A luxury yacht charter is the ultimate way to visit the great UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Mediterranean. Disembark by day to wander the villages of Amalfi, hike Sicily’s volcanoes, or walk the walls of Dubrovnik, before returning to your yacht, chatting excitedly about the wonders you’ve seen, dining on deck as the yacht gets underway for the next incredible UNESCO site.
Here are our 10 top yachting destinations that will astonish with their UNESCO-listed treasures, from ancient temples to modern architecture and landscapes of breathtaking natural beauty.
1. Cinque Terre and Tuscany, Italy
The UNESCO listed Cinque Terre National Park enchants with its five pastel-painted fishing villages strung along the steep coast, green terraces of olives and grapes, and colourful fishing boats bobbing in tiny harbours.
Out of 70 churches built using this technique, 16 survived the centuries.
Off the coast of Chile, the archipelago of Chiloé rises from the Pacific—a region distinguished for its rolling countryside, large wool-producing community, and the birthplace of the country’s salmon industry.
The arrival of the missionary Jesuits in the 17th century brought a distinct architectural style of churches. Combining building techniques from Spain with Chiloé’s ancestral carpenters’ wooden boat construction, they fashioned nailless churches.
In place of iron nails, reinforced wooden joints hold the buildings in place, mimicking the techniques used for the construction of ships. Unlike classical Spanish colonial buildings that used Baroque and Renaissance architecture and imported materials from Spain, the churches are made from locally sourced Larch and Cypress wood from the islands. This all-wood technique is believed to have provided insulation from the southern Chilean chill.
The wild forest, mountain, and coastal landscape of British Columbia make it an ideal destination for a motorcycle road trip. Highway 16, also known as the Yellowhead Highway, stretches from the Rocky Mountains to the rugged Pacific coastline, offering riders a mix of quiet highway, forest-lined stretches, and curves to explore.
Start your trip in the heart of the Rockies at Mount Robson Provincial Park, part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. Catch a glimpse of rare wildlife, admire cascading waterfalls, and explore limestone caves. Tete Jaune Lodge, near the junction of Highway 16 and Highway 5, is a great place to stop for the night. It’s named after a Métis fur trader from the 1800s, Pierre Bostonais, who was nicknamed Tête Jaune (meaning Yellow Head) because of his blonde hair.
Book your next trip to one of these sacred gems—before they change forever.
There are wonders of the world—take the Taj Mahal—that you can safely plan on seeing in two years, or 10. Others, not so much. Like an underwater megalopolis in Indonesia that, for now, is home to 1,000 species of fish. (Gwyneth Paltrow, playing it safe, has checked it off her list already.) Or the legendary cities of the Silk Road, to which, trust us, the megahotels and tour buses are coming. Or a jungle lodge in Africa where the gorillas and green, mystic lushness bring to mind Tarzan’s lost world. (These, with luck, will last.) Think of the pages that follow as your 2018 travel planner of things freshly urgent and fabulous.
I really liked Dubrovnik. Once I looked past the tourist crowds and focused on the history and long list of things to do in Dubrovnik, I had a great time there. Dubrovnik has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and it’s also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Although the city itself isn’t particularly large, you won’t be bored there.
I’ve tried to narrow the list down to the most awesome things, like the famous city walls, visiting Game of Thrones locations or the Old Town. Here goes:
DUBROVNIK OLD TOWN
Of all the things to do in Dubrovnik, I liked the Old Town most. This is where you’ll find most of the Game of Thrones locations and also the city walls. I joined a Game of Thrones tour, and after that I went about on my own.
There’s a reason we named Montenegro one of the year’s emerging destinations. It takes up less space than Connecticut and has a lower population than Stockholm, but the tiny Balkan nation should not be overlooked—especially since it’s quieter and more untouched than neighbors Croatia and Greece. Here are 15 places that will convince you to visit: historic Old Towns, UNESCO-protected parks, lakes begging for a swim. Now start packing before everyone else starts to catch on.
This mausoleum, atop one of the highest peaks in Lovćen National Park, was completed in 1974 to house the remains of Montenegrin poet, philosopher, and icon Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. Inside, visitors will find a 28-ton statue of Njegoš as well as his tomb; the site also has a 360-degree stone viewing circle from which you can see more than half of the entire country.
The sacred Japanese island, Okinoshima, was recently added to UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage Site list. While the island itself is certainly stunning, there’s one catch to UNESCO’s latest addition – women are not allowed to visit the sacred island for reasons that are not entirely understood.
Historically, Okinoshima is considered to be a kami within the Shinto faith. Kami is understood to be any god-like entity that is complex or awe-inspiring. They can found within nature, people, or even the afterlife.
Okinoshima’s geographical characteristics most likely contributed to it becoming a revered location for the Japanese people. Archeological evidence on the island reveals valuable information on the evolution of Shinto rituals through the years, helping scientists better understand the religion itself as well as its contribution to society.
Africa may have a lock on our collective imagination when it comes to safaris, but there are plenty of places outside of Africa where you can come face-to-face with wildlife in its natural habitat, too — think Canada’s “Kings of the Arctic,” Brazil’s big cats, the wolves of Romania, and so much more.
So, if Africa doesn’t figure into your travel plans this year, don’t despair. Here are seven trips that prove you don’t have to go all that way to have an authentic bucket-list safari.
Meet polar bears, ‘Kings of the Arctic,’ in Manitoba, Canada
What it doesn’t have in Big Five wildlife, Canada more than makes up for with its own impressive safari finds, including moose, grizzly bears and even reindeer. Still, it’s seeing polar bears in the wild that many people consider North America’s once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience.
Hosts India will be playing all their group matches of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi is not new to hosting mega events. This was the venue for 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. It has also seen its share of top flight football action – hosting the SAFF Championship and the Nehru Cup. Even Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have set foot in this stadium turf for a testimonial for Bhaichung Bhutia.
However, the same pitch will not be used for the 2017 U-17 World Cup. The main field of play has been re-laid ahead of the youth tournament. Even the warm-up pitch saw major revamp after Jaime Yarza, FIFA head of tournaments, raised concerns.
Situated between Milan and Venice, the cosmopolitan city of Vicenza can sometimes be overlooked in favor of its more popular neighbors. A center for art in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, Vicenza is rife with elegant piazzas, villas, churches, museums, and art galleries. The Palladian Villas, established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, are arguably the city’s most famous inhabitants. Aside from its evident cultural importance, Vicenza is also Italy’s third largest industrial center making it one of the country’s wealthiest cities. It has established textile, steel, and computer engineering industries with the microprocessor’s co-founder Federico Faggin coming from Vicenza.
The city used to be called Vicetia or Vincentia, a name given by the Romans which means “victorious”.