On 18 July, the peaceful town of Vevey, on the shores of Lake Geneva near Montreux, transforms into party central as it hosts one of the world’s biggest (and rarest) wine festivals. The Fête des Vignerons – which was granted Unesco intangible cultural heritage status in 2016 – was founded in 1797 to honour the wine-makers of the Lavaux wine region, one of Switzerland’s premier wine appellations.
Within easy reach of both London and the Midlands, Suffolk is the smallest and gentlest of the East Anglian counties. Its biggest draw is perhaps its coast, which is home to two of Britain’s most alluring seaside resorts – Aldeburgh and Southwold – with the Minsmere RSPB Reserve and ancient settlement of Dunwich at the centre of some glorious stretches of marsh, heath and woodland.
People also come to Suffolk to visit ‘Constable Country’ – a string of bucolic villages straddling the Essex border that were famously painted by the English landscape painter. Meanwhile, further inland, the old wool towns of Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds are handsome destinations for a lazy weekend break. Even Ipswich has a spruced-up waterfront district and interesting attractions. All in all, Suffolk is an easily accessible and diverse region for a weekend break – or longer.
Daily life on an Amazon cruise is exciting in itself. Paddling kayaks among three metre-wide water lily leaves while spotting sloths in the foliage is considered standard stuff. But for the ultimate rainforest experience, some voyages offer yet more unusual and thrilling activities so you really have something to boast about when you get home. Meet a shaman, fish for piranhas, or even swim with the encantados – the pink river dolphins which legend has it are shape-shifting humans in fishy form.
Europe’s tiniest capital, surrounded by sea and 16th-century bastion walls, has an enduring charm all of its own. A Unesco World Heritage site steeped in history, Valletta is in the midst of a 21st-century revitalisation. It has emerged from its year as 2018 European Capital of Culture with more hotels, restaurants and historic treasures than ever before – and there are still more to come.
Valletta has an extraordinary density of sights and activities too: from 5,000-year-old ‘Fat Lady’ statues, to the ornate Baroque legacy of the Knights of St John; from Bastion-top gardens to boat trips on the Grand Harbour. And it isn’t all ancient. There’s also the City Gate redevelopment, designed by star architect Renzo Piano of London’s Shard fame.
Buzzing bars spill out onto the city’s limestone alleys, concerts frequently grace its copious churches, and the restaurant scene serves the best bites in Malta. And of course, it’s only a short ride to the beach…
The city of Kavala in northern Greece, which rises up from the sea like an amphitheater, is a gem waiting to be explored for its rich history and beautiful surroundings.
This coastal city which accounts to approximately 50,000 inhabitants, is the entry point to Macedonia from the east and that’s why is often dubbed the “Thermopyles of Macedonia”.
Split among the Palia Poli (old town) and the Nea Poli (new town) it is situated on the Bay of Kavala, across from the island of Thassos and on the Egnatia motorway, a one-and-a-half-hour drive east of Thessaloniki.
In antiquity the name of the city was Neapolis (‘new city’, like many Greek colonies). During the Middle Ages, it was renamed Christoupolis (‘city of Christ’). Fore centuries it was part of the Ottoman empire and briefly occupied by Bulgaria in the beginning of the 20th century.
Oslo lies between the mountains and the sea, which is not to imply that the town was built by skiers and sailors, but it does imply that there are enjoyable things to do indoors and out. Summer or winter, walking is the best way to get around, and in fact, if you are in Norway during ski season, rent some cross-country skis and spend the afternoon on bracing trails. It will be your introduction to the hearty appreciation of winter that is at the very bottom of every Norwegian’s soul.
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Key West is absolutely packed with history, few great beaches, uncrowded state and national parks, and some of the best sportfishing anywhere in the world.
Key West is not just some Florida beach town. It is absolutely packed with history: Presidents have lived here, wars have been fought here, and one of civilization’s most prolific writers took pen to paper here (and left behind a beautiful home to visit). If that’s not enough for you, the area boasts—expectedly—a few great beaches, and—perhaps unexpectedly—state and national parks with crowds that are delightfully sparse. The sportfishing off Key West is also world-renowned (while we can’t promise you’ll catch a big one…you’ll catch a big one). In case it wasn’t clear already, a trip to the southernmost part of the continental United States will never leave you bored.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is known for its ultramodern architecture, nightlife and desertIn 2018, Dubai welcomed nearly 16 million international overnight visitors, and the destination’s popularity has been steadily growing. The United Arab Emirates city is known for its ultramodern architecture, nightlife and desert. Here, a camel rests with the backdrop of Dubai’s skyline.
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From soaking in onsens in Hokkaido to visiting the deer in Nara, there’s so much more to do in Japan than eating sushi in Tokyo. While the bright lights and fish markets lure travelers, the countryside is home to temples and shrines, mountain hikes, and culinary adventures. This is everything you need to do in Japan to fully experience the country.… continue reading 25 Ultimate Things to Do in Japan
Checked the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain off your bucket list? When you’re ready to dig deeper, Rome contains a wealth of things to do. And it’s no wonder—with over 2,000 years of history, the city is bound to hold some secrets. From exploring off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods full of street art to walking the same streets that the gladiators once trod, these 10 under-the-radar things to do will inspire you to rediscover Rome. Continue at Source: 10 Under-the-Radar Things to Do in Rome