By Josephine Wawira
Easter is drawing near, and with a few remaining days to the long weekend, now is the best time to settle on your best vacationing destination. Need a hand in choosing the finest? Here are the top 8.
Looking for a taste of the Mediterranean bliss with historic splendor? This North African country is where you want to be for Easter. While Tunisia is a largely Muslim country, it’s Bardo Museum located in the capital Tunis, helps appreciate other religions with its displays ranging from archaeological exhibits from Roman mosaics to Islamic art. The country’s diverse natural beauty from a pleasant sandy coastline, to fragrant jasmine flowers and fresh fish meals; is the absolute destination to head to for a relaxed beach Easter holiday.
A country of dizzying diversity, lyrical landscapes, and ancient cities; the Kingdom of Morocco is also in the North African region. It is highly reputed for its sweeping desert, abundant mountains including the Atlas, serrated coastline, and the snaky alleys of antique medina cities. Best destination for group backpacking as you experience desert camel trekking and beautiful sky views glittering in the night thin air.
Vacationing for Easter and you need to relate with the magnificent Biblical journey of the Israelites from the land of Egypt? Then let the monumental pyramids cast shadows over the ancient past that gives an emotional connection, to a story of a people whose history and culture is recorded in the holy books and dates back to more than 1000 years. Also, enjoy the lush Nile Valley as well as desert safari adventures.
Been on your travel bucket list for the longest time ever? This Easter, make your dream of visiting Israel a reality, a land that is said to flow with milk and honey. Get better acquainted with the city of Jerusalem, where according to the Bible’s New Testament, Jesus was crucified at a spot called Golgotha, referred to as “the Place of a Skull”. Feel the refreshing breeze from the Mediterranean coastline. Easter is one of the most commemorated festivals in Israel, with the main celebration taking place in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
Are you looking for some luxurious experience? Then Dubai has the whole package of indulgence. With some of the most amazing ultramodern architecture, extravagant shopping centers and a super lively nightlife, this United Arab Emirates (UAE) city is the envy of many around the world. Head there this Easter and treat yourself to the vacation of a lifetime.
The capital of France also known as ‘the City of Romance’, Paris is the perfect destination to spend this Easter with your romantic other. Enjoy tranquil strolls hand-in-hand along the Seine River and marvel at the various iconic structures such as the famous Eiffel Tower. The vacation cannot be complete without experiencing French exquisite delicacies including Coq au vin and Beef Bourguignon. To replenish your Easter spirit, visit Notre Dame, before ending your vacay.
A leading global city in arts and commerce, London is the Capital of the United Kingdom. You will love everything about the city, from its lush grassland to fashion shows and historic museums. Treat yourself to a shopping spree for as many of the latest designer clothes and jewelry as you possibly can. Get a taste of London with creamy tea and crispy fish from the locals. Do not forget to pass by Westminster Abbey to re-awaken your spirit and pay tribute to the fallen souls of the Westminster attack that took place on March 22. May their souls rest in peace.
While celebrating Easter, it is also important to embrace the religious cultures of others. A visit to the Holy City of Mecca, the center of the Islamic world and the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, can be an eye-opening experience. Hear firsthand the tales of the annual Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj, as you immerse in Mecca’s historical background and culture.