Christmas week is upon us but we’ve had our heads turned by something other than tinsel and turkey. With a new year on the horizon, our attentions have turned to where next year’s trips might take us. Which of our five must visit destinations for 2016 are on your travel agenda?
South America’s steamiest city is set to become even more popular in 2016, with the arrival of the Olympic Games between from the 5th to 21st August. The host city is already home to the world’s most colourful and raucous carnival, and the legendary party atmosphere is almost as enticing as the iconic beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Lap up sultry samba beats and be sure to make time to visit Corcovado Mountain’s most famous resident, Christ the Redeemer.
Copenhagen has been quietly burgeoning in popularity in recent years and there are few better destinations to indulge your inner foodie; a whopping 18 Michelin stars are held by 15 restaurants across the city – the highest number ever. Famous as the home of noma, voted the best restaurant in the world four times, Copenhagen takes good food seriously. In between meals you’ll be encouraged to take cosiness to the next level, thanks to Denmark’s unique ‘hygge’ approach to life. Translated into English as ‘cosiness’, hygge is best described as the feeling of snuggling beneath a blanket on a Sunday afternoon, tea and biscuits in hand, a Christmas movie on the TV and the dog laid at your feet.
The coastal town of Kotor sits in a natural bay on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro and is often referred to as the ‘fjord of the Mediterranean’, thanks to its fjord-like outcrop of the same name. Kotor has appeared on many a cruiser’s bucket list in recent years, largely due to the combination of a historic UNESCO-recognised Old Town and glittering yacht-littered harbour. The city walls have stood since the 9th century, illuminating at night to create a golden halo around the hillside, whilst during the daytime the steep greenery-covered slopes provide a backdrop to cream stone villages and terracotta roofs.
Commercial air travel between the US and Cuba has resumed and more cruise lines are making tentative steps towards visiting a destination where time has seemingly stood still. A ban on car imports up until 2011 means that the roads are owned by classic 1950’s cars that make for true Instagram-gold and Wi-Fi is practically non-existent in Cuba, so it’s the perfect place to switch your phone off and your camera on. No trip to the Caribbean is complete without time spent on the sand and you’ll be spoiled for choice in Cuba, a destination with over 200 bays and 250 beaches.
Rome is incredible at any time but 2016 looks set to see the city break favourite shine even brighter. The 20-month long restoration of the Trevi Fountain completed in November and looks even more beautiful than ever. The fountain is illuminated at night and visitors can now continue the tradition of tossing a lucky coin in to the fountain with the aim of returning to Rome. 2016 also sees the city celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, with churches of the Vatican and Rome opening their doors to the public from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016. Millions are expected to make the pilgrimage to the city, making for an electrifying atmosphere.
Have you booked your 2016 cruise holiday yet? Where on earth will your next trip take you?