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1. Tunisia

Tunisia is one of the best countries to visit near Dubai and has the colors, the smells, the tastes of many civilizations that have left their mark. Each stone has its sculptor, all of them legendary from those that raise the amphitheater of Djem, the ruins of ancient Carthage, the holy city of Kerouan, the fortresses of Monastir or the mud houses of Tozeur hit by the seas of dust of the desert.

The Tunisian desert has been the scene of films like the Star Wars saga. Tour operators in Douz and Tozeur offer excursions through the desert visiting the places where famous films were filmed. Move through the Douz desert, either by camel or vehicles. You can also go to the dunes of the Sahara with 4×4. The salt sea of Chott El Jerid, formed by a series of lakes that extend through the south of Tunisia as if it were a mirage.

Enjoy the experience of a hammam (Turkish bath). There are baths in all Tunisia, where you can take steam with the locals, many of the natural springs of thermal waters have been used for this purpose since Roman and Punic times.

Play a game of golf near Port El Kantaoui Sousse, Monastir, Tabarka, Carthage, Tozeur, Djerba and Hammamet. See the coral bottoms through diving dives observing the marine life of the waters of Tunisia, in the diving centers of Tabarka Yachting Club, the International Diving Center in Port El Kantaoui or the SAAM Diving in Monastir.

Take a ferry to the Djerba island, with its soft beaches bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean, and throw yourself in the shade of the palm trees. Explore the ksour in southern Tunisia. These barns molded with mud were used as location in the recording of Star Wars. Visit one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the Bardo Museum.

Located in a seventeenth century palace, the museum exposes the archaeological wealth of the Carthaginian, Roman, Christian and Islamic eras. Explore the remains of a great ancient civilization founded by the Phoenicians. Carthage was razed by the Romans who rebuilt it in the third largest city of the Roman Empire, before it was destroyed again by the Arabs.

Visit the medina of the holy city of Kairouan, where there are more than 50 mosques and know how their famous carpets are made. See the magnificent Roman site of Dougga. A good conservation of the ruins gives a tempting idea of ​​how the Romans lived. Stroll around El Djem Amphitheater, Dougga / Thugga, Kairouan, Medina of Susa, Medina of Tunis, Punic City of Kerkuane and its Necropolis, Carthage and the Ichkeul National Park.

Go to Matmata. Here the Berbers found an ingenious way to overcome the heat of summer by digging the houses in the earth. Many of the troglodytic houses - underground cave that surround the courtyards - are still inhabited, and some of them are now hotels. See another underground world in Bulla Regia. Here the Romans also used architecture as a way to keep cool when the sun warms.

Spend a day in Sousse, built by the Arabs which includes the Grand Mosque and its Ribat. There are several theaters and numerous movie theaters in Tunisia, with plays and films in Arabic and French. In Tunisia and the main tourist centers, many restaurants and bars of the hotels there are live music and dancers in the nights from May to September, there are numerous nightclubs.

Summer is the season of art festivals, and when international artists arrive in Cartago, Hammamet and Nabeul. At the end of summer there are several music festivals in Tabarka on the north coast, with live music in the afternoons. Yasmine, Hammamet, Port El Kantaoui Djerba have great casinos.

2. Mali

In the heart of West Africa, Mali is a territory with many natural and especially cultural attractions, surrounded by Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea and Senegal. Each region has a mosaic of ethnic groups whose only evocation inspires myths such as the Peuls, the Dogon, the blue men or the Tuaregs.

Mali follows a glorious past through its cities and historical sites such as Djenné, Gao or Timbuktu. From the Sahara in the north to the forests of the south, one of the main places to visit in Mali is the Niger River, the main river in Mali. The most important cities along the Niger River are Bamako, but also Mopti. The most important cities along the Niger River are Bamako, but also Mopti.

Timbuktu is a beautiful city that was in the hands of Boko Haram for more than a year. The Boucle du Baoulé National Park is a huge protected area that stretches between Siby and Kita, just in the confines of the border with Mauritania.

3. Senegal

Dakar, the capital of the country, is the westernmost point of the Cape Verde peninsula and the entire African coast. The charming Goree island is a real haven of peace located in front of Dakar, from where you can admire the Atlantic Ocean, which extends to infinity, and the city of Dakar, which is seen in the distance. From the bar you can enjoy the sunset with a cold Gazelle beer in your hand.

The Bassari Country route is one of the most beautiful trips in Senegal. It is a bit far from Dakar. Kedougou is the main entrance to the Bassari Country and is the typical city that is best to pass by. Iwol, is possibly the most beautiful village of the Bassari Country with many small huts, surrounded by baobabs and hidden in the mountain is the typical place that has something.

You can see a party that takes place every 5 years called the party of the girls, a party in which young women of age to have a husband are available for 3 days to find handsome gentlemen. In that period they dress in their best clothes, sing beautiful songs and dance under incredible ceibas. The Segou waterfall is the least visited. The route to the Dindefello waterfall starts from the village of the same name.

4. Ghana

Acclaimed as the spoiled child of West Africa, travel to Ghana and discover the country of colors. Discover the Volta region and here is the large hydroelectric dam of Akosombo, which contains the largest reservoir of water ever made by man, its majestic lake Volta. From there go to the city of Ho, at the foot of Mount Adaklu.

Go to the city of Hohoe to approach the border with Togo, where you can discover the Wli Falls, the highest in West Africa. Go by boat to the fishing village of Kpandu, on the shores of Lake Volta.

Then go to the Ashanti Country, known for the gold trade. In the north, visit the Mole National Park and meet its famous inhabitants like elephants, baboons, monkeys, buffalos, leopards, lions and antelopes.

Returning to the south, sail through the villages bordering the sacred lake Bosumtwi, emerged in the crater formed after the impact of a meteorite. Crossing lush jungle landscapes and banana plantations, arrive at the sadly famous coast of the slaves, crowned by two of the largest and best preserved European castles in West Africa of Cape Coast and Elmina.

The calm atmosphere of the beaches and coconut trees of Kokrobite will be the final point before returning to the bustling Accra. Akwaaba! It is the warm welcome of the Ghanaians.

5. Benin

With the aim of helping a little who wants to travel to these two countries of West Africa, here are a few tips for traveling to Benin. Benin shares borders with the giant Nigeria, the tiny Togo, Burkina Faso and Niger. A trip to Benin is perfect to get into sub-Saharan Africa, a virgin country that has not yet been invaded by tourism.

The capital is Porto Novo, but Cotonou is the largest city in the country. On the opposite side, the northern part of the country is made up of savannas and semi-arid mountainous areas such as the Atakora chain, one of the great tourist attractions of Benin.

On a trip to Benin it is possible to cover the Nazenga Reserve, where the largest number of elephants in West Africa are concentrated. Ouidah is the voodoo capital See Gran Popo and its golden beaches, the floating cities of the south, Lobi, one of the African ethnic groups that best preserves its traditions, the small animist villages and their famous masked dances gèlèdè.

Leave the bustling Cotonou, to start the boat route to the popular lacustrine city of Ganvié. Crossing Lake Nokué, continue to historic Porto-Novo. In Abomey visit the palaces of the ancient Dahomey kingdom, before continuing to the Taneka villages and meet the fetish chief and his eternal pipe. Resume your ethnic journey through the Somba region.

See its famous tatas or adobe castle houses, where you can admire the purity of this country of myths and legends. Crossing the border, reach the Togolese city of Kara and its lively market. Continue the route to the Muslim Sokodé, passing through fields of sesame and cacao trees, before reaching the mountainous Atakpamé.

Return to the civilization in Lomé to visit the peculiar market of the fetishes and the Mama Benz. After seeing the coast of the Gulf of Guinea arrive at the colonial Grand Popo, to navigate the lagoons of the Mono River and attend colorful voodoo ceremonies, letting yourselves be carried away by the hypnotizing dance of the Zangbetoor, guardian of the night.

In Possotomé, explore Lake Ahémé, with its small villages, where you can learn about traditional fishing techniques. In Ouidah, annual protagonist of the Voodoo Festival, visit the Pythons Temple and the door of No Return, testimony of one of the most important diasporas in history.

Traveling to Benin also means tasting its gastronomy, which is very diverse due to the ethnic and cultural complexity of the country. In some populations corn is its main food and serves for the preparation of several dishes. The meats - mainly ox, chicken, pork and rabbit - are accompanied with vegetables and rice.

6. Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a unique wonder on Earth, the cradle of humanity. Traveling to Ethiopia is a complete experience that few countries can offer in their entirety. Visit the capital Addis Ababa and stroll through the large open-air market, see the skeleton of the famous Lucy Australopithecus in the National Museum, and the remains of King Haile Selassie in the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Lalibela, a place of pilgrimage for Coptic Christians, is one of the essential gems to discover in the country. Gondar, the Camelot of Africa, a city full of castles and walled complexes among abundant vegetation, is a real contrast to the rest of the country's landscapes.

Gondar, one of the largest cities in the country, is probably the most emblematic place of the Timkat, although this event is celebrated with great intensity throughout the region. The Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant, is present in all the Ethiopian altars and goes out in procession.

Nowhere is the festival more spectacular than in Gondar, in whose palaces the Ethiopian emperors reigned from the 17th century. The main ceremony takes place in the Royal Enclosure of Fasilidas Castle, located on the outskirts of the town.

It is also a good place to go on a hiking excursion through the Simien Mountains National Park. In the middle of a green valley you will find the Bahir Dar falls of the Blue Nile, a magical place with the appearance of an oasis. Sail through Lake Tana and discover in the midst of calm its dozens of islands and monasteries and Ethiopian churches, circular in shape and decorated with frescoes of the time.

Omo Valley feels a rhythm of life away from modernity, here live many ethnic groups that continue to practice rituals and traditions. You can spend time with tribes such as the Hamer or Mursi that are a real treasure for anthropologists. Explore the Danakil desert, one of the rarest places in the world as it hosts salt deserts and lava lakes.

Climb the Erta Ale volcano and observe the lava bubbles exploding, in what they call hell on Earth. Aksum and Harar are some of the cities of Ethiopia to visit. The first was an ancient powerful empire and land of the Queen of Sheba which, according to the Ethiopians, houses the relic of the Ark of the Covenant.

In Harar you can travel the thousands of alleys, visit markets, mosques and get into the harari culture. Enjoy the ritual of Ethiopian coffee, a product valued worldwide and that in the country is considered almost a treasure. Visit the churches of Tigray, hidden in the middle of a rural landscape. The location of these, the frescoes that decorate them and the ancient stories that they contain, make this place a magical place.

Some typical dishes of restaurants in Ethiopia are Tif FirFir, FirFir and Tegabino, a kind of red puree that is eaten with the ingest. It is a kind of very thick pea puree with fried tomato and onion.

7. Kenya

Kenya is among the best African countries to visit. Lamu is often seen as the limit of the Kenyan coast over the Indian Ocean with wonderful vestiges of the Swahili civilization, to a greater extent even than Mombasa or Zanzibar, picture-postcard beaches, dhow-style sailboats sailing from one side to another, coral reefs. For anyone who comes looking for exoticism, Lamu embodies that mystery made of Levante and the ocean.

The dhow, a traditional boat of the Swahili people, is still used by fishermen every day. Dive into the sea of coral, populated by tropical fish of dreamy colors, in front of the Lamu island. Lake Nakuru is especially famous for being home to several black rhinos. In the past the lake was full of flamingos. This site is one of the best for taking close-up pictures of animals.

A good trip would include both a visit to Lake Nakuru, and a visit to Lake Naivasha. Malindi is the second city on the coast of Kenya after Mombasa. Halfway between this and Lamu, it is a large seaside resort, well built and quite "African". It has beautiful beaches and a fascinating marine natural park, full of tropical fish and ideal for scuba diving.

Take a trip to the Malindi Marine National Park. You will sail along the coast in a boat with a glass bottom and you will be able to observe a lot of tropical fish, before diving with them. Many Europeans go there to spend their vacations and it looks more like a seaside resort on the Costa Brava than a Swahili city.

When you move away from beach resorts all inclusive, the cosmopolitan and jovial side of the Swahili coast reappears.

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8. Tanzania

In Tanzania you have the opportunity to see the Big 5: the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo. Here are the two largest national parks are Ngorongoro and Serengeti, and you can also visit the popular Masai Mara - which is part of the Serengeti.

480 km from the capital Dodoma, located on the Indian Ocean coast, Dar Es-Salaam is the most important city in Tanzania. Dar Es-Salaam is a truly legendary name, which by evoking it simply, generates an irresistible desire to travel. For most tourists, Dar Es-Salaam represents the first stop on a trip to Tanzania. From there you have to get on a bus, plane, boat, bicycle, or whatever, to reach places like Arusha and Zanzibar.

Although now Dodoma is the official capital and Arusha is the natural starting point for tourists heading towards the big parks such as the Ngorongoro, the Serengeti and the Kilimanjaro, Dar Es-Salaam as the mythical city. Even tourists accustomed to safaris in Africa will be surprised by the Ruaha National Park.

This national park in the center of Tanzania is the second largest in the country, after the Serengeti. The fauna is very wild and the savanna landscapes are incredible. It is known for its population of elephants.

First of all, because in Tanzania, the size of the parks is unique, there are no barriers of any kind and the space is really wild and afterwards, for the richness of its fauna. Specifically in this park, you can see the migration of the elephant, not hindered by barriers as in other African countries.

The valley of the Ruaha River, which gave its name to the park, is the only source of water in the region, attracting 10,000 elephants. Enjoy seeing the diversity of antelopes like the sable antelope. All these prey attract many predators. You will see big cats everywhere! Above all you will see groups of hyenas, cheetahs and leopards. It is a perfect habitat for them, as they have unobstructed views.

The Lemosho route trek allows you to climb the Kilimanjaro following one of the quietest, longest and longest routes. The starting point of the ascent is Londorossi Gate, following a narrow path that runs through the first days a tropical forest with great wildlife and that continues through the vast highlands of Shira. It offers, along its entire route, some of the most spectacular landscapes in Tanzania.

The trekking of Kilimanjaro by the Machame route, is a route of camps that approaches by the southwest of the mountain and that offers us varied and spectacular views during the ascent. Going up Kilimanjaro for this route is demanding, for a rugged terrain, but the effort is rewarded by the incredible beauty of the landscapes. It is considered one of the most beautiful routes to climb the highest mountain in Tanzania.

The Marangu route is the most popular route to climb Kilimanjaro. This trekking route in Tanzania is recommended for those with less experience and preparation. The route has shelters where you can spend the night, following a very well defined path that offers the opportunity to observe the local fauna and flora during the entire ascent to Kilimanjaro.

Complete a safari for the most important reserves such as Serengeti or Ngorongoro and ending on the Zanzibar island, a paradise bathed by the Indian Ocean with magnificent beaches of white sand and turquoise waters. Here we find beautiful cities such as Jambiani within the Unguja island, between the towns of Makunduchi and Paje.

In the region we also find Stone Town, the most important city of the place. The nights in Jambiani are very calm and the views of the starry sky are unforgettable. You can walk calmly along the beach. There are many small bars and hotel restaurants where you can dine.

The path or rather the forest track that leads to Lake Natron is great and worth the torment of traveling for a few hours between the jolts of a dalla-dalla, a truck or a 4x4 from the city of Arusha. Across the Great Rift Valley, the track crosses the Maasai territory, formed by endless plains and hills that accentuate the greatness of the landscape.

Although the space has remained quite wild, apart from some Masai shepherds along the way, at most you will cross with some zebras. In the second half of the journey you will possibly see lions. You will pass through the towns of Selela and Engaruka. After having traveled half of the 80 kilometers from Mto Wa Mbu to the lake, there is not much alternative.

But all that is quickly forgotten when you reach the shore of Lake Natron. It has surprising colors due to the composition of the water, and an extraordinary population of dwarf flamingos. Lake Natron is isolated from the Serengeti-Ngorongoro route and accommodation possibilities are limited. Oldonyo Lengai is the sacred mountain of the Masai. And its ascent, which takes place at night, becomes one of the most special experiences of the trip.

If you decide to get away from the classic tourist circuits that usually take you from the Serengeti National Park to the beaches of Zanzibar passing through the Ngorongoro protected area or the Kilimanjaro peak, you can, for example, go directly to the south, towards the region of the plains. After crossing the whole country, you will probably reach the city of Mbeya.

Currently, Mbeya is a city in the middle of different roads, a necessary step on the road to Zambia and Malawi . Before becoming the economic capital of the region, it was born in the 1920s in full gold rush. Botanists will not miss the opportunity to visit the Kitulo National Park. It is known as the Serengeti of flowers.

In the rainy season, from November to April, the flowers bloom and the landscapes are wonderful. Many consider it to be the greatest floral show in the world. Sixty miles from Mbeya, you can admire the Mbozi meteorite, which is one of the largest in the world.

Finally, hiking enthusiasts will put on their sneakers and embark on magnificent walks in the heart of a sumptuous nature. The Loleza mountain, the Mbeya peak, discovering small towns, the Poroto mountain are beautiful goals to reach in a day or something else.

9. Angola

Facing the Atlantic and extending into the interior of Africa, Angola is pure diversity and one of the last mysteries of Africa. The country remains closed to travelers (except the most adventurous), with a severe visa policy. Behind its borders lies the second largest waterfall on the continent, remnants of the Portuguese colonial past, emerging national parks, beaches and a mix of diverse and highly stoic people.

Angola has spectacular natural attractions. The number one is occupied by the Kalandula Falls, on the Lucala River, near Malange. Lubango offers impetuous waterfalls, spectacular volcanic fissures and a vibrant small-town environment, surrounded by mountains and nestled in a cool valley. Kissama (also Quiçama), 70 km south of Luanda, is the most accessible and well-stocked wildlife park in Angola, a huge strip of coastal savanna dotted with knotty baobabs.

Nestled on the Atlantic coast, Benguela is the second largest city in the country and the self-proclaimed cultural capital of the republic.

10. Namibia

Start the visit in Windhoek. The capital of Namibia is usually the point of entry and exit of the country and, for the vast majority of travelers, the first contact with the country before entering the desert. The small historical center surrounds the Lutheran Church of Christ and the Alte Feste, a military building built by the German colonial authorities that today houses the Museum of Independence.

In Windhoek there are a couple of other museums, the National Gallery of Art for lovers of African art, a couple of shopping centers and an interesting Local Crafts Center. One day is enough to see the most important part of the city. There are also a couple of good restaurants and some places to have a drink at night. But what most catches attention is the Meteorites exhibition at the Post Street Mall.

There are about thirty space boulders that fell to the planet in prehistoric times near the town of Gibeon. As a curiosity it is said that the tribes of the area used these meteorites as an iron mine for centuries. Another good experience is to take a walk through the popular district of Katutura. The Waterberg Plateau Park is located in a spectacular area marked by a deep valley where an important mass of vegetation develops.

An interesting visit to Ethosa is the Hoba Meteorite, a huge metallic boulder that fell from the sky about 80,000 years ago and is the largest meteor found on the entire planet so far. It weighs about 60 tons. In places like Twyfelfontein 3,000 years of history concentrates with engravings and cave paintings in which many of the great African fauna and the humans who lived here in the transition period from the lithic cultures to the metal ones are represented.

The figures have been interpreted as manifestations of shamanic rites characteristic of hunter-gatherer societies. We are facing one of the most important rock deposits in Africa comparable to those of Tassili N Najer in distant Algeria. Very close to the paintings is the mountainous area of ​​Damaraland, one of the most beautiful and impressive in the country.

If you like arid and monumental landscapes like the Grand Canyon or the Great Australian Desert, you cannot miss this place. There are several accommodation options that range from luxury lodges to campsites. If you go by rented car, you will surely choose to spend a night in the city of Opuwo before continuing towards the border with neighboring Angola.

There you will begin to see the first Himbas, the mythical tribe of the Kunene region (northern Namibia) which is famous for the proud attachment to its traditional culture. From here you can easily access the Epupa Waterfalls and to the Himba villages. Also in this area are the villages of the Herero, a human group related to the Himba that are characterized by the colorful long dresses of their women.

The Skeleton Coast stretches for about 600 kilometers in the extreme north of the country reaching the border with Angola. This stretch of white dunes meets the Atlantic Ocean in a veritable hell of ocean currents and winds that make the place one of the most dangerous areas for navigation for hundreds of years. Many ships have been shipwrecked there since the time when the Portuguese started the African circumnavigation routes.

Between the mine of Toscanini and Mowe Bay there are a good number of boats stranded, some of several centuries old. The most evident traces of the three decades of German colonialism in the country are found in the coastal city of Swakopmund. From here you can easily reach the most accessible attractions of the Namibian desert.

The Sesriem River Canyon, despite being at the gates of the Namib is one of the few places where there is water throughout the year. The fossil dunes of Deadvlei where the famous petrified trees and the Big Daddy Dune are located are one of the highest dunes in the world. Very close to the Sesriem Canyon is the small airstrip from which depart the air excursions that offers panoramic flights over the Namib.

11. Botswana

These are some places to see in Botswana. Gaborone is the capital of Botswana and is located in the south of the country, near the border with South Africa.

Observe the Okavango Delta by sailing in mokoro (traditional canoe) or flying over it in a small plane. Imagine a 1000-kilometer river that does not flow into the sea, but into the arid Kalahari desert and the salt pans of Makgadikgadi, thus connecting three ecosystems and the impressive baobabs.

Here live the Bushmen (San people), nomads of the desert. Spend time with the San people, the oldest people on earth whose presence goes back to 20,000 years ago. They are nomads and inhabit the Kalahari desert. Camp in full safari and spend the night under the stars, in the middle of the African nature. Observe the cave paintings in the Tsodilo hills.

Take advantage of the proximity to move and see the Victoria Falls from a helicopter, in the border area of ​​Zambia and Zimbabwe. Chobe National Park is a huge park crossed by the Chobe River, which goes from the Victoria Falls to the Okavango delta. You can tour it by 4x4 or by the river, so you will see an extensive fauna in its wild habitat, including the other Big Five. The best time to travel to Botswana is from May to October.

12. Lesotho

Lesotho is called the kingdom of heaven, home of the traditional Basotho people, where the shepherds take care of the sheep on the slopes and riders wrapped in mantles ride through the mountains. Lesotho is a tremendously undervalued destination. It is safe, cheap and very accessible from Durban and Johannesburg. In addition, it offers excellent opportunities for hiking and the infrastructures of its national parks progressively improve.

In the low lands (above 1000 m) the simple way of life of its people takes place, and in the ​​Teyateyaneng and Maseru area there is magnificent craftsmanship but we must not stop exploring the valleys and mountains crossed by streams that once were a playground for the dinosaurs.

Sani Top is on top of the pronounced port of Sani, on the only reliable (albeit sinuous) road that crosses Lesotho through the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range, in KwaZulu-Natal. Sehlabathebe National Park, the most undervalued reserve in the country is as remote as it is steep and beautiful. Katse houses the highest dam in Africa (1993 m), whose serene reservoir, surrounded by steep green hills, is a good place to make a stop.

Nestled in the bowels of the rugged Maluti mountains, Ts'ehlanyane National Park protects a beautiful area of ​​unspoilt nature at high altitude, which covers the only native forest in the country. The Maletsunyane waterfalls are an hour and a half walk from Semonkong. Mokhotlong is the main town north of the port of Sani and evokes a Wild West style environment.

13. Madagascar

Madagascar possesses species of animals and plants unique in the world as a result of the isolation produced after the separation, millions of years ago, from the rest of the African continent and later from India. This fact favored that the evolution of flora and fauna there has been different from that of any other part of our planet and hence its exclusivity.

Can there be a better reason to visit a country than to see species that you have never seen before? This guide is designed to help the independent traveler who is planning his trip to this country. The visa can be obtained on-arrival at the Ivato airport. What to see in Madagascar?

The grand Tsingy de Bemaraha is known for its pointed rock formations, karstic mountains molded by the underground waters that have eroded it to give it that peculiar shape, so seen in the Madagascar guides. Undoubtedly one of the most famous places in Madagascar is this avenue in which the protagonists are the baobabs.

The avenue is very close to Morondava. The Anja reserve is very close to the town of Ambalavao. In this small reserve enjoy the catta or ring-tailed lemurs, the best-known animals of this island of Africa. Very close to the small town of Andasive is the Analamazaotra reserve, one of the parks where you can see the indri, the largest lemur of all.

The Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is located about 20 kilometers from Andasive. The main protagonist is the dreaded fossa, the largest predator in Madagascar. Visit the Grand Tsingy de Bemaraha. The fastest option is to go by road to Belo-sur-Tsiribihina and from there to Bekopaka.

Embark on the adventure of descending by canoe down the Tsiribihina River, camping on the river bank and being surprised discovering the wildest fauna. Antsirabe is located in the central area of ​​the country. Ambositra is the capital of craftsmanship in Madagascar, a town in the central lands where you can find wood carvings, raffia baskets or marquetry.

Morondava is a quiet coastal town in western Madagascar famous for being only a few kilometers from one of the most visited places in the country, Avenue of the Baobabs. Morondava is divided between the coastal town and the area of ​​Nosy Kely, near the beach of Bethany. Despite being the capital of the country, Antananarivo is not what one imagines and has nothing to do with a big city.

14. Seychelles

Seychelles islands are often perceived as one of those destinations unattainable by elitists and very expensive and an Eden reserved for patricians or wealthy newlyweds eager to celebrate love by spending money in handfuls. This being true, it is also true that there are ways to travel to Seychelles for a couple of weeks for much less.

Well, the first thing is to get to Mahé, where the international airport is. In it you can find the highest peaks of the islands of the Morne Sychellois and the Trois Frères. The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is located in Mahé. Continuing down Benezet street you can reach the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, which on Saturdays offers a special spectacle of color and bustle in the middle of the different stalls.

The Francis Rachel street is known for the many shops that are located in it, by Kenwyn House, traditional style house and by the bust of Pierre Piovre who encouraged the cultivation of spices in the islands. Beau Vallon is the most popular beach in Mahé with three kilometers in the shape of a half moon. This beach has fairly swell waters so it is ideal for windsurfing.

Anse à la Mouche is much quieter and you can practice swimming and water sports with complete peace of mind. Baie Lazare is a pleasant fishing village with a beach shaded by trees that grow near the shore. Punta Noroeste, with its typical rocks and its exuberant vegetation, is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The Baie Ternay Marine National Park is also very pleasant, less congested by tourists than Sainte Anne and in a better state of conservation.

Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles. Perhaps the greatest attraction of Praslin is the Vallée de Mai. In this valley the Coco de Mer, one of the symbols of the Seychelles, is preserved. Even quieter than the previous ones, La Digue is full of pink granitic rocks that have given it worldwide fame. On this island you can see great constructions of Creole style.

Anse Patate is a good bay to bathe before entering the wild coast where the wind blows with great force as in Anse Gaulettes, Anse Grosse Roche, Anse Banane and Anse Fourmis.

The islands are expensive and do not stand out for their great gastronomic offer. There are, of course, fish and fruits. But everything else is imported. So spending on food is as flexible as you want.


15. Mongolia

Mongolia, at the eastern end of the steppes of Central Asia, far from the sea, is a jewel of steppes and forests, remote mountains and arid plains. In autumn and spring many migrating birds come to Lake Ugii in the Uvurkhangai province.

Travel through the Karakorum, the lakes and virgin forests of Tsenheriin, Ulaanbaatar, with the overflowing nature of the Siberian region of Lake Johsvhol and ride on camels through the immeasurable Gobi desert sleeping in the typical "gers" yurts.

You can travel there for days without meeting a living soul. By riding on horseback or Jeep the immense distances of this plateau altitude, we can see antelopes, wolves, horses in freedom, yaks, camels, lakes by the hundreds, isolated villages, warm camps of yurts, the Siberian taiga and the Gobi desert.

Wild camels, bears, lynx, snow leopard or even argali are among the largest occupants of this huge territory, not to mention the emblematic horse Prjevalski. The small fauna is not rare either. Throughout the territory the most observant of you will be able to observe sable, marten, beaver or even otter, living testimony of the good health of the Mongolian natural environment and in particular of its fish-rich waters.

From the capital, Ulaanbaatar, almost mandatory entry point in Mongolia, you can go in all directions and experience an absolute freedom. It is true however that it is interesting to acclimatize a few days to take the time to visit the Gandan Monastery, the Museum of Mongolia or the museum of natural history.

Karakorum is a city located west-southwest of the capital Ulan Bator, about 5 hours drive. Kharkhorin will serve as a base to visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince, surrounded by 108 sacred stupas. Huge stone turtles surround the monastery. Located northwest of Ulaanbaatar, the Monastery of Bliss is a Buddhist holy landmark in Mongolia. This Gelugpa Buddhist center is located in a steppe, surrounded by hills, not far from Mount Buren Khan.

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is located in the far west of Mongolia. Grouping on its territory the 5 sacred mountains of the Altai, the highest point of this park, Mount Khuiten, culminates at 4374 meters above sea level. The park includes high mountain areas with glaciers and glacial rivers and then a mid-mountain area located at about 2500 meters above sea level. In addition to rich and opulent flora and fauna, you will also find petroglyphs depicting hunting scenes and numerous animals.

Khongor Dunes is unique you will soon realize when you will face this unlikely landscape. Indeed, the transition between the different natural spaces is abrupt and radical. From a green horizontal extent, you will pass to a wall of sand. The mineral of the dunes and the vegetation of the steppe will confront and assemble in a unique way to the world. Many Mongols come here to listen to the singing dunes. The wind on the sand makes these dunes sing and offers an amazing sight beside which it would be a shame to pass.

The Yol Valley is a narrow gorge bearing the name of the host of these places, the bearded vulture. You will enter an atypical area with a gorge sometimes so narrow that only two people can pass! Located east of the Gobi Desert, the mineral dominates all the space, the shade that the canyon had to offer in summer is welcome and the wind blows there often engulfing in the vein that the canyon offers.

The Mongols have been nomadic travelers for millennia. Despite urbanization, steppe traditions are still alive and well. Even in the cities, most of the inhabitants live in a yurt, a large white felt tent that can move easily, always arranged in the same way. A hike will take you to Shireet Lake, without a doubt the most beautiful in the region. Surrounded by volcanoes and coniferous forests, Naima Nuur Park is stunningly beautiful.

On the back of a camel, go for a memorable walk in the sand dunes of Elsentasarhai. Territory of breeders, the sumptuous landscapes formed by the canyons of the Orkhon and its verdant steppe make this valley of the Orkhon a must-see site to discover. Naadam Festival is a type of traditional festival in Mongolia. Locally the festival is also called Eriin Gurvan Naadam.

16. Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon Ata is one of the best-known towns of Issyk-Kul, the second largest salt lake in the world after the Caspian Sea and, the highest, after Titicaca. Issyk-Kul Oblast is located east of Bishkek and occupies an important part of the national territory. The fact that in Kyrgyzstan there is no sea beach makes the Issyk-Kul is chosen by the vast majority of the Kyrgyz (and even Kazakhs or Russians) as a destination to spend a few weeks on vacation.

Another one of the busiest is Bosteri. To go from Cholpon Ata to Bosteri we took a marshrutka that took us to Bosteri in 10 minutes. The marshrutka was going to Karakol but we asked if they could leave us there. Upon arrival we find the craziest site in the entire Issyk-Kul.

Bosteri is full of beach bars of all kinds of food, in addition to the corresponding street vendors. There is everything, even souvenirs, but mostly what you will find is typical food from Kyrgyzstan, such as manti or pelmeni, since it is a food that is eaten a lot. You can also find places to buy hamburgers, frankfurt, kebabs, shawarmas, soft drinks, etc. And all at an incredibly cheap price.

In the whole country you will find ice cream street stalls, written Морoженое in Russian. Yes, buying kumis in Bosteri is also possible.

17. Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a huge country located almost on the Asian continent, but with a small region belonging to Europe, something similar to what happens with Russia, a country with which it borders on its northern area. It is also border with countries such as China or Uzbekistan, and has access to the Caspian Sea.

As the main attraction of this country you can find the capital, Astana. In it you will discover different places of interest to visit such as the spectacular Mosque of Nur-Astana, which stands out for its incredible four towers and its colorful golden dome. You can also visit buildings of particular architecture such as the Saltanat Sarai or the Shabyt Palace of Creativity.

You can not miss the appointment with the Khan Shatyry, a spectacular tent that functions as a venue for shows. Another mandatory visit is to the beautiful Synagogue of Beit Rajel-Jabbad Liubavich, which you will love for its unique light blue facade. In addition, the capital is one of the best cities to know and discover the local cuisine, as it has many places and restaurants where you can try the fabulous traditional dishes of the country.

One of the greatest symbols of the city, and of the country, is the sculpture of the Soldier of Gold. This sculpture commemorates the ancestors of the country known as Saks. To learn more about its history, we recommend that you visit the Issyk Tomb, a city near Almaty where you can find the archaeological and historical remains of this civilization.

You can not miss the opportunity to explore the natural surroundings close to the city of Almaty, such as the Ilí River, a perfect place to spend the day with the family and enjoy the sports activities you can do there, or the Park National of Ile Alatau , where you can enjoy a day outdoors while walking through spectacular natural landscapes.

To finish your tour of the country, we advise you to go to places like the Grand Canyon of Charyn an impressive landscape worthy of photography, or the fabulous Burabay Spa, where you can relax and rest before returning home. Another of the most important cities in the country is Almaty, which served as the capital of Kazakhstan until 1997. This city is perfect to know as it has many places to see and areas that you must visit on a mandatory basis.

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18. Iran

If you plan to travel to Iran, it is very possible that Tehran will become your gateway to the country. Despite being less spectacular than Isfahan, Shiraz or Persepolis, the capital of the country also has its charms. You cannot miss the Tabiat bridge. In Tehran there are two towers that are iconic like the Azadi tower and the Milad tower.

It has an octagonal base that symbolizes traditional Persian architecture and has two panoramic observatories, one exterior and one interior. In addition to telecommunications facilities, it has a luxury restaurant and an art gallery. The entire complex has a congress center, a hotel, a shopping center and a business center.

Darband, which in Persian is translated as the door to the mountain, is literally a place to leave behind the bustle of the city to be able to look out to nature. It is full of small cafes and restaurants and is an ideal place to spend an evening.

To obtain the visa before the trip you must have completed an application form, have the authorization code, two passport photographs. Keep in mind that the passport does not have an Israeli stamp. The Iranian hotel offer is varied and for all budgets. In cities such as Kashan or Yazd it is common for old mansions to become hotels.

The traveler can also find shelter in the old Caravanserais, the accommodations that were built along the silk route. In the restaurants find different varieties of the tasty Persian kebab, served as a skewer and served with fresh bread. The Bademjan, a stew of eggplant and tomato, is also another dish of the most common, as well as the Tahchin, a kind of crispy rice.

Although not everyone can afford a Persian carpet or beluga caviar, being native products, they are cheaper. In a more modest price range (although do not expect bargains), Iranian pistachios and saffron are products that enjoy a great reputation. Another typical product is the printed fabrics or qalamkar of Isfahan, which can be found in the bazaars of the city.

In Iran alcohol is forbidden, so you better get used to the idea that there will be no fresh beer after a long day of travelling in Iran.

The fabulous ruins of Susa (Shush) comprise a castle, an acropolis and the remains of a palace, as well as the nearby and impressive ruins of Shushtar. Travellers walking through the old town of Shushtar (city of Juzestan province) are attracted by a nearby ripple coming from the eastern part of the city.

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19. Turkey

Are you looking for some travel tips to Turkey? For a start it is essential to tour Istanbul, a city full of history and modern at the same time. In a single visit on your circuit through Istanbul you can visit, in just a few minutes, the Blue Mosque, the Dolmabahçe Palace and the most modern skyscrapers.

In addition, on excursions you will discover that this city is a fantastic tourist destination to spend your holidays and enjoy its wonderful beaches. You can also enjoy the schooners and the famous blue cruise and Bosphorus cruise.

Troy is a city both historical and legendary, where the well-known Trojan War was developed, described in several epic poems. Troy is located in the current Turkish province of Çanakkale, occupies a strategic position in the access to the Black Sea. After centuries of oblivion, the ruins of Troy were discovered in the excavations where a wooden statue of the Trojan horse welcomes visitors.

Çanakkale is in the narrow entrance of 1200 m to the Çanakkale Strait (Dardanelles) connecting the Sea of ​​Marmara and the Aegean. Passenger and vehicle ferries circulate daily between Çanakkale on the Asian side and Eceabat and Kilitbahir on the European side. Yachts make stops at the Çanakkale port, well equipped, to allow tourists to spend more time in this area.

Homer immortalized Troy in his stories of King Priam, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. Archaeological excavations have discovered nine independent periods of settlement in this place including ruins of the city wall, foundations of houses, a temple and a theater. The city of Biga has given its name to the entire peninsula; It is a city of parks and a good place to see homes built in traditional style.

The nearest beaches are in Karabiga, Şahmelek and Kemer where you will find accommodations at reasonable prices. Karabiga is associated with the God Priapos and therefore has roots to the cult of fertility. Çan is well known for its pottery and its sulphated springs, which are considered to be of great help in various diseases of the liver, intestine and urinary tract.

There are two other thermal springs in the nearby towns of Külcüler and Kirazlı. Kaz Dağı (Mound Ida, 1774 m), is located at the southern tip of Çanakkale in the beautiful Kaz Dağı National Park amid magnificent landscapes, green areas of rest and several thermal springs. Here in Pınarbaşı, the world's first beauty contest was held between Aphrodite, Hera and Athena.

Hotels, restaurants and cafes along the avenue offer visitors an ideal place to enjoy the harbor and fortress of Kilitbahir and the Archaeological Museum of Çanakkale.

Visit also Cappadocia, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Troy, Pergamum. Do not miss the opportunity to do Hot Air Balloon tours, a unique experience that you will not forget. For example, you can fly to Antalya or Kaysery and from there travel to Cappadocia by bus.

The city of Kayseri is qualified as the gateway to Cappadocia. It is little known by tourists, but it stands out for its many Ottoman monuments. There are more than two hundred mosques in Kayseri. On the other hand, the city has an urban itinerary that is marked on the ground. Thus, tourists just have to follow the arrows to make a pleasant journey without getting lost.

In the historical district is the Hunat Hatun complex. It is composed of a madrassa, a mausoleum and a Turkish bath. It is worth to turn aside to go see it. And what you can not miss in Kayseri is the great mosque that rises in the center of the city. If you are a woman, you should cover your hair with some cloth. For lovers of skiing and hiking: the mountains are only twenty-five kilometers south of Kayseri, specifically Mount Erciyes.

Finally, do not forget to try traditional Turkish coffee. And tell the Turks to read you the future in the dregs. It is the local tradition!

Millions of years ago, Tuff, a type of rock formed by volcanic ash was deposited in Cappadocia. One of the most emblematic places of the Cappadocia is the Göreme National Park, a place characterized by the characteristic architecture of the caves. Next to Göreme there is also an open-air museum of Zelve. The most famous underground cities are called Derinkuyu and Kaymakli.

Near the Göreme National Park is the Red and Rose Valley, named for the pink rock formations found there. Red Valley is also known for being one of the hottest spots during the summer months of Cappadocia, as well as being a wine destination. Ihlara Valley is a perfect place for hiking. The beautiful route has a length of 15 kilometers and all of it constitutes a fairy tale backdrop.

The Turkish coast is a great destination to go on vacation or to relax for a long weekend. The Turkish coast has Greek airs and in its coves hide villages and boutique hotels of dream.

Alacati in the Izmir province of Turkey, near the end of the Cesme peninsula, on the west coast and on the Aegean is one of them, a beautiful coastal village that you can enter on your list of destinations for romantic getaways or autumn holidays.

The Fun beach, for example, is huge and great with transparent waters and a soft sand seabed. You can rent a deck chair and parasol, a boat for a walk or windsurfing equipment. But there are many more. The Kum beach is one that is closer to the village and one of the most intimate. The Ilica beach has a Blue Flag and one of the most popular and warmer waters. There is also Marrakesh beach.

Cesme Bagcilik is beautiful and has an observation tower that gives you great panoramic views while you taste its wines. As for tours around you can sign up for a tour and see the ancient ruins of the city of Pergamon, with a Hellenic theater. Izmir has its own attractions like the Yali Mosque, the Clock Tower, the Museum of Modern Art, and wildlife park or zoo. Ephesus is another great destination, almost a worthy rival of Pompeii.

Eskisehir is younger and more modern than Ankara. In Eskisehir its colorful bridges invade the horizon along with Simit's vendors, fishermen and various passers-by.

Being one of the oldest cities in the world that has always been inhabited, it is not surprising that Gaziantep encloses wonders to be discovered. You cannot go through Gaziantep without trying their baklavas and pistachios, the local specialties. Great city of more than one million inhabitants located in the southwest of Turkey, on the border with Syria, Gaziantep brims with dynamism. The main attraction is its incredible mosaic Zeugma Mosque.

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20. Armenia

In the central part of Yerevan is the opera and ballet theater. A symbolic historical attraction is the Erebuni fortress. For hundreds of years, the city was the capital of the prosperous city of Urartian. Nagorno-Karabakh could be an independent country, except that no member of the United Nations recognizes it as such.

Although recognized by the United Nations as part of Azerbaijan, in practice the only way to get to Nagorno-Karabakh is by Armenia. Artsakh is mountains, for something it is called Nagorno.

21. Israel

A blend of modernism and art is what makes Tel Aviv your next destination. Tel Aviv is a city that grows on you. The lady in black would have been a Gothic model turned immigration officer, with enough number of piercings, rings and bracelets, all in black, beyond counting. She was one piece of art. Tel Aviv will be for sure referred as the Art capital of the world in times to come.

My outlook was being noticed quietly by her. With miles apart in every sense, with so little time, with so many restrictions, she was on another planet and I was coming from Earth. My universe could not mix up with hers for all the many reasons.

I want to put aside the political issues, although I will tell you that precisely to understand them better, I consider that the ideal is to travel to Israel. As it will be easy to assume, religious tourism is, by far, the main reason for tourists who usually travel to Israel. Keep in mind that during the trip you will have the opportunity to know places that are part of one of the cradle of humankind.

You can sign up for a guided tour of Jerusalem, an excursion to see the Masada fortress and the Dead Sea or a trip to Bethlehem, or focus only on a trip to the Dead Sea. And another alternative would be to sign up for a 7 day tour of the best of Israel from Tel Aviv, visiting Jerusalem, Caesarea, Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth and other prominent places in the country.

Inside you can move freely even in a rental car, although you must first request authorization from the Israeli authorities to access the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority. You will only have free access to this area, without prior authorization, if you are going to visit the religious enclaves of Bethlehem and Jericho.

The Ein Gedi nature reserve is part of the eastern end of the Judean desert, in Israel. It is located on the shores of the Dead Sea, near Masada, and includes two small valleys of Arugot and David through which water flows throughout the year as well as four springs. This high availability of water in such an arid environment favors plant and animal abundance.

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22. Jordan

Petra is one of the world’s most incredible archaeological sites. Petra is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World that can be visited by car or bus from Amman. To Reach Petra you have to walk through a gorge for around 1.2 km. Petra's most impressive monument is Ad Deir Monastery which is scenically perched above the city in the Petra Hills.

Aqaba is situated on the tip of the Red Sea on the Gulf of Aqaba. It is known for its pristine sandy beaches, clear waters studded with marine life. It’s a great place for water sports. Try parasailing, water skiing, and fishing and enjoy it with friends or family. You can also visit Wadi Rum, Jerash, Madaba, Ajloun Castle during your visit to Jordan.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the surface of Earth. It is 60 times salty than a normal ocean. It is known as the Dead Sea as no one can live in, no fishes, seaweed or plants. You can see the sparkling crystal salt clusters. These clusters are mineral salts. The salts have power and therapeutic qualities which are used in local spas for various body massage. Don't miss out a massage from the Dead Sea salt that will help you rejuvenate.

23. Saudi Arabia

Cradle and spiritual headquarters of Islam, Saudi Arabia has many tourist attractions like Mada'in Saleh, a pre-Islamic city that, like Petra, was inhabited by the Nabataeans. Riad is a jewel of modern Saudi Arabia. Jedda combines modernity and old with a captivating old center with coral buildings and the coast of the Red Sea offers first-class diving options.

With almost 2000 petroglyphs and cave paintings, this country is one of the richest open-air museums in the world. And for the Muslim travelers, Mecca and Medina suppose the most sacred destiny. Another tourist attraction is the Asir region, culturally and geographically close to Yemen. It is a mountainous region that breaks the desert stereotype of the country.

The coastal region of Yizán, near Asir, also offers some appeal. Specifically, the Farasán Islands offer cultural and scenic assets.

24. Kuwait

Once an oasis in the desert, Kuwait has exerted for centuries as a magnet, attracting Bedouins from the interior. The Towers of Kuwait, the most famous icon of the country, deserve a visit for the panoramas offered of the sea and the city.

25. Bahrain

Bahrain is an Asian island state composed of 33 islands on the east coast of the Persian Gulf. Bahrain is known worldwide in recent years for events such as Formula 1. One of the most important places of interest in Bahrain is the Bahrain Financial Harbor. One of the tourist places that you can not miss on your trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain is the great mosque of Al-Fatih Mosque.

One of the places to visit in Bahrain that surprises all tourists is the Qalat al Bahrain also known as Fort (Qa'lat) of Bahrain, a place that is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and the ancient capital Dilmun. The one known as the most resistant and solitary tree in the world is located in Bahrain. It is a 400-year-old acacia tree located in the middle of the desert, to which the locals named The Tree of Life.

It is believed that this old acacia is one of the trees of Paradise and the proof that the Garden of Eden was in Bahrain.

26. Qatar

Qatar has become one of the most visited destinations in the Middle East. Doha, the capital, concentrates the main tourist attractions such as the Museum of Modern Art or the Museum of Islamic Art. The State Grand Mosque is the greatest symbol of the ostentation of Qatar and a place of worship for the Qataris.

In the Katara Cultural Village, full of theaters, concert halls and galleries you can meet several global cultures and the Heritage Village presents the history of the country in the pre-oil period. To relax, walk along the Doha Corniche promenade in the Doha Bay.

Lovers of shopping have at their disposal the Souk Waqif, the municipal market. The best beaches in Qatar are Al Ghariya, Maroona, Khor Al Adaid, Ras Abrouq and Fuwairit. Finish your Qatar itinerary with a visit to the most elegant neighborhood of the city, the Pearl-Qatar, where you will feel a true oil tycoon with so much splendor and ostentation.

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27. Oman

Al Ashkharah beach is particularly popular among Omanis. At the end of the afternoon or on weekends (Friday and Saturday) they like to come to the wide beach of almost 15 km long for swimming and picnics in the stone pavilions. The long beach with great conditions of kitesurfing and surfing is less popular among tourists due to its remoteness from a big city, although in reality it deserves more attention.

The Masirah island is located off the west coast of Oman and is known primarily by water sports enthusiasts. Because it is possible to surf and dive all year round in front of the beaches of the discrete island. But the island is also perfect for pure beach tourists, as the sunset walks along the long beaches of Masirah are especially suitable.

It is better to get to Masirah by car. Since there is no railway system in Oman, it is essential to have a car. From the capital, Muscat, it takes about 6 hours to reach Shannah. From there, ferries depart several times a day to the Masirah island.

In the province of Al Sharqiya, 220km from Muscat and its airport, the city of Al Wasil, located 11 km from the slopes, is the gateway to the Wahiba Sands desert. You can sleep in several desert camps in the Wahiba sands, lost in the depths of the desert with true Bedouin tents (without air conditioning) for a total desert experience.

Musandam Governorate is one of the most unique biospheres in the world, which cross the limestone mountains of Haja, being its unsurpassed beauty and incredible marine life in the area. Your visit is made through a cruise with a duration of four hours, which is available with departures from Dibba and Khasab, both in the neighboring country of Oman.

So it is required to carry your passport and depending on the nationality the processing of a visa. During cruises with departures from both ports, we stop for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. If I had to choose one of the two, I would take the cruise that leaves from Khasab, because on most occasions you can see dolphins.

The landscapes, once you pass the border of Oman to Khasab, are impressive, with mountains on one side and the sea on the other.

28. Yemen

For the Romans, Yemen was Arabia Felix (happy Arabia). Gilgamesh came in search of eternal life. Noah threw his ark here. The Queen of Sheba ruled the territory, and the incense trade brought incredible riches. The One Thousand and One Nights aura of its capital Sanaa in the west has multiple layers, colors and drawings.

There are the mud skyscrapers in the east, the beautiful mountains of the north, the unusual and fantastic landscapes of Socotora in front of the south coast. The traveler can tour the cities like sand castles of the strange and beautiful Wadi Hadramaut, where once giants wandered and scorpions flanked the entrance to the underworld.

The city of Shibam, known as the Manhattan of the desert, is one of the highlights of the valley. The former capital of the ancient kingdom of Saba is considered the most beautiful archaeological attraction in Yemen. Currently, the immemorial domains of the Queen of Sheba are home to Bedouin tribes. One of the most fascinating areas of Yemen is the province of Marib, which was the famous kingdom of Saba.

Rising steeply in the humid coastal plains of the Red Sea, the Jabal Haraz mountains of steep slopes have been for centuries a cultural stronghold that protects the heart of Yemen.

29. Iraq

1500 acres of graves, millions of buried dead, this is Wadi-us-Salaam. World's largest and probably the oldest cemetery has graves from Noah's times and what look like houses are actually family pits where members of the same family are buried. This town of the dead lies parallel to the surprisingly modern and bustling holy city of Najaf in Iraq.

Despite its size, it's the city's neighbourhood graveyard where you will find advertising billboards and souvenir shops mostly selling a special kind of moonstone called Durr-e-Najaf. It is a clear stone that is believed to be formed by raindrops being trapped in the sands of Najaf for years.

Take out your passport and visa and get going.
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