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From Tanzania, the Maldives and the Canary Islands, to Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica. Seven life journeys where it is already summer

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1. Sri Lanka

The Art of Living

As a pendant on the southeast coast of India, Sri Lanka is “the pearl of the Indian Ocean”, an island of natural beauty but also rich in cultural and spiritual heritage, in accordance with Buddhist and Hindu traditions. The excellent boutique hotels and the confirmed reputation of its people as hospitable people have formed a loyal western public, oriented to wellness holidays. There are many award-winning wellness, spa and yoga resorts in the island country, as well as centers for stress recovery, weight loss and insomnia management. Tangalle is the ideal place to explore southern Sri Lanka from December to March. From this quiet seaside town you can head west to Mirissa for whale watching tours or the Galle to visit the old Portuguese fortress. To the east follow an organized leopard safari in Yala National Park, admire the impressive tea plantations on the hillsides and the giant Buddhas carved into the inland rocks. If you want to visit the Sigiriya Lion Fortress and the epic Minneriya Elephant Gathering, you should head north. The flight from Tangalle to Sigiriya takes only half an hour, but most choose to take a taxi to enjoy the amazing journey of about six hours.

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2. Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

All generations together

The Canary Islands, also known as the “Islands of Eternal Spring”, off the west coast of Morocco, belong to Spain, although geographically they are closer to the African continent. Their mild subtropical climate is considered one of the best in the world, with a constant average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius all year round: simplicity, easy access, variety, sun and sea.

One of the least touristy islands in the complex, although the second largest in area, is Fuerteventura. The “sun-sea” package in combination with the relaxed rhythms and the variety of experiences it offers gives it a lead as a holiday choice for the so-called multigenerational travelers, ie travelers, usually of the same family, who belong to different generations. Grandparents, parents and children will enjoy the 150 beaches of Fuerteventura with its volcanic breeze. The most famous is the Costa Calma for magnificent sunsets. Although it is very popular, you will never feel overwhelmed. Equally beautiful is Sotavento (Playa de Sotavento de Jandía), with crystal clear lagoons and pink sand on the east coast of the island. Northwest, El Cotillo is a hardcore surfing paradise for mid-sized and experienced surfers. On the beach you will find schools and board rental shops.

Young and old will enjoy the tour of one of the 40 cheese dairies of the island, which produce the famous goat cheese majorero. Its production, based on the Berber tradition of Africa, has its roots in the 15th century. Milk comes from animals that graze mainly marjoram. The outer skin is smeared with olive oil and, sometimes, with paprika or roasted cornflour. “alt =” 6 + 1 & epsilon; & xi; & omega; & tau; & iota; & kappa; ά & tau; & alpha; & xi; ί & delta; & iota; & alpha; & mu; & epsilon; & alpha; & phi; & omicron; & rho; & mu; ή “/>

3. Tanzania

Safari Time

“There has never been a time like the first in Africa,” Ernest Hemingway told Kilimanjaro Snow. The unadulterated beauty of the continent and of course its unique biodiversity now rank African destinations among the classics and favorites. Africa seems – and is – inexhaustible. Like her safaris. The idea may seem old-fashioned, but always the people of tourism find a way to refresh it and re-recommend it, keeping it high in the preferences of travelers. The “queen” of African safaris is Tanzania. One third of the country consists of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Among them stands the Serengeti National Park, known for the annual migration of over one million wildebeest and 250,000 zebras, declared in 1981 by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. The name “Serengeti” is an expression of the word used by the Masai to describe the area, which means “the place with the endless land”. On your safari it is possible to meet Masai, as they perform their daily livestock work. Whether from the lodge you choose for your stay or from the 4 × 4 open vehicle you will board to experience the adventure, the view of the vast savannah with the exotic species that inhabit it is always impressive.

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4. Maldives

Fulfilling the dream

The Maldives is a garland of hundreds of tiny islands in the Indian Ocean, consisting of 26 atolls. Typical water villas are a recurring architectural motif, which gives the complex its stigma (two out of three of its kind of accommodations on the planet are located in the Maldives). The marine element is dominant everywhere. It is no coincidence that Ithaa Restaurant, the world's first underwater restaurant, opened here, as did the first underwater spa, the Huvafen Fushi.

The exotic beauty of the Maldives with its golden beaches and calm waters is combined with the quality of the tourist product offered. Their hotels are always at the top of the “best of the best” listings, both for their design and their services. The resorts offer everything from technological innovations and rustic elegance to cruises on state-of-the-art yachts and glamping in secluded spots. Dreamy beaches are the main attraction and the reason you will come here. In the Maldives all the action is in the sea: diving, canoeing, snorkelling. And while they are considered a traditional honeymoon destination, they are also a great choice for families.

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5. Caribbean

The joy of life

The Caribbean has for years attracted travelers of all categories, families and jet setters, water sports enthusiasts and clubbers. The warm weather all year round, the white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters, the rich seabed and, of course, the luxurious resorts compose the perfect package for any kind of escape.

The art of living, the famous l’art de vivre of French culture, finds direct application in the arid St. Barth’s. With destination hotels such as the legendary Le Toiny and the lively Le Barthélemy Hotel & amp; Spa, the island is, according to Forbes, one of the ten best destinations in the world for luxury shopping. Branded and timeless companies such as Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chopard and Hermès have been running stores in the capital Gustavia for decades. Every year, during the Christmas season, St. Barth's “sinks” from the ultra-riches of the planet, who informally renew their annual appointment for a winter break.

Those who love water sports should direct their compass to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Some of the most impressive beaches on the planet – from sand so white that it almost shines and water so clear and blue that you can see the ocean floor at great depth – are here. This unique view for Hollywood mornings and unforgettable sunsets is “exploited” by hotels and resorts with a privileged position, offering services worthy of it. Amanyara, COMO Parrot Cay and Grace Bay Club are famous for their self-contained villas and private pools.

Antigua's beautiful beaches, five-star resorts and good air connection to the US and Europe have made it one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. Most hotel units are family-friendly with children, offering almost full-time employment to young travelers through kids ’clubs and complete rest to their parents.

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6. Costa Rica

Closer to nature

The spirit of Costa Rica is concentrated in the mantra of “pura vida”, that is, pure life. After all, since it is a natural paradise with dense jungles, white sand beaches and wonderful waters, which host an amazing biodiversity. Here the traditional way of life is harmonized with the modern culture in a holistic view of everyday life close to nature and in a modus vivendi that respects the principles of sustainability. In fact, in 2019, the UN awarded the country the “Champions of the Earth” award for its role in protecting the environment but also for its ambitious policies to combat climate change, which have made it a world leader in sustainability.

The Ticos, as they are affectionately called the Costa Ricans, have invested in ecotourism and adventure tourism, exploiting nature in a way that does not harm it. Preserving the natural beauty of their place has become a purpose of life for them, forcing even the giants of the hospitality industry operating in the country, such as the Four Seasons, to develop by adopting a model of mild tourist development

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7. Mexico

Rest and Urban Quest

On the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun has been the stronghold of affluent Californians in the Americas since the 1970s who are looking for nothing more than fun. Full of hotels and resorts, it serves the triptych “luxury-daisy-cocktail-sea” like no other part of Mexico with star chefs in its cuisines, honoring not only Mexican cuisine but also Caribbean cuisine, some of the best hotels in the world , crystal clear waters and sandy beaches so fine, it looks like powder.

As a counterweight to Cancun's permanent carelessness, an urban exploration of Mexico City is a must. Top destination for 2022, according to the American magazine Travel + Leisure, is a vast, charming capital with emblematic colonial buildings (many organized architectural walks), historical monuments, remarkable museums (Frida Kahlo's paintings by Frido Kahlo and Nie Rivera) but also beautiful squares. Explore it without prejudice and it will reward you with its liveliness. 19.

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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