Photo taken on Dec. 18, 2013 shows the gate of the old city of Essaouira, Morocco. Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world. Essaouira was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2001.
Source: UNESCO World Heritage: Essaouira
Iran sits on seismic fault lines and has been hit by many earthquakes of various magnitudes over the years…
Source: A decade on, Iran’s quake-hit Bam eyes new era | Al Arabiya English
With its plantations, fort and rainforest zip-lines, low-key St Kitts will suit those who like to explore as well as to unwind by the pool…
Source: St Kitts: perfect for family bonding
Photo: Li Rui
The Baha’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee in Israel was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008 for their profound spiritual meaning and the testimony they bear to the strong tradition of pilgrimage in the Baha’i faith.
Source: World Heritage: Shrine of Baha’u’llah in Israel
Photo: Barbra Austin
Fans of anime master Hayao Miyazaki may remember the mystical, moss-covered forest that serves as the setting for much of “Princess Mononoke”, his epic about humans and the environment.
Source: Explore the enchanting ancient forests of Yakushima, Japan’s eco-paradise
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At least four killed and 26 injured in the attack near Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, state media reported.
Source: Mortar lands near ancient Syrian mosque
Photo: Janet Skarzynski
Just ten miles south of the Polish city of Krakow is a remarkable place carved from salt. It’s one of the country’s amazing UNESCO heritage sites.
Source: The medieval majesty and surreal salt mines of Poland’s UNESCO heritage sites
Barriers are daunting, armed militias, weak government, jihadi terrorism, but minister at tourism expo believes in the long game10 holidays that come with travel warnings…
Source: Libya begins tentative voyage towards becoming tourist hotspot of the future
Algeria – Timgad
As Libya launches a drive to attract tourists, we look at other countries that come with FCO warnings and the travel operators that offer a chance to explore them.
Why go? Egypt’s tourism has been hammered since the 2011 revolution and the instability that followed, with many tourists and tour operators abandoning Cairo. The main tourist sites, including the Pyramids and Luxor, are more or less deserted. While Cairo and parts of the Sinai peninsula, particularly the north, should probably be avoided, it is still possible to visit the southern Sinai beach resorts.
What the Foreign and Commonwealth Office says: Advises against all travel to some parts of the country, especially North Sinai, because of the significant increase in criminal activity and recent terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths.
Photo: Sergey Veretennikov & Will Stewart
The Russian Orthodox Solovestsky Monastery stands proud over the bleak landscape of the Solovetsky Islands in north west Russia.
Source: The enchanted island of mist and snow
The British left a lasting legacy on the tiny Caribbean outpost where the colonisation of the Leeward Islands began. But, as Nigel Tisdall discovered, St Kitts today has a warmth, character and identity that are all its own…
Source: St Kitts: the Gibraltar of the West Indies
Photo taken on Oct. 29, 2013 shows a cloister of the Palace of Charles V at the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra Palace is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was inscribed onto the world heritage list in 1984 by UNESCO.
Source: World heritage: Alhambra Palace in Granada
Photo: Inverness Courier
Travel writer Ron Smith unearths stories of how the Nazis tried to start a new religion and how a cathedral was robbed of its treasures, as he explores a quaint town in Germany which has you stepping back in time…
Source: Where Nazis tried to start a new religion
The paintings from the Mogao caves show the development of Chinese art over a period of 1000 years. In a secret cave on China’s ancient Silk Road, one of the world’s most incredible collections of art lay locked away in darkness for 900 years.
Source: Silk Road secrets: The Buddhist art of the Mogao Caves
Find out about the construction of the iconic building and the man who designed it.
Source: Celebrating the history of the Sydney Opera House