mahabis explore // where to travel in 2016

One of our favourite things to do at the start of a new year is to plan our holidays for the next twelve months. It can become quite overwhelming deciding where to head to for a relaxing break, so we have curated a list of some of the must-visit destinations this year.

 

San Sebastian, Spain

This normally quiet Basque town will become a hub of activity this year as it celebrates being named one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2016. Celebrations will last throughout the entire year, but we recommend planning your trip to coincide with the opening ceremony at the end of January, when the city will be bustling with musical performances, interactive art exhibitions and an exciting theatrical programme.

 

photo: by keta (own work) CC BY-SA 2.5, via wikimedia commons

 

Pittsburgh, USA

The art exhibition of the year is taking place in The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh from 4th June to 28th August this year, expected to draw in crowds from all over the world. The exciting exhibit brings together the work of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, discussing the comparisons between the work of two of the most iconic artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The exhibition will take over the entire seven floors of the museum, showcasing a diverse range of works by both artists.

 

photo: becca curram, via unisci24.com

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

Rough Guide have named the Icelandic capital as their number one city to visit in 2016, drawing upon a recent swell in attention to the otherworldly country. Reykjavik has plenty to offer in terms of exciting nightlife, colourful buildings, striking street art and an array of tempting seafood restaurants, but ensure that you dedicate time to getting out of the city to discover the surrounding area.

Visit before the end of March for your best chance at spotting the elusive Northern Lights, plan a trip to the Golden Circle, and seek out your very own hidden hot spring. For more suggestions on what to visit, check out our Sunday Guide to the city. 

 

photo: unsplash

 

Yellowstone National Park, USA

America’s National Parks celebrate their 100th anniversary in August of this year, providing the perfect opportunity to hop across the pond and experience their epic landscapes. Whilst you may be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which park to visit, we recommend heading straight for the very first American National Park, Yellowstone to experience its unusual geothermic activity. Ensure that you don’t miss Old Faithful Geyser and Mammoth Hot Springs during your stay.

 

photo: eric li, interfacelift.com

 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam has had a revival in recent years, emerging as one of Europe’s most accessible cities for a short break. Head to the Noord neighbourhood for a scattering of cool bars and hangouts, discover an array of recently revamped museums and art galleries, and make time for exploring the traditional side of the city by bike along the canals.

With a direct London to Amsterdam Eurostar service scheduled to start this year, it couldn’t be a better time to visit.

 

photo: javier m. via unsplash

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you have ever considered taking a trip to Brazil, this summer is definitely the time to go, as Rio’s infamous street parties are set to be the best ever to celebrate the arrival of the summer Olympic Games in the city. The city will play host to the Games from the 5th to the 21st August, providing ample opportunity for visitors to spectate their favourite sport, sample the local culture, relax on the famous beaches and see the sights.

 

photo:  edu lauton, via unsplash

 

Aarhus, Denmark

We have waxed lyrical about the appeal of Denmark’s second city before, but if you are planning a visit, we highly recommend travelling this year - prior to the city being named one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture in 2017, an accolade which is sure to propel it to the forefront of Denmark’s tourism.

Visit at the beginning of September to experience the Aarhus Festival, one of the largest cultural festivals in the whole of Scandinavia. This year’s theme is ‘Upside Down’ and will feature an array of street performances, immersive art exhibitions and musical performances. If you only have time for a short break, then take a look over our Sunday Guide to the city. 

 

photo: visitdenmark 

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE

The end of the year has been pencilled in as the official opening of the new Louvre art gallery in Abu Dhabi, providing an excellent excuse to escape the British winter for a holiday in the sun.

Situated on a man-made island, the architecture of the gallery itself is reason enough to visit, let alone the outstanding collection of Eastern and Western art which will be housed inside. Details of the opening exhibits is yet to emerge, but with an opening as high profile as this, expect to see big names.

 

photo: neildodhia, via pixabay
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