Great places to explore in 2017
Global events have a lot to do with where people choose to take their vacations. Because vacations are a limited time for relaxing and leaving the stress behind you, it is important to select a place that is worth your money. Travelers also have to consider other factors such as exciting landmarks, hotels and restaurants available in the location of their choice. Here are some of the best places to explore in 2017:
Belfast, Northern Ireland
The number of art venues, open-air bars, and restaurants is growing, making Belfast (picture on top) an attractive destination. There are many good hotels in the area, like well-appointed and casually designed Bullitt Hotel. In addition to arts organizations such as Seedhead, there are also several Michelin-starred dining options in the city. The world famous nightlife also makes Belfast an attractive spot for tourists.
Angra dos Reis, Brazil
The 2016 Olympics in Brazil were an excellent opportunity for encouraging tourists to explore areas beyond the nation’s big cities. One of the destinations that you should while visiting Brazil this year is Angra dos Reis. This city is set to see a lot of changes in the coming years, as a Brazilian chain known as Fasano is opening a 54-suite hotel in a complex that will also feature restaurants, a spa, a marina and a golf course. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience open-air terraces and heavenly views of sea and forest on your trip to Brazil.
Canada is going to be celebrating its 150th birthday this year and the country is giving an excellent opportunity to tourists wanting to explore the Great White North. The icy nation is offering free discovery passes that give an opportunity to anyone who signs up free entry into all national parks. Additionally, Montreal is looking forward to becoming a food city that will attract people from all around the world.
Though Athens is an ancient city, it is developing a burgeoning status as a capital of modern arts. There are new galleries in places such as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which also house the National Library of Greece alongside the National Opera. The building is situated in one of the biggest parks in Athens and is an excellent reason for paying the city a visit. The partial reopening of National Museum of Contemporary Art and the beautiful Athens Was boutique hotel gives visitors even more reason to spend some time in the classic Greek metropolis.
For a little medieval taste, Scotland is an excellent place to spend your vacation. Edinburgh (picture above), though originally a city from the 1800s, is the heart of Scotland’s contemporary food scene. If you head north of Edinburgh, Glasgow has an impressive music scene that is worth exploring. Outside of the cities, the reaches of Highlands are full of spectacular islands to explore, including a few that are known for whiskey and others for white sand beaches. 2017 marks Scotland’s year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology, making it an excellent time to explore the standing stones.
Jebel Akhdar, Oman
Just a two-hour drive from Muscat is a city full of astounding views, complete with natural terraces and wadis. In the spring the area is heavenly, the hills are covered with a blanket of velvety, pink damask roses. You can also enjoy spa treatments that are full of rosewater potions while enjoying excellent cocktails while staying at recently opened Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar.