Top 5 vacation spots
If there’s one thing we all look forward to every year, it’s our summer vacations. We are looking for some epic experiences that will take us away from our normal daily activities and transport us to some sunshine.
So if you’re looking for places to relax and get inspired, this article will be very helpful.
Egypt is known the world over for its diverse natural beauty, whether on land or along its golden sandy shores. Hurghada is a beach resort town on the Red Sea coast that is known for its snorkeling and lively atmosphere of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you feel like escaping the beaches during peak sunny hours, you’ll find shade and tradition in the old town of El Dahar, home to old Egyptian coffee shops and colorful North African markets called “bazaars.” Sharm el-Sheikh is a resort city located between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea . It is known as an incredible scuba diving destination because of its stunning coral reefs and extensive marine biodiversity, all of which can be seen feeding around a sunken British ship from the 1940s. The town also has a pleasant promenade lined with palm trees and filled with bars and restaurants.
- Places to visit: Naama Bay, St. Catherine Monastery, Color Canyon, Giftun Island, El Dahar Square.
- Things to do: diving, snorkeling, desert safari.
- What to eat and drink: Egyptian buffets and Mezze, roasted lamb, fresh seafood.
Top 5 vacation spots
The Algarve is a rural area that was once surrounded only by small fishing villages and is little known to the outsider . This coastal region in southern Portugal is now a popular alternative for those who want to escape the more crowded beach equivalents in Spain. The rocky shores of the Utes and sandy coves define the beautiful scenery of the Algarve. This large and quiet villa neighborhood is ideal for young families, while night owls can easily find party spots along Albufeira’s strip of bars and clubs in the city center.
- Places to visit: Faro, Lagos, Albufeira, Portimão.
- Things to do: Dolphin watching, kayaking to Lagos Caves.
- What to eat and drink: ‘Conquilhas Algarvia’ better known as succulent clams, ‘Feijoada’ or ‘bean stew’, wine and port.
Top 5 vacation spots
Jersey is the largest Channel Island of the archipelago between England and France. It is known for its sandy beaches, spectacular cliff walking trails, romantic valleys, castles and medieval ruins. Jersey has a rich and vibrant history, much of it ancient but some of it 20th century, including remnants and memorials to the 5-year German occupation during World War II. The island has an important food culture and is famous for its seafood dishes, from fried lobsters and crabs to oysters and mussels.
- Places to visit: St. Helier, St. Aubin, Gori.
- What to do: Jersey Wall Tunnels, beaches, Elizabeth Castle, Mont Orgey Castle.
- What to eat and drink: seafood, wine at La Mare Winery.
Turkey abounds with magnificent coastlines, ancient cities, spices, flowers and food. The resort city of Antalya is popular for its sandy beaches and hotels overlooking the ocean. Every corner of Turkey echoes a different period of history: in its southern regions, you’ll find traces of the Roman Empire, including sites like Hadrian’s Gate and the second-century Hidirlik Tower. The southern region of Turkey also boasts an abundance of gourmet flavors, from Mezze to delicious seafood dishes and savory pancakes.
- Places to visit: Antalya, Dalaman and Bodrum.
- Things to do: Konyaalti Beach, Hadrian’s Gate, Duden Falls, Lissay and Kalinda Falls, Bodrum Castle, Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
- What to eat and drink: Mezze, seafood, Turkish pancakes “gezleme” and apple tea.
As the title of the movie Mamma Mia says, you’ll probably say, “Here we go again,” when it comes to your summer vacation in Greece. While Skopelos grabs the headlines – we love a little bit of Crete, Corfu and Santorini. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and it’s one of the best family vacation spots in the world. Warm waters off some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches mean it will be a summer of swimming. Corfu is one of the greenest islands, making it the perfect backdrop for sun-drenched beaches. To the north, you’ll find a rocky landscape filled with caves and coves. The northeast is quiet, with classic sleepy spots like Agni and Agios Stefanos. If you want to have fun on your summer trip, there is of course the southern party town of Kavos.
Top 5 best places to vacation by the water in Russia (except the Black Sea coast)
The list of the top 5 best places to relax by the water in Russia (without the Black Sea coast) that are worth visiting before the end of the 2017 bathing season includes coastal areas in 5 regions from Primorsky Krai to Kaliningrad Oblast.
We have compiled the top 5 best places to relax by the water, also taking into account the analysis of popular destinations that Russian residents chose for recreation in 2017.
1. Yantarny (Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad region).
The best beach in Russia. This is an indisputable fact, which is also recognized by international experts. Is it a joke, but Yantarny is the only Russian winner of the “Blue Flag” award, which is given for high beach standards, including clean water and coast, infrastructure for the disabled, lifeguard towers, etc.
The beach is 50 km from Kaliningrad (for that reason, among others, it is not overcrowded with holidaymakers). Along the coast stretches a sandy strip of width over 100 meters. The sand is fine and snow-white. There is all necessary infrastructure for a comfortable holiday.
A unique feature of the beach is also that from time to time in his sand you can find pieces of amber, which tourists are happy to take with them as a keepsake. This is no coincidence – the largest deposit of amber in the world is located near the village of Yantarny.
Peschanaya Bay (Lake Baikal, Irkutsk Region)
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A unique place, which is often called, no less, the Siberian Riviera. The beach is located on the southwest of Lake Baikal, 35 km from the village Bolshoi Goloustnoe. Except for extreme walking routes, you can reach this wonder of nature in summer and fall only by water (there are regular flights from the nearest settlements). But it is worth it!
A 750-meter long sandy beach, 15-20 meters wide, is located exactly between two high rocks (Bolshaya and Malaya Kolokolni). This is the warmest place in Siberia. The sunny days here are no less than at the Black Sea. In the summer the air temperature exceeds 30 degrees and the water gets up to 22 degrees (maximum comfortable for swimming).
Sand Bay is a relatively popular tourist spot. There are several recreation centers, it is possible to accommodate “wild campers” in their tents, a pier is built. At a distance of 4 km there are a variety of hiking trails to local natural attractions. Tourist season is fairly short, the most favorable months for a visit – July and August.
3. Curonian Spit (the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Bay, Kaliningrad region)
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The only member of this rating, which together with the adjacent park area is on the list of Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Spit, which is 100 km long, is washed by the cold and salty Baltic Sea on one side and by the warm and fresh waters of the Curonian Lagoon on the other. Sandy beaches, not less than 400 meters wide, stretch along its territory, which makes the place absolutely unique for these latitudes. The basic quantity of hotels and bases of rest is concentrated near Lesnoe, Rybachy and Morskoye settlements (cost of the trip by BlaBlaCar from Kaliningrad will make about 100 rubles for the passenger), but wishing always can stop in a deserted place with a fantastic view of the sea or a bay.
The forest in these parts is no less an attraction than the beach. Because here it dances (tree trunks bend as if in a fantastic dance). Not all trees are dancing, but some of them, and there is no connection between them, which only adds mysticism and interest to these places.
4. lake Seliger (Tver and Novgorod region).
Photo – site fresher.ru.
In general Seliger is not one lake, but the whole system of lakes connected with each other and with more than 500 km of shoreline. Seliger is by right famous in Russia and abroad for several reasons. Firstly, it is incredibly clean fresh water, the transparency of which at times reaches 5 meters (average depth – 6 meters). For this reason in the warm season Seliger becomes a real paradise for fans of swimming.
Secondly, the cleanliness of the lake and coastal areas, as well as well-developed infrastructure allows tourists to maximize the relaxation of body and soul. It has everything you need to spend time with or without the children, sunbathing on the sand or grass, stay in the wild or in a hotel, fishing or hunting (the local waters are about 30 species of fish, and the woods are full of foxes and hares).
Third, Seliger is full of religious sites, which themselves attract many tourists. For example, the Nilov Hermitage Monastery, the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist (“Tver Kizhi”), churches and bell towers of the town of Ostashkov (“the capital of Seliger”). Many sights date from the 16th-17th centuries of construction.
Seliger is exactly in the middle between Moscow and St. Petersburg, so it is better to get to him either by car (with a hitchhiker on BlaBlaCar will cost about 500 rubles), or by train or bus. Since the lake is a large area, it is better to plan in advance in which part of it you would like to stay.
5. The Lazurnaya Bay (Shamora) (Ussuri Bay of the Sea of Japan in Primorsky Krai).
Perhaps the best beach in the entire Primorsky Krai. It is located only 30 km from Vladivostok. An ideal place to spend the last summer days by the water with a stunning view of the surrounding forest hills and cliffs. The beach has a wide sandy strip. For vacationers there is everything you need: recreation centers and resorts, restaurants, rental of sports and beach equipment, well-maintained toilets, showers, etc. The advantage of the beach is that there are almost never dangerous crustacean jellyfish, typical for the Sea of Japan (although, last year was an exception). Bathing season in these parts lasts until September 15, so you should hurry.