Jaffa is an ancient port city that belongs to the Te Aviv-Yafo region and from where modern Tel Aviv has now grown. Inhabited by an Arab majority, this quiet, charming city contrasts with the skyscrapers and hectic lifestyle of Tel Aviv. With thousands of years of history that date back to the Old Testament, you can't miss a visit to Jaffa during your trip to Israel!
As the saying goes: 'while Jerusalem prays, Tel Aviv plays'. And Tel Aviv is certainly an exception in the Middle East: with one of the best nightlife in the world, a great tolerance no matter what is your style or sexual preference, and an incredible Mediterranean beach, this city in constant movement is a place like no other. Check out what this incredible destination has to offer!
Up in the mountainous region of Lebanon hides the Qadisha Valley, a UNESCO heritage site filled with caves carved in the rocks and once inhabited by Christian monks. During my last day in Lebanon, I went hiking in this surprising part of the country and also took the opportunity to visit the Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve and the striking Baatara Gorge!
At the foot of the fertile Bekaa Valley, a renown wine region of Lebanon, stands the Phoenician city of Baalbek. Known as Heliopolis by the Greeks, Baalbek is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Middle East, and its impressive constructions are one of the best examples of the Imperial Roman architecture. Located only 10km away from the Syrian border and famous for being a stronghold of Hezbollah, is it really safe to visit Baalbek?
First inhabited over 5,000 years ago, the port city of Byblos is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world. If you want to explore the Phoenician past of Lebanon, you can't miss a visit to this ancient city!
Even though Lebanon might not be your typical destination, if you're visiting this fascinating country, Beirut is the perfect camp base to explore what this place has to offer. During my visit, I stayed at the Mayflower Hotel, a 4-star hotel located just a few meters away from Hamra Street, one of the main streets of Beirut. Check out the review of this hotel and my stay!
Lebanon always gets a very bad press due to its stormy recent past as well as the ongoing conflicts in the neighbouring countries. However, what I found is a very modern country with an incredibly interesting capital, mixing Middle Eastern and European styles. For a good reason, Beirut is known as the 'Paris of the Middle East'! If you're curious about what this city has to offer, check out this post!
The Swedish city of Malmö is located less than 30 minutes away from Copenhagen, which makes it the perfect day trip from the Danish capital. Home to the tallest building in Scandinavia, beautiful parks and traditional Swedish architecture, you can't miss Sweden's third largest city!
After a captivating first day visiting the Old Town, Prague Castle and Malá Strana, the second day of my weekend trip to Prague still had some hidden gems to discover. Check out the rest of my journey exploring the Jewish Quarter of Josefov, Charles Bridge and the New Town or Nové Město!
Prague is the perfect city for culture lovers. Its incredible Gothic and Bohemian Baroque architecture makes you travel back in time, making the Czech capital one of the most magical cities in Europe. If you're visiting Prague for a weekend, check out how to make the best out of your first day visiting the Old Town, Prague Castle and Malá Strana!