As the nights get darker and you’re mourning your broken umbrella, we thought we’d whisk you away to some unique destinations from across the world that may inspire your winter holiday plans – so buckle up and enjoy the ride!
A haven for backpackers, Nuweiba has established itself as one of the most stunning places to visit in Egypt. It lies just over 100 miles north of Sharm El Sheikh and is easily accessed via local bus companies.
If you’re looking for luxury, you probably won’t find it here – but you will find stunning mountain views and crystal clear water to swim, dive or snorkel in. The best part comes as night falls, when you can literally see millions of stars from across the galaxy and reflects on all the amazing beauty of this place. It is one of the most spiritual experiences you can have and one that is certainly unforgettable.
Less than two hours from the capital Muscat, Nizwa is an historic jewel in the desert nestled in the middle of a luscious palm oasis. Nizwa’s fort is a military architectural gem and one that has stood up to the city’s enemies throughout time. The splendid Nizwa mosque adds to the rich history of the area and continues to play a huge part in the upkeep of local traditions.
The bustling market is an absolute must for a great bargain or two, and whatever you do, don’t miss out on the weekly goat auctions – they’re a must see!
Probably one you’ve heard of! But, Agadir is unlike anywhere in Morocco – where lively street life bursts with local culture, especially on the beachfront promenade.
If you care for a dip, then you’re spoilt for choice with sandy beaches and 300 days of sun a year. There are even a number of female only private beaches. Pick up local goodies from Souq al-Had, Agadir’s biggest market or eat till your heart’s content at the many restaurants serving local seafood delicacies.
Trust us on this one! Harar is the spiritual city of Ethiopia’s Muslim community, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The old City Wall of Harar is the main attraction and a fine example of ancient Islamic architecture, alongside nearly 100 mosques. African and Islamic traditions combine here, which makes this city so unique.
There is also a chance to get up close and personal with wild hyenas! Join the ‘hyena men’ as they go about their nightly feeding rituals just outside the city walls. If you’re brave enough, you can even feed them yourself!
Shiraz is at the heart of Persian culture; known as the city of poets, literature and gardens, this is truly a place of captivating beauty. It really is all about the architecture and gardens here; Nasir Al Mulk mosque is infamous for its colourful glass facades, while Eram Garden has a stunningly beautiful network of rivers.
Plus, shop at Vakil Bazaar and fuel up on the local kebab special, which is one of the best you can get!
So here it is, we hope we’ve added new places to your bucket list. Let us know if you have been or are planning to go to any of these hot spots!