Where do you want to go this year? We have researched ten destinations from every corner of the globe – from the sanctuaries of the gods in Bhaktapur and Nashik, the turquoise waters of Koutouloufari, to the fortified cities of Albarracín and Aït Benhaddou – each of these places is unique.
- Aït Benhaddou, Morocco!The fortified city attracts visitors for its secret labyrinths and mounded clay towers, set in the middle of the Atlas Mountains. There are only a handful of families who inhabit this 17th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Koutouloufari, Greece!Located on the sunny coast of Crete, Koutouloufari offers visitors a peaceful retreat on the slopes of Mount Harakas. The resort is just a stone’s throw from the bustling port of Hersonissos where travelers will find shops, cafes, and bars, enjoy water sports or stroll along the sandy beaches.
- Bhaktapur, Nepal!Bhaktapur, the former capital of Nepal, thrills visitors with its pristine sanctuaries of the 8th-century gods and old bazaars. Nepal’s most cherished treasure is the Golden Gate, which guards a palace with 55 beautiful wooden windows, winding staircases, and golden ornaments.
- Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina!
Mostar is famous for its reconstructed Ottoman bridge from the 16th century and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelers enjoy picturesque city views and views of the emerald Neretva River.
- Pingyao, China!
Pingyao is a well-preserved, ancient city with magnificent architecture, inhabited by Han Chinese since the 14th century. The nearly 4,000 shops, traditional homes and 2,000 painted Ming and Qing dynasty sculptures show the city’s past prosperity. The historical past makes Pingyao the ideal destination for history lovers.
- Nashik, Maharashtra, India!A place of pilgrimage for Hindus, Nashik holds some of the finest sacred temples on earth. Travelers looking for education are in the right place in Nashik. The Greek philosopher Ptolemy claimed 150 BC. Nashik is the epicenter of trade and commerce, one of the largest ancient marketplaces.
- Peneda-Geres National Park, Portugal!Portugal’s only national park, located in the northwest of the country, has been under UNESCO protection since 2009. Visitors hike along narrow shepherd paths and the old Roman roads. Nature lovers come here at their expense.
- Sucre, Bolivia!Besides its four names: Sucre, La Plata, Charcas or Ciudad Blanca, the city is known for its historic architecture and chocolate specialties. Sucre is located in the central part of Bolivia. Special tourist attractions are the “Casa de la Libertad” and the monastery “La Recoleta.”
- Albarracin, Spain!The city of Albarracin fascinates visitors due to its ring wall. The former Moorish capital is under Islamist and medieval influence. Visitors will discover art from the Stone Age. The city includes an 18 km long Roman aqueduct, which extends from Albarracin to Cella.
- Manitou Springs, Colorado, USA!Manitou Springs is the gateway to the most visited park in Colorado, Colorado, where the Garden of the Gods is located. The historical roots of this popular red-rock valley lie in the Indian tribes of Ute, Comanche, Apache, Kiowa, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Pawnee and Lakota.