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The Roman Colosseum - one of the most iconic landmarks known world-over - is one of Italy's most prominent and well-known attractions. Being the world's largest amphitheatre, the Colosseum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a world wonder, drawing awe from around the world. The history of the Colosseum dates back to 70–72 AD, when it was constructed under the rule of Emperor Vespasian in order to host violent gladiator matches where numbers of men and animals were forced to fight for their lives. At present, the Colosseum is open to the public for viewing and also includes a museum in the upper floor of the outer wall. A visit to the Colosseum is a must when sight-seeing in Rome and will undoubtedly be a memorable experience. ...more

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The Roman Colosseum - one of the most iconic landmarks known world-over - is one of Italy's most prominent and well-known attractions. Being the world's largest amphitheatre, the Colosseum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a world wonder, drawing awe from around the world. The history of the Colosseum dates back to 70–72 AD, when it was constructed under the rule of Emperor Vespasian in order to host violent gladiator matches where numbers of men and animals were forced to fight for their lives. At present, the Colosseum is open to the public for viewing and also includes a museum in the upper floor of the outer wall. A visit to the Colosseum is a must when sight-seeing in Rome and will undoubtedly be a memorable experience.

Ticket Price

A full ticket costs around €15.50

Opening Hour

Open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 2-3 hours

Suitable For

Adults, Families, Young Adults, Children, Senior Travellers

Must See

The architecture and the museum

Prayer Facilities

Though designated prayer facilities at the Colosseum will be unavailable, Muslim travellers could visit some of the mosques in Rome during prayer times. There are several mosques in Rome that Muslim travellers could visit such as the Rome Muslim Center, Masjid-e-Rome, Quba Mosque, Masjid Al Rahman as well as the Mosque of Rome – the most prominent mosque in the country and the largest mosque in Europe.  

Halal Food

Halal food near the Colosseum itself will not be available but Muslim travellers could visit many Halal restaurants in Rome for dining options. A few prominent Halal restaurants in Rome include Luna Caprese, Super Pizza Allam Fayez, Himalaya's Kashmir, King Pizza and Jamuna, serving a wide range of Halal cuisine.

  • A Winter Sonata: Nami Island

    Nami island is a half-moon shaped island that is surrounded by rising water from the North Han River. The sky and water meet around this island to create a fairy tale escape from the city. This beautiful island is known for its symmetrical trees that align the promenade paths and create impressive experiences. The walking paths are lined with Korean Pine trees and Redwood trees that have beautiful transformative colors and shades based on the seasons. It’s most famous pictures are the visual representation of autumn pumpkin-spiced fall season.    Why is Nami Island Famous? Image Credit:Elle Morre on Unsplash Nami island is famous for its picturesque setting cultivated for the ethereal feel of being in a fairy tale story. As the K-wave continues to wash across the world with tv shows and movies translated and dubbed into English, Spanish and Arabic, Nami has been the illustrious background star for Winter Sonata and the inspiration for many other tv show settings.   What is the best month to visit Nami Island? Image Credit: Hannah Sibayan on Unsplash It is perfect to visit any time of the year depending on your own preferences, do you prefer the autumn hues of red and orange on the trees or are you a fan of the spring renewal of trees and flowers. Perhaps you prefer the Narnia or Winterland wonder of bare trees and white coat of snow covering the ground, either way, Nami Island is a true fairy tale location and perfect for every season.   Seoul to Nami Island Image Credit: Grace Lim on Unsplash The route from Seoul to Nami Island varies on how much you are willing to pay and the time you have. On average it will take 1 hour and 30 minutes to travel from Seoul to Nami Island.  Trains from Yongsan to Gapyeong can take as little as 48 minutes.  There is also the option of Cheongnyangni to Gapyeong.  From Gapyeong, buses, taxis, and walking are all close options to reach the Nami Island ferry departing stop.  Entrance fees It includes both the entrance fee to Nami Island and the Ferry transport from mainland Korea, Bangha-Ri.   General Rate: 13,000 won (11-12 Dollars) Discounted Rate: 10,000 won (8-9 Dollars) Special Rate: 7,000 won (6-7 Dollars)   Thrill experiences Image Credit: visitkorea Zipwire There are not many places in the world that you can pay for a visa and entrance with a zip lining pass! Nami Island provides the unique experience of paying for your visa, way back on a ferry, and zip-line experience. Whizz in and let gravity do the hard work as you cruise over the Han river and enter in style.  Fare: 44,000 won Operating hours: April-October 09:00-19:00 / November-March 09:00-18:00 The operation may be discontinued in the case of snow, rain, or strong winds Inquiries: +82-31-582-8091   Sky bike A great way to overlook Nami Island, this sky bike track enables participants to cycle on a track from a height and enjoy a view of the island and visitors below.  Fare: Adults 3,000 won / Children 2,000 won Boarding site: Bike Center Inquiries: +82-31-582-0144   Cultural experiences and Exhibition halls Image Credit: Vivian Wong on Unsplash Pyeonghwarang is home to all the following cultural experiences and exhibition halls. Handicraft Studio This studio provides children and adults the opportunity to experience various artistic workshops and classes including making ceramics, glassware, woodcrafts, dye crafts, and papercrafts.  Children friendly cultural experiences The Island has various activities available for children and families, including the picture book library which brings alive storytelling and fairytales, different programs and activities are for kids. The Unicef Hall was opened to promote the Unicef welfare promotion for children, it is the 14th park in the world to receive a UNICEF child-friendly park.   Petite France The Gapyeong city tour includes Petite France as one of its stops and this is not without reason. This multicolored mini-town pays homemade to le petit prince a famous tale and also a movie, there are an Antoine de Saint-Exupery Museum and many idyllic spots for Instagram shots. You can confuse your followers and make them believe you traveled to Europe with the century-old dolls and puppets, antiquities, and European looking architecture.  Ryu Hongjuin World Folk Instrument Exhibition Hall This exhibition hall aims to preserve the beautiful historic lineage of Korean folk instruments and music. The history of storytelling through musical pieces is a tale as old as time and the exhibition hall allows you to understand the importance of these instruments and the stories they kept alive. Yu Qing Chung Sculpture Park Happy Garden  Yu Qing Chung was an individual artist who created art which are known to make people happy, this great concept fits in line with the idea of storytelling and its powers to provide comfort and imagination. A park is dedicated to Chung’s art for the sole reason of providing happiness to all the visitors.    Gardens and Nature Image Credit: Nichi 17 on Unsplash This island has over 20 gardens because the Nami Tourist governance has ensured the Island is kept as close to its natural form. The Namisum organization has cultivated a respect for and appreciation of organic nature and what it offers when it is left to grow wild. The Central Korean Pine Tree Lane  Impossible to miss The Central Korean Pine Tree Lane is the iconic path lined with thick pine trees directing into the center of this fairy-tale island.  Riverside reed Paths The island is filled with walking pathways but if love the idea of having nature flank you one on one side and water on your other then riverside paths will transport you. The Riverside reed will offer an ethereal cloaked view of Namiseom. Garden of Morning Calm  This Garden is open all year and special at every season, blooming over 5000 different flowers at its natural season. This garden was founded by a professor of Horticulture from Sahmyook University. This garden encapsulates the morning calm and was founded to protect Korean nature and the spirit of Korean culture and appreciation of garden culture.  Gongsaengwon Garden (The Winter Sonata Statue) It would only make sense that the tv show that made this Island popular is commemorated with its own garden. Fans of the winter sonata can take a picture with the impressive statues of Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo. This part of the island is supposed to preserve the idea of love and romance perfect for both new couples and married couples.    Restaurants, Cafes, and food Image Credit: Photo by Vivian Wong on Unsplash Nami Island Sonata Cafe  This Cafe is the perfect location to stop and pick up the classic sugar hotteok, a Korean pancake to warm your fingers. Both simple and delicious it will complete your wholesome adventure around the island.  Halal-certified Asian Family Restaurant Dongmun If exploring this fairy tale Island actualizes a hunger for a proper hearty meal, then head over to the Asian Family Restaurant Dongmun. The choices of Korean food include seafood, halal meat, and even traditional Korean dishes. The meals come with side dishes, sticky rice, and a good serving of halal and friendly hospitality. The restaurant’s versatility is explored by the dishes on offer from all over Asia including Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysian, Chinese, and Japanese.    Halal Service- Muslim prayer room Image Credit: Ammar Zainal on Unsplash The prayer room is located on the second floor of the Asian family restaurant dongmun restaurant and is the perfect addition to any Muslim day trip. As Muslims, we often struggle to find secluded places to pray and concentrate. However, thanks to the generous donation of an Iranian poet Ms. Pooneh Nedai, Muslims have been provided with a prayer room with wudu facilities. Even a secluded fairy tale land. The ties and bonds of Muslims internationally are strong and this is evidenced by this room.  Nami Island proves that fairytales do exist and not only is it a beautiful place but it is truly inclusive and open to visitors from all over the world. All information is correct at the time of writing. Please check with the respective service providers for more information....

  • Get The Full Airline Experience Without Leaving the Ground at these Hotels & Restaurants

    Cover Image Credit: Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash This year has been a really weird time for the aviation and travel industry. With the travel restrictions in place for many countries, many airlines had to ground most or all of their planes in their fleet. This is bad news especially for the plane enthusiasts, who long for the experience of flying again. One way that they can somewhat relive this experience is through aviation-themed restaurants and hotels around the world! Sadly, most of the restaurants are not halal but here are some of the most interesting aviation restaurants and hotels from around the world for us to adore and maybe even book a hotel visit if we are in that country. Some of the restaurants are not halal but are covered just to show the idea and novelty of the whole experience.   Restaurants Dreamliner Airways Cafe (HALAL) Image Credit: Dreamliner Airways Cafe on Facebook The aviation theme that it has is already special, add to that that it is one of the only one that is halal makes it truly unique. Finally, something that we can try! Located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, this restaurant lets diners experience the joys of flying. With great attention to detail, the cafe’s decor is modeled after the interior of a commercial jet equipped with windows and airline seats. Even the staff there don on flight attendant uniforms to give you that extra level of immersion. The only different thing about the cafe and flying for real is the food that they serve. Which is really not a bad thing to leave out of flying for real, a stark contrast of the beloved microwaved airline food. The cafe serves a range of Western and Asian cuisine with generous portions, great for the hungry “traveler”. As halal aviation-themed restaurants go, Dreamliner Airways Cafe is definitely something that is really unique. This Cafe is Halal as of the time of writing.  Location: The Dreamliner Airways Cafe, No. 7, Jalan Harmonium 35/1, Taman Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru Opening Hours: 11 AM - 11 PM (Daily) Facebook Thai Airways Restaurant (NON-HALAL) Image Credit: Sam Chui Thai Airways have been making airwaves recently with the launch of their plane-themed restaurant. Located in Bangkok, Thailand, the Thai Airways Restaurant was set up to capture and recreate the authentic inflight experience for the visitors to their restaurant, with airline seats, decor, and of course the plane food. It’s like flying with Thai Airways but without leaving the ground.  The airline takes the experience of the guests seriously as diners will have to ascend the Passenger boarding stair truck (that truck with stairs that you use to get into the plane sometimes) to enter the restaurant, which will surely help in the guests immerse themselves into the experience.  To top it all off, guests will be gifted a boarding pass when they leave as a souvenir for their visit.  Sadly the restaurant is not halal at the time of writing. First Airways (NON-HALAL) Image Credit: First Airlines Speaking of immersion, this listing takes it to the next level. Your mind will be tricked into thinking that you are actually flying over distant lands, in first class too! Operating in Japan from 2016 onwards, this Virtual Reality flight experience brings visitors around the globe on virtual tours of different countries without even leaving the ground. Decked with first-class flight seats and a commercial plane interior decor, even the staff are dressed like actual flight attendants. If you are interested in the “plane”, it is modeled after the Airbus A310. The food and fake window scenery will change based on where the virtual reality tour is held at. Countries including New York, Paris, and Rome are just some of the countries that they offer. A really interesting take on aviation with the help of cutting edge technology. The restaurant is not halal at the time of writing. Runway 34 Restaurant (NON-HALAL) Image Credit: Runway 34 Restaurant If you are more of a propeller kind of person, then Runway 34 will excite you. Located near Zurich Airport, Switzerland is unlike anything from the previous listings. This place not only has the looks and feel of a plane, but Runway 34 also has the whole plane, the real deal. Parked in the middle of the hangar, the plane sits as a centerpiece for the restaurants where diners can choose to have their meals inside or outside the cabin. The plane in question is a retired Ilyushin Il-14, a twin-engined commercial and military personnel and cargo transport aircraft from the 1950s. The plane really does help the restaurant pull off the retro 1950s look well. The restaurant is not Halal at the time of writing. Hotels Hotels that you have to see it to believe it! STF Jumbo Stay Stockholm Image Credit: Jumbostay This has to be the closest thing you can get from bringing your mattress into the airplane cabin to sleep in! Located in Stockholm, Sweden, this repurposed jumbo jet literally lets you stay in the cabin of a retired Boeing 747. Space are aplenty too with the 747’s huge cabin space, there are several dorms and rooms. It is even equipped with a luxury suite in the cockpit! Vliegtuigsuite Teuge Image Credit: Booking.com Another entry to this list of Aviation hotels is the Vliegtuigsuite Teuge in the Teuge, Netherlands. This retired Ilyushin 18 is now a single elongated suite that lets you experience owning the whole plane all to your self. The airplane is big enough for a bedroom area, a kitchenette, and a jacuzzi among other things. All the luxury without any turbulence! Costa Verde 727 Fuselage Home Image Credit: Uniq Hotels Ever wondered what would happen if a plane got stuck in a tree? They get turned into a hotel suite of course! Somewhere in the Costa Rican Jungle lies a salvaged Boeing 727 up in the trees. The painstaking process of placing it up there looks to be very worth it though, as it is safe to say that this is one extraordinary hotel! What makes it more interesting is that the interior decor is predominantly made of wood. From the furniture to the wall, the amount of wood is definitely something you would think of first when you see a salvaged airplane. There you have it some of the different places that offer you the flying experience without even leaving the ground. Frequent travelers and plane enthusiasts can now at least reminisce the days where we were all free to fly around. Maybe with the current border situations still looking to be very uncertain in may parts of the world, more airlines can follow the examples of these places, who knows our next staycations and meals might even be in the cabin of a once flying commercial airliner!...

  • 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

    As the world slowly moves away from a total lock-down, it is time to start thinking of taking a holiday again! With many countries opening airports for international travel, Greece started this process slowly and steadily on 15th June and is now moving towards welcoming travelers across all its beautiful islands. While taking the required precautions and also adhering to the new rules for tourists in this COVID-19 era, we are still excited to plan a trip to Greece to welcome a new sunrise as we start thinking, “let’s travel and enjoy other cultures and countries again!” Greece has so much to do and see, that choosing the best places to visit is a hard task. However, as many parts of Greece boast many historical sites, panoramic beaches, charming villages, mouthwatering food, sunny climes, and lots of shopping, we are ready to try out these 11 places in Greece as our first adventure for 2020!. 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...

  • 9 Best Honeymoon Destinations In Italy You Must Visit After Covid-19

    Italy has joined the list of countries which are easing its travel restriction. It is slowly welcoming tourists internationally and reviving its tourism industry. The fusion of ancient and modernity, stunning landscapes, and the beautiful culture have made Italy one of the best destinations to visit!For those of you who had to halt your plans for your honeymoon due to the Covid-19 lockdown, it's time to plan for a honeymoon destination! Not forgetting the soon-to-be brides and grooms too. Italy has so much to offer, depending on what you are looking for as a couple. Either sightseeing, doing exciting activities with your spouse, or simply indulging in the local culture, Italy has it all. Here are the 9 best honeymoon destinations in Italy to visit with your spouse!  via GIPHY 1. Rome Image Credit: Christopher Czermak on Unsplash; Vatican City, a perfect backdrop for your couple photos! Let's start off with the capital city of Italy, Rome. Rome is rich in culture and history, a city where you can indulge in Romans art and architecture. One of the best ways to explore the city is on a Vespa. Go ahead and rent a Vespa if you have a license and explore Rome with your significant other. Ride down to Trevi Fountain, through the cobbled streets of Trastevere and Vatican City. These places make a perfect backdrop for your couple photos too, apart from the great memories that you can make there. Remember to take lots of photos!It is worth mentioning that Rome is a Muslim-friendly destination. Dine at Luna Caprese, a restaurant serving Halal Italian food like pizza, pasta, and lasagna. And since you are already in Rome, don't forget to visit the Grand Mosque to witness its stunning architecture and to perform your prayers. 2. Venice Image Credit: Damiano Baschiera on Unsplash; The famous Gondola ride where you could enjoy the sunset with your loved ones. When you mention Venice, what comes to mind would definitely be the Gondola ride down the Grand Canal. Of course, nothing can beat a Gondola ride through the sunset where you could just enjoy this romantic little moment with your loved ones.Venice has been deemed as one of the most romantic cities. Stroll down the streets of Venice, which is rich with its art and history. Explore this city and discover famous tourist attractions such as Piazza San Marco and St Mark’s Basilica. Don't forget to grab a scoop of Gelato if you spot a Gelato shop. (Be sure to ask the storekeeper if the ingredients used are Halal first!) Satisfying your sweet palate on a refreshing flavor of the Gelato while admiring the Grand Canal with your significant other would definitely leave you sweet memories.  3. Verona Image Credit: Alessandro Visentin on Unsplash; Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Known to be the city of love, Verona is the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Tour around the city to catch a glimpse of the location settings of this famous love story.Setting aside this tragic love story and literature, Verona features its historical side through monuments and ruins, which was dated all the way back to the Roman empire. A day trip to Lake Garda is recommended as it is close by. Not only does it offer a scenic view of the town, but exciting activities await you and your spouse. You could either choose to ride the cable car to the top of Mount Baldo or visit the Gardaland Amusement Park. It will be worthwhile, we promise! 4. Amalfi Coast Image Credit: Gabby J on Unsplash; The colorful houses sit upon staggered cliffs in Amalfi Coast. If you are looking for a serene honeymoon location, then Amalfi is a perfect city for you. The colorful houses sit upon staggered cliffs with a coastline of turquoise water, making every spot in this city picturesque. A laidback trip with the spouse is best enjoyed at any of the sandy beaches here in Amalfi.A trip to Amalfi Coast is not complete without exploring the towns. Exploring towns like Atrani and Positano will complete your romantic getaway package. Strolling down the beaches and watching the sunset is enough to leave sweet memories. Don't forget to visit Ravello too, known as the City of Music. It doesn't only provide the scenic view of the Amalfi Coast but also houses one of the stunning gardens, Villa Cimbrone. Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, it should be enough of a reason for you not to miss it! 5. Lake Como Image Credit: Damian Chojnacki on Unsplash; Lake Como, a must-visit tourist spot! Lake Como is deemed as one of the most picturesque destinations for couples. The unique shape of the lake which is like an inverted Y, with a mountainous backdrop, will give you the best honeymoon retreat. Lake Como is always swarming with locals and tourists, so if you want to choose Lake Como as your honeymoon destination, be ready to brace the crowd!But this doesn't mean you should give Lake Como a pass. There are so many reasons to visit Lake Como. Beautiful blooms of Azaleas, Wisteria, and Camellias can be seen in summer, adding up to the picturesque scene. The weather is terrific even in summer due to its mountainous geography. If you fancy some water sports to do with your spouse, there are activities like kitesurfing and sailing.  6. Monte Isola Image Credit: Ouael Ben Salah on Unsplash; Lake Iseo, one of the attractions in Monte Isola. If you want to experience the pleasures of life with your spouse, give Monte Isola a try. It is not only one of the best honeymoon getaway but also a great escape from reality. Cars are banned in Monte Isola, so your only option to explore the island is by the small bus or cycling. Isn't it fun to be enjoying every crook of what life has to offer with your loved ones in this manner?Monte Isola consists of eleven villages which you can easily explore via foot. But renting a bicycle will be less tiring and thus, highly recommended. Take a break and relax by the beaches where you can rejuvenate and have a wonderful picnic. 7. Cinque Terre Image Credit: Mika Korhonen on Unsplash; Stunning views at Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Cinque Terre is another area in Italy for those adventurous couples. Comparing it to Monte Isola, you can actually find public transport here at Cinque Terre, and you can rent a car if you want to. But we suggest skipping those and explore Cinque Terre by foot to experience the beauty of what this area has to offer.Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, therefore expect to see tourists flock in every now and then. Having said so, visiting Cinque Terre will leave great memories for you and your spouse. The five little villages have colors of their own, and they are worth exploring. Also, the stunning viewpoints are not to be missed. Watching the sunset with your spouse would be one of the best things to end the long day of exploring. 8. Florence Image Credit: Jonathan Körner on Unsplash; Florence, Italy, home to Renaissance art and architecture.  Being one of the major cities in Italy, Florence is home to Renaissance art and architecture. If you and your spouse would like to indulge in some history, art, and culture, Florence has so many to offer.Have a romantic walk down the Boboli Gardens, where you can see Renaissance sculptures and fountains. You can also book a Renaioli, a traditional boat, to enjoy a cruise down the river. Apart from enjoying the beauty of what Florence has to offer from this scenic river cruise, it is one of the best romantic things to do with your spouse in Florence. 9. Milan Image Credit: Caleb Stokes on Unsplash; Milan Cathedral, a famous landmark in Italy.  Milan is seldom deemed as a romantic city, but you and your spouse should check it out! There are a lot of attractions in store for you. Milan is known to be the city of fashion and design. But aside from that, Milan offers historical architecture such as the Milan Cathedral and Castello Sforzesco.Milan is the best place if you want to splurge luxuriously. Grand Galleria houses most of the designer brands, but it's definitely not the place for you to bargain. Even if you don't plan to shop here, you should visit the Grand Galleria as the architecture is definitely stunning. You wouldn't want to miss the chance to snap a shot or two as memorabilia of one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. There you have it, 9 of the best honeymoon destinations in Italy. We hope that this list will get you excited for your honeymoon. And even if you have yet to decide on one, we hope that this list will have you geared up to fly to Italy and spend some romantic time with your loved ones, once it is safe to travel again!  via GIPHY ...



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