Twelve places in the world that will attract attention this year


  • 2022 World Cup in Doha

    Al Janoub Stadium

    Between November 21 and December 18, the World Cup of Soccer is held in Doha, the capital of Qatar, and for this reason the emirate has thrown the house out the window: new luxury hotels, theme parks and eight spectacular football stadiums. The country wants to take advantage of the spotlight to publicize its culture and traditions, its picturesque private beaches and its varied experiences in the desert or in the city, such as the recently inaugurated Quest, an experimental theme park with more than 30 attractions, including the mountain Russian deck highest in the world.

  • Disneyland Paris turns 30

    Sleeping Beauty Castle
    Sleeping Beauty Castle

    On April 12 Disneyland Paris will celebrate three decades since its official opening and to celebrate this event the park is preparing an ambitious schedule of events that will start on March 6 with new shows, parades and attractions and a different logo that looks on the ears of Mickey Mouse. In addition, the Sleeping Beauty Castle will shine again after completing its first major restoration since 1992, as significant as that carried out in historical monuments. This icon of Disneyland Paris, a combination between the silhouette of Mont-Saint-Michel and that of the castles from the illustrations in the book ‘Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berr’, will be the main protagonist of the magical night show ‘Disney Illuminations’.

  • Through the Western Wall tunnel

    New route on the Wailing Wall
    New route on the Wailing Wall

    The Western Wall in Jerusalem, known as the Wailing Wall, is one of the most famous tourist icons in Israel, considered a holy place for Jews and a special visit for travelers. The novelty of this monument is that since last November 28, the Kotel (as it is also known) has another route that can be done on foot. The tour takes the visitor through a tunnel to the Second Temple by descending an additional level below ground along the remains of the Great Bridge, once used by pilgrims who went to pray at the temple. The route includes several rooms and spaces with new discoveries from the time and an original exhibition.

  • Saramago Year in Portugal

    Saramago, photographed in 2012
    Saramago, photographed in 2012 – AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

    In 1981 ‘Viaje a Portugal’ was published, the book that changed José Saramago’s life. This was told this Tuesday at the Portuguese Embassy in Madrid by what was his life partner, the Spanish journalist Pilar del Río. «Until then -he said- Saramago made a living (badly) with collaborations in the press and translations. That assignment changed everything.” This year, when the centenary of his birth (1922-2010) is celebrated, Turismo de Portugal wants to pay homage to that book and, of course, to Saramago, with twelve routes that will be carried out throughout the year by another writer, José Luis Peixoto, accompanied on some occasions by other authors, among them Pilar del Río. Their works will be posted in different formats on a website created for the occasion, with the hope that they will inspire many travelers to embark on their own cultural and inner journey. Lanzarote, where he died, also plans to hold various events throughout the year.

  • Galapagos Expeditions

    Galapagos Islands
    Galapagos Islands – Reuters

    In January of this year, the shipping company Hurtigruten has launched two new itineraries in the Galapagos Islands of 11 and 13 days respectively, aboard the recently renovated ship MS Santa Cruz II, carbon neutral and respectful with the environment. Every month two expeditions are planned to this spectacular natural destination and ‘living laboratory’ following in the footsteps of Darwin, which will bring passengers closer to the wild beauty of these volcanic islands and the great variety of ecosystems and fauna. The starting point of the trip, before flying to the Galapagos Islands, are the cities of Lima and Quito, with their elegant Spanish colonial architecture and a World Heritage Site (depending on the itinerary), where you will visit, among others, the jewels of the disappeared Inca civilization, including Machu Picchu, or the Cotopaxi volcano, in Ecuador, one of the most active in the eastern Andes, located at almost 5,900 meters of altitude. Already during the crossing, in which snorkeling, kayaking or guided nature walks are organized, the islet of Mosquera will be visited, between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour, San Cristóbal, Plaza Sur, Santa Cruz, La Española, the Islet of Eden and North Seymour.

  • The new Munch Museum

    Munch Museum
    Munch Museum

    Designed by the Spanish Juan Herreros, the Munch Museum was inaugurated last October, after almost a decade of delay, and has already become the most emblematic building that has changed the ‘skyline’ of Oslo. So it is worth going to the famous fjord of the Norwegian capital to contemplate this leaning and undulating tower built on an islet and admire the great work of Munch – some 27,000 paintings, among which ‘The Scream’ stands out – distributed over thirteen floors and eleven Exhibition halls, shops, concert venues… 2,100 million Norwegian crowns have been invested, about 216 million euros.

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ theme park in Northern Ireland

    A detail of the new park around Game of Thrones
    A detail of the new park around Game of Thrones

    ‘Game of Thrones Studio Tour’, the theme park that pays tribute to this popular series around the world, opens its doors in Northern Ireland on February 4, 2022. Its organizers have located it in the Linen Mill Studios, filming location original of the series in Banbridge, proposing a new interactive experience, which unfolds in more than 33,000 square meters. The park will bring ‘Game of Thrones’ fans closer to the Seven Kingdoms, allowing them to explore and discover a wide range of original sets, costumes and set pieces. Fans of the series will be able to enter, for example, the Great Hall of Winterfell, where Jon Snow was proclaimed ‘King of the North’, see the imposing throne of Daenerys Targaryen in Dragonstone or enter the incredible props, weapons and effects ‘Game of Thrones’ visuals.

  • Dalí and Freud, united in a Viennese exhibition

    Palacio Belvedere
    Palacio Belvedere – Austria advertising, photographer: Popp & Hackner

    Vienna is finalizing the reopening of the Lower Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, and will celebrate it at the end of January with a major exhibition that illustrates the special influence that the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, had on the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. In addition, in the spring, a completely new museum is scheduled to open in the old part of the capital, which will house the Heidi Horten Collection, one of the highest quality European private collections brought together by Heidi Goëss-Horten and her late husband Helmut Horten in the last 30 years. In the catalog there are more than 500 works with unique pieces by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall and Gerhard Richter.

  • Unesco Historical Centers of the Czech Republic

    Cesky Krumlov Old Town
    Cesky Krumlov Old Town

    This could be a good year to go to the Czech Republic and discover three of the country’s most beautiful historic centers, now celebrating their 30th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are the old cities of Prague, Cesky Krumlov and Telc. In the case of the capital, the neighborhoods and buildings of the Old Town, the New Town and the Lesser Town were built between the 11th and 18th centuries and testify to the magnificence of Prague’s architecture and art, now with a new Marian column , erected in the Old Town Square (Stare Mesto); in Cesky Krumlov you will be surprised by its imposing castle that continues to dominate today an urban ensemble of beautiful squares, bridges, arches, fountains, the classic plague column and buildings whose facades surprise with their moldings and paintings; finally, Telc with its main square, perhaps the most beautiful in the Czech Republic, which shows a row of 72 exceptionally preserved bourgeois houses.

  • Dominicana: Socio Features 2022

    Cayo Levantado, in the Dominican
    Cayo Levantado, in the Dominican

    The Dominican Republic, one of the American countries that has most successfully faced the pandemic, is this year the invited partner country of Fitur and is presented with a symbolic motto, ‘We embrace the world’. Its authorities assure that their country ‘has it all’ with that image of an earthly paradise that has seen Spanish hotel investment boost (60% of the total) and they propose as preferred destinations, in addition to its beaches, Santo Domingo, a cosmopolitan city, fun and that houses the Colonial City; Samaná, the jewel of the coast; La Romana and Bayahibe with the beautiful Altos del Chavón and the new tourist developments in Miches and Montecristi.

  • Centenary of the treasures of Tutankhamun

    Pyramids of Giza
    Pyramids of Giza

    One hundred years ago Howard Carter was the protagonist of the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century in the Valley of the Kings: the discovery of the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, intact with a collection of more than 5,000 personal objects. Now the restoration of this tomb is presented, visible in its paintings and in the walls that were damaged by the passage of time. This visit, the most popular among tourists, coincides with the opening this year of the Great Egyptian Museum, ‘the fourth pyramid’ in Giza, and the recent inauguration of the Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor, a route of 2,700 meters with more than a thousand stone sphinxes and rams that is already considered the largest open-air museum in the world.

  • Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee

    Buckingham Palace
    Buckingham Palace – AFP

    The United Kingdom celebrates Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in the British Isles and Commonwealth countries. The sovereign came to the throne at the age of 25 and now marks the 70th anniversary of her historic reign. In some parks and royal palaces such as the Great Park of Windsor, which will exhibit a bath of lights and projections, or in Buckingham Palace, where walks and picnics will be organized in its gardens. Also at the Tower of London you can admire a ‘sea of ​​flowers’ from June 1 to September 18. Thousands of plants will cover the moat. There are also castles to rent, such as Roche in Wales, a real gem with capacity for six people.

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