The holiday destinations of our dreams
In early 2020 Tripadvisor published its Travellers' Choice Awards with the highest-rated destinations in the world. Among them is Kochi (India), the number one in the Travellers' Choice Awards. Let's dream away and visit Kochi and 24 other phenomenal holiday desitations.
Kochi was formed by several small villages on the southwest coast of India. Fishing has been a way of life there for centuries, and now it is an unexpected tourist attraction. Kochi offers boat trips around nearby islands, fresh fish from the sea on the grill, or the entertainment of the Kathakali, its typical, ancestral dance. Anchored in the past, this region reminds us how much the world has changed in a short time.
Luzon is not only the largest island in the Philippines, but it is also the area where the country's capital, Manila, is located. You can find an amalgam of exquisite and almost improbable natural landscapes and biodiversity there. From endless beaches to coral reefs, impenetrable jungles or unreachable mountains. A paradise.
The historic centre of Porto, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a place where you can get lost in the streets. The city combines tradition with modernity like few others. The Church of St. Francis and the Porto wine cellars are two of its outstanding attractions.
Porto Seguro is one of the many paradises that Brazil offers to millions of tourists every year. This place has 24 km of majestic beach with a staircase that leads directly from the sand to the historic centre. You can enjoy anything there, from capoeira shows to street performers and the Passarela Do Alcool, a craft fair that brings together the centuries-old tradition of Brazil in a single street.
The remote and hidden village of Gramado is a curious and wild destination with more elements to discover than one would expect. From the Black Forest to the Chagdud Gonpa Khadro Ling temple and 'Mini Mundo' (a playground with famous monuments from all over the world to scale), the recreational and cultural options are very interesting.
If you want a quiet holiday without too many people and in a paradisiacal environment, Lombok is the ideal place. Situated just a short ferry ride from Bali, this island offers postcard beaches, a majestic and relaxing environment and a range of natural wonders from waterfalls to volcanoes. In any case, it is essential to go diving in an area with an incomparable marine fauna.
One of the most important culinary destinations in the world. Even Da Nang's most renowned chefs go to its street stalls to try out new flavours. Besides eating, Da Nang offers limestone and Buddhist caves in the Marble Mountains that leave every visitor hypnotized.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the walled city of Fez boasts, in addition to the oldest university in the world (El-Quarawiyyin University) an overwhelming cultural wealth. Its labyrinthine neighbourhoods will take you back to a medieval era when bazaars and cloth shops dominated every street. Every step in the old city of Fez is a unique sensation.
Zakynthos is the largest and most impressive Ionian island in Greece. Its waters are famously bright blue while its sand seems to caress the skin because of its softness. The island's environment is intoxicating and everything seems to come straight from a postcard.
Known for years as Saigon, the city has a mixture of French colonial architecture, modern traffic and urban commotion. Essential sites are the Museum of the Vestiges of War, the Emperor's Jade Pagoda, and the Ben Thanh market, an unforgettable gem. A trip to the Mekong Delta is also a must.
Krakow has been a cultural, architectural and historical landmark for decades. Now, it's also a gastronomic reference, having been named European Capital of Gastronomic Culture in 2019. Apart from the food, the cultural wealth of the Wawel Castle and the Kazimierz district are enviable.
The island of Malta emanates history from every corner. Especially in the case of its capital, Valletta, cathedrals, palaces and buildings with more than five centuries in age crowd the city streets. The ruins of the Hypogeum Temple, the only prehistoric underground temple in the world, are impressive as well.
The majesty of Cuzco multiplies with every meter that the city rises above sea level. It's a city where the Inca and the Andean Baroque coexist and where the Qoriacancha Palace stands out above everything else. A view on the magic monument in the early morning mist is an absolute must.
As the birthplace of tango, Buenos Aires is seductive and overflowing with passion. A city that does not sleep and whose nightlife is frenetic, it also offers a daytime option in which the older neighborhoods have wonderful corners to taste the local food. A city to fall in love with.
If Vienna was defined in one word, it would be 'elegance.' You can taste the elegance while sipping and savouring the espressos served there; an official pastime of Viennese culture. If you can taste it with a piece of Sacher cake, even better. Classic places to visit are the Vienna Opera, the Kirche am Steinhof, the Imperial Palace and the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
The alternative for Ibiza's party atmosphere can be found on the Canary Islands. Fuerteventura has become a destination for clubs and discos but also for golf, sun, water parks or museums. Your options are so many that it will be hard to decide whether to sleep at night or during the day.
Once upon a time, Tenochtitlan and its ruins gave way to the renovated and contemporary Mexico City; a town that maintains a wonderful balance between the current and the historical. During the day you can enjoy world-class museums, gastronomy, and parks sprinkled with ancestral vestiges, while the night awaits with clubs for all tastes and shops with the most recognized brands.
A vacation in Chiang Mai can be spent entirely in the night bazaar. However, beyond stores, this Thai city has a historic center with more than 30 temples. Among them is the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and its impossible 300 steps, not suitable for anyone who is not in shape.
History, culture and nature come together in the city that has been a European tourist reference for decades. If the Queen of the Danube is known for anything, it's for the many spas and springs there. An estimated 56 million liters of water flow every day from the 118 springs of the area. The most recommended ones are the Gellert spa and its crystalline waters and the neo-baroque Szechenyi spa, opened in 1913. Budapest also houses the Rudas spa, a 16th-century Turkish bath whose original Ottoman architecture is a marvel.
The Zanzibar Archipelago is the place to escape to in order to disappear completely. Located 25 km from Tanzania, its waters are transparent and its sand fine as few others. If we add to this the limited presence of other tourists, we have a haven of peace impossible to find in other latitudes.
On the Caribbean coast of Colombia stands one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Cartagena is a fishing town whose old centre is full of light, bright colours and joy. It is a city where you can walk for hours, stop at any cafeteria, taste the best coffee in the country and combine it with a pastry.
Edinburgh is one of the most culturally active cities in the world, especially in terms of music. Its historic centre full of museums and galleries combines well with the new area of the city where you can enjoy the best gastronomy of the region.
It doesn't take more than a minute on Cebu Island to know that it is a special place. The reason? It has the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it has a cosmopolitan, contemporary and very open city. On the other hand, it has the white sand beaches of Mactan and the bright blue water of Kawasan Falls. A destination that makes an impact on everyone who visits it.
Moscow has been, is, and will be, a city of contrasts. It masterfully combines the ancient with the most groundbreaking and current. Heritage, culture, and architecture are represented in the Red Square, the Kremlin, the nine domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, and the KGB Museum, among others. They are symbols of a past that is still very present in Russian daily life.
With just over 100 years of history, Tel Aviv is one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Art, music, culture and architecture merge in a great cultural environment. Its Bauhaus designs, the Carmel market, the seafront promenade of Old Jaffa... Tel Aviv has so much to offer that a visit always seems to be a few days too short.