TRAVEL GUIDE

Meet the Autumn at a Special Place


Sochi

While Sochi’s warm weather may lure visitors into a relaxed daze, the city and its surrounds have plenty of sights compelling enough to warrant stepping away from the sun-lounge for a moment. From ancient relics to the region’s natural beauty and former summer residences of the Soviet’s politicians, don’t miss out on these incredible sights.

Whether you’re after a day trip, an afternoon walk or an overnight stay, there are plenty of opportunities for nature lovers to explore the Caucasus Mountains. Mount Fisht offers some epic views that sweep out across the Black Sea. The Caucasian State Biosphere Reserve has rugged peaks, serene mountain lakes, waterfalls and alpine meadows to explore.

Probably the first thing on most people’s to-do lists in Sochi is to hit the beach, and there are plenty to choose from, depending on your seaside style. Riviera is Sochi’s most popular beach, which offers all the standard boardwalk trappings, and the central beach stretches along the length of the city’s embankment.
To enjoy the ocean and the mountains at the same time, take a sea cruise, as they will offer the ultimate panorama of the Black Sea, the Sochi sprawl and the mighty Caucasus Mountains.

Markets are always great places to sample local life, and Sochi’s central market is no exception. An ideal opportunity to get a taste of regional flavours, the market is filled with fresh produce, locally made tea as well as aromatic herbs and spices. Spread over several floors, the market is also the place to sample and buy regional wines, as Caucasian desserts.

For nature lovers who don’t have the time to get out of town, the Arboretum Botanical Gardens are a little slice of serenity in the city centre. Once a private collection of exotic and subtropical plants, the gardens have over 1800 species of flora from all across the globe.

In addition to its status as a resort city, Sochi is known for its sports facilities. The Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix is held here, and Sochi is one of the host towns for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. So it is fair to say that Sochi is familiar with top-notch athletes!

Sochi is long used to being among the most glamorous spots in Russia.

Spain

Passionate, sophisticated and devoted to living the good life, Spain is both a stereotype come to life and a country more diverse than you ever imagined.

Spain’s various landscapes stir the soul. The Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa are as beautiful as any mountain range on the continent, while the snowcapped Sierra Nevada rises up improbably from the sunbaked plains of Andalucía; these are hiking destinations of the highest order. The wildly beautiful cliffs of Spain’s Atlantic northwest are offset by the charming coves of the Mediterranean. And everywhere you go, villages of timeless beauty perch on hilltops, huddle in valleys and cling to coastal outcrops as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain.

Windswept Roman ruins, cathedrals of rare power and incomparable jewels of Islamic architecture speak of a country where the great civilisations of history have risen, fallen and left behind their indelible mark. Here, grand monuments of history coexist alongside architectural creations of such daring that it becomes clear Spain's future will be every bit as original as its past.

For all the talk of Spain's history, this is a country that lives very much in the present and there's a reason 'fiesta' is one of the best-known words in the Spanish language – life itself is a fiesta here and everyone seems to be invited.
Food and wine are national obsessions in Spain, and with good reason. The touchstones of Spanish cooking are deceptively simple: incalculable variety, traditional recipes handed down through the generations. A traveller may experience the best meal ever via tapas in an earthy bar where everyone's shouting, or via a meal prepared by a celebrity chef in the refined surrounds of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Either way, the scale of gastronomic experience that awaits you is breathtaking and sure to be a highlight of your trip.

Portugal

Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches: the Portugal experience can be many things. History, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning.

Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians all left their mark on the Iberian nation. Here, you can gaze upon 20,000-year-old stone carvings in the Vila Nova de Foz Côa, watch the sunset over mysterious megaliths outside Évora or lose yourself in the elaborate corridors of Unesco World Heritage Sites in Tomar, Belém, Alcobaça or Batalha. You can ponder the rise and fall of ancient civilisations in the Celtic Citânia de Briteiros or the ancient Roman Cidade de Ammaia, and explore Portugal's most enchanting settings in palaces set above mist-covered woodlands, craggy clifftop castles and stunningly preserved medieval town centres.

The gastronomy in Portugal is equally great to the country’s history. Freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine or crisp vinho verde (young wine), chargrilled fish, cataplana (seafood stew), smoked meats – the Portuguese have perfected the art of cooking simple, delicious meals. Sitting down to table means experiencing the richness of Portugal’s bountiful coastline and fertile countryside.

Outside the cities, Portugal’s beauty unfolds in all its startling variety. You can go hiking amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or take in the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Beiras. Over 800km of coast offers more places to soak up the splendour. Gaze out over dramatic end-of-the-world cliffs, surf stellar breaks off dune-covered beaches or laze peacefully on sandy islands fronting calm blue seas. You’ll find dolphin watching in the lush Sado Estuary, boating and kayaking along the meandering Rio Guadiana, and memorable walks and bike rides all across the country.

Nice

With its mix of real-city grit, old-world opulence, year-round sunshine, vibrant street life and stunning seaside location, no place in France compares with Nice. Before everything else, there was the sea, and the Mediterranean climate – the twin factors that made Nice a tourist magnet as early as the 1700s. Now, you’ll find the same elemental attractions that drew Europe's belle-époque aristocrats to promenade along the waterfront in horse-drawn carriages. Nothing compares to the simple joy of a balmy beach day interspersed with a spot of people-watching astride the Promenade des Anglais' famous blue chairs. Whether you're skating, kayaking, swimming, sprawled on a beach lounger or transfixed by sunset over the ever-present Med, it's all still happening by the water.

Nice is one of the best places to visit in France to experience the good life. From wandering the quaint cobblestone streets to strolling the famous Promenade des Anglais, the joys of spending time in this beautiful city are endless.

Considered the center of the French Riviera, Nice is the perfect starting point to explore the dazzling Côte d'Azur coastline. The picturesque Old Town of Nice, with its maze of narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets, has a lively ambience reminiscent of Italy. Popularly known as "Babazouk," the Vieille Ville begins at the western end of the Colline du Château (Castle Hill) and is bounded by spacious boulevards, including the Jardin Albert I, Place Masséna, and Promenade du Paillon.

Exploring the Old Town further, north of the Cours Saleya, tourists will come across the Palais de la Préfecture, the Nice Cathedral, and another noteworthy 17th-century Baroque church. The Palais de la Préfecture on Rue Alexandre Mari is a splendid Neoclassical building, also known as Le Palais des Rois Sardes because it was the former palace of the Kings of Sardinia.

For cultural inspiration, visit Nice’s famous museums. Sitting on the hill of Cimiez, the Musée Matisse is must-see attraction for art lovers. This delightful museum occupies a historic Genoese villa surrounded by splendid Italianate gardens. The permanent collection represents an extensive and diverse ensemble of Matisse's works. There are 31 paintings and 57 sculptures (almost all the sculptures Matisse ever created), along with interesting sketches for the decorations of the Chapel in Venice.

Admirers of Marc Chagall will be delighted by this museum, which houses a remarkable assortment of Chagall's biblical-themed works. The collection contains 12 large paintings depicting Old Testament illustrations, as well as a wide selection of paintings created by Chagall throughout his lifetime.

To enjoy Nice’s landscape, soak up Nature at Jardin Albert Ier. With its shady trees, expansive lawn, fountains, and fragrant roses, this verdant park is a popular spot for relaxation and leisurely strolls. Families with young kids especially appreciate the park because of its playgrounds and old-fashioned carousel. A miniature world of Nice has something for everyone.


Saudi Arabia, Al Ula

Discover Al-Ula - the ancient gemstone of Saudi Arabia. Discreetly located in the Medina Region, in the north-western Saudi Arabia, it is a place where modern travellers indulge into the ancient times. On the walking paths of these antique sites, history becomes tangible, time stops and visitors get enchanted by the beauty of Al-Ula.
Once a major trade hub along the ancient incense route connecting the Arabian Peninsula with the Mediterranean countries, the vast 22,000-square-kilometer territory is a lasting reminder of the Saudi Arabia kingdom’s pre-Islamic history. The Nabataean civilization — which also built the remarkable city of Petra in Jordan — left behind 111 immaculately preserved tombs carved into the sandstone rocks at Hegra.

In many historic destinations, the illusion of discovery is promptly shattered by a crowd of tourists. At Al-Ula – the UNESCO World Heritage Site, deep in the dessert, you might still be able to play out your fantasy of being an intrepid archaeologist for a day. The ancient tombs that remain as the legacy of 7,000 years of human civilization, stunning natural rock formations and canyons – Al-Ula gives a visitor plenty of space and time for reflection with the silence of the vast desert and the monumentality of its natural assets.

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