What should you see in Dubai?


People say that you can either love or hate Dubai. Yet, of course, this several decades old city in reality makes a monumental impression. Dubai is the synonym of luxury and modernity but it does not lack soul. Where should you visit to feel the authentic atmosphere of an oriental metropolis?

The most interesting places in Dubai

Dubai Marina ©iStock

Dubai Marina ©iStock

Dubai Marina

Marina is a rich and very elegant district of Dubai famous for impressive multi-storey residential skyscrapers with a view to Palm Islands (a complex of the largest artificial islands in the world). There is also a large leisure complex Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) known for exclusive restaurants, cafes, hotels and places for sunbathing and water sports.

The characteristic element of the landscape of this part of Dubai is the famous sail – Burj Al Arab. This skyscraper erected on an island is constructed approximately 280 meters from the Persian Gulf bay. The building includes a luxurious hotel, SPA zone, swimming pools, museum, library and a helicopter landing area.

Also featured is Dubai Marina Walk – a several kilometres long walking route extending along the canal and marina. From here you can admire the incredible architecture of the city and luxurious yachts berthed in the port. There is also the Dubai Marina Mall nearby – a modern commercial centre with dozens of shops and food courts.

The green Dubai ©iStock

The green Dubai ©iStock

The Green Planet – tropics in the heart of the desert

It is wrong to think that Dubai is only concrete and glass. Contrary to what one might expect, there is no shortage of green corners, where you can feel real closeness to nature. One of them is Green Planet – a tropical forest with an abundance of animals and plants. Green Planet is an ecosystem closed under an artificial dome. You may come across sloths lounging on tress, habitats of various bird species, bloodthirsty piranhas, or even bats living in the cave. A visit to the Green Planet complex will be a good idea to spend time with your family. Ticket prices start at 99 dirhams.

Burj Khalifa ©iStock

Burj Khalifa ©iStock

Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world

The 829 m high skyscraper still remains the tallest building in the world. It was erected in the years 2004-2009. It has 163 storeys and is one of the most important symbols of Dubai and the entire Emirates. A visit to the 124th storey takes less than 60 seconds. From the tower there extends the spectacular panorama of the city and its environs. The building itself has broken a few records: it has the largest number of storeys in the world, and the uppermost mosque, hotel and swimming pool. The building was named after Sheikh Chalifa ibn Zajida Al Nahajjan – President of the United Arab Emirates.

Arabic coffee ©iStock

Arabic coffee ©iStock

Coffee Museum

The Coffee Museum is mecca for baristas. The Arabs love to drink coffee and offer it to their guests. In 2015 traditional coffee brewed in Arabic was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Through this prism, it is worth taking a closer look at the exhibits displayed in the Dubai Coffee Museum. It is a modest but very climate building situated in the beautiful district Al Fahidi. The aromatic scent of freshly brewed coffee can be smelled from a few miles away! Perhaps it is the only place of this kind in the Emirates where you can try dozens of types of coffee during one session.

In the desert ©iStock

In the desert ©iStock

Desert safari

A camel ride, belly dance shows, jeep ride in the desert, henna tattoos, sandboarding and tasting oriental culinary specialties are just some of the attractions served by the local agencies specialising in the organisation of safari trips.

How much does this pleasure cost? Prices for a few hours adventure in the sand start at 80, and end at 300-400 dirhams depending on the offer. A rally on the dunes is an exciting experience for everyone, regardless of age!

Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountain

Do you like shopping? The commercial centre with an area of over 1 million square meters will satiate your shopping hunger. Even if you are not planning on spending a fortune on fashionable clothes from the leading designers, it is definitely worth to see Dubai Mall – the largest retail complex in the world. It is not just exclusive shops and restaurants, but also an entertainment centre: cinema halls, Dubai Aquarium, skating ring, interactive entertainment park for children, and even ‘Hysteria’ haunted house.

Dubai Mall ©iStock

Dubai Mall ©iStock

On top of that, near Dubai Mall there is one of the most popular attractions in the city – beautiful fountains eagerly watched by tourists. Fountain shows with water dancing to the beat of the music take place every day in afternoon and evening hours. The largest fountain in the world is 275 meters high and can shoot water at 150 meters! Participation in the free show is also a great occasion to see the incredible illumination of Burj Chalifa.

Modern buildings in Dubai ©iStock

Modern buildings in Dubai ©iStock

The Land of Ice in Dubai

By the Mall of the Emirates commercial centre there is the incredible complex ‘Snow Penguins at Ski Dubai’, where in winter scenery you can admire shows with king and Papua penguins, go crazy on the skis on the snow-covered ski run or ride on the chair lift. Upon entrance every guest receives their costume (warm jacket, trousers, helmet and shoes) and the necessary gear (snowboard, skis, sticks). Anyone wishing to can use the offer of a professional ski school. If you’re tired of the heatwaves, you can stop by the first ski resort in the Middle East!

Madinat Jumeirah ©iStock

Madinat Jumeirah ©iStock

Madinat Jumeirah

A place which has managed to reconstruct the atmosphere of the ancient Arab bazaars. The complex of restaurants and stores is intersected with a canal on which traditional wooden abras float (for a small fee, you can treat yourself to a short boat trip). It therefore comes as no surprise that Madinat Jumeirah is called the ‘Little Venice’ of Dubai, from this side there extends a beautiful view across the famous Burj Al Arab. The perfect place for a walk or a dinner with friends.

Old boats in Dubai ©iStock

Old boats in Dubai ©iStock

Deira – the Dubai Old Town

One of the oldest districts of the city and, according to many – the most authentic. You can get lost in the labyrinth of alleys with booths, taste camel milk ice-cream or hide in a cafeteria with a cup of karak tea – black tea with milk, clove and saffron. Deira is a dreamed-of place for enthusiasts of oriental bazaars. Here you can buy fish, herbs, gold articles and all kinds of textiles. The prices, compared to those at Dubai Mall, are not exorbitant.

Dubai astounds with its architecture, surprises with scale and makes you want to see, taste and experience more. Are you dreaming of an unforgettable holiday in the city of world records? Book a flight and prepare for an incredible adventure in the middle of the desert!

Created in cooperation with Dubai Tourism.


Malta

6 reasons why you should fly to Malta


The Maltese sun shines the entire 300 days a year, revealing the beauty of the island’s monuments, harbours and enchanting bays to us. Are you dreaming about holidays in an eternally green paradise? Book a flight, pack your bags and off you go! There are at least several reasons to get there.

An unfathomable island at the crossroads of cultures

An unfathomable island at the crossroads of cultures. Malta is a peculiar melting pot of cultures with clear Arabic, Roman, French and British influences. The Maltese Archipelago in the Mediterranean is a perfect place for explorers and history lovers. The mysterious fortifications, ancient Mdina, medieval temples and baroque palaces – all these embedded in the fabulous Mediterranean scenery. Unique monuments located on the three islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino, remind about the turbulent history of this piece of land. Many of them are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Panorama of Valletta

Panorama of Valletta ©iStock

What’s well worth seeing? Certainly the megalithic temples Tarxien and Ġgantija, which are about 5000 years old, as well as an ancient place of worship the Hypogeum of Ħal Saflieni – an underground network of corridors connected by stone stairs and winding passages. An unforgettable experience guaranteed!

The Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta, built in the 15th century, once the seat of the Grand Master of the Order of St John, as well as the Mosta Dome, a 19th century rotunda of the Assumption of Mary in Most, also deserve particular attention.

A view of Mdina

A view of Mdina ©iStock

Bustling cities with a short break to Malta!

When touring Malta, it is good to start with the capital city – Valletta. The founder of the city was the Grand Master of the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, Jean de Valette, who came there in the 16th century. Besides the Grandmaster’s Palace, also the Sacra Infermeria, the former Hospital of the Johanniter Order, and the elaborately decorated cathedral of St John remained.

An ancient pavilion in the Barrakka Gardens

An ancient pavilion in the Barrakka Gardens ©iStock

Valletta is vibrant around the clock. It is a real paradise for party goers and shopping enthusiasts. It’s worth taking a look at Triq ir-Repubblika – the principal street of the city housing shops, restaurants and cafés. Barrakka Gardens, on the other hand, are an ideal place for an afternoon break within easy reach of the centre of the capital.

A view of Valletta as seen from the sea

A view of Valletta as seen from the sea ©iStock

You will see that it is impossible to get bored in Malta by visiting St Julian’s, or more precisely Paceville district, populated with bars, top nightclubs and discos. The largest shopping centres and entertainment facilities are located in Sliema on the border of St Julian’s. Nightlife thrives in many Maltese towns. Bugibba, which is well connected to the rest of the island – it is only 15 km from Valletta, and from where ferries depart for Gozo, is well worth a visit. About 9 km west of Bugibba lies the charming Mellieha, known for its beautiful sandy beaches.

A red sand beach on Gozo

A red sand beach on Gozo ©iStock

Sleepy towns and charming villages

Those who prefer to relax surrounded by nature will not be disappointed either. We recommend that you get off the beaten track, hide in one of the Maltese villages and enjoy the view of the majestic nature. Rabat is a great place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Valletta. There are religious monuments and the catacombs of St Paul and St Agatha, whereas in the city centre there is no shortage of cozy cafés and restaurants serving up local specialties.

Popeye Village in Mellieha

Popeye Village in Mellieha ©iStock

The old fishing port of Marsaxlokk, located in the south of Malta, is a popular attraction of the archipelago. The luzzu boats moored to the shore, painted blue and yellow, have become an inherent part of the landscape of this part of the island. At Marsaxlokk, you will buy freshly-caught fish and seafood. However, if cooking is not your strength you can choose one of the nearby pubs on the promenade, sit back and order aromatic tuna with vegetables enjoying the beautiful views at the same time.

The Maltese Archipelago in the Mediterranean is a perfect place for explorers and history lovers. The mysterious fortifications, ancient Mdina, medieval temples and baroque palaces – all these embedded in the fabulous Mediterranean scenery.

Breathtaking landscapes …

… that can be seen in such films as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Troy’, ‘Alexander’ or in the ‘Game of Thrones’ series are another reason why Malta simply must be visited. Picturesque bays, shingle and sandy beaches and beautiful rock formations against the turquoise sea – they all look amazing! The mystical Blue Grotto on Gozo and the high Dingli cliffs are an absolute must-see. While in Malta, you can take a boat trip to the tiny island of Comino with its wonderful Blue Lagoon which rightly reminds of the paradisal Caribbean. So if you get tired of the busy Valletta, the intimate island of Comino will be the perfect escape from the city noise.

The Blue Lagoon by Comino

The Blue Lagoon by Comino ©iStock

Leisure activities in the seaside scenery

The clear and warm water of the Mediterranean invites to water sports activities. Anchor Bay and the area surrounding Blue Grotto are great places for diving. You can see the beauty of Maltese wildlife with your own eyes. What’s more, the Maltese archipelago offers many interesting cycling routes and tourist walking trails (including the trails from the famous Popeye village on the island of Gozo to Mgarr, from Dingli to Rabat or from Marsaxlokk to Marsaskala). You can treat yourself to a yacht cruise, explore Maltese towns on a scooter, spend a day at Ramla il-Hamra red sand beach, or climb Ta’ Dmejrek – the highest point of Malta.

Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto ©iStock

Delicious food

Holidays in Malta are a great opportunity to enjoy the local Mediterranean cuisine with distinct Italian, French and Arabic influences. What is worth trying? Typical Maltese delicacies are fenek, which consists of aromatic rabbit meat served with vegetables, as well as soppa tal-armla – vegetable soup with goat cheese. The Maltese particularly like to eat stuffed eggplants, bell pepper and artichoke as well as dried sheep milk cheese, which is the specialty of the island of Gozo.

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Like in Italy, Maltese cuisine also features filling pasta dishes, including timpana (meat casserole with tomatoes and herbs). Also Britain’s famous dish – fish and chips, is a popular option. No matter the season, we can enjoy aromatic salads, refreshing Girgentina wine and Kinnie – a drink brewed from chinotto oranges.


Thailand

Summer holidays in Thailand with children - how to organise them


‘This is crazy!’ – how many times have you heard this when planning a trip with your child to the other side of the world? Family holidays in exotic Thailand require preparation, but they are undoubtedly worth it. Paradise beaches, majestic mountains and bustling cities attract tourists like a magnet. Plus, excellent Thai food tastes particularly delicious there.

Thai people love children, especially out-of-towners, so don’t be surprised if the locals want to treat your child to a sweet mango or ask if they can take a souvenir photo. Although such amenities as baby changing tables, high chairs and play areas are not always available, Thailand creates perfect conditions for a carefree holiday with children, after all.

Phuket

Phuket ©Tourism Authority of Thailand

Where to go in Thailand with a child.

Phang Nga Bay in the Andaman Sea.

This place has exceptional natural and landscape values. You can go canoeing, charter a private yacht cruise, explore James Bond island (this is where one of the key scenes of ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, directed by Guy Hamilton, was shot) or even try fresh fish in a picturesque fishing village built on piles stuck in the bay bottom. Phang Nga is also famous for limestone caves, which you can explore at will.

The island of Phuket has an airport from which you can get to Bangkok and other cities of Thailand, Asia and Europe. One of the local attractions is Flying Hanuman – an unusual rope park, where you can not only climb the trees and admire the spectacular views, but also treat yourself and your loved ones to an exciting zip-lining experience. Ticket prices start at THB 2300 per person. Flying Hanuman is suitable for adults and children over 4 years old.

Pho Temple in Bangkok

Pho Temple in Bangkok ©Tourism Authority of Thailand

Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking in Phuket Province

Every kid (and not only) will enjoy an unusual elephant trek, surrounded by unspoilt nature. Kok Chang Safari is an extraordinary elephant sanctuary where the animals are taken particular care of. You can feed them, give them a stroke and even swim together! Everything takes place under the watchful eye of a friendly guide. Prices of elephant trekking start at THB 1200 per person, children under 4 year old are allowed to join free of charge.

Prachuap Khiri Khan

Prachuap Khiri Khan ©Tourism Authority of Thailand

Water parks and amusement parks

One of the largest water parks in Asia, Ramayana Water Park, located in a beautiful scenery surrounded by green hills, is just 20 minutes from Pattaya and 1.5 hours from Bangkok. You can get there by bus, minivan or car. Entry fees start at THB 1,440 per adult and THB 890 per child. In addition to water slides and many other attractions for the whole family, there are also comfortable ‘cabana’ cabins with bathroom facilities and Internet connection.

The Black Mountain Water Park in Huan Hin, which is well connected to the city centre, is located within 200 km from Bangkok. Slides, pools, a golf course and tennis courts are just some of many attractions that this place offers. You can work out at the gym, let your hair down in the spa, or join a relaxing yoga session. Entry fees are: THB 600 per adult, THB 300 per child (children up to 110 cm tall can enter for free).

Kudu Yai

Kudu Yai ©Tourism Authority of Thailand

Places such as Splash Jungle Waterpark or the Football Crazy Golf amusement park at the foot of Kathu Patong hill are worth coming to with your children during when staying in Phuket. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try your hand at sport which is a combination of football and golf! Colorful shows featuring animals, acrobats and magicians in the unusual FantaSea entertainment park will make your time at Kamala beach extra special.

Although such amenities as baby changing tables, high chairs, and play areas are not always available, Thailand creates perfect conditions for a carefree holiday with children, after all.

Although such amenities as baby changing tables, high chairs, and play areas are not always available, Thailand creates perfect conditions for a carefree holiday with children, after all.

Thailand with children – when is it the best time to go

Between March and June, the temperature in Bangkok often exceeds 40 degrees Celsius, which can be very uncomfortable for young children. When it’s summer holiday in Poland, Thailand experiences the rainy season – it’s hot, but humid. The best time for holiday with children is between October and February, when the average air temperature fluctuates between 25-30 degrees Celsius. It’s also important to make sure that the place you will stay at is equipped with air-conditioning.

Tham Suea Krabi

Tham Suea temple ©Tourism Authority of Thailand

What to pack?

Children’s safety comes first, that is why sunscreen, a hat to protect the head from sunburn, sticking plaster and mosquito repellents are parents’ travel must-haves when travelling in Thailand with a child. Anti-diarrhoeal drugs and painkillers will also come in useful. Disposable diapers, juices and infant formula milk are widely available in Thai shops. However, the range of products may be limited in some regions of the country.

Trat

Trat ©Tourism Authority of Thailand

Travel by plane

Many parents lose sleep over the thought of a lengthy flight with a few-month or several-year-old child. However, the devil is not as black as he is painted. More than a dozen hours on a plane with a toddler curious about the world is quite a challenge. But thanks to the special amenities and preparations, the flight will be over sooner than you think. Checking-in with children is also much shorter. During the flight, babies can travel in a special playpen, and on-board toilets are equipped with changing tables. Your child’s favorite toy or book will make time more enjoyable.

When planning a holiday with a small child, it is good to buy a lightweight, compact stroller to be able to easily maneuver through narrow, crowded streets. Ergonomic baby carriers or slings will work too, though. In Thailand, you can easily rent a bike or scooter with a small trailer to carry children – an unforgettable experience guaranteed!

Koh Kut

Koh Kut ©Tourism Authority of Thailand

What to watch out for.

First of all, the sun, mosquitoes and hygiene. Even a short exposure to sunlight at the beach can cause burns to the child’s delicate skin.
Dengue fever is one of the most common viral infections in Thailand and throughout Asia. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, which is why it is so important to use mosquito repellents and wear appropriate protective clothing.

Make sure that children wash their hands regularly. The more often, the better. You also need to keep an eye on what they consume and avoid eateries that seem doubtful at first glance.

Dreaming of holiday in Thailand with your family? As you can see, it is not impossible at all! Start planning your dream trip and enjoy the time with your loved ones in the magical Thai scenery!


Vienna

What to see in Vienna?


Klimt, Schiele, Mozart are some of the grand names that are inevitably associated with Vienna. The largest ‘cafe of the world’, waltz homeland and world capital of modernism. Are you a fan of inspiring exhibitions and unusual artistic shows? See the current cultural offer and plan your visit to Vienna!

Featured exhibitions in 2018/2019 season

During your stay in the capital of Austria, it is worth stopping by the Leopold Museum, which houses an impressive collection of works by Austrian painter and graphic artist Egon Schiele. The exhibition ‘Die Jubiläumsschau’, which will last till March 10, 2019, features unusual examples of Austrian expressionism. A must-see point of your visit in the Vienna Leopold Museum is also the exhibition of works by Gustav Klimt, one of the most important representatives of the Vienna Secession. The collection of the works of the ‘Kiss’ author will be presented until 4 November 2018. Enthusiasts of photography are encouraged to visit Vienna to see the intriguing exhibition ‘Machen mich schön, Madame d’Ora!’, presenting photos taken by Dora Kallmus, a pioneer of fashion photography.

Klimt’s collection at the Leopold Museum

Klimt’s collection at the Leopold Museum © WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud

At the junction of music, literature and philosophy

What else is also worth a mention in Vienna? ‘Berg, Wittgenstein, Zuckerkandl: central figures of Viennese modernism’ is another noteworthy exhibition that you can admire at the Museum of Literature until February 17, 2019. The leitmotif is the intermingling of arts: literature, music, architecture and philosophy. Following this trail, during your stay in Vienna it is also worth visiting the Austrian State Archives (Grillparzerhaus) which will feature the exhibition ‘Ludwig Wittgenstein: Die Tractatus Odyssee’ from October 16 to November 30, 2018. It is a literary and philosophical journey into the reflection of the famous Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, which had a huge impact on the art of the twentieth century.

The National Library in Vienna

The National Library in Vienna © WienTourismus/MAXUM

A breath of orient in the heart of Europe

The exposition ‘Faszination Japan: Monet. Van Gogh. Klimt’, organised by Bank Austria Kunstforum, presents a collection of unique works by European painters fascinated by the culture of the Far East. In Vienna, it is not just paintings and graphics by the artists listed in the title of the exhibition collected in one place, but also functional items with oriental ornaments conceived by, among others, Coin, Degas, Klimt, or Toulouse-Lautrek. Thanks to this exhibition, your trip to Vienna will bring you closer the phenomenon of fascination with Japanese art, which has influenced the development of avant-garde art trends in the last years of the 19th century. The exhibition is open until January 20, 2019.

Elegant balls, artistic shows and exhibitions – you just cannot get bored in Vienna. There is nothing left to do but to treat yourself and your relatives in the magical capital of Austria!

Planned exhibitions in Vienna in 2019

What else is it worth seeing during your visit in Vienna? The exhibition ‘The city of women. Artists in Vienna from 1900 till 1938’ comprises a review of the works of forgotten, but very influential Viennese artists Elena Luksch-Makowsky, Helene Funke and Erika Giovanna Klien. You can admire their works in Lower Belvedere on January 25 – May 5, 2019. ‘Attersee. The hearth’, an exhibition dedicated to the early stage of the artistic path of European pop art pioneer, Christian Ludwig Attersee, will take place at the Belvedere 21 museum (February 1 – August 16, 2019). ‘Vienna.

A city in the mirror of literature’ is a chance to get to know the more or less known attractions in Vienna, which have appeared in contemporary literature published after 1945. This special exhibition will take place at the Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library on April 12, 2019 – February 16, 2020.

Belvedere Austrian Gallery

Belvedere Austrian Gallery ©WienTourismus/MAXUM

Christmas and carnival in Viennese style

Every day in December, Vienna attracts thousands of tourists who want to feel the true magic of Christmas, listen to Advent songs and enjoy Christmas delicacies. Wiener Weihnachtstraun, or the Viennese Christmas market traditionally takes place at the Town Hall Square (this year from November 16 till December 26), and will feature a series of cultural events. One of them includes the gala concert ‘Christmas in Vienna’ at the Wiener Konzerthaus, which will be held on December 21, 2018.

Museum District

Museum District © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

What would Vienna be without Wiener Opernball! On February 28, the interior of the Vienna State Opera will once again turn into a huge ballroom flooded with flowers and gold. And just like nearly 150 years ago, the famous notes of the Viennese waltz ‘On the Beautiful Blue Danube’ will sound again. Opernball is one of the most prestigious events in Europe, attended by well-known politicians and celebrities from around the world.

Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Elegant balls, art shows, exhibitions – you just can’t get bored in Vienna. There is nothing left to do but to treat yourself and your relatives with a magical visit to the capital of Austria!


Skiing in Europe

TOP 10: The most interesting places in Europe for skiing and snowboarding


The end of February and the beginning of March are great moments for a ski or snowboard trip. Fortunately, there are many great places in Europe (and more!), where you can have fun without worrying about the weather and crowds.. We advise where to go skiing or boarding and enjoy a great ride!

Bansko in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Bansko ski station in the Pirin Mountains is one of the most interesting ski resort in Europe. The Bansko resort offers about 70 km ski runs, including gentle slopes for beginner skiers and snowboarders, as well as varied routes ideal for lovers of freestyle and cross-country skiing. The ski season lasts from December to May.

Bansko ski station

Bansko ski station @istock

The most amazing ski passes are located near the Todorka slope (2746 m above sea level), and also in the area of ​​Czalin Wałog and Sziligarnika. There are modern ski lifts, snow park, ice rink and an extensive tourist base with restaurants, SPA hotels, fitness centers and many amenities for entire families. A 5-day ski pass costs about EUR161 per adult person. The best way to get there is by plane to Sofia, and then by bus or rent a car and get to Banska.

Kopaonik on the border between Serbia and Kosovo

Kopaonik National Park in Serbia attracts not only mountain and nature lovers, but also winter sports enthusiasts. The Kopaonik mountain massif, located on the border between Serbia and Kosovo, is called the “roof of Serbia”. There are about 70 km of ski runs, several modern ski lifts, as well as several kilometers of pistes. An additional attraction is the Malo Jezero slope illuminated at night.

Kopaonik massif

Kopaonik massif @istock

The advantage of active recreation in this part of Europe are not only beautiful views and lack of crowds on the slopes, but also a well-developed accommodation and catering base. The best way to get there is a flight to Belgrad and then by a rented car or local modes of transport to Kopaonik.

Poiana Brasov in the Romanian Carpathians

The Poiana Brasov ski resort in the Carpathians offers several amazing ski runs of varying difficulty and several ski lifts. There is also a modern tourist infrastructure with comfortable beds, taverns, restaurants, SPA centers and extensive sports centers.

Poiana Brasov

Poiana Brasov ©iStock

For a 5-day ski pass in the winter season (December-April) you have to pay about EUR 106 per adult person and EUR 56 per child. It’s also worth visiting the surronding area, including the medieval castle of Count Dracula in Bran. The best way to get there is a flight to Bucharest, then by train or rented car to Poiana Brasov.

Cerkno – Slovenian resort

Thanks to the extensive tourist base on the slopes of Črny vrhu, it’s a perfect place for families with children. This place is ideal for both beginners and advanced skiers who want to relax and avoid the crowds on the slopes. In addition, you can enjoy wonderful views and taste delicious local food. A 5-day ski pass costs 124,50 EUR per adult and 77,50 EUR per child. From Poland to Ljubljana you can get by plane, and by regular bus lines on the Ljubljana-Cerkno route.

Alps in Slovenia

Alps in Slovenia ©iStock

Gudauri, white craziness in the Georgian Caucasus

Skiing only in the Alps? The Gudauri ski resort is located in the Caucasus mountains in northern Georgia, about 120 km from Tbilisi, at an altitude of 2196 m above sea level. Ski lovers are attracted by beautiful views and amazing ski runs, including Kudebi (3006 m above sea level) and Sadzele (3276 m above sea level).

Gudauri

Gudauri ©iStock

A 5-day ski pass costs about EUR 60-77 per adult person and EUR 38 per child. Although the Gudauri resort has been operating for a short time and is still developing, there are many interesting attractions. Guests can take advantage of modern hotels and private apartments, fully equipped cottages and hostels. To get to Gudauri you just have to find a flight to Tbilisi or Kutaisi, then to use the local modes of transport (minibuses).

Elbrus in Russia

We are still in the climate of the Caucasus. This time something for more advanced skiers. The highest peak – Elbrus – with a height of 5642 m above sea level is located in the Kabardino-Balkaria area of ​​Russia. It’s a perfect solution for the ski-touring lovers. However, even if you do not think about the trip to the “roof of Europe”, it is worth to go on one of the ski runs located under the Elbrus, operated by a regular cableway.

Elbrus ski resort

Elbrus ski resort @istock

Mir (3420 m above sea level) is the highest gondola transport station. The adventure lovers will definitely like the idea of ​​going to even higher, to Garabashi (3830 m above sea level). There you can sleep in iron … barrels, whose interiors have been adapted to an unusual tourist hostel. How to get to Elbrus? One of the options is a flight to Moscow, then to Mineral Waters. From there, you can catch a minibus which will take passengers to the towns located at the foot of Elbrus.

Cairngorms mountains in Scotland

The Cairngorms National Park is located in the Scottish Highlands and has been known for its well-developed ski resorts for years. One of them is the Aviemore complex, where you can find perfect conditions for winter sports – both for beginners and advanced ski lovers. The season runs from December to April.

Caingorms

Caingorms @istock

There is also a ski rental company. Guests can take advantage of around 30 km of ski runs, 11 modern ski lifts and a snow park. A daily ski pass costs about £ 27.75 per adult person. The nearest airports are located in Aberdeen and Inverness.

Pyrenean ski runs in Andorra

Over 300 km of ski runs, modern snowparks, thermal pools, excellent cuisine and impressive tourist facilities. The sunny Principality of Andorra is located in the Pyrenees, in the south-western part of Europe . There are several well-developed ski resorts which are an interesting alternative to popular resorts in the Alps. These include Grandvalira (about 200 km of ski runs) and Vallnord (about 90 km of ski runs).

Andorra ski resort

Andorra ski resort @istock

After having a great time on the slopes and tasting the local food, it is worth visiting the surroundings, including the old town of Andorra La Vella – the highest located capital of Europe. You can get there by plane to Toulouse, Barcelona or Girona, and then by bus to the centre of Andorra.

Sierra Nevada – winter oasis in hot Andalusia

It is one of the few places in Europe where you can enjoy winter sports and eat fresh tropical fruits. Sierra Nevada is a mountain in the Spanish Andalusia, 3,500 m above sea level. The sun shines here 300 days a year, which is not an obstacle for winter sports. The main ski resort is the charming town of Pradollano.

Pradollano Sierra Nevada

Pradollano Sierra Nevada @istock

It’s also worth visiting the amazing Grenada and the Costa Tropical Mediterranean. This place offers over 100 slopes with artificial snowing system, several dozen lifts and the Sulayr snow park – a real paradise for snowboarders! The prices of daily ski passes are from EUR 45. You can get there by plane to Malaga, then by bus or car to Pradollano.

Mount Parnassus in Greece

Parnas is a mountain located in central Greece. The highest peak rises to 2457 m above sea level. The Mount Parnassos ski resort is just two hours away by car from Athens. The location and the growing interest in winter sports in this part of Europe are the reasons why thousands of ski lovers visit this place every year.

Parnassus

Parnassus @istock

This place is not as popular as the ski resorts in Italy or Austria, but you don’t have to worry about crowds and long queues. The skiers can take advantage of around 36 km of downhill ski runs of varying difficulty, which are operated by several modern lifts. The price of a daily ski pass: about EUR 30 per person