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The ancient Roman theatre of Aspendos - also known as Aspendus - was constructed in the early years of 176 A.D. and is located about 30 kilometres away from Side. The ancient structure was designed by the son of Theodorius - Zeno - with a series of marble bank rows that could accommodate up to 15,000 people back in the day. The walls of the threatre rise up to 30 metres in height and feature a number of decorations that reflect design elements of the past. It is considered to be one of the best examples of well-preserved theatres of antiquity and is a popular tourist attraction at present. The recently restored bridge area houses a number of souvenir boutiques, for tourists to take home a few mementos of their visit to Aspendos. Several Halal food restaurants and mosques are also located in the vicinity of Aspendos, ensuring that Muslim travellers will face no hassle when visiting the area. ...more

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The ancient Roman theatre of Aspendos - also known as Aspendus - was constructed in the early years of 176 A.D. and is located about 30 kilometres away from Side. The ancient structure was designed by the son of Theodorius - Zeno - with a series of marble bank rows that could accommodate up to 15,000 people back in the day. The walls of the threatre rise up to 30 metres in height and feature a number of decorations that reflect design elements of the past. It is considered to be one of the best examples of well-preserved theatres of antiquity and is a popular tourist attraction at present. The recently restored bridge area houses a number of souvenir boutiques, for tourists to take home a few mementos of their visit to Aspendos. Several Halal food restaurants and mosques are also located in the vicinity of Aspendos, ensuring that Muslim travellers will face no hassle when visiting the area.

Ticket Price

Entrance tickets can cost up to 20TL per person.

Opening Hour

Daytime visits are recommended.

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 1 hour

Suitable For

Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children

Must See

The 40 rows of marble banks

Prayer Facilities

Prayer facilities near Aspendos will not be difficult to find due to the number of mosques in Side such as the Fatith Mosque and the Selimiye Mosque which are the main mosques of Side. It is also possible to visit some of the mosques located in cities closer to Aspendos.

Halal Food

Finding Halal food near Aspendos will prove to be easy.  Several Halal restaurants in Side are available, serving a fantastic range of Turkish and International cuisine. The Side Yesiloz Hotel is a popular spot and several other Halal restaurants and eateries are available in cities closer to Aspendos on the way.

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  • 7 Things To Do In Central Java After The Pandemic

    Welcome to New Normal! After a long recovery journey, finally, this world allows us to live with several adjustments! Covid-19 has locked us inside for months. Surely you need to catch a breath just to roll out. As your travel partner, how about a trip down to Central Java Province, Indonesia? This tropical country offers its wonderful sites to be visited in the New Normal Era. Some spots are now waiting for you, here are the 7 must-visit spots in Central Java Indonesia! via GIPHY Hortimart Agro Center Image Source: Picture by yearofthedurian.com This tourism destination is located in Bawen Regency which can be reached by around 1 hour by car from Semarang, the capital city of Central Java Province. Hortimart Agro Center is another escape to have a family trip! Hortimart offers a different travel sensation such as pick local fruit directly from the tree, shop for hand-picked fruit, and other fun agro-tourism activities. Let's find out more about Hortimart Agro Center! Agro Estate Hortimart Agro Estate Hortimart provides an estimated 27 ha of gardens with various organic fruits and vegetables. Uniquely, there are 3 huge rainwater reservoirs to irrigate the gardens. So, if you come in the dry season, Hortimart will still look green!  Agro Tour Hortimart Immerse yourselves by touring with an orange car available in Agro Tour Hortimart! A tour guide will explain the history of Hortimart, various fruits, vegetables, and others. When harvest time comes, you can go straight to the garden to pick ripe fruit. The kids have to take part in this and don't forget to pay after! Isn't it fun? Agro Mart Hortimart If you can't take an orange ride around the garden, do not hesitate to have a look at Agro Mart Hortimart. Take the fruits and vegetables you need freely on display or you can buy it up if you want! Agro Resto Hortimart After strolling around the garden, picking the fruits and shopping at the Agro Mart, it’s time to eat some healthy foods at Agro Resto. Most of the foods served here are vegetarian but still, it's mouthwatering!   Saloka Theme Park Image Source: Picture by Saloka Park  Welcome to Central Java Paradise! It is only one and a half hours’ drive from Semarang. Crowned as the listed destination in Wisata Pesona Indonesia and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Saloka Theme Park offers you 5 different worlds that are truly fascinating. This is the time to set you free to experience the miraculous of Saloka Theme Park with your family. Here there are 5 magnificent worlds for all ages that you must try! Zona Pesisir (Costal Zone) You will fall in love with this spot at first sight. It's designed identically like a beach. The breeze soothing you along the way. Not only embraced by the beach view, but also see some educating yet exciting attractions here, like Lumbung Ilmu Galileo (Science Center) to introduce your kids to the Hall of Famers from around the world, dive into History by visiting Zona Prasejarah (Pre-historic Zone) and Zona Bumi (Earth Zone), know more about living things in Zona Flora & Fauna, get familiar with Human Body in Zona Tubuh Manusia (Human Body Zone), and explore the remarkable Solar System in Zona Antariksa (Outer Space Zone). All those things you can joyously learn by pictures, writings, replica videos, and games! After educating yourselves, your brain probably needs some fuel to be awake! No worries, just go find Kafe Jenju right around there for some snacking! Pizzas and Donuts are available at reasonable prices. Place your orders then eat on the surfing board! Well, to boost your adrenaline, Cakrawala Ferris Wheel is a must ride! This 23m giant windmill brings you up and down for 15 minutes to enjoy the view of Rawa Pening Lake, Rice Paddies, and Central Java Mountains! The last attraction in Zona Pantai (Beach Zone) that you must visit is Arena Jejogedan & Kapal Jenju (Dancing Arena & Jenju Boat). Illuminated by the colorful lights completely embellishing the stage during the dance performances at night! Zona Balalantar (Balalantar Zone) Inspired by the wildwoods, this place will give you another sense of nature! Feast your eyes on the iconic Resi Waringin tree to welcome you to your Journey in Zona Balalantara! Just like Zona Pesisir, here you can find deeply enjoyable attractions such as Angon Ingon to get to know more about birds, fowls, turtles, rabbits, and other unique creatures, Agro Wisata Ijo Royo Royo to indulge your eyes with greeneries scene, mini cart in Safari Bocah to carry you around the Flower Garden and Mushroom House, challenge yourselves in the Haunted House Adu Nyali, play with water by riding Jamur Apung, stroll around from above by riding Kumbang Layang and try an agility game in Adu Tangkas. Make sure you don't miss any of them! Zona Kamayayi (Kamayayi Zone) Bring your kids here, you’ll never regret it! There are 7 attractions for you to choose from! It's completely suitable for children from 1 to 6 years of age. It serves a comfortable indoor playground. Your kids can try out Fire Station, Area Mandi Bola, Trampolin, and 12 other amusing games in Polah Bocah, a colorful sensational hanging bike that will make you feel as though you are flying around in Kupu Kupu spot, take a canoe ride through a replica of the polar ice caps in Pinguin, teach the kids to drive a car in Tata Titi, blast the penguins with water guns in Semprat Semprot, spin on the sea horse carousel in Komidi Kuda Laut, and the last stop of this area is Teka Teko, a gigantic teapot to relax in. The kids will definitely not mind spending all day here! Zona Ararya Get thrilled and scream out loud in this space! We’re sure that this is the most favorable attraction you are waiting for. Unleash the exhausting week by riding the spinning round plate that tickles your tummy in Bengak Bengok, feeling a sensation drop from 90 feet then pulling up at high speed in Paku Bumi, sitting on a drifting swing in Obat Abit, some other attractions you must ride before you leave are the Bumper Cars in Senggal Senggol and Sled in Lika Liku. Recharge your energy at Rimba Cafe and give a try to some mouth-watering dishes!  Zona Segara Prada  Comprising of culinary and amusement centers, this place is perfect for you to call it a day! Enjoy the savory Chicken Katsu at Kedai Daimami and play rapid river in Gonjang Ganjing or if you still up for some learning, head to Taman Galileo for some science facts outdoors.  We highly recommend this place as the best destination for the family. Don't forget to do some shopping at Saloka Art Market before leaving. No doubt, Saloka Theme Park will be a memorable experience!   Semilir Eco Park Image Source: Picture by Warisan Indonesia on Instagram One of the trending tourism destinations in the Central Java Province, Dusun Semilir is a one-stop destination for both locals and tourists. Imitate the stupa of Borobudur Temple, this site offers you lots of attractions to explore like a playground, photo spots, local cuisine, shopping, mini zoo, European village miniature! Semilir Eco Park is supposed to be the favorite culinary resort in Semarang. No wonder there's a culinary zone that makes everyone drool! They're Gunungan Resto, Teras Gunung, and Gunungan FoodPark. It provides you a place to gather with family or business associates while enjoying a view of the five mountains. You will also get to experience a vast food paradise zone with local food counters!  Besides the local restaurant, this spot also preserves some animals in a mini-zoo called the Pet Village! You can get here by walking or riding a mini car. Despite still being under construction, you will still be able to visit the European village miniature! Feel free to take photos in every corner of this site. The pastel colors of the home will make yourselves look chic!  Just like any other tourism destination, Semilir Eco Park facilitates you with a large shopping center. You can find Batik, Home Decor, Local handicraft, Classic Households, Bags, Accessories, and Snacks! So exciting it deserves to be on your bucket list right?!   Kopeng Tree Top Adventure Park Image Source: Picture by Kopeng Tree Top Standing in the middle of Pine Forest, Kopeng Tree Top Adventure Park is the best place for the family to have an adrenaline-rushing adventure! It's designed from tree to tree to get on multiple different levels. It's a fairly exotic place where both children and adults find agility games or go camping. Here’s what you will find there! Outbound Treetop Another outdoor activity that challenges you. It offers you Zipcoaster, Skiban, ATV, Caving, Pottery, and Team Building. The players will be fitted with safety harnesses first, so it's safe! Camping Kopeng Tree Top gives you 3 thematic options for some modern camping! Star Camp can be occupied a maximum of 3 people that take up camping concepts. Get free breakfast and a 50% voucher for Tree Top Games. Family Camp suitable for a family. You'll get VIP facility like breakfast, dinner BBQ, bonfire, bathroom, heater, 50% voucher of Tree Top Games, and Zorbing Games. And the luxurious VVIP camp is called by Glamping Camp, it accommodates up to 6 people with 2 room types. It has a private garden and an aesthetic pond. Other facilities you'll get are Breakfast, lunch, coffee break with 2 kinds of snacks, coffee, tea, and dinner BBQ, bonfire, heater per room, and free entrance all games. No need to wait, book your camping room now! Having Lunch at Treetop Sky Resto A unique Tree Top Sky Resto is the most crowded spot. Even if you only wanted to snack on some fries here, you need to fill out the waiting list first! While waiting, you can capture lovely moments around! No wonder there are visitors going up here only to take pictures for its enchanted nature.   Umbul Sidomukti  Image Source: Picture by Umbul Sidomukti Located in the Ungaran Mountain area, the main charm of this family destination is the swimming pools of fresh natural springs water! You will engage in a variety of activities such as swimming, outbound activities, lodging, camping, and gathering. Here are the listed activities that might suit you! Swimming at Taman Renang Alam Feel the cool freshwater by swimming here! The visitors claimed swimming in these natural pools is like swimming in the clouds. It's located on the hillside so that you can see clouds and rolling hills! Sightseeing at Umbul Sidomukti Flanked by two ravines and surrounded by green landscapes you will feel a calm atmosphere, far away from the urban frenzy! It's the best site to witness the sunrise while seeing the peak of Ungaran Mountain. You will never get enough of these breathtaking views! Umbul Sidomukti Outdoor Attractions Experience the adventurous side of Umbul Sidomukti by engaging in these outdoor activities available for you to pump get your adrenaline pumping! You can try the Flying Fox, Marine Bridge, Highest Triangle, and Sepeda Awang. Stay at Umbul Sidomukti Resort Want to stay longer in Umbul Sidomukti? We got you two references! Choose either the Villa Pondok Kopi or Homestay Pinus to stay with family, friends, or honeymoon with your loved one. You should know that both of them are impressive!  For coffee lovers, you can sit and relax at Pondok Coffee Umbul Sidomukti. Sip a cup of coffee and encounter a super beautiful region, only in Umbul Sidomukti!   Celosia Flower Garden Image Source: Picture by Taman Bunga Celosia on Instagram Famous with its artificial landmarks, Celosia Flower Gardens is one of the recommended sites around Ungaran Mountain. Who could resist exploring with the mountainous views here? We listed you what to do in Celosia Flower Garden. Let's jump to it! Coloring Your Instagram Feed Visit the flower garden area where you won't run out of photo spots! Every corner of the park enshrined in its moment. Capture the sophisticated Hobbit House, Floating Chair, and Air Baloon with family or friends! Being a flower garden, there are lots of varieties of flowers, all well preserved and blooming beautifully for your eyes to snap them! Having a World Tour at Artificial Landmarks  This place is truly mind-blowing. Celosia Flower Garden grants your dream of traveling around the world all in one place! You can go to multiple continents at once. Meet the iconic Eiffel Tower from France, the Merlion from Singapore, Windmills from Holland, the Face Heads of Easter Island, and the Stonehenge miniature from the UK. A great opportunity to take some pictures with your family or friends!  Fill your social media feeds with instagrammable photos. Especially if you are a fan of everything that is Korea, you can rent a Korean Hanboks and take some pictures with the Cherry Blossoms!   Cimory Restaurant and Milk Factory Image Source: Picture by bekti_s on wikimapia Integrating the concept of education and natural tourism into one area, make sure to check out Cimory Restaurant and Milk Factory! The natural beauty shown in Cimory is dominated by a variety of green plants and animals. See turtles, deers, birds, rabbits, cows, and many more! On another side, you can also see the variety of vegetables growing flourish in the area! Recently, Cimory promotes its brand new spot named Mini Mania Cimory! You can hunt for photos with well-known landmarks in the world such as Stonehenge, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Pisa Tower, Liberty Statue, and Pyramid. It doesn't stop there. We highlighted the best place for foodies. Cimory Restaurant serves both local and western yummy foods to satisfy your hungry tummy! All dairy products are worth trying. You can go to Cimory Store to stock your dairy needs there. It sells Yogurt, Milk, and Chocolate or if you still want to eat savory foods at home you can grab frozen sausages, steak, and many more! You will never regret spending your weekend here. As a suggestion, you should reserve a table beforehand to ensure you have lunch peacefully cause It might be crowded at any time! The holidays are coming! Pack your bags and plan a trip down to see wonderful Central Java Province, Indonesia! Don't forget to mention HalalTrip on Instagram if you visited those places above. via GIPHY...

  • 6 Singaporean Island Getaways without a Passport

    Itching for a getaway or a day trip over the long weekend? With Phase 2 in effect, you can island-hop without a passport right here in Singapore! Did you know that Singapore has 63 islands, including natural and man-made islands? These gorgeous islands have plenty of activities and attractions that you can enjoy while still maintaining safe distancing. Fun fact: Did you know that Singapore used to own Christmas Island that we now know belongs to Australia? We have more places to explore in Singapore than we think! Why not be a tourist in your own country during this period to satisfy your wanderlust? Here are 5 offshore islands you can visit over the weekends without a passport. via GIPHY   Lazarus Island and Pulau Seringat Image Source: Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services Looking to have a serene and romantic beach getaway on an island that is NOT Sentosa? Lazarus Island is exactly what you are looking for. Known as Singapore’s best island escape, Lazarus Island overlooks a beautiful lagoon with white sands that are perfect for an unforgettable day out. You can take a romantic stroll and dip your toes in the sand or swim in the glittering turquoise waters. This 800-meter stretch of beach is perfect for a picnic with your loved ones and to celebrate any special occasions. Plus, you can be assured that you are safe distancing at this beach as the island is usually not plagued by crowds. To get to Lazarus Island and Pulau Seringat, take an $18 round-trip ferry from Marina South Pier to St John’s Island. Upon disembarkation at St John’s Island, turn left to walk across the causeway connecting these islands.   St John’s Island Image Source: Singapore Press Holdings If you are planning to visit Lazarus Island, you might as well explore St John’s Island as the ferry will disembark here. This island has a very interesting history that history buffs would appreciate. St John’s Island was once a quarantine station for cholera patients, lepers, and unwell immigrants that were headed to Singapore during a period where cholera was spreading throughout the archipelago. Visiting the island during this period of Phase 2 would perhaps make you think a bit more about how Singapore has grappled with diseases over the years. Don’t let its history put a damper on your mood – St John’s Island now offers a nice slice of nature with one of the cleanest lagoons for swimming out of all the other offshore islands. You can take a relaxing dip around the shores or go snorkeling to explore the marine life with its colorful corals. You can also go on a trekking route where you can catch a breath-taking skyline view of our mainland. You will find even more amenities on this island than Lazarus Islands such as chalets or bungalows that you can rent to stay overnight. These chalets come with a kitchen and the campsites come with basic cooking amenities that are perfect if you want to have a barbeque party. To get to St John’s Island, take an $18 round-trip ferry ride from Marina South Pier to the island. For children, the round-trip ferry ticket will cost $12.   Coney Island Image Source: Sim Ding En at Wonderwall.sg Did you know that Punggol has its little island called Coney Island? Coney Island is located beside the Punggol Waterway and it was launched as part of the up and coming Watertown Punggol. It was planned to be developed into a commercial and residential area with a beach facing the Johor Strait. Fortunately for us, Coney Island has not been developed to be an urban jungle and still sports a remote and rustic ambiance. You can rent a bicycle from Punggol Jetty or Punggol Point and cycle your way from Punggol Waterway to Coney Island. Admire the scenic waterside view as you cycle on the promenade, you might even catch a glimpse of a wild otter if you are lucky. Birdwatchers, rejoice! There are plenty of brightly colored birds to admire at the natural forested walkways as you make your way to Coney Island. Once you reach the island, explore its hidden beach and the Lorong Halus wetland! Aside from cycling there, you can take Bus 84 from Punggol Interchange and alight at the northern end of Punggol Road. You can also take a taxi or drive to this northern end. From the northern end, walk across the walkway from Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to Coney Island. Opening Hours: Open daily; 7 am – 7 pm (Daily)   Pulau Ubin Image Source: NParks The most popular offshore island aside from Sentosa is Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin, which is Malay for “Granite Island” pays tribute to its history where granite quarries used to operate there back then. Here, you will be rewarded with a rustic version of Singapore where you will be surrounded by the lush greenery, mangrove swamps, a tranquil sea, and one of the last remaining kampungs in Singapore. Rent a bicycle and cycle to Chek Jawa Wetlands to admire the rural floral and fauna which includes a beach, mangroves, and the forest. Climb up the seven-story high Jejawi Tower to admire the jungle from above. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of hornbills and other wild animals. You can try out various biking trails such as the Ketam Mountain Bike Park, Free Ride Skills Park, and Dirt Skills Park, or try hiking at Pulau Ubin’s Puaka Hill. If you are headed to the island over the weekend, make sure to try out Maleh Café, a Muslim-owned establishment, near the Pulau Ubin jetty which is only available over the weekends! To get to Pulau Ubin, take a $6 round-trip bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to the island.    Kusu Island Image Source: lifeguide.sg Also known as Tortoise Island, Kusu Island is a popular site of pilgrimage as it housed the famous Da Ba Gong temple and three keramats (gravesite of saints). Two major pilgrimages are made to these sites every year. Did you know about the old legend of Kusu Island? The legend goes that there was a giant tortoise that miraculously turned into an island to save a Malay and Chinese men who were shipwrecked. To show their gratitude, it was said that these men built a temple and a shrine in honor of the tortoise. You will also find tons of tortoise statues around the island. Make sure to visit the tortoise sanctuary where you can watch these reptiles in action! There is also a beach and lagoons that you can dip your feet or swim in. Kusu Island is a place where multiple cultures and religions meet, making it a rich heritage site that you should visit at least once! To get to Kusu Island, take an $18 round-trip ferry from Marina South Pier to Kusu Island. The ferry will have a stopover at St John’s island first before it heads to Kusu Island. Image Source: Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services Who says you can't travel and satisfy your wanderlust in Singapore? There is more to Singapore than our busy cityscape and the glitzy Sentosa Island! Have an enjoyable getaway or a day trip at one of these offshore islands and experience the many tranquil beaches, glittering lagoons, rich culture and heritage that they have to offer! But make sure to always wear a mask when you are out and about, and remember to practice safe distancing! If you are planning to explore these islands, use this Singapore travel guide to island-hop without a passport! So switch your busy office for the beach instead over the long weekend! via GIPHY...

  • 11 Best Places To Visit In Greece For First-Timers

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As first-time travelers, we were overwhelmed with everything there is to do and see in Greece, including Greek island and beach hopping. After much research, this is what we have on our agenda for the Greek Islands as first-time travelers to this popular holiday destination. Let's dive in! via GIPHY Athens Image Credit: Photo by Adrian Dascal on Unsplash The capital of Greece is our first choice of cities to visit in this historically rich nation. Not only does Athens have a plethora of significant ancient Greek archaeological wonders, but the city is also a bustling business hub filled with modern-day attractions such as amusement parks, shopping squares, and of course the Greek food culture. While in Athens, these are some of the places to visit. Acropolis of Athens Hadrian's Library Parthenon Theatre of Dionysus Museum of Islamic Art Syntagma Square Temple of Olympian Zeus Old Temple of Athena Acropolis Museum Mount Lycabettus Piraeus Harbour National Garden Monastiraki Flea Market Omonia Square Central Municipal Athens Market Marina Zeas Allou! Fun Park Athens being a cosmopolitan city of Greece, there are several HALAL food restaurants serving a choice of cuisines.   The Greek Peninsula Mainland Greece, while being home to its capital city of Athens, is divided into the six regions of Thrace, Macedonia, and Epirus to the north, and Thessaly, Central Greece, and the Peloponnesus to the south. So, the Greek Peninsula does have much do and see as well. Delphi Image Credit: Photo by DiChatz on Unsplash A town nestled in the mountains of Central Greece, and home to many archaeologically significant sites of ancient Greece including the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, the Castalian Spring and the Delphi theatre and hippodrome. Ioannina Image Credit: Photo by Hippo FromEarth on Unsplash in the region of Epirus is home to the only inhabited lake-island in Greece and offers a chance to stay in the castle or the mini-city of ‘Kastro’ while enjoying the stunning views of mountains and lake. Olympia Image Credit: Photo by James Lee on Unsplash in northwestern Peloponnese is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. An iconic village where the Olympic Flame is lit every two years and visiting the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity is a must. Thessaloniki Image Credit: Photo by Digio Lab on Unsplash is the capital city of the Macedonian region of Northern Greece and considered the second largest city after Athens. Like Athens, this city offers both the wonders of the ancient worlds and the modern attractions of today. Check out the city’s Byzantine walls, White Tower and Turkish baths, museums, art galleries and of course the lively food markets.   Santorini Image Credit: Photo by Heidi Kaden on Unsplash Next on the agenda is what we consider one of the best places to visit in Greece. Santorini, a part of the Cyclades island group, is one of the most visited Greek Isles, and no wonder! With its volcanic history, whitewashed houses clinging to the cliffs and the rugged landscape shaped by the volcanic eruption, this gorgeous island is a treasure of this Mediterranean country. While at Santorini, we plan to swim in the clear blue oceans, take in the intrinsic beauty of the villages and enjoy some fabulous Santorini cuisine. We also plan to take in the two main towns of Fira and Oia, where we can enjoy the unique features of each. Fira is known for its shopping and is also the capital of Santorini, while Oia is considered to be the more luxurious town offering many romantic restaurants and high-end shopping to take home that memorable romantic date. While HALAL food maybe a bit difficult to come by, there are many seafood and vegetarian options to choose from. Here are some of the sites and beaches to check out at this lovely Greek Island. Red Beach Paralia Vlichada Ancient Thera Períssa beach Corfu Image Credit: Photo by Karolis Puidokas on Unsplash Corfu is a popular Greek Island with numerous beaches and oceanside activities. Our plan for this Greek Island revolves around beach hopping, soaking in the true Greek beach culture, and enjoying some watersports. Some of the best beaches on this Greek Island include Porto Timoni beach, Agios Georgios of Pagoi, Ermones, Ampelaki beach, Alipa beach, and Platakia beach. To enjoy fun watersport activities, we plan to visit the beaches of Pelekas, Kontogialos, and Glyfada. Time permitting, we will soak in the atmosphere of Old Town Corfu and also visit Perithia. Unfortunately, Corfu like many of the Greek Isles has no HALAL food. But, no worries, as an island there is plenty of seafood choices and vegetarian dishes to choose from.   Crete As the largest of the Greek islands, a visit to Crete will be filled with changing scenes from the expected turquoise coastlines to rolling countryside and rugged mountain regions. Crete is also a mix of quiet villages and bustling cities. We look forward to enjoying a break to relax and unwind with authentic Greek coffee while taking in the vistas of the turquoise ocean views or olive trees as far as the eye can see. These are some of the cities and places on our “to visit” list for this large Greek island. Heraklion Image Credit: Photo by Evangelos Mpikakis on Unsplash As the capital port city of Crete, Heraklion is a mix of ancient ruins, picturesque old towns, restaurants, lots of places to shop, as well as traffic and a large population. Some of the places to visit are the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Vrondisi Fountain, Venetian Fortress, Natural History Museum of Crete, Palace of Knossos, and the Karteros beach. Agios Nikolaos Image Credit: Photo by ERROR 420 on Unsplash As one of the more popular tourist destinations of this Greek Isle, Agios Nikolaos has much to offer from a range of beaches, cafes and boutiques to breathtaking views of Mirabello Bay. A trip to this midsized town will surely be filled with lots of beach-type activity and sunscreen. Lake Voulismeni is also on our must-visit list with a day trip to the Cretan Olive Farm not too far away to learn all about olive oil. Balos Lagoon Image Credit: Photo by Krzysztof Kowalik on Unsplash Crete is renowned for some of the best beaches in Greece. While there are many beautiful beaches on this large Greek Island, Balos Lagoon takes the cake. Its pink sand and turquoise waters, it is not to be missed. Nestled between the island of Imeri Gramvousa and Crete itself, Balos Lagoon is located in the region of Chania near the town of Kissamos. Samaria Gorge Image Credit: Photo by Rinke Dohmen on Unsplash Visiting Crete would not be complete without a visit to its Samarai National Park in the White Mountains. The popular Samarai Gorge which starts in Xylóskalo is 16 kilometers in length, and renowned as the longest gorge in Europe and one of the most extraordinary gorges of Greece. This downhill hike concludes at the Agia Roumelli on the black sand beaches off of the Mediterranean sea. At an altitude of 1,230 meters, the Samarai Gorge is home to over 450 species of flora and fauna, of which nearly 70 are endemic to Crete. The 10-mile one-way hike takes you through rugged cliffs, ancient cypress and pine forests showcasing nature at its best. For your return trip, consider hiring a boat to Chora Sfakion, a remote and sparsely populated town where you can enjoy a rest before continuing your Greek holiday or returning home. A first-time visit to Greece must include Athens and some of the closer towns and places in mainland Greece as well as one or two Greek Islands such as Santorini and Corfu. Crete is an adventure all on its own and can be combined with sightseeing in Athens, Greece. So, while we plan this extended Greece holiday visit, take your time, do your research and put together a holiday plan that best suits your time and budget.  Point to note, as HALAL food and MOSQUES are difficult to find in most Geek towns and Isles, plan ahead and do your research, bring a prayer mat and use our Qibla Directions and Halal Restaurants feature on our app and you are all set to enjoy your Greek vacation.  As a bonus check out the Halal Trip article on Tips and Advice for HALAL food in Greece. via GIPHY...

  • 10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt For A Holiday for First-Timers

    The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions “Egypt” is the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Nile. In any case, with over 7,000 years of unique history, legacy, and culture, there are numerous other amazing attractions in Egypt to justify its title as a tourist hotspot. With an intriguing history that spans back to the beginning of human civilization, Egypt is known to be a very popular tourist destination. Pharaohs being synonymous with this destination, Egypt is an amazing country to visit to explore ancient tombs, pyramids and attractions which will leave you in awe. An ideal place for adventurers, explorers and history buffs alike. Egypt is an allrounder for travelers looking for a blend of activities rich in tradition, gaining memorable experiences, and simply looking to let loose. Here are 10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt that should be on the top of your itinerary and bucket list when you finally decide to make a trip to this delightful nation. via GIPHY   Giza Image Credit: Photo by Pradeep Gopal on Unsplash Giza is presently known as one of the most renowned spots in Egypt where tourists often visit. Giza is filled with leading hotel chains, famous boutiques, cafés and large shopping centers. Near the hustle and bustle of the city lies the famous Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. You can't say you have been to Egypt without visiting and seeing these monuments first-hand. The extraordinary Pyramids at Giza are famously known for being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and in addition to that, it is also undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Giza's pyramid complex has awed voyagers down through the ages. An unquestionable feature of any trip to Egypt, Giza's pyramids ought not to be missed. A large portion of the touring destinations at Giza is situated on the plateau aptly named the Giza Plateau, where the Great Sphinx and Great Pyramid stand tall. Don’t forget to snap some pictures of you riding a camel while soaking in the magnificence of the ancient pyramids (Indiana Jones-esque). The pyramids of Giza will definitely be the gem in any trip to Egypt.   Luxor Image Credit: Photo by Lea Kobal on Unsplash Luxor, also known as Thebes in Ancient times, is situated on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt. At its peak, it was the ruling capital of the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom of Egypt. Luxor is also famously called the world’s greatest open-air museum. With iconic structures, temples, and historical museums, the city is a significant destination in Egypt. The essential touring destinations of the Luxor are not situated in the city itself but on the other side of the Nile in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The Valley of the Kings is a burial spot of the Pharaohs of Thebes, this valley comprises of several burial places portraying the life of ancient Egyptians through the engravings inscribed on the walls and the roofs of the burial spots. The Valley of the Queens is likewise a burial location that contains close to 57 tombs including the breathtaking and remarkable burial place of Queen Nefertari. The vast majority of the Luxor attractions are found either on the East Bank or the West Bank of the Nile. Popular features on the East Bank incorporate Karnak Temple, an exceptional sanctuary city that took more than 2,000 years to develop and it is also known to be one of the largest religious places on the planet. The flawlessly lit up Luxor Temple is a jaw-dropping temple to visit at night. Some other attractions to check out in Luxor are the Luxor Museum and the Colossi of Memnon.   Cairo Image Credit: Photo by Dario Morandotti on Unsplash Cairo the capital of Egypt has a rich history of Islamic, Christian and Jewish culture. The 2000-year-old city is additionally the biggest city in Middle-East, Africa and the Arab world. Do not miss out on the opportunity to shop at Khan el-Khalili bazaar where coppersmiths continue to craft their wares despite having small workshops. Vendors are loaded with a variety of products such as ceramics, textiles, spice, perfume, collectibles, souvenirs, and jewelry. Khan el-Khalili is one of Cairo's must-visits with eateries, cafés and street food merchants scattered around the market adding to the appeal of the bazaar. The significant mosques in Cairo are the mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas (Al-Fustat), Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, Mosque of Al-Azhar, Mosque of Sultan Hassan (which is wonderfully lit up in the evening), Mosque of Al-Refai, The Blue Mosque and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Additionally, other Islamic sites are the Salah El-Din Citadel, House of Gamal-Al-Din and the Museum of Islamic Art (Bab Al-Khalq). At the widely acclaimed Egyptian Museum of Tahrir Square, guests can get a better perspective on Tutankhamun along with mummies and different antiquities from Egypt's Ancient past.   Aswan Image Credit: Photo by Mo Gabrail on Unsplash Aswan is the third biggest city in Egypt and is situated on the eastern bank of the Nile River. Aswan is the name given to this city by Arabs, the prior name of the city was "Suno" which translates to 'The Market'. Aswan gives one of the most delightful perspectives of Egypt with the eye-catching views of the town on the eastern bank. Aswan is likewise a bonus for guests as it is flooding with brilliant markets, aromas, Pharaonic and roman remains and artifacts from the ancient spot of Nubia. The two most amazing destinations of Aswan town are the two principle islands-Kitchener which is a botanical garden and Elephantine which is a site having vestiges of ancient structures and a museum. Elephantine and Kitchener Island are worth the time and money spent on exploring these islands. The Elephantine Islands are the ideal escape to loosen up. The vivid Nubian towns in the focal point of the island are unique Egypt vacation spots and make for an incredible night walk. It is also recommended to take the boat to Angelika Island to study the Temple of Philae which is from the Ptolemaic and Roman era. The biggest landmark of the island is the sanctuary of Isis which takes up around one-fourth of the island. Aswan is currently known for its amazing views on the desert dunes and the Nile stream. Some other essential attractions are Aga Khan Mausoleum, Tombs of the Nobles and the Temple of Philae.   Abu Simbel Image Credit: Photo by AussieActive on Unsplash Abu Simbel comprises of two enormous stone temples made out of appreciation for the powerful King Ramses II. Cut out of the mountainside, the sanctuaries are enduring energy of Ramesses II and Nefertari. The temple is the most remarkable temple of all ancient Egypt. Indeed, even in a nation brimming with temples and tombs, Abu Simbel is something uncommon. This is Ramses II's extraordinary sanctuary, embellished with enormous sculpture placed outside, and with an inside luxuriously finished with artistic creations on the wall. The stone impressions of the lord and the lady seated on their thrones is a notable aspect of ancient Egypt. The temple was shifted elsewhere as a result of the rising waters of the lake during the 60s and this attraction creates a flow of tourists throughout.   White Desert Image Credit: Photo by Mariam Soliman on Unsplash Prepare to be stunned by the extraordinary white-hued rock arrangements of the White Desert, the Bedouin national park north of Farafra. This exceptional natural wonder consists of strangely molded chalk mountains with colossal arrangements of chalk running from snow white to cream in color, which likewise includes the sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea and the cliffs of the Farafra Depression. The white rocks have been molded by wind disintegration for a few centuries. The landscapes here look nothing short of magical, with white stones and chunks. For desert fans and travelers, this would be your ideal setting, while at the same time basking in the regular landscape. With its stunning natural beauty, it is among the most delightful spots to visit in Egypt. PS – Lookout for the Rhim and Dorcas gazelle, the latter of which roams the landscape at the White Desert.   Siwa Oasis Image Credit: Photo by Flo P on Unsplash This dazzling oasis, encompassed by date palm ranches and various freshwater springs, is one of the Western Desert's most pleasant spots. The town is based on the remnants of an immense mud-block fortress that ruled the view. This is the best spot to slow down and rejuvenate for a couple of days. Vacationers go to the city to appreciate the town's numerous freshwater springs, walk around sections of land of palm forests and to explore antiquated mud-fabricated fortifications and leftovers of Siwa's Greco-Roman past. Gurgling springs are in bounty here. One of the most famous is a stone pool known as Cleopatra's Bath. A segregated and more private pool is situated on an island in Lake Siwa. An outing to the nearby commercial center offers guests the chance to tour the city's rich culture and soak up the uniqueness the place has to offer.   Alexandria Image Credit: Photo by Peter Nicola on Unsplash Situated on the Northern Coast of Egypt, Alexandria or known as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean" or the "Social Capital of Egypt" is an ancient city in Egypt which is viewed as a significant tourist point of Egypt, the second biggest city of Egypt and furthermore a bustling trade port. Alexandria is enhanced with numerous sublime Greek landmarks, offering incredible touring chances to all and worth a visit for its numerous social attractions which provides deeper insights into its past. The city is definitely a standout amongst other Egypt destinations which would allow you to unwind and relax stress-free. Well known touring spots in Alexandria are Fort Qait Bey, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (one of the largest and most significant library in the ancient world) and Pompey's Pillar Alexandria which is a decent spot to chill with your friends and walk around the boulevards which are loaded up with cafés.   Sinai Image Credit: Photo by Irina Nakonechnaya on Unsplash Egypt's focal point for seashore fun is the South Sinai which is on the Sinai Peninsula. Sharm el-Sheik or, more than likely known as the City of Peace is a European-style resort brimming with lavish lodgings, universally known eateries, and a plethora of activities to offer. Sharm el-Sheik is one of the most well-known retreat towns in Egypt, situated at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. With its warm, dark blue waters and extraordinary brilliant seashores, it would be hard to eliminate such a spot from your itinerary. Try not to pass up on the opportunity to snorkel or dive into the phenomenal reefs around Tiran Island and Ras Mohammed National Park, home to some incredibly vivid marine life. Sharm el-Sheik gives access into the desert, where you can visit Bedouin camps and climb Mount Sinai, an ancient biblical spot famously known for its optimal view of the sunrise.   Dahab Image Credit: Photo by Nassim Wahba on Unsplash Dahab is a serene budget beach town that goes easy on your bank account. Dahab, which implies gold in English, is one of the most-visited urban communities by travelers and Egyptians in Southeast Sinai. It is otherwise called Sinai's most-cherished diving spot, which makes it a go-to spot for diving or swimming enthusiasts. Any place you pick in the South Sinai will have an association with diving. The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations on the planet. Apart from being the most celebrated national park inside Egypt, Ras Muhammad National Park also happens to be one of the most well-known diving sites. This attraction is tucked in the midst of the beautiful coral reefs and mangroves of the Red Sea just along with the inland desert of Sinai. It has completely clear waters that permit divers and swimming lovers to effectively view the dynamic corals and aquatic life. If you decide to take a boat for a ride further into the sea, you might even get to spot some dolphins, including Risso's Dolphin.   Nile Cruising Image Credit: Photo by Lea Kobal on Unsplash You can never be finished with a trip to Egypt without going on a journey on the Nile River. Regardless of whether you take it toward the beginning of the day or around evening time, in a boat or a felucca, the appeal of the Nile will blow your mind. For some guests, a multi-day voyage upon this much-admired Nile is a noteworthy feature of their Egypt trip. Cruising the Nile is likewise the most loosening up approach to see the sanctuaries that stud the banks of the waterway on the course among Luxor and Aswan. The two celebrated sights on a Nile Cruise are the Temple of Kom Ombo and Edfu's Temple of Horus, where all the large cruise ships make a halt. You can also opt to voyage the Nile by felucca which is Egypt's conventional wooden boat. Boats and cruises leave from both Luxor and Aswan, yet feluccas must be boarded for trips from Aswan. Egypt offers the most intriguing encounters to tourists and such an experience that cannot be compared to any other place else on the planet. Everything about Egypt leaves its visitors in amazement.THE PS – It is advisable to wear full-length clothing in Egypt, to regard the traditions and save yourself from some serious sunburn.   via GIPHY...

  • Manners & Dua Series - Part 5 | Virtues of Subhanallahi Wa-Bihamdihi

    With how fast-paced and busy everyday life is, it is easy for us to lose ourselves in our daily activities. Sometimes it is good to take a moment to pause and remind ourselves of Allah SWT and our Deen, with a short but very meaningful statement; Subhanallahi Wa-Bihamdihi. Here are some Hadiths that show us how great and meaningful Subhanallahi Wa-Bihamdihi is. Image Credit: Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated: The Messenger of Allah (AWS) said, "There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: سبحان الله وبحمده، سبحان الله العظيم "Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim" (Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection) [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. Abu Dharr (RA) narrated: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said to me, "Shall I tell you the expression that is most loved by Allah?" It is  سبحان الله وبحمده، 'Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi' (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)'." [Muslim]. Rabi’ah bin Ka’b Al-Aslami narrated: that he used to spend the night outside the door of the Messenger of Allah (SAW), and he used to hear the Messenger of Allah (SAW) saying at night:  سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ “Subhan Allahi Rabbil-‘alamin (Glory is to Allah, the Lord of the worlds),” repeating that for a while, then he said: سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi (Glory and praise is to Allah).” (Sunan Ibn Majah) Aishah (RA) reported: Prior to his demise, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to supplicate frequently: سبحان الله وبحمده، أستغفر الله، وأتوب إليه Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi; Astaghfirullaha wa atubu ilaihi (Allah is free from imperfection, and I begin with praising Him. I beg forgiveness from Allah and I turn to Him in repentance." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet (SAW) said, "Are you still in the same position as I left you." I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, "I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: سبحان الله وبحمده عدد خلقه، ورضا نفسه، وزنة عرشه، ومداد كلماته Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi [Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)]." [Muslim] Abu Huraira (RA) narrated: Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Whoever says, سبحان الله وبحمده 'Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi,' one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea. (Sahih al-Bukhari)   Let us follow the Prophetic manners & Dua (sunnah) and incorporate these into our daily lives.  ...



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