We all look forward to a long vacation abroad, whether it’s a getaway to white sandy beaches or experiencing a new culture. With that in mind, we take a look at the trending travel destinations that are making waves with vacationers when overseas travel picks up.
The place of origin of Port wine and the second largest metropolis in Portugal is a trendy destination for visitors. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is centered in Ribeira which was built on the hills overlooking the beautiful Douro River. A visit to the picturesque Ponte de Dom Luís I and the 14th-century São Francisco Church is a must-see for visitors. There are also many wine tours for those who want to taste the local Port wine and can visit the local wine cellars which are mostly located across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia. For authentic Portuguese cuisine, head to Arvore do Mundo.
Luzon Island, which is the largest island in the Philippines, has seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to its stunning natural scenery. From its endless beaches and coral reefs to tropical forests and mountains. Visit the National Museum of Manila, which presents the most historical cultural works and national heritage of the country. Head toward Lazat Wire for delicious Filipino cuisine.
Da Nang, Vietnam
Da Nang is Vietnam’s fourth largest city and has a relaxed and friendly vibe. It has a mix of centuries-old pagodas, French colonial buildings, as well as tranquil beaches with clear blue waters and verdant national parks. Some of the popular attractions include a visit to the Marble Mountains, Ba Na Hillls, and the Golden Bridge. Head toward Lemon Restaurant for authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, renowned for its priceless historical monuments of culture and art. It is the capital of the province of Malopolskie in southern Poland, located on both sides of the Upper Vistula. A visit to the central Rynek Glowny Square is a must which spans an impressive 10 acre square, making it the largest of all medieval towns in Europe. Kazmierz The old Jewish quarter and the Wawel Royal Castle also attract visitors. For traditional Polish cuisine, head to Old town wine restaurant and bar.
Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru and is the seventh most populous city in Peru. In 1983, Cusco was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with the title of “City of Cuzco”. It has become a major tourist destination, welcoming nearly 2 million visitors per year. Sacsayhuaman, the magnificent Inca fortress overlooking the city of Cusco is a must-see for visitors. This important Inca construction is built on a monumental scale and gives an insight into the fascinating history of the city. For breathtaking architecture, head to Centro Historico De Cusco. For delicious local cuisine served with a smile, head to Mom jama.
The city of Cartagena, known in colonial times as Cartagena de Indias, is a major city and port on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast region. Cartagena is a charming fishing village on the country’s Caribbean coast. Boasting fantastic beaches, a historic old town and stunning colonial architecture. It is also one of the safest places in the country and has gained popularity as a tourist center. Explore the wonderful cobbled streets for traditional local cuisine or find a cafe that serves freshly baked pastries. A visit to the walled city is a must for visitors who want to experience the local culture firsthand and a beautiful place with a lot of history. A visit to the Caribe Museum and Jewelry Factory and the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver is also a must on the route. Head to the Colombian Caribbean fusion restaurant The Pescaderia Ceviches y Piqueos for delicious fresh seafood.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh is well known for its culture, heritage and renowned festivals. It’s Old Town and New Town are both World Heritage Sites. The city also has impressive museums and galleries. Arthur’s Seat is one of four hill forts that dates back around 2000 years. Located in Holyrood Park, it has a rich cultural heritage and the park is a great place for long walks taking in the stunning views. A visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia is a must and has been Scotland’s top attraction for 12 consecutive years. For a taste of hearty local cuisine, go to Gourmet mash bar from Makars.
Boasting the oldest university in the world, this fortified city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will take you back in time with its ancient labyrinth of streets and alleys. Visit the old quarter of the city, the Medina of Fez, for its intricate labyrinth of streets that seem with history and culture. You will also find a fascinating treasure of local craft shops, beautiful old souks, old leather tanneries and copper blacksmiths. Another popular destination on the route is Jardin Jnan Sbil, a beautiful garden with fountains and a small lake located about 10 minutes from the Blue Gate. For an authentic taste of Morocco, head to Café restaurant Al Oud.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in May 2009. Visitors are drawn to the island for its nightlife, parties and water parks. The Parque Natural de Corralejo has golden sandy beaches and the turquoise ocean. It’s a great place for an early swim or to watch the sunset and sunrise from the sea-view bars. To experience the local culture, head to Betancuria which has a cathedral and several museums. For a bite to eat, head to La Bodega de Jandia for delicious Spanish cuisine.
Tulum sits on the Caribbean coast, offering breathtaking scenery and steeped in history, with Mayan ruins overlooking the stunning waters for a stunning backdrop. Renowned for its pristine beaches and well-preserved Mayan ruins. The focal point of the city is El Castillo sitting atop a cliff overlooking the sea. For an authentic taste of Mexico, head to Taqueria Honorio for a bite to eat, serving delicious tacos and quesadilla.