Think Australia and the images that come to our mind are of the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and Melbourne, all of which are on the east coast. Most travellers tend to flock to the east coast but the west coast also has its charm. Perth, the largest city on the west coast is where nature and modern life coexist together. The fourth-most populous city in Australia has no shortage of tourist attractions and if you give it a chance, you’ll be surprised by the variety it offers. From gorgeous beaches to a lively nightlife, you’ll be amazed by the list of what to do in Perth. The city has restored over the years with a series of cafes, restaurants, a waterfront development that looks like the Darling Harbour in Sydney and a great bar scene. With an attractive setting by the Swan River, you’ll find several stunning beaches with tremendous appeal and a lot less crowd than its east coast counterparts. The best time to visit Perth is during the shoulder seasons, spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May).
Here are the top 10 things to do in Perth that should not be missed during your trip to this part of Australia.
1. Enjoy a Cruise on the Swan River
Often called the sunniest capital, Perth is situated along the Swan River linking the suburbs, hills and the ocean. With cultural and environmental significance, the city has been awarded Western Australia’s first heritage icon. On a sunny day, jump on a cruise down the Swan River to see a different side of Perth. You’ll be mesmerised by the magnificent views as you cruise between Perth and the Port of Freemantle. It is also a chance to see the significant attractions of the city such as the soaring glass spire of the Bell Tower, the restored Swan Brewery, Kings Park and many more. Most of the cruises include a wine tasting, a complimentary lunch and some even pay a visit to the winery. A river cruise definitely should be on your list of things to do in Perth when planning a visit.
Located right in the centre of the city in the middle of the Swan River, Heirisson Island is an unexpected treasure and offers a much-needed escape from city life. It is a spot filled with solitude, an array of birds and its population of kangaroos. You’ll have to go through a gate on the western side of the island to get to the roos where you’ll find a fence to stop them wandering to the nearby road. These kangaroos can be difficult to find during the day when they’re usually sleeping, especially when it’s hot outside. When the weather is cool, you can often find them grazing and hopping around. It strange that most people have never heard of this hidden treasure just minutes away from the city. Situated on the Swan River, between East Perth and Victoria Park, this is the place where you can witness kangaroos in their natural habitat. While at this tourist attraction in Perth, don’t forget to take lots of photographs!
Five minutes’ walk away from central Perth, Northbridge is a kaleidoscope of food, arts and vibrant nightlife. It has an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, restaurants and some of the best bars in Western Australia. Home to Perth’s Chinatown, it offers great coffee and brunch options, vintage stores, homewares and small bars, and is a great place to spend time out drinking, dining or simply wandering around. A popular tourist attraction in Perth, Northbridge is also home to Perth’s Cultural Centre which houses the new WA Museum, the State Theatre of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of Western Australia showcasing over 1,000 pieces of national and international art pieces. Spend your days exploring the museums and your evenings eating out and enjoying the lively nightlife.
When it comes to shopping, Perth has a lot of things to offer. It is home to numerous shopping outlets, from extensive markets to stylish malls. Murray and Hay Street malls are the two main shopping malls in the city which are pedestrian malls and closed to traffic, with a wide range of speciality stores. Myer and David Jones are two main department stores you’ll see in downtown and the suburbs. With several shopping avenues, the question of what to do in Perth does not even exist. Whether you are looking to buy something particular or just want to wander around the clean city, there are plenty of options for everyone and paths to walk along.
One of Perth’s most stunning tourist attractions, the Bell Tower overlooks the Swan River and is an important landmark in the city. This is a set of 18 bells hanging in a specially built 271 ft. high copper and glass campanile. It is the second-largest set of ringing bells in the world, the largest being Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, with 19 bells. Dating back to 14th century, it’s worth noting that the bells are not rung by machine but instead by the volunteer members of the St. Martin’s Society of Change Ringers Inc. The bell tower is located at Barrack Square, just a short five-minute walk from the city centre.
6. Explore Kings Park
Kings Park is another place to visit in Perth, where the city meets the nature, offering unique opportunities to its residents and tourists to connect with nature in the heart of Perth, overlooking the Swan River. It is also popular for being home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden. From lovely gardens and walking trails to kid’s playgrounds and picnic spots, you’ll find here something for everyone. Climb the 202 steps of the spiralling DNA Tower to enjoy the spectacular views from the top. You’ll be able to enjoy the views of Kings Park, Botanic Garden and the Swan River and over to Rottnest Island. DNA tower that resembles the DNA molecule was inspired by a staircase in a Chateau at Blois in France. To see the park in full bloom, plan your visit in spring or summer. Kings Park played a great role in preserving not only European but also Aboriginal heritage. It is extremely significant in the fields of horticulture and quite renowned for its conservation efforts.
7. Explore The Historic Fremantle
The historic seaside port of Fremantle is a suburb of Perth located just 30 minutes from downtown and dotted with numerous cool cafes, bars and seafood restaurants. Renowned for its street buzz and an eclectic mix of art and culture, it is one of the world’s best-preserved examples of a 19th-century port streetscape complete with its heritage buildings and fascinating maritime history. Experience the wonderful nightlife by visiting its clubs and bars that play live music until the early hours. If you still have energy left dancing through the night, drop at one of the cafés for morning coffee.
8. Caversham Wildlife Park
Situated just 25 minutes East of Perth, Caversham Wildlife Park is easily accessible by car and offers a chance to get up close to some of the extraordinary Aussie Wildlife. One of the top places to visit in Perth, this park is home to over 2,000 distinctive animals and over 200 species of fauna. Here, you can feed kangaroos, stroke a koala and click photos with a wombat. You get to see the animals that you probably haven’t even heard of such as flying foxes, kookaburras, cassowaries, quokkas, echidnas and more. A visit to Caversham is incomplete without a visit to Molly’s Farm, which is an interactive farmyard where one can feed the animals. Also watch the farm show where you get to witness sheep shearing, sheepdogs mustering the sheep and also get to meet a stockman on a horse.
9. Hit the Gorgeous Beaches
Beaches are one of the best perks of living in Perth. One not only gets to enjoy the crystal-clear blue waters and white sands but do it without the huge crowds that you see elsewhere. Perth is one of the world’s most isolated cities and a great place to enjoy the laidback lifestyle. Cottesloe Beach, Mullaloo Beach, Scarborough and City Beach are some of the popular beaches in the city.
Cottesloe Beach or as the locals refer to it ‘Cott’, is only 20 minutes away from the city and extremely popular because of its laid-back surf culture and crystal-clear waters. The beach is ideal for swimming, dolphin-spotting and snorkelling. Mullaloo Beach and Scarborough are favourites amongst families. With barbeques and sheltered benches for a picnic, it is ideal for families and kids. There is even a kid’s playground. City Beach is fantastic for surfers with constant strong waves. There are plenty of open-air cafes and seafood restaurants overlooking the ocean.
10. Day trip to Rottnest Island
Located 18 kilometres off the coast of Perth City, Rottnest Island is an incredible beach getaway with over 60 picturesque beaches and bays. Also called Root by the locals, it is best explored on a bicycle as there are no cars on the island. The island earned its name in 1696 from the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh, who visited the island and mistook its strange marsupial population for common rats and named it Rottnest meaning ‘rat’s nest’. Today, one of the main attractions for visitors to this island is having a photo taken alongside the ‘rats’, known as Quokkas. Other activities on the island include tennis and golf as well as fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and diving.
Celebrating its 42nd anniversary, the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020 runs from February 22 to March 1. It features wine from 15 countries and over 160 different wineries. This year, the focus is on France and about 42 wineries from 10 different wine-growing regions are participating in the festival and the spotlight is on rose wine. The key attraction at the Vancouver International Wine Festival being held at Vancouver Convention Centre is the Tasting Room, which features over 750 wines and food.
About the Wine Festival
One of the oldest and largest wine events in the world, the VanWineFest is a coveted annual wine affair that brings together wine enthusiasts and experienced sommeliers from all over the world. Voted the ‘#1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada’ since the last five years in a row by New York’s BizBash, it offers wine experiences, promote the wine industry and raise funds for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Theatre.
From humble beginnings in 1979, the festival has grown to become Canada’s best and most prestigious wine show. The festival features some 50 events each year, of which about 40 are open to the public and another dozen or so for people in wine-related and hospitality industries. Around 150+ wineries serve over 1,500 types of wines throughout the festival. To give an idea about the scale of the festival, about 45,000 wine bottles are opened and/or purchased annually at the event.
With a striking slogan – ‘The Wine World is Here’, each year the festival focuses on various wine-growing regions in the world. In 2017, it was Canada, in 2018, the featured region was the Iberian Peninsula and in 2019, it was California. In 2020, the year is for France.
2020 Festival Wines & Wineries
Countries participating in this Wine Festival include:
France (43), Canada (33), Italy (24), USA (17), Spain (9), Australia (7), Portugal (6), New Zealand (5), Argentina (4), Croatia (4), Germany (4), Chile (3), Romania (2) and Uruguay (1).
Moreover, a few Sake (rice wine) makers from Japan are also participating this year.
Tickets to events are on sale and the Vancouver International Wine Festival ticket price ranges from about $40 to $450. Prices include wine and food during the event. Additionally, tips, taxes and service charges are also included in the price.
Other Events at the Festival
The 9-day wine festival features several events including the grand Bacchanalia Dinner, Trade Days Seminar, International Tastings, wine parties & dinners and much more.
Seven out of the nine days of the festival are open to the general public. All nine days, including the first two, are open to participants in the wine and hospitality industry.
Relish a fancy 5-course dinner with wine, live music and dancing.
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, Canada
How to reach:
Board Skytrain Train – 980 – Canada Line Skytrain at the platform sign ‘Canada Line To Waterfront’. Deboard at Waterfront Station Northbound. Head northwest on W Cordova Station toward Howe Station. Turn right at Howe Station. The Vancouver Convention Centre is straight ahead at 1055 Canada Place.
The dates for the other events are:
Bacchanalia Dinner + Auction – February 22, 2020
Trade Days Seminar – February 26 to 28, 2020
The Tasting Room – February 27 to February 29, 2020
The average temperature you’ll face in February would be between -11.0°C and -2.2°C. So, make sure you’re warm enough to tackle the cold.
Presently, the Vancouver Wine Festival draws some of the iconic industries from all over the globe and is strongly distinguished as the continent’s primary wine event and among the oldest and best wine festivals in the world.
This is a wonderful prospect to meet and greet sommeliers, winemakers, owners and senior representatives from wineries around the globe. For either the proficient wine lover or the beginner, the grand festival has something to please every taste and wallet.
What if we say that there are places around the world that are near to the extinction? Sounds absurd, but constant man-made interference in nature has brought numerous, especially fragile places closer to destruction. The day is not far when many places will disappear from the face of the earth. We bring you 10 extremely endangered places which might get wiped away from the earth in a mere five to ten decades. Visit these10 places before they disappear forever from the planet.
1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Yes, you heard it right. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia renowned globally for being the biggest reef sustaining a wide range of marine life will completely disappear by 2050. It is estimated that in the past three decades, more than half of the reef has been lost, due to global warming and coral bleaching. The crystal clear water of the reef is home to over 1, 500 varieties of fishes and corals. The reef covers a total area of 1,680 miles and is a major tourist attraction. A holiday to the Great Barrier Reef will surely be unforgettable as it has spectacular beaches, vibrant marine life and a plethora of adventure activities to indulge in.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from June to October.
What to do: Activities tourists can indulge in Great Barrier Reef are snorkelling, diving, hot air balloon tours, swimming, scuba diving, beach stroll and reef cruise ride.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Sydney or Melbourne. Board another flight to coastal cities of Queensland like Cairns or Port Douglas, and from there, various tours will take you the Great Barrier Reef.
2. Franz Josef Glacier, South Island, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier located in South Island is probably lesser-known and also less travelled. The glacier is located on the West Coast of New Zealand, right in the middle of a temperate forest with a height of 11,500 feet above the sea level. Since 2000, these glaciers have been melting at a great rate and has receded by 38 per cent and lost 25 per cent of the land area. Environmental scientists fear that by the next 100 years, the glacier will disappear.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromNovember to February.
What to do: Tourists visiting Franz Josef Glacier can indulge in a range of activities like hiking, ice climbing, trekking, bird and wildlife watching.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Christchurch and from there, one can drive to the glacier. Franz Josef Airport is the closet to reach the glaciers.
3. The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Where to visit before it’s too late?The answer to this is the Amazon forest, which is facing an existential threat. Undoubtedly, the Amazon rainforest is the biggest in the world with a total area of 1.4 billion acres, spread across countries like Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Surinam. This tropical jungle has its diverse ecosystem with numerous species of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the landscape. The entire Amazon forest alone produces more than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen. Also, Amazon has one-fifth of the world’s freshwater. Being so vital to the earth, constant human activities have threatened the forest and it is estimated that the Amazon rainforest will be completely wiped out from the face of the earth in the coming 50 years.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is in May and early June.
What to do: In Amazon, tourist will be spoilt for choices – from jungle walk, kayaking, Canopy Bridge Walk, swimming or visiting the local community, the options are endless.
How to Reach: You can take a flight to Manaus in Brazil or Puerto Maldonado and Cusco located in Peru. From there, numerous travel agencies offer a range Amazon tour depending upon the budget of tourists.
4. Komodo Island, Indonesia
Komodo Island in Indonesia is renowned for the Komodo dragon – a giant lizard. The pristine sea and numerous islands around the Komodo are known for its world-class diving spots, coral, volcanic hills, savannah and forests. The Komodo National Park covers the majority part of the island and is home to nearly 4,000 Komodo lizards. At present, there is no significant threat to the coral reef, but constant rise in temperature and acidification of water may kill the beauty and natural diversity of the island. So, before it gets too late, plan a holiday to visit this place before it disappears and cherish memories for a lifetime.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from April to December.
What to do: Komodo is a beautiful Island and there are numerous activities available. Tourists can embark including swimming, beach walking, island hopping, diving, wildlife and reef exploration.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Bali, from where you can fly or go by boat to Labuan Bajo and finally to the Komodo Island by a boat.
The Glacier National Park in the United States, once home to over 150 glaciers has now left with only 25 glaciers. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit not only in the US but also in the world. Many scientists claim that by the end of 2030, the park will be devoid of all its glaciers. The National Park is also home to animals like mountain goats, elk and grizzly bear. The disappearing glaciers will have serious ramifications for the region and animals living there. With abundant beauty, scenery and wildlife, this place is a must-visit before it disappears.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromJuly to September.
What to do: It is a beautiful place to indulge in a range of activities including backpacking, cycling, camping and wildlife spotting, which ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears.
How to Reach Take a flight to the Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Massachusetts. : By car, tourists can use U.S. Highway 2, 89 and 17 to reach the glacier.
6. The Maldives
Maldives needs no introduction. The country is known for its azure water, colourful fishes, white powdery beaches and luxury resorts. It is the picture-perfect destination for honeymooners and tourists. Those with a penchant for sea-adventure, Maldives is the place to go and enjoy. With beauty engulfing the country from all sides, sadly it is not too far before the tropical paradise will disappear. It is estimated that the entire archipelago could be submerged under the sea by the next 100 years.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from November to April.
What to do: The Maldives is a sea adventure paradise ideal to indulge in a range of sea adventure activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, backpacking, island exploration and parasailing.
It is hard to believe that the 15th century Inca ruins, which were only discovered at the beginning of the 20th century are on the list of endangered places. This Inca heritage is also in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled high in the soaring Andes Mountains, these incredible ruins allure tourists from across the globe. To the dismay of many, it is these large groups of tourists ruining and damaging the ruins of Mach Pichu. Many experts debate that unless these large number of tourists influx is not controlled, it will be too late to preserve the ruins in its real form.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromApril to May and September to October.
What to do: Machu Picchu located on the Andes Mountain offers adventures activities like trekking, nature walk, wildlife spotting and exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco and from there you can go on a planned tour to Machu Picchu. You can also take a bus to Cusco from Lima to reach Machu Picchu. Train services are also available from two stations Poroy station and Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu.
8. Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro allures adventurers and hikers to hike its summit. It is a dormant volcano with glacier laden summit, but as expected climate change and global warming are fast depleting these pristine glaciers from the mountain’s summit. For centuries, the volcano has been renowned for its distinguished beauty and pristine glaciers. So, plan your holiday to Mt. Kilimanjaro and experience the beauty before the glaciers become extinct.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromJanuary to March and June to October.
What to do: Mount Kilimanjaro offers a plethora of activities from trekking to wildlife safari, bird-watching and nature exploration.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Kilimanjaro international airport and from there you can take a taxi or bus to go to the mountain base, a place you need to visit before it disappears.
9. The North Pole
The North Pole is the most vulnerable to the slights climate change. The place is known for its miles of glaciers and snow-covered landscape. The effects of climate change are drastically visible in the North Pole region. Once a complete snow-white landmass, today new terrains and glistening lakes are being formed. It is speculated that with the current changes, the North Pole will never go back to the same as it has been for the million years. Visit this white wonderland and see the spectacle the way it is.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from May to September.
What to do: Activities to indulge in during the North Pole trip are watching the Northern Lights spectacle and elusive wildlife spotting.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Helsinki, Finland and from there board a charter plane to Murmansk to board the ship heading to the North Pole.
10. Galapagos Island, Ecuador
Galapagos archipelago is a world within itself. This island consists of a variety of flora and fauna, most of them are exclusive to the island like the giant tortoises, cormorant and many. But once an isolated island, today with the influx of human, growing population and activities the island faces an existential threat and is another amazing place to visit before it vanishes. With the rising human activities, environmentalists predict that the island could submerge into the ocean in the coming years.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromJune to November.
What to do: Galapagos Island offers a range of activities to indulge in, ranging from snorkelling, hiking, kayaking, swimming, surfing, horseback riding, mountain biking and panga (Dinghy) ride.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Ecuador. From there, take another flight to Baltra Island and then a bus and ferry to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
With the constant human interference, the list of places to see before they vanish the earth’s surface is growing. A word like Doom Tourism highlights the plight of these places shouting to be saved by the constant human activities. Visit these places before they completely disappear only to lament after.
Southeast Asia has it all – be it the most gorgeous beaches, mountains or man-made marvels. They are fascinating, surreal & rich in satisfying your desire for an unforgettable holiday. And the best part is that most of these cities can easily be discovered in just a week. Here’s a list of 10 best places in Southeast Asia for your next trip. Take your pick, pack your bags and don’t forget to take your camera. You certainly wouldn’t want to miss taking amazing pictures.
A well developed, technically prosperous city, Singapore is ranked as #1 when it comes to best places to visit in Southeast Asia. Be it a family holiday or a romantic escape with your better half, the city is much more than the total number of its attractions. Exploring Singapore can be a matter of just a few hours. Thanks to its extensive network of transport. Whether you wish to eat in Little India and head towards the temples in Chinatown or shop at Orchard Road, you’ll be there in no time using the speedy MRT system. Adding to the city’s beauty, there are stylish art galleries, lively markets, plenty of restaurants & cafes, wildlife sanctuaries and world-class attractions.
Best time to visit: February to May is considered as the perfect time to tour the city and enjoy the climate.
Top things to do: Visit the Gardens by the Bay, take a tour of Bintan Island, explore Sentosa, shop at Bugis Street and explore the Casino in Marina Bay Sands.
2. Bali – Indonesia
Bali is one of the best places to visit in Southeast Asia. Home to cities like Kuta and Ubud, Bali has always been an attractive destination to visit in Southeast Asia. Regardless of what time of the year it is, this place outshines most of the tropical destinations, offering the ultimate luxury and comfort to its visitors. Experience surfing, yoga, meditation, trekking, delicious food or the amazing nightlife. Certain spots in Bali have been influenced by scores of cafes, hip bars and restaurants. At the same time, there are also a few remote places that have maintained Balinese beauty and charm. So, if you ever plan on having a blissful beach holiday, Bali is on the list of must-visit places in Southeast Asia.
Best time to visit: From April to October, Bali is at its best. It’s less crowded and sightseeing can be done at one’s own pace.
Top things to do: Visit the famous Tanah Lot, surfing, diving & other water sports, explore Bali Safari and Marine Park and shop at Bali’s famous markets.
The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, is one of the beautiful places to visit in Southeast Asia. It offers a good feel and understanding of Vietnamese culture, people and food. With influences of the Southeast Asian, Chinese and French, you’ll experience mixed culture and attractions. The city is huge and most of the tourist activities and interesting places are located in the Old Quarter. The city has many cafes, restaurants, markets, beautiful temples and other attractions that make it one of the unique places to visit in Southeast Asia. Do not forget to relish the street food while on your trip here. To enjoy nature at its best, you can explore Halong Bay, which is roughly 99 miles from Hanoi. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for countless limestone islands. All you need is a seaplane to reach here and admire close-up views.
Best time to visit: September to November and March to April are considered as the best times to tour Hanoi. The atmosphere is clean and pure right after the rains and prices are quite cheap.
Top things to do: Visit the century-old temples, spend time at the Hoan Kiem Lake, head to the Temple of the Jade Mountain, explore Weekend Night Market, enjoy dining at Tay Ho, witness Water Puppet Show and see the Snake Village.
Amongst all the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, Manila is one of the most popular places in the Philippines. It’s called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ for all the right reasons – huge malls, UNESCO Heritage Sites, scenic spots like Corregidor Island, Batangas and Laguna and trendy places such as Casa Manila and Fort Santiago. Wander around the Spanish ruins at Intramuros, dine on fresh seafood and visit one of the many markets. Wiley’s Rock is another amazing place that is set to give you a lifetime experience and a holiday you may not have imagined.
Best time to visit: From November to May, Manila experiences an enjoyable climate along with a scanty crowd and relaxed island tours.
Top things to do: Visit the Wiley’s Rock and Manila Zoo, explore Manila Ocean Park, walk into the Makati shopping district, witness the beautiful sunset at Yapak, collect white shells on Boracay beaches.
5. Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a multicultural mix of huge skyscrapers, the gleaming lights of the Petronas and streets dedicated to food and culture. The Malaysian capital city is one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Famed for incredible culinary scene and shopping, you could spend an entire day browsing malls such as KLCC, Pavilion KL and Mid Valley Megamall. Adventure lovers can trek to the famous Batu Caves or visit KL Bird Park. The city is best explored on foot. You’ll discover the laid-back ambience and pieces of Kampung Village that the city once was. There are sufficient day trips for couples in Kuala Lumpur for a peaceful retreat.
Best time to visit: You can either visit Kuala Lumpur between May to July or from December to February. The rains are finally over and the weather is crispy enough for sightseeing.
Top things to do: Visit Petronas Twin Towers, explore Batu Caves and shop at Bukit Bintang
6. Kota Kinabalu – Malaysia
Located near Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is a divine exotic spot that has the power to captivate anyone with its beauty and it’s easy to see why. Lively markets, modern boardwalks, music and art galleries and mosques are some of the top attractions that would make you fall in love with this Southeast Asian beauty. Most visitors from around the world use Kota Kinabalu, also known as KK, as the jump-off point for nearby attractions, islands and national parks. While the city centre offers a lot to its visitors, the city also boasts breathtaking sunsets, historical sights, the famous Mt. Kinabalu, beautiful beaches, rain forests and thriving markets and cafes.
Best time to visit: January to March is the ideal to time to visit Kota Kinabalu as the crowd is less and the climate is enjoyable in this period.
Top things to do: Conquer Mt. Kinabalu, explore the beaches, enjoy island hopping, stay in a luxury resort, visit the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and indulge in fresh seafood.
7. Phuket – Thailand
Nicknamed as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, Phuket is Thailand’s largest and world’s finest destination. It has something for every taste and budget. It sits idyllically with a short distance from Ko Phi-Phi’s dive sites, popular national-parks and the beautiful Similan Islands. If you begin exploring from the Old Town, you’ll learn about the history of tin mining. Presently, blessed with white sands, lush palm trees, lively towns and plenty of beach activities, food and adventure, it reveals more than what the eye sees. It is so diverse that you might forget to leave. So, if you’re looking for a sultry place that tick all the boxes – family-friendly resorts, peaceful hideaways, cocktail clubs and food at its best, you couldn’t be at a better place than Phuket.
Best time to visit:Phuket is best explored from December to March. The beaches are calm and cool and island tours are quite affordable.
Top things to do: Beach hopping, indulge in diving, enjoy water sports and relish local food.
8. Phi Phi Islands – Thailand
Located in the Andaman Sea, Phi Phi Island is 30 miles southeast of Phuket in Krabi. This is one of the most beautiful Southeast Asian destinations that should be a must-visit be on your list. It rose to fame after the Leonardo Di Caprio starred The Beach was filmed here with the backdrop of limestone karsts. But there’s a lot to what you’ve seen in the pictures. Head here on your next holiday to spend time among lush green environs, explore scenic bays and be a part of the incredible parties held on the beaches. If serenity is all you’re looking for, relax at Ao Lo Moo Dee or Ao Toh Ko sandy beaches and soak up the sunrise and sunset. If you are an adventure seeker, you can also enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving here.
Best time to visit: November to April is the perfect time to enjoy the beaches and go on a city tour.
Top things to do: Snorkel in the warm waters, go beach hopping, relax at the beach and enjoy plenty of water activities.
9. Chiang Mai – Thailand
Situated at the base of the north Thailand mountainous range, Chiang Mai is notable as the best place to visit in Southeast Asia. It draws both adventure lovers and shopaholics. Right from a refreshing Thai massage to discovering its numerous attractions, there’s a lot to do at one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia. Drive down straight in any direction, you’ll soon pass the lush green countryside, villages and rainforests with peaceful waterfalls. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon or a family excursion, you’d surely have the time of your life. Considering the kind of visitors Thailand attracts, you’ll have a limitless nightlife, shopping and adventure options.
Best time to visit: December to May is when you can find less crowd on the beaches along with low flight and hotel prices.
Top things to do: Go snorkelling, scuba diving & kayaking, witness the Namuang Waterfall, enjoy Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan and cherish a spa treatment.
10. Siem Reap – Cambodia
Siem Reap – a jewel of Southeast Asia, a cheerful city and an entrance into the Angkor Wat region has been enticing travellers to explore its treasures for many years. It offers the best of both worlds – an interesting past and a bright present. Gradually, this place became a popular tourist spot due to its trendiest hotels, wining and dining, spas and more. But there’s more to this place when it comes to offering memorable experiences. You can explore temples from the time of the Khmer Empire, tiny monasteries in the Little Circuit area, ruins of Banteay Srei and the lively Pub Street. So, head out and uncover this unique Southeast Asian gem.
Best time to visit: Siem Reap can be best explored from November to February.
Top things to do: Temple hopping, visit Siem Reap’s floating villages and Tonle Sap freshwater lake, party on Pub Street, quad-biking, shop at Angkor Night Market and visit the Angkor Archaeological Park and the National Museum.
Southeast Asia has got it all – be it the most stunning beaches, gorgeous cities, the most mysterious hills or natural & man-made wonders. They are beautiful and mesmerising when it comes to satisfying your desire for a memorable holiday. The best part is, most of these places can be explored easily in just a week. So, if you’re craving for an adventurous 2020, take your pick and make sure you cover one or two destinations this year.
Sunshine, samba and sports – how better can you describe Rio de Janeiro, the carnival city of Brazil. Nicknamed ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ or the ‘Marvellous City’, Brazil’s second-largest city is a world of wonders. From scenic mountain top vistas and endless beaches to carnival parties and sunsets, Rio de Janeiro’s splendour never fails to disappoint. A perfect getaway for those seeking tropical vibes, more than one million foreign tourists come every year to the city founded by Portuguese in 1565. Rio de Janeiro has a lot to offer travellers, ranging from natural parks, protected monuments, beaches, mountains, cultural centres and statues. While planning the holiday, also make sure that you are in Rio De Janeiro between December and March, when the average temperature ranges between 25- 27ºC. April and May are also good for visitors as days are little cooler at this time of the year. Here, we have picked up 13 most popular tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro that you need to visit while in the city.
1. Admire the Christ the Redeemer
Made by Polish-French stone carver Paul Landowski, the mammoth statue of Jesus Christ rising above the city was completed in 1931, financed mostly by Brazilian Catholics. Made of high-consecrated cement and soapstone at the peak of the 700-metre Corcovado Mountain, the figure itself is 30 meters tall with arms extending 28 meters; weighing 635 metric tons. The base is a house of prayer, where it’s normal to hold weddings and baptism services. You can see this landmark, one of the ‘new 7 Wonders of the World’, without a guided tour in the morning light while exploring Sugarloaf Mountain Tour. Your visit to the statue includes a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain for more spectacular views.
How to Reach: Take a train, van or hike. However, the Cog Train is the best way to reach Christ the Redeemer. Travel through the Atlantic Forest atop Corcovado Mountain. The train leaves approximately every 30 minutes and the ride up takes 20 minutes.
Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the Rio de Janeiro’s famous milestones, is a 396-metre peak at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. It strategically projects out into the harbour and encircles the city. You can take a cable car from Praça General Tibúrcio to the highest point of the Morro da Urca, a lower peak from which a second cable car goes to the summit of the Sugarloaf. From here, you can admire a 360-degree view of the rugged coast that circles the shores and its islands. Below, the 100-meter Praia da Urca coastline can be seen sizzling with people and shops. At Cara de Cao, there are three 16th-century forts, out of which the star-shaped Fort Sao Joao is accessible to the public. The mountain is protected by the Sugarloaf Mountain and Urca Hill Natural Monument, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to Reach: From Central, take Train 107 that goes straight to the Sugarloaf. To take the subway, go to Metro Botafogo and take the connecting bus 583 that will take you straight to Sugarloaf.
Not many cities are honoured with a wonderful golden sand seashore at its heart, stretching four kilometres along the downtown. A couple of steps from the main city is Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, simply known as Copacabana Beach. One of the best places to visit in Rio De Janeiro, the beach’s surrounding is vibrant and the crowd is lively. To the left, you can view the lofty Sugar Loaf Mountain and the iconic Fort Duque Caxias. You’ll also spot old structures, dining establishments and well-known cafes. Not to forget the eminent Copacabana Palace, now preserved as a national landmark. Stroll along the beach to marvel at some of the most unbelievable sand sculptures and when you get thirsty, sip agua de coco or coconut water straight from the coconut. There are several sports facilities along the beach, such as volleyball and football.
How to Reach: Get on a La Paz-bound bus, minibus or micro. Tell the driver you need to go to Sorata and you will be dropped off at the small lakeside town of Huarina, which is 2 hours from La Paz. Cross the road and you’ll get a Copacabana bound bus or minibus.
Moving ahead from Copacabana’s four-kilometre strand, the seashores of Ipanema and Leblon are separated by the Jardim de Ala Canal. Along the seafront promenade are enormous inns, walkway bistros and eateries. Considered as ‘Little Paris of Rio’, this beach is considered as one of the main centres of activity for the city of Rio and one of the most expensive places to live. These two spots are best known for their shorelines and the famous song – The Girl from Ipanema and life here is extremely social, with exhibitions, film shows and street performance. Near to Ipanema Beach, the area thrives with a market place and the city fair. The beach is also the place to enjoy Brazilian feijoada and a lot of seafood.
How to Reach: Ipanema Beach can be reached easily. It is located just about 8 miles from the centre of Rio de Janeiro via Av. Infante Dom Henrique. To reach here, hire a cab or travel by local transportations such as the city buses, Frescao buses, the subway (metro) and mini-buses.
If you’re looking for a peaceful stretch of sand, look no further than the half-moon shaped Prainha Beach. Bordered by hills and forests, Prainha Beach is usually uncrowded with clean sand and amazing views. It is known to be the city’s most scenic and alluring beach. The waves here are quite popular with surfers and swimmers. A few restaurants are overlooking the beach as well. Do not forget to relish Brazilian snacks and drinks. Come evening, you can witness several events and entertainment options. Watch the witty jugglers and magicians performing or join a group of young girls dancing to Brazilian tunes. Capture the sunset while sipping your favourite cocktail and enjoy beach games with young people.
How to Reach: Prainha Beach is 15 miles from the main Rio de Janeiro city centre. There is a direct bus departing from Largo do Machado and arriving at Prainha. Services depart four times a day and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1hour 30minutes.
One of the top things to do in Rio de Janeiro is to tour the Woodland City at Tijuca National Park, which covers Tijuca Forest, a tropical rain forest and a few important points overlooking the city. The park surrounds the enormous statue of Christ on Corcovado. To explore this huge recreation centre, take the train till Corcovado and follow the forest trail up to the park gate. The 3,300-hectare Tijuca Forest is one of the world’s biggest woodlands inside a city that was created to protect the springs that provided water to Rio de Janeiro. A vast majority of the trees are local species that are home to Capuchin monkeys, quatis (Brazilian raccoon), bright toucans, birds of prey, splendid blue butterflies and different types of natural life, which you may spot while investigating its trails and streets.
How to Reach: From the city centre, Tijuca National Park is a 20-minute drive. If you’re in a hotel near to the city centre, you can hire a cab or a taxi and easily reach the park.
7. Explore the Nature’s Best at Jardim Botanical Garden
Covering 350 acres of land at the foot of Corcovado, Rio’s Jardim Botanico creates an ecological paradise with gardens and a research centre, all in a gorgeous park-like setting. It features the Orchidarium, an iron-and-glass nursery loaded up with 2,000 kinds of orchids, cherry trees, wooden extensions, koi lakes and Bonsai. You can also admire a sensory garden of sweet-smelling plants and herbs from all over the globe. The nursery, which is a UNESCO biosphere save, contains 8,000 types of vegetation birds and rare animals in their natural surroundings and is one of the best places to visit in Rio de Janeiro. You can stroll through the nurseries, eat and sip under the palms and pau-brasil trees or ride through the garden on an electric car.
How to Reach: How to Reach: The best and fastest way to get to Jardim Botanical Garden is to take 409 bus from Christ the Redeemer, which takes 28 min or board Tram 18 from Botafogo.
Opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, the Maraca is Brazil’s biggest arena that is located towards the east of Rio de Janeiro, about 3 miles from downtown Rio. Officially named the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, it lies about 6 miles north of the Copacabana and Ipanema beach areas. At its first football game, the stadium witnessed 199,854 spectators on 16 July 1950. The stadium was remodelled for the FIFA World Cup 2014 with a capacity of 78,000 fans, making it one of the largest football stadiums in the world. The stadium is utilised for matches between Rio’s significant football clubs, the Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama and concerts. A short visit to this stadium would hold significance for soccer fans. Now a tourist attraction in Rio de Janeiro, the stadium was also the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
How to Reach: The stadium can be easily reached by metro or train. Maracana station is on metro line 2, which can be boarded from downtown Rio or the Flamengo and Botafogo areas. Alternatively, get a transfer from line 1, which runs from the Copacabana and Ipanema areas.
9. Catch Brazilian Culture at Santa Tereza and Escadaria Selaron
Santa Tereza is the city’s most dynamic neighbourhood and one of the top tourist attractions inRio de Janeiro. You get to see a region of steep, calm lanes and hundred-year-old homes here. Its cafes and restaurants are famous with artists and young people who add to the Bohemian environs. Even though its most captivating designs are simply discovered from the roadside, there are a few attractions and activities that draw an immense crowd. Among them, the cathedral of Santa Tereza stands out extraordinarily. The Museu Chacara do Ceu has a huge collection of modern art including the works of Picasso, Miro and Matisse. At the edge of Santa Tereza is one of Rio’s most up-to-date leisure spots, the Escadaria Selaron, the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón. The structure has mosaics made of tiles, stoneware and mirrors, numerous in blue, green and yellow shades of the Brazilian flag. Selaron started by utilising broken tiles that he collected from several constructions sites and turned them into amazing creations.
How to Reach: Escadaria Selaron is easily reachable. It is roughly 1 mile from the Rio de Janeiro city centre. Hire a cab or travel by local transportations such as the city buses, Frescao buses, the subway (metro) or mini-buses.
On the hill just above the harbour, there is the church of Nossa Senhora de Montserrat and monastery of Sao Bento, which is one of the finest examples of architecture. The original 1617 church was without aisles until it was enlarged in the 17th century by the addition of eight side chapels. The finest artists of the Benedictine order were involved in decorating the interior. The excellent carving that covers the walls and ceiling was mainly the work of a monk named Domingos da Conceiçao, who was also responsible for the figures of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica on the high altar. The choir chapel has silver work by Mestre Valentim and 14 paintings by Ricardo do Pilar, a monk who was the foremost Benedictine painter of colonial Brazil. His masterpiece, Senhor dos Martirios is in the sacristy of the monastery.
How to Reach: Take the Cog Train. Travel through the countryside to the Village of Sao Bento to visit one of the best places in Rio de Janeiro. The train leaves approximately every 45 minutes.
The grand Municipal Theater, built in the early 20th century, was inspired by the Paris Opera of Charles Garnier and its interior is even more ornate and luxurious than the dramatic towered façade. Highlights of the theatre are the sculptures by Henrique Bernardelli and paintings by Rodolfo Amoedo and Eliseu Visconti as well as the drop curtain, the proscenium frieze and the ceilings. There are guided tours, some in English or you can attend classical concerts and ballet performances here.
How to Reach: The Theatro Municipal is an opera house in the Centro district of Rio de Janeiro. You can easily get buses or hire a metered taxi to avoid overpaying.
Rio de Janeiro is the only city in Brazil, where tourists can safely visit a favela and the safest of them all is Vidigal. After a successful pacification programme in the region a few years ago, Vidigal has incredible nightlife during the weekends, with bars such as Bar da Laje offering great views, appetizing food and delicious cocktails and Alto Vidigal with its all-night parties and exciting national and international DJ line-ups. Apart from famous bars and party venues, visitors can admire stunning scenic views and rent budget accommodation. Gradually this place is becoming one of the top tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro for people looking for an alternative experience in the city.
How to Reach: You would need a guide to explore this area. You can reach Vidigal by using public transport.
13. Ride the Waves at Arpoador
Tucked into the corner of Ipanema, Arpoador has some of the clearest and warmest waters of the beaches in Rio. During the day, it is a hotspot among surfers who go there to catch the small, neat waves or beach-goers who enjoy the suntrap of the peninsula. The most rewarding time to go is in the evening when you can watch the sunset over the horizon, providing one of Rio’s most vibrant and stunning sunsets.
How to Reach: You can get to Arpoador by bus or metro. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby. Bus – 432, Bus – 455, Bus – 457, Bus – 474 & METRO L1.
Rio lives up to the name as the ‘Marvellous City’. There’s hardly anyone who would not fall hard for the alluring beauty of Rio de Janeiro. With stunning views of mountains, beaches, landmarks and more, this incredible destination has endless entertainment options for everyone, making it a must-visit place.
In February, entire Europe is not under a white blanket of snow. While a part of the continent is bone-chilling cold with a grey sky, the other side of Europe has pleasant weather with a warm climate. And for those who want to fly to warm cities for a winter break in Europe, there are several options to select from. The best thing about these destinations is their short distance from London, which makes the holiday more budget-friendly. Here, we bring you 15 best warm places to visit in Europe in February.
1. Algarve, Portugal
The sun-kissed beaches of Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is the ideal place to bask under the winter sun. With the temperature hovering in between 13 to 17 degrees, it is a perfect short-haul escape from the UK. Despite having a diverse terrain, overwhelming culture and rich culinary scene, this place somehow manages to dodge the holidaymakers. With around 6 hours of sunshine every day in February, it is warm enough to wear a t-shirt and take a stroll along the beaches during the middle of the day.
In February, Algarve hosts Volta ao Algarve, the region’s biggest bicycle race, where participants cover more than 690 kilometres on bicycles. The annual Loulé Carnival and the famous Semana de Chocolate (chocolate week) are also held in the second month of the year.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 17 °C, while the average minimum drops down to 13 °C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Algarve: 2 hour 55 minutes
Popular Attractions: Ponta da Piedade, Cape St. Vincent, Praia da Rocha, Ria Formosa and Praia da Marinha
Madrid, the capital of Spain is another European city to pack your bags in this February. With beautiful architectural landmarks such as Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Royal Theater, the third-largest city in the European Union is one of the best warmplaces to visit in February. While in Madrid, visit the city’s famous museums like Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. The evenings can be made vibrant at one of the many clubs and lounges in the city. In February, Madrid also hosts the annual Carnival featuring live performances, fun activities and theatrical parades. If you are in this city for a winter break in February, be a part of Festival de Arte Sacro, the cultural festival that includes choirs, dance, plays and poetry recitals along with film screenings.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 12 °C, while the average minimum drops down to 4 °C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Madrid: 2 hours 30 minutes
Popular attractions: Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace of Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, El Retiro Park, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Puerta del Sol
Grine or Kyrenia is a picture-perfect destination on the northern coast of Cyprus. The city is hailed for its bewitching landscape coupled with white sandy beaches and cobblestone streets. The city witnesses a modest temperature in February, which is not too hot or cold, making Kyrenia fun to explore. Enjoy the day-long sunshine strolling at the waterfront cobblestone and markets. Don’t forget to visit the Kyrenia Castle and Shipwreck Museum. Alagadi Beach is a perfect place to bask under the warm winter sun. With plenty of shopping spots and casinos, the destination will keep you engaged for the entire February.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 17 °C, while the average minimum drops down to 9°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Kyrenia: 4 hours 40 minutes
Popular attractions: Kyrenia Castle, Shipwreck Museum, Vela Yachting Kyrenia Boat Trips, Icon Museum and Aphrodite Boat Trips
Europe’s most sought-after destination, Barcelona is touched by the Mediterranean Sea and peppered by spectacular beaches like Nova Icaria Beach, Bogatell Beach, Mar Bella Beach and Ocata Beach. The weather in February is relatively cold, but again manageable as sunshine during the day covers up for the chill. The Catalan capital is a cultural hub offering awe-striking architecture, mind-boggling beaches and gorgeous landscape. The culinary scene and nightlife will propel you to explore the city till wee hours. The cherry in the cake is the range of festivals and events organised in February like Barcelona Carnival, Santa Eulàlia Festival, Chinese New Year Celebration and the Llum BCN – Festival Llum.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 15 °C, while the average minimum drops down to 9°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Barcelona: 2 hours 05 minutes
Popular attractions: La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Milà, Gaudi masterpiece housing arts venue, Casa Batlló and La Rambla, Barcelona
A Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, the Canary Islands is the tropics of Spain in winters due to warm temperature and greenery. Situated in the southernmost tip of the country, it receives over 11 hours of sunshine in February. For tourists in search of warm winter sun, the Canary Islands is the ideal destination with copious sunshine. Apart from the sunshine, the sea here is ideal to engage in a range of activities like cliff diving, swimming, snorkelling and more. With plentiful of white sandy beaches, it is undoubtedly the best place to travel in Europe in winter.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 21°C, while the average minimum drops down to 15°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to the Canary Islands: 4 hours 15 minutes
Popular Attractions: Gran Canaria, Mount Teide, Timanfaya National Park, Siam Park and Teide National Park
In February, while the whole of France is under the white blanket of snow, Nice stands out with its daytime temperature touching 13°C. Located on French Riviera, one the south-east coast of the Mediterranean coast and at the foothills of the Alps, this city is nicknamed ‘Nice la Belle’ (Nice is beautiful) for the spectacular beauty it offers. In February, the city hosts the annual Nice Carnival, which is at par with Brazilian and Venetian Carnival. At Nice, a tourist should never miss the Colline du Chateau overlooking the Baie des Anges and harbour. The temperature in February might not be suitable for a sea bath but is ideal for a stroll on the beach. You should also not miss an opportunity to take a walk along the popular Promenade des Anglais or enjoy a picnic at the Parc du Chateau.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 13°C, while the average minimum drops down to 6°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to the Canary Islands: 2 hours 05 minutes
Popular Attractions: Promenade des Anglais, Musée Matisse, French Riviera, Castle of Nice and Marc Chagall National Museum
Monte Carlo, a tiny city in Monaco is known as the playground for rich and famous. Situated on a prominent escarpment at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera, Monte Carlo is famous for Place du Casino, the gambling centre, where millionaires fly down for the extravagant display and reckless dispersal of wealth. In Monte Carlo, take a walk along the coastal Avenue Saint-Martin, featuring some beautiful cliff-side gardens or visit the 19-th century Monaco Cathedral. The Palais du Prince located in old Monaco-Ville and the exclusive Hotel d’Paris are other tourist attractions in the city. With the February day time maximum climate of 12°C, you can also comfortably cycle along the serpentine roads of Col de Braus and enjoy the sunshine.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 12°C, while the average minimum drops down to 7°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Monte Carlo: 2 hours 05 minutes
Popular Attractions: Palais du Prince, Musée Oceanographique, Formula One Monaco Grand Prix and Monaco Harbor
Rome, the capital of Italy, also popularly known as ‘The Eternal City’ is a year-round destination. Located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, along the shores of the Tiber, Rome experiences a warm climate in February, where the maximum day temperature touches 15°C. This makes the city one of the popular places to travel in Europe in February. Rome homes several ancient monuments and museums like Colosseum, Palatine hill, the Baths of Caracalla and Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. While in the city, make sure not to miss Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Galleria d’Arte Antica and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 15°C, while the average minimum drops down to 10°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Rome: 2 hours 35 minutes
Popular Attractions: Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and Pantheon.
Santa Cruz in February is outstanding with temperature floating around 20 °C. The port city is the capital of Tenerife Island and is hailed for its medieval-era buildings such as 1700’s Palacio de Carta and Immaculate Conception. During this month, Santa Cruz turns into a gorgeous city with the sun out. The entire city turns into a party destination as the beaches are full and streets are laden with tourists exploring the city’s rich culture and heritage. Plaza de España is the famous square in the city and a must-visit along with Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, which exhibits local artwork and photography.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 20°C, while the average minimum drops down to 15°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Santa Cruz: 7 hours 20 minutes
Popular Attractions: Playa de Las Teresitas, Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín, Plaza de España, Museum of Nature and Man and Rural de Anaga Park
Valletta is a small city and the capital of Malta. Established on the orders of Knights of St. John in 1500s, Valletta is known for its palaces, churches and museums. The city was named as the European Capital of Culture 2018. In February, Valentine’s Day celebrations make Valletta a romantic escape. The temperature hovers around 16 degrees, making it one of the warmest cities in Europe in February. Stroll around the city’s alleyways and explore monuments like St. John’s Co-Cathedral, The Upper Barrakka Gardens, Fort St. Elmo, The National Library, The Casa Rocca Piccola and St. James Cavalier
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 15°C, while the average minimum drops down to 10°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Valletta: 3 hours and 15 minutes
Popular Attractions: St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Grandmaster’s Palace, Upper Barrakka Gardens, National War Museum – Fort St Elmo and National Museum of Archaeology
Palermo, the beautiful coastal city and capital of Sicily Island is noted for its history, architecture, culture and gastronomy. With good Mediterranean weather, this Italian city is one of the best warm places in Europe to travel in winter. The city houses ancient and medieval era monuments like 12th-century Palermo Cathedral, Teatro Massimo, Palazzo dei Normanni and Cappella Palatina exhibiting the regions glorious past. Palermo is considered as Sicily’s economic, cultural and tourism capital. Peppered with white sandy beaches like Mondello Beach, Spiaggia dell’Arenella and Capo Gallo Reserve, Palermo is perfect to bask under the sun and even swim in the shallow blue seawater.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 15°C, while the average minimum drops down to 10°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Palermo: 2 hour and 55 minutes
Popular Attractions: Norman Palace, Cattedrale di Palermo, Cattedrale di Monreale, Quattro Canti and Massimo Theater.
An island in the southern Aegean Sea, southeast of Greece’s mainland, Santorini is renowned for its whitewashed houses and beaches consisting of red, white and black lava pebbles. In February, the temperature is just perfect with the maximum touching 15 °C. During the day, tourists can enjoy the copious sunshine and explore the town’s rich heritage and history. If you are beach bump, Santorini is full of the spectacular white sandy seashore. Other outdoor venture includes numerous small quaint villages and towns speckled throughout Santorini.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 15°C, while the average minimum drops down to 12°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Santorini: 7 hours
Popular Attractions: Akrotiri, Santorini caldera, Santo Wines, Ancient Thera and Red beach.
Florence in Italy to many is the abode of Renaissance period art and architecture. Every corner of Florence is filled with artistic masterpiece and monuments that changed the course of history during the Renaissance period in Europe. In February, the city experiences cold but is not that extreme and has 5 to 6 hours of regular sunshine. The city is known to cross the 17-degree marks in February and gives relief from bone chill winters of Northern European cities. Tourists can visit the State Museum in Florence and revel in the celebration during St. Valentine’s Day. While in Florence, a tourist should not miss the Historic Center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city also has museums and art galleries, such as Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, which attracts thousands of art lovers every year.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 11°C, while the average minimum drops down to 3°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Florence: 7 hours and 5 minute
Popular Attractions: Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace
This February, fly to Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas in the world. In February, with the average high temperature hovering around 16°C, Naples experiences abundant sunshine, making it an ideal destination for outdoor activities. Located in Southern Italy, the city boasts numerous ancient architecture and buildings like the Duomo di San Gennaro, Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo. Every corner of this city has something for tourists to explore. Certosa di San Martino, a Carthusian monastery at the top of a hill near the city centre, Napoli Sotterranea, the ancient Neapolitan aqueduct and Teatro San Carlo, the famous opera house are places that you should miss to visit in Naples. Don’t miss out the fabulous culinary delights and fantastic wine. Quartieri Spagnoli, Piazza Vittoria and Antignano are famous shopping spots to explore in Naples.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 16°C, while the average minimum drops down to 5°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Vienna: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Popular Attractions: Mount Vesuvius, Naples National Archaeological Museum, Royal Palace of Naples, Ovo Castle and Castel Nuovo
15. Majorca, Spain
Majorca or Mallorca, the largest island in the Balearic Islands is one of the best warm places in Europe to travel in winter. In February, the day temperature will go up to 15°C and with days getting longer and regular sunshine, it is a treat to be in Majorca at this time of the year. The spring vibes start to flow in the air with the blossoming of almond trees. Key sporting events like Powerman Mallorca Duathlon and local carnivals and festive events such as Sa Rua and Sa Rueta set the stage for a month-long holiday in Majorca.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature is 15°C, while the average minimum drops down to 8°C.
Approximate Flight Duration from London to Majorca: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Popular Attractions: Schönbrunn Palace, The Hofburg, Belvedere Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Prater
In February, Europe is not a frozen land but it also has different destinations with sunshine and warm temperature. With these 15 amazing destinations in Europe, why not pack your bag to spend a few days in this February, away from thick blankets and woollen cloths.
In February, most of Europe will be frozen land. So why not take a break to venture to destinations where the weather is warm and welcoming. Fortunately, the world has several warm and budget-friendly places that are waiting for your visit in this month. The merits of packing your bags in February also include low airfare, less crowd and more entertainment.
If you’re undecided about your getaway, we’ve listed out some of the best and warm destinations you can visit in February around the world. Go on, take your family or your beloved or even yourself on a solo trip and explore a new place – from peaceful beaches to tropical escapes and romantic Valentine’s breaks. February is a great month for soaking up the winter sun. Here’s your guide for where to travel in February.
1. Dubai, UAE
Europeans prefer Dubai as a February destination for its warm weather in the month. The temperature in February lurks around a comfortable 20°C, with lows of 15°C and highs of 24°C, making it convenient to hang around shopping avenues, markets and stroll at beaches. In February, Dubai witnesses 8 hours of sunshine, which promises a pleasant climate, different from Europe. And in comparison to Abu Dhabi, the neighbouring city, Dubai has more accommodation options, making it convenient to find a pocket-friendly stay. The city has the presence of several large chain hotels in its premium locations but the rooms can be expensive. With numerous apartment and independent hotels in neighbourhoods, it will be easy to find a budget-friendly room.
A popular holiday destination with a wide range of entertainment options, Dubai is one of the best warm cities for a winter break. The business hub of Middle East, the capital of Emirate of Dubai is home to hundreds of skyscrapers and modern architectural wonders which include Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Opera. The Dubai Fountain on the 12-hectare manmade Burj Khalifa Lake and 780,000 square feet-Dubai Miracle Garden embrace travellers who fly down to the most populous city of the UAE. Being an international shopping hub, Dubai also homes numerous shopping streets, malls and gold souks for you to explore. Travellers arriving in Dubai do not leave without experimenting with the wide range of gastronomical options available here.
Temperature: In February, the minimum temperature can go down to 15°C while the maximum will touch 24°C.
Time to reach from London: It will take approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes to reach Dubai from London
Popular attractions: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Museum, Bastakia (Old Dubai), Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, Dubai Creek & Al Seef District, Jumeirah Mosque, Deira, Dubai Frame, Dubai Aquarium, Burj al-Arab and Jumeirah Beach
With the rest of the Northern Hemisphere gripped in the bitter cold, Marrakesh (Marrakech in French) is one of the best warm cities for a February break. Located in the Kingdom of Morocco, North Africa, at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco and the capital of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi. With an average high temperature of 22°C and lows of 18°C, February is one of the cheapest months to travel to Marrakesh. A cultural, trading and religious centre for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, Marrakesh is nicknamed as the ‘Red City’ or ‘Ochre City’ for its red walls built by Ali ibn Yusuf in 1122–1123 and various buildings constructed in red sandstone during this period.
This February, fly down to Marrakesh to explore the historically significant medina quarter, an old fortified city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 16th-century El Badi Palace, 19th century- Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Mosque and 16th-century Saadian Tombs. One of the sought-after warmtourist places to travel in winter, Marrakesh has over 400 hotels, including several budget ones for accommodation. To make your Valentine’s Day more special, pick one of the many roof-top cafes and bars that offer gorgeous views of the city while serving authentic Moroccan cuisines like briouat, khlea, Moroccan cigars, pastilla and tanjia. To make your holiday more memorable, take a trip to the Sahara Desert, located 220 miles away from the city. Adventure loving travellers can hire a bike and a guide and set out on a 168-mile ride to Tiznit to witness some of the most astounding views.
Temperature: The minimum temperature in February will be 18°C while the maximum will touch up to 22°C making it a comfortable climate to enjoy a holiday.
Time to reach from London: It will take an approximate 3 hours 20 minutes to fly to Marrakesh from London.
Popular attractions: The Medina, Jemaa el-Fnaa, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Mellah, André Heller’s ANIMA, Moroccan Hammam, Spice souks and artisanal markets, The Bahia and Badii Palaces, The Majorelle, Agdal and Menara Gardens and Oasiria Amusement Park
3. Bali, Indonesia
A province of Indonesia, located east of Java and west of Lombok, Bali is the most visited destination of the country. A part of the Coral Triangle, Bali has the highest biodiversity of marine species especially fish and turtles and in this area alone, over 500 reef-building coral species can be found. Subak irrigation system, the 9th-century water management system covering 20,000 hectares of Bali is a UNESCO Worl Heritage Site since 2012 and is one of the best warm places to visit this February, while in Bali. The climate here in February rests at an average low of 22°C, while the average high comes in at 30°C. Since February is not the peak season in Bali, travellers can comfortably avail hotel rooms at lower rates.
A centre for history, arts, culture and cuisines, Bali has numerous tourist attractions in store for you. Kandapat Sari statue, Tirta Empul Temple, Pura Taman Ayun and Ulun Danu Temple are some of the architectural wonders waiting for you in Bali. While in Bali in February, visitthe nearby places like Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur and Ubud to explore the authentic culture and cuisines. Also, never miss the water sports and adventures, which make Bali the tourism capital of Indonesia.
Temperature: In Bali, the climate in February is pleasant with the average low of 22°C and a high of 30°C.
Time to reach from London: The flying time from London to Bali is approximately 12 hours.
Popular attractions: Ulu Watu, Tanah Lot, Mount Batur, Kuta Beach, Nusa Penida Island, Sacred Monkey Forest, Bali Bird and Reptile Park, Sekumpul Waterfalls and Nusa Dua Beach
4. Nassau, The Bahamas
In February, exchange your snowy front yard for the warm watered white beach in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Those with cold feet head towards the tropics. As the year-end holiday crowds have disappeared and before the spring travellers descend in March, have the entire island to yourself. Take in the pristine sands at Cable Beach and Paradise Island, the peaceful lifestyle and 18th-century streets with the aroma of authentic delicacies such as Cracked Conch, Conch Salad, Rock Lobsters and more.
The season’s comfortable daytime temperature fluctuates in between 17°C and 26°C with clear skies ideal for snorkelling or diving at Stuart’s Cove, lingering on pristine beaches and exploring outdoor like Potter’s Cay and Paradise Island Bridge. Take advantage of the fairly quiet region and stroll across the popular Pink Sands beach. You can also consider a diving class after a long lunch on Harbour Island or leisure away the afternoon with a mojito and a novel – need anything more?
Temperature: The climate in Nassau in February is so welcoming with a minimum of 17°C and a maximum of 26°C.
Time to reach from London: The average flying time from London to Nassau is approximately 10 hours.
Popular attractions: Queen’s Staircase, Graycliff for Chocolate & Cigars, dive at Stuart’s Cove, browse the Straw Market, visit Rose Island, explore Pirates of Nassau Museum and play at Aquaventure Waterpark at the Atlantis Resort.
February, with all its central-heated, drizzly, bleah-ness, is a perfect excuse to catch a flight to Tenerife. With sun, sea and sand, you are at the largest of the eight Canary Islands, not much far away from the UK. Hosting about five million tourists a year, the largest island of Spain witnesses numerous festivals in February, which include Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spanish), the second most popular carnival in the world after the one held in Rio de Janeiro. Despite being a tourism season, flights are comparatively cheaper than summer and budget accommodations are also available.
At Tenerife, hike up Mount Teide or visit the UNESCO city of La Laguna or the mountain top village of Masca to explore the Spanish island to its full. With an average temperature of 17.5 ºC, 12 hours of daylight and approximately 8 hours of sunlight, February is the right time to visit Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Macizo de Anaga, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Barranco del Infierno or Hell’s Ravine is popular among hikers but needs prior booking for it. A popular cycling destination, you will witness cyclists throughout the island. Tenerife, with water around, is also a centre of water sports and activities which include surfing, jet skiing, canoeing, speed boating and fishing. A Tenerife holiday is incomplete without tasting the traditional ‘barraquito’, a hot drink made out of vanilla and coffee
Temperature: The average February temperature in Tenerife is ideal for an outdoor holiday with the lowest reaching 15°C and higher touching 21°C.
Time to reach from London: The flying time between Tenerife and London is approximately 4 hours
Popular attractions: Mount Teide National Park, Siam Park, Playa de las Teresitas Beach, Whale and Dolphin Watching, Loro Parque, Aqualand, Museum of Science and the Cosmos, Caving in Cueva del Viento and Masca Village
Indeed, the magic of Algarve is better experienced in ‘out of the season’ months like February. Less crowd, pleasant climate and several cultural events – A trip to Algarve in February are worthy. The southernmost region of Portugal covering 4997 km2 with a vast coastline notable for picturesque limestone caves and grottoes is a three-hour fly away from London. Though the day temperatures average around 17°C, it feels like mid 20’s when the sun is out, making it convenient to sunbathe or stroll over the beach in t-shirts. With few tourists touching down Algarve in this season, there will be ample space for water sports and adventures. Also while in Algarve in February, be a part of ‘Volta ao Algarve’ – aka the Portuguese tour de France, the cycling race through its landscapes, in which 25 world’s best cycling teams participate.
To make the city break in February the best, opt for a Rodrigues seaside walk or take a ride to Albufeira, the party spot in Algarve. For history lovers, a visit to Silves, the Redstone castle and Lagos, the old inner city inside the remnants of a protective wall are highly recommended.
Temperature: In February, the temperature in Algarve comes down to 8°C, which will reach 17°C in daylight that will feel like the mid-20s.
Time to reach from London: Algarve is just nearby London and can be reached in 3 hours by air.
Popular attractions: The Strip, Cataplana, The Ponta da Piedade, The Bone Chapel in Faro, Anchor cemetery and Praia do Barril (beach), Silves castle and town walls, Cabo de Sao Vicente (coastline), Praia da Marinha (beach) and The Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (hiking trail)
7. Colombo, Sri Lanka
February is the best time to explore the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo. It falls right between two rainy seasons and the warm temperatures and low rainfall make it an ideal tourist destination. The usual temperature during February in Colombo is 27°C daily, which can touch 31°C or drop to 23°C. Be sure to visit Beira Lake, where you can experience adventure, pilgrimage spots and picnic at a single place. To soak up the greenery of the country, a 2-hour train ride is all you need from Colombo to Kandy. You’ll cross rain forests, large fields, spot elephants, ancient sites and temples as well.
While in Colombo in this February, get a taste of the busy city life, go shopping at Paradise Road or Good Market, explore traditional restaurants and cafes such as Dilmah T-Lounge, Kemara and the nightlife district at Alfred House Ave or Galle Rd. If you’re there on the first week of February, you’ll be able to be a part of Sri Lanka’s National Day on 4th February in the capital. Witness cultural performances, parades and food fests. To enjoy the best of the countryside, Sathutu Uyana and Ella are second to none. Do not forget to explore Yala National Park for rare wildlife spotting and key UNESCO Heritage Sites, Colombo Zoologican Gardens or walk through the 12-acre Galle Face Green Promenade. For shopaholics, a visit to the Pettah Market and Paradise Road is a must during their Colombo holiday.
Temperature: The average daily temperature of Colombo is 27°C, which can touch 31°C or drop to 23°C.
Time to reach from London: The flying distance from London to Colombo via air is 10 hours
Popular attractions: Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, National Museum of Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park, Independence Memorial Hall, Beira Lake, Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Seema Malaka, Dutch Period Museum, Old Parliament Building, Pettah Floating Market and Attidiya Bird Sanctuary
Nairobi has all the warm flavours that can be enjoyed in February. Kenya’s capital city offers amazing wildlife, from big beasts to the tall green grasses of Savannah. Safaris and nature trails are particularly famous in the capital city, especially for the wildebeest, cheetahs and zebras abound in the area. February is the peak of summer here with temperature touching up to 28°C and hence, the high season that makes the city one of the best warm places to visit in February. While in Nairobi, take a 6.5-hour drive to Masai Mara National Park, spread over 580 sq. mi. In this time of the year, Masai Mara sees the least precipitation and due to less water, the animals are lured out to watering holes. This leads to better, more frequent sightings and hence more crowd.
The countryside of Laikipia, 118 miles away from Nairobi, is also a better option for safari lovers to spot elephants in their natural habitat. If you’re adventurous, February is the right time to explore water adventures in Nairobi as the seawater quite clear. With an hour plane ride from Nairobi to Mombasa, you can be at Copacabana Beach, Mombasa. Diani Beach is another good option to take in the sea, sun and sand. Enjoy snorkelling, diving and other water-based activities here.
Temperature: In February, the average temperature in Nairobi will be 21ºC, which can reach up to 28º C and can drop down to 13º C.
Time to reach from London: The approximate flying time from London to Nairobi is 8 hours.
Popular attractions: Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi National Museum, Railway Museum and Ngong Hills.
9. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok needs no introduction. Be it about beaches, islands, nightlife, shopping or Thai food, it truly redefines the phrase ‘Asian Paradise’. In Bankok, the most visited tourist destination in the world, the average temperature in February is 28°C and rains are almost over. With such a pleasant climate, travellers will find it convenient to explore its street life, cultural landmarks as well as red-light districts.
Apart from being the economic centre of Thailand, the capital city is also a hub of entertainment, fashion, arts and culture. Tourists fly down to Bangkok to explore the city’s tourist attractions like the Grand Palace, Buddist temples like Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Suthat and Golden Mount. The city also homes several museums such as the National Museum, Museum of Siam and the King Prajadhipok Museum, which speaks about the cultural glorious past of the country. While in Bangkok, you also should not miss the 18th-century Phra Sumen Fort, Queen Saovabha Institute Snake Farm and Siam Ocean World. To witness the happening life in Bangkok, you need to be at Sukhumvit Road Bangkok, Silom Road Bangkok, Khao San Bangkok, Soi Cowboy Bangkok or Nana Plaza Bangkok.
You’re not far from some of the best beaches in Bangkok. The Gulf of Thailand is just a 2-hour drive from Bangkok and Koh Samet and Koh Lan are 2.5 hours away respectively. Go shopping in famous markets like Chatuchak, MBK Mall, Siam and Terminal 21. Explore Elephant Nature Park, limestone rocks of Phang Nga Bay and the tribes of North, namely Akha, Lisu and Karen. For festivals in February, Chinese Lunar New Year is a grand spectacle in the China Town area of Bangkok and Valentine’s Day, a revered day of love all over.
Temperature: The average day temperature in February in Bangkok is 28°C, with the maximum reaching 33°C and the minimum dropping down to 24°C.
Time to reach from London: The approximate flying time from London to Bangkok is 11 hours.
Popular attractions: Chao Phraya River, Wat Pho Bangkok, Chatuchak Market, Chinatown, Soi Cowboy, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Siam Paragon, Muang Boran, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat and Wat Suthat
Fondly known as the Mother City, the South African port city of Cape Town is another place you should visit this February. Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town is famous for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region and landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point. February marks the end of summer and the city is blessed with hot and sunny days that often push temperatures over 30°C. Since this is the dry season and rain is uncommon, most days have clear blue skies. Evenings are generally mild and pleasant, which is good for exploring beautiful sceneries, age-old architecture, lively nightlife and relish African cuisine.
The scenic town also boasts a couple of festivals that take place in February. Cocktails, music and art are a few of them. While in Capetown, watch the Sun Met horseback racing in February. Take part in Summer Wine Feast, Nederburg Harvest Festival, Wolfie Familie Festival, Robertson Wine Valley Fest and SA Cocktail Week to explore the wide range of gastronomical options offered. The ‘With You’ Festival is one of the best places in the world for techno music lovers. The Cape Town Tens is another event that mixes casual sports with drinking dining and dancing and is very popular among the locals. Lastly, The Wolfie Family Festival is the one that will truly acquaint you to the city’s spirit.
Temperature: Cape Town has a warm climate in February with a high of 29° C and low of 17°C.
Time to reach from London: It will take approximately 11 hours to reach Cape Town from London via air.
Popular attractions: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Robben Island, Sea Point Promenade, Clifton Beach, Cape Winelands, Old Biscuit Mill, Camps Bay and African penguin colony
So, we assume you’ve finally selected your destination. A place you can get soaked in the sun, explore new excitements and get rid of those frosty winters. Pack your bags and kick-start your journey right away to a new destination to make this February a special one.
The holiday season is officially over in January. This is also the time when you’ll find cheaper prices and fewer crowds. Europe is gorgeous throughout the year, both in winter and summer. The trick is to know where to travel at different times of the year. If you want to avoid the jam-packed airports and heavy traffic of the holiday season, January is a great time to visit Europe. You might miss out on some magical experiences but you can take advantage of fewer crowds, cheaper prices and picturesque winter wonderlands. Here is our list of 15 best places to visit in January in Europe:
1. Tenerife, Canary Island
With spectacular beaches and mild warm climate, Tenerife is an ideal place to travel in Europe this winter. In January, the largest of the eight Canary Islands, Tenerife experiences an average temperature of 17 °C, with the maximum touching 20°C and the minimum dropping down to 14°C. A part of Spain, Tenerife homes volcanoes like the famous 3,700m tall Mount Teide or the 2,400m tall Roque de los Muchachos, where adventure-loving tourists you can go hiking. The city of Laguna and Teide National Park are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tenerife that you should not miss while on a holiday. For history lovers, there is the History and Anthropology Museum of Tenerife that speaks about the island’s past. Take time to go off-roading on the dunes or try the local cuisine. If you’re here in January, make sure to check out the Canary Islands International Music Festival.
Average Temperature: In January, the maximum day temperature will touch 21° C, while the lowest will drop down to 15°C.
Top attractions: Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the Church of the Conception of La Laguna, Cueva Pintada Museum, Pico del Teide & Santa Ana Cathedral and Cave of the Guanches
2. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, the Portuguese capital is a great city for a winter break in January in Europe. With the maximum temperature hitting 15°C this month, it is time to beat the summer crowds. Since it is an off-peak season unlike June to August, finding budget accommodation within the city will be easy. Also, you can experience the slow pace of the city. In Lisbon, do explore the local cuisines like Bacalhau à brás, Carne de Porco Alentejana and Caracois.
Get to the top of the Torre de Belem, the 16-century fortification and a UNESCO Heritage Site to admire the panoramic view of the ocean. You can also go surfing around Lisbon all year long. There are numerous surf spots dotted around the city but some remain closed in the colder months. January is also synonymous with the winter sale in Portugal and if you want to take the advantage, go to Avenida da Liberdade with its plenty of luxurious fashion stores, such as Burberry, Miu Miu, and Gucci or try the Chiado neighbourhood with its numerous cafes and quaint little shops.
Top Attractions: The National Museum of Ancient Art, the National Azulejo Museum, Pena Palace, Tower of Belem & Castelo de S. Jorge and Jerónimos Monastery
Average Temperature: In January, the maximum temperature hits 15°C and the minimum can drop down to 8°C.
3. Barcelona, Spain
If you want Barcelona all to yourself, January is the right time to visit here. In the first month of the year, the city on the coast of northeastern Spain is relatively free from mass tourism but perfect to experience the rich culture of this Catalan capital. It does get a bit cold up in the north but it’s always great to be here. The city is worth a visit all year long. The average temperature at day time is between 10 and 15°C, with January and February being the coldest months and some snow. But, it happens only at every alternate year with only a few snowflakes, nothing you can’t handle. Barcelona is less crowded in January with low hotel and flight prices. It is a magnificent seaside city with rich culture, fabled architecture and a lively drinking and dining scene. La Sagrada Familia – the landmark Gaudí-designed church, Park Güell with its sculptural structures and Casa Mila are some of the must-visit attractions in the city.
Top attractions: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Vicens, Sagrada Família and Casa Batllo
Average Temperature: In January, Barcelona experiences a minimum temperature of 9°C, which can go up to 15° C.
4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
It is always a different experience to celebrate the New Year in Amsterdam but if you have missed it, you can always visit in the latter days of January when the entire city is filled with art installations for the Amsterdam Light Festival that ends on January 19. There are over 30 different light installations to explore around the city if you are visiting during this month. You can also try ice skating at Ice Amsterdam at Museumplein. The Dutch capital city also celebrates National Tulip Day on January 18, when you can admire a variety of tulips or pick some in Dam Square.
The 17th-century canals and the 19th-century Defence Line of Amsterdam, two UNESCO World Heritage Centers that you should not miss in this city. An alpha-world city, Amsterdam’s main attractions include its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, the Concertgebouw and the Anne Frank House. The city is also famous for its nightlife with its red-light district and cannabis coffee shops.
Top attractions: The Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Natura Artis Magistra, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Vondelpark and Museum het Rembrandthuis
Average temperature: In January, the temperature in the Dutch capital will be between 1°C and 6°C, making it one of the best city breaks in January.
5. Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo conjures images of a glamorous bygone era and this Mediterranean port has been a timeless playground for the famous and elites for more than 150 years. If you are here at the end of January, do not miss the Monte Carlo Rally. The rally might not be as exciting as the main event but still brings parties and excitement to the city. While you’re here, be sure to check out the iconic Monte Carlo Casino, from the James Bond movies. Stop by the Oceanographic Museum to learn about the diverse marine life or go for souvenir shopping at the Metropole Shopping Centre. Monte Carlo holds extraordinary experiences for the travellers.
Top attractions: Casino de Monte Carlo, Cathedrale de Monaco and Jardin Exotique
Average temperature: The average temperature in January is between 8° C and 12° C, making Monte Carlo one of the best European cities to visit in winter.
6. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is popular for its Christmas markets, but you can enjoy its rich history and culture in January without the holiday crowds. The city looks pretty in winter with its charming streets and imperial architecture basked in twinkling light. Stop into a local cafe to experience its rich coffee house culture after a day of touring the city. If you’re visiting Vienna for the New Year, try following the New Year’s Eve trail, Silveterpfad that takes you to different stages with live music. The city squares turn magical with endless stalls selling souvenirs and hot mulled wine. Winter in Vienna is amazing and the whole atmosphere, in general, is very different than other times of the year which is why it is enlisted as one of the top places to travel in Europe in winter.
Top Attractions: Albertina, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Schloss Schönbrunn, Mozarthaus Vienna, Hundertwasserhaus and Hofburg palace complex
Average Temperature: The average temperature in Vienna in January is between 0°C and 4° C.
7. Munich, Germany
Southern Germany is lovely throughout the year, but it is especially majestic during winter when it turns into a snowy wonderland. It is the ultimate cold-weather playground where you could enjoy sledding down a mountain or cosy up in a luxe hotel or relish your drinks in a tavern. You can base yourself in the city of Munich and opt for the day trips to several nearby places such as Salzburg or Austria. You can also visit the former house of the royal family Munich Residenz, which is also the largest city palace in Germany. January is also the best time to visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, situated on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Fussen in southwest Bavaria and renowned as an inspiration for Cinderella’s castle at Walt Disney World. It looks even prettier and magical, completely covered in snow.
Top attractions: Neuschwanstein Castle, Schloss Nymphenburg, Schloss Dachau Marienplatz, Theatinerkirche, BMW Museum, Deutsches Museum and Linderhof Palace
Average temperature: In January, Munich experiences a minimum temperature of 2° C and maximum of 7° C.
8. Gstaad, Switzerland
January is a good time to visit western Switzerland with tons of great skiing opportunities, fitting every level — from beginners to experts. With its celebrity-ridden ski resorts, it’s easy to forget that Gstaad is just a village with a budget-friendly side and plenty of cows. So what makes it so popular amongst the super-rich? There’s the skiing, of course. And the Swiss tax and banking regime also play a big role. Gstaad is located in a valley at the heart of the Bernese Oberland, surrounded by smooth slopes. And hence, skiing is a must-try activity while you’re here. You can even go for night skiing at Rinderberg that stays open late. The nearby town of Château-d’Oex hosts a nine-day hot air balloon festival in January every year and the majestic snow-capped mountains make a perfect backdrop for the hundreds of colourful balloons decorating the blue sky.
Top attractions: Wispile, Gruyeres Castle and Col du Pillon
Average temperature: The maximum temperature in Gstaad in January will drop down to -3° while the maximum will reach 5° C
9. Sierra Nevada, Spain
Home to Europe’s southern-most ski fields, Sierra Nevada boasts warm sunshine and the longest ski season in Europe. If you want to go skiing without frigid temperatures, this is the best place to be! The mountain range in Spain is only a 1-hour drive away from Granada, where you can reach from London via air and with a two-hour drive, you can reach the beach. While you’re here, be sure to check out the stunning Alhambra in nearby Granada that dates back to the 13th century, which served as the home to King Charles V and Queen Isabel during the 16th century. You can also hire a car and drive from Granada stopping along the mountain road and taking scenic pictures of nature around.
Top attractions: Lanjaron, Mountain Scenery in Berchules, Route to Pico de Veleta and the Mountain Village of Trevelez
Average temperature: In January, Siera Nevada will witness the minimum -7° C, which can go high up to 3° C
10. Rovaniemi, Finland
With white snow all around, Rovaniemi is one of the best places to visit in Europe in January. While on a winter day, get around on a snowmobile or a reindeer sleigh. While on a stay in this city located between the hills of Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara, try hands in snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or ice fishing. Rovaniemi is also great for walking tours with several museums, where you’ll learn more about the history and culture of this Finnish town. You can buy a Culture Pass to visit Museum Arktikum and learn about the history of Lapland and Arctic research, get a glimpse of northern contemporary art in the Korundi House of Culture and get familiar with the northern forests at Science Centre Pilke. Rovaniemi is the official town of Santa Claus, where Christmas can be experienced year-round in places like Santa Claus Village and SantaPark.
Top attractions: Pilke Science Centre, Korundi House of Culture, German Soldier Cemetery and Museum Arktikum
Average temperature: In January, the temperature in this Finnish town will be between 8° to -16° C.
11. Prague, Czech Republic
There is no bad time to visit Prague but the city transforms into a winter wonderland in January with snow-dusted St. Charles Bridge and Old Town’s church spires. Add some of Europe’s best Christmas markets outside of Germany and you have a holiday frontrunner, where even the weariest traveller will succumb to the trdelník (fried dough) and a glass of mulled wine. Prague is renowned for its historical buildings covered in red roof tiles and during winter this snow-covered architecture is a vision straight from the fairy tale. For the best view of the city, try the Prague Castle viewpoint or the Petrin Lookout Tower. January also sees fewer tourists, which means photos opportunities are even better when you can have Charles Bridge or the grounds of Prague Castle mostly to yourself.
Top attractions: Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square and St. Vitus Cathedral
Average temperature: In January, Prague will experience a minimum temperature of -1° C, which will go up to 3° C in the daytime.
12. Bergen, Norway
With vibrant wooden structures, scenic harbour and sweeping views of the surrounding fjords – Bergen has all the makings of an idyllic Nordic village. Seeing the famous fjords is a must for any visitor. While you’re here, you can also visit the UNESCO’s World Heritage site of Nærøyfjorden, voted the world’s most unspoiled tourist destination by National Geographic. Bergen looks beautiful in the summer but it’s only during the winter months that you get to view the Northern Lights. So if you’re going to be in Scandinavia in January, you might as well tick this off your bucket list. Remember to check out Oslo, where you can take a fjord cruise or get a glimpse of vast Nordic history at the Viking Ship Museum. While you’re there, visit the old-fashioned café Frognerseteren that has views of the Oslofjorden and serves delicious apple pie, hot chocolate and Norwegian waffles.
Top attractions: Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, Mount Fløyen (Fløyfjell), Grieg Museum and Hanseatic Museum
Average temperature: In January, the average temperature in Bergen will be between 0°C and 4°C.
13. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia with a real-life fairy-tale setting. A visit to here during December is perfect to see the Baroque architecture surrounded by Christmas lights but you can decide to dodge the crowds and book a trip after the holidays in January when the city won’t be filled with overly-excited tourists and you’ll have a lot of room to stroll the pedestrian-only Old Town and sip coffee in peace by the riverside cafés. Ljubljana is also the perfect base for Slovenian day trips so make sure to add Lake Bled and the Julian Alps to your itinerary.
Top attractions: Ljubljana Castle, Dragon Bridge and Tivoli City Park
Average temperature: While in Ljubljana in January, you will experience a maximum temperature of 3°C, which will drop down to -2° C at night.
14. Venice, Italy
Venice gets overcrowded during peak season and attempts have been made recently to limit the number of tourists visiting the city. And this makes January the best time to venture the north-eastern city of Italy, which is also known by the nickname La Serenissima (The Serene). You’ll find the canals quiet and shrouded in mist and hotels at discounted rates. You can visit St. Mark’s Basilica in peace and click photographs. Travelling to Venice during winter allows you to experience the city at a much slower pace where you can soak up the rich history and culture. The city’s unique architecture and canals turn magical and the lack of crowd lets you experience it completely. A holiday in Venice in the first month of the year is one of the best EuropeanCity Breaks in January.
Top attractions: Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square
Average temperature: In January, the minimum temperature in Italy will be 0°, but the maximum can go up to 7° C.
15. Palermo, Sicily
Palermo in Sicily is another sunny destination to visit in January and it’s worth it to rent a car and drive all over Sicily while exploring its tiny villages from Palermo to Catania. However, someplace remains closed during the off-season. The gorgeous island of Sicily in the heart of Mediterranean has long seduced travellers with its diverse landscapes and cultural treasures. Sicily’s varied landscape with sparkling seas and sky-high mountains keeps the travellers awestruck. It makes for a stunning backdrop of outdoor activities. Whether it’s Etna in Catania or the sparkling Golfo di Castellammare in Palermo – every scenery makes a dramatic first impression in the mind of a visitor.
Top attractions: Mount Etna, Valley of Temples, Stromboli and Island of Ortigia
Average temperature: While in Palermo in January, you will experience a warm climate, where the temperature drops down to 16°C at night and goes up to 20°C in the day time.
So what are you waiting for? Plan a January holiday in magical Europe and get ready for an extraordinary experience – one that you will cherish for a long time!
The only island country in the Middle East and an archipelago consisting of 33 islands, the Kingdom of Bahrain is the most sought-after tourist destination in the Arabian peninsula. The name Bahrain is derived from the Arabic term al-bahrayn, meaning ‘two seas’, which are said to mean both the saltwater oceans and the freshwater springs that exist beneath them.
Bahrain offers travellers the chance to discover true Arabia and has a huge variety of things to do. From ancient forts, desert and beaches to night clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes, the country have everything that a tourist can ask for. However, remember that Bahrain experiences two different climatic conditions, extreme summer from May to October that exceeds 40°C and winter from November to April, where the averages are between 20 and 25°C. To help you plan your trip to Bahrain, we’ve rounded up the best 5 things to do in the city.
1. Capture the Sunset at Bahrain Fort, Bahrain Island
It’s winter and the city is alive. People are making most of the winter sun, especially at the Bahrain Fort, which is one of the famous tourist sites in Bahrain. During the sunset, people gather around the fort located at Bahrain Island. Families, couples, solo travellers and photographers, all throng at Bahrain Fort to experience the best of Bahrain. Get an insight into the 5,000 years of Dilmun history and wait till the golden floodlights lit up. The illuminated ancient walls surely have an interesting tale to tell.
How to reach: To reach Bahrain Fort, all you need is a 10-minute drive to the west of Manama and the majestic Bahrain Fort stares out across the Gulf just 4 miles away. The closest stations to Bahrain Fort are Qalat Al Bahrain-1, 2, 3 & 4
Attractions around the Fort: Seef Mall, Uptown Village, Ad-Diraz Temple and Camel Farm
2. Go Diving for Pearls in the Waters of the Gulf in Muharraq
For more than 2,000 years, Bahrain’s pearls are believed to be the best in the world. No wonder this Arabian country was the centre of pearl trade for long centuries. And visitors at Bahrain do not leave a chance to dive for pearls. All diving excursions originate at Ras Rayyah, the northern tip of Muharraq. For beginners or visitors without a diving instructors license, Sayah shore is the best option for shallow pearl diving. Take a boat trip out to explore the turquoise waters for the treasures yourself. Delve into another world as you plunge in the Gulf waters. Pearls grow inside oyster shells and you are allowed to collect up to 60 oysters, which are taken back to the surface for inspection. The best part is that the pearls you find are yours forever.
How to reach: Muharraq is located at a short distance of about 2.5m from Manama. So, a journey to Muharraq has to be routed through Manama. Upon reaching Muharraq, take a boat ride to Ras Rayyah, the northern tip of Muharraq.
Attractions around Muharraq: Beit Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa building, Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Bin Matar House, Al Korar House and Qalat Arad
Located in the heart of Adliya, Block 388 is a trendy hub for fine dining that is packed with restaurants, cafes and shops. Observe the slow-moving traffic while making a walk through the alleys. And the aroma of grubs from the roadside eateries might make your stomach growl. Find a seat at a restaurant and enjoy live music while relishing your dish. Whether you’re craving a fancy feast, a traditional fare or just a soothing drink, there is something for everyone.
How to reach: Take Bus Line #1 from Manama to Adliya, which is 1 hour 25 minutes away. You can also hire a metered taxi from your destination.
Attractions around Adliya: Adliya is a small place in Bahrain, where you can find cafes, art galleries, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, including popular bars.
4. Go Karting at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
Opened 365 days a year, the Bahrain International Circuit has a world-class karting track with a 3.3 mile slow corners and long straights. Located right in the middle of dunes with severe desert conditions, the place witnesses a thriving crowd throughout the year. Whether you’re a die-hard racer or a beginner in racing career, there are off-track training and live track sessions to fuel the passion within you.
How to reach: Take a bus or cab from Manama, which will take you to the Int’l Circuit in just 45 minutes.
Attractions around Bahrain International Circuit: Saudi Causeway Restaurant Tower, Bab Al Bahrain Building, Al Jessayah Beach and Bahrain National Museum.
It’s a majestic and one-of-a-kind experience rising from the desert. The pureblood Arabian breed is second to none and is an important part of Bahrain’s history. Take a ride towards the setting sun or ride your horse through the serene villages and ancient cultural sites to make your Bahrain holiday a memorable affair.
How to reach: From the Diplomatic Area, take a bus – 13, 41 or A2 to reach the horse riding destination on Karbabad Beach.
Attractions around Karbabad Beach: Marassi Al Bahrain, Jazair Beach, The Ritz Carlton Beach and Amwaj.
Bahrain – the country where a thousand-year history rubs shoulders with modern skyscrapers. The attractions and leisure spots here extend to world-class museums, two UNESCO world heritage sites, white sand beaches, amazing wildlife and several others. Doesn’t matter what kind of getaway you’d prefer, Bahrain has your demand for its tourism platter.
Peru is an incredible country filled with astounding history, culture, beauty, adventure and endless possibilities for travellers. The diversity of the landscape and its people make it one of the most unique destinations on the continent of South America. From the capital city of Lima’s museums, a boat ride on the world’s highest navigable lake or a walk through the ancient ruins in the Sacred Valley to hiking in the Andes and the mysteries of the Nazca Lines, there are so many spectacular sights and experiences that planning a trip may seem exhausting – but don’t worry, we have you covered. Check out our list of 10 must-see Peru tourist attractions that you must include in your itinerary for an incredible holiday.
1. Explore the Real Amazon at Parque Nacional Manu
Peru is only South American country where one can experience the different forms of the Amazon jungle that starts from Carhuasanta, stretching to the Andes and the Amazon basin on the other side. Manu National Park (Parque Nacional del Manú in Spanish), established in 1973 is Peru’s best-protected national park and one of the most bio-diverse in the world, with over 1,000 birds and over 200 mammal species. The park is located in the regions of Madre de Dios and Cusco. Here, you can catch glimpses of exotic beings and wild animals such as the pink dolphin, jaguar and monkeys. The national park spread over an area of 1,716,295.22 hectares which comprises mountainous areas (traversed by creeks and valleys) with elevations close to 4,000 m above sea level and a portion of the Amazon Basin plains was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Tourists visiting the park can indulge in multiple adventure activities.
Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Manu National Park is during the dry season from April to November. Avoid the rainy season (February to March), when access through road or air gets difficult.
How to reach: Access to the park is only possible if you’re travelling with an organized tour and authorised permit. The tour begins from Cosco and takes about six to eight hours to reach the park.
2. Explore the Inca trail and Find a Way to Machu Picchu
The most popular trail in Peru, none matches the beauty and history of the Inca Trail. It includes the stuff of travel legends, a four-or five-day trek along the ancient road between soaring mountains to get to the secret city of Machu Pichhu. This holy trail is one of the world’s greatest, going through stone Inca stairways to pass deserted villages and fields terraced onto steep Andean slopes.
Concerned about ecological impacts, the Peruvian government has placed a cap on the number of people taking the trail per season, as a result of which booking is mandatory. Every day, a maximum of 500 people are permitted on the trail, out of which only 200 are trekkers, the rest being guides and porters. One of Peru’s most impressive tourist attractions, hike the Inca Trail on your visit to Peru. However, remember that the trail is closed every February for cleaning and hence, if Inca Trail is in your list, avoid February
Best Time to Visit: Inca trail is closed in February, every year for cleaning and hence, you need to avoid this month for the trail. All other months of the year are ideal for the trail.
How to Reach: The 3-night hike starts from one of the two points: 88 km (55 miles) or 82 km (51 miles) from Cusco on the Urubamba River, all the way to Machu Picchu via Sun Gate (also called Inti Punku).
3. Explore the Surquillo Market and Eat Adventurously
Over the past few decades, Peru has turned into a foodie destination. The food scene has exploded especially in Lima that is now considered the gastronomical capital of Latin America. The city boasts two of the world’s top 10 restaurants in the world. It’s hard to beat fresh seafood with the Pacific Ocean being so close. Young chefs from every part of the country are creating some of the most exciting dishes on the planet. Surquillo Market in Lima is a food hot spot and one of the best markets in the city. Opt for a walking tour of the market and you’ll see a variety of local vegetables that you probably have never heard of. You can also find a wide range of dry goods, spices and many other rare food items here. At the center of the market, there are little food kiosks that prepare unique seafood dishes with the daily catch. A visit to the market is an excellent way to taste traditional Peruvian food.
How to Reach: The market is located in the district of Surquillo, just a few blocks from Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. You can reach here after a 10-minute walk from Av. Ricardo Palma.
Best time to visit: Surquillo Market is ideal for a visit round the year. And the best time of the day is the late morning when everybody is busy with their routine.
Delicacies that you should not miss: Ceviche, spiced with red onion and aji pepper, and served with sweet potato and Rocoto Rolleno, red bell stuffed with spiced, sautéed ground beef and hard-boiled egg.
Most travellers overlook the charms of the capital city, Lima and move to tourist hubs like Cusco and Arequipa. However, Lima is no less than any fascinating tourist destination with numerous attractions and is one of the best places in Perutovisit on a holiday. The city has mountains and jungles mere hours away. Lunahuana, located 187 km south of Lima, is home to numerous vineyards and also offers great opportunities for white water rafting. If you’re a historical buff, travel 200 kilometres east to Tarma and visit the adobe buildings that belongs back to pre-Colombian times, with South America’s deepest cave Sima Pumacocha, nearby. Lima is also home to the best and most famous museums in the country. Museo Larco and Museo de Arte de Lima are some of the most popular ones that display Peru’s great history, where you can spend your days exploring the ancient art and erotic pottery.
Best time to visit: December to March is the ideal time to visit Lima when it’s warm with plenty of sunshine.
How to reach: Jorge Chávez International Airport serves the city of Lima and connecting flights are available from London that takes about 15 hours 30 minutes approximately.
5. Spend a day with the Condors at Cañón del Colca
Cañón del Colca, one of the world’s deepest canyons is a place that you should not miss while in Peru. Located in southern Peru, 160 kilometres northwest of Arequipa, this is the third most visited place in Peru with the footfall of 120,000 visitors annually. The 62-mile canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and is also the place where mighty condors rule the roost. Come in the morning to Cruz del Condor viewpoint to watch these majestic birds. Watch them in action as they soar above your head in the sky and make their way down to the canyon, disappearing out of sight. The region is also home to ruins from pre-Incan and Incan societies, as well as various Spanish structures.
Best time to visit: Colca Canyon can be visited at any time of year but we recommend to go between March and June when the condors are most active and the trails are in great condition.
How to reach: An organised group or a private tour is the best way to visit Colca. Tours start from Arequipa and take approximately three to four hours to get inside the Canyon.
Most travellers get out of Cusco as soon as they complete Macchu Picchu and the Inca Trail but if you are willing to extend your stay by a day or two, explore the Historical Capital of Peru, which has several gems to offer. Take a Boleto Turistico del Cusco pass to gain access to 15 key historic sites inside and around the city. Head to Sacsayhuamán overlooking the city and walk back to Cusco strolling through the San Blas neighbourhood, popular for its galleries and boutiques.You can alsovisit the Sacred Valley, the valley of the Urubamba River and explore the historic Inca sites at Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. Cusco was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and hosts around 2 million visitors a year. While on a visit here, you should also make sure not to miss pre-Incan salt pans at Maras.
Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Cusco is from June to mid-September when the city sees fewer rain showers and temperatures hover around mid to upper 60s Fahrenheit.
How to reach: The quickest way to reach Cusco is to take a flight from Lima that takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Buses are also available but they can be time-consuming.
Located 60 kilometres east of Lima, Marcahuasi is a plateau in the central Andes known for its enormous stone sculptures that are a part of the stone forest. It contains dozens of megaliths and mysterious monuments that resemble human faces and animals and is one of the places to visit in Peru on a holiday. The origin of these carved figures is still unknown and has been the subject of countless debates, with some claiming that they were created by aliens. Out of all the monuments in Peru, Marcahuasi with its stone faces structures have one of the most compelling stories.
Best time to visit: To visit Marcahuasi, opt the dry season from May to October, when the weather will be more pleasant and welcoming.
How to reach: Take a cab from Lima to Marcahuasi, which will take about five hoursby road.
Faint-hearted vacationers, please excuse. This is not for you. Urubamba River rafting is reserved for tourists aspiring for extreme adventures. If you are one among them, it is your chance to raft down class III and IV rapids of Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley, located at a short distance from Cusco. Undertake this adventure with a professional guide and a group of friends and see what the thrill is all about. It is a great way to escape the busy city life of Cusco and raft your way through world-class rapids.
Best time to visit: Rafting is possible only during the dry season, that too on some specific sections, like the one between Huambutio and Pisac. So make sure to plan the trip accordingly.
How to reach: Take a 1.5 hour journey from Cusco by road to reach the point at Urubamba River to experience the adventurous rafting.
The largest lake in South America, Lake Titicaca in the Andes is renowned for its man-made islands, built out of reeds by the Uros people who live in a collection of traditional houses on these islands, each differing slightly from the other. These surreal islands over 70 in total were created centuries ago for the defensive purpose to escape from invaders. The uniqueness of Uros Floating Islands is the material used in its construction that was created completely out of buoyant Totora reeds, that grows on the lake’s surface. These dense roots are piled on top of each other until an island is formed. Since the bottom starts rotting over time, new layers are needed continuously to be added to the top. One of the bestthings to do in Peru is to visit Floating Reeds on Lake Titicaca.
Best time to visit: Dry season from May to October is the ideal time to visit the floating reeds and to experience it better, you need to plan the trip accordingly.
How to reach: Take a one-hour flight from Cusco to reach Juliaca and take a bus or taxi from there to Puno to reach Lake Titicaca to visit the Floating Reeds.
The Nazca Lines found in the arid Peruvian desert have long puzzled both experts and tourists. Researchers have spent their entire lives trying to make sense out of these mysterious lines in the ground without coming to a clear, unanimous conclusion. A UNESCO heritage site, it was first discovered by Toribio Mejia Xesspe, a Peruvian archaeologist in the late 1920s and you must take a plane ride to see the images carved into the ground clearly and experience the wonder yourself. Although it is not known who created these lines and why it is believed that these lines were the product of the Paracas and Nazca cultures between 900 BC and AD 600. As to why these were created, some suggest the lines were a type of astronomical calendar, some say it was an alien landing pad or a track that joined the ceremonial sites or perhaps a part of a water cult.
Best time to visit: Since Nazca Lines are more visible in the dry season from May to October, tourists are advised to visit this site during this time of the year.
How to reach: The best way to witness Nazca Lines is from the top and hence, it is better to opt for an air ride from Nazca airport. Since Nazca’s tiny airport doesn’t serve passenger flights, you need to take a bus from Lima, which will take around seven hours to reach Nazca.
Peru is one of those countries that is fascinating beyond measures and manages to stand above the crowd. With so many natural and cultural treasures, it is one of the world’s most exciting destinations in South America. There are thousands of reasons to visit this majestic land but we just gave you ten. So, make sure you visit Peru and include all the attractions in your itinerary.