Santorini was ranked world’s top island by many magazines and travel sites, including the Travel+Leisure Magazine, the BBC, as well as the US News. Santorini is famous for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. There are naturally fantastic beaches such as the beach of Perissa, maybe the best beach in Santorini, the black pebble beach of Kamari, white beach and red beach.
- Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, Namibia. Image/Julien Lagarde.
Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, Namibia, is one of the most beautiful sand dunes in the world. Standing over 170 meters, it is composed of 5 million years old sand that was brought by the Orange River from the Kalahari Desert.
Dune 45 is often photographed, particularly early and late in the day when one side of the dune is in shadow.
Dune 45 is a star dune. Star dunes are pyramidal sand mounds with slip faces on three or more arms that radiate from the high center of the mound. They tend to accumulate in areas with multidirectional wind regimes. Star dunes grow upward rather than laterally.
- Blue Grotto (Capri), Italy
Grotta Azzurra, Capri. Image/Pier Nirandara.
Grotta Azzurra (The Blue Grotto) – the must-see attraction on the magnificent Capri island is the magical Blue Grotto, where visitors take a boat ride through a natural cavern that is filled with an ethereal and eerie light reflecting on the (very blue) water.
Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. The cave extends some 50 metres into the cliff at the surface and is about 150 metres deep, with a sandy bottom.
- The Bight Settlements, Providenciales and West Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
The Bight Settlements, Providenciales and West Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands. Image/Tobias Lindman.
- Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh Spice Shop. Image/Matthew Paulson.
Improvements to the highways from Marrakesh to Casablanca, Agadir and the local airport have led to a dramatic increase in tourism in the city, which now attracts over two million tourists annually. It has been cited in French weekly magazine Le Point as the second St. Tropez: «No longer simply a destination for a scattering of adventurous elites, bohemians or backpackers seeking Arabian Nights fantasies, Marrakech is becoming a desirable stopover for the European jet set.»
- Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy. Image/Elvin.
R iomaggiore is the first village of the Cinque Terre one meets when travelling north from La Spezia. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso form, together the Cinque Terre region. Riomaggiore is a pretty small village, so walking around on foot shouldn’t cause a problem (there are a lot of steep hills and steps, so it can get a little tough on the legs after a while). To get to Manarola (the village just west of Riomaggiore), La Via Dell’Amore is accessible with the Cinque Terre card (which can be purchased at most of the tourist information centers in each of the villages). To get to the rest of the villages, you’ll need to take a train, a walk, a car… or swim…
- Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden
Gamlastan is the oldest part of Stockholm, with very narrow streets and houses with ochre-coloured plaster. Image/beefortytwo.
Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm. Gamla Stan consists primarily of the island Stadsholmen. Gamla Stan is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in all of Europe, today it features cobblestone streets, narrow alleys and Renaissance architecture.
The restaurant Den gyldene freden located on Österlånggatan has been in business since 1722, and according to the Guinness Book of Records is the oldest existing restaurant with an unaltered interior.
- Terraced Rice Fields in Mù Căng Chải, Vietnam
Rice Terraces located in Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. Image/Hoang Giang Hai.
M ù Căng Chải is a rural district of Yên Bái Province, in the Northeast region of Vietnam, which is 300 kilometres from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Over the past few years, Mù Căng Chải has become a popular destination for tourists, landscape photographers and researchers.
Mù Căng Chả owns 1730 acres (700 hectares) of terraced rice fields, with most of the land concentrated in the following three communes: La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, De Su Phinh.
- Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada