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A Coruña is a busy and attractive city at the very tip of Galicia. This is a perfect place to enjoy a gentle stroll around the streets and avenues, where it is possible to discover Roman architecture as well as more modern innovative buildings. The atmosphere in the many magnificent town squares is excellent and full of the joy of life on a hot summer’s day. Outside the town centre the beaches, the marina, the fishing port and the commercial port still play a very important role for the people of A Coruña.
City of water and horses, known through Charles the Great and popular for its Printen which is similar to gingerbread. The 2000 years old imperial city presents itself as a cosmopolitical metropolis with historical flair. Come and see, explore the historical buildings and churches or dive in the beautiful landscapes around the city. Located in the heart of the border triangle Germany-Netherlands-Belgium you will be placed in a region worth exploring. Aachen provides all the activities you can imagine doing: Art, Concerts, Theatre, Forests, Sports, Wellness and unbelievable free time activities.
With the describing slogan of being the world’s smallest big city, Aarhus is petite enough for one to be acquainted with the place in a short time, yet large enough to fill the days and nights with lively activities and events. The mixture of youthful optimism and creativity, together with the city’s good old-fashioned cosiness, create a unique atmosphere making a visit to Aarhus a pleasant and uplifting experience.
With its awesome glass skyscrapers that reflect the bustle of daily life, magnificent buildings such as the Emirates Palace, its lively souqs, excellent international restaurants and its long stretches of white beaches lapped by the crystal clear waters of The Gulf, Abu Dhabi is a city of outstanding contrasts. The throbbing heart of the city lies 250 metres off-shore on an island linked to the mainland by the Al Maqtaa Bridge and Mussafah Bridge. Home to the respected Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation and the Al Hosn Palace museum, along with numerous venues for the arts, the wealthy city is the cultural as well as the commercial hub of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Adelaide is a new city in an old land. Founded as a British colony in 1836, and now the capital of South Australia. Today, its rich mix of diverse cultures lives together in a relaxed and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Not only is Adelaide full of green parks but it has 30km of beaches stretching along its suburbs. The city is famous for its al fresco eating culture and is the centre of the Australian wine industry, with some of the best food and drink in the world.
With approximately 340 days of sunshine and six kilometres of soft white sands, Agadir is Morocco’s premiere beach resort! Nestled among the verdant valleys of the Great Souss and with the majestic range of the Anti-Atlas rearing up behind it, this modern, cosmopolitan city has all the attendant pleasures, thrills and luxuries you can ask for.
The beating heart of the Indian state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad has managed to preserve its cultural integrity through the centuries, remaining relatively unaffected by the British colonial rule. Little-developed by the tourism industry, the city remains a true hidden gem inhabited by remarkably hospitable Gurajatis, teeming with exquisite historic temples, renowned universities, and world-class vegetarian eateries able to convert diners of the most carnivorous persuasion.
The narrow, cobbled streets of Alghero’s medieval citadel, packed with boutiques, bars and restaurants, slope towards the harbour and sweeping bay. Built in a buttery sandstone that glows a soft apricot shade in the setting sun, it’s Sardinia’s most picturesque Old Town. Spanish-style palazzos and street signs in Italian and Catalan reflect its proud heritage: 300 years of Aragon rule. Fringed by pine forests, long sandy beaches, hotels and bars curve away towards green headlands. It’s an idyllic setting.
The capital city of Algeria holds impressive monuments and curious surprises for visitors. Algiers history is manifested in its cityscape, architecture and culture. French and Islamic influences exist next to each other and make Algiers a place as diverse as its people. Visit richly coloured mosques, discover sights and ruins of days gone by and taste the spicy food of northern Africa.
Welcome to Alicante – the friendliest city in Spain! Alicante past present and future. Different civilizations have passed through these lands, leaving their mark which can be seen in all corners of this emblematic city. All of this adds to the appeal of this modern city with a primary focus on tourism, but also a special interest in industry and commerce. Alicante, situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, offers not only a great variety of services but also a wide range of cultural activities, with its museums, its festivals and its nature areas, in particular the Island of Tabarca (Mediterranean Marine Reserve). Alicante’s well-known climate and beaches make this a perfect city for spending a few pleasantly relaxing days away from it all.
Alice Springs, or ”The Alice”, lies romantically in the heart of Australia and is considered the unofficial capital of the Outback. During colonial times regarded as a “dead heart” thanks to surrounding barren landscapes, today both residents and visitors recognize the physical and spiritual importance of Australia’s Centre. It is beating, alive with Aboriginal traditions and sacred sites, a vibrant local art culture with a fascinating pioneering history and incredible landscapes. It is one of the most interesting places on the continent and most people agree that you haven’t seen the Outback until you’ve seen Alice.
One of Saudi Arabia's northernmost regions, Al-Jawf (also spelled Al-Jouf) is a treasure ground of historic artifacts and natural beauty. The province's two major tourist routes lie through its rural capital of Sakakah and the ancient town of Dumat Al-Jandal, where most of Al-Jawf's ruins and ancient relics are concentrated. Endless opportunity for exploration, rich cultural heritage and exotic desert adventures await visitors to Al-Jawf at every turn.
Ringed by mountains and crowned by a spectacular fortress, Spain’s sunniest city mixes shopping centres and tapas bars with a medieval old town of narrow streets and tranquil squares. Along the coast you can find fishing villages, popular resorts and the secluded beaches and wild landscape of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park. The desert locations of countless ‘spaghetti westerns' lie inland.
If you fancy a hand of cards then Altenburg is for you. Playing cards has been practised here for over 500 years and the centre of the town is monument to the national card game ’skat’ which was first played here. The town goes back over 1000 years and has an impressive castle set on a rocky outcrop, with market squares and a magnificent Town Hall. The brewery is a very important part of the town and you can still buy collapsible top hats on Rossplan Square. The Skat fountain on Bruhl Square is said to bring you good luck if you baptise your cards under the water.
Amersfoort is a beautiful city located in the middle of the country, which makes it the perfect city to discover the Netherlands. Its biggest treasure is its history. You can really feel the medieval city that was established in the 13th Century through the many monuments, little streets, canals and details. The historical city is surrounded by beautiful swathes of nature, which makes it a unique city. Amersfoort is the easiest city to reach in the Netherlands, both by car and by train. It’s only 30 minutes to Schiphol Airport!
With its characteristic canals (UNESCO World Heritage) surrounded by narrow, low and crooked 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is, without a doubt, one of the most charming capital cities in Europe. With a rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment, Amsterdam is a full-scale city which has managed to retain its small-town feel. Amsterdam is also a real treat for art-lovers. Amsterdam is home to over 50 museums, many of them famous across the globe. Highlights include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. For the visitors who have already seen the beautiful canals pioneered the Jordaan and got the hang of our never-ending nightlife..there is plenty more to experience and explore. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers a great variety of surprising and unusual attractions and landscapes.
As the capital of a rich and historic region, Ancona is above all, a city of the sea. The city is blessed with a magnificent coastline to the south, with clean and accessible water and unspoilt white beaches. Close by are the beautiful towns of Loreto, Recanati, Jesi and Urbino as well as the rolling hills of the hinterland and the world-famous grotto of Frasassi.
The idyllic coastal town of Ängelholm is a potters’ town with artistic creativity in abundance, stocked with art galleries, potteries and studios. In the centre of town, Hembygdsparken with its folk museum and mini zoo stocked with Scandinavian animals attracts visitors of all ages. Visit the exploratory railroad museum, Järnvägens Museum Ängelholm, and the Ängelholms Flygmuseum, dedicated to aviation, complete with a flight simulator. Furthermore, golfers will love our courses. With something for everyone, we are waiting to welcome you.
The heart of the Turkish Republic, Ankara, is the second largest city of Turkey after Istanbul. The city genuinely lies on the border where east meets west. This means that a traveller can sit outside at a café under the shade of a tree-lined boulevard eating Meze. The European influences combined with the ones of the Middle East have coloured the architecture, food, wine, nightlife, fashion and arts. The two cultures have merged to build a city with a unique identity. By dropping anchor in Ankara, as its name suggests, you are crossing the border of history.
Coiled between lake and mountains, Annecy deserves all year round its nickname "The Venice of the Alps". This harmonious city allows you to travel through time, from prehistory to the present day, before following the tracks of the Princes of Savoy... And eating next to the purest lake of Europe while enjoying the numerous festivals and cultural animations. The city is also turned towards sports. The ski resorts are near the city and accessible by bus. A biking trail all around the lake lets you explore the shores.
Antalya is the pearl of the Turkish Riviera - an exciting major city, and at the same time a paradise for swimmers. The coast has innumerable delightful beaches that suit all tastes and along the coast, you will find lots of high-class hotels and restaurants. Those who want to take a break and get away from beach life can make interesting excursions to antique ruins and beautiful landscapes.
Antwerp, a busy pocket-sized metropolis, has something for everyone. The city is an inspiring source of culture thanks to its impressive architecture and magnificent museums and churches. Fashionistas can explore the stores of Antwerp’s designers, whose stylish creations are revered all over the world. And foodies and people with a passion for life in general will enjoy the warm welcome of Antwerp’s cafés and restaurants. A visit to Antwerp should definitely include the new museum MAS, the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Rubens House.
As the only Swedish ski resort that can be compared with the mountain villages in the Alps, Åre is extremely popular. More than 300,000 guests come here every winter and the number of visitors is constantly increasing, not least among foreign visitors. With a total piste length of 95 kilometres, around 100 descents, 40 lifts, almost 50 restaurants and more than 30 bars and nightclubs, it is arguably Sweden’s number one ski resort. It comes as no surprise that luxury traveller magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, chose Åre the world’s best ski resort 2008 thanks to its broad range of slopes for all family members and difficulties.
Bucolic beauty envelops the small, unincorporated town of Arnold, California. Resting at the center of the 400-mile Sierra Nevada mountain range, Arnold is a breath, sigh, and smile of fresh air. Testaments to this are the mild summer temperatures, a close proximity to stunning natural wonders, and the overall seclusion of Arnold’s favored attractions.
Asturias is a region of stunning scenery, splendid beaches, unspoiled nature and a rich architectural, industrial and cultural heritage. The region’s beaches are uncrowned and inland there are lively cities and areas of great natural beauty. There are several major destinations in the Asturias region - the cities of Oviedo, Gijon and Aviles, along with the scenic village of Ribadesella. Our guide includes tips and information concerning these four key Asturias locations.
Of all Europe’s capitals, Athens is probably the one that has changed the most in recent years. But even though Athens has become a modern metropolis, it still retains a good deal of its old small town feel. Here antiquity meets the future, and the ancient monuments form a classical backdrop to a new and trendier Athens – and it is precisely these great contrasts that make the city such a fascinating place to explore.
Atlanta today is the economic and cultural center of the Southern United States. The city is full of traditional charm spiced up with a modern flair. Atlanta is filled with attractions and activities, including the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest), the Atlanta Olympic Park and the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta is also rich in history with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of "Gone with Wind" - Margaret Mitchell - commemorated by display of her Home and Museum.
Pampas grass lines the dunes that border the small town of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The tufts of their leaves, fluffy and swaying with the breezes sweeping from the Atlantic Ocean, seem to mimic the fluffy clouds that sweep overhead in the blue skies. Since the 1920s vacationers have penciled in Atlantic Beach for weekend getaways and summer trips. Perhaps this is because of the town’s pristine sands and seaside activities, or maybe it’s because nothing beats dinner and an oceanview sunset. Either way, the Beach is calling.
The majestic "City of Sails" is surrounded by water, which defines its sparkling appeal. The magnificent harbour is reminiscent of other famous waterside cities, but with its own unique charm. The site of the 2000 & 2003 America’s Cup, Auckland has a rich maritime history. Auckland is relatively small geographically, which makes it a pleasure to explore on foot. It has a dynamic population that makes it a cosmopolitan, sophisticated city, with an easy, friendly and comfortable feel to it.
As its own self-contained oasis of relaxation, Avila Beach is California’s whisper of a getaway. Far more calm and smaller than other cities along the coast, Avila Beach is a veritable “resort” town. Visitors are invited to shed their worries at the shoreline and take to the multitude of amenities and entertainment. Dine alongside sunsets, sip on local wines, decompress in the mineral hot springs, and feel rejuvenated with a stay in Avila Beach.
Baghdad remains a vibrant and colourful city, despite the hardships of recent times. The locals have refused to give in to the conflicts and violence and do everything in their power to make sure their beloved city remains bustling with life, courage, personality and optimism. And though risks and dangers are still ever-present, a semblance of normalcy is slowly returning to life in the Iraqi capital. With the recent lifting of the curfew that was in place for years, Baghdadis are taking to the streets to enjoy the cool evenings with music, beer, dominoes and good company.
It is easy to overlook this small island-nation, having, as it does, such powerful and flashy neighbours as Qatar and the Emirates, but to ignore Bahrain would be a huge mistake. It is an emerging power in the region, with all the luxury and worldliness of a cosmopolitan destination and all the charm and personality of a small island. Add to this the growing arts scene and burgeoning international cuisine in the country, and you have the newest prime travel destination in the region, and the most socially liberal one, to boot.
The urban atmosphere of Denpasar, Bali’s bustling capital city - as well as business and administrative hub -, contrasts sharply with the serene Hindu temples, green terraced rice fields and superb sandy beaches nearby. Denpasar is a cosmopolitan, modern city that has grown rapidly in the past three decades and in many ways it has more in common with other Indonesian regional capitals than with its island hinterland. Nevertheless, it is worth a visit, even if you prefer to stay in one of the resort areas nearby rather than in the city itself.
The Ballina/Byron region is delightfully diverse. It ranges from the quiet family world of Ballina to the ex-hippy ’alternative’ capital of Australia – Byron Bay. Once Byron Bay was only a simple whaling station later discovered by surfers. In the sixties the hippie culture moved in and now the place is swarmed with tourists and celebrities wanting to experience the alternative town, which is now one of the hippest destinations on the East Coast.
Baltimore is situated along the shores of the vast Chesapeake Bay nearly 200 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Since the 1600s, Baltimore waterways have given passage to ships carrying commercial cargo and new citizens - making it the second most popular point of entry for immigrants next to Ellis Island. It is located approximately 35 miles northeast of Washington DC and 75 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA. With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore has sometimes been dubbed "a city of neighborhoods," but is more commonly known as "Charm City." Baltimoreans take pride in their city, boasting one of the most remarkable transformations in history, yet they continue to welcome and amaze visitors with down to earth, small town spirit and hospitality.
Brunei was once a very important trade hub which connected Asia with the rest of the world, and still today it attracts workers, migrants and travelers from all corners of the globe. The capital Bandar Seri Begawan encompasses the country's captivating mix of Malay culture, the Islamic faith, a vast international community and spectacular wealth, which combined result in an infinitely interesting city dominated by an array of beautiful mosques, a fascinating floating city, and the world's largest royal palace.
Bangalore is where India is headed - as the fifth largest city in India, it is said to be the fastest growing city in Asia, in a plethora of interesting buildings and high tech industries. Also known as Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the technological hub of India and it´s where the country’s new, confident and global identity is being forged. The once sleepy regional capital is today a modern metropolis that will come as a big surprise to those who are visiting for the first time. As wealthier Indians flock to live here, Bangalore has become a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant cafe and bar culture. The city might lack historical sites but it compensates it with its buzzing, relaxed and liberal atmosphere and a location that makes Bangalore a perfect base for exploring the beautiful temples and evocative palaces of the Deccan.
Dynamic, exotic and richly cosmopolitan, Bangkok is one of South East Asia’s most vibrant and cherished travel destinations. A city of contrasts, this cultural epicentre and shopping paradise entices millions of travellers each year to its bountiful markets, luxury hotels, stunning scenery and tantalizing cuisine. Where ancient and modern coincide, Bangkok’s glorious golden temples and world-class skyscrapers await. Revel in the frenetic pace as you soak up the sights, shop until you drop then tuk-tuk around town for a zesty slice of Bangkok’s indulgent and risqué nightlife.
As a dreamscape among the North Carolina mountainside, Banner Elk is a favorite destination for countless individuals and families seeking fun in the outdoors. The “ski capitol of the South” beckons with fishing, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, golfing and—of course—skiing. Banner Elk also wields a climate that accommodates every itinerary, spanning the Blue Ridge and Grandfather Mountains, picturesque communities, fine restaurants, and speciality shopping.
Fanciful architecture and hip restaurants have come together with the sunny southern Spanish climate and beaches. This has transformed Barcelona in just a few decades from a rough port city to one of Europe’s—if not the world’s—premier destinations. Stroll along La Rambla, admire the Casa Calvet’s façade or the Casa Mila designed by Gaudi, visit the Market of la Boqueria or shop at El Corte Inglés, and sample some of the many bars, cafés and late night haunts while you’re at it.
Bari, a typical maritime and market city, is the capital of the Apulia region and the second biggest city in the Italian south. The city developed industrially in the second half of the twentieth century and now boasts an important trade fair, the largest in the south. Tourists visit Bari for its historic buildings, art works and fascinating town centre, as well as for the beaches which surround the area.
Welcome to Basel! It is not easy to describe Basel in a few words. Descriptions such as the “Cultural City of Switzerland” or “University town” are merely an attempt to give some sort of impression of the wealth of culture, history, relaxation and enjoyment to be found in the city. Whether it is a visit to one of the numerous museums, a dip in the Rhine or an evening at the theater, allow yourself to be inspired by the joys that await you in Basel. We hope you have a fantastic time here in Basel.
Beijing is a great city, famous Tiananmen Square is big enough to hold one million people, while the historic Forbidden City is home to thousands of imperial rooms and Beijing is still growing. The capital has witnessed the emergence of more and higher rising towers, new restaurants and see-and-be-seen nightclubs. But at the same time, the city has managed to retain its very individual charm. The small tea houses in the backyards, the traditional fabric shops, the old temples and the noisy street restaurants make this city special.
Having survived almost three decades of conflict and division, Belfast is now emerging from its chrysalis with a newfound freshness and vibrancy. Carrying a deep sense of its history, yet boldly striding into the future, Belfast is an exciting juxtaposition of old and new. Stroll by the River Lagan and see the birthplace of the infamous Titanic, visit the famous political murals in a black taxi or kick back with a traditional music session in one of this lively city’s beautifully preserved old pubs!
If you have not been to Belgrade, this city will surprise you. „Berlin of the Balkans“, „City with energy of New York“, „Urban capital of cool“. As „the most perspective city in Europe“, Belgrade is a hip dynamic city which embraces visitors from all around the world. European metropolis in the heart of Balkans, Belgrade is a great weekend break, with tons of interesting sights and attractions, splendid architecture, a fast-paced nightlife, great and affordable shopping, as well as a thriving cultural scene.
If any one town can be considered to be, or to have been for many decades, a reference of tourism and leisure at every level, not just in Spain but throughout Europe, that place must surely be Benidorm. This is not only because the town was planned and designed with its visitors enjoyment in mind, has friendly people and a wonderful Mediterranean climate that ensures magnificent holidays all year round but also because, together with its beautiful natural surroundings and glorious beaches, it offers a wide range of accommodation, leisure facilities, services and restaurants that make it the ideal place in which to enjoy holidays or to celebrate any kind of meetings and incentives events.
Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Ozarks, Bentonville is a place filled with culture and a strong sense of community; a place brimming with artistic and natural beauty. Bentonville has experienced a seismic culture shift in the last decade spurred by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a museum which the Washington Post referred to as "the most talked-about new museum in the United States in a generation."
In the Alpine foothills, just 50 km from Milan, Bergamo is the most striking city in Lombardy. Structured in two levels, the lower city is more modern and dynamic, whilst the famous ‘upper city’ boasts a stunning historic centre full of monuments and works of art. In the area around the city the Iseo Lake is well worth a visit, as is the sanctuary at Caravaggio and Crespi d’Adda – the most important company town in Italy, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Val Brembana takes its name from the river crossing it, Brembo. The Bergamo Alps constitute its northern limits, notably by the Tre Signori and Diavolo di Tenda Peaks, while at south lies the plain of Bergamo. At East the valley borders with the Valle Seriana and at West with the Valle Imagna. Valle Seriana area includes the Orobie Alps, the Presolana Peak, the Formico Peak and the Val Vertova. The natural landscape is enriched by the historical and cultural elements such as trails, manors and noble house, mines and religious sancturies. The Valle di Scalve, offers a landscape with several little glacial lakes, naturalistic trails and kilometres of snow-covered ski tracks.
Bergerac, in the heart of the Périgord Dordogne region, is an ancient and compact city, characterised by its elegant medieval and Renaissance buildings. Gourmet restaurants, street entertainment and the fact that the whole city can be explored on foot are all part of its charm. Bergerac is renowned for its wine, and a short trip to the outskirts of the city reveals a landscape of vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest vintages.
Welcome to Berlin - the capital of Germany, which has been enormously affected since the Wall came down, commanding global interest as a destination. In no other European metropolis has so much changed in recent years. Walking through Berlin you will see evidence of different historic periods in a short time, from medieval buildings to the famous sightseeing landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and East Side Gallery. Today Berlin presents itself as a young, dynamic metropolis open to the world right in the heart of Europe, setting new trends in architecture, art and fashion. Discover its diversity – enjoy Berlin!
They all used to come here – from Napoleon III to Frank Sinatra. Biarritz used to be the Monte Carlo of the Atlantic coast. The glamour has faded, but thanks to windsurfing and other water sports, the city has rejuvenated. It is now the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend break, complete with some of the best food around. There is no need to rush in Biarritz. The city is fairly small, and you can easily see everything there is to see even during a short visit. One thing worth setting aside time for is the morning market in Les Halles. Try the city’s own mamia, fresh curd sheep’s milk.
The Island of Hawaii is known colloquially as “Big Island.” This is a fitting nickname, for the Island is twice the combined size of its neighboring counterparts! Big Island flaunts its colors like the plumes of a peacock: fierce reds of magma from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contrast spectacularly with the bright white snow of Maunakea, while the electric black sands of Punaluu Beach stream into the emerald green of Hamakua Coast’s rainforests. Let Big Island’s significance as the birthplace of King Kamehameha I serve as a prelude to all of its wonders.
The Basque city of Bilbao is a spellbinding capital of design and gastronomy. With one of the world’s finest buildings - the Guggenheim - at its heart, Bilbao dazzles with style and energy and boasts a unique identity as well as Europe’s oldest and most enigmatic language. There is a wide range of museums and historical sites to explore like the vibrant square Plaza Nueva. Bilbao of today offers visitors breathtaking architecture, ancient stories and exciting activities throughout day and night.
Birmingham is a real gem! Excellent restaurants, good shopping, exciting nightlife and an architectural icon have transformed perceptions of the city. Last but not least, the landscape that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write "The Lord of the Rings."
Set Out for New Discoveries Have you been dreaming of new inspiring experiences? If so, just step on board and disembark in the stunningly beautiful southern German district of Baden. We're here to show you just how many things there are to explore, all within easy reach of Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB). Here, in the heart of Europe, you will find a world of excitement just a hop, skip and a jump away from the airport: Magnificent countryside, art, culture and lifestyle, sports, exciting recreational fun, relaxing spa facilities and wonderful culinary delights. Take a look and choose your favourite destinations.
Known for its ‘Kiss-Me-Quick’ hats, sticks of rock and the ubiquitous fish and chips, Blackpool has all this and more. With miles of golden sands, stunning Victorian architecture, a host of entertainment for young and old alike and the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District right at the doorstep, Blackpool enjoys a scenic setting and easily maintains its status of the unofficial entertainment capital of the North.
Blaine, Washington is perfectly placed for the ultimate escape. Positioned 35 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia and 110 miles north of bustling Seattle, Blaine certainly carves out its own stake in bliss. In addition to a reputation for being an incredibly clean, safe town, Blaine glistens in natural beauty. Over a dozen parks are fit for bird watching, biking, and trailblazing, while a handful of manicured golf courses also add to an itinerary of outdoor recreation.
Blekinge is a small enchanting beautiful and with suprisingly close to all destinations. Here you can live the dream of archipelago cliffs, sandy beaches, deep forest and bright green meadows. It all becomes reality in Blekinge. The sun shines a litte more hours than other places in Sweden. Enjoy the historic naval base part of the marine world heritage, the unique food and taste sensations and the strong culture with a lots of music, arts and crafts. A wonderful nature with lakes and wilderness makes your stay unique. Enjoy Blekinge!
The Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official marketing organization for the City of Bloomington and markets Bloomington, Minnesota, area attractions, and the surrounding communities, to visitors around the world. Bloomington is located adjacent to Minneapolis and St. Paul, just minutes from the International Airport, is the home of Mall of America, and is a premier destination for meetings, conventions, and tourism. For visitor information, special offers and to book hotel rooms online visit www.bloomingtonmn.org
The Blue Mountains get their name from the natural blue haze created by vast eucalypt forests in this World Heritage area. Tiny droplets of oil released from the trees mix with water vapour and sunlight to produce the distinctive colour. Enjoy crisp mountain air, beautiful panoramas, charming villages, one of the world’s oldest cave systems, and exhilarating adventures in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney. You can even see dinosaur trees in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. This is a great Australian escape and a natural wonder of the world.
A charm that lies in its picturesque crescents and white-washed houses - the port city of Bodrum is a year-round travel resort. Nestled in the Western coast of Turkey, in peninsula, it has developed into "Turkey´s St. Tropez", fully living up to the name. Bodrum is significantly more than just sun, sand and sea, it has also several historical sights to explore and today the town is one of the most important centers of trade, art and entertainment. This charming coastal town is a perfect example where traditional and modern life go along hand in hand in a perfect harmony.
As capital of the Emilia Romagna region, Bologna is an art city, a university centre and a place renowned for its excellent cuisine. It hosts important international trade fairs and is one of the world’s greatest motor cities. Ducati, Lamborghini and Maserati were all born in Bologna and Ferrari’s headquarters can be found in nearby Modena.
Bonifacio is on the extreme south of Corsica, only a few kilometres from Italy. This beautiful city is full of secrets and of history. You will be surprised by the extreme bright colours. The shining sea and the "maquis", as well as the fierce white limestone, give an impression of wildness. Nature is luxurious and you will see thousands of fish swimming around you. The warmth of the climate is also the warmth of the inhabitants. As thousands of visitors every year, you will definitively want to come back!
Palm trees swaying in the wind, crystal turquoise seas and seemingly endless stretches of talcum-powder-fine-white sand beaches, plus a distinctively laid-back way of life characterise this beautiful island. Boracay offers everything from golf, trekking, sailing and water sports – such as windsurfing and scuba diving – to great hotels, gourmet restaurants and festivals. Plus, of course, its fabulous beaches – including White Beach, voted among the finest in the world. By night, it turns into one big tropical party venue, with nightclubs vying for attention and discos held directly on the beach.
An exciting history, an unbeatable wine culture and world-class gastronomy lead visitors to speak in lyrical terms about Bordeaux. Large, charming pedestrianized streets in the centre make the city attractive for shopping while the evenings have the attractions of the opera, bars, shows and dance. Above all, Bordeaux is a city to enjoy.
Long known for its “old world” charm, from the historic Faneuil Hall to the Freedom Trail that celebrates Boston’s preeminent role in the American Revolution, Boston has come a long way towards staking its claim in the 21st century. With the completion of the “Big Dig,” which buried Boston’s vast network of highways underground, Boston has hit the new century running. Attractions span the old and the new, including the JFK and Boston Public Libraries, the Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, Boston’s beautiful Public Gardens and her extraordinary Museum of Fine Art and Museum of Science. With a collection of parks set to take the place of the ungainly elevated highways, the years to come promise to see Boston grow ever more beautiful.
With 11 kilometres of sandy, white beaches, Bournemouth is one of the continent’s premier resort towns. Located on the south coast of England, it offers its visitors the best in water sports, yachting, beach life, nightlife and shopping, not to mention a heap of gastro pubs! This resort towns is renowned also for its university, specialising in the fields of journalism, archaeology and health, that makes Bournemouth particularly vibrant because of all the students crowding the streets. Discover the beauty of this English city by joining the countless cultural events such as the Bournemouth Air Festival and you will never want to go back home!
World class shows. Neon lights set aglow. Numerous attractions lining the strip. But look again—this isn’t Las Vegas. This is Branson, Missouri. Lauded as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” Branson draws myriads of visitors to its theaters, which feature anything from comedic magic acts to Elvis Presley tributes. The natural beauty cannot be ignored either, for the Ozark Mountains provide a terrain of sparkling waters and forested trails. It does tend to be humid in Branson, but the temperatures are mild to moderate, with around 209 sunny days per year.
Bratislava - the little big city. With fewer than half a million people, Bratislava ranks among Europe's most relaxed capitals, because everything is in close vicinity, reachable within a few minutes walking distance. It even has two capital cities nearby - Vienna (80km) and Budapest (200km) - reachable also by a boat on the river Danube. The city itself has its old-town charm, sophisticated restaurants, traditional pubs, good music ranging from jazz to opera, stylish people, and a human scale which means that as a visitor you will not spend half your day trekking in and out of underground stations or getting from the airport into town. All this with Central Europe's greatest river as a backdrop.
Bremen is a picturesque city which is happily situated along both sides of the river Weser. With over 1200 years of history to explore, amble through the twisting lanes filled with quaint shops and cafes, making sure to stop at the Dom St Petri and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rathaus, or Town Hall, hailed as the finest in Europe. The world famous Beck's Beer is brewed here, and guided tours are offered to visitors year round. With so much to do, see, eat and drink, explore this guide to make the most of your trip to Bremen..
Brescia is Lombardy’s second biggest city, a university town with a modern business satellite – Brescia Due – it is prosperous and lively. Located between two of Italy’s most famous lakes, Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, Brescia is often overlooked by visitors who bypass the city itself and head straight to the undeniably beautiful lakes. A great pity, as Brescia has one of the most beautiful historic centres in the region, and some of the best Roman and Lombard remains in northern Italy.
Welcome to Brest - The city with over a thousand years of history and secrets that have been buried for centuries. Located on the tip of Brittany, Brest has been one of the key cities in countless numbers of battles throughout history and is currently home to France’s second naval base. Have a tour and discover a city that is known for its breath-taking landscapes and coastal areas. Take a boat ride to the nearby seahorse-shaped islands of Ouessant and Molene for an unforgettable experience. As the European capital of marine science and technology, museums such as the National Maritime Museum and Océanopoli will make you an enthusiast of the seas and sea life with fascinating displays and interactive activities. With a full calendar of events offering the visitor entertainment year-round, come and explore this city of history and beauty today.
Brian Head is living proof that things only get better the higher you go! With a peak elevation of 11,300 feet, Brian Head is Utah’s beacon to snow-lovers as one of the nation’s highest elevated ski resort towns. The town’s year-round population is fewer than 100 people, but countless vacationers and outdoors enthusiasts make for a consistent stream of excitement. Approximately 350 inches of snowfall each year draws the attention of cross country skiers, snowboarders, snow tubers, hikers, and those who simply wish to bask in the natural beauty of Brian Head, Utah.
Just a short distance from London, on the southern coast of Great Britain, lies the interesting and charming town Brighton. Considered to be one of the most cultured cities in the all of Europe, this seaside city never fails to mesmerise its visitors with its unique architecture, pleasant festivals, galleries, museums, drama, arts, music, spectacular outdoor activities, sparkling beaches and more. So whether you are a laid-back beach bum, an adventurer on a tight budget, or a culture buff on holiday with the family, Brighton definitely has something for you.
Brindisi is the gateway to its namesake Italian province packed with relics of vanished civilizations. Its cultural inheritance ranges from the remains of ancient Roman highways to Gothic and Baroque churches, cathedrals, frowning battlements of Swabian castles and fortresses which date back to the 13th-century reign of the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II.
Brisbane is a lively, cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants, beautiful riverside parks, a busy cultural calendar and a great nightlife. Its fantastic weather year-round has allowed outdoor activities to thrive and develop a vibrant café culture. The city is surrounded by some of the state’s major tourist attractions, and there is an abundant choice of daytrips whether it be to the coast for the golden beaches, or inland for some of Queensland’s serene bushland, there is something for everybody.
Welcome to Bristol! The unofficial Capital of the South West has an independent spirit and a great sense of fun. You’ll find lots to make you smile here, from street art tours and music festivals to night markets and boat bars. Then of course there’s the city’s iconic attractions - engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ss Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge – and world-famous events – the International Balloon Fiesta and Bristol Harbour Festival. Oh, and have you met Pirate Pete?
With a skyline dominated by the imposing Špilberk Castle and the soaring twin-spires of Peter and Paul Cathedral, Brno has an attractive and historic city centre. The name, Brno, might sound like a crossword anagram, but the Czech Republic’s second largest city and capital of Moravia is a vibrant, yet traditional, place. Brno has stunning architecture, great museums, a creepy crypt, a gorgeous lake – just a tram ride away – and an exciting, beer-filled bar scene without heaving crowds.
Broome is situated in north Western Australia, a two and a half hour flight from Perth. The surrounding region is full of colour, culture and captivating scenery. Fiery red ochre cliffs contrast with the unspoilt turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, dinosaur footprints tell secrets of ancient days and a multi-cultural population provide arts, performances and irresistible cuisine. The pearling industry has been an important part of the region's economy. Many places and shops offer visitors to get a closer insight into the pearl trade and the jewelry craft.
Welcome to the World Heritage City of Bruges! It is only fair to say that the places that stir all your senses and that creep under your skin are extremely rare. These are the places that pluck your heartstrings, yet whose secrets you can’t unlock completely. Bruges happens to be such a unique place. Cultural and artistic, cosmopolitan, unashamedly Burgundian, mysteriously medieval, and a Unesco World Heritage site to boot. Strolling along Bruges’ alleys, picturesque canals and verdant ramparts you cannot but fall hopelessly in love with her elegant mysteriousness.
Brussels, a city that continues to surprise and move you. This city-region-capital of 500 million Europeans is waiting to share its treasures with you. It’s a fair bet that its stormy history is the reason for its open-mindedness, warmth and friendliness. You’ll feel right at home in Brussels! As well as its historic monuments, Brussels has so much to share with you: its comic strip speech bubbles, its Art Nouveau façades, the talent of its stylists and designers, its delicacies and its surrealism, which can be found on every street corner.
Bucharest is undoubtedly Europe’s best kept secret. Restaurants, bars, art galleries and museums are now springing up on every newly renovated corner. Travellers are steadily discovering this little gem of a city and seeking out Bucharest’s hidden character. Its treasures are well worth hunting for and visitors will find in their quest a place of warmth and spirit. Welcome to Bucharest!
Budapest is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Both historical turbulence and a plethora of influences can be seen in the amazing mix of architecture, cuisine and culture. Close to the west, it is a realistic destination for short weekend breaks. It is also the ideal place for honeymoons or romantic getaways; the city is small enough to walk most of the sights and completely safe. Although Many tourist attraction have fees, there is a lot to be seen and absorbed just walking the streets, parks, markets and the peaceful Buda Hills.
The Argentine capital is a city like no other. It has a hint of a European feel, but with a distinct Latin American flavour. It is cosmopolitan, yet autochthonous. Every street corner and narrow alleyway is teeming with art and culture, history and personality, tango, rock n' roll and football. It is a city of museums, of galleries, of classical-style cafes and world-class steakhouses, of antique markets and bookstores, a city for screams of joy at the Bombonera Stadium and midnight strolls along the majestic River Plate. Buenos Aires is a true world city in every sense of the world, and none who visit can resist its charms.
With a charming old town and a setting on the banks of the Brda and the Vistula Rivers, Bydgoszcz cannot fail to amaze you. Fascinating museums are housed in beautiful architecture and scattered throughout the city. But above all else, Bydgoszcz is all about music. Here you can enjoy the opera or any of the countless music festivals.
From World Heritage rainforest to sparkling beaches, the Byron Bay region on the NSW North Coast is full of natural wonders. The Aboriginal Arakwal people call it Cavvanbah - the meeting place. The area is also famous for its surf culture, alternative philosophies, organic food and outdoor adventures. Byron Bay's natural attractions are impeccable - humpback whales cruise past the headland, dolphins frolic in the bay and storms create rainbows on the mountains. People from all walks of life meet here, drawn by Byron Bay's vibrant energy.
Cagayan de Oro is a modern, multi-cultural city that lies on the northern shores of Mindanao Island. It has gourmet restaurants, fine hotels and is the shopping capital of the island. Known as the "city of golden friendship" because of the hospitable nature of the kagayanons, Cagayan de Oro always offers a special welcome to visitors, wherever they may come from.
The narrow and often steep granite paved streets of Cagliari’s Castello District suggest a bygone age when the town was dominated at first by Pisans, and later by the Aragonese. Built from white limestone, the walls and towers of the old town shimmer in the sun and are a magnificent sight, especially if you are fortunate and approach from the sea, like the English novelist, D.H. Lawrence, in 1921, when he described the old town as looking like "Jerusalem without trees."
People have been flocking to Cairns in search of treasure since the first gold rush. However, today prospectors come to mine the abundance of natural and environmental treasures that surround the city. With the tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in close proximity, Cairns attracts a young and intrepid crowd that adds to the vibrancy of this lively and welcoming city.
Long considered to be the jewel of the orient, Cairo is an international city overflowing with an interesting mixture of different cultures. It is a city steeped in the early civilizations of the ancient pharaohs, blended with the history of Christian and Islamic cultures. It is all brought together by the modern sights and luxuries of a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city.
Oozing history and tradition at every turn, Cambridge is one of the most pleasant and beautiful cities in the United Kingdom. The cityscape is dominated by the university, its 31 colleges and their extensive green gardens, or 'Backs', spread throughout the city. Throngs of students making their way to class or lounging by the banks of the River Cam, books in hand, as punters lazily float by, enhance the academic feeling of this centuries-old centre of scholarship, along with many fascinating museums, beautiful architecture and numerous fairs and cultural events.
Edged by mountain ranges, Canberra is a planned city built on a vast limestone. Canberra is Australia’s national capital – seat of the Federal parliament and home to many institutions and national monuments. Four distinct seasons add to its charm and visitors quickly discover that it really is Australia’s ‘hidden gem'. The surrounding countryside contains historic and picturesque rural villages and a burgeoning cool-climate wine industry.
Cancún's white sandy beaches and warm, crystal waters makes it a paradise for all beach and water sports enthusiasts. Add a vibrant nightlife and the closeness to the breathtaking Mayan ruins and you have Mexico´s most popular tourist hot spot. Caring for four million tourists yearly, it´s hard to understand this beautiful resort was a sleepy fishing village just a few decades ago. Cancún is best known as a family, sporting and wedding resort where you can chose your own pace and lifestyle to suit your frame of mind. Its colorful buzz and ancient traditions co-existing with ultra-modern developments enchant everyone, from backpackers to luxury travelers.
Overlooked by the spectacular heights of Table Mountain and surrounded by stunning beaches, lush farmland and superb vineyards, Cape Town has established itself as South Africa’s cultural capital and as one of the most vibrant city destinations in Africa. This is a city where African, European and Asian cultures meet in a multi-ethnic rainbow that is reflected in its music, architecture and visual arts as well as in its quite amazing choice of cuisines. Cape Town is a great party city, with a year-round calendar of festivals, parades and world-class sporting events. It also has a mellow climate that makes it attractive year-round, with plenty of sunshine during the winter months making it particularly attractive to Northern Hemisphere visitors.
Capistrano Beach is not the traditional “city,” but its charming small town atmosphere and myriads of recreational opportunities have christened it a viable vacation destination. Branching off from the city of Dana Point, “Capo Beach” is also bordered by the vivacious Laguna Beach to the north and San Clemente to the south. As one of the few remaining "beach towns" in the busy Orange County area, Capo Beach has (impressively) avoided much of the commercialization common to the area. This makes for a great, uncongested stay.
Located in South of France, Carcassonne is situated at the crossing of two major routes: from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast and from the heart of France to Spain, both used since antiquity. It is a beautiful and diversified region but the city itself has enough to fulfil your curiosity. The medieval fortified Cité is a UNESCO world heritage site. No wonder that Carcassone is home to a unique historical and cultural past. If you add the local traditional dishes, the hospitality of its inhabitants and some of the best vineyards in the south of France, your stay will be a most memorable one!
Nicknamed "The Village by the Sea," Carlsbad enjoys seven miles of tidy, uncongested beaches along the Pacific coastline. This makes it perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, all paired with a mild climate. Furthermore, Carlsbad has three lagoons, a lake, an aquarium, museums, and shopping districts. As if that was not enough, the town's proximity to San Diego and Los Angeles provides a multitude of additional options within a short drive.
In Casablanca you will find a heady mix of architecture treasures such as the great Hassan II Mosque, which glistens with gold in the sunshine, and the dusty Old Town. In this large, sprawling city full to the brim with people you will also find the bustling Ancienne Medina. Sitting on the Atlantic coast of Morocco it is the country’s largest city and Morocco’s, as well as North Africa’s, chief port. Cruise ships arrive daily to experience its frenetic lifestyle, its stylish restaurants, shopping, its fine food and its often overpowering atmosphere.
Catania is the second largest city in Sicily, framed by the Etna volcano to the west, and the Mediterranean to the east. It is a vibrant city with bars, cafés, honking cars and narrow alleys. Visitors can retreat to the cooler climate of the surrounding small mountain villages, or to the sea for a balmy swim.
Less than 10 miles from Palm Springs resides Cathedral City. Deriving its name from the eponymous Cathedral Canyon, the City also features the natural landmarks of desert and mountain ranges common to Coachella Valley. Visitors frequently take to Cathedral City’s sparkling golf courses, which are the area’s prominent attractions, in the Boulder and Pebble courses of the Cimarron Golf Resort, as well as the Cathedral Canyon Golf Club course.
Cave Creek, Arizona is an archeologist’s dream. Myriads of Hopi Indian tribal artifacts line the mountainsides and stone formations, and the flora is entirely unique to the region. Naturally, Cave Creek shares the abundant sunshine and divine landscape of greater Arizona, which consequently draws countless visitors each year to its location. Unlike nearby Phoenix, Cave Creek is relatively secluded from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan. Therefore the lifestyle is entirely Western, with rural development, open trails, spaces and wildlife habitats, and overwhelmingly fantastic views.
Often called the “queen of the south,” Cebu, the country’s oldest city has now become its favourite tourist destination. With a keen choice of historical sights, long stretches of white sand beaches, excellent year-around scuba and water sport action, choice of dining, exciting nightlife and, of course, the famous warm hospitality it’s no surprise that visitor numbers, new hotels and tourist attractions are increasing.
Chania (say “Hanya”) must be the loveliest port town in Greece. Swallows soar in sheer blue skies above the semicircle of tall Venetian houses around its picture-perfect Old Harbour. The tables of scores of bars and restaurants line the quayside. Behind the harbour front, narrow, traffic-free shopping lanes thread through the atmospheric Old Town. On either side of the town, sandy beaches stretch along the coast.
Charleston is the oldest and second largest city in the southeastern state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The first shots of the Civil War were even fired from its own harbors. Thankfully for history and architecture lovers, Charleston wasn't destroyed and stands today as a salute to antebellum houses, lovers of the South, and the most haunted city in America.
Welcome to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, where giant pandas delight tourists at the Chengdu Breeding Research Base and artisans create porcelains at the People’s Garden. Though a modern city, life in Chengdu takes place on the back streets where crowds are waiting outside hot-pot restaurants and tea houses are abuzz with mahjong players and their noisy tile-shuffling game. This is a city that once inspired the great Tang dynasty poet Dufu, whose residence still stands and today it continues to celebrate one of its greatest military strategist Zhugeliang, at the famous Wuhou Shrine.
The site of former Indian, Portuguese and Dutch settlements, today’s Chennai was established by the British in the 17th century as a trading port. This colonial town, formerly known as Madras, has since grown into India’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Home to a colonial fort and an array of beautiful temples, monuments and churches, water sports and amusement parks, street markets and shopping centers, fine dining and luxury hotels, as well as one of the longest sandy beaches in the world. This bustling and colorful Indian city is bound to have something on offer for everyone.
Immersed by spectacular mountains and the northern Thai countryside, Chiang Mai offers spectacular sceneries and beautiful ancient temples. Chiang Mai has become an increasingly popular destination and a favourite with many people. Even though being the second largest city in Thailand, there are only 250,000 people living here. The city is small and intimate, and almost everything is within walking distance. But do not be fooled, in this area there is much to see. Make sure you plan your trip well.
Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest and blends influences from around the world. It has all of the big city attractions mixed with the more relaxed attitude and friendly people of the Midwest. Chicago is unique in that it is a thriving, bustling metropolitan area that manages to feel homey at the same time. The ethnic diversity, multi-cultural neighborhoods, and close proximity of these neighborhoods make Chicago a true melting pot. The main tourist areas of Chicago are very close together, making it an easy city to explore. A leisurely walk, a short bus or taxi ride, or even a boat tour will expose you to the famous museums, breathtaking architecture, exclusive shops, world class festivals, delectable restaurants, and all else that Chicago has to offer.
Like most Greek islands, Chios really comes to life in summer – but unlike many of its neighbours, most of its summer visitors are Greeks from Athens and the mainland. This gives the island an authentically Greek flavour and ensures an animated nightlife and some excellent Greek cooking. There’s plenty of sightseeing to be done, and enough active pursuits to keep any visitor happy for a full fortnight.
Chiriqui, described by many as the “breadbasket" of Panama, is comprised of fertile mountains and rolling hills, rocky rivers and coffee plantations, pristine beaches and islands with world class sports fishing and a thriving city conveniently close to all destinations within the province. Located in the western-most region of Panama, Chiriqui is bordered to the north by Bocas del Toro, to the west by Costa Rica, to the east by the Veraguas and to the south by the Pacific Ocean.
Chongqing is China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. It is a cultural and historical city of many unique traits. Apart from being blessed with water on three sides, its buildings have also been constructed against the mountains on the last side. This generates different layers to the city's appearance that has become a hallmark of Chongqing, giving it the nickname “Mountain city”.
Christchurch, located in the province (region) of Canterbury, is the largest city on the South Island, yet remains a friendly and welcoming city compact enough to easily explore on foot or bicycle. Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city that Lonely Planet has listed it as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013. The rebuild of the central city continues but this is a truly unique time to visit the city and witness the changes happening every day.
Rising majestically from the tropical depths of the vast Indian Ocean, and surrounded by the azure waters of Asia's southern fringe lies a stunning natural wonder - Christmas Island ... 900km south east lies it's nearest neighbour, the Cocos Keeling Islands, with its natural, uncrowded stretches of endless white sandy beaches and warm, crystal clear waters teeming with precious marine life in a kaleidoscope of colours. Together, these two island paradises make up the Jewels of the Indian Ocean, Australia's Indian Ocean Islands.
A historical and cultural hub, Clermont-Ferrand houses architectural beauties and glorious cathedrals with a clear Gothic accent. Nestled at the foot of a chain of volcanoes, the ancient city is the capital of "Massif Central", the rural and mountainous Auvergne region. The city is the gate to the suggestive Natural Volcano Park, an area equipped with diversified areas that shift from mountains to valleys, providing breath-taking views and unspoiled landscapes.
Coffs Harbour is a paradise of attractions, from thrilling skydives and underwater adventures to dolphin shows and waterfront dining. Nearby you can walk above a rainforest canopy in a World Heritage wilderness. Famous for its bananas, fish and surf, this coastal city on the NSW North Coast is at the southern edge of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, a haven for turtles and great for diving. And relax on beautiful beaches in Coffs, as the locals call this much-loved destination halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and easy to get to by air, road or rail.
It is said that natives of Cologne, who are living elsewhere, always feel homesick. Visitors to this beautiful city will soon understand why. Germany’s oldest metropolis, which, of course, gave its name to the Eau de Cologne, offers a mix of magnificent and romantic churches, the latest in modern architecture, busy shopping streets and world-famous museums. There is much to do and see, including a world famous carnival, so come and explore Cologne! With frequent flights and transportation options, getting here has never been easier.
Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, an enchanting island lying off India’s southern tip. These city folk go about their daily business with a cheerfulness born of optimism in this chaotic, noisy and traffic-congested metropolis.
Following in the steps of its fellow northeastern cities within the early Colonies, the city of Concord was established around the spirit of unity, harmony, and friendship. As the name “Concord” actually means “with harmony,” these characteristics are seen all over the city. Residential, business, industrial, and historical elements are all blended together to make Concord an impressive cocktail of evolution and tradition.
Kia Orana! Welcome to the Cook Islands, considered to be some of the most striking islands in the South Pacific’s already brimming crown. Each island has its own unique beauty, stories and incredible landscape only matched by the friendliness and grace of its people. Brilliant, sparkling white sandy beaches, clear blue lagoons and fertile rainforests harbouring exceptional wildlife are just a few of the treasures waiting to be discovered. There are hideaways where you literally feel like you are the only person on earth, adventurous trekking through the jungles, and, under the sea, a journey into another world filled with vibrant corals and remarkable marine life.
Copenhagen is a compact big city packed with historic buildings lining its narrow cobbled streets. Here you will find a great mix of world-class gastronomy, beautiful architecture, award-winning design, clean harbor baths, the unique, free town of Christiania, and the seat of the world’s oldest monarchy. It has been named one of the best cities to live in several times, and it was the first city in the world to be named the ‘Bike City’ by the International Cycling Union – a title to which the several hundred bike lanes bear witness.
Corfu is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Greek islands. It is the greenest of the Ionian Islands and probably also the best known. The island offers a beguiling landscape of wild flowers, cypress trees, olive trees and several seductively sandy beaches. Corfu also has a major vegetable garden which gives the fresh mountain air a pleasant scent. To the south of Corfu town is Moraitika and Messonghi which have beautiful scenery and beaches. However, the west coast of the island is the most attractive as that is the place where you will find some of the prettiest countryside around and it is also here that you will find the small coves with the sandy beaches surrounded by cliffs and trees. The north coast is more typical Greek with a rocky coastline where the crystal clear water has chopped into pebbled bays and coves.
Welcome to the “People’s Republic of Cork” - Ireland’s southernmost city. It’s a spirited, independent place, cosmopolitan and creative too. And that’s hardly surprising. For Cork is an ancient maritime port that’s spent centuries trading with – and being influenced by – the wider world. While it's hard to capture all the great things you can do during your trip to Cork, we have rounded up some highlights for 2016. In the downloadable guide, you’ll find snap shots of all the great things to see and do including some of Cork’s best kept secrets, its great bars and eateries and all the things you really shouldn't miss. Whatever time of the year you visit you are guaranteed fun and craic and we think you'll #LoveCork just as much as we do...
The “Crown City” was designed with one thought in mind: capitalize on the area’s abundance of sun, sand, and Pacific skies. Coronado, California is an island resort community within San Diego County and champions America’s “Best Beach.” Over 2 million people venture to the city each year to partake in the glory of a refreshing climate, great hospitality, world-renowned restaurants, chic boutiques, unending cultural events, and endless opportunities for exploring Coronado’s outdoors.
Crete, the largest Greek island, is washed by the waters of the eastern Mediterranean, and so enjoys a mild climate. An island where Myth meets History, where the age-old Cretan culture has its roots in the long-ago, where the sea meets the mountains and unspoiled nature coexists with modern tourist infrastructure. Crete has a thousand faces: one for each and every sort of traveller: the naturalist, the explorer, the cosmopolitan, the lover of history and culture. The list is long and all-encompassing!
Beautiful historic towns dot the vast mountainous expanses of the Province of Cuneo. The landscape boasts a huge variety, from lush valleys, vineyards and natural reserves to rolling green hills and imposing snow-capped mountains, which is interrupted only by castles and quaint, tower-studded towns and villages, like the stunning Alba, Saluzzo and the regional capital of Cuneo. Locally produced cheeses, chocolates and especially wines are internationally renowned and sought-after, and the area offers top-notch outdoor adventures, from skiing and trekking to wildlife parks, making Cuneo a dream destination for just about everyone.
Clear blue waters, mild temperatures and caressing sunshine. It is easy to understand that Greece’s goddess of love Aphrodite was born from the waves lapping onto Cyprus’ shore. The mythology, language, traditions and lifestyle are Greek, but the island features a beauty that is shrouded by its own, one-of-a-kind atmosphere, shaped by a structure that divides Cyprus and its capital Nicosia into a Turkish North and a Greek South. Its multi-faceted personality has an allure that attracts tons of holiday-makers, who cannot help but be captivated by the island.
The Cape Verde Peninsula sticks out westward into the Atlantic Ocean, reaching from the Old World to the New, harbouring the westernmost city on the African mainland: Dakar. A city that represents Africa's development better than almost any other, Dakar boasts the comforts and luxuries of modern living, while firmly keeping a grasp on its history and traditions. The bustling markets and hectic traffic of downtown are juxtaposed with the laid-back pace of Île de Gorée and the surrounding beaches, making a visit to Dakar a fascinating experience of contrasts.
Dalarna is often called “Sweden in miniature”. Much of the popular imagery of Sweden, culturally and geographically, is from Dalarna; a pretty red-painted cottage by a glittering lake, in the evening sun, people in brightly-coloured folk costumes dance and swirl in celebration of Midsummer. All very Swedish. All very Dalarna.
As a metropolitan of amazing proportions, Dallas is the primary destination of travel and excitement in Texas. Drawing those with an innovative spirit, Dallas possesses an uncanny ability to combine Southern charm with commercial finesse. Its citizens have christened the city “Big D” in fitting manner, for much like the state in which it resides, Dallas boasts of big style. From the endless entertainment and dining districts of its downtown, to sporting attractions spanning FIVE professional teams that include “America’s Team” in the Dallas Cowboys, you can guarantee a good time with a relaxing, sunny breeze in the city that never ceases to amaze.
Though it might get overlooked in favour of larger, more glamorous cities, like Riyadh or nearby Doha, the discerning traveler will not want to pass up the opportunity to visit Dammam. As if the stunning desert scenery alone was not enough to enchant visitors, the city also offers heaps of fine dining, great shopping and some of the most pleasant green spaces, parks and seaside walkways you're likely to find at any desert destination. Do not miss the chance to make this part of your next Arabian Peninsula itinerary.
Darwin is a thriving and prosperous city with lively bars and a wide-ranging cosmopolitan cuisine. This is the gateway to top end outback adventures such as the world heritage Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park. Darwin is the most multicultural (75 nationalities) city in Australia with a large indigenous population (25 percent) and a diverse range of immigrants from Asia.
A multi-cultural metropolis on the island of Mindanao, Davao is one of largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the Philippines. With the country’s highest mountain, Mount Apo, as its backdrop, this vibrant city offers a mix of fabulous landscapes that include parks like the Eden Nature Park and the Mount Apo National Park, superb beaches, diving waters and islands such as the unspoiled Samal Island. The San Pedro Cathedral is just one of its great monuments, while its shopping malls, colourful festivals and gourmet restaurants are legendary. Top notch hotels and resorts make it a tourist hotspot. Davao is famous for its gold and is home of the famous Philippine Eagle National Centre where the truly beautiful but endangered national bird is bred.
Daytona Beach is "The World's Most Famous Beach" Known for its stretches of smooth sandy beaches that have made driving and racing motorized vehicles a popular past time for over 100 years, Daytona Beach impresses. The booming racing legacy continues to this day, with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and Grand American Road Racing Association housing their headquarters here. Daytona Beach also beckons with activities for absolutely everyone on your trip: spend the day perusing the Downtown Shopping District, take to the greens with world-class golf, explore endless historical sites and museums, and find some peace among the nature preserves and parks.
Often called the 21st arrondissement of Paris, Deauville has been the go-to destination for the upper crust of French society for decades. Today it is a spectacular seaside resort town sporting grand promenades, glamorous casinos, a pair of thoroughbred horse racetracks and plenty of chic visitors.
When in Debrecen, use your senses instead of the just looking for the signposts: look down ahead of you to see on what kind of planks the citizens walked the streets in days of old. Look up to the sky and marvel at the colorful facades of the merchants’ houses built at the beginning of the previous century. Follow your nose to the pleasant smells from the busy Mediterranean squares and intimate cafés, or simply listen to your ears and let the charming music guide your steps.
Dennis Port is one of five villages that comprise the town of Dennis in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For years, Cape Cod has been a place where America's wealthy come to relax during the summer months. The Cape's perfect beaches and the warm waters of Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay provide desirable conditions for sunbathing, fishing, whale watching, surfing, and other activities.
The “Mile High City” makes its residence among the towering mountains and sweeping prairies, creating a memorable and lasting experience for both Denver citizens and visitors. As the capital of Colorado, Denver’s position along the Rocky Mountains affords it a semi-arid climate of comfortably warm temperatures and 300 sunny days a year. This also makes for interesting changes in weather patterns, as the city is known for its sudden but brief thunderstorms. Beautiful parks, biking and running trails, and a citywide, walker-friendly environment mean that most people take to the outside for their daily activities. Spritely pubs, clubs and restaurants give Denver an abundance of nightlife options, as well as the extensive and local music scene. There is a reason Denver was once deemed the “Queen City of the West.”
Situated picturesquely on the River Foyle, surrounded by hills and a stone’s throw away from the rugged Northern Coast, Derry is a city steeped in history. The famous Free Derry Corner and the murals of the Bogside and Fountain areas serve as reminders of Derry's tumultuous political past turned mindful present epitomised in the "Hands Across the Divide" monument. Today, 20 years after Bloody Sunday, the 2013 UK City of Culture has a lot to offer visitors in the way of art, culture, gastronomy and entertainment.
Better known as ‘Motor City’, Detroit is popular worldwide for its cars, Motown history and as an important center of African-American culture in the US. Birthplace of the Ford Motor Company, Detroit received its nickname of ‘Motor City’ thanks to its mass production of motor vehicles on an assembly line. The city has thrived despite its somewhat negative reputation in recent times, developing into a dynamic metropolis with heaps to offer visitors. Artists and singers have celebrated Motortown for its charm: the city is a landmark in the history of the music and it has to be thanked for discovering some of the most talented artists of all time.
Hectic, bustling, chaotic, Dhaka is an enormous city of endless possibilities with energy to spare. Though it can seem a bit overwhelming at first, visitors who take take the time to explore all it has to offer will find the experience most rewarding. Delicious food, bustling markets, serene parks and gardens, lazy river cruises and death-defying rickshaw rides, fascinating museums and captivating history, temples and mosques to ease the soul, and tantalising musical and dance performances; all this and more awaits the adventurous traveler who dares to venture into this unique city.
Dinard, set on the dramatic coastline of Brittany in northern France, has long been a fashionable destination for holidaying French urbanites. Characterised by its long, and often wide, tree-lined boulevards that converge on elegant squares full of chic restaurants and creperies, the city juts out seawards and is, therefore, surrounded on three sides by beaches and the sea. For sailing, watersport and beach enthusiasts, it means that the coast is always within easy walking distance away.
Djerba, the largest island of North Africa, is situated southeast of Tunisia on the Gulf of Gabes, and is ringed by miles of sandy beaches and luxury hotels. With its ideal temperate climate, this is another very popular Tunisian destination. The many resort hotels provide anything you need from lazy bronzing days, to a wide range of intense activities like thalasso or water sports. Enjoy startling Djerba, one of Tunisia’s best kept secrets!
Already well-known as a business travel destination, Doha – capital of the State of Qatar – has emerged in recent years as a rapidly developing leisure tourism destination as well. A dynamic modern country built on the deep cultural roots of its Bedouin heritage, Qatar presents the visitor with a kaleidoscope of fascinating contrasts and experiences - from the tranquillity of the desert to the lively alleys of the souq, impressive coastal fortresses to dramatic high-rise towers, deserted sandy beaches and mangrove lagoons to elegant residential districts, green parks and luxury hotels.
Doncaster is an eclectic mix of the urban and the rural and of the old and the new! World famous for its horse racing and home to one of the most important race courses in the UK, Doncaster is one of Britain’s oldest cities and features an abundance of historic sights, interesting architecture, cultural activities and beautiful surrounding countryside. A bustling city, indeed!
Wild and remote, untamed and exciting - welcome to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Experience one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal touring routes in the world. Wherever you travel along the Wild Atlantic Way you'll find magic, adventure, history and beauty in abundance. Divided into five main sections each one offers you memories that will last a lifetime. And do you know what? You won’t even have seen the half of it. And it’ll call you back. Just you wait.
Dortmund is one of Germany’s ecclectic and dynamic 21st century cities, located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of the country. Modern Dortmund is vibrant and dynamic, well-known for its excellent shopping, beer and football. But there is another, altogether softer, side to this former industrial powerhouse. Dortmund has great theatres and cultural centres, a range of fascinating museums and, with half the city given over to parks and gardens, enough green spaces to sooth the senses.
Once a cosy fishing village, Dubai has flourished into the pearl of the Middle East. It offers an unimaginable sight of the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa and the miraculous 8th Wonder of the World – Palm Jumeirah. Have a look inside the largest shopping mall on earth with 1200 shops or dine in fine restaurants whilst enjoying spectacular sunset. Discovering soft sand beaches, visiting exclusive nightclubs, and skiing inside the magnificent indoor ski slope are a few of the many amazing activities that Dubai has to offer. For an unforgettable time, visit Dubai, where historic Arabic culture, modern skyscrapers, exotic markets and beautiful beaches become the crossroads for an unbeatable holiday .
Céad Míle Fáilte – A hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland’s capital city from the team at Visit Dublin. We are delighted to bring you our guide to our fair city; the home of lively nightlife, stand-out culture, adrenaline-pumping action and much more. While it's hard to capture all the great things you can experience during your trip to Dublin, in this guide, you’ll find snapshots of all the great things to see and do including some of Dublin’s best kept secrets. We think you'll #LoveDublin just as much as we do.
The City of Dubrovnik is buzzing with life all year around. The astonishing beauty of the marble-clad Old Town is only to be found within the city walls. It is always full of people in the squares, in the small alleyways, in the cafés and in the bars. The clean beaches and the crystal-clear blue water surrounding the city walls of Dubrovnik captivate the visitor with their charm.
Dunedin, on the rugged east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is a city of style and creativity where man and nature meet. Officially founded in 1848 by the Free Church of Scotland, it's home to twenty five thousand students at the University of Otago who mingle with the town’s landed gentry to create an eclectic destination that enthralls all who pass through. Surrounded by a deep blue harbour on one side and rolling misty hills on the other, Dunedin’s lush green dales and old world architecture pay tribute to the city’s Scottish heritage. Dunedin is a creative hub that attracts the country’s leading designers in every field from fashion to music, architecture, graphics and jewellery.
Not without reason, is Durham regarded as a historical city with a fascinating history. With its numerous Heritage sites, Durham is regarded by many to be the spiritual capital of northern England as well as one of the most beautiful and unspoilt medieval centres to be found. The medieval city sits atop a craggy hill encircled on three sides by the River Wear. Its panoramic view of the Cathedral and Castle is a relict of the Norman conquest and described as ‘one of the finest architectural experiences of Europe’.
Düsseldorf houses “the longest bar in the world,” Germany’s finest shopping boulevard Königsallee, and countless museums, theatres and attractions underscoring the city as a major arts centre. It offers the legendary cheer of the Rhineland with all its quaint traditions in perfect harmony with all the luxuries of a truly cosmopolitan city. You are invited to discover this great city... www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en.
Scotland’s enchanting capital Edinburgh is a city of striking contrasts. Perched dramatically on an extinct volcano, the world-famous Edinburgh Castle is visible from almost any point in the city, a constant reminder of Edinburgh’s long and fascinating history. As you explore the city’s striking architecture, tranquil green spaces and exciting attractions, you will soon understand how so many authors and poets have been inspired to create iconic characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes and most recently Harry Potter.
Eger is one of Hungary’s most famous towns, characterised by superior wines, natural healing water springs, and noteworthy monuments. It was founded in 1004 C. A., around the time King Stephen made Christianity the religion of the nation. Eger is influenced by Christian and Turkish culture, Baroque and Classicist architecture. The town has a charming medieval atmosphere, where a thousand-year-old castle, thirty-eight temple towers and hills with vineyards provide a compelling backdrop.
Although Eilat existed already in ancient times, the modern town is dated from 1949. It is Israel’s premier winter sun resort and heart of the Red Sea Riviera. Thrilling landscapes of red-tinted mountains, sheer blue skies and crystal clear waters give an exhilarating sense of adventure, pleasure and freedom, with a myriad of things to see and do.
The future is bright for the city of light. Eindhoven is Netherlands’ fifth largest city, and it’s a modern metropolis built up around a famous light bulb and lamp manufactory. Aside from being a buzzing business hub, it’s a great weekend break destination with pedestrian streets packed with shopping, eating and drinking possibilities. Hire a bike and join the hundreds of cyclists who explore this green, accessible city on two wheels. Culture vultures head for the Van Abbemuseum with one of the top ten modern art collections in the world. Combine this with a successful football team and a wacky conference centre situated in a flying saucer and you’ll find that Eindhoven really has something for everyone.
Located 90 miles northwest of Denver, Estes Park is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain terrain and mild temperatures make ideal conditions for such outdoor activities as hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping and wildlife and bird watching. Estes Park is not just one vast wilderness, though. The city is also teeming with a multitude of dining and shopping experiences.
The Republic of Panama has a privileged geographic position bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean and the south by the Pacific. It therefore has a plethora of islands varying in sizes and includes uninhabited pristine islets, national marine parks, as well as up-and-coming hipster and backpacker islands with a great nightlife. Some Caribbean islands have a different feeling due to the influence of African culture, while other Caribbean Islands are inhabited by local indigenous tribes preserving their pre-Columbian traditions. The most popular islands in Panama are Bocas del Toro, San Blas (Guna Yala), Taboga and the Pearl Islands. The Pearl Islands is an archipelago that is comprised of 90 islands and 100 islets with the most popular being Isla Contadora, Isla San José, Isla Viveros and Isla Saboga.
If you love the beach and the unique seaside air, Falmouth, Massachusetts, is definitely the place to see. Ride across Cape Cod along the Island Queen Ferry, relax on the warm and pleasant Old Silver Beach, or take a scenic tour of the Nobska Lighthouse in this comforting city. There is plenty to do and see here, so stop by and have a blast.
Many people say that Faro – the capital of the Algarve – is located on Europe’s most scenic coast, offering beautiful, long sandy beaches that stretch away into a horizon framed by rocks on either side. Faro is a charming old town with cobbled streets and leafy parks. Its location in the centre of the Algarve makes Faro the perfect starting point for round-trips.
Known as one of the imperial cities, the opulent city of Fès is the oldest city in Morocco. It is split into two areas, Fès-el-Bali (old Fès) and Fès-el-Djedid (new Fès) wich makes the city a mystical fusion of an ancient Islamic past, and the French influenced recent present. The endless Medina, which contains 9,500 streets, sells everything from jewellery to furniture. You will also find crafts, carpets, leather goods and spices, as well as all the necessities for daily life.
“Bula!” or “Welcome!” is the greeting you will most commonly hear throughout Fiji. It comes as an unreserved invitation to enjoy the hospitality of the Fijian people. Whether staying on one of the country’s numerous resort islands or exploring Fiji’s towns and cities, the visitor will encounter this legendary hospitality at every turn.
Florence is the beautiful regional capital of Tuscany, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and stepping onto its historic cobbles it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet and the whole of the city centre is packed with stunning palaces, churches and monuments. The surrounding countryside is well-known for its rolling hills and its wine—particularly the Chianti area between Siena and Florence.
The Fort Lauderdale of today is a destination that will keep the well-traveled with discriminating taste satisfied. The year-round mild temperatures make the sandy beaches the ideal relaxing spot during daytime. At night, however, the long boulevards turns into a vibrant party mile including clubs, bars and pubs as far as the eye can reach. With some of the best restaurants, shops and boutique hotels in the state, this city is a hipster’s paradise.
Frankfurt is conveniently situaded in the heart of both Germany and Europe. Its international Airport, which is directly accessible from all across the globe, is only a few minutes from Frankfurt´s main Train Station, one of the largest in Germany. Frankfurt is a great Walking City. The cast majority of ist downtown destinations may be reached on foot. There is also a well-developed public Transport System, which connects Frankfurt with the surrounding Rhine-Main Region both quickly and easily.
Though famous for its paradise-like Fraser Island and the visiting whales, the Fraser Coast offers plenty of other amazing places and adventures to explore. Prospect the former gold mining town of Gympie and check out the beautiful nature surrounding the Fraser Coast – both on land and in the water. Furthermore, the warm and mild climate means that the Fraser Coast is perfect to explore all year around. Enjoy!
Friedrichshafen lies like a sparkling jewel on the shores of the beautiful Lake Constance surrounded by magnificent mountains. It is a quiet atmosphere and the untouched nature help you to lean back and relax while explorers appreciate Friedrichshafen’s undisputed position as the birthplace of the Zeppelin. So come and discover a variety of leisure facilities, a wealth of cultural attractions and exciting aviation history. Enjoy the Swabian cosiness associated with urban flair having the chance to cross borders to Switzerland in less than an hour.
There is one reason, and one reason alone, why the Canary Islands’ second largest sibling attracts so many visitors – the beaches. Whether you like your beach life slow and sedentary or quick and crazy, Fuerteventura caters for all. With the most glorious swathes of gold in the archipelago – some would say in the whole of southern Europe – the island is a Mecca to both sun worshippers and water sports professionals alike.
Sitting proudly on the shores of Hakata Bay, Fukuoka is a city ablaze with the neon glare of the 21st century. At the same time the city is in touch with its rich cultural heritage and its beautiful, natural surroundings.
In 1831 Charles Darwin sailed to South America aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. On the return voyage across the Pacific, the vessel stopped on a small group of islands far off the Ecuadorian coast, changing the course of human scientific endeavour and self-understanding forever. Fascinated by the unique wildlife on the islands, Darwin collected biological specimens and studied them over the next 30 years. His findings led to the formulation of the scientific theory of evolution by natural selection. This small group of islands and their one-of-a-kind wildlife are to thank for one of humanity’s most remarkable discoveries, and today, almost 200 years later, they remain a source of endless fascination, and a favourite travel destination for scientists, nature and wildlife enthusiasts, scuba divers, and anyone interested in the wonders of the natural world.
A remarkable county with a truly unique atmosphere, Galway in the West of Ireland gets under your skin like no other place in the world. Dramatic, haunting and utterly wild, the craggy countryside at times looks unforgiving, yet rich with bursts of color. The Gaeltacht area of County Galway offers an authentic insight into life through the Irish language, and the Aran Islands have a breathtaking beauty of their own. Galway’s got great beaches, soaring mountains, lovely villages, fabulous pubs and some of the friendliest people in Ireland.
“Discover your true nature“: This motto is the central philosophy encompassing the tourist attractions offered at the renowned holiday destination of Garmisch-Partenkirchen all year round. In the midst of beautiful mountain views, the most famous town of the Bavarian Alps offers a wide variety of topnotch holidays. At the foot of Mount Zugspitze, nature is aImpressive, historic facades and lovingly painted houses are splendid and the charming inhabitants give the town its atmosphere.
Tricity is a special complex of three different urban bodies connected due to their unique location on Gdańsk Bay (Zatoka Gdańska) and divided from the rest of the World by post-glacial moraines. Gdańsk is a thousand years old, is the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship with high architectural and cultural values, and is joined onto Sopot, the most famous health resort and spa, which is located next to Gdynia, a modernistic, cutting-edge city. The three cities are connected by a fast railway line, offering combined leisure and cultural packages and shopping bargains. It is well connected to land, air and sea transport and affords lots of attractions and a unique climate.
Geneva nestles like a sparkling jewel on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here everything exudes quality, elegance and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The place is buzzing with people from all corners of the world. The city has excellent restaurants, exclusive shops, beautiful parks, a vibrant cultural life and interesting museums. A practical aspect is that Geneva is geographically quite small. You can wander around the town in an hour, and it is easy to go on quick one-day excursions to the idyllic surroundings.
Genoa, "La Superba", is a city that makes a profound impression. Sandwiched between the sea and the Ligurian hills, Genoa spreads upwards from the port, a jumble of a city with a long and chequered history. The European Capital of Culture in 2004, Genoa has dozens of museums and galleries, a renowned theatre, and the largest aquarium in Europe. The city has good shopping, the best nightlife in Liguria and excellent restaurants. Day excursions along the stunning Ligurian coast are highly recommended.
Ghent is a compact, authentic city where the past and present co-exist in perfect balance. Walking through the city is like travelling through time: you turn the corner and just like that, you go from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first. In Ghent pounds the young heart of a cultural city filled with music, theatre, film and visual arts. Because of its central location in Flanders, Ghent is an ideal operating base to visit the Flemish Art Cities. A wide range of overnight facilities including one to four star full service hotels and B&B’s, makes sure there is a choice for every budget. Ghent is ready to welcome you with open arms.
Girona is the perfect example of a Catalan city. Moreover, it is a place where ancient grandeur blends in with the region’s contemporary style. This is a thoroughly modern city with a large student population, a thriving art scene, hip bars and chic shops. It is no wonder that for years running, Girona has been voted the best place to live in Spain.
Glasgow is the 21st-century magnet of Great Britain, with an energetic, yet sophisticated vibe. Formerly Britain's major center of industrial prowess, it has been rapidly transforming into a booming hub for art and culture in the past decades and prides itself on a never-ending stream of up-and-coming musicians and a thriving nightlife. Glasgow is also home to many excellent modern Scottish restaurants dedicated to preserving their Scottish heritage, and some of the best shopping in the country.
Australia’s Gold Coast is a fun and diverse city, offering action packed days and fun filled nights that are enjoyed by more than 10 million visitors each year. Families, couples, business delegates and solo travellers will all find an experience to suit their needs and budget, as the Gold Coast serves up more attractions and venues than any other destination in the southern hemisphere. Get into the Gold Coast’s easy living lifestyle with 70 kilometres of sun, sand and surf at your doorstep plus 100,000 hectares of world heritage listed rainforest just a short drive away.
The beauty of Gothenburg is seen as you walk around the harbour and city centre, exploring the different neighborhoods that lend the area a nice, relaxing feel. There are cafés on every street corner and world-class restaurants serving the freshest ingredients. Gothenburg offers year-round events and attractions like the Liseberg amusement park and the Opera, sporting events, the annual film festival, book fair the Way Out West music festival and much more.
There’s something very special about Gotland. It might be the light, the beaches and the ever present sea. The fact that the island is one of the sunniest places in Sweden – even in November – certainly helps. Or it could be the cultural heritage, the history you can see and feel everywhere. Or the people: down-to-earth, hospitable folk who make the most of life. Perhaps it’s the bustling street life in the walled city of Visby. Or is it the scenery, the open and inviting landscape? You’re welcome to discover and explore this one-of-a-kind island, or to rest. The distances here are never far – between north and south, east and west, city and country… and between people. Gotland is always close.
Gran Canaria's more than the sum of its famous beaches, where holidaymakers assume the horizontal position to lap up one of the world's most-celebrated climates. It's not hard to see why capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was named after the island's palms. They are here, there, and everywhere. If you think of active sports in GC, you'll probably think of diving and surfing. But head to the island's interior to climb. It's even possible to ascend Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria's iconic Cloud Rock. Little wonder GC's dubbed the miniature continent.
The impressive, enchanting shadow of the Alhambra casts a magical spell upon all who pass through Granada. This is a city of legends created by gypsies and pirates, played out in the warren of the Alyayzin, and in the inescapable presence of the ancient Moorish castle, the famous Alhambra. The Sierra Nevada Mountains provide an impressive backdrop and add to the enchanting feel of this miraculous place.
Washington’s mountains rise from the ground like the mighty, mythical gods of lore. Stretching upwards with little regard for the communities of people peppered around them, such grand indifference captures our imaginations and awe. We strive to scale and conquer them, to master their trails and hills, and their magnificence allows us to transcend who we are in some magical way. Grand Mound, Washington places you within reach of the state’s majestic mountains, and thus its main attractions.
Graz – Austria’s culinary and cultural capital. A practical tip from the start: If you want to explore Graz, wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. Why? Even if Graz is actually small – the second-largest city in Austria with a quarter of a million resident by no means a “big city” – you should be prepared for the fact that time also flies in the many short lanes. Comfortable footwear goes easy on busy feet here. In the historic old town with its roads, streets, squares and courtyards there’s lots to explore and even more to be enjoyed, for Graz is also the culinary capital which you should not only see but taste as well.
Grenoble is the gateway to the Alps and a geographic crossing where the rivers Isère and Drac meet. With Switzerland to the north, Italy to the east and Provence to the south, the city is surrounded by three mountain chains. It is a cosmopolitan city with cafés, museums and restaurants. Best of all, you can see the Alps from almost every street corner.
Unlike most of China, Guangzhou is not likely to elicit the level of curiosity that can be a bit overwhelming in other parts of the mainland. This is mainly because long before Marco Polo shipped up in the port of Canton (as it was then known during the 14th century), Guangzhou had a well-defined foreign quarter that has by and large remained a constant through the centuries. Spoiled by its lush Pearl Delta location, Cantonese cuisine offers a choice and variety of food that is a world away from its pale western imitations. With a vibrant, rocking nightlife and an array of shopping options around the city, it has everything you could desire for a few days stopover.
Guilin has been a favourite for a long time amongst travellers to China. This compact city is most famous for the green mountains, crystal clear waters, unique caves and the beautiful cliffs around it. The karst peaks and the surrounding area is world renowned for its beautiful scenery. Yet it is not only this stunning landscape that draws visitors to Guilin, its unique folk customs are also unforgettable experiences in themselves.
Like a big city in a more convenient format! Halmstad’s rhythm pulsates all year round. The summer town with fresh, salt-water swimming, hectic entertainment in Tylösand, exciting activities for all the family, several golf courses and a rich cultural life. Add to that, the rich food tradition with salmon and sea food. A real smörgåsbord for both body and soul!
Elbe and Alster, the historic Town Hall, the unique Speicherstadt, the nightlife on the famous Reeperbahn, the traditional Hamburg fish market shape the image of Hamburg, Germany’s green city on the water. HafenCity offers modern architecture and the new landmark Elbe Philharmonic Hall. In Hamburg prestige, elegance and modernity are combined to a globally unique atmosphere.
Perfectly situated in the Great Barrier Reef, among the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, wondrous coral reefs, unique flora and fauna, divine food and wines and an amazing calendar of special events. With its laid-back luxury and activities almost too numerous to mention, Hamilton is the great, Great Barrier Reef island.
Like Yin and Yang, Hangzhou, the capital city of the Zhejiang Province, has two sides that complete each other. This historic city is a showcase for traditional medicine, religion and art as well as a shining example of China’s rapid economic development. Combining idyllic natural beauty, a grand heritage through the ages and an air of affluence, Hangzhou is one of the country’s most liveable and pleasant cities to linger in.
A modern metropolis set among countless idyllic little towns and villages – with its programme of major events and open-air concerts, the baroque Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen and its top-notch artistic and cultural offerings, Hannover can boast a range of absorbing leisure activities that scarcely any other city can rival. Among the tourist highlights of the area surrounding the state capital are Lake Steinhude, the ridge of the Deister Hills or Marienburg Castle. 66 reasons for your stay in
If Saigon is the frenetic, commercial heartbeat of Vietnam then gentle, verdant, historic Hanoi is the sedate, intellectual soul of the country. Its leafy boulevards, serene lakes and sweeping white French colonial architecture set the scene as tourists and locals alike seem to go about their business at a pleasingly civilised pace. The city is the administrative capital of the country and its political metronome still beats to communist time, but with a distinctly modern nod towards welcoming tourists from all over the world to enjoy its rich and varied heritage.
The small town of Haugesund offers a broad spectrum of natural beauty ranging from a vast and wild coastline to snow-capped mountains with cascading waterfalls flowing into the fjords. It is known as the Homeland of the Vikings, as the area used to hold the royal seat of ancient Viking Kings. Today it is a prime travel destination that encapsulates everything Norway has to offer: fjords, waterfalls, mountains, rugged coasts and an eclectic city culture full of both fascinating history and a forward-thinking spirit.
"The city in its setting and entire surroundings may be said to have something ideal." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1797). Scarcely any other European city has had its praises so often sung as Heidelberg. The mysterious Heidelberg Castle, the picturesque Old Town, and as Goethe himself stated, the perfection of its setting – in the nineteenth century, all of this attracted the German romanticists, who immortalized Heidelberg in poetry, music, and art. Today the charm of Old Heidelberg is combined with a future-oriented and international focus.
Experience our beautiful city with a large and varied range of shopping on Sweden’s oldest pedestrianised street. Visit the museums and parks or one of the superb beaches right in our city centre. Along the coast there are also many picturesque fishing villages. A different kind of pleasure that you shouldn’t miss is a boat trip between Helsingborg and Elsinore. Life is enjoyable in Helsingborg. Welcome!
Close your eyes. What do you see when you think about Skåne? Undulating fields of rapeseed, villages where the roads winds its way between half-timbered houses and long sandy beaches. If so, then you're quite right. But here in Northwest Skåne we have a little bit more of everything. There's drama here, too. Söderåsen features wild primeval forests and Kullaberg draws visitors who come to marvel at the precipices and caves. Welcome to the Helsingborg Family!
Helsinki, the modern and cosmopolitan capital of Finland situated on the Baltic Sea, is a city with over half a million residents. Helsinki offers lots to see, do and experience year round. Discover the maritime appeal, unique design and architecture attractions, exciting food culture, great shopping opportunities and over 3,000 lively events held each year. Feel the cultural influences from both the East and West, meet the friendly locals and enjoy the slow rhythm of urban Helsinki. Explore and be inspired: www.visithelsinki.fi.
Hilton Head Island, on the southern coast of South Carolina, is filled with beautiful ocean views, antebellum relics, beds of oysters, and Southern charm. Everything about the island speaks of posh sophistication with a laid back attitude. Out on the ocean waters you can see trawlers and other boats; in the canals and inlets, yachts are frequently floating and enjoying the sunny weather. Golf courses designed by some of the sport's finest players abound, as do alligators sunning themselves in sand traps and small ponds. Dolphins frequently swim the waters of Harbour Town, a unique section of Hilton Head that caters to yachts, shoppers, and golfers. Restaurants featuring fresh fish and oysters are everywhere. In whatever season you visit, Hilton Head Island and its surrounding areas are full of fun things to do year round.
Located near the Mekong River, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most exciting city in Vietnam. With a population now almost 8 million people, it’s one of the densest urban areas in the world and it’s common to see houses where several families share the same living space. For a foreigner, visiting Ho Chi Minh is a real experience! It’s a vibrant and an ‘in transition’ city. Unlike other cities in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is also very active at night, with many bars and restaurants to entertain you!
The capital city of Tasmania is the perfect base from which to explore other diverse and fascinating parts of the state. These includes the Huon Valley and the South West Wilderness, Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur with its convict history and the lovely rural areas and historic towns along the Heritage Highway. Tasmania is well known for producing beautiful food and wine and has many great restaurants, breweries and wineries to tantalise your tastebuds.
Nestled withing the lush Al-Ahsa Oasis in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, the city of Hofuf (itself known as Al-Ahsa or Al-Hasa) sprawls over the palm-tree covered lands inhabited since the prehistoric times. Hofuf is packed with historic sites, architectural monuments and natural wonders - from forts and palaces to the whimsical Qara Mountain Caves and natural springs.
Experience the dramatic nature in The High Coast, a World Heritage with a wonderful scenery due to land uplift. Cultural life in the High Coast is rich and in the summer you can visit events like Skule Festival, Urkult and city celebrations. Here you can hike, kayak, climb, or take a ride on a horseback. It is no coincidence that more and more people visit Höga Kusten, the High Coast. For the nature and tranquillity. For the culture and the people. For activities and adventures. Härnösand, Kramfors, Örnsköldsvik and Sollefteå wish you a warm welcome to Höga Kusten, the High Coast.
Hong Kong is a young, vibrant city full of energy. This is obvious to anyone standing on the pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, looking out over Hong Kong’s impressive skyline of skyscrapers. Furthermore, this is a city that has managed to make an art of squeezing seven million people together in an area of 1.000 square kilometers. With its tropical climate, beautiful landscapes, rivers of electronic equipment, energetic nightlife and good food, Hong Kong is a tourist paradise. 25 million people come here each year to a city that has some of the highest skyscrapers in the world.
Located in Texas, the fourth largest city in the U.S. is known for NASA, its annual rodeo and the massive cluster of hospitals known as the Texas Medical Center. However, Houston has matured into a complete and downright hip vacation destination for the savvy traveler. The city is a diverse metropolis where no ethnicity comprises a majority of the population. This mix of cultures has contributed in making Houston a city of superb cuisine and world-class culture, entertainment and shopping. It is no surprise that Houston is attracting visitors from all over the world.
Australia's oldest wine region is a beautiful destination. From fine wine and gourmet food to elegant accommodation and fabulous events, a Hunter Valley getaway offers a taste of the good life. Australia's most visited wine region is home to 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors. Whether you're wine tasting, being pampered in one of the valley's day spas, or teeing off from a championship golf course, you'll enjoy a warm country welcome in the Hunter Valley.
Like so many of the towns and cities of Egypt, Hurghada as well as Luxor and Marsa Alam are living history museums. These three cities are positioned as three corners of a triangle in the Eastern Desert. Hurghada, a former fishing harbour, stretches some 15 miles or so along the waterfront and is one of the foremost areas for water sports. Marsa Alam is also found by the Red Sea coast, and tourism is just starting to make an impact. The city of Luxor, with its jaw-droppingly beautiful monuments built by the hands of ancient craftsmen, lies 150 miles or so inland on the banks of the mighty River Nile.
Besides being the clubbing capital of the world, Ibiza also has an amazing natural beauty, a superb climate and a World Heritage site. Whether you want to lose yourself to the music of the world’s best DJs in Ibiza’s unmatched party scene or if you want to enjoy the astounding clear sea, warm sun, attractive coves and eventful beaches – or a bit of everything – you have certainly come to the right place. Part of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza is a jewel in the Mediterranean Sea. You can explore the blissfulness of the island by day, party by night – all night – and then relax on one of the many divine beaches. Alternatively, you can party twenty-four-seven.
Northern Dalarna is covered in winter snow and ice for several months of the year. And we make the most of everything winter has to offer: the frozen lakes, cross-country trails, downhill skiing and walks in the snowcovered forests. Cross-Country skiing is a popular activity in northern Dalarna, in total theres mote than 500 km of well-prepared trails to choose from, some close to urban areas while others wind their way through deep forests and panoramic mountains. Alpine skiing, dog sledding, fishing, snowmobiling are just some of the acitivies available during winter in northern Dalarna.
A well preserved, colonnaded medieaval old town with its world renowned Golden Roof. Right next to this there's a brightly coloured, sparkling imperial palace, the Hofburg - baroque and monumental. A stone’s throw away is the Hofkirche, a court church containing larger-than-life bronze statues, the Schwarze Mander, standing guard around the (empty) tomb of Emperor Maximilian I., a truly breath-taking sight and unique in Europe. High above this superb architecture towers the Nordkette, a magnificent mountain range between 2300 and 2500 m.
The self-proclaimed ‘Capital of the Highlands’ is Britain’s northernmost city and is surrounded by some of the world’s most breath-taking mountain and moor land scenery. Straddling the River Ness, just a stone’s throw from Loch Ness, home of the legendary Monster, it houses some outstanding historic buildings. Inverness offers easy access to a huge choice of outdoor activities and visitor attractions, from lochs and castles to battlefields and nature reserves.
Ireland doesn't stop at its coastline or waterfront. In fact, the ends of the earth are only the beginning of the adventure – the springboard from which you cross the Atlantic Ocean to some of the country’s best-kept secrets. There’s no feeling quite like standing on an Irish island. Gazing out into the Atlantic blueness, sensing the salt on your tongue and the sea breeze on your cheeks, a visit to these outposts is an enlivening experience. Wild, rugged and beautiful - welcome to Ireland’s Islands
As if the honor of being deemed "America's Safest Big City"* since 2005 isn't enough, Irvine − the center of Orange County, California − offers visitors shopping, diverse dining, outdoor recreation and family-friendly activities. Just minutes from the area's popular beaches and world-famous attractions − Irvine is the ideal location for a true Southern California experience!
The majestic Faisal Mosque stands against the backdrop of the lush Margalla Hills as a symbol of a Pakistan placed firmly in the modern day, while holding on to its history and traditions. The capital city of Islamabad is a forward-thinking metropolis nestled among the green base of the Himalayas, and though it has traditionally been thought of mainly as a diplomatic city, it has recently grown to become an important business and financial centre for the region, as well as an emerging travel destination, one which, together with its neighbouring sister city of Rawalpindi, gives travelers in-the-know a taste of all sides of contemporary Pakistan.
It’s easy to lose yourself In Istanbul’s grandiose history, but modern Istanbul is a simmering metropolis, well worth a visit in its own right. The shopping is world class and the nightlife pulsates around Taksim Square. Even though Istanbul is no longer the capital, it’s still the country’s business and cultural centre, still the city where new trends are created.
“The beautiful city,” as it is known in Turkey, Izmir welcomes the visitor with a demonstration of warmth and friendliness worthy of the renowned Turkish hospitality. A city of contrasts, Izmir offers the visitor the best of both the modern and ancient worlds steeped in history, while at the same time, a cosmopolitan and vibrant city. With warm summers and mild winters, Izmir is a year-round destination.
Wyoming attracts those who need not the frills and thrills of traditional vacation hotspots or high-octane amusements. It attracts those who are drawn instinctively to areas of earthy subsistence, where the only apparent wealth is a wealth of nature and beauty. The town of Jackson Hole is a reflection of its greater state, having both an aesthetic appreciation of its wilderness, as well as a nod to a heritage of ranching and farming. In recognition of its wonderful outdoors, Ski Magazine even named the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort “North America's Overall #1 Resort for 2014.” Embrace the wide open “old West” with a travel to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Indonesia’s sprawling capital is one of the fastest-growing, most chaotic and most exciting places in South-East Asia. It is the gateway to a vast, vibrant and varied island nation that’s home to dozens of fascinating cultures. Formerly the colonial capital of the Dutch East Indies – when it was known as Batavia – Jakarta has grown from its original seaport district into a huge modern conurbation of high-rise hotels and apartments, thronged shopping malls and wide, crowded avenues.
For centuries, Jeddah has been an meeting point for traders, travelers and pilgrims in the Red Sea. It is a major port, an important commercial centre and the second largest city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, famous for its wealth of restaurants, cafes and shopping districts and for its comparatively liberal social life. But to many the city is more important because it is a gateway for millions of pilgrims on their way to the holiest places in Islam: Mecca and Medina. It is a grand city with history, personality and tons of opportunity.
Surrounded by vineyards and with over 30 bodegas (wine cellars) devoted to the art of making sherry and brandy, you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s all Jerez is about. This aristocratic city with an ancient heart, unusual museums, an atmospheric gypsy quarter and some outstanding architecture, is also the cradle of flamenco, the home of the magnificent ‘dancing’ Andalucian horses and the capital of motorcycle racing.
The southernmost and largest of the Channel Islands - Jersey - has much to offer with its fine blend of English and French influences. Quaint fishing villages dot the island's coastline - St Aubin, for example, boasts marvellous sandy beaches and a collection of dramatic craggy coastal walks. The inland is just as rewarding. Here you can find fascinating attractions, diverse historic sites and gentle verdant scenery, all linked by narrow country lanes. Festivals play a big a part in island life and barely a month goes by without a local seasonal event being celebrated. The capital is St Helier and whilst small, it is a cosmopolitan harbour town. St Helier is the main focus for the island’s shopping, eating, entertainment and nightlife culture.
Explore beautiful Jervis Bay within the unspoilt region of the NSW South Coast. Discover fine white sands and crystal clear waters in a marine park home to dolphins and seals. You'll also marvel at majestic whales as they migrate along the coast. Enchanting national parks are great for bushwalking and are filled with native wildlife and fascinating Aboriginal heritage. Enjoy water activities including kayaking, boating, fishing, diving and surfing. This magnificent region offers relaxation in spectacular settings where you can do as much or as little as you choose.
Though Jizan may be the smallest province in Saudi Arabia, it boasts an astounding natural and geographical diversity that few other regions can match. From scorching desert sands to deep green forests, grassy plains to rocky mountain tops, fertile land to tropical islands and colourful coral reefs, Jizan has it all. But the province is not limited to natural beauty, for it also boasts interesting archeological sites, a historic harbour that bustles with life, and a huge variety of tropical fruits, all of which combine to make Jizan a top travel destination.
Vibrant, ever-changing, fabulously wealthy, desperately poor, vast, multi-faceted Johannesburg flings contrasts at you from every angle. Trees line streets where houses hide their manicured gardens and pristine blue swimming pools behind high white walls, miles of shacks tell of the effects of the apartheid years – still to be overcome. The air of Africa’s most dynamic city vibrates with music and buzzes with business while its stylish restaurants, elegant shops, art galleries and theatres delight the international visitor.
We're so pleased that you've discovered Jönköping! We offer some of the best experiences in Sweden. The fresh breezes and breathtaking view from Lake Vättern create harmony in our community and inspire us to do good things - things we like to share! Nature has been wonderfully generous here. The region is dotted with beautiful small lakes, rolling wooded hils, meadows, wetlands and - not least - a kilometre long beach in the town centre. Jönköping is an ideal venue for meetings and trade, strategically located between Sweden's three largest cities. We are proud of our region and eager to share our natural assets with you.
Enjoy a holiday with sun and swimming, shopping and entertainment, art and culture. Kalmar offers the opportunities of a large city but also the proximity and charm of a smaller place. Within walking and bicycling distance, you can enjoy beaches, parks, forests, meadows, cobblestone streets, shops, museums, cafés and galleries. And an honest-to-goodness castle with pinnacles and towers. Today Kalmar is a modern city, but wherever you go, you feel the pulse of history.
Kansas City is unique in that it is located within two states: Missouri and Kansas. Officially nicknamed "The City of Fountains," it boasts beautiful scenery and luxurious locales. From its famous barbecue to its lustrous casinos, there is plenty to do, see, and eat in Kansas City. There are three defining things Kansas City can offer you in volume; Creative Arts, Entertainment, and die-hard Sports. This means that for any mood you're in, there is something for you out there to spend your time on and enjoy it to the fullest!
Karlshamn is a lively and charming coastal town with a fascinating history and a stunning archipelago on its doorstep. There are naturally many beauty spots among the islands and along the coast, but explore a little further inland and you will find leafy forests and great days out. There is no shortage of things to see and entertain you in Karlshamn itself, whatever your tastes. Read more about Karlshamn at the page "The City".
Karlskrona - in the middle of the archipelago! Karlskrona is a unique and exciting world heritage environment, where people come to meet, relax and be inspired. In Karlskrona, the distance is short between sights, and the city center is situated 6 km out in the archipelago! Here you will find exciting places to visit, nice shopping, cosy cafés and restaurants - and the sea is ever present. Discover new islands every day. Take the archipelago boat and explore exciting places together with the family. On these pages Karlskrona has made a selection that they hope will entice you to visit! Did we forget to mention that the sun shines alot here? Karlskrona is the sunniest place in Sweden 2015!
Karlstad is a wonderfully compact Swedish city, built on a grid pattern with wide, tree-lined streets, avenues, promenades and squares. Karlstad has a "big city" feel, with many quality hotel and other accommodation options, with the advantage that Karlstad’s many attractions are just a short walk away: shopping streets, malls and arcades, culture, historical sites, urban nature activities, parks, transport and amenities. Don’t forget that this is child-friendly Sweden and children are welcome everywhere in Karlstad.
Stunning Himalayan vistas, big city bustle, centuries-old temples and an array of vibrant colours, intoxicating aromas and friendly smiles all come together in the eclectic metropolis that is Kathmandu. It is an emerging cosmopolitan city, yet it remains steeped in cultural, artistic and religious tradition and it offers visitors an assortment of unique sights and experiences. Independent travelers and trekking groups alike will find no shortage of things to do, see and enjoy while in the Nepalese capital. In 2015 a powerful earthquake devastated much of the city, killing over 8,000 people and destroying nearly 600,000 homes. Such a tragedy would naturally leave a scar on any society, but the city and its people have endured, and life is slowly returning to normal. Monuments are reopening, homes are being rebuilt and daily life is slowly becoming what it once was.
Prosperity and the extensive growth in the late 19th century was brought by the coal and steel industry which converted the city into the biggest Silesian metropolis in Poland. Today the heavy industry has disappeared and the new small businesses are creating a flourishing, creative and a modern city. With all the great historical monuments and art museums, combined with the atmosphere spread by the inhabitants you will feel that Katowice is a unique place in Poland. Walk the beautiful old township Nikiszowiec during the day and be inspired by the art and music presented all over the city. Do not forget to stroll around in the lovely shops and when the evening comes be prepared to spend a long night clubbing and dancing.
Kauai challenges the conventional getaway with the mantra that you should never compromise on perfection while choosing vacation destinations. With 50 combined miles of stark, white sand beaches, bounties of tropical flowers, 10 spectacular golf courses, opportunities for both deep sea and freshwater fishing, several navigable rivers, world-class resorts, and more, Kauai is the definition of perfection.
Formerly the capital of Lithuania, Kaunas impresses today’s visitor. The city welcomes the visitor with statues of freedom fighters, poets, and grand dukes. The city's heroic past is present in the remnants of a castle. The fact that Kaunas was Lithuania's capital during the 1920s and 1930s has left the city with many architectural gems of that period. Many universities make Kaunas a city that is pulsing with the energy of youth. Now, clearly looking to the future, it has a vibrant, welcoming vision ready to share its once hidden charms and designed to meet every visitor’s needs. So, do come and visit Kaunas -you will find more than you expected.
Kerry is more than a mere county – it’s a Kingdom... Right out on the edge of Europe, where Ireland’s highest mountains dip down into the wild Atlantic Ocean, is the ancient Kingdom of Kerry. This is the furthest west you can go in all of Ireland. “Next parish, Manhattan” they say here. And it’s partly this far-flung feel – away from the rest of the world in Ireland’s beautiful South West corner – that makes it so appealing. There’s good food, fine pubs, easy banter and live music to be found right across Kerry in lively towns and tiny settlements. And while visitors may argue about their favourite towns, everyone genuflects to the perfection that is the Kerry landscape. It’s just drop-dead gorgeous.
Today, people still flock to Ketchum and Sun Valley both to relax and to seek adventure. Sun Valley is home to one of the country's most famous ski resorts, and Ketchum is considered the gateway to the Sun Valley Resort and the Sawtooth Recreation Area. Ketchum is also located close to the natural wonders of Big Wood River and parts of the Boise, Challis and Sawtooth National forests, thus providing visitors with a multitude of opportunities for fishing, hiking and trail riding. In town, it is apparent the residents of Ketchum celebrate their pioneer heritage and have combined their Old West roots with modern life. Nothing is more of a testament to this fact than the annual Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade, which features horse-drawn buggies, wagons and carts traveling down streets lined with modern shops and galleries.
The spectacular city of Key West, is part of the Monroe County, FL, United States, and also the southernmost city in the Continental US. It is located 129 miles and approximately two hours away form the cosmopolitan city of Miami. With its impeccable weather, Key West enjoys the distinction of being a major seaport destination for many passenger cruise ships. This spectacular city will offer you scenic beaches, an abundance of exciting venues to explore, multi-ethnic restaurants, and luxurious hotels with breathtaking views. Key West is really an all year destination.
Golden domes and shimmering spires peek out from the wooded hills rising above the wide Dnipro River. Leafy-green Kiev, with its traffic-packed boulevards, shopping malls, countless churches, brilliant music and lively nightlife, has embraced capitalism, yet held firmly to its heritage. The Caves Monastery is the spiritual heart of Ukraine; nearby, a gigantic Brezhnev-era Motherland statue bearing sword and shield casts her all-encompassing eye over the city, the river, and its island beaches.
Kilkenny – a beautiful and ancient county where history, modern living and rich culture fuse together across an unspoiled landscape. The ancient medieval city of Kilkenny has protected its precious heritage whilst evolving as one of Ireland’s most vibrant and enjoyable cities in which to stay. Its narrow slipways, side streets and preserved buildings, are matched only by its reputation for fine dining, great shopping, entertainment and accommodation. The county itself has a wealth of fascinating visitor attractions, from the wonders of Dunmore Cave and celebrated monastic settlements such as Jerpoint Abbey, to the magnificently restored Kilkenny Castle or the Castlecomer Discovery Park. Kilkenny’s many pretty towns and villages such as Inistioge and Bennettsbridge have a relaxed atmosphere, and you will feel at home from the moment you arrive.
250 kilometres north of the polar circle the summer sun shines for almost two months without going down, while the polar nights offer the most intense northern lights that can be found. You can do slalom skiing here until midsummer, or spend the night in a magnificent hotel built out of ice. The kingdom of contrasts is a hackneyed phrase, but Kiruna is the original.
Klosters offer snow-capped mountains, bright blue skies, crisp fresh air along with a peaceful and scenic getaway from the buzz of city life. With the various activities on offer such as horse drawn sleigh rides, snowboarding, curling, ice hockey, ice skating, paragliding, an 8.5 km sledding route and top class restaurants, you will be hard pushed to run out of things to do.
With such beauty and charm, Koh Samui has something that appeals to just about everyone. Every year the island attracts more than 1,5 million people from all over the world that come here to do nothing or everything. So many people could not be wrong! With its beautiful beaches, clear water, great food, fun parties and superb shopping, you could certainly say that this Thai paradise has it all.
Kos is one of the most popular islands in the Dodecanese. The island has a well-established tourist industry, which benefits visitors because the island is very organized. The locals are very friendly people and they have realized just how important tourism is for the island. Kos offers plenty of action in the summer, but goes rather quiet in the wintertime.
Kota Kinabalu is a true oriental pearl and the capital of Sabah, a state in Malaysia. Surrounded by spectacular waters, mountains and ancient rainforest, this is truly the gateway to Borneo. Vibrant and friendly variations of everything can be found in the city, which is guaranteed to captivate you.
Krabi is a southern Thai province on a beautiful Andaman coast. Its natural attractions including white sandy beaches, clear water, coral reefs, caves and waterfalls, make Krabi one of the top holiday destinations in the world. In an area of exceptional natural beauty, Krabi is a region of archipelagos, where islands vent out of the sea and isolated beaches that are only accessible by colourfully decorated long-tail boats.
This medieval city looks like it has fallen straight out of a fairytale book, with its bustling market square, spiralling Gothic towers, castles and legends about dragons. Explore the narrow backstreets, hidden courtyards and the network of underground cellars and tunnels. Krakow is known as the cultural capital of Poland through its love of music, poetry and theatre. After years of occupation and struggle, Krakow has emerged a proud city with a strong sense of identity, yet has still maintained its artistic and fun-loving soul.
Kristianstad - in the middle of nature and with nature in the middle of town! Renaissance town in the heart of Kristianstads Vattenrike. Experience nature from naturum Vattenriket visitor center, or safari by boat, jeep, bike or by foot. Nature activities in all seasons – for instance eagle safari in winter or crane safari in spring. The town centre with hotels, cafés, restaurants and culture activities is situated within five minutes walk. Within a short distance from Kristianstad you find incredible fishing spots, miles of beaches, perfect golf courses and bike routes!
Kuala Lumpur (or “KL,” as the locals say) is the capital of Malaysia. The days when it all began as mud flats and tin deposits (in the 1850's) seem unimaginable compared to it's current state. You will find many traces of history in the beautifully preserved architecture. Today, Kuala Lumpur is the International Garden City of Lights where shoppers are spoiled for choices. From street vendors to luxurious boutiques, connoisseurs broaden their palates, party animals find sanctuaries, and naturists are wowed. Whoever you are, this vibrant, multicultural city awaits with endless offers.
Kungsbacka is on the west coast 20 minutes south of Gothenburg. With great sights, fine shopping, lovely nature and 80 km of coast with attractive beaches, Kungsbacka has something for everyone.
What oil-rich, desertous Kuwait lacks in glitz and glamour it makes up for in family-friendly entertainment and cultural haunts - the coastal Kuwait City and Salmiya are laden with museums, attractions and modern amusement parks guaranteed to keep visitors to the area occupied for days on end. Shopping opportunities abound (feel free to choose from modern mega-malls and traditional souks), as do sandy beaches and swimming venues sought after in the summertime.
La Rochelle is more than just a seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. The city is an inevitable place to visit on the coast as one of the largest French harbor cities in terms of business and tourism.With its 1,000 years of history, it is also one of the best-kept secrets in the region. You will be surprised by its architectural heritage, its unique atmosphere, the diversity of its museums and its eclectic nightlife. The area is quite warm thanks to the Gulf Stream, on a par with the French Riviera!
Hungary has no marine coastline nowadays, but it does have the Hungarian Sea, otherwise known as Lake Balaton. The lake has been popular since the Magyar tribes first galloped into the Carpathian Basin in 896 and shows no signs of losing it's appeal. A collection of resort towns and an interesting bicycle route ring the 77 kilometre long lake. Hévíz-Balaton Airport is 20 kilometres from Keszthely at the southern end of the lake. From there, you can hire a car or take a bus and explore some of the resorts.
Lake Havasu City’s reputation as a stomping ground for parties and the Spring Break community comes second to the wondrous, natural grandeur of the area. “Arizona’s Playground” sparkles under the 300 days of sunshine and basks in sandy coves, beaches and 60 miles of navigable waterways. The world famous London Bridge is the town’s biggest attraction, along with all of the lake’s waterfront activities. Fishing, boating, swimming, and a wealth of other aquatic excursions are always in season. The numerous hills and mountainsides are a haven for hikers and explorers and Lake Havasu City itself is a haven for anyone with a heart for emprise.
Lake Tahoe is California’s masterpiece. The basin of glistening waters and palatial mountains was formed out of calamitous volcanic activity and glacial works of art millions of years ago, giving rise to the astounding tourist attraction of today. Divided into North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe with equal parts gorgeous, Tahoe keeps locals and visitors occupied all year round. Ski resorts, warm-weather recreation, casinos, reputable nightlife venues, fantastic food, and perfect access to Reno, Carson City and Sacramento all make Lake Tahoe the ultimate vacation destination.
Lamezia Terme was formed in 1968, thanks to the unification of three separate towns in the Province of Catanzaro. It is the central part of Calabria, a zone celebrated for its beautiful landscapes. The city is found between the cliffs of the Tyrrenhian coast and the sand dunes of the Ionic coast – just to the south of the Sila, a sort of Alpine range in the heart of the Mediterranean.
Landskrona is a town in southern Sweden with around 40,000 residents, close to Malmö and Copenhagen. It’s easy to get here by car, train or air; Copenhagen Airport is only about 50 miles away. Landskrona has lots of green space, with several parks and the oldest area of allotments in Sweden. Right next to the allotments is the Citadel, one of the best-preserved 16th century fortresses in the Nordic countries. We also recommend a trip to the island of Ven, which is a great place to experience the natural world.
Sun, warmth and relaxation are just the start. More than 300 volcanic peaks create a fascinating lunar landscape on the “Island of Fire”, the landscape of which is tinged with pink, purple and ochre. Subterranean caves, tunnels and lakes entice the calmest visitors to seek adventure. For surfers, moreover, Lanzarote is the Canary Island with the most perfect waves. It is often rumoured that the island was once part of the lost city of Atlantis... come see for yourself!
Wilderness and unspoiled scenery entice you to Swedish Lapland and provide breathtaking winter adventures, trips along rivers, and exhilarating hikes. Get to know the unique Sami culture and relax in the reindeer sleigh while watching pulsating northern lights dance in the heavens above. The national parks and seductive tastes of reindeer, trout and arctic raspberries add colour to your holiday. Here you can discover the secrets of the mines, traditional marketplaces, enjoy a summer sun that never wants to set and the Icehotel that glitters like crystal.
The holiday area of Lappeenranta and Imatra is located on the banks of Europe’s fourth largest lake, Saimaa. It has attracted tourists for centuries, among them Russian tsars. In winter, you can explore the beautiful nature on snowmobile safaris, snowshoe hikes and ski trips. The region offers hundreds of kilometres of ski trails. In summer, options range from boating to spending time at a cabin and going on a fishing trip. And don’t forget the four magnificent spas, whose luxury treatments will pamper and relax you! In addition to cultural and historical sights, there is a vast array of art exhibitions, events and concerts to choose from. Shopping in Lappeenranta and Imatra is fun and surprisingly affordable.
Las Vegas is a mystical, dazzling, glitzy sea of neon lights. It beckons visitors with luxurious accommodations, unbelievable shows, exquisite restaurants, world-class gambling, and decadence on a grandiose scale. It is ancient Rome, romantic Paris, exotic Egypt, exciting New York City, and the Canals of Venice all rolled into one fabulous vacation destination. With millions of people having Las Vegas in their sights every year, it is not difficult to see why it has earned the title of Entertainment Capital of the world.
Experience a pleasant relaxed city nestling on the banks of the River Tamar where the North and South Esk Rivers converge. Launceston is often called the ‘garden city’ for its extensive parkland and flourishing gardens. It contains many historic buildings, a vivid reminder of the city’s heritage. This is the ideal base for exploring the rich and varied countryside surrounding the city.
Cap d’Agde, an authentic southern town on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Cap d'Agde in the Languedoc in the south of France enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and everyone agrees that it is a great holiday destination. Made up of 4 distinct and complementary sites, the area includes Cap d’ Agde's seaside resort, the historic Cité d'Agde and the fishing villages of Grau d’Agde and La Tamarissière. Located on a volcanic site between the Canal du Midi, the river and sea, Cap d’Agde boasts 3 ports, 14 km of partly wild and partly developed fine sandy beaches, a natural environment made up of parks, pine forests, closely protected marine areas, historical monuments, astonishing heritage, top quality sporting facilities and is a permanent whirl of activity.
You would never expect to step into Bavaria while visiting Washington, but upon entering Leavenworth, you will certainly feel as though you have been transported to Germany. Nearly 25% of the town's residents can trace their ancestry back to Germany, and they have brought that European feel with them. Though the town is small, what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality. Enjoy great food, fantastic people, beautiful land, and a bevy of activities for every season. If you're visiting in the winter, make sure to go skiing or sleigh riding; in the summer, take part in wine tastings, river rafting, and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains. October may be the best time to visit as Leavenworth is a fantastic place for Oktoberfest, which is celebrated throughout the month. Don't worry, though; if you can't be there for October, with all the delicious German foods, beers, cafés, Bavarian architecture, and beautiful views, anytime is a great time to visit Leavenworth.
For over a century, guaranteed snow, hospitality, tradition and sophisticated tranquillity have been attracting winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world to Lech Zürs am Arlberg. It is one of the select group of twelve villages known as the "Best of the Alps". It is not only ambitious sportspeople who appreciate this heavenly winter landscape. The winter season 2015/2016 also has plenty to offer walkers, gourmets and culture lovers. Ski Arlberg provides an unparalleled skiing experience with a total of 97 cable cars and lifts, 350 kilometres of ski runs and 200 kilometres of high Alpine deep powder snow runs.
Imagine a world built with 60 million LEGO® bricks. Enjoy Scandinavia’s biggest water park. Say hello to 40 roaring lions. Explore Denmark’s natural wonders and play a part in our fascinating history. Welcome to LEGOLAND Billund Resort!
Apart from being the hometown of Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn, Leipzig is also one of Germany’s tourism hot spots, and a centre for commerce and culture. With its rich history, beautiful architecture, a vibrant cultural scene, great shopping and a lively nightlife, Leipzig bids you welcome!
Whatever you are looking for in a city, can be found in Leuven. A university city with a small-town feel, but completely in pace with a rapidly changing society. Leuven is situated right in the centre of Belgium. Its easy accessibility is an advantage. But there are many more good reasons to visit the "Jewel of the River Dyle". You will soon find out: this city will never let you go.
This historic city, sitting pretty on the banks of the River Shannon, is Ireland’s first ever City of Culture. Limerick is a perfect fit to take up this mantle. This, after all, is where Frank McCourt set his novel, Angela’s Ashes. It’s a city peppered with galleries, lorded over by King John’s Castle and awash with elegantly crumbling Georgian architecture - but it also boasts a thriving street art scene, a lively festival schedule and a mouth-watering foodie crossroads in the Milk Market. No matter when you visit, you’ll be able to explore streets and galleries chockablock with film, theatre, dance, literature and the visual arts. And there really is something for everyone to fall in love with.
Overlooking a river among green hills, Limoges has long been synonymous with the finest porcelain, while its tradition of enamelware goes back even further. Many sights and attractions are about that proud history. Those industries brought immense wealth to the town, reflected in many impressive medieval buildings built of local rose-tinted granite. The air of prosperity, style and joie de vivre continues today, with good shops and restaurants, plenty to do and always more to discover.
Mountainous views. Fresh, flowing streams. And a kingdom of forests and wildlife. Lincoln, New Hampshire was established as one of America’s first colonies in 1782—and the town has been attracting the adventurous ever since! There truly is no limit to the exploration: hiking, camping, picnicking, skiing, snowboarding, birding, sightseeing, and more are yours. Guests to the Lincoln can also expect a trim of standard New England luxury, with fine dining, upscale shopping districts, and spa retreats.
Discover Linköping - located on the stunning Östgöta Plains in the province of Östergötland. There’s a lot to see and do here year round! Are you itching to dive into the heat of city life, or is a relaxing country jaunt more to your taste? You don’t have to choose – all the culture and entertainment of Linköping is just minutes away from our amazing countryside of plains, lakes and canals. Go on a boat ride, wander the Östgöta Trail, go to the theater or have a bite to eat at one of the city’s many restaurants. The charm is in the size - Big enough to have most everything, small enough to have it all close at hand. Linköping is quite simply a little big city. It makes life refreshingly easy and enjoyable. Welcome to Linköping!
Linz – a cultural metropolis, and an oasis of green. Linz an der Donau is an innovative, contemporary city. It is a place where nature, culture and business come together to form a harmonious whole. The 2009 European Capital of Culture sports the slogan “Linz, verändert” (“Linz, changes”), and lives up to the slogan in full. Linz, a successful location for business, has emerged as an outstanding destination for culture, offering dynamism and a high quality of life. The capital city of Upper Austria is a showcase for theatre and music, but equally for contemporary art, history and science.
Lisbon basks in the sun reflecting off the Tejo River and quickly seduces most visitors. The mixture of history and modernity, of small town and metropolis, of the antiquated and the shining new is irresistible. Add excellent shopping, late but safe night life and restaurants with Europe’s best fish, and you have Lisbon in a nutshell.
This wonderful city has something for everyone and the people of Liverpool, who have a burning love for it are more than happy to share it with you. From their music - officially the World Capital of Pop to their football (one of the most passionate in the world) to their stunning architecture and maritime heritage. It's no surprise Liverpool was voted one of the top destinations to visit.
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is the nexus of Europe. Namely, the unique character of Ljubljana is made up of the influences of various cultures, while its distinctive image is the result of a diverse and alluring history. Ljubljana is a picturesque city of romantic bridges, co-existing in harmony with its own river; a city with an exquisite architecture, full of vibrant cultural creativity. It is also the junction of different culinary regions and modern techniques guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding customers. Ljubljana’s ancient centre at the foot of the hill, overlooked by Ljubljana Castle, is relatively small and easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. The lush vegetation surrounding the city guarantees plenty of outdoor hiking, cycling and recreational opportunities.
Lodz, Poland’s third largest city and the former textile industry empire, today is a city of modern technologies, a city of culture and grand events. It is a metropolis where a landscape of industrial architecture mixes with silhouettes of 20th century office buildings, production halls, culture and sports buildings. Lodz is perfect for anyone wanting to get a glimpse of exciting, modern Poland.
London is the cultural, political and economic heart of Britain, famous for world-class museums, galleries, royal palaces, shopping destinations, West End theatre shows and award-winning restaurants. Visiting London? Start planning your trip right here, from booking your accommodation to creating your perfect itinerary. Whether you want to stay in a 5-star luxury hotel and sip Champagne on the London Eye, or find a cheap hostel and stroll in one of London's beautiful Royal Parks, you'll find something to suit your budget and interests.
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage-listed paradise where at any time you'll be one of only 400 visitors. A holiday on this exquisite subtropical island is relaxing and unhurried; getting around by bike or on foot is the way to go and there are plenty of activities to discover. Explore its beautiful beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and rainforest areas to discover a world of immense natural beauty.
Home of Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Sunset Strip and the Walk of Fame, Los Angeles has long lured people into its glittering fantasy world. With endless sunshine, palm trees, shopping malls and beautiful people, this city is like no place you’ve ever been before, and yet is strangely familiar. Los Angeles is a wonderful, vibrant, exhilarating multi-cultural hub with a plethora of things to do and see.
Located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the once-remote area of Los Cabos has transformed itself into an international resort destination. Many visitors come for the stunning beaches and what is known as the Corridor, a 33 kilometer stretch of spectacular coastline that runs between the twin towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Both towns have been known to captivate and charm travelers from all over the world, and host an array of internationally renowned events, including the Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin tournament and the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race.
Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, was one of the great mercantile cities in the Middle Ages. The Old Town island, surrounded by the river Trave and the canal, today still communicates the charm of a port. Travemünde is one of the most beautiful sea resorts of Europe which already in 1802 transformed the former fishing- and sailor village into a top address for bathers from near and far. The fascinating sailing Old-timer “Passat”, chugging deep-sea fishing boats and gigantic ferryboats can be admired on the Baltic Sea.
Lucea's charm extends beyond its coastal white-sand beaches, private coves and picture-perfect sunsets, spreading into the tiny colonial town that serves host to a busy weekly Saturday market. Nestled between Montego Bay and Negril, Lucea is a pristine, tranquil pit stop spared - for now - from the relentless tourist crowds increasingly eyeing this uncharted Jamaican getaway.
In Luleå the cold mountain water of the Lule River meets the salt water of the sea. This is a place to experience the magnificence of nature, and for magical encounters with the Sami culture.
Lund is a charming city that combines ancient with modern. University students buzz around the medieval streets. Everything is within easy reach - The cathedral, university, museums, cafes, pubs, and most hotels are located within walking distance in the city centre.
Step into Lynden, Washington and consider yourself stepping into Little Netherlands! A Dutch heritage is present in the town’s dairy farms, blueberry and strawberry fields, parks, museums, and its architecture. There also seems to be an alluring vicinity to other points of interest, including Canada five miles north, county seat Bellingham 15 miles away, and half-an-hour’s drive from the Pacific Ocean. Skiers may be happy to know that the popular Mount Baker is only an hour away as well!
Lyon is usually called the capital city of gastronomy. For a long time, this was equated with sauces and a petit-bourgeois small town complex. But then the TGV high speed train linked Lyon with Paris and Marseille, Olympique de Lyon started to win League Championship after League Championship, and a new Lyon was suddenly filled with daring architecture, crowded cafés and avant-garde exhibitions.
MAASTRICHT IS THE NETHERLANDS' MOST EUROPEAN CITY You can feel it, you can see it, and you can taste it! It's a place with a unique and authentic energy and dynamism that you won't experience anywhere else in the Netherlands. It is the current mix of cultures, languages, and flavours that makes the city burst with creativity, research, enterprise, trend-setting and culinary delights. All this and more makes Maastricht a favourite destination for a day of shopping, a weekend away for two, or an elegant European holiday.
Macau has a colorful palette and a plethora of sites despite occupying just 28sq km of the Chinese mainland. From neon-lit casinos to dusky markets, cobbled streets to modern cafés and Baroque churches to Art Deco buildings - there’s a wonderful mix of East and West. Thirty buildings and squares are UNESCO listed and many reflect Macau’s colonial Portuguese legacy, as does the food, laid-back lifestyle and the blue azulejo-tiled street names. Yet Macau has a modern Asian look, rivaling Singapore and Hong Kong.
Situated halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, Mackay is surrounded by lush rainforests, pristine white sandy beaches and the fertile Pioneer Valley. It is home to one of Australia’s richest sugar cane growing regions. Out to sea, The Great Barrier Reef’s colourful coral, fish and secluded islands provide a tropical playground for everyone. Excellent restaurants, beautiful parks and a vibrant art scene ensure there is something in Mackay for every taste and budget.
With an exceptional natural beauty, mild climate throughout the year, friendly population and a top-quality hotel network, Madeira and Porto Santo are the perfect Islands for those seeking stress-free holidays. Here you can enjoy your holiday on the beach or at sea, in the mountains, countryside or in the city. The perfect spot to getaway and experience unique moments.
It is possible that the city that never sleeps has calmed down a little in recent years. Yet, even if the bars close a bit earlier these days, you can still count on finding a party atmosphere at all times of the day and in all situations. And then, once you have had enough of socializing, you can take a few days out and enjoy the best kilometre of art to be found in Europe.
“Ciudad del paraíso” – the paradise city. This is how the Nobel Prize winner for literature, Vicente Aleixandre, described Malaga. A city that vibrates with life and fascinates with its mixture of ancient history, folklore and modern culture. And of course, it is easy to imagine paradise in this harbour city with nearly 3.000 hours of sunshine a year and several kilometres of beach right in the centre.
The iconic white sand island archipelago washed by crystal-blue waters of the Indian Ocean firmly holds on to its reputation of a sought-after luxury holiday retreat for vacationers the world over. Earlier heralded as primarily a honeymoon destination, the Maldives now draw a mixed crowd of travelers to its growing number of backpackers' inns and longstanding upscale resorts.
Mallorca’s reputation as a booze-soaked party spot is an immense injustice. It is certainly a very popular destination for groups of beautiful young vacationers to lie in the sun and sip some colourful cocktails before a night of intense clubbing, but to reduce this Balearic jewel to that is to ignore its long and rich history, its breath-taking landscapes and its irresistible charm. What the island obviously offers in idyllic beaches and rowdy parties it more than matches with culture, personality and awe-inspiring vistas. Mallorca’s beaches, however, with their golden sands and crystalline waters, remain the island’s biggest draw.
Sweden’s third-largest city Malmö in the south of Sweden is a symbol of cross-border diversity and a creative and inquisitive mini-metropolis. Starting as an industrial city, Malmö is now a knowledge hub, known for its environmental work. Here you find the Scandinavia´s oldest renaissance castle close to the hip new sustainable district of Västra Hamnen. The Eurovision Song Contest 2013, the World Junior Hockey Championship 2014 and the IIHF World Championships 2015 show that Malmö is the place to be in terms of international events.
The sun shines almost all year in Malta and it boasts some of the fairest temperatures in the world. Add the fantastic beaches, the superb Mediterranean cuisine and there shouldn't be any other destination swimming in your head. Why not try a new sport, laze on an island cruise or tour the most important historic sites? The choice is entirely yours! Together with its other islands, beach life and nightlife, Malta is a wonderful island to visit.
These days, Manchester is famous for more than just football and rock´n´ roll – even if these activities are still very important. Cool bars and shops nestle side-by-side in suburbs such as Northern Quarter, Castlefield and Gay Village.
The Philippine capital is Asia’s best-kept secret. The capital of the Orient’s only catholic country seems somehow out of place, vibrant with Latin American or Caribbean undertones. Music and dancing are everywhere, and the smiles and laughter rival Bangkok’s in their warmth and enthusiasm. Manila’s intense historical influences – Spanish religion and American consumerism – have led to the saying that the capital has spent “400 years in a convent and 50 in Hollywood.” The result is a city of extremes ready to delight the unsuspecting traveller.
Marmaris lies in a bay with crystal-clear water. Just for emphasis: Marmaris lies in a bay with crystal-clear water. This is where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea. Fragrant pine woods stretch out along the mountain crests. Marmaris is the perfect destination for wonderful days on the beach with lots to see and do, and plenty of sun to be basked in.
A medieval city of drama, myth and mystery, Marrakech will captivate all who venture behind its ochre-coloured walls. Step inside and you will be transported back to a place and time that has been consigned to the annals of history. The winding alleys of the medina and the sights, sounds and smells of the souks, the human drama that is Djemaa el-Fna square and the Atlas Mountains rearing up in the background, make Marakech Morocco’s crown jewel.
Marseille is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of France’s Mediterranean coastline. Rocky Provençal hills look down onto the ancient port and the thousands of boats docked in its clear blue waters. Painters and other artists have all been seduced by the sunny climate and the hustle-and-bustle of the town. France’s second city has all you could ask for - beautiful beaches, ancient buildings, thriving arts, and a diverse and dynamic nightlife. Welcome to a place fiercely proud of its unique cultural heritage - Planète Mars.
Mason is the largest city in Warren County and was was listed as number seven in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list in 2013. Mason is a continuously growing community, with new businesses and attractions opening every year. When visit Mason, you have no shortage of activities. Mason is home to many museums, businesses, attractions, shops, and much more. With the community growing so rapidly, you never know what to do next.
Matsuyama is the biggest city on the island of Shikoku, Japan. It's also the capital of Ehime Prefecture. Matsuyama is a vibrant city of living traditions, set against a backdrop of historical buildings, where haiku poetry is still enjoyed as a part of daily life. A full calendar of seasonal festivals means that there's always something eye-catching going on. The city is served by a network of vintage trams and steam trains, so getting about is easy. Matsuyama also has miles of sandy beaches in this city framing the beautiful, island-studded, Seto Inland Sea.
Before the age of airplane transportation and luxury cruises, a vacation to the otherwise unattainable Hawaiian Islands was the stuff of dreams—accessed by way of picture books, films, and wishful conversation. Now the world introduces itself to Hawaii again and again throughout the seasons, and no time is better than the present to visit its second largest island. Maui has been voted "Best Island" by Conde Nast Traveler for the last 19 years, and it consistently succeeds as the ultimate vacation destination.
‘Mechelaars’ talk about their city with pride. Sometimes with a touch of humour, but always with underlying warmth. Visitors are struck by the genial atmosphere as they stroll past monuments redolent with age and pause in colourful courtyards and historic churches. The Mechelaar is proud of Gouden Carolus, the award-winning beer brewed here for centuries. He is proud of Margaret, Charles V’s aunt, who put sixteenth-century Mechelen on the world map. And he has a soft spot for traditional craftsmanship and authentic local products. Come to Mechelen and experience its urban charms for yourself!
Melbourne is an arty powerhouse with a vibrant and multicultural soul. Nicknamed "Paris of the southern hemisphere," Melbourne is not only known to be Australia’s cultural hot-spot, but is also famous for its major sport events and its culinary delights from all across the world. With its high rising city centre and far stretching suburbs, it is hard not to be dragged in by the life of the capital of Victoria—"the place to be"—but daytrips to the wild nature of the state are also extremely attractive.
While Mexico is popular with travelers for its endless coasts, perfect weather and sandy beaches, also the interior part of the country is well worth exploring. The big capital Mexico City with its hectic urban lifestyle, its artistic neighbourhoods, bizarre places and historic buildings have long been neglected by summer tourists and are now discovered by curious city trippers.
Everything in Miami oozes glamour, elegance and a cosmopolitan attitude. Beaming Miami is nestled on the Atlantic coast of Florida’s most southern tip, rendering it sunny and pleasantly warm all year round. To call this city international is an understatement of criminal proportions. It is a North American core with a twist of the Caribbean, a healthy dose of Latin America, a dash of Africa, a touch of Asia and a hint of Europe. All of these elements combined give Miami a vibrant, exhilarating cultural life. Miami boasts picturesque beaches, exceptional nightlife, plentiful shopping, and delicious dining options. Although there is an abundance of things to do in the city and on the beach, visitors should not pass up the chance to take one-day excursions to see some of the breath-taking natural surroundings of the city.
Milan is all about design and high fashion, so the range of shops and trendy bars can be almost overwhelming. But Milan also has the Duomo cathedral, da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and the simple neighbourhood restaurants where no long lunch is complete without ossobuco and risotto alla milanese.
Minneapolis is a city on the rise. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, it is rumored that iconic American writer Mark Twain was the first to assign the name ‘Twin Cities’ to Minneapolis and neighboring city St. Paul. Just as other large cities, it can be called a metropolis and proves that to you by fulfilling all your wishes. Spend an entire week shopping, finding all the popular brands and some local ones, or go on a pub crawl and discover every high-quality bar the city has to offer. Don't forget that Minnesota also has amazing nature to show you, and tours are gladly offered to you!
Menorca was named after the Spanish word 'menor' which means smaller. As the name already suggests Menorca is smaller than its neigbouring islands. While the majority of holidaymakers flock to the more publicity-prone islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca attracts those who want the best of the Balearics, but without the crowds. The stunning coves with white sand beaches are enough of a draw by themselves, but the historic remains of the Brisith occupation, the countryside and tranquillity of this quieter isle all add to its charm.
The capital of Belarus is one of the most fascinating cities in Eastern Europe. Famous as much for its extraordinary history as its impressive, Soviet-style architecture, leafy parks and eccentric locals, Minsk is unforgettable.
Mishawaka is located in the geographical region known as Michiana, comprised of counties in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, and it is part of the South Bend metropolitan area consisting of the cities of South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, Goshen, Plymouth, and Warsaw. It is advantageously located just 100 miles from Chicago and 140 miles from Indianapolis, and, like most Midwestern states, it experiences cold winters and mild summers. History and legacy are important to Mishawaka, which is named after a legendary Shawnee Indian princess of the same name. However, the city is also growing with the times, and the convergence of classic and modern can be seen in its buildings, its industry, and its cuisine.
Located in north-eastern Tunisia, Monastir is a major tourist resort. With its attractive marina and old fishing port, the city is an excellent base for a beach holiday and offers a wide range of physical activities such as water sports, fishing, excursions and golf. Whatever the season, you will find an ideal climate to enjoy some of Tunisia’s finest sand beaches and crystalline water along with a dizzying choice of waterfront hotels and restaurants featuring both international and local cuisine. Whether you’re up to a lazy day sunning on the beach or more physical type of activities, your stay will certainly be unforgettable!
The Lone Star Flag of Texas is one of the most recognizable state flags in the United States. Now travelers have the chance to explore its birthplace. Montgomery, Texas is rife with state history, with July of 2012 marking its 175th anniversary. Founded around the Lake Creek Settlement in 1837, Montgomery now finds itself surrounding Lake Conroe. The lake serves as a focal point for much of its attraction: visitors take advantage of the friendly waters for boating, fishing, swimming, and other fun activities year-round.
Montpellier has become one of Europe’s newest holiday destinations. This is due to the combination of its proximity to the Mediterranean, its beautiful medieval city core and a vibrant nightlife (a quarter of its citizens are students). It is also a good destination for adventure seekers – the mountains of Cévennes are only an hour’s drive away.
Being the largest city in the province of Quebec, Montreal has proven to be the most cultural metropolis of Canada, if not the whole of the Americas. With its strong French roots due to the fact it used to be French occupied territory, you can taste the culture of the French mainland everywhere you go. The smell in the air of freshly baked bread, the sound of people in the streets enjoying a festival, and a deep red sunset on the horizon are all part of the Montreal experience. As the city comes to a rest in the evening, an orange glow coats the city, and at that time, the diverse nightlife of Canada comes into motion.
Moscow is the city of contrasts, mixing the simple Bohemian and the glittering glamorous! Do not be surprised to find a church dating from the 16th century covered in gold next to a glass building from the 1990’s. Here, salty caviar is washed down with sweet “shampanskoye”. What represents this spirit better than Moscow’s underground railway? For a few roubles you can travel between stations decorated with chandeliers and marble.
A city of architectural beauties and dazzling contrasts, Mumbai shows the astonished traveler the untold side of the charming state of Maharashtra. With an increasing population, it has become one of the world's most populous metropolitan areas, making Mumbai a heady hub of diverse cultures. Here, in the commercial capital of India, the financial district lumps together with Asia's largest slum, Dharavi, while one of the most expensive residential property has risen up shoulder to shoulder to Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat where workers still wash laundry in stone-made basins. A megalopolis where extremes meet and the pace is fast, Mumbai, love it or hate it, will certainly leave its mark.
In Munich exclusive shopping, fashionable streets and monumental buildings co-exist with Lederhosen, brass music and rustic beer halls. Visitors can start their day in a simple bar with knuckle of pork and sauerkraut, and end it in a gourmet temple with white linen tablecloths. Moreover, Germany’s most cheerful residents live here.
The ancient city of Murcia is located in the mountains about 25 km from the Mediterranean Sea. The region is known for agriculture and tourism, but also for the charming mountain villages, fishing station, beaches that are untouched and for the green countryside.
Murrells Inlet channels the charm of South Carolina with undertones of its colonial past and a menagerie of modern vacation amenities. As “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” Murrells Inlet welcomes visitors to explore its fishing enterprise—from the sea to your plate! Not only are the cuisines and restaurants renowned, but so is the area’s collection of golf courses. But perhaps most spectacularly, Murrells Inlet is a nature lover’s paradise: Spanish moss drapes grand oaks that have stood for centuries, and seabirds glide over the sparkling waters of the Atlantic.
Nestled between the imposing Al Hajar Mountains and salty waters of the Arabian Sea is Muscat, the cosmopolitan Omani capital. Now home to almost half the country's population, the city is an expat's darling and has a lot to offer in the way of historical sights, culture and entertainment. Muscat has managed to remain relatively concealed from the touristic eye and retains a sense of inwardness and an unspoiled quality long lost by some of its comparable Emirati neighbors.
The eclectic mosaic that is Mykonos is made up of pristine beaches, elegant boutiques, fine dining restaurants, rowdy bars and dazzling nightclubs all packed onto one tiny piece of land a mere 15km long at its widest point. Partying is a round-the-clock affair here, happening against the backdrop of scenic whitewashed houses crowding up the old town and iconic windmills perched atop the hills overlooking Little Venice.
Concerts, motorcycle rallies, world-class shopping, and extensive beaches all lend to Myrtle Beach’s reign as a top vacation destination in not just South Carolina, but all of the United States. Over 14 million annual visitors flock to Myrtle Beach’s subtropical climate and subtropical recreation. Countless golf courses glitter the area, along with water and amusement parks, museums, historical sites, and more. Sail the coast or relax on the soft sand of the beaches and get to know this most exciting of vacation spots.
Nagoya City breathes history, as testified by the epic movies (such as Shogun and Ran) centred around Nagoya Castle. But it was Expo 2005 that put Nagoya on the world map. A total of 121 countries participated in the event, which attracted more than 22 million visitors over the six months of the Expo. Post-Expo, Nagoya is positioning itself both as a center for hi-tech industries and as a tourist gateway. Toyota Cars, old and new famed ceramics, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, dolls and robots castles, feudal villas and farmhouses pearls, art and a plethora of shopping and nightlife await you in this not-so-obvious choice of a Japanese destination.
The provincial capital of Jiangsu, Nanjing, has served as the country’s capital for six dynasties and has long occupied a prominent place in Chinese history and culture. The overwhelming neon lights along Qinhuai River, the abundance of greenery in Zhongshan Mountain Tourist Resort and the remnant architecture from the time of the fledgling republic are all facets of the richness of various stages in Nanjing’s development.
A destination truly creative and attractive. Take the journey! Situated 30 minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, on the Loire estuary, Nantes is a perfect gateway to Brittany and the Loire Valley. Take the journey and follow the green line to drift through this 10-mile trail, with its fourty stops, from le lieu unique to the Île de Nantes. Along the way, let yourself be guided from a public work of art in a random side street to a remarkable element of our architectural heritage, from classic sites to little-known treasures, from an historical back alley to contemporary architecture, and from a surprising view of the city to an incredible sunset on the Loire estuary.
Think “Napa” and your palate twinges with delight as images of endless vineyards and glasses of wine come to mind. Napa, California has been synonymous with such delicacies for quite some time—and with good reason. As County seat to one of the Great Wine Capitals (there are only nine in the world), Napa is proud to associate itself with some of the most experienced and enthusiastic wine aficionados on the planet. Do not be fooled, however: Napa is also home to fine attractions, such as Main Street’s "Restaurant Row," the West End, the Oxbow District, historical districts, grand Victorian homes, acclaimed luxury hotels, and not to mention, beautiful weather and clean, clear air.
Meet Naples, the magical city where history and culture are intertwined with mouth-watering flavors and exciting activities. Explore the cemetery of skulls within the Fontanelle cemetery or the lost city of Pompeii first hand – or spice things up and add on a day trip of pure adventure by exploring the famous volcano Vesuvio or the beautiful island of Capri. Discover the lost tunnels of Naples and witness the true soul of the city throughout the ages, and then explore the bars, restaurants and vivid nightlife in the evening to find your true soul. Castles, museums and churches add to the picturesque and old-world feeling of this city. You are officially invited to come and discover the wonderful jewel that is Naples.
Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida nestled on the sun-drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Known for world-class shopping and dining and challenging golf courses, Naples is only steps away from island seclusion or the untamed tropical wilderness of The Everglades. Boasting one of the nation's best sandboxes and calmest seas, Naples makes a splash with water lovers. Friendly parks beckon sports enthusiasts and picnickers with lovely green spaces and recreational facilities.
The grind and glam of Nashville, Tennessee was well-earned. After all, it's known nationally and even worldwide as the "Music City." Serving home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and many major record labels, Nashville may trace the moniker back to 1874, when a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers for Queen Victoria of England earned her instant admiration and statement: "These young people must surely come from a musical city." Do not be misled, however, for Nashville boasts a wealth of other cultural, historical and natural attractions.
With a culture and natural landscape as colorful as its history (it was once declared a “pirate republic” by infamous pirates Charles Vane, Calico Jack Rackham, "Blackbeard" Edward Teach, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read), Nassau is The Bahamas’ crown jewel. With a booming Downtown District, Nassau makes for some wonderful on-land entertainment. The beaches are its signature attraction, however, with the likes of Cable Beach at its helm. Turquoise waters boast the best clarity on the planet with a visibility of over 200 feet!
Delhi is a thoroughly inscrutable onion of a city: every layer you peel off reveals an even deeper layer of history. Rebuilt eight times by its many conquerors, it has been the seat of the Hindu, Muslim and British Empires. All of them have left their mark in the architecture, customs, food and people of this relentless city. Now they are all undergoing a new transformation as the capital of modern India.
Festivity carries in the air as much as the sounds of saxophones and trumpets in New Orleans. It is a constant celebration of the human spirit, from the ever-lively Mardi Gras and Carnival to the breathtaking and historic tombs draped in oak canopies and Spanish moss. It is a city going through a kind of rebirth after the destruction of Katrina, reconstructing whole neighbourhoods, but it has lost none of its charm, its spark, its magic, its people's inextinguishable joie-de-vivre, none of what makes it a unique city in the United States and in the world. Steeped in cultural references, first-time visitors will feel somehow familiar with the city, and never want to leave.
The coastal barrier city of New Smyrna Beach is “Florida’s Secret Pearl” with good reason. Consistently given recognition on numerous “best surf town” lists, New Smyrna Beach was even ranked as "one of the world's top 20 surf towns" by National Geographic Magazine in 2012. Watersports remain its most popular feature, with swimming, scuba diving, kitesurfing, and surfing at the forefront. Outdoors enthusiasts have little fear, however: you’ll discover myriad opportunities to fish, sail, motorboat, golf, hike, and more at New Smyrna Beach!
New York is energy and attitude, pure and unrestrainable. Everything about it is larger than life, from the bright lights and bustling streets of Times Square, to the over-the-top magnificence of Broadway, to the imposing symbol of freedom and American ideals that is the Statue of Liberty. A centre of finance and business, of fashion and design, of art, music, entertainment and gastronomy, the city never sleeps. Not for nothing is it called the Capital of the World. New York is hugely international, seemingly having its long arms reach across the globe as it pulls the whole world, with its people and ideas, towards itself, making it a unique and unbearably exciting city.
Newcastle is the hub of the Hunter Valley wine region located right at the mouth of the Hunter River. Here you will find stunning beaches for all kinds of activities, a rich heritage of Victorian architecture and plenty of live music events for all tastes. There are plenty of places for recreation, hiking and outdoor activities nearby. Whether you are looking for a vibrant city life or spectacular nature, in Newcastle you will get it all.
During the last decades Newcastle upon Tyne, commonly known as Newcastle, has developed into a prominent city regarding technical innovations and culture. This makes Newcastle one of Great Britain’s most vibrant cities and a wonderful holiday destination with great shopping and an even better nightlife. United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination.
Newport, Oregon is a beachcomber's paradise. The bustling port town is one of Central Coast’s prides, serving home or a proximity to 6 beaches! Newport’s unique fishing and maritime identity flows with Yaquina Bay (featuring the largest commercial fishing fleet in the state of Oregon), the Marine Science Center, Undersea Gardens, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. It doesn’t end there, though: Newport also flaunts a downtown “Deco” district replete with art deco buildings, art galleries, creative shops, and cute restaurants.
The coast of dreams, ravaged by the Atlantic Ocean and lined by spectacular sandy beaches, where you will find towering cliffs sheltering small rock pools. The sea is teeming with life, and the crystal-clear water is perfectly alluring, whether you are dreaming of a relaxing swim or an adrenaline-pumped afternoon of extreme sports. If you shy away from the surf, you can admire the spectacular views from above as you stroll along the tops of the cliffs or wander back into town and into one of the many delightful gardens.
Niagara Falls is a signature Canadian vacation destination for couples and families alike; grown ups have upscale hotels, modern casinos, nightlife, concerts, fine dining, golf courses, spas, and wine country is just down the road. For children, there are theme parks like Marineland, Clifton Hill or Street of Fun, indoor water parks, Ferris wheel, Hornblower Niagara Cruises and Journey Behind the Falls. There are plenty of ways to experience this great wonder of the world.
The Greeks and Romans did it, as did rich lords, film stars, artists and thousands of tourists. They were just going to pass by, but instead remained in Nice and along the Riviera. Some for just a few weeks, others for months and years. They were too captivated by the light, enchanted by the scents and charmed by the taste of olives, wine and succulent vegetables. All this with a chance to dabble their toes in a turquoise sea! In addition to this, a Nice Nouveau has evolved – a sassy Mediterranean metropolis with pulsating nightlife, new avant-garde hotels and daring art galleries. The most fashionable street, the Promenade des Anglais, is the Champs-Elysées of the whole Riviera. Have you already bought your return ticket?
Nîmes is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the city of spring, named after the Roman God Nemausus. In recent years Nîmes has been rediscovered as a weekend destination, thanks to in large part to its beauty, rich architectural heritage and proximity to both the Mediterranean and Provence. There are also many exciting restaurants in the city, including Aux Plaisirs des Halles by Nîmes’ large indoor food market.
One of the oldest cities in China, Ningbo is the birthplace of the Hemudu culture, which dates back over seven thousand years. Translated from Mandarin as “the serene waves”, Ningbo is located at the shores of Hangzhou Bay and is a long-established international port and trading post. With the Hangzhou Bridge, the longest trans-oceanic link in the world, Ningbo is now directly connected to Shanghai and has emerged as an important international hub in its own right.
Norrtälje is the coastal countryside of Stockholm. It is located in the central part of the region Roslagen. Here you find a blend of picturesque small towns and villages, a beautiful lanscape and an archipelago with 13 000 islands.
‘City of Caves’ and ‘Queen of the Midlands’ are two names fondly given to the city of Nottingham, which accurately reflects its hugely diverse nature, rich with cultural heritage and modern day entertainment. A city with a fascinating past and an exciting and buzzing present, Nottingham has everything to offer – from high culture, haute couture and widely acclaimed restaurants to the world famous legend of Robin Hood. Visitors are spoilt for choice for things to do and see in this number one destination city. Whatever you are into, be it art, music or walking, Nottingham is sure to satisfy all tastes, styles and ages.
Once you’ve experienced the city’s enchanting historical ambience and seen the mighty Kaiserburg, you’ll never forget them. The beautiful Old Town, which is the epitome of medieval charm, is nestled at the foot of the castle. It’s home to historical buildings, spectacular churches, one of Germany’s largest pedestrian areas and the traditional Hauptmarkt. But Nuremberg is more than just a melting pot of cultural highlights. Bavaria’s second-largest city also offers a wealth of culinary delights, so why not stop off at one of the traditional Bratwursthäuser (sausage restaurants) and try a “3 im Weggla” (3 Nuremberg grilled sausages in a roll)?
Nyköping is located on the coast an hour south of Stockholm and 7 minutes from Stockholm Skavsta Airport. Take a break here – and don’t miss the chance to make a new acquaintance. You will find a town of a comfortable size – short distances, pleasant people, a classic shopping street and many cafés, restaurants, shops and art galleries. Nyköping is in the heart of Sörmland’s cultural landscape with exciting, beautiful and fun excursions within reach. Nyköping was founded in 1187 and is one of Sweden´s oldest towns.
Surrounded by the green verdant mountains of dormant volcanoes and the roar of the Pacific beating down upon palm-fringed white beaches, Oahu is an incredibly idyllic holiday destination. With such an abundance of natural beauty and the attractions of the vibrant and buzzing metropolis of Honolulu, Oahu is sure to please all those who visit, from the beach bum to the culture vulture.
As an Atlantic resort town, Ocean City, Maryland has excitement in its DNA. Its various hotspots have been featured on shows spanning the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel, highlighting Ocean City’s beach fun and good local eateries! The Boardwalk maintains a constant stream of entertainment for all ages, from movies on the beach to waterfront concerts.
Ocean Shores, Washington is Western Washington's #1 beach destination. On your trip to Ocean Shores, you are guaranteed to be delighted and entertained. Horseback ride on the sandy beaches, catch fresh fish from the ocean, bird watch in the local parks, and, after the sun sets, enjoy Ocean Shores' vibrant night life. There is never a dull moment at Ocean Shores.
Sweden’s smallest province welcomes everyone who is in search of the greatest adventures. Moreover, the best that life has to offer is free here – the singularly beautiful countryside. Some 300 kilometres of coastline, with an abundance of beaches, more than 75 nature reserves, Stora Alvaret and South Öland’s world heritage cultural landscape. There are 28 different orchids growing throughout the island. There are also numerous destinations for excursions. Whatever you want to do, you are welcome to Öland!
Olbia is the gateway to the beautiful pearly white beaches of the northeast coast and the glittering Costa Smeralda. This is where jetsetters, film setters and the ‘glitterati’ arrive to indulge in la dolce vita Sardinian-style. Despite its Greek name meaning ‘happy’, Olbia’s origins were Phoenician before the town became a Roman trading post. Olbia used to be a little fishing village but has now grown to become Sardinia’s busiest ferry port, complete with an International airport. The countryside is cloaked in aromatic wild herbs, the macchia, and the surrounding sea sparkles in every hue of electric blue.
As the sight of the five Olympic Rings and the 1960 Winter Olympics, the eponymous Olympic Valley remains an international symbol of sportsmanship. Decades later, Olympic skiers and snowboarders still come to Olympic Valley to train on the resort's advanced skill slopes and terrain parks, while novice and intermediate skiers explore the nearby paths suited to their skill levels. Olympic Valley is the second largest ski area in the Lake Tahoe Region, with 34 lifts providing access to 3,600 ski-able acres spread across six peaks and award-winning parks.
Örebro is an attractive city, well preserved with old areas along Svartån, the quiet river, and with new exciting architecture, business streets, pubs and cafés. And then there is ”Finrummet” at Storbron – with the grand Vasa Castle, the jewel of the crown. Go shopping, have a meal at a sidewalk restaurant or just admire the beautiful views. Within walking distance from the town centre, the beautiful seashore scenery of the lake Hjälmaren is waiting for you. And ten kilometres to the west, Kilsbergen, ”Blå Bergen” (the Blue Mountains), are rising with magnificent experiences.
Widely recognized as a city with a booming tourist industry and an international theme park destination, Orlando is all that and much more for the savvy traveler. With shopping deals, boutique hotels that cater to your every whim, and restaurants catering to every taste imaginable, Orlando is just as much a city for grown-ups to come and play as it is for the children. As the city’s motto goes, “Say Yes to Orlando.”
Sitting in the heart of the Kansai region, Osaka is its third largest city of Japan. It could be the closeness to Korea, China and the coast that has made it to become known as the “Kitchen of Japan”. Osaka’s people have a true zest for life. They promote a casual air and ease and are slightly, unconventionally boisterous. Osaka is regenerating, now recognising its past beauty and working hard to re-establish it. This stimulating city that works to live, is now more than ever a must-see.
Oslo is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe, thanks to the country’s thriving oil industry. This is visible in its glass-covered skyscrapers, its new subway and, of course, in a whole bunch of trendy restaurants, bars and shops. This beautiful city is situated right next to the Oslo fjord and it is constantly expanding and developing.
Österåker is a scenic island municipality in the northeastern part of the county of Stockholm. Here lives over 40 000 people and in summer doubles the population through time residents and visitors. The central town Åkersberga is located just under three mil northeast of Stockholm, or 30 minutes by car, bus or train. Österåker offers many opportunities for active recreation and beautiful living environments. The vision is to become the county's most attractive island municipality 2020. Welcome to Österåkers tourist office in Åkersberga , 0767-650 660th
In Östersund, you will enjoy life all year around. The city is "just enough" with a very own, charming atmosphere and many things unique. The high, crisp air, the bright, long summer nights and the white winters with lots of snow make it really easy to like not only the city of Östersund, but also its surroundings. Östersund is located in the center of the county of Jämtland, the self-proclaimed republic. Here you will find pleasant shopping, several small cafés, exciting cultural life and also a rich entertainment and a wide range of outdoor activities!
Welcome to Östhammar - with a shoreline of 400 kilometers! Östhammar blooms in summer and glimmers in winter. Here in the Northern Roslagen you find islands, manors, charming small towns and genuine countryside. Raverns, cafés, boutiques, art and events. Don't miss the chance to visit unique, creative events like Festival Östhammar, the Knutmasso carneval and the Båtveckan festival. The municipality's history is interesting and captivating with its old ironworks, manors and mines. The proximity of the archipelago makes the region attractive for visitors.
Oxford City, a bustling cosmopolitan town, located in central southern part of England is the 52nd largest city in the UK and one of the fastest growing cities in terms of population. The city is known as a university town and also a home of the University of Oxford. Aside from the City Centre, tourists may also visit other several suburbs and neighborhoods within the borders of city of Oxford. Things to do in Oxfordshire offer so many choices like cycling, country walks, sailing or even punting. Take time to visit and enjoy the city's historical attractions such as the Blenheim Palace, Christ Church college or the Ashmolean Museum.
Palermo is a hidden gem! It is a city that changes continually and has reclaimed its place among Europe’s cultural cities. Palermo is full of sights and treasures, from Baroque churches to modern Sicilian restaurants.
Palm trees provide a periphery of greens and browns as shadows run along the otherwise snow-capped contours of the mountain ranges. It is clear to visitors why Hollywood stars made Palm Springs their instant escape during the 1920s. The resort town has long remained a getaway for the upwardly mobile—garnering the nickname of “Hollywood's Hideaway”—and has since blossomed into an accessible vacation destination for those seeking lavish leisure among a host of natural and man-made attractions.
Welcome to Panama, the heart of the Americas, a country with great contrasts, kilometers of beaches on both Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, pristine islands, fertile highlands, historic landmarks, great outdoor adventures, lush nature, indigenous tribes, a thriving, vibrant, cosmopolitan city and, of course, the Panama Canal. Panama is a real treat for nature and history lovers, foodies and it is a shopping paradise.
Pafos is a magical city rich with fascinating things to see and areas of exquisite natural beauty. All sorts of ancient ruins can be found here and the city is just a short journey from the untouched Akamas Peninsula, a staggering region of dramatic bays, gorges and incredible views. So what are you waiting for?
Few cities can match the kind of iconic status that Paris boasts in the imagination of travellers the world over. In fashion, gastronomy, the arts, she is queen. As you visit the different 'quartiers' of the City of Lights her moods shift from gritty to sophisticated, Haute Couture to punk. Paris is a true metropolis and there is always something new to discover beyond the legendary sights and museums we all know so well. This fabled city has a way of getting under your skin and feeling instantly familiar to all who wander her hypnotic streets and linger at her inviting cafes.
Before rising to global and national significance with the arrival of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City, Utah was a relatively unknown gem of the west. Residents adored the area for its abundance of recreational opportunities, from hiking and biking, to skiing and snowboarding. This opportunity was capitalized upon during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games—which was consequently deemed the most successful in Winter Olympics history. The spotlight has remained on Park City, with Forbes Traveler Magazine naming it among the “20 prettiest Towns in the United States,” and the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s bestowing of the Gold-level Ride Center designation for the city’s mountain bike trails, services, and community spirit.
When you hear of Parma you probably think of ham, parmesan cheese and Verdi. These three words truly encapsulate Parma, a city associated both in Italy and abroad with savoir faire and the good life. The capital of the Duchy of Parma for centuries, the city boasts a series of magnificent art works and a splendid historic city centre, packed with beautiful civil and religious buildings.
Nestled in the corner of rural south-west France stands Pau, the capital of the Béarn region and bastion of history and culture. The town occupies a unique geographical position in the foothills of the Pyrenees. With its awe-inspiring views of the mountain range, Pau is only a few hundred kilometres from the major towns of Bourdeaux and Toulouse and even closer to Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. A springboard to sunny beaches, snow-capped mountains, Pau’s pretty streets and excellent gastronomy are enough to ensure leaving will be difficult.
Boasting of the grand Mogollon Rim and peppered with lakes and rivers, Payson is Arizona's diamond in the rough. Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and explorations remain the town's biggest attractions, luring visitors year after year who seek a swift escape to the wide, wild west.
Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary situated in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. It is the administrative and economical centre of Baranya County. Pécs is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pécs.The city Sopianae was founded by Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century. By the 4th century, it became a significant early Christian center.Its episcopate was founded in 1009 by Steven I, and the first university in Hungary was founded in Pécs in 1367 by Louis I the Great.
Although it is Malaysia’s smallest state, Penang island (Pulau Pinang) is one of Asia’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan destinations, combining the influences of half a dozen cultures. Within sight of the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula – and linked to it by road bridges – the island is the birthplace of tourism in Malaysia. With great beaches, a mellow climate, and a colourful collection of attractions – several of which claim to be the largest, tallest, longest or oldest of their kind.
Located in the deep south of France, Perpignan is the capital of the Pyrénées Orientales. Its geographical and cultural identity is turned naturally to Spanish Catalonia since it's a border city, looking out onto the Mediterranean coast and the highest mountains of the French Pyrenees at once. Perpignan is a busy place greatly influenced by Mediterranean cultures and benefiting from 2500 hours of sun per year - no wonder Salvador Dali saw it as the “Centre of the World”.
Standing on the edge of the Indian Ocean, the Swan River running through its heart, surrounded by jaw dropping scenery and with a warm sunny climate, Perth is a chic modern city that strips away your inhibitions and gets you dancing to the relaxed rhythms of its beat.
Perugia is the provincial capital of Umbria, one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. The ancient heart of the city, packed full of Etruscan and Roman monuments, perches on a hilltop with the modern city spread below. With a prestigious university, the city has a lively student population, good shopping, fun bars and great restaurants. If that weren't enough, Perugia is the setting for one of Europe’s best jazz festivals: Umbria Jazz.
Pescara, the gateway to the rugged mountainous Abruzzo region, is framed by the snowy peaks of the Apennine Mountains. The land tumbles through the hilltop villages and down to the blue waters of the Adriatic Ocean. In the town of Pescara itself, the long ten-mile stretches of wide, clean and sandy beaches and superb food and wine, offer many inviting opportunities to its visitors. These are the perfect conditions for a relaxing break for families, or as a restful prelude before venturing into the mountains or hiking through the region’s many national parks.
As the birthplace of America, Philadelphia has endured centuries of peril, challenges and conquest to remain one of the nation’s top attractions. Historical buildings, sculptures and murals line streets that were once walked by the Founding Fathers of the United States. The weather varies during the seasons, vacillating from mild springs, to hot summers, to chilly winters, but people can always be seen out and about in the City of Brotherly Love.
Situated at the crossroads of three great rivers - the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac, Phnom Penh is the heart of a country steeped in tradition, overflowing with rice paddies, jungles and still untouched rural communities. Once a sleepy backwater, Phnom Penh is buzzing today with commercial activity, as the country develops after years of isolation. It is dotted with monumental landmarks in a surreally beautiful environment. Old French colonial mansions stand alongside newly emerging designs, which make the city’s mixed architecture and communities fascinating sites to explore.
Phoenix is in the unique position of having warm weather year round. While temperatures do reach upwards of 100 degrees in the summer months, it’s dry heat you can breathe—without the downfalls of humidity! Phoenix is also the most populous state capital in the U.S., which translates to a richly diverse collection of cultures and activities. And perhaps most spectacularly, every drive or stroll through the city is accompanied by a backdrop of the Sonoran Desert, sandy mountain ranges and eternal blue skies.
Welcome to paradise! It has all the right ingredients surrounded by clear blue water, its palm fringed beaches are of soft, clean sand, it has a vibrant nightlife and you can enjoy the most wide-ranging cuisine – you name it, you can eat it in Phuket. For several years Phuket has topped the polls as a holiday paradise, and in the most recent survey, readers of a top travel magazine voted for it ahead of Bali and Cebu. Add all this to the most welcoming people in the world, and you can see why travellers love it.
Classified as mountain resort cities, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are situated along the Great Smoky Mountains. Booming attractions like Dollywood and the Smoky Mountain Opry draw tourism to Pigeon Forge, along with its collections of music theatres and shopping malls. Gatlinburg features Tennessee’s lone ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg, and quaint, mountain-themed specialty stores. Both cities provide gateways to North America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
When one says Pilsen, most people imagine beer. The legend that gave name to all Pilsners and Pils types was born here more than 170 years ago. Nevertheless, in Pilsen you can taste much more. The historical city centre offers plenty of gems which remind their visitors of its rich history such as the Gothic St Bartholomew‘s Cathedral, Renaissance City Hall, the labyrinth of underground corridors or the unique Great Synagogue, the fourth largest in the world. Thanks to that, Pilsen obtained title European Capital of Culture for the year 2015.
Pinetop - Lakeside, Arizona beckons visitors to “come celebrate the season.” This is fitting, for every season seems to smile upon the small town with ample sunshine in the summers and coquettish snow in the winters. People come each year to this veritable Promised Land of natural beauty. Outdoors activities are abound: adventurers are fond of hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and trailblazing in the warmer months, and skiing and snowboarding in the cooler seasons.
Pisa is strategically located in the central part of Italy. It is only 12 km from the Ligurian Sea, 20 km from the harbour of Livorno and the ferries heading to the Elba Island, Sardinia and Corsica and 80 km from Florence. This city is closely associated with the Leaning Tower. But Pisa also preserves, with the whole complex of Piazza dei Miracoli - cultural patrimony of all humanity - and its medieval centre, numerous masterpieces of architecture and medieval history. The area around Pisa is also excellent for farm-holidays, trekking, beaches and water sports on the Versilian coast.
The city of Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and one of the best-preferred travel destinations, not only because of its huge cultural and archaeological heritage, but also due to its central location, offering a variety of tourist attractions and activities. Due to the diverse opprotunities for tourism, the city has been listed in a number of prestigious ranks, among which European Best Destinations 2016. In 2019 Plovdiv will be European Capital of Culture.
Fluffy white clouds roll across skies that always seem to gleam with spectrums of blue in the Poconos. The majesty continues with a palette of rustic orange in the fall, the pristine white of snowfall in the winter, and the verdant emerald of forests and hillsides in the summer. Reigning for decades as a popular vacation area for citizens of New York and New Jersey, the Pocono Mountains must be seen in person to be believed. Lakes and rivers to fish and explore, land to hunt, and numerous ski resorts provide the outdoors experience of a lifetime.
With 2000 years of history, dozens of monuments, impressive medieval streets and beautiful boulevards, Poitiers boasts a rich and fascinating heritage. But the city has more to offer than just memories - everything from trendy cafés and cool bars to a lively student crowd keep it young and vibrant.
Port Macquarie is a vibrant coastal city at the heart of a beautiful region teeming with outdoor adventures, gorgeous beaches and delicious fresh produce and seafood. A fascinating history dating back to the convict era adds to the allure. Australia’s biggest population of coastal koalas is here, on the mid North Coast of New South Wales. And the region is famous for its Hastings River oysters and its vineyards produce award-winning wines. From local culinary delights to splendid natural beauty, Port Macquarie is a picture-perfect gem to visit.
Blessed with 26 white sandy beaches, a vast blue bay and many tranquil inlets, Port Stephens is an idyllic destination about 2.5 hours' drive north of Sydney. With a marine park rich in diversity, the area is famous for its resident dolphins, crystal clear waters and towering sand dunes. Daily dolphin-watching cruises depart from Nelson Bay and the ocean is great for watching whales during their annual migration. Charming towns are framed by bushland, wetlands and volcanic peaks. Enjoy fresh seafood and local wines in delightful settings.
Once considered the edge of the known world in the Middle Ages, the industrious town of Porto clung to the side of Portugal looking out across the endless Atlantic Ocean, before adventurers risked it all to head to the new world. Half a millennium has passed since then, but Porto has retained much of that rugged adventurous and determined spirit. The cliché that Lisbon shows off and Porto works is a well-worn metaphor that fails to fully do justice to its real charms. With images of a past way of life hidden down every bustling alley, Porto is a place determined to hold on to its own distinct identity.
Crown jewel of the Italian Riviera, Portofino lies between two gulfs creating a picturesque hamlet embedded in a Natural Reserve, a protected area that houses Mediterranean flora and fauna. Myriad of pastel colours tint the quaint houses that overlook the Ligurian Sea, in a scenic view of nature´s generosity blending perfectly with human hand´s work. The fascinating port bustles with yachts and little boats in a display of luxury: the once fishing village of Portofino has become a favourite among Hollywood stars and VIPs, transforming itself into the quintessence of the Dolcevita.
Have you ever had occasion to fall in love with a city? If not, Poznan will take your heart with its unique treasures, which stand dreamily watching their own reflections in the fast flowing Warta River. Here, history and tradition interweave with modernity offering you everything from bustling tourist attractions to idyllic hideaways. The city is perfect for romantic getaways. Even if you walk the cobbled streets alone, you will be swept away by the magic that has given Poznan a reputation for being Poland’s most popular small-big city.
”Mother Prague has clutches” Franz Kafka wrote, nearly one hundred years ago. Prague’s convoluted streets may keep you in those clutches, loving every second of it. Anyone who has wandered around the cobbled streets and Gothic alleyways, seeing the moon hover behind the towers and pinnacles of Europe’s most beautiful capital, will definitely come back.
In his first trip to the stupendous region, Christopher Columbus noted the silver-tipped appearance of the area’s prominent mountain. As “plata” is Spanish for “silver,” Columbus christened it “Monte de Plata,” and the city became known as Puerto de Plata. Since then it is referred to by its abbreviated name—and it continues to draw curious and adventurous visitors. Luring vacationers much as it had Columbus, Puerto Plata is one of the Dominican Republic’s most renowned cities. Lending to a bright culture of friendly people and recreational activities, Puerto Plata will exceed even your wildest and greatest of expectations.
Puerto Vallarta pairs the architecture of colonial Mexico with the flair of its modern, beach resort city persona. Located in the gorgeous Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is both a tropical and cultural epicenter. Luxury cruises make it a frequent stop along their vacation routes, for the sandy beaches seem quite endless. Art lovers will find a paradise in Puerto Vallarta as well, for the city holds its own with numerous neighborhoods and districts dedicated to creative expression.
Jewel of the verdant peninsula of Istria, Pula is the province’s largest city and forms a dramatic gateway to the seductive, crystalline waters of the Adriatic. Situated at the southernmost tip of the area, which has come to be known as ’the new Tuscany’ for its bright medieval hilltop towns and ancient ruins, Pula boasts a rich and varied cultural heritage. The city is bordered by national parks remarkable for their astounding unspoilt natural beauty and is celebrated for its wonderfully preserved Roman amphitheatre and forum, which form a dramatic backdrop for leisurely strolls from the old town to the coast.
Punta Cana is located right on the easternmost region of the Dominican Republic. The name of the stunning resort is originated from the cane palms in the area and it has been popular as a holiday resort among tourists for decades. Travelers can enjoy white sandy beaches with palm trees around and furthermore, the crystal clear water stretches out to 32 km long beaches - surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Punta Cana is one of the most stunning areas of the Dominican Republic and officially owns one of the best beaches of the world!
The region of Al-Qassim is a land of palm trees and festivals, the fertile land making agriculture, particularly dates, the cornerstone of the province's economy and culture. The yearly date festival, which takes place in the autumn, is a sight to behold, but don't worry, for no matter what time of year you visit, you are sure to find a festival underway. Rich in nature, heritage and handicrafts, Al-Qassim makes for a wonderful visit, whether you are looking for delicious fruit in the countryside or culture and shopping in the cities.
If it was a picture, Qingdao would be painted with blue sea and azure sky, red-roofed residences and green trees. Qingdao means “Green Island” in Chinese, and the name is a perfect match. This is possibly the most beautiful coastal city of China, famous for the comfortable weather, the large number of beaches and the delicious seafood. Being a former German concession has also provided it with attractive European style buildings and one of the best brews in Asia, the famous Qingdao Beer. It has long been a favourite escape for Chinese holidaymakers and after having its profile raised when hosting of the 29th Sailing Regatta during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it will undoubtedly come under the radar of foreign visitors as well.
It all started in 1535, when Jacques Cartier landed here, and eventually the first wooden fort and fur trading post were created. Ever since, Quebec has become an immense city offering beautiful views, architecture, and food. Visit the famous Chateau Frontenac, which is also the world's most photographed hotel, or visit one of the other 36 different national historic sites which are all a sight to behold. When walking through the Old Port or the Plains of Abraham it is almost possible to feel and touch the history that made this the capital of its province. Whether it is summer or winter, both seasons are able to create an unforgettable experience!
Queenstown, the self-proclaimed world´s capital of adventures, has, without a doubt, earned its title. The birthplace of bungee jumping, and home to all manners of adrenaline pumping activities, from luge and jet-boating to canyon swinging, attracts every year thousands of adventure lovers. Set on the edge of the giant Lake Wakatipu, in the Otago region, this intimate town transforms itself into a buzzing ski resort during winter, thanks to its two appealing ski-fields that suit sport lovers of any abilities.
The world bestowed a wealth of biodiversity, rainforests, waterfalls, and sublime coastlines to Quepos, Costa Rica. Named for the native Quepoa Indians who inhabited the area in the colonial era, Quepos is quite the natural wonder. Only ten degrees north of the equator, the city also champions the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Caribbean Sea to its east. Such prime coordinates provide a veritable sanctuary for outdoors enthusiasts.
A visit to Raleigh, N.C., is more than a trip to a blossoming Southern metropolis—you'll feel enriched and energized the instant you're warmly welcomed by its smart, savvy locals. Raleigh's bright minds head top-tier technology, education and life science institutions; its artists create a bevy of cultural and culinary touchstones; and its storytellers proudly carry on the collective heritage of a rich, historic capital city.
Ramona is the casita of San Diego County. "The Valley of the Sun" lies along the foothills of the noteworthy Cuyamaca Mountains, giving way to warm summers and comfortably mild winters. Ramona has emerged as one of California Wine Country’s more popular regions, for numerous winemakers have chosen to establish themselves amongst the town’s hills. Vineyards pair with the town center, which is rife with restaurants, antique shops, and historic buildings. Moreover, agricultural treasures span farms that offer the best in fresh fruits, vegetables, and even eggs harvested that day.
Experience an internationally renown destination with many attractions, events and exhibitions to choose from. Shopping is second to none in this beautiful Danish town, which is surrounded by nature Graceland Randers is a copy of Elvis Presley’s house in Memphis, Tennessee and the only Elvis exhibition outside the USA. In Randers Regnskov you can experience Europe's largest artificial rain forests with animals, birds and vegetation from South America, Asia and Africa. The river valley Gudenådalen where Danish farm animals and buffaloes can be seen at close range. A warm welcome awaits you in Randers!
The state of Maine sets its own pace among the otherwise bustling New England. With an eased temperament that stems from lakefront breezes and whispering forests, the town of Rangeley does not stray from its state’s tempo. As "Maine's Four Season Playground," the town boasts Lake Mooselookmeguntic, which provides fodder for outdoors connoisseurs looking to fish, boat, kayak, and explore. Rangeley also transforms into a winter wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, and traversing the landscape.
Reims is one of France’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. It offers visitors an amazing choice of fine restaurants, brasseries and shops, lively nightlife, concerts, festivals and cultural events, and of course, world-famous Champagne houses to visit and sample the local nectar. With tree-lined avenues, elegant squares and a magnificent gothic style cathedral that played host to the coronation of several kings of France, Reims is a city for all occasions.
Think Reykjavík - Pure Energy! Visitors to Reykjavík always experience the pure energy at the heart of Iceland’s capital city -whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife. The world’s northernmost capital is framed by the majestic Mount Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like on the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast. Reykjavík is a great place to visit, whether for some cultural nourishment, a spot of unbridled fun or to recharge your batteries. Think of the ideal city break and you’ll think of Reykjavík.
Romantic river valleys, picturesque vineyards, half-timbered houses, historical towns and castles – there’s a reason why Rhineland-Palatinate received the nickname "Romantic Germany". Located around the Rhine and Moselle rivers, Germany’s westernmost state shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, and France; here, not only can you look forward to a remarkable journey through charming valleys and past fairytale castles, but also to a wide range of spectacular attractions. Culture enthusiasts can delight in the extensive array of unforgettable highlights; more than 500 castles, palaces, and ancient ruins join numerous museums, exhibitions, and UNESCO World Heritage sites like Trier’s Roman buildings or the Speyer Cathedral to form a veritable treasure chest just waiting to be discovered.
Rhodes, the pearl of Mediterranean, is a cosmopolitan island, combining unique natural beauty, archaeological wealth, great beaches and intensive nightlife. It’s a place for everyone: youthful and family friendly, romantic and modern. That’s why Rhodes is one of the world’s top tourist destinations!
Riga greets visitors with a unique and breath-taking silhouette, beautifully reflected in the Baltic Sea. A stroll through the city centre offers a charmingly confusing mix of a modern metropolitan city, with exclusive shopping, crazy nightlife, international cuisine and ancient traditions in a capital that has been multi-cultural throughout its 800-year history. And all this in a city worth getting lost in.
Rijeka is in an exceptional location, at the point where the Adriatic Sea has entered the European coast furthest inland, and that is why the rich history of this city is tied to the sea. Rijeka is the third largest town in the Republic of Croatia, and is the main town of Primorsko-Goranska County. Because of its openness towards the outside world, the city is known for its hospitality. The influences of numerous cultures and nations can be seen in the town, and Rijeka has to this day remained a town of tolerance and coexistence.
Italians themselves head for Rimini for their holidays, which must be the best recommendation there is. Located by the Adriatic Sea, it is a sophisticated and stylish city known for its lively take on life. Fabulous restaurants and trendy bars serve good food and wine, while kilometres of beaches attract families from around the country. Rimini truly is a city for everyone.
The colourful, charismatic party capital of Latin America is one of the most vibrant places on earth. The city is watched over by Christ the Redeemer that sits on top of the city’s landmark Corcovado Mountain. This historic city is known world over for its magnificent New Year firework display on Copacabana beach, its explosive carnival, its colourful people and its outstanding natural landscape. If you love dancing, shopping, golf, exquisite cuisine or the thrill of fabulous water sports you will not be disappointed by Rio de Janeiro.
Think of the Lakelands as a very pretty watery link. Along the 380 or so kilometres of curves, the river Shannon connects the lakelands region by winding through and between 12 counties — Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, Offaly, Tipperary, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry — eventually meeting Fermanagh’s Lough Erne in Northern Ireland. Not bad for just one river.
Few destinations on earth cause as much amazement as Riviera Maya. What makes this destination special is the privileged location on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea embrace the powdery white sand of the beaches that cover the coastline. The 120 km of Caribbean coast that stretches the length of Riviera Maya exudes the multifaceted spirit of the destination. Sun and Sand, Maya Culture, ziplining, cenotes, diving and snorkeling, shopping and nightlife are just a few of the many exiting options Riviera Maya offers to provide their guests with a truly unique and marvellous experience. Welcome to Riviera Maya!
Shimmering like a precious stone in the fierce desert sun, the city of Riyadh is a complex mix of dualisms that will intrigue the intrepid traveller. A modern cutting edge metropolis that boldly strides towards the future whilst at the same time a city firmly rooted in the traditions of its historical past. Known as the “Queen of the Desert”, Riyadh will captivate every suitor with her desert landscapes and lush green oases, her ancient monuments and the renowned Arabic hospitality of her denizens.
There is no doubting to the status of Rockhampton as Australia’s Beef Capital. However, Rockhampton offers more than beef. Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the city is surrounded by coastal and rural landscapes and offers opportunities for both a relaxed, as well as active stay. On over 300 days of sunshine, you can enjoy the beaches on the Capricorn Coast or explore the region’s national parks and caves. With its historical buildings and tree-lined streets facing the Fitzroy River, Rockhampton is a great place to visit.
Located at the foot of the Massif Central and less than a two-hour drive from the Mediterranean, Rodez is the capital of the Aveyron Region. This picturesque region is one of the best kept secrets in France for foreigners, offering more attractions than you would expect. Rodez is surrounded by several village-communities that contribute in making the town a tourist destination and that have great cultural and historical assets. While in Rodez you can enjoy city pleasures without leaving the countryside and vice versa. Just take your time since there is a lot to see in and around Rodez.
Rome, known as the Eternal City, has attracted visitors for over 2,000 years. It is one of the most magnificent and romantic cities in the world, boasting an attractive mix of grandiose sights and bustling city life. Life is sweet—the cake is there for the eating. Italian designer shopping, smooth ice cream, frothy cappuccino and exquisite wines to name but a few things.
Rønne is the largest town on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, offering beautiful nature, charming squares and half-timbered houses. Bornholm is located on the western part of the island and the idyllic harbour today is busy with fishing boats, cargo ships and ferries. Explore the cosy, cobbled streets and the fascinating museums and history that the island has to offer.
Welcome to Roslagen - the Coastal Countryside of Stockholm! Roslagen is the archipelago, the ironworks, small towns and the sea. This gem includes idyllic Öregrund, Grisslehamn and Ljusterö, charming smaller destinations offering everything from fishing and festivals to delicacies and design. In Roslagen's fabulous archipelago, with nearly 13,000 islands, you can enjoy a vibrant archipelago landscape with nature reserves, national parks and authentic archipelago buildings. The region offers plenty of events, all year round. The name Roslagen comes from the word “rodzlag” which in coastal Uppland is an old word for a rowing crew of warrior oarsmen. Roslagen includes the municipalities of Vaxholm, Österåker, Norrtälje and Östhammar.
The time has come to experience the country’s second biggest city. Famous for its status as one of the largest ports in the world, Rotterdam is also a vibrant metropolis and a cultural and economic hotspot with a lot to offer. Enjoy great events, splendid shopping, a wild nightlife and exciting modern architectural delights.
If you like food, art and architecture you will feel right at home in Rouen. You can find this historical capital right in the heart of Upper Normandy. Since being located on the banks of the beautiful Seine River, the French countryside and picturesque areas like Connelles and Val-de-Reuil can be found just around the corner. Walking through Rouen is like walking through history. This is truly a city with an abundance of lovely old buildings, markets and shops. Whether you are staying for long or just passing through, this town will certainly leave a lasting impression.
Rzeszów is a town retaining links with its medieval past, whilst looking towards the future. Rzeszów is boldly emerging from behind the Iron Curtain to claim its place on the European stage. With such rich historical roots, the vibrancy of a modern student city combined with the surrounding Carpathian Mountains, Rzsezów’s charms will surprise even the most worldly-wise of travellers.
We welcome you to Saba, our Unspoiled Queen...The island of Saba rises majestically from her clear azure waters, stretching her summit to caress the clouds... She is like no other Caribbean destination. Untouched by the quickening pace of the modern world, an island caught within a moment.... and the moment within which she's captured you ask? The old Caribbean; safe, friendly and charming with exquisite natural beauty both above and below her waterline.
In the scenic southwestern Dalarna you find Säfsen Resort, an experience destination with year-round activities - from full-fledged ski resort in winter to downhill biking and outdoor activities during the summer, spring and autumn. Säfsen is an ideal destination with lots of activities and adventure for the whole family. At the same time Säfsen Downhill Park has so high class that it attracts downhill and mountain bikers at the elite level. With just 130 km from Örebro, 270 km from Stockholm and 340 km from Gothenburg, it is easy to get here.
Welcome to the majestic and truly tourist-friendly city – Saint Petersburg! Touch its history, taste the spicy mixture of cultures, breathe in the Northern crispy air, listen to the music of Neva river waves, contemplate white sleepless nights! Both headlong entertainment and total cultural exposure await you here! Day in and day out brand-new developments in infrastructure and event venues keep changing the city’s image due to cutting-edge technologies and innovations. Come here by yourself and discover your own Saint Petersburg!
Just imagine, throughout the year our mountainsides are shared by berry-pickers, walkers, cyclists and skiers. Snow-covered birch trees, willow bushes and lingonberries create great forest skiing for youngsters in the winter, and are also home to real delicacies for mushroomers in the autumn. You’ll feel at home in Sälenfjällen – whether the landscape is dressed in white and your walking boots, fishing rods, bikes and canoes have been replaced by skis, sledges and snowboards, or it is the height of summer and you’re enjoying games and bathing in our lakes and streams. This is a place where children can roam freely and enjoy themselves.
The city of Salzburg offers art, culture, historical and modern sights, thrilling events, living tradition, pleasure, relaxation and great food – and it’s nearly all within walking distance. These are all part of the multitude of options open to holidaymakers in Salzburg that guarantee an unforgettable city break at this world cultural heritage site. The city of Salzburg is a stage for over 4000 cultural events every year and is the home to around 20 baroque period churches. Salzburg was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site list in 1997.
Talofa Lava! Welcome to Samoa. Think of picture-perfect, long sandy white beaches framed by a lapping marine-blue ocean, lush rainforests with cascading waterfalls, vibrant flora and fauna and, under the ocean, the most amazing colourful gardens you could imagine – this is Samoa – the last unspoilt paradise in the world! Eight islands make up this nation, in the heart of the South Pacific, halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. This is home to some of the friendliest South Pacific people you could have the pleasure of meeting, proud of their strong Fa’a Samoa cultural heritage and their long and unwavering faith to the blessings Mother Nature has bestowed upon them.
San Antonio, Texas, home to the legendary Alamo and the world-famous River Walk, hosts a vibrant mix of culture, cuisine, architecture and moving history. Explore rich historical offerings, award-winning theme parks, championship golf, amazing shopping, innovative cuisine and interesting cultural events and museums. Complementing the city scene is the neighboring Texas Hill Country, where spring-fed rivers carve paths through rolling hills, and bountiful vines have cultivated a charming wine destination. San Antonio, one of America’s friendliest cities, truly offers an authentic experience.
San Diego is often called “America’s Finest City,” and it isn’t difficult to see why. This might be the eighth most populous city in the United States, and it fittingly offers heaps of attractions, culture and an undeniable cosmopolitan vibe, but you’d never guess its size by the emphatically laid-back feeling you get from San Diego, its people and of course its famously wonderful weather. With year-round temperatures in the 70s and almost constant sunshine, there is no such thing as the wrong time to visit and enjoy the world-class museums, 5-star dining, internationally famous beaches and unbeatable hospitality.
"Every man should be allowed to love two cities – his own and San Francisco," once said author Gene Fowler. San Francisco, also known as the City by the Bay, is a diverse, colorful, and intriguing destination luring visitors from all corners of the world with its beauty, culture, history and dynamic ambiance. It is best known for its steep hills, beautiful panoramic vistas, and excellent cuisine. The eclectic mix of architecture, sandy beaches, ethnic and cultural diversity, and entertainment for all ages makes San Francisco a great choice for vacation.
Costa Rica is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and offers you a typical Central American vibe. The capital city San Jose holds diverse activities for visitors and has an exciting urban life with art galleries, parks and vibrant nightlife. It is an ideal holiday area due to the close proximity to wildlife areas, rainforests and national parks.
San Jose is California’s third largest city and the tenth largest city in the United States. Deemed a “global city,” San Jose is the Mecca of Silicon Valley: high-technology and electronics industries have brought significant tourism and attractions to the city. The city also boasts a great proximity to all of Northern California’s areas of interest due to its position in the greater Santa Clara Valley. Over 300 days of sunshine and the kingdom like panorama of the Santa Clara Mountains make San Jose a beautiful, urban retreat.
San Juan is the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of the island of Puerto Rico. Encompassing hundreds of years of history, the city blends Spanish-era historic sites – such as the San Felipe del Morro fortress, with modern entertainment and fashionable shopping districts. More than a million people call San Juan home, while hundreds of thousands of tourists call it their favorite place to vacation each year. Its perfect year-round climate makes the city an ideal venue for international sporting events such as the World Baseball Classic and National Basketball Association Games, for which the city always puts on its best face.
San Juan del Sur, once existing as a sleepy fishing village, transforming to become part of a transit route has become the main tourist destination on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua for surfers, cruise passengers, backpackers, and families. Located 140 kilometers from the capital Managua, it is draped with small tight-knit communities nestled in rolling hills, cupping miles of beaches. The climate is tropical savanna and its average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. The city has all basic utilities, internet, post office, library and banks.
The name Sandusky has become synonymous with Cedar Point. What once began as a beer garden bathhouse and a dance floor has grown into a massive amusement park that draws 3.5 million visitors to the area annually. Known internationally for its roller coasters, the city is also home to a vibrant boating and fishing community. Beautiful historic downtown Sandusky greets visitors with its collection of museums, shops, and restaurants.
Santa Fe is poised with the grace and promise of an existence that spans 400 years. As the nation's oldest capital city, Santa Fe bears an identity that extends past Anglo-America and into Spanish and Pueblo heritages. History aficionados and culture enthusiasts are drawn to the “The City Different” each year. Explore numerous museums and partake in community-wide celebrations. Santa Fe is a paradise for the bold hearted.
Santander is famous for its fabulous beaches and its elegant holidaymakers: King Alfonso XIII used to spend his summers here nearly a hundred years ago, and the town is still popular among fashionable madrileños who like to be seen sauntering along the El Sardinero seafront with its belle époque architecture. When the sun goes down and the bikinis are cast off, the town also has some great restaurants and a lively bar scene. It is also a good place from which to explore the pristine countryside of Cantabria.
Santiago de Compostela has been a culture and university centre for centuries, most famous for being the end destination of a thousand-year-old pilgrim voyage: El Camino de Santiago, also called the Way of Saint James. Being the capital of the Galician region in north-western Spain, its everyday life is modern and chic. Awarded as a UNESCO world heritage city in 1985, Santiago de Compostela is a historical gem surrounded by lush nature.
Rising out of the crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea, Santorini is the result of the erupting mouth of a volcano that has left a dramatic legacy of black and red-sand beaches and an enormous caldera draped by white-washed houses and blue-domed churches. A harmonious Mediterranean backdrop, shaped by the sharp contrast of the ivory village clashing with the bold black of the volcanic soil, opens up to the traveler, in an awe-inspiring paradise that is Santorini.
“Rio is a beauty. But São Paulo – São Paulo is a city” said Marlene Dietrich about Brazil’s most cosmopolitan city. Today São Paulo still does not disappoint. The city is Brazil’s cultural as well as financial powerhouse complete with a vibrant music scene, top designer shopping and delicious fusion cuisine, not to mention museums and galleries on a par with any other world city. Paulistanos (São Paulo inhabitants) work hard and play hard, making "Sampa" one of the world's most exciting places to visit whether you are taking it all in from the rooftop pool of the iconic Hotel Unique in Jardins or discovering São Paulo’s 400 year old history in Praça de Sé.
With its rich natural landscape, stunning scenery and distinctive seasons, Sapporo would satisfy the explorer in any one of us. This capital of Hokkaidō, the most northern and second largest island of Japan, was established in 1868, its vast open wilderness backed by magnificent mountains appealed to the early settlers.
With its stunning natural setting, culturally diverse - and, at times, turbulent - history, and modern vibrancy, Sarajevo is a busy city which now actively welcomes visitors to its eclectic streets. The Islamic, Orthodox, Catholic and Judaic influences and religious traditions live on side by side here, in the formerly contested capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina set against the misty backdrop of the Dinaric Alps.
Described by the New York Times as “a desert version of Miami's South Beach,” Scottsdale is Arizona’s biggest hit. The city is rich in culture and natural grandeur. The Scottsdale Arts District lends to proud attractions of galleries, studios, and museums, while architectural majesties like Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West supplement the city’s Western heritage. High-end corporate retail outlets and independent boutiques draw myriad savvy shoppers to Scottsdale — and so does the vibrant nightlife. Also, its position on the northern stretches of the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Mountain Range paints Scottsdale spectacular.
Progressive and yet laid back, Seattle offers a wide range of entertainment, live music and family fun for all to enjoy. Called The Emerald City, Seattle is the largest city in the Northwest United States and is home to the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the new Chihuly Garden and Glass. Noted as the birthplace of grunge music and serious coffee shops (Starbucks and Tully’s), Seattle is far sunnier than its reputation as a rainy city. In fact, Seattle receives less rain than many major U.S. cities including New York and Miami. Seattle is a green city with an abundance of evergreen trees and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west.
Veritably and relatively still untouched by man, Sedona seems to be the Earth’s own conception of perfection. Grand red rocks extend upwards as natural skyscrapers, while clear waters flow in streams around them. Communities of people have been drawn to the grace and transformative qualities of Sedona for millennia. Native Americans thrived in the area before the arrival of Europeans, and now both international visitors and national citizens are taking advantage of the stunning city. Sedona often serves as a spiritual retreat for thousands, while others come for the wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Seoul is a city of contrasts in which the ancient and the modern harmoniously coexist. In one sense, it’s a hi-tech 21st-century city awash with neon lights and the sights and sounds of a 24 hour metropolis, while at the same time, a city retaining the majesty and graceful ambience of the ancient dynasties that once ruled. Like the river Han on which it sits, Seoul is constantly moving as it strides boldly into the future, yet simultaneously managing to keep one foot firmly entrenched in its historical past.
The charismatic city of Seville has a certain swagger that sets it apart from quainter Andalusian towns. It is a city with undeniable personality and a confidence that could only come from a place bathed in sunlight almost year-round. It boasts a fascinating history of Roman and Moorish invasions, followed by unparalleled Colonial prosperity, this mix of influences giving rise to Seville's cultural cornucopia of architecture, cuisine and the region's fiery dance, Flamenco. Tangled alley labyrinths, exquisite cathedrals and animated tapas bars line the Guadalquivir river which winds its way through the Andalusian capital as it wears its heart on its sleeve for visitors and sevillanos alike.
Shanghai is the shiniest gem in modern China’s jewel box. It’s a hip, contemporary city that’s charging into the future with all the slick energy of its famous Maglev train. Yet if you veer away from the sleek highways and glitzy shopping streets you can still stumble upon a more traditional Shanghai, with all its character and aromas. In the tiny back streets, wet-market vendors peddle their wares - buckets of bright green vegetables, fish flapping in shallow plastic bowls and heaps of crayfish crawling over each other. In the parks at dawn, hordes of locals practice tai chi, sword movements and ballroom dancing.
Sharjah, the not-so-obvious UAE destination for many, unjustly remains in the shadows of its glistening immediate neighbor of Dubai. In the meantime, few are aware Sharjah was named Capital of Islamic Culture (2014) and Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO sixteen years prior - and for good reason. Sharjah's Heritage Area is home to multiple historic sites and museums, and the Emirate itself boasts recent, modern additions to its art and entertainment scenes enough to compensate for the strict "no-alcohol" regulations.
Surrounded by a crystal-clear, deep-blue sea and a breath-taking desert landscape, Sharm el-Sheikh has developed into one of the most popular holiday destinations in Egypt. Come here to relax in one of the many well-developed tourist resorts, or dive at the area’s unique coral reefs. But ’Sharm’ is far more than just a resort town. It is also an ideal spot to discover real Egyptian culture and to travel to the neighbouring historic sites such as the renowned Mount Sinai.
Dynamic Shenzhen is an apt symbol of China’s impressive if sometimes uneven rush to embrace wealth. From humble village to bold metropolis in under 30 years, the city’s journey has been brash, dramatic and magnificent. With its natural blend of Chinese frontier spirit and frenetic entrepreneurialism, it has also become home to some of the most diverse and succulent cuisine you’ll find anywhere in China. And for the cash-strapped, the short hop across the border from Hong Kong at the Luohu crossing provides a gateway to China that is easily accessible and offers saving of at least 30% on international air taxes.
Siem Reap presents you the world like you've never seen it before. Be ready to be embraced by people with a warm culture and a country with unique traditions that date back from the Angkorian Empire. At night this small town lightens up as people relax after a long day visiting the temples. Be inspired by Apsara dancing, Khmer traditional art and by ancient temples surrounded by ancient trees in an eloquent collaboration between art and nature.
Welcome to the rolling landscape around Lake Siljan in the middle of Dalarna! A landscape formed by a meteorite impact 366 million years ago! Here you’ll find an intriguing mix of traditional and modern in the form of music, festivals, Midsummer celebrations, working summer dairy farms and much, much more. The area has a fantastic nature with great opportunities for those seeking outdoor experiences: paddling, biking, hiking, riding, swimming, fishing and in the winter: cross-country and downhill skiing, skating, ice fishing, snowshoeing.
Singapore is an Asian melting pot of fascinating crossroad between East and West. Here the hypermodern buildings of the financial district blend with Chinatown’s classic small houses. As an old trading town, Singapore is the natural place for anyone who wants to shop – the range is enormous. In addition, Singapore offers a cuisine with influences from all corners of Asia that exceeds the highest expectations.
Full of shimmering green forests, rolling yellow fields and a majestic coastline on three sides, Skåne is the perfect place for relaxation. It’s where you can enjoy peaceful countryside, miles of sandy beaches and charming fishing villages that are all just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Spoil yourself with a grand night in a beautiful castle, survey the best of modern architecture, or appreciate fine art and culture. This guide help you to find those distinctly delicious places you’re looking for. Enjoy!
Skopje is internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa, and much in that spirit is the welcoming, hospitable attitude that Skopje locals demonstrate towards visitors. Despite the recent political turmoil in the Balkans, Skopje has blossomed into a thriving, stimulating city to explore, defining itself as an exciting tourist destination.
Skövde is located in between the two biggest lakes in Sweden; Lake Vänern and Lake Vättern. Close to the city center is the blooming mountain Billingen with a recreation area, waterfalls, small lakes and several nature reserves. Skövde has a pulsating city core with a lot of small shops and several malls. Here you can enjoy great shopping with over 300 stores. The event calendar tells us about a city filled with culture, entertainment and sports – all year round. At Skövde Arena you find the coolest aqua park in the country, but also several other activities. And best of all – it’s easy to get here. It takes only an hour from Gothenburg, and two from Stockholm. Come here by train - it’s fast, comfortable and green. Welcome to our hometown!
Australia’s highest peaks are in the Snowy Mountains, where there’s thrilling downhill skiing and snowboarding during the snow season. Lively towns and resorts in this alpine region in southwest NSW are also popular destinations in warmer months for hiking, horseriding, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing. When spring melts the snow into cascading waters and wildflowers bloom, streams shelter trout and attract many fly fishermen. Vineyards in this beautiful region produce excellent cool-climate wines, and fresh produce is on sale at farm gates.
Sofia could be likened to a Sleeping Beauty rousing from her slumbers, reawakening to share her charm with the rest of the world. With relics from Roman times to the Soviet era, a vibrant cultural and entertainment scene, and breathtaking views of the Vitosha mountain massif, Sofia is ready to reclaim her rightful place as one of the leading lights on the European sky.
With more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California. Discover more than 50 nature parks that offer travelers miles of hiking and cycling trails through the redwoods or oak-studded hills. Rivers entice visitors to kayak, canoe, or simply float along the cool waters. Breathtaking Highway 1 — Pacific Coast Highway — delights visitors with crashing waves, sea lions and amazing sunsets.
Southampton is the cruise capital of Northern Europe. With a cosmopolitan atmosphere borne from centuries of international trade, Southampton is one of the UK’s leading ports and liveliest cities, combining medieval walls and buildings, modern shopping and entertainment complexes, marinas, culture and nightlife. Explore the city’s rich culture and long history and try the wide range of leisure activities in the beautiful surrounding countryside before relaxing to recount the day in one of Southampton’s many harbour side restaurants, cafés and bars.
Southern Dalarna Rivers, lakes, forests, mountains and valleys means great opportunities for adventures like canoeing, fishing, hiking and cycling. In winter, enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing, and many kilometers of skating tracks. Red wooden houses, colorful handicraft and genuine music traditions meet cool festivals. The artist Carl Larsson lived in Sundborn at the end of the 19th century. Visit his inspiring home and garden. The Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun has been designated by UNESCO as one of the world’s most important places.
The coastline of the Atlantic Sea cradles the elegance of the historical city of Split. Chosen by the Roman emperor Diocletian as his city of residence, Split accommodates his Palace, an over 1700 years old giant that comprehends an intricate complex of quaint alleys and square. Due to its vastness and impressively excellent conservation, the ancient colossus can be referred to as a city within a city. While the charm of the city's historical sites captivates the multitude of holiday-makers who flock to Split throughout the hot Croatian summer, the unspoiled nature and crystalline waters just make them fall in love. The people of Split claim that their city is "the most beautiful one in the world and beyond," and the well spirited Split aims to convince you of this! The city is full of life and soul, and the friendly local people of Split are waiting to welcome you with open arms. Only a few cities in the world can offer such variety of entertainment and excursions in their closest surroundings as Split.
St Anton am Arlberg is a holiday region with a world-wide reputation, and rightfully so. A superlative winter sports area with excellent guest services, ferris wheel cable car, the ARLBERG-well.com wellness centre, the finest gourmet cuisine, an excellent walking area, the multi-functional sports centre arl.rock and numerous events which all contribute towards an unforgettable vacation. With guaranteed snow from the end of November to the end of April, 84 lifts, access to 280 kilometres (174 miles) of marked ski runs and 180 kilometres (112 miles) of off-piste possibilities as well as a Funpark, St Anton am Arlberg delivers the very best conditions for a de luxe winter vacation.
Mountains and nature, sport and relaxation, health and well-being, traditional yet contemporary – St. Anton am Arlberg is also a popular summer holiday destination, where guests looking for either sporting activities or some welcome R & R are equally well catered for. Whether walking in the mountains, climbing, cycling, rafting, swimming, enjoying one of the many festivals or simply relaxing – holidays are an intense experience in this Tyrolean holiday resort between Kapall, Galzig and Valluga with a great summer activity programme for the whole family.
Fastened along the stunning Laurentian Mountains in Québec, Canada is the small municipality of Saint-Hippolyte. Named for the celebrated 3rd century Roman theologian, the town is only 45 km north of Montreal. Visitors do not come to Saint-Hippolyte merely for its vicinity to nearby cities, however: it claims its own appeal with captivating beauty, lush vegetation and snow-laden domains. Come to Saint-Hippolyte for the perfect recreational decamp.
Sitting near the confluence of two great North American rivers — the Mississippi and the Missouri — the St. Louis region has been a favored destination since Lewis & Clark began their historic westward discovery here in 1804. St. Louis is spread along 19 miles of the Mississippi River shoreline. Dubbed the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis welcomes its visitors with the world’s tallest arch (630 ft.) which was completed in 1965 as a monument to Thomas Jefferson and the westward expansion of the United States. The Gateway Arch is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of the city.
Sun-drenched and palm-fringed, the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten is one of the most beautiful in the eastern Caribbean. It also has a dual personality: the north of the island is a little outpost of France, and the south side oozes the warmth of the Dutch. The border between them is basically non-existent, and visitors are free to enjoy everything from watersports and cultural festivals to shopping.
Utah’s dominance as a ski resort state continues with the vivacious Steamboat Springs. Boasting activities for all the seasons, Steamboat Springs also nods to an extensive western heritage that encompasses ranching traditions. After exploring the city’s historical sites, visitors are elated to partake in world-class skiing, biking, fishing, hunting, relaxing in the natural hot springs, and more. The Springs play host to popular annual events, fine cuisine, and shopping centers as well.
Stockholm is a city of contrasts. Trends in music, design, fashion, and technology are born here, and innovations that spread worldwide are invented here. Trendy bars and world-class restaurants are shoulder-to-shoulder with historic cafés and cozy neighborhood pubs. Stockholm is simultaneously urban and close to nature and water is an ever-present feature in this city where lake and sea meet. The atmosphere is open, tolerant and welcoming, and diversity and innovation are encouraged. Stockholm is a city for everyone.
With the tiny rivers and narrow alleys, extraordinarily varied architecture and the poetry which emerges from the magnificent historical centre, the Alsatian capital is simply delightful. A rich cuisine, a plentiful cultural life and a crossroads position in the heart of Europe are also important parts of this city. Both in winter and summer, Strasbourg, which is classified as a world heritage site by the United Nations, is one of France’s most attractive and romantic destinations.
Magnificent panorama and splendid architecture, cultural diversity and traditional festivals - Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, delights its visitors. Due to the numerous green stripes, parks, woods and historic buildings, some people take Stuttgart for the "paradise of Swabia". Reflected by the awareness of life experienced staying here, this paradise gets an even higher reputation. In other words, the ability to enjoy the city almost causes something like ease, even you find yourself surrounded by the original, down-to-earth Swabes. Highlights include the famous State Theatre, the large State Gallery, the Museum of Natural History and the Weißenhof settlement.
Welcome to Sundsvall – The capital of Norrland Sundsvall is the destination for those who want to embellish a holiday to Norrland with shopping and entertainment. Today, this is home to Norrland’s largest city mall plus Birsta Shopping Centre which is one of Sweden’s largest out-of-town retail centres. Nowhere north of the river Dalälven has more life and activity. In the midst of the northern nature, and at the heart of everything, is perhaps one of the country’s most beautiful city centres with rich ornate post-renaissance stone buildings. Raise your eyes towards the beautiful facades and enjoy!
Simply the name “Sunriver” elicits images of solar-speckled waters and the coy brush of Pacific zephyrs across forests of pine trees. Expect nothing less with a visit to Sunriver, Oregon. Indulge in one of the Pacific Northwest’s hidden treasures, with the Deschutes River to its west and the enveloping Deschutes National Forest. Sunriver’s residents have sought to embrace the natural landscape—evidenced through planning their community around the 3,300 acres!
The Sunshine Coast is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most beautiful regions with amazing beaches, stunning sunlight, picturesque hinterland and plenty of breathtaking views. The Sunshine Coast offers a wonderful and immense mix of culture, cuisine, nature and outdoor activities that are all ready to be explored.
Founded nearly eight centuries ago, Indonesia’s second largest city has seen empires come and go. The founders of the Hindu Majapahit Empire arrived in late 13th century and remained till the 17th, being shortly followed by Muslim rulers of Mataram. Later came the colonialists of the Dutch East India Company. In recent decades, Surabaya has grown into a cosmopolitan seaport and conurbation where 21st century hotels, apartment towers and shopping malls stand next to historic mosques and palaces.
Just a stone's throw from London but a million miles from the capital's hustle and bustle, Surrey is a county full of surprises nestled in the south-east of England. Explore the rolling countryside and vast woodlands and enjoy the green, open spaces that Surrey has to offer. As England's leafiest county you'll discover the Surrey Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), complete with the highs of Leith, Box and Holmbury Hills, the natural amphitheatre of Devil's Punchbowl and the expanses of ancient heathland at Witley, Thursley, Frensham and Chobham Commons....to name just a few!
Sydney is Australia's most famous city, with the majestic Sydney Opera House, the impressive steel arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the sparkling waterways and the white sands of Bondi Beach. Beneath this glittering surface Sydney has many more enchanting layers to discover. This beautiful cosmopolitan city celebrates its cultural diversity and heritage, and passion for arts and sports. A temperate climate makes Sydney spectacular at any time of the year, and the city's friendly, casual attitude keeps visitors coming back Down Under for more!
Sylt has long been a playground for Germany’s rich and famous, and is called the "German Hamptons" for good reason. Pronounced "Zoolt," Sylt is a surreally beautiful, 25-mile long island on Germany’s North Sea coast, that has one of the longest unbroken stretches of immaculate sandy beach in all of Europe. Sylt is famous for its invigorating sea air and sense of space. This summer enjoy magnificent vistas of the sparkling sea, huge sand dunes and endless fields of bright-yellow flowering rape!
A trip to New York is not complete without a visit to Syracuse, the fifth most populous city in the state of New York and the hub of Central New York, a region inhabited by over one million people. Syracuse is the home of a vibrant community with a wealth of activities. DESTINY USA, the 6th largest mall in the United States and the largest Mall in New York State are in Syracuse. Renowned Syracuse University and the Carrier Dome host the highest Academic Courses along with the Carrier Dome’s finest home sports games featuring their Syracuse Orangemen and Orangewomens’s Basketball, Lacrosse & Football Teams.
Szczecin is an energetic city where the River Odra eventually flows into the Baltic Sea. Today it is the capital of a new province, Western Pomeranian, which has suffered a turbulent history and now looks to an enlightened and cultural revival. A focal point is that it has managed to preserve its unique character and charm since its recent reform. Szczecin is now awakening to its full potential at an ever increasing pace. You will really feel inspired as you explore this enthralling city.
From snowy mountains to the deep blue sea, the province of Tabuk in Saudi Arabia is home to some of the most varied natural landscapes in the country, offering possibilities for beach holidays, island hopping, Red Sea diving, mountaineering and, of course, sightseeing. The region holds some of the nation’s highly treasured historic and archaeological sites, a rich heritage left behind by ancient civilizations of foregone eras.
Rose aroma fills the air in Ta'if, a scenic Sauidi town whose fertile lands are dotted with abundant rose and fruit orchards. Nestled amidst the Shafa Mountain range not far from Mecca, Ta'if historically used to be a major commercial hub for countries of the Arabian Peninsula, but has now transformed into a popular summer holiday destination with well-developed infrastructure, magnificent natural beauty and a mild climate - in pleasant contrast to much of the country.
The city and the countryside, the old and the new, high culture and the downright dirty! Whatever you’re looking for, Taipei has everything today’s discerning traveller could wish for. Set in a natural basin amongst lush green mountains, the city is just a-stones-throw away from unspoiled beaches and wild coastline. The city itself has all the distractions a modern metropolis can offer, while at the same time providing a glimpse into its ancient past. If it’s the variety of choices you’re looking for then Taipei has it all!
Steeped in Medieval charm, yet always on the cutting-edge of modernity, Tallinn offers today’s travelers plenty to see. The city is big enough and interesting enough to explore for days, but also small and compact enough to give you the full Tallinn experience in just a few hours.
Whether lounging on the beach watching volleyball and basking in the sun with your favorite drink, or filling your traveling schedule to the maximum with museums, architecture, concerts, dining and shopping, the Tampa Bay Area is sure to please. Fresh seafood, nationally recognized steak houses and trendy martini bars keep visitors and locals busy in the evenings.
Tampere, a young and vibrant place, is the third largest city in Finland and located deep in Lake District. With everything within walking distance, this is yet another example of a revitalization and refurbishment of an industrial heartland. At night the city lights up like a newly decorated Christmas tree. With architecture ranging from medieval churches to the ultra-modern Metso Library and superb theatres you are in for some real treats. From the traditional sauna to a taste of black Finnish sausage, this is a city full of surprises.
Over the years, Taormina has been a magnificent source of inspiration for artists from all over the world - celebrated as the idyllic spot par excellence, it represents the ideal place to escape from the chaos of the city life. Romantically located 200m above the sea level, it has picturesquely settled on a coastal terrace, overlooking the vastness of the Ionian Sea. The mild temperature that rarely goes below +11 and the natural beauty of the hill where the city has risen up, are complemented by the view of the Etna Volcano in all its magnificence.
Tel Aviv is one of the most popular touristic places in Israel and the economic and cultural center of the country. The city is located right on the seaside offering picturesque views and countless entertainment possibilities for the locals and tourists. "The city that never stops" is a paradise for all its visitors, whether they look for lively nightlife, hours of relaxation at the beach or just walking around shopping in the beautiful historic streets of the city.
Apart from having the best climate in Spain, Tenerife is a place where you can really relax and enjoy yourself. This island, crowned by Mount Teide, has picturesque villages, incredible landscapes and idyllic beaches. Here you will be able to enjoy fiestas where you will feel as though you are just one more reveller from Tenerife. Guess why over five million people have chosen this Island as their holiday destination. Just come and have a great time.
With their blue lakes bordered by flowers, dazzling views of the sea from high in the hills, and lush green landscapes of ancient volcanic craters – the nine islands of the Azores, situated in the middle of the Atlantic, just 4 hours from Boston and 2 hours from Lisbon by plane, are a paradise for nature-lovers. Choose a holiday on these beautiful islands and you’ll rediscover the peace of the countryside in a stunning and unspoilt natural environment.
Every year more than a million visitors come here to a area in Kronoberg and Kalmar counties in Småland that includes the municipalities of Emmaboda, Lessebo, Nybro and Uppvidinge. Many return time after time. It is easy to understand why. To watch red-hot molten glass being transformed into delicate crystal or sturdy bowls is a spectacle that one never tires of. Here you will find well-known glassworks and brands such as Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Skruf, Mats Jonasson Målerås to name a few. In additon, you can enjoy the nature of Småland in its prime with its forests, lakes, stone walls and many cultural sights. These include Vilhelm Moberg’s emigrant district.
Discover The Palm Beaches, where genuine hospitality is a way of life and breathtaking beauty occurs naturally. Beautiful beaches stretching 47 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, lakes and Everglades coupled with year-round warm weather attract visitors from around the world, and recreational pursuits are unmatched. The Palm Beaches are an exciting collection of 15 distinct districts with luxury resorts, boutique and trusted-brand hotels, innovative culinary landscapes, trendy shops and designer boutiques of world-wide fame, and where nightlife thrives year-round. Experience captivating culture, awesome outdoor adventure, great golf and exciting entertainment. Come alive in The Palm Beaches with our magical collection of small cities and towns that deliver . . . deliver the BEST way to experience Florida.
Byzantine churches, Roman constructions, Muslim buildings, modern architecture, intensive nightlife and stunning beaches - this is the essence of Thessaloniki. Being the second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki combines more than 2,300 years of history with every facility and excitement that a modern European city can offer a visitor.
Lying near the Hungarian and Serbian borders, Timisoara is the gateway to the West and has a long history of cosmopolitan multiculturalism. Furthermore, it is famous today as the birthplace of the 1989 Romanian Revolution that ended the Ceauşescu dictatorship, an important centre in recent Romanian history.It is a green, pleasant and walkable city with cosy cafes, lively markets and interesting museums, offering plenty of entertainment to fill your time, whether you are visiting for a day or a week.
Tirana is a mixture of Western Europe and the old Russia, interspersed with influences of the Middle East. The city has overcome its recent troubled past and has stood up like a jewel in Eastern Europe. The modern Tirana is full of restaurants, nightlife and hotels and has rediscovered itself and become an energetic, vibrant and cosmopolitan city that it is worth exploring.
Previously a relatively hidden destination, Tokyo’s technological leaps and passion for everything new has made the rest of the world sit up and take notice. A city of smaller cities, Tokyo’s neighbourhoods are individual and unique in what each can offer, from cultural sights to vast shopping malls. Get ready for a whirlwind of modernity and tradition - this is Tokyo!
In the very heart of the South Pacific lies Tonga – one of the most scenic and unspoiled of the Pacific Island nations – comprising of 176 coral and volcanic islands, only 36 of which are inhabited. The ancient Kingdom of Tonga can boast being the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy, and its friendly and welcoming people are along with its deserted beaches, enchanting festivals and amazing coral reefs some of the Kingdoms finest assets. This tropical playground has something for everyone – fantastic snorkeling, diving and fishing, or for those that prefer to take life a little easier, the relaxed lifestyle, brilliant sunsets and excellent dining will surely entice.
“El diau, el diau!” “The devil! The devil!” It was in 1897 when mountain people from Sauze d’Oulx witnessed a red-faced man with a long white beard descending from the slopes, with long wooden skis attached to his feet. He was a Swiss engineer, Adolf Kind, and the wooden skis were the first seen in Italy. Today there are more than a hundred ski-lifts and 1,500 km of slopes for all levels – as well as alpine skiing, sledges and huskies, telemark skiing and the snowboarding. For those with more extreme tastes the zone also caters to ice climbing, free-riding and other similar sports.
Toronto is an urban mosaic of cultures and ethnicities considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It is the most heavily populated city in Canada, a cosmopolitan financial, commercial and cultural center, blending its multicultural heritage — about 80 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages — with urban chic. With a lot to offer in terms of culture and entertainment any time of year, Toronto is the perfect travel destination for families and solo travelers alike.
Toulon is genuine Provence – the real thing. It’s not one of those garishly painted souvenir shops smelling of synthetic lavender that some other Riviera towns have turned into. In this place ordinary people live and think just as they have always done along this gorgeous stretch of coastline. There are wonderful smells of lavender and thyme in the market places. The difference is that this is the real Provence. Like the sea breeze.
Take all the good bits from Paris – the sophisticated café society, culture, shopping and add a vibrant artsy student population – place the city in the south of France, just close enough to Spain to absorb elements of its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, then – if you add a wash of pink across this image – you’ll have Toulouse!
The bright, lively capital of the Loire Valley region straddles not one beautiful river, but two – the Loire and the Cher – with the picturesque Vieux Tours old quarter lying on the long narrow peninsula between them. Brilliant modern architecture contrasts with an array of historic buildings, and all over France the city is famed for fine food and wine. There’s a sense that this is the place to enjoy the good life. No wonder the writer Honoré de Balzac called it “a smiling city”.
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Townsville is a very popular destination for sun seekers and provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville is situated in the dry tropics region and is a gateway to the Outback, wet tropics rainforest, wetlands teeming with bird life and a number of tropical islands. With The Strand, a 2.5 km beachfront, it is an exciting and vibrant city.
Trapani is not only one of the most romantic places in Sicily, but in the whole of the Mediterranean. It is characterised by long stretches of coast and coastal plains, lavish monuments and palaces, ancient sites, windmills, islands, quaint provincial towns and a countryside that beg to be explored. By night, the region should be enjoyed over a glass of chilled wine and fine food in a beachside restaurant—ideally facing west so as to see some of the most spectacular sunsets in Europe.
Traverse City’s claim to fame is its position as the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. The Michigan city hosts annual events to celebrate the cherry harvests, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The land is also ripe for Traverse City’s numerous vineyards, which place it among the Midwest’s top centers of wine production. After touring the orchards and attending the wine tasting events, head to Traverse City’s freshwater beaches, the National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and verdant forests.
As the poet Umberto Saba wrote: “Trieste has an unsociable grace. Located between the sea and the mountains of Carso, beautiful and fascinating, she does not like to show off, although she conquers her visitor at first sight.” Tergeste, as Trieste was named during the Roman era, is to be discovered on foot, to fully taste her richness and to breathe, through her streets, buildings and monuments, her 2000-year-old history.
Visitors come to Tucson to take in the natural sunlit landscape of the Sonoran desert and the mountains that surround the city. They also endeavor to experience the cultural diversity of a city that boasts of Native American, Latin and European influences. Because of its unique geography, Tucson is a diverse outdoor playground, offering a serene landscape with a wide range of terrain for hikers of all skill levels, rock climbing, cycling, and more. Explore the underground tunnels of Colossal Cave Mountain Park and Kartchner Caverns State Park or the unique and varied plant and animal life that exists in the ecosystems in and around Tucson. The city also has a very artistic side, which is apparent in its many cultural events, restaurants, and galleries.
Unjustly overlooked by travelers en route to Tunisia's celebrated seaside resorts, the nation's capital certainly deserves more than a just a quick glance outside the shuttle bus window. The city lives and breathes history, and has a lot to offer in the way of art and culture. Ancient Roman ruins, palpable traces of French colonial presence and an Oriental flair well-preserved in the Medina all constitute major elements of Tunis' eclectic charm.
Turin, the first capital of the kingdom of Italy a city with history, great parks alongside the river Po. A city with good food and with even better drinks. Under the arcades in the city center there are countless wine bars, grandiose continental cafés and luxurious shopping streets. Turin is known for Fiat, Juventus and Italian film - this city is a fascinating metropolis where the future is being created!
Tuscany is one of the most popular regions of Italy, located right in the heart of the country. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque landscapes, Italian traditions while having a glass of an excellent wine. Florence, Siena and Pisa are all worth a visit!
The town of the silver birches does not only offer top-class culture. Some of the very best restaurants in northern Sweden are to be found here and they serve local culinary delicacies with singular precision. Add to that an exceptional outdoor life and you’ll understand why tens of thousand of students feel so at home in Umeå.
Uppsala, just 38 minutes from Stockholm, and 18 minutes from Arlanda airport is one of Sweden's four major cities. And close to everything. You get the selection and pulse of a city and can simultaneously enjoy small-town intimacy and serenity. Stroll along scenic Årummet, relax in one of the city's cafés, or let yourself be enchanted by the Cathedral, which is just one of the city’s exciting attractions.
Despite its size, Valencia is quite unknown and one of Spain’s hidden gems. It is a multifaceted place, mixing Gothic architecture with the rough old fishermen’s quarter of El Cabanyal. Here you can also find fusion restaurants, futuristic museums and two long beaches, Las Arenas and La Malvarrosa.
Valladolid oozes history from every ancient stone. King Felipe II was born here, the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel married here and Christopher Columbus died here. This was once the capital of Spain, but is now the principal city of Castilla y Leon, the land of castles from which the word ‘Castilian’ derives. Today, Valladolid is a bustling university city that thrives on its manufacturing industries. It is a down-to-earth, lively place that energetically blends old with new.
Vancouver, a coastal seaport city in Canada is set amid a backdrop of snow-flecked mountains, sandy beaches, and a magnificent rain forest. People have described it as dynamic, vibrant, cosmopolitan and multicultural - it is truly one of the most intriguing cities in the world!
There are few destinations that offer as much diversity – scenically and culturally – as the archipelago of 83 islands that form Vanuatu, named the Planet’s Happiest Country. You will be struck by its tropical playgrounds featuring deserted beaches, lush dense forests harbouring waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes and custom villages. It has become a dream destination for snorkelers and divers with a multitude of experiences under the sea. Vanuatu is the only place on earth where you can officially post your mail from an underwater post office and from the ash plain on the summit of a volcano. The people of Vanuatu are ever-so welcoming, genuine and friendly and love nothing better than to show you their slice of paradise – you are sure to fall in love with Vanuatu!
Varberg – Sweden’s Health Resort. The old health resort tradition in Varberg has been refined and nowadays is a way of life for residents and visitors. The prerequisites for quality of life are available here, along with the opportunity to put together an individualised range of treatments to make you feel good. A course of treatment can consist of a massage treatment or seaweed baths, however, for some people a stiff wind and a windsurfing board, a walk on the sea front around Varberg Fortress, a visit to the Cold Bathhouse or a woodland excursion to Åkulla Beech Forests is what counts. What makes you feel good? What is a cure for you? Welcome to Varberg to find your particular course of treatment!
Sweden’s sixth largest city is also one of the country’s oldest. Welcome to Västerås! You’ll find activities and events for the entire family to enjoy here as well as a rich cultural life, a vibrant night life, a boiling sea life and an exciting history. You can spend the night under water or among the treetops, come to the world’s biggest car meet Power Big Meet or visit a Guide Michelin award winning cathedral and Sweden’s largest burial mound Anundshög – there really is something for everyone in Västerås!
Untouched archipelago, fantastic swimming, picturesque town settings and entertainment! Västervik on the east coast of Småland is Sweden at its best. Fantastic Småland nature with leafy, green meadows and grazing cows. A small-town idyll. Then there is Sweden's most beautiful archipelago. It is this mix that makes it so exciting.
Växjö is the very heart of southeast Sweden – in the middle of Småland, in the middle of southern Sweden. There is a lot to see, experience and do here – local handicraft, unique shops and world-class restaurants. A thriving culture and art programme, an inti- mate café culture and several award-winning culinary eating-houses. Seasonal markets provide a pulsating market square and flea market business and if you would like to ex- perience genuine Småland nature, take one of our many cycle and footpaths straight out into the forests! A kingdom of crystal is just around the corner, as is the kingdom of furniture. The whole of Växjö is just waiting to be experienced – so welcome to us!
There is no other city like Venice. It has 180 canals, 450 bridges and magnificent palaces. It is a city rich in museums and historical buildings of great artistic and cultural importance. Add to that the transient feeling and the quiet everyday life. The beauty of it all is truly apparent.
Verona is world famous for its magnificent Arena and its association with Shakespeare’s love story, "Romeo and Juliet." The city is one of the most important tourist destinations in Italy, and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. Rich in examples of architecture including Baroque castles, gardens, and the Ringstrasse lined with parks, monuments and grand buildings. Art and culture are embedded in the soul of Vienna, with theater, opera, and fine arts on offer. Vienna is one of the few capitals of the world with its own vineyards and Viennese cafés have an extremely long and distinguished history that dates back centuries. Come and experience all that Vienna has to offer.
Today, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of the most frequently visited cities of Eastern Europe. It draws attention, not only because of its unique architectural character, but also because of its cultural events and attractions. During the first ten years of independence, the city became a tourist attraction centre. It is, therefore, not surprising that the number of tourists consistently increased during these ten years and that the tourist infrastructure and services developed at the same time.
What do you think of when you hear the name, Vimmerby? Do you think of Astrid Lindgren? Do you think of Småland? Most people know of Vimmerby because of Astrid Lindgren, since this is where she was born and grew up. She has put her mark on the whole area, and today Vimmerby is the place where families find adventures and the very best experiences. The award-winning Astrid Lindgren's World, Virum Moose Park and Nils Holgersson's World are examples of the sort of outings that provide every opportunity for a fun-filled holiday. Also, if you want to enjoy the beautiful countryside you need look no further. Many people visit Vimmerby on account of its delightful surroundings with lakes to swim in, the fields and forrests. To top that off, you have the genuine small-town atmosphere with shops and historical sites, not to mention a string of pleasant restaurants that all contribute to making your visit worthwhile. Welcome to Vimmerby!
Warsaw has come a long way since its almost complete destruction in the Second World War. This vibrant, busy city has slowly been emerging as a new cultural diamond of the East, forming the centre of modern Poland. And while shiny skyscrapers, new restaurants and funky clubs shoot like mushrooms from the soil, Warsaw’s many historic buildings serve as a reminder of this city’s glorious history.
Think BIG in Washington – as soon as you arrive in DC, you’ll be knocked over by the scale of the place. America’s capital wants you to know where you are, and the city goes all out to impress in terms of grandeur and size. Drama and scandal bubble under the surface, while the streets are abuzz with hip and happening events, museums, restaurants and clubs around every corner. The principles of Equality, Justice, Life and Liberty are still upheld, but DC is, above all, a trendy and international town.
Waterford City, the oldest city in Ireland, is the perfect blend of ancient and modern. Its collection of pubs, gourmet restaurants and excellent shops and boutiques, co-exist with medieval city walls, quaintly cobbled back streets and the grandeur of historic buildings still standing proud after more than a thousand years. Waterford’s picturesque coastline, stretching the length of the county, is dotted with a string of lively towns including Tramore, Dunmore East and Dungarvan. Other coastal villages include Passage East, Stradbally and Ring, the centre of a thriving Irish speaking community.
New England itself is pure charisma. The area is draped by sparkling snow in the winter, swept with fresh seaside air during spring and summer, and painted with the changing colors of its trees during autumn. Waterville Valley, Hew Hampshire is a beacon of these seasons and a proud New England town. Its resort is the focal point, lending to recreational activities throughout the seasons that include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and much more. And not to be overlooked, the White Mountain National Forest also wraps Waterville Valley in its scenic landscape.
The capital city of New Zealand rests between rolling hills and a rugged coastline on the southern tip of the North Island. As well as offering some of the best urban views in New Zealand, the city is popular for its arts and culture. Wellington is home to the National Museum (Te Papa), the national opera and ballet companies, and is the heart of the nation’s film and fashion scenes. With more restaurants and cafés per head than New York, Wellington also offers an unequaled gastronomic experience.
West Palm Beach is Miami’s hip little sister. Known for its art festivals, nightlife and extensive shopping choices, this city serves both the young family set with zoos and museums and the epicurean crew with a myriad of foodie delights.
The perfect trip. The ideal adventure. Whistler is Canada’s answer to your expectations of endless fun and relaxation. Located in the breathtaking Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is a resort community that even hosted the world during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Prior to the Olympics and quickly after, the town became an international oasis for adventure and beauty. The Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains provide a natural getaway for alpine skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and mountain biking, hiking, and camping during summer.
Sun, sea and sand all add together to make the Whitsunday Coast the ideal place to relax and chill out. Enjoy a great atmosphere and nightlife in a spectacular setting. A beach lover’s paradise where everything is on hand to make your stay in this area one you won’t forget. Close to the Great Barrier Reef and just 16 miles from the Whitsunday Islands there is plenty to see so why not just hang out and enjoy? Backpackers and families alike will enjoy the many attractions such as Airlie Beach lagoon and the amazing croc safaris up the Proserpine River.
Welcome to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way... Experience the untamed west coast of Ireland along the world's longest defined coastal driving route. This touring route pledges to share the secrets with visitors who want to explore the wild wonders of our coves and islands, beaches and bays all snuggled into this curvaceous coastline. If wilderness, water and a willingness to step off the traditional tourist trail is your thing, then the Wild Atlantic Way is the only way. At 2,750 km long from Malin Head in Co. Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork, this is as real and raw as Ireland gets. Start an adventure you’ll never want to end.
Historic pride and natural beauty - Williamsburg seems to have the best of both as millions of travelers visit the city every year for its timeless attractions and verdant landscape. Colonial remnants of buildings, museums, hotels, and even taverns are favorites of locals and vacationers alike, with Revolutionary reenactments and interpretations spanning the hillsides and battlefields. Take to the waters with Old World schooners, sailing with the Virginian breezes that were once experienced by legendary figures like George Washington and John Smith. Come visit Williamsburg and become a part of true American history.
Wisconsin Dells has a 150-year-history of hosting travelers who are attracted to the scenery and tranquility of the area. When coupled with the nearby area surrounding Lake Delton, it is commonly called “The Dells.” As the self-proclaimed "Waterpark Capital of the World,” The Dells has an adventure for every age on your trip. Fishing, boat tours, kayaking, waterparks, parasailing, ziplines, vertical adventures, and high-adventure amusement park rides provide excitement. There are also boutique shopping, live music, fine dining, and wine tours for when the high-octane thrills exhaust you!
The spectacular escarpment and beautiful beaches make Wollongong idyllic for outdoor adventures and fun. Just 80 km south of Sydney, Wollongong is NSW's third-largest city. Skydive, hang-glide and paraglide above the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Surfing, water skiing, sailing and fishing are popular, too. Play golf on picturesque courses or relax on a beach. Rent a bike and ride along 60 km of cycle paths or walk on rainforest trails. After all the outdoor activities, visit the city’s splendid art gallery and enjoy quality cafés and restaurants.
Combining history, shopping, culture and sports, Worcester is a modern town surrounded by the picturesque English countryside. Maybe you have heard about the famous Worcester Sauce and the British composer Sir Edward Elgar, both originating from here. Whether you are just passing through or staying a few days, Worcester will show you a real good time both day and night.
Wroclaw is one of the prettiest and liveliest cities in Poland. The multicultural city has an important university, a vast array of restaurants and bars, designer shops, theatre and musical events. The Odra River and dozens of little canals that meander through its tree-lined streets with their tall, multi-coloured buildings set the scene. In fact, Wroclaw is made up of no less than 12 islands, joined by over 100 bridges, and simply begs to be explored.
This is a city almost unique in China and has been recently voted the prettiest and cleanest in the whole country. Xiamen is certainly amongst the most pleasant places in China, with a fine mix of city, cultural and beach attractions. Located on the south coast in the Fujian Province, Xiamen is built on an island almost opposite Taiwan. With origins dating back 5,000 years, trade has been the lifeblood of Xiamen and the city has grown on the commerce from merchants, both Chinese and European, who used Xiamen as their “Gateway to China”.
Xi’an, once called Chang’an, the City of Long-lasting Peace, tops the list of China's six ancient cities. The world-renowned ancient Silk Road starts here. To stand on this land is to be on the very soil where merchants from empires long relegated to the annals of history once moved, and many facets of its past as a trading post still live on in various forms. The variety of folk handicrafts that greets the visitor is bewildering. Just outside the city is the steepest mountain in the world, Hua Mountain. Here is where the pre-historic Lantian man was found, proving that human existence here dates back 500,000 years. With all this heritage behind it, Xi’an stands proud even in the face of its modernization, a spectacular testament of the magnificent legacy the Chinese are so proud of.
Yanbu has long been known as little more than an industrial centre with a busy port, but with some of the country's best diving spots and ever more luxury resorts in the area, it is quickly transforming into a coveted vacation destination. The desert beaches are beautiful, captivating and solitary enough to make your visit a unique experience. There has never been a better time visit, as the crowds have not yet caught on to this emerging city, and travelers can still have huge expanses of pristine beach all to themselves.
Yangon is the largest city and the most vibrant in Myanmar and situated in the southern part of the country on the east bank of the river Yangon (Hlaing River). The city has a lot to offer and some spectacular sights can be explored such as the Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas. When arriving by air, you will see amazing golden domes dotted around the city and an amazing greenery.
One of the world's most popular resort areas is Yarmouth, Massachusetts. From the coasts of Cape Cod is a masterfully planned and historically rife city. Three villages comprise Yarmouth, with each reflecting over three centuries’ worth of culture, tradition, and splendor. Plan a vacation around the unique attractions among West Yarmouth, Yarmouth Port, and South Yarmouth.
Have you ever wondered why so many people are attracted to Ystad and Österlen? For many years artists, writers, birdwatchers and gardeners have made their way here, like holiday-makers looking for a unique combination of tranquillity and intensity. Come and see our sights at your own pace and experience the delights. Discover food, art, light and history. Explore a region which attracts film-makers from all over the world. A region where visitors choose to stay a little bit longer, perhaps in a traditional cottage close to the sea. The Ystad & Österlen area, the southeast corner of Skåne, is a popular destination, especially in summer, but increasing numbers of people are coming here all year round, attracted by the peace and quiet, the excellent food and wonderful cultural and natural experiences.
Almost entirely surrounded by the warm waters of the Adriatic, the peninsula that is Zadar city centre, along with the 'mainland’ area, may not be large, but it is bursting with personality. A thoroughly cosmopolitan space, it is full of rich architecture despite its turbulent past, and offers some of the best sailing around the Zadar archipelago and along the western coast of Croatia’s Dalmatia region. Its sunsets are legendary too, making it the perfect place to unwind for romantics, young and old. The nearby town of Biograd na Moru is a well-known tourist and particularly nautical centre. The city has grown to a size suitable for living, surrounded by modern marinas and a waterfront from which an unforgettable view extends over one of the most picturesque channels – the Pašman Channel with scattered islets.
The tall spires of the Cathedral are visible from far away, and they function as a perfect introduction to the beauty that Zagreb has to offer its visitors. For centuries Zagreb has been a focal point of culture and science, and it has now developed into a centre of commerce and industry as well. The town has, in recent years, become one of the most popular places in former Eastern Europe to visit. It is very much a town with an outdoor lifestyle which offers culture as well as clubbing, and that is one of the many reasons why people of all ages love this fantastic, dazzling place.
The Venetians, who owned it for 600 years, called it "the Flower of the East". Zakynthos is still one of the lushest and most-loved Greek islands, with green hillsides covered with flowers in spring and early summer, cliffs dropping to dazzling turquoise waters, and some of the country´s best beaches. Along with its natural beauties, it is claimed to be the sunniest among the island of the Ionian Sea, matching its natural beauties with a sizzling nightlife.
Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon, has a privileged location with an equal distance from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao. The city counts on an international airport and the high-Speed line (AVE). The destination has a delicious gastronomy and a rich heritage of historical monuments (Basilica del Pilar, Cathedral of San Salvador, Aljafería Palace, the paintings of Goya or the Mudejar–UNESCO Heritage of Mankind). The city also has renewed infraestructures from the 2008 International Expo (Water Tower, Bridge Pavilion or river Aquarium).
Zihuatanejo combines Mexican culture, wonderful nature and old-fashioned charm. This picturesque fishing town is a unique beach destination and the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the best in life. Many of you might remember Zihuatanejo from the all-time movie success, Shawshank Redemption. This is the place where the two characters decide to meet after their release. With Ixtapa only a few kilometres away you get a two-for-one deal coming here, combining the traditional, calm Zihuatanejo and the modern Ixtapa.
The charming metropolis of Zurich, Switzerland offers first-class quality of life. Zürich is distinguished by its unparalleled selection of stores lining the world famous shopping mile, the Bahnhofstrasse, not to mention its broad choice of leisure activities. Numerous gastronomic establishments in the surrounding region pamper food lovers with all manner of culinary delights. After dark, some 500 bars and clubs provide a wide variety of entertainment. Zürich is also the ideal departure point for all kinds of excursions, such as to the Rhine Falls, a chocolate factory, or the snow and perpetual ice on Titlis Mountain.