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Travel news

Just making sure everyone is aware of our Travel news page, where you can add important news/alerts, following the format of the previously added news. This way it is easier to follow and we can pick some of these alerts and add it to the main page. So many of us all around the globe, together we can make our news more complete. Happy editing! Adzas (talk) 09:27, 19 June 2019 (EDT)

Thanks Adzas! Looks great! Always a good first source when traveling. IBobi (talk) 14:04, 19 June 2019 (EDT)

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Unique Fall Festivities!

Hi everyone! It's the middle of fall and I was wondering what kind of unique fall traditions or events are around the world! In California, seasonal drinks and beers are always something I look forward to and Halloween Horror Nights are the best, but I wanted to know what other fall fun is out there! Any suggestions? IBanna (talk) 18:37, 22 October 2019 (EDT) IBanna

I love it! It is a little late to be sourcing Autumn posts (we should probably be thinking Christmas now), but I do know there's a cool Italian halloween fest in a small city whose name escapes me; and there are Dia De Los Muertos all over Mexico, and there's the WeHo Carnivale, and New Orleans stuff... IBobi (talk) 18:55, 22 October 2019 (EDT)
There are some regional traditions in Italy, but I don't know much about them. Halloween has become quite popular in Italy, but it is mainly about costume parties and children doing the "trick or treat" just like in the USA. I can do some research if you want. GiulioC (talk) 03:51, 23 October 2019 (EDT)
In Chinese culture fall/autumn is a big thing. Numerous poets have left a great many of beautiful poetries about this season. And we do have a special holiday --- Mid-Autumn Day (a public holiday, the 15th days of the 8th month in Chinese lunar calendar), which is dedicated the Moon and family reunion. Apart from this holiday, we have this Chong Yang Jie (Double Ninth Festival, not a public holiday but is well advocated nevertheless, the 9th days of 9th month in Chinese lunar calendar) which focuses more about the social awareness of caring for/respecting the elderly (it's traditionally for climbing moutains, enjoying the beautiful autumn season, and cherish the memories of the ones that are important to you). --Binbin (talk) 08:16, 23 October 2019 (EDT)
Ooh what's the WeHo Carnival? GiulioC, I'd love to know more about Italy's fall traditions! Binbin, I've actually recently went to LA's Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, it was very lively and beautiful! I'm sure the festival in China is much bigger though! Thank you for the fall suggestions! I am excited to hear more from everyone! IBanna (talk) 19:38, 23 October 2019 (EDT)IBanna
Like above, Halloween seems to be bigger each year. In Portugal they celebrate the Day of St.Martin on November 11th, which involves eating chestnuts roasted on the fire, it is lovely. In the Netherlands they also celebrate this day, but there it involves kids going by houses, singing with lanterns, in order to get candies, like the trick or treat with Halloween in other countries. Other then that, local Christmas markets are starting here already the coming weeks, time to update our Christmas Markets article with some new markets! Adzas (talk) 03:45, 24 October 2019 (EDT)
We have a famous Christmas song in the states about "chestnuts roasting on an open fire", interesting to learn there is a day to eat chestnuts! Could be a potential E.O.M?IBanna (talk) 16:27, 25 October 2019 (EDT)IBanna
I found something about Halloween in Italy. There are many local traditions involving carved pumpkins and children going around villages asking for food (just like the "trick or treat"). In the village of Ampezzo in Friuli-Venezia Giulia there's the "La Not dalis Muars" ("night of the dead") that is the Celtic New Year. In some areas of Piedmont and Calabria families gather to have dinner with extra seats and food for the dead. Sardinia have two traditions: "Is Animeddas" ("The Witches") in the south, and "Su Mortu Mortu" in the north: children go around but instead of asking trick or treat they ask in local dialect “seus benius po is animeddas”(“we came for Animeddas”), “carki cosa po sas ànimas” (“something for the souls”), “peti cocone” (“ask for bread”). Note that these are all local, there isn't a single widespread "Halloween" tradition in Italy where All Saints (1st november) is holiday. After all Italy is a (mostly) Catholic country and in the past such things were considered pagan cults and therefore condemned by the Church. GiulioC (talk) 08:30, 26 October 2019 (EDT)

Changing Tabs: Top Mountain Trails and European Cities

Hi everyone! I am thinking of updating the tabs on the main page for Top Mountain Trails and European Cities. Any suggestions on what you would like to see?IBanna (talk) 11:55, 18 November 2019 (EST)IBanna

Maybe instead of Top Mountain Trails put Active Holiday Destinations, we can then still list trails (but also lesser known trails, I’ve done one in Juneau, Alaska once, the lower lake trail, never made it to the upper lake haha, that was too much for me....) but also great bike routes etc. I will think of other ideas. Adzas (talk) 12:17, 18 November 2019 (EST)
Two beautiful mountain trails are in the Dolomites: Tre Cime di Lavaredo, not too far from Cortina d'Ampezzo and the Alta Via which runs from Braies lake to Belluno (around 150 kms). As for the European Cities, how many of them are we going to list? GiulioC (talk) 15:12, 18 November 2019 (EST)
Active Holiday Destinations sounds like a good idea! We could call it active seasonal destinations instead? since there aren't many holidays in the summer season. For the European cities, I was wondering if we should change the tab to a whole different tab? IBanna (talk) 12:35, 19 November 2019 (EST)IBanna
What about a tab with Hidden Gems (I know we have OBP already but this may stand out more)Adzas (talk) 14:41, 19 November 2019 (EST)
I like that! Hidden Gems sounds great. IBanna (talk) 13:36, 20 November 2019 (EST)IBanna
Hidden Gems sounds good to me. It's not the same as OBP, an hidden gem could also be a lesser-known place in a big city, a place that tourists don't know or visit. GiulioC (talk) 10:31, 28 November 2019 (EST)

January 2020 homepage

Only a few more days before the new year starts! Any suggestions for the Destinations for that month, cuisine, language etc? I just noticed an edit on the Kanchanaburi page, interesting location to feature I think. I will think a bit more about the rest. Adzas (talk) 04:50, 26 December 2019 (EST)

Kanchanaburi looks good, but is it good enough to be DOM? It may lead to feature thai cuisine/language on homepage, not bad! December featured caribbean locations, focusing on far- east or Southeast Asia is a good idea as there are many wonderful places that may be also landmarks of the month (national parks, temples and so on). GiulioC (talk) 09:10, 27 December 2019 (EST)
I'd go for Singapore as the DOM. Kanchanaburi seems to be nice too, maybe as the OTBP? January in Singapore, the weather, the food and all the fun stuff to do. The biggest event (the Chinese New Year) is in January this year. Even more fine to be there this Janauary. What do you guys think? --Binbin (talk) 01:19, 30 December 2019 (EST)
Singapore is one of our best articles, I'm sure it was on homepage some years ago. Carnival is another big event coming on the next months. Rio de Janeiro and Venice are probably the most famous carnival destinations (though Venice is still recovering from last november's flooding) and the articles are pretty good too. GiulioC (talk) 10:32, 30 December 2019 (EST)
Why not Singapore as DOM, Kanchanaburi as OBP, Chinese New Year we can make the event of the month (any good link for that to use?), Thai cuisine and Thai Language? We could pick a Landmark in Venice (the bridge, the square, the basilica? Adzas (talk) 05:51, 31 December 2019 (EST)
That sounds okay with me; I'll take a look at Kanchanaburi. Venice as a whole could possibly be the landmark of the month. -- Selfie City (talk) 13:09, 31 December 2019 (EST)
Singapore as DOM, Kanchanaburi as OBP sounds great! Unfortunately, there's no article on Wikitravel about Chinese New Year yet, but can we put a Chinese city with rich culture/history (Beijing or Xi'an) as the place for the event of the month (Chinese New Year)? Just a thought. Venice sounds great for landmark of the month too! --Binbin (talk) 03:45, 1 January 2020 (EST)
I may be too late, but for the Chinese New Year, what about China#Holidays? -- Selfie City (talk) 16:45, 3 January 2020 (EST)

February 2020 homepage

It’s that time again! Any suggestions? Adzas (talk) 09:21, 27 January 2020 (EST)

Well, we had asian destinations for January, we may choose somewhere in Europe or America. We could also give tips for a spring destination: I know (and Adzas knows it better than the rest of us) that the Netherlands are beautiful in spring, what about some DOM/OTBP there? Also, let's not forget that Galway is 2020's European Capital of Culture, we'll definitely need to feature it on homepage sooner or later. GiulioC (talk) 09:34, 28 January 2020 (EST)
What about a full spring theme. We always talk about the cherry blossom in Japan, maybe a DOM destination there, then a nice tulip destination in the Netherlands as OBP (maybe Noordwijk or Bulb Region in general, to make it nice and colourful? As yes, it is beautiful there in spring... We could do Galway next month then. Dutch language of the month, Japanese cuisine? Any landmark suggestions? Just reading about the Holi colour festival in India, we could add that as event of the month (it is in March). Adzas (talk) 11:17, 28 January 2020 (EST)
Great idea Adzas! Speaking of cherry blossom, there are cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. as well. Just in case an alternative is wanted :-). I agree with Adzas though. --Binbin (talk) 23:28, 28 January 2020 (EST)
I just saw some pictures of Noordwijk and surrounding areas, it's beautiful! Hirosaki in Japan features a famous Cherry Blossom festival, could it be our DOM? GiulioC (talk) 04:55, 29 January 2020 (EST)

School/travel project

Whoever is working on the project at the moment, with many new articles created about great sights, please make sure you check our guidelines (most editors will have received a personal message as well), and remember that any pictures that you wish to add to your articles, need to be uploaded via Wikitravel Shared only. Let us know how we can help you with your edits. Adzas (talk) 11:08, 16 February 2020 (EST)

March 2020 homepage

It's almost time to update our homepage! Any ideas about next DOM, OTBP, Landmark, Language, Cuisine and events? Some big sports events are coming this spring/summer: UEFA Euro 2020 will take place all over Europe from June 12th to July 12th. Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo from July 24th to August 9th. What about creating special pages for these? GiulioC (talk) 05:39, 25 February 2020 (EST)

I like the idea of running an ongoing Tokyo Olympics page starting now, and going until the Games are through. Can someone create? IBobi (talk) 17:01, 25 February 2020 (EST)
We could use the previous format of the UEFA Euro, that was fun to keep up to date. I see the opening game is in Rome? Maybe start getting some interest for that as DOM? Summer Olympics sounds great too. I’ll need to think a bit more about the other destinations.... Adzas (talk) 12:41, 27 February 2020 (EST)
We could definitely use the Euro/World Cup template we used before, and I think we could also choose one of the hosting cities as DOM. The games will take place in Rome, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Glasgow, Bruxelles, Baku, London, Munich and Saint Petersburg. They're all good articles, what do you think? I'd go with Saint Petersburg. GiulioC (talk) 09:24, 28 February 2020 (EST)
Saint Petersburg sounds good to me. I don't know much about Baku, shall we choose an OBP near there, like Sheki, beautiful area as far as I can see! I don't think we have covered anything in Azerbaijan before, we could do a phrasebook and cuisine too from that area? Maybe pick a landmark from Bruxelles? Adzas (talk) 13:35, 28 February 2020 (EST)
I'm sure we never covered Azerbaijan before, so some OTBP there is good to me. As for the Bruxelles landmarks, the most famous are the Grand Place and the Atomium, they're both really nice. GiulioC (talk) 12:09, 29 February 2020 (EST)
Just thinking, maybe as so much work was put in the Myanmar project, we could pick a landmark there for this month, this way we also don’t only cover Europe and this side of the world....Adzas (talk) 03:47, 2 March 2020 (EST)
You're right, there are so many beautiful places out there. GiulioC (talk) 04:02, 2 March 2020 (EST)

Coronavirus Outbreak

Are there any sites closed in your country/location due to the Coronavirus outbreak, or other important restrictions that can affect a travellers plans, please share it here with us, or enter it directly in the Coronavirus article, so everyone is fully up to date during this situation. Thanks! Adzas (talk) 09:00, 7 March 2020 (EST)

Maybe we could add a cancelled events section to the CV page? A table of contents would help too... IBobi (talk) 14:11, 11 March 2020 (EDT)
I have been adding some cancelled events in the Outbreak schedule (last column), to keep it in one place, but we could make a separate section. Somehow the TOC does not display, will look into that too. Adzas (talk) 16:47, 11 March 2020 (EDT)
At this point, however, I would say that events/sites scheduled in late March and early April are more likely to be canceled than not. There may be a way to factor this thinking into our coverage of the coronavirus, but I'm not sure how, since those events/places that are open will be hurt by a statement saying something like, "expect everything to be closed." -- Selfie City (talk) 08:33, 17 March 2020 (EDT)


With all the current travel restrictions, closed borders and with in many countries a quarantaine in place due to COVID-19, it is even more important to share beautiful locations so we can all admire the beautiful sights from our home. Let's think ahead of some breathtaking places, so we can work on the articles to make them even more attractive! Maybe we can also (as an exception) add some links to places that now offer virtual tours (either make one designated travel topic article about this or add some to our Coronavirus article?), so we can all dream a little and plan those holidays in our mind for when we are allowed to travel again. Anyone can leave their suggestions here for locations, lets see some action! I just came across the article about Fernando de Noronha, a Unesco location, OBP? I will think about other locations, please join in! Adzas (talk) 05:58, 23 March 2020 (EDT)

Since my country is facing hard times I'd love to suggest some places in Italy. Ferrara is often overlooked but it is a true gem and a UNESCO site. The village of Acitrezza in Sicily is beautiful, and very close to Catania and Mount Etna. My region Veneto has many beautiful places, not just Venice. I'll add more in the next days. GiulioC (talk) 12:55, 23 March 2020 (EDT)
The Ferrara article looks more complete, make that the DOM for April then, to show our support to Italy? Mount Etna we could do as landmark? Maybe for variety an OBP destination in a different part of the world?Anyone else with some great ideas? Adzas (talk) 06:29, 27 March 2020 (EDT)
I may work a little bit on Ferrara and Mount Etna articles then. An OBP somewhere in America maybe? GiulioC (talk) 10:00, 27 March 2020 (EDT)
Maybe a lesser known National Park, like Capitol Reef National Park or Joshua Tree National Park? Or Kauai to add a little beach? Adzas (talk) 14:29, 28 March 2020 (EDT)
I like the idea of Kauai. Joshua Tree is pretty famous, and it would be nice to see the island's population represented. IBShep (talk) 15:20, 2 April 2020 (EDT)
Maybe we can do Kauai next month, the locations already have been updated. The article needs a little more attention, I will try to work on that. The OBP probably depends a little on interpretation, for those in the US Joshua Tree is famous, for us (or for me for sure) in Europe it may be more unknown. For sure I would definitely love to visit that park one day (and many others), it sure does look beautiful. Adzas (talk) 05:03, 4 April 2020 (EDT)


Judging from the above, the plan is to continue with the destinations on this wiki. Any thoughts on good locations for spring? Judging from the weather forecasts I've seen, it's going to be quite a warm spring, so we could some places farther north, perhaps, such as in Northern or Eastern Europe. -- Selfie City (talk) 11:18, 21 April 2020 (EDT)

Yes, we still continue with our destinations, so much to admire and dream of so plans can be made for later. We already did spring locations, we should probably focus more on summer destinations. Last month I suggested Kauai, we can use that location maybe this month? Going to think a bit more about the rest, I will share soonest. Adzas (talk) 12:40, 21 April 2020 (EDT)
I just came across an amazing picture of Edinburgh castle, we could use that as landmark of the month? Let's pick some locations with amazing cultural sights this time, so much beauty around us... Adzas (talk) 04:54, 22 April 2020 (EDT)
Edinburgh castle is amazing, could be a great landmark of the month. If we go with cultural sights then we can stick to Europe or move somewhere we haven't covered before. What about Morocco? The imperial cities (Marrakech, Rabat, Fez and Meknes) are beautiful. GiulioC (talk) 09:36, 22 April 2020 (EDT)
Perhaps we should choose places not impacted by the coronavirus. Africa, Australia and South America would be candidates in that case. -- Selfie City (talk) 11:52, 23 April 2020 (EDT)
OK, Edinburgh Castle it is, for OBP shall we do Meknes or Fez then (Morocco has a very strict lockdown I believe but we can still admire the sights online..). For DOM, any specific locations in mind? I nice place in Australia as Selfie City (talk) suggested? Fraser Island could be an option, or Kakadu National Park? Which Cuisine shall we feature this month? Adzas (talk) 10:39, 29 April 2020 (EDT)
I think Fez article is a bit more complete than Meknes. Also, good idea to have feature Australian places, the Kakadu National Park looks really interesting. Maybe we can also choose australian or Moroccan cuisine as well? GiulioC (talk) 10:50, 29 April 2020 (EDT)
I also agree on Kakadu National Park, and Australia#Eat looks good. -- Selfie City (talk) 12:52, 29 April 2020 (EDT)


Definitely we should feature Northern Hemisphere destinations (and/or parts of South America and Australia that are hot in summer) this month. It's hard to think of somewhere not impacted by the coronavirus at this point, especially as we already included Australia last month, however; I don't have any good ideas that would work. -- Selfie City (talk) 11:23, 21 May 2020 (EDT)

Road trips? IBobi (talk) 19:38, 21 May 2020 (EDT)
Even though travel is restricted, there are still a lot of beautiful places to be admired, either in person or via internet. And as restrictions are slowly being lifted, I'm sure in summer (what we would focus on now with our DOM), more can be explored. Road trips definitely an idea. As DOM, what about Portugal or a specific city there? Lisbon still has daily flights coming in, tourism businesses have a Clean & Safe label and are ready to receive tourists again, beaches will officially open on June 6th. I will think of some other options. I see some great parks and waterfalls in Arizona for example, back soon with more ideas! Adzas (talk) 04:19, 22 May 2020 (EDT)
Adzas is right, there are so many places around the world you can enjoy also via internet, and travel restrictions hopefully won't last much longer (for example Italy's borders will reopen on June 3rd, and beach facilities are opening these days). I'd choose a european location as DOM: Portugal or Lisbon are both great but I'll be thinking about others. As OTBP I just found this Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Never seen before, what do you think? GiulioC (talk) 05:08, 22 May 2020 (EDT)
I think Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is a really good idea. -- Selfie City (talk) 15:50, 22 May 2020 (EDT)
Any other specific suggestions? OTBP we can do Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site,as Giulio suggested. What about DOM? if not something in Portugal, what about a location in Sweden, I think pretty much all is open there since they did not do a lockdown? Any ideas? Adzas (talk) 14:36, 30 May 2020 (EDT)
Portugal looks good to me and I'd stick to that. I don't know much about Sweden, just a few locations in the south such as Malmö, Lund and Landskrona. GiulioC (talk) 02:38, 31 May 2020 (EDT)
As I know LOT Polish Airlines will re-open connections between some European cities in mid of June or July, I've heard it in news. BTW The good destination in Northern Hemisphere are Balkans as they weren't much affected by COVID pandemic. I think also some small holiday village in Poland could be good places.Golden Auste (talk) 06:37, 1 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste.
It would be nice to feature an unknown location in Poland for Off the Beaten Path next month, giving time to work on the article, include pictures etc. I will also have a look nearer to that time what nice options we have. Any specific suggestions Golden Auste (talk)? Adzas (talk) 10:32, 2 June 2020 (EDT)
Eh, I was thinking about Dąbrowa Górnicza but I was out yesterday in the city center and forgot about taking photos :(. I'd suggest places where there're already photos as Będzin, Bytom, Sosnowiec, Żory, Wodzisław Śląski, Goczałkowice Zdrój or Trzebinia. Zagłębie Dąbrowskie as a region could be nice, although it's in Silesian Voivodeship, it's much different culture and history. How about trails I can suggest Via Regia, Szlak Warowni Jurajskich or Szlak Husarii Polskiej. Golden Auste (talk) 14:27, 2 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
I've been out on shopping and made a photo of culture house in Dąbrowa Górnicza. I've been a little modified it in Paint as there were too much cars as I made it from the car park site as there's the best view. So, you can also vote for Dąbrowa too.Golden Auste (talk) 12:41, 3 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste

Updates COVID-19

While many countries are still battling the effects of the Coronavirus, other countries are starting to open up again. Are you living somewhere where tourism is starting up again, let us know, so we can all update our article Coronavirus together so travellers can see where they can go to. Especially when flights start again, restrictions upon entering the country etc. All input is welcome! Adzas (talk) 08:07, 31 May 2020 (EDT)

As far as I'm concerned Baltic States've opened their borders between each others. I've also heard Lithuania is going to open its border with Poland.Golden Auste (talk) 13:57, 6 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
There's said Poland will open its land borders 13 th of June and international flights in 16th of June. Golden Auste (talk) 13:00, 10 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Good news if you're going to travel to Poland. LOT Polish Airlines will start their flights to chosen European airports from 1st of July: [1].
Perhaps Poland could be the next month's featured destination? -- Selfie City (talk) 09:51, 20 June 2020 (EDT)
How about making a list of countries where we can travel with no restrictioins in COVID section ? Golden Auste (talk) 06:26, 3 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
If you have a look at the Coronavirus article, at the bottom we started a list with updates about locations opening up etc, so feel free to add your information there. It is not easy to keep track though as info seems to be changing, places out of lockdown going back into lockdown, so input from travellers around the world of residents is welcome! Adzas (talk) 17:49, 5 July 2020 (EDT)


We still have a few days to pick a few spectacular destinations, so we can work on the articles if needed. As we talked about last month, we mentioned to possibly go for a OBP in Poland, since our user Golden Auste (talk) has been doing a lot of work recently. Many articles are not completely up to standards yet (missing pictures, not enough content etc), so just checking some out, what about for example Kazimierz_Dolny? I was looking at locations with castles, like in Moszna or the skull chapel in Kudowa-Zdrój but these articles still need to be created or updated. Any thoughts for DOM? A New Zealand location (covid-free apparently), or somewhere in British Colombia? Or a tropical location to dream about? I will have to think a bit more... Adzas (talk) 09:30, 25 June 2020 (EDT)

Kazimierz Dolny could do with pictures, and its IsPartOf is not working, but if those issues were fixed it could be a nice place to feature (maybe Piotrków Trybunalski?). New Zealand is of course in the middle of winter right now, but it could still work, especially in the Auckland region to the north. -- Selfie City (talk) 09:57, 25 June 2020 (EDT)
Kazimierz Dolny looks good and with some pictures would be perfect (the IsPartOf can easily be fixed). Lublin article is also very good (not much editing needed). If we're going to choose some tropical locations I'd stay away from America since the coronavirus outbreak is still very strong. I'll add more ideas later. GiulioC (talk) 10:42, 25 June 2020 (EDT)
I also support idea of Kazimierz Dolny. I was here some years ago and I loved it. I'd also add similar old cities as Zamość, Tarnów or Nowy Sącz or maybe Spa city Krynica Zdrój. I think the good destinations could be Oceania islands and teritories as there have been almost any COVID cases so far but those countries/territories have some restrictions Golden Auste (talk) 13:35, 25 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Adzas mentioned locations with castles, Centre-Val de Loire in France is famous for its castles. Also, tropical locations: why not choosing a far away place like Moorea? Or other pacific islands? GiulioC (talk) 03:59, 26 June 2020 (EDT)
Oh yes, Moorea, or Bora Bora, I've had the luck to visit that area, true paradise! Adzas (talk) 10:17, 26 June 2020 (EDT)
How about less known places as Niue, Tokelau, Nauru, Kiribati or Marshall Islands? You mentioned castles, there's plenty of castle ruins in Jura Mountains. BTW some of them are reconstructed. I'd also reccomend Kruje castle in Albania or Ioannina, Greece? As Balkans are one of the top 2020 destinations. Moreover they're almost COVID free.Golden Auste (talk) 14:43, 26 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
When picking the articles we need to make sure they follow our guidelines, Jura Mountains for example does not look quite ready yet. Niue or Kiribati look like some great options, definitely lesser known and not used before I think. Kruje also great, Greece we did recently. So many choices, shall we do a vote? What about one of the mentioned tropical destionations for DOM, Kazimierz Dolny for OBP (need some picture added), maybe that castle in Kruje as landmark of the month? Then we just need language and cuisine. Adzas (talk) 05:31, 27 June 2020 (EDT)
OK, my choices Kazimierz Dolny, Nauru and Kruje Golden Auste (talk) 06:04, 27 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Moorea as DOM, Kazimierz Dolny OTBP. The castle in Kruje is really a good landmark. The articles don't need much editing in my opinion, just a copule of pictures more. We then can choose a tropical cuisine and language (Tahitian maybe?). GiulioC (talk) 05:08, 28 June 2020 (EDT)
Great idea! Golden Auste (talk) 13:51, 28 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
  • Florida is fairly open and relatively low in terms of cases (outside of Miami), but there's no harm in waiting a month or two if we choose to feature it (October is good climate-wise). Therefore the current suggestions made in the previous comment seem entirely appropriate for July 2020. -- Selfie City (talk) 10:24, 29 June 2020 (EDT)
I don't think so, yes it can be an attractive destination but remeber that much of intercontinental flights to the US are cancelled. Golden Auste (talk) 13:44, 29 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
How about North Macedonia? This country's opened its borders recently. Good destinations could be Krusevo or Prilep. Golden Auste (talk) 14:04, 29 June 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
My guess is that travel restrictions won't last long in the U.S., but what's problematic from a traveler's perspective is that EU countries have banned travel from the U.S., so even E.U. destinations might need to be reconsidered as features in the long term. But I'm not opposed to the current nominations for July, since as things stand Americans are unlikely to travel to other countries anyway. -- Selfie City (talk) 09:22, 1 July 2020 (EDT)
Even some European countries haven't opened some borders Golden Auste (talk) 11:47, 2 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste

August 2020

With the current situation regarding lockdowns and the virus, we definitely shouldn't feature any U.S. destinations, and judging from Worldometers Brazil, India, and Russia shouldn't be considered either. Are western European countries open enough to feature now (this is the right time of year for Northern Hemisphere destinations), or is the situation still too problematic there regarding the virus? -- Selfie City (talk) 10:18, 19 July 2020 (EDT)

I think we should think further then the virus, people can still dream and admire beautiful places online and make plans for the future. In Europe countries are open for tourism, but also some are closing again, so it will be something here for much longer then we all thought. I know some locations are offering virtual tours of a city or location, maybe we can look at that, but regardless of the fact that I am not going to travel for a while (own country only at the moment), I still like to explore destinations online. Adzas (talk) 14:23, 19 July 2020 (EDT)
I think currently Eastern Europe, Central Europe and Balkans are opened for tourists and there're almost no cases here. I think we can suggest sth in North Macedonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia . As I learnt Bosnia And Herzegovina has opened its borders recently. Also Norway has done it. I'd propose following destinations Tuzla, Banja Luka or Neum in Bosnia. I was in Neum many years ago and it was quite nice seaside town. As for Norway I'd propose sth in Finnmark , Svalbard or Jan Mayen. As for North Macedonia I'd suggest Krusevo or Prilep.Golden Auste (talk) 08:27, 22 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
I don't know how to create pagebanners on Wikitravel — if someone knows perhaps a pagebanner could be made for one of the featured destination nominations mentioned by Golden Auste above. Finnmark sounds like an interesting idea. -- Selfie City (talk) 10:01, 22 July 2020 (EDT)
Great! I'd vote for Finnmark as DOM and maybe Neum or Krusevo as OBP. Golden Auste (talk) 10:33, 22 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
I just read that WHO is seeing worrying trends in the Balkans, so I'd definitely not choose any location there. Northern Europe at the moment looks better, just like Italy where we're having small local outbreaks that are all under control. Finnmark is ok but the article need more info, maybe we could choose one of the locations listed. I'll share some more ideas in the next days. Also, don't worry about creating banners, I can handle it. GiulioC (talk) 11:00, 22 July 2020 (EDT)
We also need to remember, it is not only which countries are open, but what are the restrictions for getting in and out. Portugal is open for example, but not all countries have added Portugal on their 'green' list, so you will still have lots of restrictions. One country may be open, but a traveller may be in a country that does not allow travel to that destination yet... This COVID-19 makes travelling a challenge for sure, reason I think we should look past this and just admire the beautiful places in the world online for now. And keep it diverse, not just one part of the world. Adzas (talk) 12:36, 22 July 2020 (EDT)
Eh, how about COVID the worst situation is currently in Serbia as I know. Maybe Svalbard or Jan Mayen instead Finnmark? I was also thinking about Greenland but I'm not sure how does look like all epidemic situation here. It's part of Denmark but it's autonomous one. Anyone has any information? Golden Auste (talk) 14:45, 22 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Many countries in Europe do not allow travel yet from countries outside EU or Shengen, I just looked at the restrictions for Norway, they do not allow overseas travellers yet. So that is my reason for my earlier comments, even though a country is open to certain countries, it may not be open yet to all, other countries may allow travel but require a 14 day quarantine upon return. So why not just admire the beauty this world has to offer without thinking to much about Covid-19, lets find some unknown locations that we all want to know more about, like Torres del Paine National Park for example. I will think of other options. Adzas (talk) 12:16, 23 July 2020 (EDT)
I'm not sure, maybe Czech Republic or Slovakia ? There's very safe and no restrictions.Golden Auste (talk) 13:34, 23 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
I've read that Greenland is doing well at controlling the virus, but if it's going to be featured this year it will have to be either August or not at all. (By September it is already getting cold there.) -- Selfie City (talk) 15:50, 23 July 2020 (EDT)
Adzas , as you mentioned beautiful places on the world, first place on my mind was Socotra. It's really beautiful but impossible to access. As for DOM or OBP maybe sth exotic? I'd vote for Indian Ocean islands, maybe French Territories? I'm not sure if the health safety policy is similar in Mayotte or Reunion as they're French dependencies. Golden Auste (talk) 06:26, 24 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
War zones we usually don’t choose as DOM/OBP, Reunion looks beautiful but the article does need a little work to make it more as per our guidelines, but we still have a week, so could be done. Mayotte needs much more content first. Any thoughts for landmark of the month? Adzas (talk) 07:40, 24 July 2020 (EDT)
OK, for DOM: Karlovy Vary, Liberec, Olomouc, Zagreb, Svalbard or Osijek, as OBP :Hradec Kralove, Ostrava, Zilina, Spisska Nova Ves or Varazdin. I've been to Spisska Nova Ves and Zilina and they're very nice cities. Golden Auste (talk) 14:49, 24 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Nice options but we need a bit more variety, this is all in Czech Republic.... we have travellers from all over the world. I like the idea of Reunion and Torres del Paine National Park, we still have a few days to work on the articles. Adzas (talk) 04:46, 27 July 2020 (EDT)
Yeah Reunion sounds nice. Golden Auste (talk) 16:12, 27 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Reunion article looks really good and also Torres del Paine National Park. I was thinking about Tasmania, I don't remember it featured on our homepage. GiulioC (talk) 08:03, 28 July 2020 (EDT)
Adzas, as I know Australia's now closed for foreign tourist and there's increasing rate of COVID :( Golden Auste (talk) 08:42, 28 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Tasmania sounds great too, you pick GiulioC (talk). We still need a landmark and language too. Do you agree we should ‘forget’ about the virus and just admire the great locations? At this time there is not one location yet where all travellers are allowed to travel without restrictions there or upon return, so no point to focus on that I think....Adzas (talk) 09:58, 28 July 2020 (EDT)
Yes, let's "forget" about the virus and just focus on places to see, sooner or later we'll be able to travel again. Landmark: what about Mont Saint Michel? GiulioC (talk) 10:13, 28 July 2020 (EDT)
Mont Saint Michel, beautiful landmark indeed. Adzas (talk) 11:48, 28 July 2020 (EDT)
How about Constantine or Alexandria? Such beautiful cities! Golden Auste (talk) 13:23, 28 July 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Tasmania needs a couple of pictures more. Constantine and Alexandria are both good. GiulioC (talk) 03:01, 29 July 2020 (EDT)

September 2020

I'm not sure how the situation with COVID will develop in Autumn season. Maybe we can suggest much safer place, f.ex. in Europe. Maybe Scandinavia this time? Golden Auste (talk) 15:02, 22 August 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste

Somewhere in Scandinavia could be good. Also, let's not forget that the foliage season is coming so it'd be nice to find natural areas where you can enjoy autumn colors. GiulioC (talk) 03:41, 26 August 2020 (EDT)
I was thinking about Norway but they's just introduced restriction for many countries. So now I maybe places in Denmark, Iceland or Sweden? I'm suggesting Greenland, Funen and Surrounding Islands, Bornholm, Odense, Faroe Islands, Vestmannaeyjar, Höfn, Akureyri, Kiruna, Sundsvall, Västerås, Gothenburg and Visby Golden Auste (talk) 08:17, 26 August 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Yes, autumn colors for sure! I will think and come back later, but please, let's leave Covid-19 out of the discussion this time, I thought we agreed last time we can explore and admire beautiful locations online regardless of the situation. One day a country is open, the other day it is closed again, one country allows travel to one country but not the other etc etc. Let's just enjoy the beauty we have in this world without the current worries we all have. Adzas (talk) 09:28, 26 August 2020 (EDT)
I vote Gothenburg! Their botanisk is absolutely stunning!IBJoel (talk) 17:22, 26 August 2020 (EDT)
Yes, Gothenburg is really nice and the article is very good too! Skye is also another beautiful place worth visiting. GiulioC (talk) 06:11, 27 August 2020 (EDT)
Wow, Skye looks amazing! What about Denali National Park for a location outside Europe? Looking at some other great parks. Any suggestions for cuisine and language? Adzas (talk)
Adzas, as I know Sweden is not going to put any restriction and Denmark will open its borders from 1st of September. I think the most beautiful autumn colors are in mountains. How about cuisine, maybe Swedish one and language- maybe Polish or Slovenian? Golden Auste (talk) 07:55, 28 August 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Golden Auste (talk) I understand what you are saying, but for example, can everyone from anywhere in the world travel to Sweden or Denmark? I know US citizens and Canadians still can’t come to many places in Europe etc, Spain just closed again and Portugal is raising its level again on Sept. 15, so things are constantly changing, reason why I suggest to leave this out of it and just enjoy the beauty around us. Swedish could be a nice option for cuisine though, let’s source some nice pictures we can use (via Shared). Adzas (talk) 09:15, 28 August 2020 (EDT)

CC-BY-SA contribution name changed

The terms of the CC-by-SA license require my contributions to be attributed in the manner I choose. Since my username was recently changed from User:LtPowers to this random set of characters, the licensing terms are no longer being followed. I request either that my username be reverted to the one of my choice or my contributions be removed entirely from this site. WT74rec38 (talk) 14:29, 3 September 2020 (EDT)

Hi LT. If you can find where it says that in the license, and can get WV to follow them, which has copied all its content from here and renamed all our users while removing the attribution to this site and it's users from every page, we'll be happy to try to alter your name to your preference. Have a nice day :) IBobi (talk) 18:47, 3 September 2020 (EDT)
This is quite straightforward. "If You Distribute, or Publicly Perform the Work or any Adaptations or Collections, You must... keep intact all copyright notices for the Work and provide, reasonable to the medium or means You are utilizing: (i) the name of the Original Author (or pseudonym, if applicable) if supplied..." "User:WT74rec38" is not my pseudonym. User:LtPowers is. WT74rec38 (talk) 22:08, 7 September 2020 (EDT)
Absolutely. Just get the fine folks at WV to restore all WT usernames for the pages they copied from us, and the footer links to our pages, and I'll look into that for you right away. We take CC/SA very seriously -- more seriously than some WP sister projects, apparently -- and want to follow not only the letter but the spirit of the license. Thanks LT -- let me know when that's done on your end! IBobi (talk) 17:54, 8 September 2020 (EDT)
I don't quite understand what you're talking about, obi. All of the contributions transferred under license are attributed to Wikitravel users with the original usernames, except where incorporated into a user's Wikimedia contributions when they gave permission for same. I'm not sure what additional measures you're looking for. And regardless, what some other site does should have absolutely no bearing on whether or not you have the right to change my username and user attribution on this website. WT74rec38 (talk) 19:03, 15 September 2020 (EDT)
WV changed every single WT contributor's name. All of them. So we are changing names where necessary and not worrying about it. Surely if it is ok for Wikipedia sister projects, it's ok for a little travel wiki like us. Go look. Also, a Wikipedia board member was the one who actually removed all the actual links back to WT, so... you may have a tough road ahead. Good luck! IBobi (talk) 19:19, 15 September 2020 (EDT)
The names were not changed except by permission. In the absence of that permission, the names are identified as coming from a particular language edition of Wikitravel but otherwise match the original user's username here on Wikitravel. That courtesy, however, is not something you've afforded me, as you've given me a meaningless username of random characters. And there is absolutely nothing about how a site -- whose name you prohibit from even being mentioned here -- has accommodated the needs of the license that keeps you from respecting my eminently reasonable request to be attributed as "LtPowers" and not as "WT74rec38". WT74rec38 (talk) 21:04, 17 September 2020 (EDT)

Asked and answered. Move on. IBobi (talk) 21:37, 17 September 2020 (EDT)

Halloween topic as October

As we know October is mostly connected with Halloween time. As we still don't know how all this COVID situation will look like, maybe we can read stories about scary places or visit the ones in neighbor countries or just in our neighborhood.Golden Auste (talk) 14:21, 13 September 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste

We usually pick the DOM/OBP with a few months ahead, so in October we would pick a destination where we could travel in say December/January. For October we have previously chosen the Bran Castle and locations like that for the October month though, we could have a look at events of the month for October, see if there are any (online) Halloween events we can highlight, or I think you have made some articles about haunted places, maybe we can pick one as landmark of the month to cover this topic? Adzas (talk) 16:25, 13 September 2020 (EDT)
Eh, how about haunted places two ones are mentioned in Sosnowiec section. Golden Auste (talk) 15:14, 14 September 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Besides the haunted place/halloween highlight, what about a DOM with a winter outdoor Spa experience? Just looking at an amazing outdoor bath location in Ottawa but I have also seen some amazing Spa experiences in for example Iceland, iceabaths while watching the Northern lights, I want that! Just thinking ahead so we have a bit more time to work on the articles that we are going to use. Adzas (talk) 12:15, 18 September 2020 (EDT)
Both haunted places and outdoor spas are nice ideas. Iceland, Finland and Norway are probably the best areas where to find outdoor spas while also watching Northern Lights. I don't know much about haunted places though, the only one I know is Ca' Dario in Venice, I'll do some research. GiulioC (talk) 08:36, 21 September 2020 (EDT)
GiulioC, good idea with Northern Lights but I'd propose doing it in Sweden as they're not planning any restrictions with travelling. Golden Auste (talk)
Northern lights in Scandinavian countries we have covered many times, lets try to look a little further so we can discover more unknown places as well, suitable for travellers outside Europe as well. I am going to source a few pictures this weekend, see if I can find something spectacular. Adzas (talk) 09:28, 26 September 2020 (EDT)
Eh, situation in Poland's very dynamic. The lists of countries you can travel without problems's still changing. As I know flights to all Schengen Zone countries will be introduced soon. Moreover, Sosnowiec can be a good option as there're a little of COVID cases in my region. As I checked on Google Flights. There're flights from US and Canada as they sell the tickets. As I know Silesian Voivodeship doesn't have much rates of infected. The worst situation is in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, there're the highest rates. I was thinking about Zapolarny, Russia as this's a strange place but I have no clue how does look like traveling to Russia now. Eh, how about other places. Eh, maybe sth about Tatra Mountains (no matter Slovakian or Polish. There're strange phenomena observed. Same with Beskid mountains or Bieszczady. Moreover Subcarpathia has lots of haunted places and people use to see the most terrible things. Same with city of Zamość. Golden Auste (talk) 14:36, 26 September 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Eh, I forgot Egypt opened its borders for tourists, maybe sth extra in Egypt? Golden Auste (talk) 14:59, 26 September 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Regardless the travel restrictions (it changes all the time), I was thinking of Banff National Park, from where you can see the Northern Lights and there are outdoor spa's there, looks lovely. Or Jasper National Park. Articles would need some more work though first. Then as OBP we could pick a 'haunted' place, but most of those articles are far from ready, needing a lot more content, so lets make sure we vote for some articles that do have content. Adzas (talk) 10:14, 27 September 2020 (EDT)
We can create separate article on Halloween and haunted places. Golden Auste (talk) 14:12, 27 September 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Honestly I don't think Halloween needs its own article. Lets work on the existing destination articles, add missing content etc. Adzas (talk) 16:49, 27 September 2020 (EDT)
Good idea to have a US/Canadian location where to enjoy Northern Lights, for some reason it seems to me that you can only see them in northern Europe...Fairbanks in Alaska or Yellowknife could also be starting points, both articles needs some content. If you want haunted places, in Darmstadt, Germany you can find Castle Frankenstein, some think this place inspired Mary Shelley when she wrote the Frankenstein novel. GiulioC (talk) 04:16, 29 September 2020 (EDT)

Wilcza Góra and sailing itineraries

Adzas, I've a question for you. I'm thinking about creating article about Wilcza Góra in English but I'm not sure if there's no use in doing it as this place is mentioned in different places as Będzin or Sosnowiec. I'm also thinking about sailing itineraries: I'm considering Benin lagoon. Lagos lagoon, Micronesia, Central African Republic or Tristan da Cunha. —The preceding comment was added by Golden Auste (talkcontribs)

I can't find much about Wilcza Góra, is this a village or do you mean the mountain? If it is a village large enough with accommodation and things to see, interesting for travellers, then you could create an article, for a mountain we don't create articles. If it is too small for an own article, then as you say, mention it in the Get out sections of the nearest locations. With regards to the itineraries, have another look at itineraries, as the ones you mention above sound more like 'personal' itineraries, not like an existing, recognized route. Better if you look at the various location articles and add some information there instead. Try to stay away from creating those itineraries, instead work on the many articles that you already created, add more info, source for pictures etc. Happy to help, let me know. Happy editing! Adzas (talk) 03:54, 6 October 2020 (EDT)
Wilcza Góra's a mountain with full of legends. I put it in English version in articles about Będzin, Mydlice and Sosnowiec. Separate article is in Polish info. Golden Auste (talk) 04:44, 6 October 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste

November 2020 homepage

It's almost time to update our homepage. What would you like to see? Some cold and snowy location, maybe a ski resort, or a warm tropical place? Share your thoughts. GiulioC (talk) 04:09, 26 October 2020 (EDT)

One of each... Park City (Utah) looks nice with the snow, or a place in the Scottish Highlands? Or the Bled article looks nice too! Cape Verde for some sun in December? Mauritius? Lamu as something lesser known? So much to choose from! Adzas (talk) 13:13, 26 October 2020 (EDT)
Park City looks good! Some nice places in the Highlands could be Rannoch Moor or Glencoe. What about Diani Beach in Kenya? GiulioC (talk) 06:39, 27 October 2020 (EDT)
Maybe Zakopane or Tatra Mountains or ski resorts in Balkans as Bansko or Tetovo? As for exotic destinations maybe Tuvalu, Nauru or Wallis and Futuna ? Golden Auste (talk) 15:40, 27 October 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste
Zakopane may be good but it needs some improvement, Tatra Mountains needs a lot more info. Bansko and Tetovo look both very good to me. The other exotic destinations mentioned are all good, articles need some more pictures though. GiulioC (talk) 07:25, 31 October 2020 (EDT)
If so I'd vote for Tetovo as it's a developping ski center. I think Gudauri would be wonderful!Golden Auste (talk) 13:39, 1 November 2020 (EST)Golden Auste

Błędowska Desert-disambiguation

I've just created an article on Polish Wikitravel about Pustynia Błędowska. I know you moved the English version to Błędów only. The Polish one contains all places located near the desert. Can I add Polish version there?Golden Auste (talk) 16:54, 27 October 2020 (EDT)Golden Auste

Hi, I am not sure what exactly you mean but Pustynia Błędowska I think is a desert? So then on the Polish version it would also make sense to add this info to the Bledow article, as a desert does not get its own article. If you mean something different, let me know ok? Adzas (talk) 13:04, 1 November 2020 (EST)


Hi, thanks for reaching out. At the moment no admin rights are given on our Chinese wikitravel and you have been inactive for quite some time so not enough to be considered for an admin role should one become available. But welcome back! Your edits are valuable so please do keep editing there and here on the English version. Adzas (talk) 11:49, 10 November 2020 (EST)

December 2020 homepage

Well, this terrible 2020 is coming to an end, let's try to find some beautiful locations where we'd love to spend some time without worrying about anything... Share your thoughts! GiulioC (talk) 03:58, 25 November 2020 (EST)

Welcome to Morocco

Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you will find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, vast deserts - and warm hospitality.

Mountains and desert

From the dunes of the Sahara to the peaks of the High Atlas - Morocco could have been made for travellers. Lyrical landscapes run through this piece of North Africa like the colourful and patterned carpets you will be consumed after in the local cooperatives. The mountains - not only the famous High Atlas, but also the Rif and the sun-tanned mountain ranges leading to the oases of the Sahara - offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: Night skies glistening in the thin air and views over a fluffy bank of clouds from Tizi n'Test Pass. At the bottom there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls and caves in wooded hills and the mighty desert.

ancient Medinas

The cities of Morocco are among the most exciting on the continent. Follow the centuries-old path of nomads and traders to their ancient hearts, from the winding medina labyrinth of Fez to the carnivalesque street theatre of Djemaa El Fna in Marrakech. In the rocky deserts, the medinas are protected by kasbahs, on the coast by thick sea walls. But it is not only a journey to cultural heritage, because Morocco's cities are also future-oriented: In Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier, glittering new urban designs look to the future while paying homage to their roots.

Moroccan activities

Enjoying Morocco begins with nothing more strenuous than its national pastime - watching people in a street café over a coffee or a mint tea. Take the opportunity to plan your next steps - hike to the highest peak of North Africa, learn to roll couscous, go camel trekking in the desert, go shopping in the souks or get lost in the medina. In between activities, you can sleep in boutique riads, relax on panoramic terraces and large squares and mop up delicately flavoured tajines - before sweating it all out in a relaxing hammam.

Traditional life

Morocco is a country steeped in history, which over the centuries has woven its connexions to Sub- Saharan Africa, Europe and the further Middle East into a whole cloth. Its Arab and Berber mixed population forms a strong national identity, but an increasingly youthful one that takes the best of its traditions and weaves the pattern anew - from country to city, from the call to prayer from the mosque to the beat of local hip-hop. Morocco has a hundred faces and sounds, all ready to welcome the traveller in search of spice and adventure.

10 of the Best Places to Visit in Morocco

Although narrowing Morocco's plethora of incredible destinations down to a top 10 list is difficult, no trip to the North African nation would be complete without a visit to at least one of its four imperial cities. In particular, Marrakesh, Fez, and Meknes are packed full of colorful bazaars, breathtaking palaces, and bustling town squares.

Morocco is also famous for its natural beauty, from the golden beaches of seaside towns like Essaouira and Asilah to the magnificent arid landscapes of the Sahara Desert. Here, the possibilities for adventure are endless. Sign up for a camel-back trek through the Sahara, climb North Africa's highest peak or head to Dades Valley for a few nights in a traditional ​kasbah.


Situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the imperial city of Marrakesh is noisy, atmospheric and full of history. There's a lot to see and do, from sampling traditional Moroccan street food at the nightly market in Djemma el Fna; to shopping for spices and artisan jewelry in the bustling souks of the medina. Attractions like the Saadian Tombs and El Badi Palace give an insight into the city's rich history. For the most authentic Marrakesh experience, consider staying in a traditional riad within the medina walls.​


Medieval Fez served as Morocco's capital for more than 400 years and is still an important religious and cultural center. The old walled part of the city, known as Fes el-Bali, was founded in the 9th century and is recognized by UNESCO for the historical importance of its Idrisid dynasty architecture. It is best explored on foot and includes the Al Quaraouiyine mosque and its associated university, which is the oldest in the world (dating back to 859 AD). Other highlights include the Chaouwara Tanneries, the Merenid Tombs and the Mellah or Jewish Quarter.


Situated on Morocco's Atlantic coast, Essaouira is a great place to get away from the heat and bustle of the bigger cities. In the 1960s, the seaside town was a popular hangout for icons like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. The beach is well-known for kitesurfing, while the town charms with narrow streets, red-and-blue-painted houses and ramparts that overlook the busy harbor. Essaouira is known for its quality seafood restaurants and hosts the three-day Gnaoua World Music Festival in June. Chefchaouen Nestled amidst the scenic peaks of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is a small town in a big landscape. It is a center for creativity, attracting painters and photographers with its clear light, serene blue-painted houses (and its reputation as the cannabis capital of Morocco). Browse local arts and crafts in the quaint shops of the medina, enjoy a drink amidst the architecture of Uta el-Hammam square or sample fine Moroccan cuisine at a riad restaurant. The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful hiking trails.


Located on the edge of the Erg Chebbi dune sea, the small town of Merzouga acts as a gateway to the dramatic wilderness of the Sahara Desert. Many operators offer camel safaris, which last anywhere from a few hours to several days. This is the most authentic way to explore the Saharan landscape of knife-edged dunes, blazing blue skies and rare desert wildlife. Most include a visit to a traditional Bedouin camp. Adrenaline junkies can also sign up for quad bike tours, sand-boarding and sand-skiing.

Jebel Toubkal

Jebel Toubkal, situated in the High Atlas Mountains, is the highest peak in North Africa. At 13,671 feet/4,167 meters, the trek to the snow-dusted summit is no easy feat but the breathtaking scenery makes the effort worthwhile. While you can make it to the summit and back to the town of Imlil in a day, it's a good idea to allow at least three days. This way, you have enough time to acclimatize to the effects of the high altitude. ​The mountain is also just 81 kilometers from Ouikaimeden, one of the only ski resorts in Africa.


Meknes is smaller and more laid-back than Marrakesh and Fez yet it has all the charms you'd expect of an imperial city including a well-preserved medina filled with easily navigable souks. Meknes was the capital during the rule of 17th-century Sultan Moulay Ismail and is a showcase of Moroccan architecture complete with huge gates and impressive carvings. History buffs will love top attractions like the Royal Stables and the Museum of Moroccan Art (Dar Jamai), while the Roman ruins at nearby Volubilis are well worth a visit.

Dades Valley

The Dades Valley runs between the Jebel Sarhro and High Atlas mountain ranges and offers some of Morocco's most spectacular scenery. Its cliffs transition from ocher to rose to deep red with the changing light and in some places tower more than 1500 feet above the verdant oases of the valley floor. The best way to appreciate the valley and its Berber villages is on foot, especially when you reach the magnificent Todra Gorge. Traditional forts, or kasbahs, can be found at regular intervals and many now double as luxury hotels.


Tangier is the gateway to Africa for those traveling by sea from southern Europe. While the city doesn't have quite the charm it did in the 1940s and 1950s when you could rub shoulders with the likes of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, there's still a lot to see. Highlights include the medina, the Kasbah Museum and the French-inspired Ville Nouvelle. The harbor also offers interesting views of the Strait of Gibraltar and distant Spain, while a short drive away from the city center reveals some pretty beaches.


Situated on Morocco's North Atlantic coast, seaside Asilah is very popular with Moroccan vacationers who flock to its sandy beaches during the hot summer months. The city walls are covered in colorful murals and the houses are painted white, evoking the white-washed towns of the Greek Islands. Every summer (usually July), artists, musicians and street performers converge in Asilah for the town's vibrant annual Arts Festival. The city's impressive ramparts are a relic of Portuguese colonial rule dating back to the 15th century.