Your guide to having a fun-filled travel trip in 2021.
The Coronavirus outbreak has robbed us of many great things about life, travel being on top of the list. Now, while there is no idea of the time when our travel conditions will get back to normal, it’s time to consider our travel plans once again for 2021.
So, we, at Halaltrip, will discuss the top 10 Muslim friendly destinations to travel to in 2021.
These destinations are mostly Covid-safe and waiting with open arms for welcoming you to travel around!
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Uzbekistan is one of the most beautiful yet underrated countries in the world, housing fascinating Islamic cities and striking Soviet architecture.
Firstly, you can visit Tashkent, the land of scenic parks, spacious avenues, and towering buildings that impart an overall beauty to the city.
You can also visit the Registan Complex in Samarkand to admire the intricate Islamic architecture of the range of Madrasas and Mosques.
Moreover, Shah-i-Zinda is a masterpiece in Uzbekistan housing the graves of historical leaders. Then, make your way to the Po-i-Kalyan complex in Bukhara is a focal point of attraction for Muslims around the world.
Egypt is home to a plethora of Islamic sites. Egypt’s capital, Cairo is popularly known as “The City of 1000 Minarets”.
Travel back to the past by visiting the most beautiful Mosque of Alexandria, Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi. If you’re wanting to get some ‘Vitamin Sea’, you can explore the striking coastline of Alexandria, and enjoy the gentle breeze there!
Moreover, you can retreat into the peaceful aura of the Al-Hakim Mosque which reflects stunning Fatimid Era architecture.
You can also visit the Al Hussein Mosque in Cairo. It has the oldest complete manuscript of the Quran-e-Shareef and therefore, is considered an integral place in Islamic history. Lastly, visit Islamic Cairo which houses some of the most significant Islamic sites and monuments.
Oman is a versatile country with golden deserts on one hand and turquoise-blue oceans on the other, and intense Islamic architecture.
Muttrah Souq in Muscat is a bustling market where you can get your hands on some of the best Arabian articles.
Another great destination is the Bahla Fort, a massive piece of art that is designated as a World Heritage Site because of being home to abundant culture and history.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat is the oldest Mosque in the region where the great verses of the Holy Quran are inscribed upon the walls of the courtyard.
The Bibi Maryam Mausoleum in Qalhat is the only remains of the ancient city of Qalhat. The now UNESCO World Heritage site, Qalhat was a city that was a city that was known for its bazaars and beautiful mosques in ancient times, as described by Ibn Battuta after he visited it in the 14th century. Qalhat was also visited by Marco Polo in the 13th century and Zheng He in the 15th century further cements this medieval city as a prominent trading hub in the yesteryears.
Did you know that the localities believe that Bibi Maryam herself built it as a site for a mosque?
South Africa boasts a very large population of Muslims which is why it is one of the top 10 Muslim-friendly destinations to travel to in 2021.
South Africa is a paradise for those who’re always in awe of nature and spectacular wildlife. However, it also houses some extremely beautiful Mosques too.
For instance, you can visit The Palm Tree Mosque which is the oldest unaltered building that dates back to the 19th century. Then, you can check out the Kwantu Game Reserve Lodge to enjoy a variety of Halal food.
If you want to gaze at the mind-boggling scenic views, then soar up to Table Mountain and catch enchanting views of the nearby landscapes.
If you’re a travel and luxury lover, you can take a brilliant luxury safari through the Kruger National Park and get magnified views of the wildlife.
Or, you can visit the Bo Kaap neighborhood where you can learn the region's Muslim art of cooking.
South Korea is becoming a more popular travel destination because of the widespread entertainment in the form of K-Pop music and K-Dramas. Other than this, South Korea is also a living proof of stunning man-made architecture.
For this, you can go up to the Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower. It is the best place to witness the stunning beauty of the sunset and the city lit up with bright lights.
To enjoy the scenic beauty of this country, Nami Island is an ideal place for a family trip. You will be rewarded with some fascinating views of the surrounding landscapes.
Itaewon is a mandatory visit for all Muslim travelers as it houses the first Mosque in Korea.
If you’re wanting to pack your bags with some Korean products then Myeongdong is one of the best places to shop for a wide range of things like clothing, bags, etc!
The Maldives is a true gem when it comes to Muslim-friendly travel destinations. Because of being a Muslim majority nation, it has an array of Halal resorts and Halal food waiting for you to explore!
Firstly, Coco Palm Bodu Hithi is an ideal destination to escape from the monotony of the city. It has private beaches and gardens that are sure to offer the needed comfort and luxury.
Secondly, LUX Maldives is the best place to enjoy adventure-filled water activities like scuba diving. Interestingly, there are eight fine dining restaurants to suit all the varying needs of a family!
Then, Kudafushi is a perfect place for spending time with your family, especially small children as it has a day-care center and relaxing spa facilities for adults. Bandos Island is another treasure nestled in the Maldives with a range of activities to offer.
If you absolutely love folklore and history, then Greece should be on the top of your list!
Greece features a remarkable collection of beaches, museums, and local streets to absorb the true essence of the country
Rhodes Island is a perfect haven for families as the waters are very shallow here. Corfu hosts a World Heritage site.
Moreover, the Kassiopi Villa, being surrounded by olive trees, is truly a refuge from the busy world. You can also visit the Suleiman Mosque which is one of the most prominent mosques in Greece.
For history lovers, Athens is the best place. Filled with the ruins of ancient civilization, like the Pantheon, with an air of mythological stories wafting across the city, this city will definitely leave you spellbound.
Lastly, if you have an interest in the lost city of Atlantis, you can visit Santorini, which is assumed to be Atlantis by various archaeologists!
Canada is another one of the top Muslim-friendly destinations in the world because of promoting multiculturalism.
Visit some of the best Mosques in Canada such as Madina Masjid, Masjid UtTaqwa, and Baitul Mukarram Masjid.
Or, you can visit Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and explore the range of marine life displayed here.
Then, head over to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art to learn about the ceramic artisanry. Lastly, you can visit the Art Gallery of Ontario and gaze upon some of the masterpieces of art featured in the gallery.
If you wish to explore the natural side of Canada with your family, you can take a trip to Banff, a spectacular resort town in Alberta.
Slovenia is one of the most natural destinations in Europe with its snow-clad mountains and nature trails.
If you want to have an adventurous time then trek down the Tolmin Gorge Trail and pass by scenic landscapes consisting of rivers, streams, and moss-covered rocks.
Lake Jasna is an extremely scenic location with lush green hills reflecting in the sparkling waters of the lake. To retain the memories of the trip, Ljubljana Old Town is the perfect place to buy some fresh produce and local souvenirs.
For exploring the culture, Ptuj is a waterfront city that manifests the great Slovenian culture.
Austria is one of the best Muslim-friendly destinations that cater to the needs of travelers.
Austria’s capital city, Vienna hosts several Halal restaurants and Mosques such as Quba Mosque, Islamic Center for Vienna, and Haci Bayram Mosque.
Moreover, Salzburg has many sprawling gardens and hills that impart a certain natural beauty to the place. It also has many luxury Halal restaurants like Taj Mahal and Ali Baba.
Graz is a bright city in Austria with lots of options for shopping, Halal food, museums, Prayer Halls, and castles.
Lastly, Zell am See is the most popular and thrilling destination in Austria because of its spectacular landscapes and adventurous skiing options.
Even though 2020 was the year of staying at home and canceling your amazing travel plans, it doesn’t mean that the next year has to be the same.
With the correct safety measures and guidelines such as frequent sanitization, wearing masks, and social distancing, you can have a safe yet exciting trip.
You can also read other in-depth articles on the Halaltrip travel blog.
So wait no more and travel to these top 10 Muslim-friendly destinations to travel in 2021!