The north of Israel is a region with a very high religious, historic and natural significance. During my stay in Nazareth, I spent one day visiting the main sites around the Sea of Galilee, including Capernaum, an ancient fishing village where Jesus preached; the Mount of Beatitudes, the biblical site of Jesus' sermon on the mount; the Banyas Natural Reserve with its beautiful waterfalls; as well as Mount Bental in the disputed region of the Golan Heights, overlooking the Syrian border and the ceasefire line created after the region was annexed by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. Discover what it was like to talk about the conflict in the zone with a UN peacekeeper!
On the north coast of Israel and approaching the Lebanese border hide two of the most picturesque sights of the Middle East: the city of Haifa with its Bahá'í Gardens, a holy site for the Bahá'í Faith; and the city of Acre, a settlement continuously inhabited since the Phoenician period and famous for the incredible remains of the Crusader town, preserved almost intact since the 13th century. Check out how to combine a visit to both cities in a single day!
As an independent traveller, there's nothing more helpful when organising my next trip than reading the experience of other fellow travellers so that I can plan my own walking tours and get to experience the city as a local. How many times I've wished that I had access to those incredible tips while on route? If you also love independent travel and getting off the beaten track, you may want to check the GPSMyCity App!
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!
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!
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!
The Czech region of Bohemia has many charming towns that deserve a visit. If you'd like to explore the Czech Republic beyond Prague, you can combine a visit to Ceske Budejovice and Cesky Krumlov in a single day!
The coast of Zumaia is part of the Basque Coast UNESCO Geopark. Located in between a bay and the rugged coast of Guipuzcoa, this small fishing village made famous by the TV series Game of Thrones has one of the most impressive and unusual archaeological formations on Earth: the Flysch of Zumaia. But what exactly is a Flysch and why is it so unique?