Trending destinations March 2019

Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter, reveals the places that are trending this month

Marrakech 
Known for its lively markets, namely Jemaa el-Fna (the central souk), Marrakech is a delightful place to visit for some retail therapy. Gaining popularity are Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, which frame Marrakech and offer spectacular hiking opportunities to some of the most remote villages in North Africa. Embark on one of the popular trails in the springtime, while the weather is mild.

HIGHLIGHTS
1. Admire Koutoubia Mosque and its famous minaret, which has become a symbol of Marrakech. 
2. Visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum for a deeper insight into the work of the legendary fashion designer. 
3. Be pampered at a hammam, with a traditional black soap scrub.

Main image: Marrakech.

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Taipei

Taipei
Known as the heart of Asia, Taiwan is becoming increasingly popular as a travel destination due to its epic landscapes (think beautiful mountains and natural springs), dynamic cities, delicious street food, and year-round calendar of festivals. Its capital, Taipei, is an excellent base from which to explore. This exciting city is famous for its night markets, and is home to one of the tallest buildings in the world, Taipei 101.

HIGHLIGHTS
1. Head to Yangmingshan National Park, home to the famous hot springs.
2. Catch an art house movie at SPOT-Taipei Film House.
3. Head to Hello Kitty Kitchen And Dining on Jinshan North Road for the cutest snacks.

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Houston rodeo

Houston 
It’s rodeo time in Houston – what better time to visit the most populous city in southern USA? Until mid-March, twenty championship rodeo competitions will take place at the city’s NRG Park, concluded with entertainment from music superstars. Also, don’t miss Space Center Houston for a close-up look at NASA and the US Space Programme. It takes 16hr 35mins to get there direct on Emirates, but it’s worth it. 

HIGHLIGHTS
1. Head to the city’s largest waterpark, SplashTown, for 40-acres of wet and wild fun.
2. Soak up the carnival-like atmosphere at Kemah Boardwalk, which is a hive of restaurants, shops, and entertainment.
3. Sit down to a breakfast of Southern style wings and waffles – The Breakfast Klub in Midtown has a dedicated following. 

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Spring in Sicily

Sicily
In spring, the weather is perfect here, with almond trees blossoming on the island. Witness the natural wonder of Mount Etna while travelling along the stunning Italian coast to one of its most picturesque hilltop towns, Taormina. Stay and experience classic Sicilian glamour at the Belmond Grand Timeo Hotel, which is close to the beach with views of Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greek theatre. Flydubai goes non-stop from Dubai to Catania.

HIGHLIGHTS
1. Sicily is rich in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Syracuse, which is brimming with archaeological wonders.
2. Visit the Santa Venera al Pozzo thermal baths, where waters arrive from Etna’s sulphureous base.
3. Indulge in traditional pastries prepared with ricotta cheese and almond paste.

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