Day trip

Newgrange & Knowth: unearthing the Neolithic past of Ireland

Newgrange & Knowth: unearthing the Neolithic past of Ireland

Brú na Bóinne is a UNESCO site in Ireland containing some of the world's most important landscapes from the Neolithic period. The best-known constructions are Newgrange and Knowth, two megalithic passage graves built around 3200 BC, which makes them even older than the pyramids of Egypt.

Surrounded by mystery, a visit to one of the only two heritage sites in Ireland is a must. But, what is the real story behind these impressive constructions?

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part III: Wadi Rum desert, the Valley of the Moon

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part III: Wadi Rum desert, the Valley of the Moon

Famous for being the setting of multiple Hollywood movies due to its resemblance to the surface Mars, Wadi Rum desert is a unique natural wonder that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.

During my last day in Jordan, I explored this incredible red ocean of dunes and rock formations in a 4x4 jeep tour. A thrilling experience that cannot be missed!

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part II: the Lost City of Petra

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part II: the Lost City of Petra

Everyone has heard of the city of Petra. Lost in the desert for centuries and rediscovered only in the 19th century, this pink-city carved out of rock has been attracting visitors from all over the worlds for decades. 

But the ancient capital of the Nabateans is much more than the typical image of its magnificent Treasury: from Roman ruins to royal tombs and a monastery on the top of a hill, a visit to this city in the desert will leave you speechless. 

During my second day in Jordan, I spent the full day exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Check out what this unique place has to offer!

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part I: Jerash & Amman

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part I: Jerash & Amman

The Kingdom of Jordan is a fascinating country rich in history, culture and incredible natural landscapes that can’t be missed when visiting the Middle East. Home to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, I concluded my trip to Israel with a 3-day visit to its neighbouring country, starting with the Roman city of Jerash and the Citadel of Amman in the capital city. 

Sunrise from Masada and visiting Ein Gedi Natural Reserve & the Dead Sea

Sunrise from Masada and visiting Ein Gedi Natural Reserve & the Dead Sea

There's no other experience in Israel like witnessing the sunrise from the top of Masada, an ancient fortification with breathtaking views of the Dead Sea. During my last day in Israel, I climbed the 450m hill while the sun was rising to observe one of the most impressive spectacles of nature that I've ever seen. 

Not far from Masada I also visited the Ein Gedi Natural Reserve, an oasis in the Judean Desert and one of Israel's main hiking spots with stunning waterfalls and landscapes, ending the day with one of my bucket list things to do in Israel: floating and getting covered in mud in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.

Hebron: a dual narrative tour of the most divided city in the Middle East

Hebron: a dual narrative tour of the most divided city in the Middle East

Hebron, located in the West Bank, is the second holiest city of Judaism as well as one of the four holy cities of Islam. Split since 1997 in two sectors, one controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the other one by Israel, Hebron is one of the most troubled areas of the Middle East.

During my visit, I got the chance to visit both sides of the city with a local guide that would tell me their own view of the conflict: a Jewish settler on the Israeli side, and a local Palestinian from the other sector of the city. Find out what it is like to live in the most divided city of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict!

Best of the West Bank from Jerusalem: Ramallah, Jericho, Qasr el-Yahud & Bethlehem

Best of the West Bank from Jerusalem: Ramallah, Jericho, Qasr el-Yahud & Bethlehem

When we hear about the Palestinian Territories in Western media, we often get images of war, conflict and terrorism. Being so close to the West Bank during my visit to Jerusalem, I couldn't help but experience myself what Palestine was really like. 

It can't be denied that the shadow of occupation and repression is quite prominent, however, what I found couldn't be more different to what I was expecting: lively cities, ancient sites filled with history and friendly people willing to do anything they could and more to make you feel welcome. 

A day trip to the Sea of Galilee & the Golan Heights from Nazareth

A day trip to the Sea of Galilee & the Golan Heights from Nazareth

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! 

Haifa & Acre: the north coast of Israel

Haifa & Acre: the north coast of Israel

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!