that would most probably bring handsome revenue, wouldn’t it?   Should I be an innovator? Nah! Most investors though think in a different way. This coast has gained a reputation because it is an elite getaway, why would someone risk building a different type of business that may or may not succeed! They rather build another gated compound, sell some units, rent some, and maybe build another hotel that looks exactly like the others, even if the plot is smallish in size, and even if it lies on the other side of the road.   So what did we end up with? Except for some areas, The Coast is mostly constructed now, with elegant communities and a few resorts and hotels. Nonetheless, the further you go west, the fancier the gated communities get. So at the moment, half the shore is not so elite, mostly middle-class Egyptians vacate and rent there, and the other half is so expensive that most people only go there to frequent the premium restaurants and razzy cafes. This situation might be good for the people, as everyone can find a place they like, but the communities are all still the same, albeit built with more or less luxurious facilities.   What would we love to see? Something different for sure! I would love to see a camp built on one of the vacant land plots along the shore, and maybe some rustic cheap restaurants and cafes. I wish an imaginative investor would see this as an opportunity to create something different and unique.   The best upscale resorts on the North Coast Regardless of my own wish to see something different and creative, the shore does house a large number of elegant resorts, these are the best of them.   Marrassi When luxury is mentioned Marrassi comes to mind. If you are looking for a fancy resort to spend your vacation so why not go for the creme de la creme! Marrassi is located 125 km from Alexandria and 25 km from Marina, and the project is located on one of the most famous beaches of Egypt, which is Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay, adjacent to the El Alamein area, in which a modern city and airport are now being built. Marassi includes various units for sale and rent as well as a luxury hotel, it features all the facilities, services, amenities, and luxury possible.   Hacienda Bay Located 200 kilometers away from Alexandria, most people who frequent the North Coast are familiar with Hacienda, if not for the luxurious accommodation and the crystal blue water then for the myriad of fancy restaurants and cafes in the resort. The restaurant area is called The Lakeyard, and people travel a considerable distance to spend the evening there as it is one of the most hip and happening areas along the North Coast. Also on Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay, Hacienda features an amazing beach. It also features greenery, swimming pools, and a large number of facilities and amenities.   La Vista A bit quieter than the previous two, but not by any means less fancy and luxurious. La Vista was built to be a quiet resort, not a lively tourist destination, and that is where the difference comes from. 170 kilometers away from Alexandria, La Vista houses luxury properties for sale and for rent, and no hotel or dining area, just a large number of facilities, amenities, swimming pools, and gardens.   Telal Also a quiet destination, Telal is situated 129 kilometers away from Alexandria. The fancy resort is famous for its elegant villas and houses, even the images of the place exude serenity. But just because it is quiet doesn’t mean that it lacks luxury by any means. All amenities, facilities, and services can be found in the upscale compound. To learn more about tourism in Egypt see also: Siwa Oasis: The pure Beauty of Egypt Tourism in Luxor: Things to do in Luxor

Destinations Places to visit in Saudi Arabia: Discover the beauty of Saudi Arabia July 21, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a country on the Arabian Peninsula, is hiding its secrets in the vast deserts and ancient cities and is waiting to be explored. Travel in places that haven't seen many visitors and discover the varied landscape. It is interesting that Saudi Arabia is the largest country without a permanent river. There are many places to visit in Saudi Arabia, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views from skyscrapers, stand on top of cliffs, and experience the feeling of standing at the edge of the world, or you can explore the beauty of the Red Sea, especially its coral reefs. Jeddah Saudi Arabia boasts many riches - but perhaps nothing is as breathtaking as its commercial capital, Jeddah. It is a center of diversity as a melting pot of different cultures highlighted by attractive and modern malls. But it also places a strong emphasis on local customs and traditions according to Saudi principles. If you are looking for a traditional experience of Islamic culture, look no further than Saudi Arabia and its second-largest city, Jeddah. Jeddah is one of the busiest cities in the Middle East, and a large part of it comes from its proximity to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. There are a huge number of shopping options ranging from modern malls to traditional stores that have been roaming their business for decades and decades. Jeddah is the largest city along the Red Sea and this gives it access to some truly amazing beaches. If you're looking for a sunny day out, you'll find in Jeddah everything you need. You can also pamper your inner architect by touring the city and enjoying impressive buildings just as well as preserving them.   Al-Shallal Theme Park One of the best places to visit in Saudi Arabia especially in Jeddah and that you can enjoy so much is to explore Al Shallal Theme Park. Located on the Red Sea, the waterfall is more than a resort. Attracts many residents and tourists every day. Many man-made lakes and waterfalls are found in the park. Some are scattered on the ground using rotating coasters, while others are spread among them. You can enjoy a stunning sea view because of its location near the Red Sea. Dine-in one of the many restaurants in the garden or stroll around the two-story mall.   Safari Desert Safari is one of the best things you can do in Jeddah. If you want to enjoy the desert safari around Jeddah, you can choose one of the many safaris in Jeddah. There are many desert safari trips like jeep trips with safari tours, camel tours, and sand dune trips in the desert.   Riyadh Riyadh is the most straightforward city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With most forms of entertainment banned, few attractions of interest, and a brutal climate, Riyadh is mostly a commercial destination. Although everyone is bound by the rules of the dress code for men and abayas, many Saudis have come across Western clothes. Riyadh is the capital as well as the most populous city in Saudi Arabia and also is one of the best places to visit in Saudi Arabia, which is located in the central region called Najd, on a sedimentary plateau at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level. It has its own television radio production complex, satellite communication facilities, and the largest and most recent campus in the Kingdom, colleges, schools, hospitals, clinics, and specialized healthcare centers.   National Museum The history of Islam is the main focus of this museum, which consists of 10 galleries, plazas, and a section that includes luxury cars and other property for the founding king of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The museum is huge and very well known to tourists who do not know much about Saudi Arabia, and it is a good place to start discovering it. The surrounding historical area is very ethnic and beautiful and can take half a day to wander around.   Riyadh Zoo The largest zoo in the Kingdom and one of the top places to visit in Saudi Arabia and includes about 40 species of animals. The Riyadh Zoo is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Riyadh where history goes. It was formerly the King's own park for carrying his wild pets, which later became a zoo and is now open to the public. A suitable place for children and adults alike, where you can find many different animals, a beautiful playground.   Madinah Medina - known as one of the beautiful desert cities in Saudi Arabia - it is second only to Makkah Al-Mukarramah, which is of religious importance to the Islamic religion. The city has a lot to offer travelersو from religious monuments to the stunning cultural traditions that truly distinguish the city from the rest. The creation of Medina holds a very interesting story. Medina offers a wonderful blend of old Saudi culture and new business culture that has developed in the Kingdom. This city boasts a vibrant array of shopping malls, restaurants, galleries, and cultural activities as well as many desert activities - all within the city limits. At night, the city's landscape is unparalleled. Surrounded by rolling hills, moonlight is captured in such a way that you truly feel stuck in a magical Arabic fairytale!   Madain Saleh Tombs This is one of the greatest places to visit in Saudi Arabia, and it is also a very historical attraction for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This former capital of the Nabataean Empire is a site to visit on your trip to Al Ula. during your tour, which lasts for about 2.5 hours and stopped at key sites like Lonely Castle.   City Sightseeing on Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Enjoy Medina to the fullest on a bus tour. Your ticket allows you to see the city the way you want it and quickly jump into any of the eleven stations. Learn what you see with a voiceover with the available headphones. It will also stay cool and connected with free water and Wi-Fi on the bus.   Dammam The capital of the eastern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dammam is the sixth-largest city in the country. Itis the main hub for the Saudi oil industry and is the largest developing city in the entire Arab region. The city, like the rest of the country, enjoys Saudi culture, traditions, and cuisine. The city is well developed and has many interesting places to visit including the beautiful Dammam Corniche area and King Fahd Park. To learn more about the history of the eastern region and Saudi culture, the Dammam Regional Museum is very helpful. The city also has some theme parks like Dolphin Village to see some fun live shows by friendly creatures. Like all major cities in the Gulf region, Dammam also has many major shopping centers where you can find the latest collection of the best brands, as well as many local street restaurants that serve famous authentic Middle Eastern dishes.   Dolphin Village One of the most interesting places to visit in Saudi Arabia is the Dolphin village. It is located at the entrance to the beautiful Al Marjan Island on Dammam Corniche. It includes horseback riding, a huge pool, daily show of dolphins along with seals, circus during special events such as Eid holidays as well as national events.   Al-Marjan Island This island is one of the most magnificent artificial islands in the Middle East. They connect to the Dammam Quay and carry all the attractions that locals, families, and tourists need, such as green spaces, playgrounds, and seating. You can also enjoy a boat ride to and from Al Marjan Island with a free meal. Also, Read: Restaurants in Riyadh: Top nice and affordable restaurants for expats Tourism in the Kingdom: Top things to do in Saudi Arabia

Destinations Virtual Travel: Bring The World To Your Home Right Now! July 08, 2020

While regular travel may be out of the plan in the meantime, virtual escapism is open to everyone with an internet connection. From east to west, you can experience the world's most epic landmarks without the epic crowds and fellow tourists. Some of the world’s leading landscapes out there are all just a few clicks away. We bring you a selection of the best virtual travel experiences to keep you sane during the lockdown. Spend a night under the northern lights The aurora borealis is a dazzling natural phenomenon caused by Earth’s magnetic field interacting with electrically charged particles from the sun. The lights are visible from countries at high northern latitudes, such as those of Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland, Greenland and Canada. The Norwegian Lights over Lapland project takes travellers on a five-minute journey through a series of 360-degree videos. The virtual travel trip starts in the Icehotel in Abisko national park, northern Sweden, heads into the wilderness on a reindeer sleigh, passing Lake Torneträsk and an Arctic birch forest on the way to a cosy wooden Sami hut at the base of Mount Noulja. A series of time-lapse videos then show the lights dancing overhead in vibrant streaks and arcs of rippling green. Get into the active Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu Ambrym volcano is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. This virtual travel tour ventures down into it just a few metres from a churning 1,200C lava lake. It follows adventurers Ulla Lohmann and Sebastian Hoffmann, a couple who make documentary films, along with volcanologist Thomas Boyer, who descend together to the third terrace of Benbow, one of the main vents of the Ambrym volcano, on the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. The short interactive film joins the team as they prepare for the expedition, travel to base camp, up to the rim beyond the jungle, into the ash plain, and abseil down into the crevice, sitting just 60m away from the lava. The documentary, Spitting Distance – The Descent Into a Raging Volcano, is also available online.   Go up to Mount Everest Known in Nepali as Sagarmatha and Tibetan as Chomolungma, the world’s highest peak sits on the border between Nepal and China. Explore Everest’s south base camp in Nepal, at an altitude of 5,380 metres, with interactive 360-degree views of snowy peaks and colourful prayer flags. Via an interactive map, and a 3D rotating viewer, you can gaze at the 8,848-metre summit, plus other Himalayan peaks stretching west into Pakistan and east to Bhutan. Clicking the human-shaped icon on this page highlights all the points around the mountain range that can be explored further at ground level. Views from other peaks, including over the Imja River and mountain villages, are visible in these 360-degree images. There’s also shot of a busier south base camp – it sees about 35,000 visitors a year, after all.   Discover the natural wonders of Chile Chile 360, a free app you can now download that will help you virtually explore wonders from the Torres del Paine to the Atacama Desert to Easter Island. The National Historic Museum of Chile is offering virtual tours, too. And in very excellent news, you can enjoy the European Southern Observatory’s virtual tour of the famed astronomical observatory in Santiago. There’s a whole other world of experience open to you if you have a VR headset, but those of us doing this from our cell phones should jump to this link and choose from the VR options that follow.   Explore The Grand Canyon in the USA At 277 miles in length, 18 miles across at its widest, and a maximum 1,857 metres deep, this vast Arizona landmark is grand in nature as well as name. Around 40 sedimentary layers are visible in its steep cliffs, with the oldest basement rocks formed around two billion years ago. Hike the canyon’s Bright Angel Trail via a Google Street View Trek. One of the most popular long-distance routes in the national park (9.3 miles), it zigzags up from the Colorado River to the south rim. Like with other entries in the list, wider exploration is on offer with Google Earth view, which lets users zoom in and out and click into points of interest.   See the fascinating Hang Sơn Đoòng, Vietnam The world’s largest cave, Hang Sơn Đoòng in central Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park, was explored by scientists for the first time in 2009, after a local man, Ho Khanh, discovered it in 1991, but did not locate it again until many years later. Sơn Đoòng 360 is a project by National Geographic aiming to preserve the cave in digital form before it becomes subject to extensive tourism development. It's simply a trek – created from 360-degree images and atmospheric sound effects – heads through light-filled caverns, passing a 70 metre-tall stalagmite called Hand of Dog, and huge sinkhole jungles.   Take a tour in Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland This fantastical section of County Antrim’s Atlantic coastline is made up of more than 40,000 interlocking, geometric (mostly hexagonal) basalt columns. Legend has it that the unusual rock formations are the remains of a stepping-stone causeway path to Scotland, built by giants. Scientists believe they were in fact formed by lava flowing into the sea, as molten basalt erupted through chalk beds 50 to 60 million years ago. The National Trust has created a series of virtual travel tours, with views from Aird Snout headland and by the water’s edge in the bay of Port Noffer at different times of the day. There are also sweeping views from above to explore elsewhere, including the Carrick A Rede trail and the rope bridge. Watch the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a spring celebration in Washington, D.C., commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington, D.C.  Festival organizers are making this year’s festival a virtual one. Through April 12, you can take a virtual tour of the blossoms with a park ranger as your guide, watch videos of what the artists booked for the festival had intended to perform live, and, of course, calm your nerves via a 24/7 cherry blossom cam. Also Read: Coronavirus Quarantine: How to Travel without Leaving Home?

Destinations Here are the top places to visit in Lebanon April 27, 2020

Lebanon is a thriving hotspot for shopping, socializing and sightseeing. Although very few travel bloggers have traveled there or written about it because of unrest, Lebanon is much safer than people think it is. Lebanon is one of the most beautiful countries in the Middle East which wears many identities at once; Lebanon is very Middle Eastern in parts, and very European in other parts. Almost everywhere in Lebanon can be reached within 2.5 hours of driving from Beirut and you can do so many activities there from sightseeing to hiking, skiing, and rock climbing. Not to forget that Lebanon is often said to have the best food in the region. Keep reading to find out more about the best places to visit in Lebanon! Baalbek Baalbeck is a historical town located in Lebanon and it was known as Helipolis during ancient times. The town has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site as the area contains a lot of historical buildings which were built by the Phoenicians, the Romans, and other civilizations that had occupied the area over the last few millennia. The temples of Baalbek are also termed as the city of the sun. You can easily find a good number of Roman archeological monuments in this location. Additionally, the temple of Jupiter and the temple of Bacchus are some of the best things to see there. Chekka Chekka is a coastal town located in the North of Lebanon and it is famous for its beautiful beaches! Chekka is an all-in-one summer destination that enjoys the golden sand, blue sea, and crystal-clear water. Having endless adventures of caves exploring and cliff jumping, Chekka must be on your must-visit destinations in Lebanon! From the amazing view and relaxing environment to golden beaches, pools, and great food, they are all legacies of this region! As for food, Chekka is full of seafood restaurants where you can satisfy your cravings! Zaarour Zaarour is the main winter destination and one of the top places to visit in Lebanon where you can take in some breathtaking mountain views and do some off-roading activities. In the winter you can hit the slopes and easily enjoy the snow with skiing and snowboarding. Zaarour offers you other options to make sure you have some fun in the snow! For example, you can go biking, snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, and more! Jeita Grotto Being an area of cultural and historical significance, the Jeita Grotto was found first in 1836 by Reverend William Thomson. It was ruined during the Lebanese Civil War in 1978 and was opened again in 1995. Is spite of this, the Jeita Grotto maintained its natural rock development which is left unharmed. Jeita Grotto is also termed as the fascinating destination of Lebanon. The place also comprises a number of caves that will surely attract you in many ways. Jeita Grotto is on top of each tourist's list when visiting Lebanon so that you cannot tell you were in Lebanon unless you have traveled this grotto in Jeita, a city right outside of Lebanon’s epicenter town, Beirut. Deir al Qamar Deir el Qamar is a true gem of the region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village was the capital of Mount Lebanon from the 16th to 18th centuries and a regional stronghold for the Ottoman Emirs. With red-tiled roofs, winding streets, and stone houses, the village epitomizes idyllic mountain charm and small-town life at its finest. It also highlights the religious diversity in Lebanon, with a mosque, a church and a synagogue all taking residence in its main square. The best way to enjoy Deir El Qamar is by heading out for a stroll in its alleyways and old streets. Tripoli Tripoli is Lebanon's second-largest city that is considered one of the best places to visit in Lebanon trip. The rich culture, historic landmarks along with amazing cuisine attracts people from all over the world towards it. The unique architecture International Fair complex is a must-see attraction in Tripoli. Moreover, you should also head straight towards Al Mina, as this place offers its visitors the magical view of the beaches, where you can enjoy the warmth of the sun while sipping drinks and enjoying the delicious Tripolitan Ka’ak. Tannourine Tannourine is a picturesque town containing lots of cedar trees and has the largest cedar reserve in the country. Situated a few minutes' drive from the capital city of Beirut, there are many fun and interesting activities and things to do in that you can experience once you visit this town. Nahar Al-Jose is an attractive tourist spot located near Tannourine that contains lots of restaurants serving Lebanese dishes. The village of Balaa is another interesting tourist spot that is famous for a deep natural sinkhole. Among the rocky terrain of Al-Tahta in Tannourine there is a 500-year-old house that is a unique example of 16th-century Lebanese architecture. And for the outdoor enthusiasts, Tannourine offers an excellent location for hiking, camping, picnicking and even more adventurous activities like rock climbing. Nahr Ibrahim Nahr Ibrahim is the most relaxing place that is found in Lebanon. Enjoy rafting lazily with the current and maybe even make it a weekend affair by bringing your camping gear along. You will simply be relaxed by performing river rafting. Nahr Ibrahim valley is one of the most underrated parts of Lebanon’s mountainous interior, an area that is otherwise teeming with activity. Another concealed treasure in Lebanon, the Chowan Waterfall in Nahr Ibrahim is a must-see for travelers. The transparent natural waters of the Chowan Waterfall will reinvigorate you after a lengthy road tour and a hike. Chowan Waterfall is heaven to satisfy one’s thirst for uncommon natural charm. Tyre Tyre is a little city initially established on stone base formations that reflect the old remains of a wonderful business center. With some of the most pristine beaches Lebanon has to offer, sea turtles and vibrant city culture, Tyre is on the top list of best places to visit in Lebanon and an ideal place to spend your summer days. The place is frequented by thousands of tourists every year who visit the city to enjoy various wonderful attractions available there. From sites of historical importance to sophisticated cafes and eateries, you can find it all in the Lebanese city of Tyre. In addition to visiting historical monuments, you can find many other interesting things to do in Tyre. Also Read: Food adventure: a tour around the world kitchens Explore the beauty of cedar country from travel packages to Lebanon

Find the top 8 destinations for a perfect family vacation April 14, 2020

  We can say that the weather and the end of the exams are the main reasons to know where we will travel, but what about the city you will visit with your family. The best part of traveling is making memories with your loved family, but the stress of traveling is finding the destinations for a perfect family vacation for your big adventure. Most parents hope to strike a balance between doing something that is fun and where you can relax, as your kids are more interested in water parks, your partner is more interested in shopping, and you may interested in visiting museums. So there are plenty of destinations that you could visit if you want your next family trip to be exciting, and relaxing for your family, and to make the most of your time together. Here is our pick of the top destinations:   France   France is the largest country in western Europe and one of the world's most-visited countries, especially Paris city. You will enjoy architecture, fashion, art, and restaurants. A perfect family vacation in France can mean anything from sailing on the Brittany coast to exploring the dazzling Côte d’Azur to adventuring in Paris. Paris is a wonderful city to visit with your kids, there is always a patisserie or a café where you can sit down and have a snack or drink. You will also find Disneyland, The Louvre, the Musee D’Orsay, and a number of other museums are free for kids up to 18 years old. It’s also free to tour the landmark Notre.   New York   New York State considered one of the best destinations for a perfect family vacation whether your family prefers to relax in a resort on a private island in Lake George, or explore the scenic beauty of the Adirondacks. There are many amazing places to choose from near New York City, you can visit the historic estates in the Hudson Valley, or sunbathe on the beaches of Long Island. Family vacations in New York offer the kids plenty of lake recreation, hiking, sports, and scheduled activities with the backdrop of scenic rural New York.   Italy   Italians are known for their family-oriented culture, which makes the best destinations for a perfect family vacation. It offers activities that will excite each member of the family. And, Italy has been welcoming tourists for centuries, making it an accommodating destination for a comfortable and safe family getaway. Italy is full of family-friendly destinations, such as Rome, Florence, Venice, and Tuscany.   Florida   Florida just might surprise you. It is the perfect place for a vacation for anyone especially if you have kids. It is the first destination that usually comes to mind for Disney World. Also there are plenty of other options in the Sunshine State for families looking for sun, sand, sports, or nature.   Spain   If you are looking for the sun, Spain is the best destination for a perfect family vacation. It is a great place to take your family of any age, as it has the best winter sun in Europe, short flights, airport transfers can be quick and your kids will not be bored. The Canary Islands are ideal for when you want to have an action-packed trip combined with days lazing on the beach. We recommend you to go in the winter months to avoid the seasonal crowds.   Brazil Brazil is well worth a look. The beautiful beaches dotted around the coastline are perfect for fun and relaxing. Brazil is an enormous country, with stunning coasts. If you only plan for two to three well-established destinations with good infrastructure, you’ll find your travels surprisingly straightforward. Don’t forget the locals adore children and there are plenty of family-friendly activities and sights, so you can expect your holiday to be memorable for all the right reasons.   Bahrain If you are looking for a desert destination offering something different in the Middle East, Bahrain will be one of the best destinations for a perfect family vacation. Bahrain has a history to reflect on with pride, it is one of the most beautiful countries in the region, due to its beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, and attractive tourist destinations. That is why resorts in Bahrain are always growing in number and popularity.   Travel Packages to Bahrain   Canada From coast to coast, Canada is a perfect destination for families. It has diverse landscapes, progressive cities, and friendly residents. Best of all, you’ll find attractions and sights to keep everyone entertained and happy and you can get different experiences visiting in winter and summer.   Tips for a perfect vacation - Choose the destination and the best time Do you want to travel but don't know where to go? Are you looking for inspiration to start your planning? We know that you want your trip to be perfect and that happens when you make a plan and choose the best destination and the best time to travel. You are in the right place. Travel Packages.    - Set a budget It’s great to set a budget before you choose your trip. It makes you feel safe and helps you to plan and enjoy the trip within your limits. Some destinations are generally cheaper than others, but there are ways to save everywhere: travel in the off-season or pick budget accommodations. Always estimate a little more than what you might need.   - Plan what you want to see before you travel Good travel is the result of excellent planning. We know that you usually don't have much time when you decide to go, but it's important to have some ideas about all the things you would like to see. Nothing makes you feel better than a well-formatted calendar. Make sure you don't miss any event or festival which happens in the city you visit, especially if you are going to a big city. Big cities are always full of life and activities. Write your list of places you would like to visit.   - Check the city's transport Public transportation is a great option. It gives you a more local perspective. A simple search on the internet for public transport in the city you’re going to should lead you to how much tickets cost. Research your options for getting from one place to the next. Bus, train and boat prices are typically easy to find online. Add these costs to your trip budget.   - Try the local food Food is now the central motivation for travelers to choose their destinations. It offers you a window into the culture of the country. When you travel you should spend more time try the local food, it gives you more meaningful experiences.   - Enjoy your travel Travel and have fun.   By considering the above steps, you can feel more comfortable and can better prepare for your trip. Planning for your trip makes you enjoy your vacation by managing what you can do with the time you have. Give yourself more time to relax and enjoy your perfect trip.        

Destinations Best time to visit Maldives: When can you go to the Maldives? April 26, 2020

Are you planning to travel to the Maldives? In the beginning, you should know the best time to visit Maldives and the most important tourist attractions that attract tourists, whether for individuals who spend a honeymoon or for family and friends.   About the Maldives The breathtaking nature and the unspeakable views you find in the Maldives, which is dreamed of by tourism and travel lovers, it is one of the most attractive tourist areas in the world and where tourists from all over the world come, as it is a destination for spending honeymoon or enjoying a wonderful time with family or friends. The Maldives is located in the north-central Indian Ocean and consists of a group of islands, extending for more than 820 km from north to south and 130 km from east to west. Maldives is an independent country and its capital is Mali. With an area of about 298 square kilometers, and its population reaches approximately 392,473 people. The language spoken by the majority of the population is the Dhivehi language that contains many of the Arabic vocabularies, it is an Islamic country where all of the inhabitants are Muslims, but economically, Maldives is a middle-income country that has been run by the fisheries and tourism sectors recently. If you are looking for the best time to visit Maldives, you will get to know it through this article, knowing the most important tourist places in it.   Tourism in Maldives   Maldives is one of the best tourist destinations where the country seeks to build many resorts, the Maldives is characterized by the beauty of its charming landscapes, there are more than 90 luxury resorts and meet the needs of tourists with many recreational activities such as surfing and exploring marine life under the depths of "diving" or swimming in its clear waters. It is also a haven for those looking for recreation and tranquility as it is not crowded with people. If you want to relax away from your daily routine, why not go to the Maldives for your next vacation?   Top attractions This is a glimpse of the most important places to visit when you arrive in the Maldives:   - Malé Island This island is the capital of the Maldives, as it is the largest and busiest island. It reflects the unique and attractive character through brightly colored buildings and maze-like streets with many markets and mosques such as the old Friday Mosque and characterized by green spaces. It also includes many artifacts and historical sites where visitors to the island enjoy visiting the National Museum, as well as many restaurants, shops and commercial markets. If you're heading to this island, then you will surely find something that interests you with the stunning views.   - Grand Mosque of Friday As we mentioned above, Islam is the first religion in the Maldives, and the Grand Mosque of Friday is one of the largest mosques in Maldives, as tourists visit it because of its unique design and considered it one of the most historical monuments in the islands. When you get close to the mosque, you will find its golden dome and minaret painted in gold, and when you enter it, you will find Islamic sculptures and decorations. It also includes an Islamic center that offers religious sites and holds public meetings and is characterized by its large area that accommodates more than 5000 worshipers.   - National Museum When you decide to visit the Maldives, you should go to the National Museum, which is a sign of tourism in the Maldives, where was opened in 1952, which was established with the aim of preserving the history of the Maldives and bringing the national feelings of the people. The building of the old palace in the garden of Sultan's House was converted into a museum and became the National Museum of the State. The museum includes a group of historical exhibits that depict the country's heritage, in addition to many sultans' holdings, such as the ornaments and costumes of kings and queens, their wives. The museum also contains many stones that have existed since pre-Islamic, paper, cloth, manuscripts, weapons and shields, and pictures of important figures.   - Addu Atoll This island is located in the south of the country, and many travelers flock to it because of its international fame, as it includes a group of the finest tourist resorts in the Maldives and is characterized by the pure waters that reefs spread in its charming colors.   - Paradise Island If you are a fan of sports and leisure activities, this resort is the best to visit because it offers many recreational activities such as diving, surfing, water skiing, canoeing, basketball and volleyball, and it also provides tourists with the opportunity to enjoy the island's magnificent beaches. It is the third largest resort in the Maldives.   - Hulhumale Island It is an artificial island south of Malé Island and is considered one of the best artificial islands in Maldives. The island is filled with hotels and beachfront resorts.   Accommodation When you think of Maldives, you will find many affordable options on various local islands. The prices of accommodation in the hotel vary according to the hotel ratings in terms of quality of service and accommodation. For example, 3-star hotels, the cost of one-night accommodations starts from 150 to 200 dollars, while 4-star hotels start at $ 250 to $ 700 per night, while the price One night in hotels 5 stars to $ 2000.   Weather in Maldives  The average temperature in the Maldives is almost stable all year round, around 29/32 ° C. The humidity is stable throughout the year, at around 80%. There are two distinct seasons: the dry season (northeastern is monsoon) and the humidity season (the south-westerly monsoon).   Best time to visit Maldives Maldives is a charming tourist destination, famous for its beautiful beaches, clear sky and pleasant tourist places. Therefore, many tourists want to visit the Maldives, but each person has his own climate in which he/she prefers to travel. We show you the best time to visit Maldives. From December to April If you love sunny weather then the Maldives is an ideal vacation destination. From December to April, you can choose the islands in the far south, which is characterized by a sunny atmosphere. During this period, rainfall is rare and the temperature is warm. Also, prices in this period are high due to the arrival of many people looking for sunlight with less humidity. Many consider that the period between February and April is the best time to visit Maldives, as the resorts are crowded with tourists who come from all over the world. From May to November Traveling at this time of the year is fairly reasonable, so it is the best time to visit Maldives due to the presence of fewer people in resorts, which means enjoying surfing and diving to see life on the coral reef.   Tips before traveling to Maldives - Expenses It is known that the Maldives is not a producing country and therefore all beverages and food are imported from abroad, which increases the prices when buying and when reserving hotels and resorts. Also, you should always be sure to have cash with you because there are no ATMs in the Maldives except the capital, so if you need to get some cash, you will have to go to Malé, which is expensive.  - Check how you can get to the airport Some hotels are close to the capital and can be easily reached, while others are only accessible by air taxi, seaplanes that operate only until 3 pm, and then as your plane arrived after 3:00, you will need to spend a night in Male and get the first air taxi the next day. You have to choose an easily accessible island in order to avoid fatigue and spend more money. - Don't travel to the capital If you intend to stay in Malé the Capital of the Maldives, expect an increase in prices, because it includes many hotels and high-priced beaches compared to other islands, and therefore you can stay in those other islands in a way that suits your budget. -  Electronic communication The Maldives is ideal for those who want to give up their daily routine and live the experience of a journey without an electronic connection, but if you have to get online you should ask in advance about internet connection services at your place of residence where some resorts offer this service for free.     

Adventure plan Best Travel Destinations 2020: 10 Must-Consider Countries! April 26, 2020

New year, new beginnings, new plans, and new roads to hit; Are you wondering about where to head next? Don't think too much. In this article, we bring you the best travel destinations 2020 with a sneak peek at the most exciting and interesting events from all over the world. We bet you're definitely going to want to put these spots on your travel wish list so Enjoy reading! Egypt From its great history, ancient treasures and interesting culture to its flowing Nile, warm sun, vast deserts, and cool beaches, Egypt has too much to offer than anyone can expect. It's not an exaggeration at all to define the "perfect vacation" with only one word: Egypt. Why? Simply, Because Egypt has it all. Egypt features a diversity of worship serene places, mind-blowing Nile cruise tours, thrilling desert adventures, therapeutic tourism spots, magical beaches and of course a wide range of delicious food. Most importantly in 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum which is the largest archaeological museum in the world will open to the public and the exhibits will include thousands of ancient Egyptian artifacts that have never been seen before! Croatia With its breathtaking coastal vistas, hidden islands and incredible food, Croatia represents the perfect balance between relaxation, culture, and activity. The young European country was named the top “Emerging Destination” for the new decade, honoring the stir caused by the "Game of Thrones" effect, dramatic landscapes, and proximity to other European destinations. In 2020, when Croatia’s third city will be honored as a European Capital of Culture, plenty is planned within the port town to mark the occasion. More than 1,000 official musical performances will be held, as well as literary events, art exhibitions, and parties. But the most remarkable event is the reopening of the ship Galeb (Seagull), which is being refurbished and transformed into a museum in the global spotlight. United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates is the destination where luxury meets the future. Dubai the capital is home to not only the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, but also the largest artificial islands in the world, the Palm Islands. 2020 will be a particularly special time to visit the UAE since the Expo 2020, the first World Expo held in the Middle East, will be happening from October 20, 2020, and April 10, 2021. The theme of the event is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" and over 130 countries will be participating in the pavilions and events. The United Arab Emirates is one of the best, must-consider travel destinations in 2020. Costa Rica Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and a popular destination among lovers of nature and wildlife.  With its abundance of wildlife, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches, Costa Rica offers marvelous adventure, culture and even some useful insight into living a happy life. People of Costa Rica extremely value happiness, down to their "Pura Vida" philosophy, which means ‘the simple life’ and encapsulates Costa Ricans’ ability to appreciate the little things. 2020 brings new cultural and adventure activities. For example; chocolate lovers will get a kick out of a new route through the province of Talamanca that guides visitors through 17 factories, demonstrating the importance of cacao in Costa Rica. And for thrill-seekers, a cycling route is opening around the Arenal Volcano in the Central Pacific region. Greece The Greek islands have always been a popular choice for both international and local travellers. Besides its outstanding Greek museums and archaeological sites, Greece is known for its delectable cuisine and traditional dishes which have stood the test of time offering the perfect balance of healthy, fresh and flavorful. For 2020, the Santorini Council has made plans for new roads and parking areas to make the town more accessible. Furthermore, several new hotels are opening. Coming to Seajets, it has added 17 ships to its fleet for 2020 and is the largest high-speed fleet of the Aegean. Greece is absolutely one of the best travel destinations you shouldn't miss in 2020! Sri Lanka With an abundance of natural wonders, overflowing UNESCO World Heritage sites, exquisite cuisine, world-class hotels, enchanting wildlife, and a rich cultural legacy, there is no wonder why Sri Lanka has shot to the top of the list of many travellers dream destinations. For 2020, The government announced a decrease in handling charges for airlines and a cut in aviation fuel prices, which means cheaper airfare in and out of the country. It will be a perfect time to discover the beautiful country, making your way through tea plantations, rainforests, temples, national parks, and the southern coast. Brazil South America’s largest country and the world’s most biologically diverse, Brazil is one of the most diverse and fascinating countries in the world offering everything from 2,000+ tropical beaches to amazing Amazonian adventures. UNESCO selected Rio de Janeiro as the first World Capital of Architecture for 2020. Rio will be celebrating with special events all year. And that’s in addition to hosting the world’s largest party, Carnival, one of the major cultural events which annually drawing thousands of revelers to different cities. The whole country transforms itself in the carnival season, with endless possibilities of fun from North to South, including numerous street carnival blocks and groups in all cities. Additionally, the Formula One motor race "Brazilian Grand Prix" will be held in November. Poland As a country that has been through a re-birth process, Poland is, today, the success story of Eastern Europe. The country has embraced its re-birth process, which is especially evident in its contemporary and restoration architecture, as well as in its love of culture, entertainment, and hospitality. The year 2020 commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Poland remembers the tragedy of war, with a death count of almost 6 million citizens—about one-fifth of the pre-war population. Today, the country welcomes guests to dually understand the atrocities that occurred within its borders and witness its process to heal. Japan From its ultra-high-tech cities and world-beating food to its grand temples and bamboo forests, there really is no other country like Japan. 2020 marks the year the Summer Olympics head to Japan for the second time. Swap the fever-pitch festivities in the capital for an enjoyable experience in the birthplace of the country’s most famous martial arts export, karate, which has just been added to the Games roster. The Olympic torch relay passes through Okinawa prefecture, from Naha to Nago, on May 2 and 3, bringing with it a host of celebratory activities. Argentina Argentina is famous for many things: great wine; spectacular landscapes; the tango; FOOTBALL… yet Argentina will have another claim to fame in 2020: It will be one of the best places on the planet to witness a rare total solar eclipse. This year on December 14 in the afternoon, at the small town of Fortin Nogueyra, visitors will be able to experience one minute and 57 seconds of totality. Obviously, Argentina is one of the best travel destinations in 2020, so make sure of marking it on your calendar.   Also Read: 7 cheapest travel destinations in the world for low-budget travelers

Europe Capital city of Portugal: the enjoyment of tourism in Lisbon Portugal April 07, 2020

How beautiful it is to sail in the beauty of nature and see one of the most beautiful countries ever! Portugal is located in the southwest of Europe. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and Spain to the north and east. Lisbon, the Capital city of Portugal, is one of the most beautiful as well as one of the oldest cities in the world. Dated back to 1200 BC, the charming streets of the city take us back to a beautiful era of history. Lisbon is a city rich in culture, art, stunning scenery and history, and the surrounding ancient historical villages have become an essential part of Portuguese culture. Lisbon became the center of a vast empire after Vasco da Gama discovered a sea route to India. Since the 15th century, Lisbon has been important trading, cultural and architectural center. It has also been a focal point of commerce between Asia and Africa for a long time. Lisbon is nicknamed the city of the seven hills due to its location, it was built on seven sloping hills, which has earned it a unique and strategic location. It is the largest city of Portugal, famous for its ancient historical landmarks, which includes many museums, palaces, and archaeological castles and also includes magnificent parks. Discover the splendor and pleasure of tourism and touring through the green gardens in the charming atmosphere of Lisbon, Capital city of Portugal.    - Lisbon climate Lisbon has pleasant weather, sunny and beautiful weather all year, making the capital city of Portugal a place for tourists to spend their vacation and relax all year. In the summer we find the temperatures are moderate than other European capitals, and the winter is wonderful with an average temperature of around 15 °C, which makes it ideal for visiting. - Transportation in Lisbon Trams Transportation in Lisbon varies greatly to meet different needs. One of the most important and most popular transportation used daily by the residential people is the "tram", which allows you get around the city, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.  There are five different routes in the Portuguese capital, and 58 trams of which 40 are vintage streetcar, making it a special moment to take pictures inside. The bus If you are planning a trip around the outskirts of Lisbon, you can use the bus to get around this charming city, which is an essential means of transport and can be easily found, Lisbon has more than 600 buses traveling through 146 different routes with specific dates and a system, including the most famous " Aerobus" which links the city center and Lisbon Airport and this one is the fastest and most frequent. It is worth mentioning that the buses in the city do not follow the same timetable, but most of them operate from 6 am to 9 pm. Some buses are running until midnight and have only two lines operating during the late hours of the day until the official working hours of the next day. Funiculars Lisbon has many terrains that have made part of its streets tilted, so there are some ways to help residents or tourists to navigate through these streets, the most important and most famous of which is the railway or what is known as the Funiculars, it is one of the most enjoyable means of transport that is in Lisbon. Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, has three funiculars that are very popular with people: Lavra, Glória, and Bica.   Santa Justa Lift One of the most enjoyable things about this capital is that the transportation is very varied, including the Santa Justa lift, it is an open-air elevator that transports the city's residents very quickly from Baixa to Bairro Alto. This strange lift was inaugurated into the public transport system, which was admired and popular with the public because its design the same style as the Eiffel Tower to the extent that on the first working day 3,000 tickets were sold and became a must-visit attraction upon arrival in Lisbon. Metro This is a means of transportation in Lisbon, and one of the most beautiful and most prominent underground trains in Europe. It is the fastest way to get around the city, especially if you are traveling long distances, are the cleanest metros in Europe. The Lisbon metro opens from 6:30 am to 1 am.   - Tourism in Lisbon Portugal has a wide range of tourism resources that make it unique in the field of tourism from other countries. Lisbon is a tranquil, dreamy city overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it contains many ancient and modern neighborhoods, shops, cafes, and restaurants. It also has a wide range of historical and tourist attractions and many important art and cultural museums making it a magnificent and attractive tourist destination for tourists from all over the world. It is a city of work and movement and is famous for the manufacture of baskets made of straw, sewing, embroidery, leather and beautiful crockery, and we find in the capital city of Portugal many mosques because there are about 300 thousand Muslims, as well as the preservation of the Holy Quran. In Lisbon, there are buildings with exquisite artistic designs and black and white mosaics. If you go to Lisbon, you can't get bored because it is one of the most charming and attractive places in Portugal.   - The most popular tourist attractions in Lisbon Belém Tower Built in the 16th century, The Belém Tower is one of the most important tourist attractions in capital city of Portugal consisting of four main floors and a height of 30 meters, it was built as a defensive fortress for the city. The tower is located near the Jerónimos Monastery and is called the St. Vincent's Tower. UNESCO listed the tower as a World Heritage Site due to its great historical and archaeological status. You can take pictures for memory during your visit to this tower as you climb to the upper floors where the waters of the Rio Tigo River are pure, blue and vast greenery. São Jorge Castle For history and archeology lovers, especially those interested in the Middle Ages, you can visit the São Jorge Castle, which has a long history. One of the most important landmarks in Lisbon, the Castle of São Georges is a fortified castle built in the Moroccan style. When you visit São Jorge's Castle, it's best to go from morning to enjoy a stunning view of the magnificent city of Lisbon and because the place is spacious with eleven towers, a small museum, a bar, and a restaurant. The castle is available to visit every day of the week from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio) The commercial square, or as it was once known as the "Palace Square", is the city's most famous commercial square and is a symbol of Lisbon, located on the edge of the mouth of the Tagus River. The square consists of three main entrances, all of which have magnificent and luxurious design and are decorated with mosaics on all sides. Inside this square, you will find restaurants offering different types of food, and you will also find the statue of "Joseph I" where you can sit below and have a coffee and enjoy it. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the commercial square when you come to Lisbon. Jerónimos Monastery Jeronimos Monastery is one of the most important attractions of Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, with the tomb of Vasco de Gama. In 1983, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site with the Belem Tower. This monastery was built in the late Gothic period in Manuel style and dates back to the era of Henry the Navigator in 1459.   Oceanarium One of the best tourist attractions you will ever visit in Portugal, it has a wonderful design. It represents the Portuguese heritage throughout the ages. It was built during the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum consists mainly of four distinctive buildings, enjoys a lack of congestion and no crowd of tourists where you can have a wonderful walk-in quiet. The museum has also been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. When you visit the Oceanarium, we recommend you visit the "Temple of Water", which has a collection of charming decorations from the Middle Ages, and held several exhibitions annually that tell about the history and importance of this place and its impact on the city through the ages. Lisbon Zoo Lisbon Zoo is the oldest park in Portugal, located in the "Set Reis" district with a large area of about 160 square kilometers, and has a large number of green spaces, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic walk with the family, and also has a big role in the retention and breeding of endangered species contain more than 2,000 animals belonging to different species. One of the things you should visit at the zoo is to take a tour through the cable car so that you can see the animal houses and predators. You can also enjoy a dolphin show that attracts visitors. And don't forget to take memorial photos there. - Mistakes to avoid when visiting Lisbon There are many mistakes that tourists make when visiting the Portuguese capital, limiting the chances of enjoying that charming capital. So we'll show you some mistakes you can avoid for a fun trip: * Try to speak Spanish The Portuguese people are known to be very committed to their Portuguese language and this is in all cities of Portugal and not only in Lisbon, so do not try to speak Spanish and you can speak English or you can learn some important words that will help you when you visit Portugal.   * Using Tram between 6 and 8 am Although the tram is the best and cheapest transport in Lisbon, it is busy at peak time between 6 and 8 am because it serves a large number of residential people, so you can navigate through it after that time so you can enjoy the roads.   * Visit the city in one day Do not listen to those who advise you to visit Lisbon in one day, as this city contains a large number of beautiful attractions to be discovered, which of course needs more time and cannot be discovered in just one day.   * Do not buy the Lisbon card Lisbon offers its tourists the opportunity to save time and money with a tourist card service that allows free or reduced access to major tourist areas as well as when it comes to public transport. This card should be the first idea to be considered when planning your trip.   * Lack of respect for queues In Lisbon, you must respect public morals, especially when waiting for a tram or bus, don't try to pass randomly because this leaves a bad impact on the local people. Also Read : Packing for travel Travel Packages in Portugal

Destinations The blue pearl of Morocco: Explore the blue city of Chefchaouen April 22, 2020

Welcome to Chefchaouen, the Blue Pearl City of Morocco. Known for all homes and shops painted with different shades of blue. A magical place to get lost in! The sun shines mercilessly, and every colour around you is caught in flames. And since everything is blue, you will feel like you are walking in the mythical Kingdom of Heaven. This fabulous city Located in the north of Morocco, the city's signature colour is a variety of soothing shades of blue that lower blood pressure in seconds. Chefchaouen is also known as the Blue Pearl or the Blue City of Morocco. The buildings are painted with a coating of talcum or chalk that looks worn out. Exploring a maze of narrow blue alleys that smelled of spices, flowers and fresh orange is one of the most important things you will enjoy through your trip to Morocco. Plus it is an incredible place to take pictures. The blue pearl city is a small city in northern Morocco, it has beautiful natural surroundings, rich history and magnificent architecture, but what is famous for it is the bright blue walls of many buildings. Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 and began as a small Maghreb fortress for exiles from Spain, where it gradually welcomed Jews and Christian converts.   Why Is Chefchaouen Blue? Some will tell you that it is a symbol of Jewish solidarity. In the 1930s, numerous Jewish refugees arrived in Chefchaouen, fleeing Nazi persecution and the growing threat of war. Blue is meant to represent peace, security and the power of heaven. In this version of the story, the blue walls spread quickly from the city's Jewish quarter, until the entire city was glowing. Others say that the tradition of painting the walls in blue is Jewish, but it certainly dates back to the founding of the city, in the fifteenth century, when it was built around a castle used to defend the population against the Portuguese invaders. At this time, local Moroccans lived alongside the Jews and the Moriscos (former Muslims who converted to Christianity) for a century or more. Exploring The Blue Pearl City The narrow streets of the blue pearl of Chefchaouen do not try to ease the impact of the hills built on the city. In some cases, stone steps walk straight up the slope, giving your legs a good workout. But when the streets open in the public squares, the views over the city toward the nearby countryside of the countryside look spectacular. The mountains above the blue pearl city give the appearance of the horns and it is believed that this is where the name of Chefchaouen comes from (literally means "watch the horns" in the local dialect). But the rest of the time, keep looking around. This is a beautiful jaw city! It takes you to a different world.   Enjoy travel packages in Morocco.     The Best Things To Do In the blue pearl This blue pearl small town will give you a unique chance to discover plenty of interesting stories. And here are some of the top places and things that you can do and explore in Chefchaouen city. Get Lost In The Streets of the blue pearl That's why most travellers look for Chefchaouen, aimlessly strolling through the narrow alleys and streets, drawn with an endless collection of blue, turquoise, powder blue, celeste, robins-egg, indigo, cyan, periwinkle. You can shop for blankets or coloured lamps in souks hidden throughout the blue pearl city. Enjoy a variety of beautiful entrances and detailed tile works that adorn every stay. Sit in a cafe on the street, ask for a steaming cup of mint tea, and watch the locals wear robes dressed in everyday life. We all fall into the whole Moroccan experience. Go Cat Spotting If you are a cat lover, then you will love Chefchaouen. It's definitely a cat city like Istanbul. However, local people feed them but generally live abroad in the form of streets. You will find cats in alleys and cats on the stairs and cats in the markets. Cats will be strolling through restaurants and terraces. They hide in trees and shrubs and are on the sidewalks. If you want to attract the cat's attention the blue pearl, try to whisper. It's a great way to get them taking pictures! Meow. Visit The Kasbah Fortress Museum Be sure to visit the 15th century Kasbah Castle which is located in the main square of Chefchaouen - Hammamet Square. It is very easy to find this structure with red walls among all the blue buildings. The Kasbah was built in 1471 by Moulay Ali bin Musa bin Rashid and includes a beautiful garden and a small ethnographic museum. Climb the towers inside for some spectacular views of the city and the Grand Mosque. The Kasbah was built in the Andalusian-Maghreb style to defend Chefchaouen from attacks by Portuguese and Spanish. Spend The Night In A Riad "Riad" is an Arabic word which means "garden", in Morocco it refers to the space in the centre of its traditional guesthouses, which are opened to the sky with a fountain of water. Most of the rooms in Riad refer to the inside of this space, the symbolic heart of the house and when you open your door the first thing in the morning to find the sunlight pouring into the building. Voices of distant Morocco will flow through the hole in the ceiling. You will hear the movement, the morning tea that is being prepared, the Arab call for prayer, and the rhythms of life abroad. Everything is very comfortable. For more Arabian tourism: Tunisian Tourism: Best places in Tunisia to visit Oman tourism: top things to do in Salalah Siwa Oasis: The pure Beauty of Egypt Tourism in Morocco: Best places in Morocco to visit

Destinations Discover The Wonders of Oman: The Best Tourist places in Oman August 26, 2019

Oman is an incredible destination filled with amazing attractions and cities. Muscat is the capital of Oman, it has the most popular destination, however, it is not the only place to visit.  If you’re thrilled by desert landscapes, spectacular mountain ranges, historic forts and warm beaches, then Oman is your destination, where you can find many things to do and visit.  Here is a list of the best tourist places in Oman, that you can visit. Muscat If you only have a chance of visiting one place in Oman, so it is likely to be Muscat. It hosts the best tourist places in Oman. This city is home to many historical monuments such as forts, palaces, museums and markets. You can head to the harbour to get a close view of the amazing structure of the interior of the Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace because it is not allowed to enter it. The place is guarded by the twin forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani, which have been converted to museums. Also, travellers can visit the breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, admiring features like the enormous crystal chandelier and the second largest Persian carpet in the world. Salalah Salalah is the second destination in Oman after Muscat. It is the ancestral home to the Sultan Qaboos, where you can admire the incredible Qaboos Palace, and appreciate older architecture in the Old Town, known as the Haffa. Or you can step even further back in time by visiting the Al Baleed Archaeological Site. One of the best tourist places in Oman is its trade markets, especially in Salalah, which is known for its frankincense trade. Make sure to visit the souk in the Haffa, where you can pick some souvenirs. The best time for visiting Salalah is from June to August, the coastal region around it is transformed into a green oasis due to the seasonal waterfalls and streams. Jebel Akhdar Jebel Akhdar is one of the best tourist places in Oman, as it can be translated to Green Mountain. The region of the Jebel Akhdar is a primary limestone and contains the highest point in the entire country of Oman. You can hike through beautiful terraces and various spot trees laden with fruit. Hiking might not seem like an attractive activity in the deserts of Oman, however, it is the perfect pastime in Jebel Akhdar. Ras al Jinz One of the most incredible tourist places in Oman is Ras al Jinz. It is a turtle reserve that helps to populate and protect the sea turtles of the Indian Ocean. If you are going to visit during the summer, or between the months of May and October, then you can be able to see turtle nests along the beach and witness the baby turtles while hatching and making their way to the ocean. Also, you can spend the night at the resort and check out its other attractions such as the Turtle Visitor Center and Museum. Musandam Fjords The Musandam Peninsula is a unique place in Oman, it is separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. While parts of this region are isolated, and they have been served as the home to residents in mountain villages and coastal communities. The Musandam Fjords offer spectacular views. If you can enjoy boat trips and explore the coasts and peaks rising up from the water. Also, you may spot dolphins from a Dhow or traditional Omani boat. Explore the underwater world by diving into water. Musandam Fjords wildlife is abundant, making this region one of the best tourist places to visit in Oman for nature lovers. Wahiba Sands Desert dunes stretch for miles in the centre of Oman and create the amazing Wahiba Sands. This is where the Bedu people live. The Wahiba Sands is a popular travel destination for those who search for the true, authentic and traditional Oman. Experience the nomadic way of life in the Wahiba Sands by joining a tour that will let you explore the area while riding on the back of a camel and enjoying desert camping under the stars. Nizwa Nizwa is known for its incredible fort, which was built in the 17th century. However, some parts of the fort date all the way back to the ninth century. The fort of Nizwa has an enormous cylindrical tower. Also, it has some interesting defence mechanisms, such as honey traps and unusually shaped windows for shooting approaching enemies. It is considered as a museum, showcasing 17th-century life in Oman. While you’re in Nizwa, don’t miss to check out the souk, or outdoor market, as well as the unusual goat market, held two days each week in the city centre. Bahla Another incredible tourist place in Oman is the city of Bahla, located in Northern Oman. Bahla is an oasis in the desert. Bahla boasts a spectacular and historic fort. The Fort of Bahla dates back to the 13th century when it was under the control of the Banu Nebhan tribe. In addition to exploring the Bahla fort, you can see the walls of the city, which are made from adobe and stretch for nearly seven miles in length. Also, Bahla is widely known for its impressive selection of local pottery. Masirah Island If you are searching for sun, beaches, wildlife and history, then Masirah Island is your destination. The town is relatively small, that means few crowds and lots of secluded spots to explore. On Masirah Island, you can enjoy swimming, discovering the abundance of shipwrecks just off the coast and watching more than 30,000 turtles that appear annually in hatching season. Misfat al Abryeen Misfat al Abryeen is a mountain village made up of stone buildings in shades of orange and brown, and it actually looks like an Italian mountain village. The village is a beautiful example of mountain life in Oman. You can walk among the buildings around the village to admire banana trees and lush greenery. There’s an ancient watchtower above the village, where you can climb to see Misfat al Abryeen as well as the surrounding fields and dams filled with water. Discover more about Oman: Oman packages.

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