Warm countries in february: 14 Best Places to Go in Europe in February 2023
TOP 3 warm destinations to enjoy this February
Winter can be a miserable season. Luckily, we’ve found the best sunny and warm destinations to visit and switch on the summer vibe. Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway, or a quiet solo retreat, there are beautiful beaches, holiday festivals under the sun, and much more to explore.
A place with good weather all year long? The privileged location of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago around 300 kilometres off the northwest cost of Africa, makes this Tenerife island a perfect tropical retreat in February.
One of the most breathtaking (and least known) parts of the island is its north side, and Icod de los Vinos in particular. This beautiful town takes pride in an 800-year-old tree that’s considered one of the icons of the Canary Islands. The 18-metre-high Drago Milenario is believed to be the oldest tree of its kind in the whole world. A legend tells that the ancient Romans were interested in the red resin produced by the tree, thinking it had unique curative properties. A people known as the Guanches lived in the Canary Islands until about the 15th century. Some of the caves in which they lived still remain, and there’s a small museum in the village to learn more about their way of life and legacy in modern-day Tenerife.
A visit to Tenerife isn’t complete without taking a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean. Head to Palm-Mar in the south of the island to take a dip or do some water sports. Pay attention, because you’ll most likely also bump into the lively sea life in this area, from octopuses to turtles.
Don’t miss the Las Teresitas beach, either. Unlike other beaches on the island, this one has golden sand and is ideal for a nice day with the whole family. If you get bored, you can always play some golf at one of the courses in the luxury resorts.
Winter is also the best season for whale watching, because this is the time when migratory species such as dolphins and baleen whales are present in the area. Various different companies organise whale-watching tours from Puerto Colon next to the Las Américas beach.
Did you know that bananas are a cash crop on Tenerife? The local plátano has a unique, sweet flavour and grows at an altitude of less than 300 metres above sea level. Bananas are also frequently used in the local cuisine and to prepare desserts. One of the most famous recipes is roasted banana with cheese and mojo verde, a green sauce made of cilantro, garlic, olive oil, and cumin.
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This southern Spanish city is lively all year long. Do not miss a walk through Malaga’s Old Town, starting at the vibrant, historical Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square). If you like shopping, a stroll down Calle Larios is one of the best things to do in town. This lively street takes its name from the man who developed the textile industry in the city in the 19th century. The end of Calle Larios leads to the seaside boulevard and Malagueta Beach, an excellent place to practise water sports such as paddle surfing.
If you’re not into getting wet in the Mediterranean Sea – the temperature of the water at this time of year is around 15ºC – you can always profit from the city’s rich cultural scene. The Centre Pompidou Malaga, a branch of the famous art museum in Paris, has an extensive collection of modern art from the 20th and 21st centuries.
As in London and New York City, Malaga also has a neighbourhood called Soho. The best way to explore the city’s art district is by taking a stroll through its unique streets. Every first Saturday of the month, Soho hosts a market featuring crafts, works by local artists, and vintage items.
Art lovers should also not miss the Contemporary Art Centre located on the banks of the Guadalmina River. The museum’s permanent collection presents 400 contemporary works, some of which represent new waves of art.
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At the end of February, the city gets ready to celebrate Carnival, an event full of bright colours, good food, and much singing. One of the most awaited events by locals is the so-called ‘burial of the sardine’, in which a giant figure of a fish is ceremoniously taken to the beach, where it is then burned. This symbolises the end of the festivities and the start of the countdown to the festivities in the following year.
If you want to feel like a real local, Atarazanas Market is the place to buy your groceries. This former warehouse is now a beautiful market with fresh local produce and other products situated in a unique building with Mudéjar-style arches and stained-glass windows. Hunger will most likely strike after a visit to the market, so explore Malaga further and head to one of the traditional bars in the building and order some local fried fish (pescaíto) and a Spanish beer.
And when you’re done in Malaga itself, why not set out on an exciting day trip? The Caminito del Rey, or King’s Little Path, is a narrow walkway suspended 100 metres above a gorge just one hour by car from the city centre. It takes about four hours to complete the whole route, and the view from the trail is stunning. It’s well worth it!
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With sunny days and mild evenings, this is the perfect month to explore the capital of the United Arab Emirates and book a trip to the future.
Head downtown to experience the largest choreographed fountain in the world. The light, sound, and water show at the Dubai Fountain happens every evening, but you must buy tickets online in advance. The structure has 50 colour projectors and a sound system that plays everything from classical music to contemporary Arabic songs. Although it sounds surreal, the fountain can spray up to 83,000 litres of water into the air!
If you want to experience something unique and are not afraid of heights, climb into the basket of a hot air balloon and enjoy a panoramic view over the desert as well as the iconic skyline of the city from a height of 1200 metres.
In February, the average temperature of the sea in the Persian Gulf is around 22ºC, so why not take a dip? Sunset Beach is one of the best spots in Dubai – enjoy a morning plunge while gazing at the iconic Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah or have a romantic evening while watching the sunset.
Dubai is internationally known for its lively cultural scene, and the city is hosting the Dubai Expo 2020 until the end of March. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the best in art, music, architecture, sports and wellness, science, and culture from the 192 countries participating in the exposition. We highly recommend visiting Al Wasl, a stunning crown-shaped dome that’s considered one of the architectural and cultural masterpieces of this international event. Every evening, the structure turns into a 360-degree projection screen full of colours and patterns.
Throughout the month, the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival brings together local and emerging artists from a variety of disciplines, showcasing the emirate’s arts scene. Simultaneously, the Symphonic Middle East festival at Dubai’s Opera welcomes renowned performers from around the world.
Dubai is also a mecca for lovers of fine dining. The emirate’s Marina is one of the most elegant hotspots to enjoy a memorable dinner – check out one of the chic restaurants or have a drink on a rooftop with views over the skyline. Champagne, please!
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Where to travel in 2023: The best destinations to visit
(CNN) — New year equals new outlook. Apply this formula liberally to travel planning in 2023.
After nearly three years of travel disruptions and complications, many countries have dropped most of their pandemic restrictions. People are traveling internationally in large numbers, and there’s plenty of pent-up demand to spread around the world.
The Points Guy managing editor Clint Henderson says that now is the best time to book your dream vacation because he expects prices for flights to international destinations to go up dramatically due to a spike in demand as more countries ease Covid restrictions.
International tourism was expected to reach 65% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, with some areas recently reaching levels closer to 80% or 90% of their 2019 arrivals. And experts are cautiously optimistic about a continued travel rebound.
Many travelers are charging full steam ahead into the new year — with good reason.
Here are 23 destination ideas from CNN Travel to get you started:
From the main square in Krakow, pictured, to forests, lakes and mountains, Poland invites exploration.
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We could list new openings in Poland — such as Hotel Verte, the new Autograph Collection property in Warsaw, which threw open its gilded doors (it’s in a humongous Baroque palace) in August. But the reason you should visit Poland in 2023 isn’t for the chance to stay in a place fit for royalty. It’s to show solidarity with a country which has, in turn, shown solidarity to the people of Ukraine.
Sharing a 300-plus-mile border with a country under attack has meant that Poland has taken in more Ukrainian refugees than anywhere else. Add to that plummeting tourist numbers (though they’re on the rise again), and you have a tricky situation.
So whether you fancy that Warsaw palace, a city break to the likes of Krakow, Gdansk, Wrocław or Poznań — all hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border — or to get away from it all in the forests, lakes and mountains of the countryside — now’s your chance to do some good by taking a vacation. — Julia Buckley
A full solar eclipse will be visible in April in Exmouth, Western Australia. The landscape is worth a long look, too.
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On April 20, 2023, a total solar eclipse will be visible over the northwestern edge of Australia.
For an event that will likely last about one minute, the town of Exmouth and the greater Ningaloo Peninsula on which it sits have been planning for more than a year. There will be outdoor viewing platforms where spectators can safely watch the solar miracle (with protective eyewear, of course) as well as musical performances, educational opportunities to learn about science and astronomy, and a three-day Dark Sky Festival.
But the state of Western Australia offers much more than some 60 seconds of wonder.
Spanning one-third of the entire continent of Australia, it stretches from the lively, growing state capital of Perth across deserts including the Great Victoria and Great Sandy to the wine country of Margaret River, the dramatic clifftops of the Kimberley and the quokka-covered Rottnest Island. — Lilit Marcus
Mersey paradise: Liverpool.
England’s port city of Liverpool, best known around the world as the birthplace of The Beatles, is adding another chapter to its musical legacy.
In May, it will be the host city of Eurovision 2023, the spangly extravaganza of song that brings an influx of thousands of flag-waving fans from across the continent. It’s an opportunity for the city to bounce back after the ignominy of being stripped of its UNESCO World Heritage status in 2021.
In June, the city will celebrate 25 years of the Liverpool Biennial contemporary visual arts festival, as more than 30 international artists and collectives take over spaces in the city until September.
England is also marking the Year of the Coast in 2023, with food festivals and beach cleans taking place along the country’s shores. Just a half hour from Liverpool city center by train, Crosby Beach is the permanent home of sculptor Antony Gormley’s “Another Place,” where 100 cast-iron figures stand facing out to sea. — Maureen O’Hare
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, a city of undeniable refined, historic beauty, is also looking more closely at its troubled past.
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Charleston parades its past like no other US city, but it often glossed over the history of its Black residents. It’s been taking steps to fix that.
Enter the International African American Museum, which promises to make an opening announcement “soon” for 2023 after pushing back its January date. The museum will be set on the shoreline of the Cooper River in the spot where many Africans first set foot in North America. It will explore the lives of slaves and their descendants.
Visitors in late May and early June can enjoy the world-renowned Spoleto Festival featuring opera, theater, dance, musical acts and artist talks. And foodies should mark March 1-5 on the calendar for the Charleston Wine and Food Festival and sample Lowcountry favorites.
Can’t make the festival? You’ll still be well-fed. For fancier Southern fare, try Magnolias. Opened in 1990, it helped spur the city’s culinary renaissance. For something informal, try Bertha’s Kitchen in North Charleston, where red rice with sausage, fried chicken and lima beans rule. The eatery even caught attention of “Roadfood” author Michael Stern. — Forrest Brown
Self-effacing Vilnius admitted in an ad campaign this year that nobody really knows where it is. If their brilliant video didn’t make you want to book a trip there immediately, perhaps this will: the capital of Lithuania celebrates its 700th anniversary on January 25, 2023.
To mark the milestone, there’s a yearlong program, including music festivals and exhibitions. But use the anniversary as a push to visit rather than following a program religiously.
The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site — putting it up there with its fellow V-cities, Venice and Vienna. Vilnius makes it on the list thanks to its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, all sitting on a medieval street plan, but it’s best known for its Baroque architecture.
Don’t miss the frothy bell tower of St. John’s church (you can climb it for sweeping city views) or the church of St. Casimir, topped by a giant crown. Got an eye for social media? This is Europe’s only capital city that allows hot air balloons to cruise over the city skyline. — JB
Scenes like this await visitors to Fiji.
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Brilliant blue waters, expansive coral reefs and hundreds of peaceful islands: Fiji is not a hard sell. But why go there in 2023? For one, the country only reopened post-Covid at the end of 2021, meaning that visitor numbers to the South Pacific paradise have yet to fully rebound.
While the country is spoiled for underwater beauty, take an opportunity to explore its above-ground treasures, too. The country’s lone UNESCO World Heritage site is the town of Levuka, a former capital and an important port, which is studded with British colonial-era buildings amid coconut and mango trees.
To learn about the local Indigenous communities, travelers can take part in a kava welcoming ceremony — named for the traditional drink at its center — or enjoy a lovo, a meal cooked by hot coals in an underground pit covered with banana leaves.
Fiji Airways now has direct flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco, making it relatively easy to get to the islands. As the Fijians say, bula! — LM
As the fate of the Amazon rainforest hangs in the balance, two eco-lodges around Manaus — the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state, and gateway to the river — have used their pandemic pause to get even more environmentally friendly.
Juma Amazon Lodge, about 50 miles south of the city, is now fully powered by a new $400,000 solar plant, whose 268 double panels swagger nearly 40 feet into the air above the canopy (meaning no trees had to be cut). They’ve also built a biogas system to increase the efficiency of organic waste treatment, reducing annual carbon emissions by eight tons.
Meanwhile, Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, northwest of Manaus on the Rio Negro river, opened an off-grid “advanced base” during the pandemic that’s 30 miles from the main lodge and accessible only via river.
Guests can take long jungle hikes through territory home to jaguars, pumas and giant armadillos in what’s one of the Amazon region’s most remote hotel facilities, then spend the afternoon in a hammock or by the pool. For 2023, the lodge is planning overnight stays in a creekside tent for small groups.
Don’t miss Manaus itself — eating behemoth Amazonian fish outside the pink 1896 opera house is a bucket list experience. — JB
Enticing flavors, history and proximity to beaches and mountains are just a few factors working in this Greek city’s favor.
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There’s been no shortage of reasons to visit Greece’s second city in recent times, with a UNESCO-endorsed local food scene that recently celebrated the refurb and reopening of its century-old Modiano food market.
Throw in a popular waterfront and proximity to beautiful beaches and inland mountains, Thessaloniki is surely a contender for one of Europe’s best city-break destinations.
What could make it even better? How about a gleaming new metro system? All being well, November 2023 should see the opening of the main line of an infrastructure megaproject that will eventually connect the city’s downtown to its international airport. Driverless trains will whisk passengers through tunnels whose excavation has added to Thessaloniki’s already rich catalog of archeological discoveries, many of which will be on display in specially created museum stations. — Barry Neild
January 2023 sees the official opening of Rwanda’s most exciting hotel yet: Sextantio Rwanda, a collection of traditionally crafted huts on an island on Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s largest lakes.
It’s the first project outside Italy for Daniele Kihlgren, whose part-hotel, part-living history projects keep local tradition alive. A nonprofit delivering money straight to local communities, Sextantio will see guests fishing on the 1,000-square-mile lake, paddling in dug-out canoes, trying local banana beer and wildlife-spotting — and not just the chickens, cows, pigs and goats that roam around the property.
Of course, you’ll want to see gorillas. Adjoining Volcanoes National Park, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund opened the 4,500-square meter Ellen DeGeneres Campus in 2022. Its visitor center includes exhibits, virtual reality gorilla “encounters” and nature trails.
Over in Akagera National Park, white rhinos — transferred from South Africa in 2021 to aid conservation — are already calving. It’s easier to get there, too. A new route from London joins Brussels, Dubai, Guangzhou and Mumbai as the only direct flights to Kigali from outside the African continent. — JB
Voted the world’s most sustainable destination in the world for six years running, Sweden’s second-biggest city is finally emerging from the shadow of Stockholm.
Once a major trading and shipping town, Gothenburg is now considered to be one of the greenest destinations in Europe, with 274 square meters (2,950 square feet) of green space per citizen, while 95% of its hotels are certified as eco-friendly.
Although Gothenburg officially turned 400 in 2021, the celebrations were put on ice because of the global pandemic. But they’re finally taking place in 2023, so it’s a great time to visit.
Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustav, who celebrates 50 years on the throne this year, will be in town on June 4, Gothenburg’s official birthday, and the city’s major anniversary festival is being held in the Frihamnen port district from June 2 to 5, with concerts and art events among the activities on offer.
The festivities will continue throughout the summer until the September 3 kick off of Göteborgsvarvet Marathon, a new 26-mile race following on from the city’s popular half marathon, which takes place on May 13. — Tamara Hardingham-Gill
Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
The Dhayah Fort in Ras al-Khaimah is one of the few remaining hill forts in the United Arab Emirates.
When travelers think of the United Arab Emirates, the dazzling skyline of Dubai is usually what springs to mind.
But the UAE has a lot to offer nature lovers too — particularly the northernmost emirate Ras al-Khaimah, which is aiming to become the Middle East’s most sustainable destination by 2025 thanks to a new “Balanced Tourism” strategy.
Just 45 minutes from Dubai, it’s often called the “adventure Emirate,” and for good reason. Offering beaches, deserts and mountains, outdoor attractions abound, such as sand boarding, trekking, wakeboarding, skydiving, scuba diving and even the world’s longest zipline.
But it’s not all about the adrenaline rush. Ras Al Khaimah is where you’ll find the highest restaurant in the United Arab Emirates, 1484 by Puro, which sits in the emirate’s Jebel Jais Mountains. Culture seekers can head for the historic Dhayah Fort, which dates back to the Late Bronze Age (1600-1300 BC).
Where to stay? Luxury hospitality brand Anantara is opening a fabulous new resort there in 2023 that will offer 174 guestrooms, suites and overwater villas along with specialty restaurants and a spa. — Karla Cripps
Three-tiered Kuang Si Falls is just south of UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang.
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Sharing borders with Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Myanmar, landlocked Laos has long been a must-hit spot for time-rich travelers making their way through the Southeast Asia circuit.
But now, thanks to the 2021 opening of a semi-high-speed railway, it’s easier than ever to get around the country at a quicker pace, shaving hours off journeys that previously took full days to travel.
You’re still going to have to make some hard choices — there’s a lot to see in Laos.
Towering karst peaks await visitors to adventure-haven Vang Vieng, while UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang is filled with French-colonial heritage, Buddhist ritual and natural beauty. (Luxury seekers will want to check into the Rosewood Luang Prabang, with its stylish hilltop tents)
The mysterious Plain of Jars, a megalithic archaeological site, can be found in the Xiangkhoang Plateau. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience that makes a difference, head for Bokeo Province and join one of the Gibbon Experience’s overnight treks. Guests of this tourism-based conservation project spend the night in the world’s tallest treehouses — only accessible by zipline — among wild, black-crested gibbons. — KC
Rolling hills, medieval buildings — and the officially crowned world’s best cheese. Welcome to Gruyères, Switzerland.
Everywhere you look in this tiny, hilltop town, there’s a different picture-perfect view — from the medieval market square to the turreted 13th-century castle. A doable day trip from Geneva, summer promises hiking opportunities aplenty, while winter allows for venturing to the nearby Moléson-sur-Gruyères ski resort.
To taste Gruyères’ namesake fromage, stop off at the wood-lined Chalet de Gruyères. And to learn how cheesemakers perfect this creamy goodness, head to La Maison du Gruyère factory. For further foodie delights, there’s the Maison Cailler chocolate factory — from the outside it looks like something from a Wes Anderson movie, inside it offers a glimpse into the secrets of Swiss chocolate making.
Gruyères is also home to the surreal HR Giger Museum, celebrating the work of the acclaimed Swiss artist behind the eponymous alien in the 1979 movie “Alien. ” A drink at the museum’s bar, designed by Giger in an eerie skeletal aesthetic, offers an antidote to Gruyères’ fairytale vibe. — Francesca Street
A modern Indigenous restaurant in Minneapolis has earned one of the culinary world’s highest honors, and it’s not alone in shining light on Native communities in the area.
At Owamni, a James Beard Award winner for best new restaurant, Indigenous ingredients — trout, bison, sweet potatoes and more — make up “decolonized” menus where ingredients such as wheat flour and beef are absent. The restaurant is a partnership between chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota and Dana Thompson, who is a lineal descendant of the Wahpeton-Sisseton and Mdewakanton Dakota tribes.
One of the pair’s community-owned initiatives, Indigenous Food Lab, is planning to open a market in February in Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market, a former Sears building housing businesses that represent more than 22 cultures.
The open-air Four Sisters Farmers Market (Thursdays June through October) also focuses on Indigenous products. And at the Minnesota History Center in neighboring St. Paul, the exhibit “Our Home: Native Minnesota” looks at thousands of years of Native history in the state. — Marnie Hunter
While Colomia’s busy capital can be congested, it’s also home to the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria.
Caribbean coast destinations such as the Rosario archipelago or the UNESCO heritage list city of Cartagena are rightly top of most Colombia travel wish lists, but also deserving a look-in is the country’s somewhat unsung capital of Bogotá.
Yes, it’s a messy, traffic-snarled urban sprawl, but it’s also a high-altitude crucible of culture and cuisine. There are tours that chart the city’s transformation from graffiti wild west to incredible street art gallery.
Equally colorful are the restaurants that make the most of Colombia’s diverse natural larder of flora on menus that range from delicious peasant dishes to mind-blowing Michelin-level gastronomy. And then there’s the coffee!
The congestion (except on regular cycle-only days) thins quickly on its outskirts, allowing day trips to see historic and modern treasures. Itineraries include Lake Guatavita, where conquistadors once plundered sunken gold offerings left by indigenous Muisca people, or the majestic subterranean Zipaquirá salt cathedral. — BN
Mustang Valley, Nepal
Famed for its mountain treks through ancient trails that once facilitated trade between the Himalayas and India, Nepal’s stunning Mustang Valley sits on the doorstep of Tibet.
Expect to hear a lot more about this remote destination in the coming months thanks to the arrival of the soon-to-open Shinta Mani Mustang. Part of the Bensley Collection, this all-inclusive resort perched above the small town of Jomsom in the Lower Mustang will offer luxury seekers 29 suites inspired by traditional Tibetan homes.
In addition to trekking, Mustang visitors can explore ancient villages and Buddhist monasteries. Also not to be missed, the man-made Mustang Caves sit above the Gandaki River and are filled with 2,000-year-old Buddhist sculptures and paintings.
Getting to the Mustang Valley is part of the adventure. Travelers will need to take a 25-minute flight from capital Kathmandu to Pokhara then hop on another plane for the 20-minute journey to Jomsom. The views alone might make this option more pleasing to some than the alternative — a 12-hour drive from Kathmandu. — KC
From the spectacular wildlife to the beautiful national parks and beaches, Tanzania is absolutely bursting with visual splendor.
The East African country holds a seemingly endless list of incredible sights, with Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, UNESCO world heritage site Serengeti National Park, and the Zanzibar Archipelago, among its many highlights.
This year, flag carrier Air Tanzania will launch new routes to West and Central Africa, along with the UK, in a bid to transform the country’s largest airport in Dar es Salaam into a transport and logistics hub, while construction on the country’s first toll expressway is also scheduled to begin.
Meanwhile, the Delta Hotels by Marriott brand is making its Africa debut with the opening of its Dar es Salaam Oyster Bay property later this year. –– THG
Cairo is pulsing with life and a rich blend of cultures.
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Could this finally be the year tourists can see the Grand Egyptian Museum? After delay upon delay, the museum is expecting a 2023 opening.
GEM will be the largest museum dedicated to a single civilization, costing around $1 billion and holding the entire King Tut collection. See video here of a CNN insider visit.
If you arrive in Cairo before it opens, the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square can still scratch your antiquity itch.
While the Pyramids of Giza are the city’s tour-de-force, there’s still more to see. Start with Islamic Cairo. This area has one of the largest collections of historic Islamic architecture in the world. While there, visit the Al-Azhar mosque, which dates back to 970.
The city also has a rich Christian tradition. Coptic Cairo, part of Old Cairo, has a concentration of Christian sites that pre-date the arrival of Islam.
If you need a respite from Cairo’s cacophony, Al Azhar Park has a nice expanse of greenery and a design inspired by historic Islamic gardens. And the affluent neighborhood of Zamalek, which sits on an island in the Nile River, serves up restaurants, antique stores and swanky hotels. — FB
Yayoi Kusama has the distinction of being the best-selling living female artist on the planet. In particular, she has become a global icon for her sculptures of giant polka-dotted pumpkins, one of which was reinstalled at the pier of Naoshima, one of Japan’s “art islands,” in 2022 after being swept into the sea the year before.
However, Naoshima is so much more than its famous yellow gourd or its works by Kusama.
There are five small, walkable “art islands” in the Seto Inland Sea, which is located between the main islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku in southeastern Japan. The largest collection of things to see — not to mention the only hotel — is on Naoshima. Together, the five champion modern and contemporary art, with emphasis on Japanese artists.
Don’t come here expecting calligraphy and other classical forms. Instead, be awed by Tadao Ando’s massive stone monoliths, a tiny gallery where patrons can listen to nothing but the beats of human hearts, a makeshift thunderstorm created inside a wooden house and an exhibit where jumping in and taking a bath is intended to be part of the artistic experience. — LM
With direct flights to Belize City from about a dozen North American airports, this Central American country is a low-hassle hop for many travelers during the November to April high season.
Most visitors head directly to Belize’s Caribbean coastline. The country’s largest island, Ambergris Caye, sits next to Belize Barrier Reef — the world’s second largest coral reef system. Margaritaville Beach Resort is set to open on the island in early 2023, and “eco-luxury” resort Alaia Belize opened in 2021.
Farther south, the Great Blue Hole — a massive underwater sinkhole — is an aquatic magnet for both scuba divers and aerial photographers.
But Belize offers way more than its enticing islands.
Lush rainforests, cave networks, winding rivers and rich Mayan archaeological sites invite exploration in a country that’s had an evolving sustainable tourism master plan since 2012. Ruins of the Mayan city of Altun Ha are just about an hour north of Belize City. Or farther west, Lamanai is one of Belize’s largest and most fascinating Mayan sites. — MH
Mexico is arguably as rich in culinary heritage as it is in Mesoamerican archaeological treasures, and Eva Longoria explores many distinctive flavors in her series “Searching for Mexico,” airing on CNN in 2023.
The state of Oaxaca, which Longoria visits, has an especially deep well of culinary traditions. Plus, Oaxaca produces most of the world’s mezcal.
Tlayudas, known as Oaxacan pizzas, are a street food staple. A large corn tortilla is typically layered with lard, beans, traditional Oaxacan cheese, pork and other toppings such as avocado and tomato. The state is also renowned for its seven mole sauces, with recipes that may call for dozens of ingredients from chiles and sesame seeds to chocolate and dried fruit.
In the city of Oaxaca, Mercado Benito Juárez is one of many markets across the state selling items such as dried chiles, fresh produce, handicrafts and crunchy grasshoppers. To sample the state’s increasingly popular beverage, the town of Santiago Matatlán is the place for mezcal distillery tours and tastings. — MH
In the winter, the frozen Rideau Canal in Ottawa becomes the world’s largest skaing rink.
It doesn’t have Montreal’s French flair or Toronto’s international oomph, so the Canadian capital can get overlooked. That would be a mistake. Graceful and understated, Ottawa has its own draws.
Music lovers should take note of two Ottawa Jazz Festivals. There’s a winter edition February 2-3. If you can’t handle the cold, there’s a summer edition June 23-30.
If you love hockey, watch the Ottawa Senators do their NHL thing at the Canadian Tire Centre in the western suburbs. If that ticket is too pricey, check out the Ottawa 67’s, a more affordable option of junior men’s hockey games at downtown’s TD Place Arena.
The Rideau Canal turns into the world’s largest skating rink from sometime in January to late February or early March, depending on ice thickness. It’s free and accessible 24/7. When it’s warmer, it’s a great spot for people and boat watching.
A don’t-miss is Parliament Hill, home to Canada’s federal government and the visually striking Parliament buildings on a promontory overlooking the Ottawa River. — FB
Treks through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are among Uganda’s highlights.
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There’s considerable change brewing in Uganda’s travel offerings at the moment with the East African country looking beyond the traditional staples of safari and wildlife spotting to appeal to both regional and international visitors.
Keen to revitalize post-Covid tourism in all corners of the country, not just the big-ticket businesses offering wealthy visitors a glimpse of the Big Five beasts or mountain gorillas, it’s turned to marketing its other attributes.
And why not? From the expansive shores of Lake Victoria to the snowy Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda is a beautiful wilderness playground, with opportunities for adventure including treks through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or up to the craters of the Virunga volcano chain or whitewater rafting along the Victoria Nile.
There’s also an emphasis on connecting visitors with Ugandan communities — promising tastes of Ugandan food, music and culture. Last year saw the launch of the Uganda Cycling Trail, a 1,600-kilometer mainly unpaved 22-stage route designed to appeal to all levels of cyclist from hardcore solo bikepackers to fully-guided easy riders. — BN
World without visas: where should Ukrainians go?
If you want to play roulette in order to go randomly to discover new continents, then know that this is a great idea!
Keep a list of countries for which you do not need to spend a lot of money and time to get a visa. Who needs these problems and an extra headache?! Moreover, the Ukrainian passport is among the top 30 in the world in terms of the number of visa-free.
– Crazy Llama
So, the countries of the world where you can already pack your bags:
1. Azerbaijan – up to 90 days within 180 days. They are waiting for you: a large number of ancient fortresses and palaces, high-quality and inexpensive recreation by the Caspian Sea and oil treatment.
2. Albania – up to 90 days within 180 days. This is a hidden gem of the Mediterranean, but you can’t hide anything from me! It is here that you will find relaxation on the clean beaches of the Adriatic, the tiny capital Tirana, beautiful nature and cultural attractions, as well as generous cuisine. nine0003
3. Antigua and Barbuda – up to 30 days. The islands of Antigua and Barbuda have 365 beaches for recreation all year round, surrounded by paradise nature and coral reefs. That’s all.
4. Argentina – up to 90 days. This is the birthplace of tango, real steaks and very beautiful and cheerful people. The silver mines and glaciers of the Southern Hemisphere, Buenos Aires and Cape Horn, the oceans, mountains and the Tierra del Fuego archipelago are all here.
5. Barbados – up to 28 days, exit from the country – $12. A fairy tale island, washed by the warm clear waters of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. Great beaches with golden and white sands will provide a great vacation, and clubs, bars and classy rum will make your vacation unforgettable (well, if you do not go too far). nine0003
6. Belarus – up to 90 days within 180 days. Moya Molodost is rich in beautiful nature, great opportunities for recreation, treatment at Soviet prices, and opportunities to teleport back to the past. Minsk and Gomel, Polotsk and Brest, Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the Yakutsk Mountains – must visit.
7. Bosnia and Herzegovina – up to 30 days within two months from the date of first entry. This country has not yet had time to become boring, therefore, while there are no millions of tourists there, hurry up to enjoy the emerald valleys and picturesque mountain slopes, architectural monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods and the pun of cultures. nine0003
8. Brazil – up to 90 days. This is not only the crazy carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the impenetrable jungle of the Amazon and the violent cascades of Iguazu, but also the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, excellent hotels, excellent cuisine and cool football.
9. Brunei – up to 30 days. The Sultanate of Brunei is one of the most visited countries for tourism purposes, but this is a great opportunity to quietly stroll through the kingdom of sultans, water houses and Asian food.
10. Vanuatu – up to 30 days. An island, azure beaches, mountains – what else is needed for happiness?!
– In Armenia, everything is most amazing – the mysterious monuments of Urartu, national cuisine, precious carpets and many hours of toast. The city on the rocks of Yerevan, recreation on Lake Sevan and treatment at balneological resorts – look here.
12. Haiti – up to 90 days. This island combines the material poverty of the majority of the population and the richest spirituality and unique history. If you are looking for atypical experiences and adventures – you are here.
13. Guatemala – up to 90 days, may be asked to provide return tickets and proof of solvency. A mystical country inhabited by descendants of the Maya, hid in the tropical forests of Central America. Here you will find rituals of shamans and pagan holidays, national parks, volcanoes and lakes, skyscrapers of the capital and ancient temples. nine0003
14. Honduras – up to 90 days. Honduras has access to the Caribbean Sea in the north, and to the Pacific Ocean in the south. The coast here is clean and calm, although, of course, you will not find five-star hotels here. However, those who dream of a vacation in harsh conditions, far from civilization, will appreciate this place.
15. Hong Kong – up to 14 days, return tickets and proof of solvency are required. If it occurred to the world community to choose the capital of the Earth, it would undoubtedly be Hong Kong. And how else, because it is here that all the “most-most” is located. Let’s go on a journey through the city, where some of the most successful businessmen in the world live and make multi-million dollar deals! nine0003
16. Georgia – up to 90 days within 180 days. This hospitable country is already inviting you to barbecue and Kindzmarauli with wordy toasts. Get ready to gain a few extra pounds =)
17. Dominica — up to 21 days. Mountain island with tropical forests, where your soul will find peace from phones, computers and evil bosses.
18. Dominican Republic – up to 30 days with a passport of a citizen of Ukraine for traveling abroad and a tourist card. These are coconut palms, blue water in the clear Caribbean Sea and excellent diving. As well as the colonial capital of Santo Domingo, luxurious Punta Cana and Puerto Plata. nine0003
19. Ecuador – up to 90 days. It is the leader in the number of national parks and natural monuments. From local entertainment – climbing volcanoes and traveling in the jungle, relaxing on the luxurious beaches of the Pacific Ocean and tours to the Galapagos.
20. Eswatini – up to 30 days. Every year, a festival is held in the country, where all the girls of Estvatini gather so that the king chooses one of them for marriage. In the predecessor of Mswati III, Sobuza II, there were 70 wives – one for each year of life. The choice of a wife for the leader is the biggest event of the year, which you definitely cannot miss. nine0003
21. Israel – up to 90 days, may be asked to provide return tickets and invitations. Beach holidays on the Mediterranean and Red Sea, pilgrimage tours to the shrines of three religions, treatment at the Dead Sea and real relaxation for the soul.
22. Indonesia – up to 30 days. This is a real quintessence of exotic: the pristine nature of Bali and the black sand beaches of Sumatra, the palaces and batik of Java, the rainforests of Kalimantan. And also – surfing and the most beautiful sunsets in the world. nine0003
23. Kazakhstan – up to 90 days within 180 days. The Republic of Kazakhstan will amaze you with the grandeur of the endless steppes and the golden domes of mosques, the blue expanses of Lake Balkhash and the modern buildings of Astana.
24. Qatar – up to 90 days within 180 days. Qatar is rich without showing off: an excellent beach holiday on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, inexpensive and high-quality shopping. Entertainment – safari, diving and camel racing, excursions to the Bedouins. So to say, entertainment here for every taste. nine0003
25. Kyrgyzstan – up to 90 days. Mountains, mountains and more mountains. There are snowy peaks, high alpine meadows, clear mountain rivers and calm mirror lakes. And you will also find the ancient history of the Silk Road.
26. Colombia – up to 90 days within 180 days. Yes, yes, in September 2019, one more country was added to the number of visa-free for Ukrainians. It is a spicy mix of Andean, Caribbean and Amazonian cultures, a country with chic resorts and a whole bunch of natural attractions. The capital of Bogotá, beachfront Cartagena, national parks and volcanic islands – must visit. nine0003
27. Costa Rica – up to 90 days, leaving the country $29. As the name implies, it is rich in everything at once: two oceans – the Pacific and the Atlantic, exotic black sand beaches, nature reserves, volcanoes and mountains.
28. Mauritius – up to 90 days. It is the star of the Indian Ocean, an emerald island with beautiful beaches and activities for you such as fishing, diving and chilling on a sunbed.
29. Macedonia – up to 30 days. Hiking and mountain tourism, fishing and rafting, holidays on the Ohrid and Prespa lakes, excursions in the capital Skopje, ancient monasteries and the origins of Orthodoxy in the Balkans are waiting for you. nine0003
30. Malaysia – up to 30 days. A country of two cultures – continental and insular. The skyscrapers of the capital Kuala Lumpur sit next to the pristine beaches of Kalimantan, while traditional markets and modern shops will compete for your attention.
31. Micronesia – up to 30 days. What is the cemetery of sunken ships worth! Here you will be under water more often than on land.
32. Moldova – up to 90 days within 180 days. Picturesque countryside, liters of wine, generous cuisine and good prices. As for me, the ideal option. nine0003
33. Mongolia – up to 90 days. The homeland of Genghis Khan invites you to ride a horse through the endless steppes, visit the Gobi Desert and descend to the peaks of Altai, marvel at the modernity of Ulaanbaatar, live in a yurt and get used to koumiss.
34. Namibia – up to 90 days. A place where two elements meet: the desert and the ocean. This is a real wild Africa, however, with upscale hotels. The Namib Desert and the Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park and the Waterberg Plateau – search here. nine0003
35. Nicaragua – up to 90 days, migration card – $5, provide return tickets and proof of solvency. A country between two oceans. Magnificent Caribbean nature, colorful colonial cities, a bunch of active volcanoes and the best cigars and coffee in the world.
36. Niue – up to 30 days, return tickets and proof of solvency are required. This is a coral island and the state of the same name in the South Pacific Ocean, in Polynesia. By the way, discovered by Captain James Cook! And you can feel like a real Robinson Crusoe! nine0003
37. United Arab Emirates – up to 30 days. Capricious young ladies, accustomed to white sand, will be delighted with local beaches, extreme sports lovers will appreciate the underwater and sandy expanses, and gourmets will get high from delicious national cuisine!
38. Cook Islands – up to 31 days, may be asked to provide return tickets, travel voucher and proof of solvency. On the Cook Islands, you can visit many different excursions, get to know the culture of the Polynesians, take a walk in the rainforests and admire the beauty of the lagoons. nine0003
39. Palestine – entry into Palestine is carried out from the territory of Jordan, Egypt or Israel. Firstly, the buildings here are well preserved, well known to many from biblical stories. Secondly, modern tourism in Palestine is associated with the possibility of inadvertently getting into the epicenter of a guerrilla war. But don’t worry: here are some of the safest resorts in the world.
40. Panama – up to 90 days within 180 days. The main attraction of Panama is the world-famous Panama Canal, which connects two oceans – the Pacific and the Atlantic. In addition, Panama is famous for all kinds of rich exotic flora and fauna, volcanic and mountain landscapes, lakes, mountain rivers and tropical forests. nine0003
41. Paraguay – up to 90 days within 180 days. People come here to enjoy the nature of the tropics and subtropics in the expanses of national parks, to feel the mixture of Spanish and Indian cultures and to appreciate American contrasts.
42. Peru – up to 183 days. The main wealth of Peru is wonderful national parks and monuments of ancient civilizations. As well as the kaleidoscope city of Lima, the Inca capital of Cusco and the mystical Nazca lines, the temples of Machu Picchu and the vibrant Amazon delta. nine0003
43. Russia – up to 90 days within 180 days.
44. El Salvador – up to 90 days, return tickets and proof of solvency are required. This republic attracts with its magnificent nature. And its main treasures are a pleasant climate, Pacific beaches and the legacy of the great Mayan civilization.
45. Seychelles – up to 30 days. Wedding destination – it is in this section that the Seychelles invariably rank in foreign guidebooks: all year round, happy newlywed butterflies flock to its idyllic landscapes. The Seychelles offer a very rare commodity in today’s world – absolute peace and measured rhythm of life. nine0003
46. Senegal – up to 90 days, yellow fever vaccination certificate required. What you can’t take away from Senegal is diversity: if you want a desert, Lompul awaits you, if you want a riot of greenery, welcome to the Siné-Salum delta, if you want exotic, go to Lake Retba. Plus all of the above – the original culture, the most beautiful women in Africa, fresh king prawns (mmm!) And the impressive friendliness of this hot, civilized wild country.
47. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – up to 30 days. There are never too many beaches with turquoise water!
48. Saint Kitts and Nevis – up to 90 days within 180 days. This is a small country in the Caribbean, located on two islands. And these islands are often called nothing but Eden on earth.
49. Serbia – up to 30 days within 60 days. Fraternal Serbia offers effective treatment at mineral spas at very competitive prices, good “skiing” and a variety of cultures. Ancient Belgrade and the blue Danube are a must see. nine0003
50. Tajikistan – up to 90 days. The heart of ancient Asia, Tajikistan is the ancient monuments of Zoroastrianism and the treasures of the Great Silk Road, the “roof of the world” Pamir, Lake Karakul, healing mineral springs, hot Dushanbe, climbing Communism Peak and a hundred recipes for pilaf.
51. Thailand – up to 90 days within 180 days. What to eat in Thailand is a rhetorical question. Without exaggeration, everything: pristine beaches on the islands, discos, ancient temples and a stunning underwater world. The nest of debauchery Pattaya and beautiful Phuket, cuisine and shopping are all here. nine0003
52. Tunisia – up to 90 days, with a travel voucher. Africa in French, Tunisia – these are white sand beaches, the ruins of great Carthage and healing thalassotherapy.
53. Turkey – up to 90 days, also allowed if you have a Ukrainian passport in the form of an ID-card. Turkey is not only excellent beaches of the four seas, but also wonderful Istanbul with the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, Yalovaya thermal springs and white Pamukkale, Cappadocia monasteries, skiing and cool shopping. nine0003
54. Uzbekistan – up to 90 days within 180 days. These are the treasures of the Great Silk Road, the blue mosques of Samarkand and the caravanserais of Bukhara, ancient Khiva and the modern capital Tashkent. Generous cuisine, excellent wines, cordiality and hospitality.
55. Uruguay – up to 90 days (from February 15, 2019). People come to Uruguay for chic beaches, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, delicious steaks and holidays that take place here almost all year round.
56. Fiji – up to 120 days. This is a carefully cut gem of the Pacific Ocean: there are great hotels, great service and rich opportunities for diving, surfing, fishing and … wedding ceremonies.
57. Hainian – up to 30 days. This is 1500 kilometers of coastline, clean beaches, air and hot sun! Stunning radon and potassium-sodium sources beat here, which cleanse and fill with health.
58. Chile – up to 90 days. Skiing in summer? Nothing is impossible in Chile – 10 snow resorts with excellent slopes are at your service. And also excellent beaches on the Pacific coast, the mysterious Easter Island, lakes, geysers and Patagonia sung by Verne. nine0003
59. Montenegro – up to 90 days within 180 days. This is an inexpensive and high-quality beach holiday on the Adriatic, Orthodox monasteries and medieval monuments, lakes and national parks, the charming capital of Podgorica and the resort of Budva.
60. Svalbard – up to 90 days. The Svalbard archipelago is located just an hour and a half from the North Pole. Permafrost, endless snowy landscapes and polar bears at every turn – this is a portrait of Svalbard in general terms. It’s damn expensive here, but who else can boast of having had one foot on the North Pole?! nine0003
61. Jamaica — up to 30 days, $20, return tickets and proof of solvency required. Musical Jamaica hangs out from dawn to dusk to the rhythms of reggae. Life here is more than unhurried, and the main occupation is unity with nature. What else is needed for happiness?!
Well, if you want to quickly, close and WITHOUT a VISA, then here is a complete list of countries where you can hang out for three months for half a year:
Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Vatican, Greece, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden. nine0003
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Holidays with children in February abroad and in Russia
February is great for holidays abroad. There are many resorts that offer to soak up the white sandy beaches and swim in the warm sea water. 2020 is a difficult year. The situation is exacerbated by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. Many countries are still closed to tourists. We will tell you about where you can go on vacation with children in February 2021 in our review. nine0003
February is an ideal month for holidays abroad. The advantages are obvious:
- the New Year’s hype has subsided;
- there are few tourists in the resorts;
- hoteliers offer significant discounts;
- resorts maintain comfortable weather for a beach holiday.
If you are tired of the frosty weather in Russia, go to warm countries. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, few resorts are ready to receive guests. Where to go to relax at sea in February with children? The list of countries is as follows. nine0003
Cuba is a good option for families with children in February. Air temperature during the day + 28 ° С. At night, the indicators decrease (up to +20 ° С), coolness sets in. Water off the coast of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean warms up to +26 °C.
There are a lot of hotels in Cuba that offer food according to the “All Inclusive” system, have children’s animators, nannies, high chairs in restaurants, playpens.
The beaches of Varadero are suitable for children. There is a gentle entrance to the sea, fine white sand. In addition, there are sightseeing sites nearby that are worth a look. nine0003
The best hotels on the coast are Memories Varadero Beach Resort 4* and Memories Varadero Beach Resort 4*.
They are perfect for little guests. From the pros:
- mini-clubs with their own concept;
- specialized children’s menu;
- heated pools;
- there are Russian-speaking animators.
If you want a more measured and relaxing holiday, opt for Caia Largo. This is a separate island with fine white sand. There is also a dolphinarium where you can see the best shows with marine mammals. nine0003
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To make the rest interesting and informative, it is worth visiting the following excursion programs:
- Havana Carnival.
- Turtle and Iguana Island.
- Crocodile and turtle farms.
A huge plus for Cuba is the visa upon arrival. Length of stay in the country – up to 30 days. nine0003
Travelers must take a PRP test before traveling to Cuba. Bring your results on company letterhead.
In addition, upon arrival you will be tested again. Its cost is $30 per person. The answer comes within a day. Until then, the tourist has no right to leave the hotel room.
This is important! Cuba is a great place to visit with kids. There is a good infrastructure, modern hotels, a lot of entertainment for kids. The only inconvenience is the long flight. Travel time from Moscow 12-13 hours. nine0003
Dominican Republic is another destination for families with children. In February, there are wonderful conditions for a full-fledged beach holiday. During the day, the thermometers show + 30 ° С, water + 28 ° С.
This is important! In the evenings in the Dominican Republic it is cool + 18 … + 22 ° С, so before the trip, do not forget to put a windbreaker and jeans in your suitcase.
The most popular resort is Punta Cana. There are many luxurious hotels operating on the All Inclusive system. Nearby there is an island of dolphins. The entrance ticket costs $120. The trip takes a whole day, includes a full lunch. Every tourist will be able to swim with dolphins, enjoy the underwater world of the island. nine0003
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If the child cannot swim, it makes sense to consider the resort of Boca Chica. All hotels are located near the sea, the beaches are shallow, the entrance to the water without slippers. The locals call these beaches “paddling pools”, but for children this is a real paradise.
- Los Gaitiss Park; nine0296
- Lake Enriquillo;
- Saona Island;
- Damahagua waterfall.
Among the disadvantages of the Dominican Republic, one can single out only a long flight.
Countries suitable for families with children, but still closed due to COVID-19
Many tourists are wondering which countries will open in February 2021? According to experts, these are:
- Greece. But there will be a limit on tourists in the country. No more than 500 guests per week. That is why tours must be booked in advance. nine0296
- Cyprus. They are slated to open in March 2021. But under what conditions this will be done is still unknown.
- Morocco and Mexico. Upon arrival, you must pass a PRC test.
- Sri Lanka. Russian tourists need to be in quarantine for 14 days, only after that they can move freely around the country.
- Thailand. You will need a PRC test upon arrival.
This is important! As for Europe, according to experts, its opening is expected no earlier than August 2021. Approximately the same terms are preferred for the USA. nine0003
What you need to know when going abroad in 2021
Holidays abroad in February may not take place if the tourist does not follow a number of rules. Upon arrival, the guest must have:
- Insurance covering the treatment of coronavirus.
- PRP test results. Must be completed no later than 72 hours before departure. The answer is strictly in a foreign language, on the letterhead of the laboratory.
- Tourist questionnaire completed in English.
Upon arrival, many countries ask for a second test. Its cost is from 20 to 60 dollars. This must be taken into account when planning a holiday budget.
This is important! It is worth remembering the mandatory mask mode. Failure to comply with this rule in many countries is punishable by a serious monetary fine. For example, in Dubai, the amount reaches 800 dollars.
Tours in Russia
Holidays in Russia with children in February can be interesting and exciting, even despite the absence of the sea. nine0003
Every child believes in a fairy tale. Adults can extend this magic. Veliky Ustyug is the birthplace of Father Frost. Arriving here, the child will get acquainted with the hero of the New Year holidays, examine his tower, the postal factory.
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It’s also a great chance to ride reindeer. You can have a real race. In the museum of New Year’s toys, make a decoration for the Christmas tree with your own hands.
Another fabulous place is Kostroma. Here is the tower of the Snow Maiden. You can meet a beautiful girl, learn the story of the origin of a fairy-tale hero, look at the outfits at a fashion show.
The Cheese Museum will delight you with delicious dairy product tastings. You will not only taste the cheese, but you will be able to cook it yourself. nine0003
Krasnodar Territory is an ideal place for families with children. Even in February, the air temperature here rarely drops below + 10 °C. Snow is not a frequent occurrence, but green palm trees stand all year round.
If you want to visit the local attractions of Sochi, you should choose a hotel in the city center or rent an apartment. Be sure to visit the dolphinarium. This show will be remembered for a lifetime.
For snow lovers there is an opportunity to go to Krasnaya Polyana. After the Olympic Games, it became the center of all ski resorts. nine0003
What attracts tourists:
- trails of varying difficulty;
- good resort infrastructure;
- modern hotels and inns;
- high service;
- a large number of bars, cafes, restaurants, skating rinks, SPA complexes.
Krasnaya Polyana is in no way inferior to European ski resorts.
The Crimean peninsula (especially the South Coast) in February welcomes tourists with high temperatures. The average daily temperature is +7 °С. Crimea is unique in its sights. Palaces, castles, temples…. All these historical objects have retained their zest and charm, and are ready to share them with contemporaries. nine0003
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Do not forget to visit the mountain Ai-Petri in the stalactite caves, eat delicious pasties and get acquainted with the local color.
Dombay is one of the best ski resorts in the Caucasus. More than a dozen tracks of varying difficulty, good infrastructure, children’s instructors, all this awaits you in this unusual place.
Separately, I would like to highlight the flora and fauna of the resort. There are wild animals, unusual rare plants. Coming here, you will not only enjoy your vacation, but also improve your health. Mountain air has a positive effect on the work of the body. nine0003
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If your child is active, feel free to send him to ski resorts. You will not only spend time with your family, but also strengthen your immune system by breathing in the fresh mountain air.
Only when going from cold regions of Russia to hot countries or, conversely, from the south of Russia to snow-capped mountains, take into account the time needed for the child and you to acclimatize.