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Located only about 6 kilometres from Da Lat’s city center is the Datanla Waterfall. This is one of the most visited waterfalls in Da Lat and is popular amongst locals and foreigners alike. The water at the falls cascades about 20 metres and it is known to have different levels. The entrance is found at the top of the waterfall; the walk from the top to the bottom of the falls takes a few minutes, with pathways passing through stunning lush greenery. While the Datanla Waterfall by itself is quite impressive, there are also a number of other attractions here. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the roller-coaster or the cable car while here. The roller coaster is both; an attraction for thrill seekers, as well as a real transportation system; used to take visitors to and from the bottom of the waterfall. There are also opportunities to abseil, rock climb and raft, at Datanla Waterfall. With so much to do and see, the Datanla Waterfall is a must-visit attraction for families visiting Da Lat....more

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Located only about 6 kilometres from Da Lat’s city center is the Datanla Waterfall. This is one of the most visited waterfalls in Da Lat and is popular amongst locals and foreigners alike. The water at the falls cascades about 20 metres and it is known to have different levels. The entrance is found at the top of the waterfall; the walk from the top to the bottom of the falls takes a few minutes, with pathways passing through stunning lush greenery. While the Datanla Waterfall by itself is quite impressive, there are also a number of other attractions here. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the roller-coaster or the cable car while here. The roller coaster is both; an attraction for thrill seekers, as well as a real transportation system; used to take visitors to and from the bottom of the waterfall. There are also opportunities to abseil, rock climb and raft, at Datanla Waterfall. With so much to do and see, the Datanla Waterfall is a must-visit attraction for families visiting Da Lat.

Ticket Price

VND 10,000

Opening Hour

Throughout the day

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 1 hour or more

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children

Must See

The different levels of the waterfall

Prayer Facilities

Finding prayer facilities at the Datanla Waterfall will not be possible. There are also no know mosques in the city of Da Lat. If able to locate a clean and quiet place at the attraction, Muslim tourists could offer their prayer outdoors, or they will have to return to their hotel rooms at prayer times.

Halal Food

Since the Datanla Waterfall is a popular tourist site, visitors will be able to locate a restaurant here. Tourists will be able to find some delicious local dishes and refreshments at this outlet. Muslim tourists will however have to dine on the vegetarian and seafood dishes since non-Halal ingredients are commonly used in local dishes. There are also no known Halal restaurants in Da Lat.

  • No Halal dish found.
  • No mosque found.
  • 11 Masakan Lokal Spanyol yang Harus Anda Coba Saat Berkunjung Ke Sana!

    Menjadi pintu gerbang antara Benua Eropa dan Afrika serta Mediterania dan Samudra Atlantik, Spanyol telah diperebutkan oleh kekuatan-kekuatan besar seperti Romawi dan Yunani, serta Muslim dari Afrika dan Arab. Masakan Spanyol sangat dipengaruhi oleh masa lalunya yang multikultural. Orang-orang Yunani dan Romawi memperkenalkan buah zaitun dan minyak zaitun sehingga membentuk pemeliharaan anggur di Spanyol.  Visigoth atau Celtic memperkenalkan orang-orang Spanyol untuk membuat bir, sementara orang Moor dan Berber yang menyeberangi Selat Gibraltar selama penaklukan Muslim membawa beras, sorgum, saffron, terong, jeruk, persik, almond, dan lemon, menciptakan masakan Andalusia. Spanyol adalah salah satu negara adidaya dalam eksplorasi dan dengan kolonisasi Amerika, bahan-bahan seperti tomat, kentang, dan paprika diperkenalkan ke masakan Spanyol. 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Dikatakan bahwa ia berasal dari abad ke-13 ketika Raja Castillian Alfonso X menderita penyakit yang mengharuskan dia untuk mengkonsumsi sejumlah kecil makanan disertai dengan anggur. Setelah kesembuhannya, dia menjadikannya sebagai hukum untuk menyajikan anggur sebagai pengiring makanan. Kedai di seluruh Spanyol mulai melayani wadah anggur dengan sepotong roti dan keju atau selai di atasnya. Tapa adalah kata Spanyol untuk tutup, dan dengan demikian lahirlah Tapas! Tapas biasanya disajikan di bar, namun, ia makanan yang harus dicoba – berhati-hatilah karena mereka melayani alkohol di restoran dan bar tersebut. Tapas juga termasuk hidangan sederhana yang disiapkan dengan bahan-bahan sederhana namun kaya rasa! La Casa Del Abuelo adalah tempat yang sangat direkomendasikan untuk mencoba gambas al ailljo, mereka bahkan sampai ke situs Lonely Planet. Ini adalah pendirian tradisional lama yang telah ada selama lebih dari seratus tahun sehingga anda akan terjamin makanan berkualitas terbaik yang disiapkan dengan penuh cinta.  Alamat: Calle de la Victoria, 12, 28012 Madrid, Spanyol Jam buka: 12PM sampai 11.59PM (Minggu-Kamis)                   12PM sampai 1AM (Jumat & Sabtu) Kontak: (+34) 910 00 01 33 Situs web: LaCasaDeLaBuelo  6. Pulpoal la gallega Ini adalah hidangan gurita Galician tradisional, yang juga disebut sebagai polbo á feira atau pulpo estilo feira. Hidangan ini telah disiapkan dengan cara yang sama selama berabad-abad. Pulpo al la gallega pertama kali dibawa sekitar 125 tahun lalu ketika penggembala keledai pertama kali mengangkut gurita ke pameran ternak pedalaman di mana mereka memasaknya dengan minyak zaitun dan paprika. Gurita disiapkan dalam kuali tembaga yang menambah rasa hidangan. Gurita merupakan bagian besar dari makanan laut Spanyol dan orang-orang Spanyol tahu bagaimana menyiapkan hidangan gurita yang baik jadi pastikan untuk mencobanya ketika di sana! Cicipi Galecian pulpo al la gallega yang otentik di Rias de Gallecia. Alamat: Carrer de Lleida, 7, 08004 Barcelona, ​​Spanyol Jam buka: 1PM sampai 4PM | 8PM sampai 11.30PM (Senin-Minggu) Kontak: (+34) 934 24 81 52 Situs web: RiasDeGalicia 7. Pisto Juga dikenal sebagai pisto manchego, ini adalah hidangan asli Murcia dan Castilla La Mancha. Ia disiapkan dengan tomat, bawang merah, terong atau zucchini, paprika hijau dan merah, dan minyak zaitun. Ia juga dikenal sebagai ratatouille Spanyol dan disajikan sebagai hidangan pembuka atau makanan pengiring untuk hidangan lain. Pisto sering disajikan dengan telur goreng dan sepotong roti; ini juga bisa menjadi hidangan vegan yang luar biasa. Pisto juga bisa digunakan sebagai isian untuk empanada dan tortilla. Coba pisto otentik di Taberna Malaspina di Calle de Cádiz! Alamat: Calle de Cádiz, 9, 28012 Madrid, Spanyol Jam buka: 10AM sampai 2AM(Minggu-Kamis)                   10AM sampai 2.30AM (Jumat & Sabtu) Kontak: (+34) 915 23 40 24 Facebook 8. CremaCatalana Crème brûlée versi Spanyol yang sangat digemari ini adalah bagian dari masakan Catalana. Banyak orang ingin mengklaim penciptaan makanan penutup yang manis ini tapi Catalonia mengatakan bahwa mereka yang awalnya menciptakannya. Catalonia memimpin di sudut timur laut Spanyol, dekat dengan perbatasan Prancis. Resep untuk crema Catalana dapat ditemukan di buku resep yang ditulis pada abad ke-14 dan 16, ini digambarkan sebagai krim custard dengan bagian atas yang dibakar; lapisan gula di atas dibakar menggunakan batang logam panas untuk memberikannya kerak hitam yang khas. Crema Catalana juga disebut sebagai Crema de San José (krim Saint Joseph) yang juga dianggap sebagai hari ayah di Spanyol , dan hanya akan disajikan pada hari itu, namun, di zaman modern Anda dapat menemukan makanan penutup ini di mana saja! Untuk mencoba kreasi Catalana crema, pergi ke Patisserie Escriba! Alamat: Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes , 546, 08011 Barcelona, ​​Spanyol Jam buka: 8.30AM sampai 9PM (Senin-Jumat)                   8AM sampai 9PM (Sabtu-Minggu) Kontak: +34 934 54 75 35 Situs web: www.escriba.es Empanada Sebuah masakan klasik Galisia, Anda tidak akan salah dengan empanada! Empanada diciptakan pada tahun 1520 dan tidak seperti empanada Latin yang terkenal disajikan sebagai pai-pai kecil individu. Empanada Galician disajikan sebagai pai besar tunggal yang bisa berbentuk persegi atau lingkaran dan kemudian diiris menjadi potongan-potongan individu. Empanada terkenal di kalangan petani, yang akan membawanya ke ladang bersama mereka untuk camilan saat bekerja. Empanada adalah adonan pie beragi yang diisi dengan tumisan bawang merah, paprika, bawang putih, dan sejenis protein. Tuna atau bonito dan ayam, atau gurita boleh digunakan sebagai proteinnya. Tempat apa yang lebih baik untuk mencoba empanada daripada tempat spesialisasi nya? Coba empanada di El Club de L 'Empanada. Alamat: Carrer de la Dagueria , 7, 08002 Barcelona, ​​Spanyol Jam buka: 9AM sampai 5PM | 7PM hingga 11PM (Senin-Sabtu) Kontak: +34 933 10 76 47 Situs web: clubdelaempanada.com  10. Berenjenascon Miel  Hidangan sederhana namun sangat lezat. Jangan lewatkan yang satu ini! Contoh lain di mana bangs Moors memengaruhi masakan Spanyol, berenjenas con miel diperkenalkan pada tahun 700 pendudukan bangsa Moors di Semenanjung Iberia. Hidangan ini menggabungkan rasa manis dan asin dan menambah tekstur sutera yang dimiliki terong, itu suguhan yang pasti! Berenjenas con Miel hanyalah terung goreng yang disajikan dengan madu. Hidangan sederhana ini menjadi hidangan pembuka yang enak dan bisa dicoba di Taberna Las Meigas. Alamat: Calle Emancipación , 11, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga, Spanyol Jam buka: 12PM sampai 5PM | 10PM sampai 11.59PM (Senin-Minggu) Kontak: +34 951 77 65 99 Facebook   11. Churros Untuk mengakhiri artikel ini dengan catatan manis, di manakah tempat yang lebih baik untuk mencoba camilan yang digemari khalayak internasional daripada di negara asalnya ?! Sajian manis ini memiliki sejarah yang eksotis. Beberapa spekulasi menyatakan bahwa ia pertama kali diperkenalkan oleh orang Portugis yang melakukan perjalanan ke Timur dan membawa churros dengan mereka dan resepnya melompati perbatasan ke Spanyol.  Waktu ini, resepnya diubah menjadi manisan yang memiliki adonan yang diekstrusi melalui cetakan berbentuk bintang dibandingakan dengan hasil tarikan yang merupakan teknik Cina asli. Teori lain menunjukkan bahwa pertama kali ia diciptakan oleh gembala Spanyol yang tinggal di pegunungan sebagai pengganti bahan makanan yang dipanggang karena adonannya yang ringan dan lebih mudah disiapkan. Saat ini, churros dapat ditemukan di seluruh Spanyol; di restoran sebagai sarapan, oleh pedagang kaki lima sebagai camilan untuk dinikmati sewaktu-waktu, dan bahkan di spesialis churrerías. Churros dapat disajikan dengan berbagai cara; ia dapat disajikan dengan gula dicampur bubuk kayu manis, cokelat, dulce de leche dan bahkan café con leche - kopi Spanyol. Cicipi churros terbaik di salah satu Chocolatiers tertua di Spanyol, Chocolatería San Ginés. Alamat: Pasadizo de San Ginés , 5, 28013 Madrid, Spanyol Jam buka: 24/7 (Senin-Minggu) Kontak: +34 913 65 65 46 Situs web: ChocolateriaSanGines.com    Menemukan makanan halal di Spanyol tidak akan menjadi hal yang sulit karena sebagian besar makanan mereka ramah Muslim dan Halal karena makanan tersebut terdiri dari banyak makanan laut dan sayuran, serta banyak pengaruh Muslim terdapat dalam masakan mereka. Alasan lain mengapa menemukan makanan halal di Spanyol akan menjadi mudah adalah karena Aplikasi HalalTrip: Makanan, Restoran, Travel & Jadwal Sholat. Jadi berkemas-kemaslah untuk pergi ke Spanyol yang indah untuk menikmati makanan mereka yang lezat!  Panduan Transportasi: Cara Untuk Berkeliling Spanyol...

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Sepanyol adalah di mana coklat yang kita kenal kini dicipta; dimana gula mula-mula ditambah kepada coklat untuk mengurangkan kepahitan semulajadinya di Sepanyol! Penerokaan dan sifat ingin tahu pada masa lepas telah membawa kepada makanan Sepanyol yang kita suka dan kenal hari ini, berikut adalah 11 hidangan makanan Sepanyol yang anda mesti cuba! 1.Paella Paella, mungkin adalah makanan Sepanyol yang paling dikenali! Ia adalah makanan yang serba boleh dan seimbang yang tentunya akan membuat anda mahu menambah lagi! Pada abad ke-10, orang Moor di Sepanyol Islam memperkenalkan penanaman padi yang memberi kesan besar kepada makanan Sepanyol. Makanan Valencia menggabungkan nasi ke dalam masakan harian mereka, membuat kaserol nasi dengan arnab dan rempah ratus untuk keraian keluarga dan perayaan keagamaan. Dengan itu, menjelang abad ke-15, nasi telah menjadi bahan utama dalam masakan Valencia! Paella boleh disediakan dengan pelbagai bahan berbeza tetapi unsur utama tentulah nasi. Mereka biasanya menggunakan jenis Bomba dan Calasparra yang ditanam sepanjang pantai timur Sepanyol, dan digunakan disebabkan keistimewaan mereka menyerap segala perisa daripada hidangan-hidangan lain. Paella disediakan secara tradisional bersama arnab atau ayam, safron, kacang merayap dan kacang serinding, namun begitu, terdapat juga jenis makanan laut. Ini boleh disediakan dengan kerang-kerangan seperti kupang, udang, dan juga sotong. Jenis paella paling popular adalah paella campur yang menggabungkan daging-daging darat dan juga makanan laut. Arroceria Marina Ventura mendakwa mereka menghidangkan paella dan masakan nasi yang terbaik, jadi lawati mereka jika anda berada di Madrid! Alamat: Calle Ventura de la Vega, 13 Madrid, 28014, SpainMasa Dibuka: 1.15PM ke 12AM (Setiap Hari)Nombor Telefon: (+34) 914 29 38 10Laman Sesawang: arroceriaventura.com 2. Gazpacho Ini adalah makanan Sepanyol klasik yang terkenal di seluruh dunia! Hidangan Andalusia purba ini berasal daripada orang Rom yang membawanya bersama ketika ke Sepanyol. Pada masa itu, ia hanyalah sup mengandungi roti, minyak zaitun, bawang putih dan cuka. Hanya pada abad ke-19 ia mendapat warna merah yang terkenal apabila tomato diperkenalkan kepada resipi ini mengubahnya kepada hidangan musim panas sejuk yang disukai ramai hari ini! Gazpacho moden dibuat menggunakan cili kembung, bawang dan timun; ia juga menggantikan tomato dan roti dengan avokado, tembikai, anggur, stok daging malah makanan laut! Jika anda berjalan-jalan pada hari musim panas membahang di Sepanyol, cari gazpacho kerana ia dihidangkan sejuk! Memandangkan ia mengandungi banyak sayur-sayuran dan roti, ia adalah Halal, jadi anda tidak perlu risau mencubanya. Anda boleh pesan hidangan ini di El Torreón Restaurante. Alamat: Playa Butibamba, La Cala de Mijas, 29649 Mijas Costa, SpainMasa Dibuka: 10AM ke 12AM (Setiap Hari)Nombor Telefon: (+34) 913 76 07 77Laman Sesawang: www.restaurantetorreonlacala.com 3. Tortilla Española Juga dikenali sebagai tortilla de patatas atau tortilla de papas, ia dikenali sebagai telur dadar Sepanyol dalam Bahasa Melayu. Rujukan pertama tentang tortilla ditemui tertulis dalam dokumen Navarra tidak bernama dialamatkan ke mahkamah pada 1817, yang menerangkan kesusahan hidup dialami orang tempatan. Ia mengatakan wanita telah mempelajari menyediakan tortilla dengan mencampurkan beberapa telur, kentang dan beberapa bahan lain. Namun begitu, legenda di sebalik tortilla adalah seorang jeneral Carlism membuat satu hidangan dipanggil 'tortilla de patatas', sejenis hidangan yang mudah dan berkhasiat untuk mengatasi kekurangan dalam tentera Carlism. Satu lagi legenda adalah jeneral ini mendapat idea daripada seorang isteri petani. Ia adalah makanan ringkas mengandungi telur, kentang dan kadang-kadang bawang; namun begitu, penambahan bawang dianggap satu kontroversi oleh penggemar makanan ekstrim. Makanan ini dihidangkan sejuk atau suam. Anda boleh menemui tortilla de patatas terbaik di Casa Dani untuk nilai hebat dan rasa Sepanyol asli! Mereka merupakan sebuah cafeteria kecil yang tersembunyi di dalam Mercado de la Paz. Alamat: Calle de Ayala, 28, 28001 Madrid, SpainMasa Dibuka: 7AM ke 7PM (Isnin-Sabtu)                         Ditutup hari AhadNombor Telefon: (+34) 915 75 59 25 4. Turrón Turrón telah wujud sejak abad ke-15 dan dimakan di seluruh Sepanyol sekarang. Gula-gula ini mempunyai akar Islam; gula-gula moden ini mungkin datang daripada resipi Islam yang dibuat di kawasan-kawasan Islam dalam negara ini dan dikenali sebagai turun. Manisan serupa telah dijual pada era Rom Lama dikenali sebagai cupeto atau cupedia. Turrón dibuat dengan almond, susu, putih telur, gula dan madu; ia adalah sejenis nougat dan kerap dimakan ketika Krismas. Ia boleh ditemui dalam dua jenis, keras dan lembut; turrón keras disediakan dengan sebiji almond, sementara turrón lembut disediakan menggunakan pes almond dan minyak. Anda boleh menemui turrón hampir di mana-mana sahaja di Sepanyol tetapi; lawatan ke TORRONS VICENS PETRITXOL adalah wajib.Alamat: Carrer de Petritxol, 15, 08002 Barcelona, SpainMasa Dibuka: 10AM ke 8.30PM (Isnin-Sabtu)                        11AM ke 8PM (Ahad)Nombor Telefon: (+34) 933 04 37 36Laman Sesawang: www.vicens.com 5. Gambas al ailljo Ini bermaksud udang dalam sos bawang putih, tidakkah ia bunyi macam sedap?! Asal sebenar makanan ini tidak diketahui, tetapi ia adalah penting bagi Tapas. Tapas penting dalam masakan Sepanyol, ia dikatakan berasal dari abad ke-13 ketika Raja Castille Raja Alfonso Kelima menderita penyakit yang memerlukan baginda memakan jumlah makanan yang kecil disertakan dengan wain. Apabila baginda sembuh, baginda membuat undang-undang dimana  wain harus dihidangkan bersama tapas. Tavern di seluruh Sepanyol mula menghidangkan bekas wain bersama sekeping roti dengan keju atau jem. Tapa adalah perkataan Sepanyol untuk penutup, dan dengan itu Tapas terlahir! Tapas biasanya dihidangkan di bar, namun begitu, ia perlu dicuba – ambil perhatian yang mereka menjual alkohol di restoran dan bar. Ini adalah sebuah hidangan mudah yang disediakan dengan bahan-bahan ringkas tetapi amat lazat! La Casa Del Abuelo adalah tempat yang amat disarankan untuk mencuba gambas al ailljo. Restoran ini malah dipaparkan dalam laman sesawang Lonely Planet. Ia merupakan restoran lama yang telah beroperasi selama lebih daripada seratus tahun jadi anda pasti mendapat makanan berkualiti terbaik yang disediakan dengan penuh perhatian. Alamat: Calle de la Victoria, 12, 28012 Madrid, SpainMasa Dibuka: 12PM ke 12AM (Ahad-Khamis)                          12PM ke 1AM (Jumat & Sabtu)Nombor Telefon: (+34) 910 00 01 33Laman Sesawang: lacasadelabuelo.es 6. Pulpo al la gallega Ini adalah masakan sotong Galicia tradisional juga dikenali sebagai polbo á feira atau pulpo estilo feira. Hidangan ini telah disediakan dengan cara yang sama untuk berkurun-kurun lamanya. Puplo al la gallega pertama sekali dibawa lebih kurang 125 tahun lepas apabila gembala baghal mula-mula menghantar sotong ke pasar lembu ternak kawasan pedalaman di mana ia disediakan dengan minyak zaitun dan paprika. Sotong ini disediakan dalam belanga tembaga dan ini menambah rasa kepada masakan ini. Sotong adalah sebahagian besar masakan laut Sepanyol, dan orang Sepanyol tahu bagaimana menyediakan masakan sotong yang enak, jadi jangan lupa mencubanya apabila sampai ke Sepanyol! Rasai pulpo a la gallega Galecia asli di Rias de Gallecia. Alamat: Carrer de Lleida, 7, 08004 Barcelona, SpainMasa Dibuka: 1PM ke 4PM | 8PM ke 11.30PM (Isnin-Ahad)Nombor Telefon: (+34) 934 24 81 52Laman Sesawang: riasdegalicia.com 7. Pisto Juga dikenali sebagai pisto manchego, ia adalah masakan asli di Murcia dan Castilla La Mancha. Ia disediakan dengan tomato, bawang, terung atau courgette, lada kembung hijau atau merah, dan minyak zaitun. Ia juga dikenali sebagai ratatouille versi Sepanyol dan dihidangkan sebagai pembuka selera atau dipasangkan dengan masakan lain. Pisto biasanya dihidangkan dengan telur goreng dan sekeping roti; ini juga boleh dijadikan hidangan vegan yang hebat. Pisto juga boleh digunakan sebagai inti untuk empanada dan tortilla. Cuba pisto asli di Taberna Maspina di Calle de Cádiz! Alamat: Calle de Cádiz, 9, 28012 Madrid, SpainMasa Dibuka: 10AM ke 2AM (Ahad-Khamis)                            10AM ke 2.30AM (Jumaat & Sabtu)Nombor Telefon: (+34) 915 23 40 24 Facebook 8. Crema Catalana Crème brûlée versi Sepanyol yang disukai ramai ini adalah sebahagian daripada masakan Catalan. Banyak orang mendakwa mencipta pencuci mulut manis ini dan orang Catalonia mendakwa mereka yang menciptanya mula-mula. Catalonia berada di sudut timur laut Sepanyol, berhampiran dengan sempadan Perancis. Resipi untuk crema Catalana boleh ditemui dalam buku-buku masak ditulis pada abad ke-14 dan ke-16. Ia dijelaskan sebagai krim kastard dengan permukaan atas yang terbakar; permukaan gula dibakar menggunakan batang logam panas untuk memberikannya kerak terbakarnya yang dikenali. Crema Catalana juga disebut sebagai Crema de San José (krim Saint Joseph) yang juga dianggap sebagai hari bapa Sepanyol, dan hanya akan dihidangkan pada hari itu. Namun begitu, pada zaman moden anda boleh mendapatkan pencuci mulut ini di mana-mana dan pada bila-bila sahaja. Untuk mencuba sedikit kelainan pada crema Catalana, lawati patisserie escriba! Alamat: Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, 546, 08011 Barcelona, SpainMasa Dibuka: 8.30AM ke 9PM (Isnin-Jumaat)                           8AM ke 9PM (Sabtu-Ahad)Nombor Telefon: +34 934 54 75 35Laman Sesawang: www.escriba.es 9. Empanada Masakan Galicia klasik, anda tidak akan menyesal dengan empanada! Empanada wujud sejak 1520 dan tidak seperti empanada Latin yang disediakan sebagai beberapa pai tangan kecil, empanada Galicia disediakan sebagai satu pai besar yang boleh mempunyai bentuk empat segi atau bulat dan kemudian dipotong kepada bahagian-bahagian lebih kecil. Empanada terkenal di kalangan petani, yang akan membawanya bersama ke ladang untuk dimakan ketika bekerja. Empanada adalah roti yang beryis, dengan kerak pai yang ber doh dipenuhi dengan bawang ditumis, lada kembung, bawang putih dan sejenis protein. Protein yang biasa digunakan adalah tuna atau bonito, ayam atau sotong. Tempat yang tepat untuk mencuba empanada adalah tempat yang khusus membuatnya! Cubalah empanada di El Club de L' Empanada. Alamat: Carrer de la Dagueria, 7, 08002 Barcelona, SpainMasa Dibuka: 9AM ke 5PM | 7PM ke 11PM (Isnin-Sabtu)Nombor Telefon: +34 933 10 76 47Laman Sesawang: clubdelaempanada.com 10. Berenjenas con Miel Makanan yang ringkas tetapi sedap, jangan terlepas untuk mencuba! Satu lagi contoh bagaimana orang Moor mempengaruhi masakan Sepanyol, berenjenas con miel telah diperkenalkan ketika pendudukan mereka selama 700 tahun di Semenanjung Iberia. Masakan ini menggabungkan kedua-dua rasa manis dan masin dan ditambahkan tekstur lembut terung, ia tentunya digemari! Berenjenas con Miel hanyalah terung/aubergine goreng yang dihidangkan dengan madu, makanan ringkas ini adalah pembuka selera yang hebat. Cubalah masakan ini di Taberna Las Meigas Alamat: Calle Emancipación, 11, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga, SpainMasa Dibuka:  12PM ke 5PM | 8PM ke 12AM​ (Isnin-Ahad)Nombor Telefon: +34 951 77 65 99 Facebook 11. Churros Kita akhiri dengan sesuatu yang manis. Di mana lagi mahu mencuba makanan yang disukai seluruh dunia ini selain negara asalnya? Makanan manis ini mempunyai sejarah yang eksotik. Sesetengah orang berpendapat ia diperkenalkan oleh orang Portugis yang berlayar ke Timur dan membawa churros bersama mereka, dan resipi ini meloncat sempadan ke Sepanyol di mana ia diubahsuai sehingga dohnya meleler keluar melalui acuan berbentuk bintang dan tidak ditarik yang merupakan teknik Cina asal. Satu lagi teori mengatakan ia pertama kali dibuat oleh penggembala Sepanyol yang hidup di pergunungan sebagai pengganti makanan bakar kerana ia adalah doh yang ringan dan lebih mudah disediakan. Di zaman ini, churros boleh ditemui di seluruh Sepanyol; di restoran-restoran ia dihidangkan sebagai sarapan, di penjaja-penjaja jalanan sebagai snek untuk dinikmati pada bila-bila masa sepanjang hari, termasuk di churrería khusus. Ia boleh dihidangkan dalam pelbagai cara; ia boleh dihidangkan dengan gula kayu manis, coklat, dulce de leche dan juga café con leche – sejenis kopi Sepanyol. Rasai churros terbaik di salah satu Chocolatier tertua di Sepanyol, Chocolatería San Ginés. Alamat: Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, SpainMasa Dibuka: ​24/7 (Isnin-Ahad)Nombor Telefon: +34 913 65 65 46Laman Sesawang: chocolateriasangines.com Mencari makanan Halal di Sepanyol bukanlah sukar kerana kebanyakan makanan mereka adalah mesra-muslim memandangkan ia menggunakan banyak makanan laut dan sayur-sayuran, selain pengaruh Islam yang besar dalam masakan mereka. Satu lagi sebab mengapa mencari makanan Halal di Sepanyol mudah kerana Aplikasi Halal Trip: Makanan, Restoran, Pelancongan & Solat atau anda boleh sahaja lungsuri Google Search. Jadi mula berkemas dan mari bertolak ke Sepanyol yang cantik untuk menikmati makanan mereka yang terliur! Panduan Pengangkutan: Cara Mengembara Di Sekitar Sepanyol Menaiki Pengangkutan Udara, Keretapi dan Darat 11 Tempat-tempat Islam Bersejarah Mesti Dilawati Di Sepanyol...

  • Top 10 Experiences You Must Try in 2017

    Travelers should try to make these must-try travel experiences 2017 part of their holiday to add to the excitement. Better yet, start creating your travel bucket list for 2017 by including some of these thrilling and unique activities when making holiday plans.   1) Snowmobiling - Reykjavik, Iceland If you are planning to visit Iceland, make it a point to take a snowmobiling tour to complete your visit. This thrilling activity is the best way to get the most out of visiting regions like the Golden Circle. Even taking a glacier snowmobile tour at Langjokull is a great way to appreciate the beauty of Iceland.  Most snowmobile tour excursions will include an hour of racing through the snow covered landscape and would be some of the unique travel experiences for Muslim travelers in Iceland.  It is hard to find Halal food in Reykjavik but there are some good vegetarian and seafood options. For prayer facilities, there is only one mosque Reykjavik.   2) Go Canyoning – Da Lat, Vietnam Try canyoning in Vietnam and get engaged in some fun travel experiences for 2017. Canyoning also known as gorge walking, is an exciting activity that consists of trekking through gorges or waterfalls  - and Da Lat is one of the best destinations to do it. A guide will help you trek, climb or cliff jump through waterfalls which is a unique way to be get close to the natural landscape of the region – great for those looking for an adrenaline rush too. While Halal food cannot be found in Da Lat, there are is good selection of vegetarian restaurants. However, there are no mosques in Da Lat, but prayers can be done in the hotel rooms.   3) Go On A Bridge Climb - Sydney, Australia Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one activity that should be added to your travel bucket list for 2017. Not only will climbing to the top grant you with an amazing panoramic view of Sydney but  also of the UNESCO Heritage site the Blue Mountains too. For those who don’t fancy exerting themselves, bridge climb tours also include shorter climbs. There are even special or celebration bridge climb tours during festivals such as the Chinese New Year, Vivid Sydney or Mardi Gras. Sydney also has many diverse restaurants to find Halal food and locating prayer facilities or mosques will not be an issue either.   4) Swing at the End of the World - Banos, Ecuador  Visiting Banos in Ecuador will offer some unique travel experiences for Muslim travelers – that includes swinging from La Casa Del Arbol, a tree house  that is a seismic monitoring station. This may not sound like much, but you will be swinging 2,600 metres above sea level in the open air over the volcano Mount Tungurahua with no safety harness – definitely something to add to your travel bucket list for 2017. There will be some difficulty finding Halal food or mosques Banos, but there are vegetarian or vegan eating outlets available and prayers can be carried out in the hotel room.   5) Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, Turkey A hot air balloon ride above the mountain landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey is certainly one of the best things to do in 2017. You will enjoy a view of Cappadocia like no other as it is a top destination to enjoy a hot air balloon ride. There are many different regions to choose from as well, and some visitors can select particular tours that cover certain regions.There are restaurants  serving Halal food in these areas , and prayer facilities include a few mosques in Cappadocia.   6) Northern Lights – Trondheim, Norway Seeing the Northern Lights dance across the night sky is something to add to your travel bucket list for 2017. While visiting almost any region in northern Norway  -  such as Svalbard,  will give you great view of this phenomenon, there is an amazing a display of the Northern Lights in Trondheim that can be seen even from the city. Of course the aurora is much more visible in areas that are not brightly lit up. There are a few restaurants that serve Halal food and few vegetarian places too and prayer facilities include the Muslim Society in Trondheim and few other Islamic centres.   7) Japanese Tea Ceremony – Tokyo, Japan While this might sound less adventurous, it is a great way to get immersed in the Japanese culture and try out some unique kinds of sweets and great tea. This is will be one of the unique travel experiences for Muslim travelers, where they can enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with Halal food being provided on request. However, always confirm that no alcohol is used in food in preparation beforehand. There are a number of mosques in Tokyo including the Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Centre and the Asakusa Mosque.   8) Jet boat ride at Iguazu Falls – Foz do Iguacu, Brazil and Argentinean Borders Your fun travel experiences for 2017 should include taking a jet boat  tour that will include a ride through the majestic natural waterfall. The professional boat operators will take visitors into the heart of the waterfall which is a unique experience to get close with nature.  Surrounded by a vast tropical rainforest, Iguazu Falls is formed by several waterfalls and the river is actually the shape of a horse shoe. One restaurant serving Halal food – Castelo Libanes, can be found, but more information can be gathered from local Muslims or the mosque.  Prayer facilities are not available in the area but in Foz do Iguacu includes the famous Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque.    9) A Walking Tour of Plitvice Lakes – Plitvice National , Croatia Taking a walking tour through the hiking trails of this UNESCO Heritage site is a unique way to appreciate the Plitvice Lakes and should be one of the things to do in 2017. The 16 lakes and 90 waterfalls during spring or fall season are especially beautiful and a walking tour will ensure a great view to be taken to photograph. Halal food will be hard to find in Plitvice, however, seafood or vegetarian dining options are available and can be ordered after inquiring about food preparations. There are no prayer facilities or mosques located in the area, but prayers can be carried out in the accommodation.   10) Tandem Paragliding – Cape Town, South Africa Add paragliding in Cape Town to your list of fun travel experiences for 2017 and get a amazing view of Cape Town too. Most paragliding flights are done from Signal Hill or Lions Head and it is an exhilarating experience. Take part in tandem paragliding with an instructor or try a solo flight if you are more experienced. Cape Town is very Muslim-friendly and restaurant serving Halal food can be found quite easily. Prayer facilities and mosques can be located in most areas of Cape Town.     Click here for more of HalalTrip's Best 10 lists for 2017!     ...

  • 6 Reasons to Visit Vietnam - One of Asia's Most Affordable Travel Destinations

    Looking for a budget Muslim-friendly holiday destination in Asia? Look no further than Vietnam! If you wish to travel abroad to a location that offers the most relaxing as well as thrilling vacation, you might want to consider evaluating why travel to Vietnam. There are so many reasons to why is Vietnam a popular Muslim-friendly travel destination and HalalTrip guarantees that you will not be disappointed by the many wondrous surprises the country has in store for those who arrive longing for a memorable holiday experience.    1) So Very Affordable     One of the main reasons why Vietnam is a popular travel destination amongst so many Muslim travelers is because a vacation in this paradise does not cost a fortune. Even if you choose to stay in some of the highest ranking star class resorts in the country, you will still find the cost to be lesser than that of most other tourist destinations in the world.    2) The Natural Landscapes - Picture Postcard Worthy     Vietnam is a nation which has managed to preserve the best of what nature has bestowed on land. Another top reason to visit Vietnam is the amazing scenic beauty that will surround you wherever you go. The beauty of these natural landscapes are so exquisite that they have even been recognized as UNESCO world heritage sites. Some of these must-visit places in Vietnam displaying nature’s best include Halong Bay, Phong Nha Ke Bang caves, Cham Islands, and Da Lat.   3) Learn About the History of a Great Nation     For those who want to have an enriching Halal-friendly holiday experience, there are ample amount of reasons to visit Vietnam. Having a rich history which can be traced back to 2000 BC, visitors will be able to learn about how the ancient native Dong Son culture was built and throughout the years how other civilizations influenced the country to become what it is today.    4) Even Day-to-Day Activities Seem Adventurous     You will most certainly have fun exploring the magnificent landscapes and ancient ruins of the country. But what is also unique is that the day-to-day things to do in Vietnam - be it eating dinner at the side of a street or exploring the old city quarter - also seem adventurous. One of the most recommended fun activities is to ride a rented motorbike around the country for the most enjoyable travel experience.    5) A Shopping Lover's Paradise     For those appreciate fine arts and unique creations, shopping in Vietnam will be a lovely treat. From handcrafted jewelry to interesting souvenirs, the variety of things to buy are endless. Plenty of massive shopping malls are also available in the bigger cities selling high-end brands to electronics to just about anything you need.   6) Meets Requirements of Muslim Travelers     When you travel to most of the cities which feature top attractions in Vietnam such as in Ho Chi Minh, you will find that there are a number of good quality eateries which serve Halal food in Vietnam. Also there are many mosques in Vietnam located across the country, of which the largest mosque was opened recently in 2006 with aid from Saudi Arabia.      If you are planning to travel to Vietnam, HalalTrip offers useful information for Muslim travelers on where to find facilities such as mosques and Halal food. You may check out some of our guides for more information.   Click here to check out Muslim-friendly guides to popular destinations in Vietnam   HalalTrip guide for travelers on how to use Qibla direction feature and prayer calculator     ...

  • 10 Cheap Vacation Ideas for Backpackers

    Backpacking vacations are becoming more and more popular as it is an ideal way to holiday abroad - specially for students and families looking for budget or cheap vacations ideas. It can be a lot of fun and will give you a very realistic view of the holiday destination, but do be willing to give up some luxuries! Source: Reddit With the increase in tourism in most countries, there are plenty of last minute vacation deals and all-inclusive family holiday travel packages to choose from; even for the budget traveler.   The list below includes some of the cheapest destinations for a backpacking vacation. So, enjoy these fun places for an all-inclusive backpacking vacation. 1) Vietnam Vietnam has been become a popular choice as a vacation destination over the last few years. Today, many people travel to Vietnam on backpacking vacations. While you need to be a bit careful not to get hoaxed into any tourist scams, this country has loads to see and do; from war museums to traditional village life...resulting in a fun vacation spot at cheap prices!  Things to do and places to visit: The most popular cities and towns to visit are Hanoi – the 11th century French influenced capital of the country, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – for a look at the war museums, NhaTrang – for the beaches, Da Lat – for fabulous lakes and waterfalls and the colonial landmarks, Ha Long Bay – for the famous junk boats and caves, Mui Neb – for a view of a traditional fishing village and a river canyon walk nearby, and Sa Pa – for a trekking adventure close to hill tribes and a look at the rice terraces. Accommodation: There are many hostels and hotels in Vietnam available at cheap prices as well as being Muslim-friendly...a search on the internet will get backpackers on the right path. If you are taking a family trip, then do search out hotels that have bigger rooms that can accommodate everyone.  If you are traveling with family and kids on this vacation, then checkout some of these family-friendly hotels in Ho Chi Minh City that offer children-friendly facilities - Tan Sot Nhat Saigon Hotel, Eden Saigon, Metropole Hotel, The Imperial and Golden Central.  There are also some hotels that are Muslim-friendly in Hanoi, including Vietview Hotel, Atrium Hotel, HanoiTirant Hotel among others, but they may come at a higher price. Transportation: Traveling around Vietnam can be done by bus – buy the tickets in advance or as you feel like it. For longer journeys, the country has a good train service. If you just want to have some fun, you can easily rent a motorcycle and travel off the beaten track at your leisure! However, be careful when you drive and cross streets, as motorcyclists will be zig-zagging to avoid you but may not want to stop.  Muslim-Friendly Facilities: There are quite a few hotels and restaurants that cater to Muslim travelers in the towns of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, while the smaller cities and towns in Vietnam may offer fewer Muslim-friendly facilities and Halal food. In this case, try the seafood dishes and the vegetarian street food as an option. In Ho Chi Minh City check out the street next to Ben Thanh Market for such hotels/hostels and also many restaurants that serve Halal food. NhaTrang has only one Halal restaurant that serves Indian food - Omar's Indian Restaurant. There are quite a few mosques in Vietnam’s districts and provinces, but the most are found in Ho Chi Minh City and there is also one in Hanoi.   2) India India is a hotspot for backpackers, with its widely varying landscapes, lifestyles and cultures. The Indian subcontinent is so vast that you may actually have to plan several trips in order to take in the essence of the country from its deserts to mountains to beaches, and the diversity in cultures and people that is only found in India. India is actually a good country to travel on family vacations and even travel with kids. There is usually plenty to do and see. Children will be accommodated and welcome almost everywhere you go. What to do and see: Just go about India, visit the different States and cities, and take in the different cultures and lifestyles. Visit the Himalayan Mountains which spans 10 States of India, go to Goa and live by the beach, visit some of Indian heritage cities and sights. Take a tour of the Golden Triangle of Dehli, Agra and Jaipur or the state of Jammu and Kashmir, visit South Indian cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Pondicherry, Ooty, Kodaikanal, and Kanyakumari, or venture into the famous Bollywood town of Mumbai…there is plenty to do and see…thus, giving you one of the best vacation spotsto visit. Accommodation: There are many hotels and hostels in most major cities of the country, choose one that fits your budget and requirements. But as you’re planning a cheap vacation, please do be ready to give up luxuries, although some Indian cities will surprise you with great value for money hotels. Transportation: The Indian public transport is quite extensive and cheap. There are also plenty of taxis or tuk-tuks depending on the city you are in. The Indian Railway system is quite fantastic and can be used for getting from one place to another in the city, between cities and even States. In some cities such as Mumbai, the train actually gets you to your destination faster because of traffic congestion on the roads...it’s also cheaper than being stuck in a taxi in traffic! Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Food in India is generally quite affordable and there are plenty of Halal food options in India. There are also ample vegetarian restaurants, which actually serve some fabulous Indian veg food… do try out the Gujarati vegetarian thaali, it’s truly a delicious meal, and you will not miss the meat! Indian street food is also delicious, cheap and a must try… just make sure you ensure the place is clean.  There are mosques in most major cities of the country, and generally, Muslim travelers should not find it difficult to find Muslim-friendly facilities in India.   3) Thailand  Everyone travels to; or wants to travel to Thailand… and why not? It is one of the cheapest travel spots of the world, known as a shopping heaven for shopaholics, and is has natural beauty together with a traditional cultural heritage. Thailand is renowned for its celebrated beaches and star-class resorts. However, it is also a go-to destination for backpackers worldwide. Sightseeing: Enjoy the lush jungles, hot springs, waterfalls and beaches of Thailand. Take the time to indulge in some world-class diving, snorkeling, kayaking and rafting. Enjoy hiking and cycling adventures through jungles and national parks. Visit museums, temples and ruins; and enjoy the floating markets, and take a boat ride or an elephant ride as you please. Some of the places to visit include Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. There are tour operators who will be able to arrange special day tours at reasonable prices, and if you are really into diving, register for the popular PADI dive certification course in this tropical paradise. An interesting beach holiday for family travel for Muslims visitors to Thailand would be the Krabi Province, which has a large Muslim populations and thus provides facilities for Muslims.  Accommodation: There is no dearth of hotels, motels, guesthouses, hostels and even dorm rooms in Thailand. As a popular tourist destination, the country has enough rooms to cater to tourists with wide-ranging budgets. With the increase in awareness on Muslim-friendly facilities, you can also find hotels and guesthouses that will cater to such clientele.  Transportation: Transport is also cheap in Thailand as is most everything else in the country. Options available are the local buses, the Metro, Skytrain and metered taxis in Bangkok. There are tuk-tuks as well, but these are not metered and usually more expensive. Motorbike taxis (in orange vests) are available all over the country for short trips – no meters but negotiate the price before you get in. Trains are another cheap option for longer distances and night travel. For going between islands, there are boats available. There are packages available for travel combining different transport modes – most commonly bus and boat, a cost effective option to use. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Most of the major cities have Halal food and Halal restaurants. In some of the smaller towns, you may need check with the restaurants on the Halal options available. However, there is no shortage of seafood available in the country.  If you want to try out the street food, then Bangkok is your safest bet, as Pratunam Market has a few stalls that serve Halal food and drinks.  In the Krabi Province, you can be sure to get lots of Muslim-friendly facilities and enough Halal food.  As for mosques; Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Pattani do have mosques. For other places, I suggest taking your Qibla compass and prayer mat along on your travels.   4) Sri Lanka While Sri Lanka is a small island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the country is versatile in providing all types of holiday fun from luxurious upmarket holidays to cheap vacations for the entire family. Today, the country is becoming an ever popular holiday destination with its all-inclusive landscape, and the availability of all-inclusive vacation packages by many travel companies. Sightseeing: Sri Lanka also offers travelers options from beaches and jungles, to wildlife sanctuaries and rolling hills. Some popular sightseeing destinations have different rates for locals and foreigners – including museums, the Botanical Gardens in Kandy, national parks, cultural centers and archaeological sites. But a walk on the beach is quite free, unless you get haggled by the local vendors. Also take the time to wonder around the cities of Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Jaffna, to gain a view of the eclectic culture of the country. This country does also make a very good case for trying out a beach vacation – as it offers surfing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, water sports, as well as whale and dolphin watching! Accommodation: There are many hostels, rental rooms, small hotels/motels, and seaside cabanas available for use by backpackers.There are also some resorts and hotels that offer special off-season rates and this is truly a bargain with all inclusive deals for family vacations. Transportation: Public transport is cheap - use the bus or the train… they may not be high luxury but it will get you from one town to another. Another option is tuk-tuks for shorter journeys, and this is ideal if there are three people to share the fare… also make sure to ask them to use their meters, or foreigners can be charged extra! If you are willing to walk, that is also something that can be considered as things and places are close enough within some towns and city centers! For longer journeys there are rental cars and also long distance luxury buses. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Having a large Muslim population, Sri Lanka can has enough Halal food and Halal restaurants, while many other restaurants are willing to accommodate your special requests to avoid certain ingredients in your meals. However, do try the more low key restaurants and food outlets if you are looking for cheaper prices. Some places may serve alcohol and non-Halal meats, but check if the chicken is Halal (which in most cases it is) and ask them if they can prepare it without mixing any non-Halal ingredients. You also need not worry about the availability of mosques, which are found in the majority of the towns and cities.   5) Cambodia Cambodia’s is another Asian country that is made for a backpacking holiday. Its landscape spans low-lying plains and mountains; and also includes the Mekong Delta and the Gulf of Thailand coastline. It is a country that is still coming to grips with development and its increasing attraction as a tourist destination, hence, the low cost hotels and tourist attractions! Sightseeing: Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh, is a must visit with its central market, Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. Then visit Angkor Wat, considered one of the famous sites in Cambodia’s northwest region. In fact, arrange a day trip there as it is quite close to Phnom Penh. Visit Sihanoukville for its selection of beaches from Serendipity Beach - a happening and partying stop for backpackers, to the Otres Beach – a place to relax and take in the sun. Try to include a day trip to Bokor National Park while in Sihanoukville. Also go to Battambang to get a feel of the colonial architecture and visit the surrounding hilltop temples and rustic villages. You can also take a scenic river trip here.  Accommodation: There are many hostels and low budget hotels available in Cambodia. Then, there are some better hotels that are also quite reasonably priced. There are also many Muslim-friendly hotels in Phnom Penh, but these are more expensive. In the beach towns, there are guesthouses and cabanas that can be rented.  Transport: Public transport is cheap but unreliable and cramped. However, there are metered taxis (a bit expensive) and the REUMORK (Tri-cycle motor) or Cyclo (Tri-cycle) which are the preferred method of in-city travel by tourists. The country does have private bus companies that operate semi-luxury and luxury buses from Phnom Penh to other provinces. The other way to travel is by Boat, but this is limited due to low demand and limited destinations, and tickets have to be bought a day in advance. There is only one train from Phnom Penh to Battambang Province which takes the full-day to reach your destination.  Muslim-Friendly Facilities: As Cambodia does have a small Muslim population, there are quite a few Halal restaurants in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Halal food is also available in other cities which are most visited by Muslim travelers. There are also mosques in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom.   6) Morocco Morocco’s mix influences make an in interesting and cheap vacation spot for backpacking enthusiasts! A North African country that borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, it has an eclectic atmosphere which is a mix of its Berber, Arabian and European influences. The country features on many travelers’ radar as a short stay travel destination, but has a lot on offer as a cheap and reasonable backpack travel destination. There are even travel companies that will pre-book and organize special travel packages custom-made to your needs and requirements.Morocco also has lots of family-friendly attractions and can be ideal a family vacation. Things to do and places to see: While in Morocco do not forego a trip into the Sahara Desert…wake up to a sunrise over the sand dunes, take a camel ride at sunset and drive through the Atlas Mountains. Visit a UNESCO world heritage site that has been used in famous films like the ‘Gladiator, Indiana Jones and Lawrence of Arabia’, take in the Moroccan architecture; its famous walled cities and the Kasbahs, and visit the monuments and famed-sites in the cities of Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier and Fez. You can also enjoy the beaches and water sports in many of the coastal cities of the country.  Accommodation: You can easily find cheap hotels and hostels in Morocco, and if you are trekking through the mountains then take the opportunity to sleep in a Berber tent. Also try the traditional houses known as ‘Riads’ – this will not only give you a truly authentic Moroccan experience, but will provide some privacy if travelling with family and children. Some larger hotels may have a liquor license, so if you want to avoid this, check when you make your reservation. Transportation: Public transport can be used and is cheap, but not very clean. Use sharing cabs or tour buses to take you to and from cities. The most popular tour bus companies are Supratours and CTM, these are cheaper than cabs but charge you for luggage. Buy the bus tickets a day in advance. There is also one train line to a few of the cities and can be used to travel on longer journeys in more comfort.  Muslim-Friendly Facilities: As nearly all Moroccans are Muslims, there are absolutely no shortage of mosques and halal food. All meat is halal, but there are some restaurants that serve pork and alcohol, as a means of catering to the growing non-Muslim tourist population. However, the restaurants in smaller cities and towns are still true to Islamic traditions. The cheapest way to experience the food of Morocco is to buy your meals from market stalls and street vendors.   7) New Zealand New Zealand is a very low-key country and should feature more often as one of the best vacation spots ideal for the backpacker! Synonymous with the filming location of the movie – ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the country has such a diverse landscape that you will wonder if you are being transported to different Lands throughout your journey. I would advise you to not forget to take your camera if you plan to make this country the next stop for a fun family holiday. Things to do and See: When backpacking through New Zealand’s two islands you will come across volcanic lakes, beautiful forests, mountains dotted with waterfalls, miles of beaches. But, while enjoying the breath-taking views of this ideal vacation spot, also take time-off to surf in Raglan, hike through the mountains, experience white water rafting down the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall, try out a few adventure sports such as bungy jumping, skydiving, hang-gliding and zip lining; and last but not least check out the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Another exceptional activity that New Zealand offers is stargazing, possible because of its vast and natural landscapes, clear of man-made buildings!   Accommodation: As New Zealand caters to backpackers, there are plenty of accommodation options for backpackers from hostels to small rental rooms. These are generally clean and have sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities. There are also plenty of bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation on offer. And if you are travelling with family or a large group of friends, then try renting out holiday homes – ideal for  Muslim travelers, as it will give you the required privacy and you can cook your own meals! Transportation: New Zealand is made for backpackers… the country offers fabulous cycling and walking trails from the North to the South. There are also special backpacker buses where you can meet like-minded travelers! The best option may be to drive around the country using a rental car, or try something different if you are travelling with kids, and rent a campervan, also known by some as a motorhome – this will give you great flexibility, and allow you to travel at your pace. Don’t worry, the country has many camp grounds and holiday parks where you can park and take a break for the night. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Due to the growing Muslim population in New Zealand, getting Halal food in the big towns of the country is quite easy. Also as backpackers, if you are willing to cook your own food, getting Halal meat is also possible. Read the article on New Zealand at this blog for more details   8) Portugal A country not always on the top of one’s ‘to visit list’, Portugal should be considered for a not so crowded backpacking vacation. Although more expensive than some of the Asian destinations listed in this article, it is still considered a cheap vacation spot especially being situated in Europe! With its unique allure of sandy beaches, rugged coastline, fabulous architecture, World Heritage Sites and vineyards, Portugal is worth a visit. For those Muslim travelers living in Europe and the West, I am sure that you can get hold of fabulous last minute vacation dealsto enjoy this summer vacation in Portugal.  Things to do and see: Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a cosmopolitan city with an old world charm and the architecture to blend. Visit the cities of Sinatra, Porto and Braga, and go to Cape Sagres to stand at the edge of Europe. For the beaches, visit the Azores Islands and Faro. Visit the region of Alentejo to find the vineyards, olive groves, and even Roman ruins. In all of Portugal there are 15 listed World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, and visiting these alone would make an interesting and educational family holiday. Accommodation: There are lots of hotels from two-star onwards in Portugal and you can make a choice from these to suit your budget. There are also many hostels and lower star-class hotels that are very affordable. As for Muslim-friendly facilities at the hotels, it will be best to check when making your reservation. Transportation: Taxis are an expensive form of transport in Portugal. It would be best to use the public transport system such as the Metro and buses in the cities or walk wherever possible. For longer distances use long distance buses and the Eurail network. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Lisbon has ample Halal food and restaurants for Muslim travelers. Other restaurants may serve Halal food together with alcohol and non-Halal meats, so, check before you order anything. Other big cities like Faro also have a choice of Halal restaurants, and there are plenty of places that serve seafood. As for mosques, Lisbon has the most number, while some of the other cities may have one mosque. Best to be prepared to say your prayers in your hotel/hostel room.   9) Fiji  A Pacific island destination that offers travelers the beauty of a rugged landscape filled with lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and activities ranging from mountain climbing, zip-lining to surfing and soft coral diving. While Fiji has its share of luxury holiday venues, it is popular for mid-range vacation deals. However, today, the Fiji Islands are also emerging as another cheap vacation spot for a backpacking holiday, especially the Yasawa Island chain. However, the Muslim traveler will have to do some pre-holiday preparations before embarking on this particular vacation. Vacation Activities: There is lots to do from island hoping, dolphin watching to swimming with Mantra Rays, snorkeling (some islands offer this free of charge, so make the most of it!) and hiking in the Wasali Nature Reserve. Also visit the famous Blue lagoon on the North of the Yasawa Islands and try to spend a few days on the mainland of VitiLevu (in Suva and Nadi) doing the usual touristy things. You can also plan a day trip to the South Sea Island which is close to the mainland and is quite popular with travelers with kids. Accommodation:There are a variety of budget resorts to choose from in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island chains. These resorts offer basic accommodation which includes meals (check if they offer Halal food on reservation). Accommodation on the mainland of Viti Levu should not be a problem, although a bit more expensive. For the budget Muslim traveler, in Suva try the Roseland Inn which is run by a Fijian family and has a kitchen where you can cook your own meal. In Vanua Levu too you will find lodges and small hotels catering to the backpacker. Transportation: The bright yellow ferry (a trademark) will take you to the islands, as well as take you off the islands. The Ferry visits the islands daily so that travelers can be taken to the next island in the chain. It would be best to buy the ‘Bula Combo Pass’ that ranges from 5 to 21 days if you are planning to Island hop. There are also individual tickets available. However, be prepared to wait when catching the ferry, as it sometimes is quite flexible when it comes to timings. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: There are several Halal restaurants in Suva, the capital city, located on the main island of Viti Levu and all the McDonalds here are Halal certified. Also the island of Vanua Levu has a few Halal restaurants, but do check before you go. As for the popular backpackers destination of Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, availability of Halal food maybe a problem. But Fiji is quite famous for its seafood and that is an option to consider. Just check that they do not use any alcohol or any other non-Halal items in their food preparations. An alternate is to stock up on snacks and take some easy to prepare meals to these islands. A tip – buy bottled water from the mainland as it will be cheaper than buying it from the other Islands.   10) Croatia Croatia is an Eastern European country, encompassing more than a thousand islands, with a stunning coastline of the Adriatic Sea. The country is dotted with castles as well as medieval and Gothic architecture and buildings.The Dinaric Alpsalso crosses through the country. It is also a popular destination where backpackers can tour through the country onvacation packages… so, what more can you ask for on a backpacking holiday? Things to do and see: With over 1,000 islands, island hopping via the sea is the best way to see the Croatian coast with its unspoiled beaches, oceans and fishing villages. While on this tour, take some time to enjoy the many water sporting activities and also visit the ‘Blue Cave’ on the BiševoIsland and the famous Dubrovnik Old Town. To travel through time, go in-land to see the medieval castles, museums housing fabulous ancient art and objects, and the many other monuments spread across the country. Visit Split, the capital city of Zagreb, Rovinj, Motovun, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Šibenik,Korcula and Hvar. Accommodation: There are enough hostels in Croatia, similar to other European countries. There is also the option of renting rooms and apartments by using sites such as Airbnb. Croatia also has many hotels which offer good value for money. A popular option for the coastal region is small inns and guesthouses to get a real Croatian experience. For Muslim travelers, there are a few hotels that are Halal certified in Zagrib, SlavonskiBrod and Baska. Transportation: The most popular way to travel through Croatia is by Eurail. However, take note that the train only runs as far south as Split, and then you have to use buses. Using the bus network is another popular option and both local buses and regional buses for longer journeys are easily available. An interesting way to travel in Zagreb is to use the tram system. For island hopping there is the boat and ferry services. Muslim Friendly Facilities:The cities of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and Split have Halal food and Halal-certified restaurants, as well as mosques. In other cities and towns getting Halal food can be a bit difficult, but they always will have a seafood option…just ensure it isn’t an exotic sea creature being served!     Click here for more trip ideas on your next Muslim-friendly vacation!   ...



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