Lisbon Metropolitan Area is indeed one of the most relevant regions of all Europe. It's composed by these 18 municipalities listed below (largest to smallest, by population): • Lisbon • Sintra • Loures • Amadora • Cascais • Oeiras • Almada • Seixal • Odivelas • Vila Franca de Xira • Setúbal • Barreiro • Moita • Mafra • Palmela • Montijo • Sesimbra • Alcochete The municipalities located at the north side of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) - Amadora, Cascais, Lisboa, Loures, Mafra, Odivelas, Oeiras, Sintra and Vila Franca de Xira -, are included in the Lisbon District. The municipalities located at the south side of Rio Tejo - Alcochete, Almada, Barreiro, Moita, Montijo, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra and Setúbal -, are included in the Setúbal District. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and home to more than 500,000 people. Situated on the coast of Portugal it's beautiful weather attracts visitors from all over the world. One of the oldest western European cities in the world. It's history predating other modern European capitals by centuries. The city was built on Seven Hills and a lot to explore from hights, so prepare for lots of walking uphill! From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-coloured buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
Hawana Salalah is Oman’s largest and fastest growing tourism destination. Freehold homes, hotels, dining, activities and more spread across 7km of beautiful sandy white beaches, creating a life that is Exceptional Everyday. Hawana Salalah boasts an array of freehold apartments and villas with breathtaking marina, lagoon and sea views. www.hawanasalalah.com
The Carribean West tourism region is in the country of Panama. The islands of the Caribbean (the West Indies) all 700 of them are on the Caribbean sea on one side and the pacific ocean on the other. When you look at the map at the bottom of Mexico you see the thinnest land area in Panama. Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America. The Panama Canal, a famous feat of human engineering, cuts through its centre, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route. In the capital, Panama City, modern skyscrapers, casinos and nightclubs contrast with colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo district and the rainforest of Natural Metropolitan Park
Buenos Aires is a pulsating, passionate, cosmopolitan city. The combination of rich architectural and cultural heritage, modern creative energy, electric nightlife, unique traditions, a vibrant arts scene, extensive parks, and warm, friendly hosts makes it one of the world’s most exciting capitals. www.turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar
Provincia de ValenciaSpain
Valencia is located on Spain's eastern coast, at the mouth of the Turia River, right in the centre of the Gulf of Valencia. It is situated on the shores of the Mediterranean, a stretch of water which has gradually forged the city's character over the centuries. Valencia's geographical location makes it an excellent operational base from which to explore the rest of Spain. At just an hour and a half from Madrid by train, three hours from Barcelona by car, and with daily departures to the Balearic Islands, the capital of the Mediterranean is well worth a visit. Bask in the city’s pleasant climate, stroll along its wide sandy beaches, just fifteen minutes from the centre of Valencia, catch a glimpse of its past, sample the local cuisine and discover the richness of its culture. www.visitvalencia.com
The Basque Country may be small but it has a big identity. With over 5,000 years of history, it conserves a unique culture and the oldest language in Europe Today it's a modern country with a human development rating that places it in eighth place in the world, according to the United Nations (PNUD). Green and blue sometimes merge in a soft embrace, creating estuaries of stunning beauty like Urdaibai. At other times this passionate embrace shapes vertical rock faces of international renown, like the flysch cliffs. With its protected biotopes, wetlands and several nearby nature parks, the Basque coastline is an ideal destination for anybody looking to enjoy the best of the sea in a natural setting. Try eco-tourism on the Basque coastline! www.tourism.euskadi.eus
In Lima everything is in endless movement, and even the past is constantly being rediscovered. Lima offers an extraordinary range of emotions, sensations, colors and flavors: travelers can visit the city’s impressive cathedral, fly over the ocean, enjoy a photogenic sunset, or savor unmatched cuisine. Lima is a place of converging trends, created by its people and their living culture, where you will find every corner of Peru represented. One visit to Lima can never be enough. Lima, filled with colonial-era riches, is the only capital in South America that faces the sea, and it is hailed as the gastronomic capital of Latin America. It is a city you should not miss! www.peru.travel/en/destinations/lima
Pacific Coast of EcuadorEcuador
From beaches covered with palm trees and gigantic cliffs that rise over deep caverns, to the green forests of Mangle or the dry tropical forests, the 1,600 km (1,000 miles) of beaches become endless on the Coast of Ecuador. Bathed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and with a warm tropical climate throughout the year, this region is recognised by fans of water sports, in particular by surfers, and by those who love the beach and nature. In the depth of the territory away from the beaches are, in turn, picturesque towns known for their local cuisine and crafts. The thriving city of Guayaquil, the historical sites and kilometres of cocoa plantations, bananas, palm trees and rice, complement the richness of the coast whose endless golden sunsets burst capriciously. www.ecuador.travel/en/destinations/pacific-coast/
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest and most famous Croatian national park included in the UNESCO world heritage list with a 295km² forest reserve in central Croatia. It's known for a chain of lakes, connected to waterfalls, which culminate in a limestone canyon.
The whole Dubrovnik region is well-known for its fascinating landscapes, abundant Mediterranean vegetation, mild climate and interesting smaller settlements. In former times, it became part of the Dubrovnik Republic territory, becoming connected with the city via historical, economic and trade route ties. In tourism, it is now called the Dubrovnik Riviera. Visiting Dubrovnik is not a complete pleasure without seeing at least a part of its surroundings: the good land and sea connections offer the possibility of organizing either shorter or longer excursions.
Nicaraguan Pacific CoastNicaragua
Nicaragua stretches from the ocean to the jungle. From all points of view, it is magnificent. A country still little-visited but which ensures a guaranteed change of scenery. Discover its beautiful colonial-style towns, its lush nature (we are right in the middle of Central America and it shows ...) and its superb chain of volcanoes on which we trudged like we did. could. Discovering Granada, one of the prettiest colonial cities in the country, also allows you to visit two volcanoes not far from there. Mombacho, a rainforest-covered volcano, where you can play Indiana Jones-style adventurers. And Masaya, an active volcano which you can approach the impressive crater and even enter volcanic caves full of bats! The beautiful island of Ometepe located on Lake Nicaragua, where we spent a few days more than relaxing, far from all the hustle and bustle, discovering an incredible nature. Leon; Further North offers the traveller its very present historical past but also the possibility in a few buses to go swimming on the large beaches of Las Penitas. Discover Nicaragua with nomad stays!
Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands, an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. It's well known for the lively nightlife in Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni, where major European nightclubs have summer outposts. It’s also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches, from Platja d'en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coast.
Andean Region ColombiaColombia
The Andean Region has a wide range of temperature zones and holds the majority of natural parks in the country. It is the habitat of the condor, iconic bird featured in the Colombian flag. The region also harbors other hundred bird species, such as larks, partridges, turkey hens, ducks, hummingbirds, green toucans and occasionally migrating Caica parrots from North America. In this region squirrels, armadillos, wild rabbits, curies, lowland paca, foxes and deer find their home. Likewise, exotic species like the tapir, night monkeys, black howlers and the crested eagle are found. The Andean National Park Network is composed by the Parque Natural de Iguaque, the Parque Natural del Cocuy, the Parque Natural Otún Quimbaya, the Parque Natural de los Nevados, the Parque Natural Cueva de los Guácharos, the Parque Natural Los Estoraques, the Parque Natural Chingaza and the Parque Natural Puracé. Find here more information on natural parks and the fauna of the Andean Region. www.colombia.co
The island of Krk even in ancient times was known as the “Golden Island” thanks to its natural characteristics. In 1100 the Croatian birth certificate – the tablet was created on the island of Krk. The island's number of destiny is seven: it was inhabited by the Croatian people in the 7th century, it survived pirate attacks seven times, the seventh Frankopan prince was the last prince of Krk and today the island has seven principal centres. At the height of their rule, the Frankopan family, owned territory equal to half of today's Croatia. The final resting place of Katarina Frankopan, one of the most famous members of Krk's noble family is situated on the small island of Košljun. The Krk folklore festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in Croatia (founded in 1938). The average life expectancy on the island of Krk is usually over the national average. The island of Krk is included amongst the most sunny parts of Europe having 2500 hours of sun per year. Around 1400 species of land plants-almost half of the total flora in Croatia grow on the island of Krk. The unique plant the Asperula Borbasiana is a world endemic species: grows exclusively in the Baška bay. 300 km of walking and cycling path extend across the island of Krk. The 45th parallell runs through the island of Krk. Healing mud can be found on the island of Krk, more precisely on the west side of the Klimno bay. This particular type of healing mud is used for curing gout. The seawater is shallow and for that reason suitable for families with children. The interesting fact is that you can walk in the seawater for a few hundred metres, and the sea only reaches your knees. Precisely for this reason, it is favoured by young people. It offers the possibility of good fun…from picigin (a sports game played by several players in a circle who pass a small ball around, keeping it in the air and out of the water for as long as possible) to beach volleyball. In fact, the beach has two volleyball courts, and a futsal court. An ornithology reserve (on the island of Prvic and the north-eastern, steeper part of the coast of the island of Krk) is the most northern habitat of Griffon vultures in the coastal zone.The Griffon vulture is a rare species of local fauna, which reaches sexual maturity when it is five or six years old, and the female only lays one or two eggs. www.krk.hr/en
New YorkUnited States
It's Time for an Epic Stay in NYC It’s a time like no other in New York City, with something new (or renewed) at every turn, don’t you want to say you were there? A trip to New York City is the experience of a lifetime. With famous attractions like Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building and Yankee Stadium (to name just a few) NYC packs more to see and do into one compact area than any other place on earth. Many of NYC's top places open year-round for travelers to enjoy. Each of the City’s five boroughs contains its own roster of must-see destinations, great restaurants, cultural hot spots and unforgettable activities. www.nycgo.com
Andalucia is where Spain's Christian and Islamic histories come together. Lovely rolling hill rural countryside, little white villages, colourful flower gardens and mountain landscapes. Escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities and surround yourself with the Spanish heartland.
Kwazulu NatalSouth Africa
South Africa''s garden province Kwazulu-Natal borders the Indian Ocean from neighboring Mozambique to Lesotho and Eswatini. With 2 UN World Heritage sites, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Kwazulu-Natal is full of wildlife, outback, beaches and nature. It's largest city Durban is South Africa''s third largest city
Experience the stunning beauty, the unimaginable vastness, the isolation and worldliness, the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the best kept African secret - Botswana. Botswana is a land-locked country situated in southern Africa. It borders South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Approximately two-thirds of the country lies within the Tropics. Whether your thing is safaris, mokoro rides, quad biking, fishing, 4x4 off-road adventures you are sure to make the best of your stay in Botswana.
Located in the Lesser Antilles between Dominica and Antigua the stunning French archipelago of Guadeloupe is composed of five islands Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, and La Desirade,closely strung together by beautiful waters and an efficient ferry network. Discover the “Pearl of the French-Caribbean,” the perfect island-hopping destination, combining the best of the French modern infrastructure with genuine Caribbean heritage. www.guadeloupe-islands.com
The Sierra (Ecuadorian Andes) is known for delicious home-style cooking, stunning countryside, and vibrant festivals. The native people of the Sierra often speak Quichua and Spanish, dress in dark wool clothing with bright additions like shawls, ponchos, or embroidered blouses. Often, you can tell the ethnicity of a person simply by their style of hat.
Could it be the hour has come to polish up the paddle board or yank on the hiking boots? Do you have it in you to ride the waves, dive deep beneath them or scale a mountain? If you’re yearning to reboot your more vigorous, intrepid side this summer, the Aegean islands offer a bumper boost of adrenaline to put you on the right track. Maybe it’s surfing with the meltemi winds at your back, biking up outrageously steep slopes, free-running across the rooftops, horse riding through hidden villages, paragliding, kayaking, mountaineering… You name it, and the option is there. Let nature pose the questions and put your body and mind to the test. So, for all you stamina busters and would-be record breakers who relish the beauty and raw power of the wild, here’s the chance to discover your limits. And when you’ve stretched every muscle, tapped every reflex, chided every nerve, your reward is that epic view, that euphoric union with the elements, not to mention immense satisfaction and a tale to tell the folks back home. You will reach the islands with the following ways: Through international flights to Rhodes, Kos, Santorini, Mykonos and Karpathos but also through domestic flights from Athens and Thessaloniki to Astypalea, Kalymnos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Leros, Milos, Naxos, Paros and Syros. By boat you can reach the islands from the three ports of Attica (Athens), Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrio while all the islands are interconnected. www.aegeanislands.gr
Pula is the largest city in Istria County, Croatia. Known for its multitude of ancient Roman architecture. Apart from the city, the county offers a stunning landscape: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, plateaux, valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, and, finally the sea.
A Mountain Range in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula running 557 km from the Vrashka Chuka Peak on Bulgarian-Serbian border eastward through central Bulgaria to foothills reaching Cape Emine on the Black Sea. The highest peaks of the Balkan Mountains are in central Bulgaria. The highest peak is Botev at 2,376 m, which makes the mountain range the third highest in the country, after Rila and Pirin. The mountains are the source of the name of the Balkan Peninsula.
Faroe Islands, tucked between Iceland and Norway, is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, politically belongs to Denmark and combines a group of 18 volcanic islands. This photogenic landscape is known for its music festivals throughout the year, its steep cliffs, hiking trails, waterfalls and rocky coastlines.
Costa Rican Pacific CoastCosta Rica
Sunny days, awesome surf and stunning beaches are three ways that best describe the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Entirely encompassed by Guanacaste province, the North Pacific Coast part of the country is the most visited, yet it is also one of the least populated parts of Costa Rica. Among the best and most easily accessible diving sites in the country, the North Pacific Coast has an abundance of marine life, especially around the Isla Santa Catalina area, Playas del Coco and Playa Ocotal. Today, areas like Tamarindo are also becoming increasingly popular and little fishing villages are exploding all over the place, with more and more foreigners wanting to move here to find a piece of paradise. www.govisitcostarica.com
São Paulo is a metropolis of many faces. At the same time it is the most important economic center of Brazil, it is the capital of culture in Latin America; with leisure, knowledge and entertainment offers that match to no other. A typically urban metropolis covered in a vast green area. An innovative and vanguard city that preserves in its architecture, arts and gastronomy a past composed by the mix of over 70 nationalities. And, in parallel to preserving traditions, it keeps itself modern. Tuned in is the correct term to describe it. To know better the city only two things are required: an open mind and the willingness to dive in head first in this city that never sleeps. www.cidadedesaopaulo.com
Morocco is divided into 12 regions and Draa-Tafilalet (Drâa-Tafilalet) is located in southern Morocco. It's capital is Errachidia. Ocher dusty villages, calcareous kasbahs, dry mountains and arid plains: everything in this part of the country stretches towards the Sahara which reveals its splendor and its uneven beauty.
Get to know the island’s history by taking a stroll around Hermoupolis, weave your way in and out of the winding alleys of Ano Syros, relax on the island’s beaches, escape to exotic coves, sample the sweetness of a Syros-made loukoumi or of a celebrated halvadopita nougat sandwich, abandon yourself to the lures of the Cycladic cuisine, and let yourself be embraced by the island people’s hospitality. www.visitsyros.com
The archipelago is known for its breathtaking landscapes and its absolutely stunning natural heritage, but Madeira also offers an extremely diverse calendar of events throughout the year, which will certainly make your experience even more enriching and authentic, either for its traditions or for its cultural variety. The islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are recognized nationally and internationally as a very special place to spend a memorable stay. Its tourist potential and qualities are reinforced by renowned awards attributed to Madeira over the years. www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/madeira/
Located in the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are an autonomous community of Spain. Spain's largest mountain in Tenerife is surrounded by beautiful beaches and wild national parks. Its cities offer vibrant nightlife and happy communities. But apart from Tenerife there are seven other main islands named Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa. When the weather in Europe is poor the Canary islands offer a warm reprieve, and cheap shopping due to its duty free status.
Rio Grande Do NorteBrazil
Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, is one of the most visited vacation spots since the 1980’s. Located in the northeasternmost point of Brazil, the city has a unique quality of attracting visitors of various interests and cultural backgrounds. Natal is known for its easy-going and friendly lifestyle from the locals, to its oceanfront dining places and bars, down to its dress code. You’ll be welcome in most establishments even in your T-shirt, shorts and thong sandals. Rio Grande do Norte boasts it gorgeous Atlantic coastline and beach areas that stretch for 254 miles (410 kms) from the state’s northern point to Natal’s northeast side. Natal’s oceanfront location is ideal for people who want to enjoy the best of sun, surf, and sea. Aside from swimming, the city offers a lot more other activities that you can do in and around this coastal paradise such as surfing and kite-surfing, kayaking, fishing, and dolphin watching. It enjoys a pleasing climate all year round that offers the cleanest breathable air in all of the Americas. www.natalriograndedonorte.com
ProvidencialesTurks and Caicos Islands
Providenciales is the third largest island in the Turks and Caicos chain and the hub of tourism activity. More commonly known as Provo, the 38 square mile island is home to Grace Bay Beach, recipient of the World’s Best Beach award year after year from several travel and tourism publications. Your vacation experience will begin with your arrival at the Providenciales International Airport and you can choose to stay in one of the many ultra-luxurious villas, resorts and hotels throughout the island. For the discerning traveler, Providenciales guarantees exclusive opulence and luxury as well as serene solitude and unspoiled nature. Whether it’s a round of golf at the 18-hole Provo Golf Club, Thursday’s Island Fish Fry, indulging in rejuvenating spa treatments, sampling our culinary delights, snorkeling at Smith’s Reef or swimming with Jojo the dolphin and his friendly counter parts, there is no shortage of ways to relax and unwind. www.turksandcaicostourism.com/providenciales/
La Costa, Ecuador, on the western coast, stretches from a broad coastal plain to the foothills of the Andes in the east. Most of the world’s bananas are grown here. Tourism along the La Costa (Pacific Coast) was severely hampered by the earthquake centred around Manta, Pedernales, and Puerto Viejo in April 2016. Only recently have these communities seen a renewed interest from international tourists as they return to sunbathe on wide, sandy beaches, surf choppy waters, and eat the best seafood dishes around.
With nearly 6.5 millions people Madrid is Spain's capital and largest city. Its history as the centre of the Spanish Empire means there's heaps of history, museums and architecture to explore. Possibly possessing the largest number of bars per capita of any European city and a very active nightlife; Madrileños are known to stay up very late.
Casablanca has grown to become one of Africas largest city and serves as Morocco's economic business centre, where business and creativity industries prosper. It's Port is the largest in the north of the continent. Dubbed the "White City" of Morocco. Located on Morocco's Atlantic Coast Casablanca is the best representation of a modern nation and where young Moroccans goto to seek their fortunes. Morocco and has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers, pleasant winters and moderate rainfall.
Bansko is a mountainous nomad hangout in the heart of the Pirin National Park. Set 900m above sea level it boasts Bulgaria's best ski and snowboard area with over 75km of trails. In summer it comes alive with Jazz Festivals and hiking trails and other outdoor nature activities. Yet at the same time, it commands an amazing startup and coworking scene, perfect for entrepreneurs and remote workers with a heap of coworking spaces and community events virtually every night of the week.
Known as the cradle of winemaking. Tbilisi is the capital of the country of Georgia. The streets of Tbilisi old town lined with cobblestones that reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Looming over it all are Narikala, a reconstructed 4th-century fortress, and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the “Mother of Georgia.”
Sofia is the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria. It’s in the west of the country, below Vitosha Mountain. The city’s landmarks reflect more than 2,000 years of history, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation. Medieval Boyana Church has 13th-century frescoes. Built by the Romans in the 4th century, St. George Rotunda Church has medieval and Ottoman decoration dating to the 10th century.
Faro District The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is known for its Atlantic beaches and golf resorts. Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s, and now its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants. The region's western Atlantic coast and rugged interior are less developed.
Drogheda is situated on the River Boyne. is the main river that flows through the southern area of Co. Louth. Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. It is located on the Dublin–Belfast corridor on the east coast of Ireland, mostly in County Louth but with the southern fringes of the town in County Meath, 49 km or 30 miles north of Dublin. The town is very proud of its River Boyne and the history of the town and churches. Although the source of the Boyne river is at the Bog of Allen in Co. Kildare, it travels over 70 miles to reach the sea at Mornington in Co.
Louth is a market town and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. Louth is the principal town and centre for a large rural area of eastern Lincolnshire. Visitor attractions include St. James' Church, Hubbard's Hills, the market, many independent retailers, and Lincolnshire's last remaining cattle market.
The Bay of Kotor with its sheltered harbours and white sandy beaches is one of Europe's hidden treasures. Also known as the Boka, or Boka Bay is the winding bay on the Adriatic Sea in southwestern Montenegro, and the region of Montenegro concentrated around the bay. The bay has been inhabited since antiquity.
The Costa Blanca is over 200 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline in the Alicante province, on the southeastern coast of Spain. It extends from the town of Dénia in the north, beyond which lies the Costa del Azahar, to Pilar de la Horadada in the south, beyond which lies the Costa Cálida.
Kampala is a sprawling, exciting metropolis of over 2 m people. One of Africa's most dynamic cities there is a multitude of fascinating things to do and see both in Kampala and nearby areas. Ugandan's are some of the most hospitable people you'll find in the world. A visit to Africa isn't complete unless Kampala is included.
The Azores Portugal, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic and home to 2,351m Mt Pico. Scattered with dramatic landscapes and fishing villages, and vineyards sheltered by boulders adds to its intricate beauty. Know as “the green island”. A region of Portugal, the Azores, is a popular destination for explorers who love the outdoors. Sao Miguel is the largest lake-filled Caldera with Goarreana Tea Plantations lining mountainsides like landscape artistic sculptures.