Ella, Medellin, The Lake District, and Cairo – Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter, reveals the best places to hop on a plane to this month
When the colourful Sri Lankan train winds its way across the Nine Arch Bridge, you know you’re in Ella. Tucked between misty rainforests and lush tea plantations, this quaint village charms nature lovers and adventure seekers alike with its idyllic green hills and epic waterfalls. Take a hike on Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock for incredible views, or set off in search of waterfalls – don’t miss the roaring Diyaluma Falls, the second tallest in the country.
Sip a refreshing cup of tea at Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory, where you can meander through lush, green tea gardens and savour your own distinct brew.
Steeped in local folklore, Ravana’s Cave (which can be a by Ravana Falls) is a tough climb, but once inside you can marvel at its architectural brilliance.
Master the art of preparing a delightful Sri Lankan meal at Ella Spice Garden, where you can select your ingredients fresh from the ground.
Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ for its year-round temperate weather, Medellin is fast becoming a tourist favourite. No matter where you go, you’re surrounded by stunning natural landscapes courtesy of the striking Andes Mountains. Colourful buildings dot the hillsides of Comuna 13, famous for its vibrant murals and food markets, whereas the affluent El Poblado neighbourhood is home to chic cafés, high-end restaurants and exciting nightlife.
Admire the creative artwork of Colombia’s best-loved sculptor, Fernando Botero, at Antioquia Museum.
Take your little ones on a scientific adventure at Explora Park, an interactive science museum that’s home to South America’s largest freshwater aquarium.
Football fan or not, join the rambunctious fans at a fútbol match at Atanasio Girardot Stadium and get into the spirit of the cultural obsession with this competitive game.
The Lake District
Tourists flock from all over the world to visit the Lake District National Park – the largest national park in the UK and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – for its spectacular scenery, wildlife and historic links to wordsmiths. Time your visit from January to March and admire the beautiful lakes and fells while discovering pretty villages dotted with local shops and rustic restaurants, with live music and delicious food made from fresh local produce.
Say “hello” to Peter Rabbit in Mr McGregor’s garden, find your way to Jemima Puddle-Duck and call on Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle in her kitchen at The World of Beatrix Potter.
Follow your nose to the delicious aromas wafting from the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop and splash your cash on a variety of drool-worthy ginger-themed nibbles.
Take a road trip back in time by checking out Lakeland Motor Museum, which is home to 30,000 exhibits that trace the development of road transport throughout the 20th century.
This year is tipped as the best time to visit Cairo, with The Grand Egyptian Museum – the largest museum in the world dedicated to a single civilisation – set to open in 2020. The wealth of historic ruins and monuments are guaranteed to take you back to ancient times, while the city centre bustles with that energetic, modern big city vibe. Treasure-filled souks, grand hotels, picturesque cruises along the Nile and streets brimming with restaurants await discovery.
Bask in the city’s rich history and wind your way through historical Islamic buildings while haggling for antiques, artisan accessories, ornate perfumes and traditional clothing at Khan el-Khalili.
Sway to the beat of traditional music at El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music.
See everyday city life through the eyes of those who experienced the 20th century Egyptian Art Movement at Al Masar Gallery, located on the first floor of Baehler’s Mansion.
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