Ideal Locations For A Sunny Summer WeekendThursday, August 11, 2016
Looking for a worldwide destination for a sunny summer weekend? One of these four is sure to tickle your fancy!
If it's color, lights, architecture, and beauty that you’re after, the Moroccan city of Marrakech will be the place for you! Marrakech is home to some of the most striking and authentic beauty. While popular with tourists, it has managed to keep hold of all its original charm.
So, you could spend an entire day wandering the narrow streets and chatting to local vendors. While the main souks, found in Djemaa el-Fna, are incredible, walk deeper and further away. It is here that you will find the most carefully hand-crafted good and wares.
Moroccans are a friendly bunch, so approach with a smile and be prepared to haggle! Sellers put their prices up in preparation for this, so don’t feel bad or inappropriate doing so. They enjoy it, and you should too!
Once you tire of shopping or realize if you buy anymore you won’t be able to get your suitcase home? Head for some cultural sites. Marrakech has some beautiful palaces- one of which is still lived in today.
You can also see the Bahia Palace, not to mention the grand and iconic Koutoubia mosque. Marrakech is a big enough size to have lots to offer, but small enough that you can get a lot done in just one weekend. Although maybe make it a long weekend, just to be safe!
While summer isn’t at all guaranteed in Edinburgh in the winter, you can get lucky in the summer. Summer is also one of the best times to go to Edinburgh because you can get to experience the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
If you haven’t heard of it before, it is a month long festival that happens annually, every August. Comedians, actors, musicians, dancers and street performers all converge on the city. They take residency in dozens and dozens of venues across the city, both traditional and unique.
While the big names charge for tickets, there is more than enough going on for free also! Once you’ve had enough of the arts, challenge yourself to a hike up Arthur's Seat. This offers mind blowing views over the city below.
New Mexico is a fantastic state in America for a sunny summer weekend. That’s because there is sunshine pretty much all year around. The Crazy Tourist has a great list of things to do here. One of Albuquerque’s main draws is the Sandia Mountains.
It is home to the longest tramway in the whole world! You can travel above the canyons and up to a vista of incredible views. There is an observation deck at the end of your journey. Named Sandia Peak, it is 10,378 feet high and located inside the Cibola National Forest.
As if the views from the tramway weren’t enough for you, from here you can get a panoramic view of 11,000 square miles. The Land of Enchantment and Rio Grande Valley can all be seen. On the topic of Rio Grande, this is another huge draw and feature that Albuquerque has to offer.
Perfect for a bit of adventure. You could go river rafting to cool off in that hot summer heat! If you can’t make it to Albuquerque in the summer, fear not. It’s still well worth a visit at other times of the year. Take October for example. The sun is still out, and this month plays host to an incredible international balloon festival.
Alongside so many other incredible cities and countries in this area of the world, Venice stands out as one of the most popular. However, in turn, this can get it some bad rep. Because it draws so many tourists, some can find the crowds unappealing, to say the least.
However, there is a way to counter this. If you do want to spend a summer weekend in Venice, be prepared to wake up early. At 7 am or even 6 am, the streets are quiet. Alleyways are empty, coffee shops are filled with locals on their way to work, not tourists.
You can get a lot done in those early hours. Don’t bother with a car, though, as you won’t be able to get it down most of the small streets anyway. Get your hiking boots on and set off on foot instead! Same goes for late at night.
Also, don’t be afraid to venture out of the city. A short train ride away is the smaller but equally beautiful city of Treviso. The chocolatiers, boutiques, coffee shops and river views can all be found here too, but with fewer crowds!
So which is it for you? Marrakech, Edinburgh, Albuquerque, or Venice? Take your pick!
*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots.
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