2017 is the year of eco-friendly tourism. It’s the year of exploring new and fresh destinations that are yet to make a name for themselves on the travel maps. A plethora of amazing countries blessed with pristine natural beauty, delightful cuisines and rich cultural heritages awaits to be explored. We have compiled a list of such destinations and interestingly, they are all accessible within a short flight duration of 6 hours or less from Dubai. In 2017, explore some new destinations like Romania, Bulgaria and Slovenia instead of jostling with touristy crowds in UK, France, Italy and Spain. Rest assured, you will have the time of your life and plenty of memorable experiences as they are still far behind the global touristy commercialisation scene. Check out the list of 10 new destinations that you can visit in 2017 within a flight time of less than 6 hours from Dubai.
10 new destinations to visit in 2017 from Dubai!
Flight Duration – Average flight time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Flight Budget – AED 1091 – AED 1745
Romania is a beautiful country shaped by mysterious forests, virgin mountains, scenic castles and charming countryside comprising of villages and farms that still appear to be from the Middle Ages. This is a land shaped by folklores, fairy tales and ghost stories of legends like Dracula. Bucharest, the capital city is blessed with imperial palaces and churches while its lanes are dotted with quirky cafes and art galleries. The areas of Transylvania, Moldovia, the Danube Delta and the Carpathian Mountains are some of the sights that one can enjoy in Romania.
Flight Duration –Average flight time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Flight Budget – AED 757 – AED 2719
Another exciting country with white sand beaches and Black Sea Resorts and world-class ski fields, Bulgaria is a country that is making a steady transformation from a Communist Bloc nation to a liberal and independent country. Bulgaria is redefining its national treasures with flamboyance. There are heavy metal concerts in castles, synchronised orchestra shows at ancient Roman amphitheatres and plenty of historic attractions in cities like Sofia and Plovdiv. Beautiful mountains, turquoise waters and green natural parks and picturesque and energetic cities are enough to ensure a soul satisfying holiday in Bulgaria.
Flight Duration – Average flight time: 5 hours 35 minutes
Flight Budget – AED 2245 – AED 2965
Slovenia is a dream destination for outdoor lovers and nature hikers. This is a country blessed with poetic landscapes like Lake Bled, sensational Adriatic Coast and underground complex of caves, grottos and subterranean lakes. Slovenian food borrows the best elements of Italian, Austrian, Hungarian and Balkan cuisines and is fused it with locally produced ingredients to serve a sophisticated and delectable platter. Slovenian locals are fond of outdoors so, don’t be surprised if you are invited for a cycling tour or a nature hike anywhere in the country. A wonderful country that surely knows how to offer the best of its cultural delights to its visitors.
Flight Duration – Average flight time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Flight Budget – AED 1404 – AED 3214
Macedonia is a contrasting country that has a part Balkan, part Mediterranean look and feel with a rich history comprising of Greek, Roman and Ottoman era and heritages. Macedonia is scenic, fresh and unspoilt. The capital city of Skopje is an entertaining city with a mix of history, culture and contemporary museums and projects. Tourists looking for a peaceful ambience should head to Ohrid, the country’s most stunning destination. Ohrid is a charming medieval town with cobbled streets, traditional restaurants and cafes and the serene Lake Ohrid, one of the best lakes in Europe. The country’s national parks are attracting tourists with innovative cultural, food and music scene.
Flight Duration – Average flight time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Flight Budget – AED 2248 – AED 2388
Montenegro is the crown jewel of the Mediterranean with picture perfect sea beaches, turquoise blue waters and quaint medieval towns dotted with historic remains of Roman, Byzantine, Greek, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman heritages. Montenegro is all about delightful Mediterranean cuisine, white sand beaches and typical red-tiled towns surrounded by moats. It’s charming capital Podgorica has a mix of historic heritages of Ottoman era, structures of Eastern Bloc and contemporary architecture. The locals Montenegrins are friendly, easy going and love to strike a conversation. The country has stunning medieval coastal towns like Kotor, Budva, Niksic, etc. that are ideal for pleasant holidays in 2017.
Flight Duration – Average flight time: 5 hours 45 minutes
Flight Budget – AED 2204
Albania emerged from its deep communism slumber in 1991 and it took another 20 years to catch up with the rest of Europe. Fortunately, Albania is back on the tourism scene owing to the wonderful sea resorts of Albania Riviera, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, delicious food and plenty of cultural heritages of Ottoman, Italian and communist Yugoslavian era. Tirana, the capital city is a colourful, energetic city that is reinventing its cityscape. The historic town of Berat is all about Ottoman heritages and a world heritage site while the Saranda is a delightful sea resort town with typical promenades, beaches and Mediterranean climate.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flight Duration – Average flight time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Flight Budget – AED 1312 – AED 2807
Bosnia and Herzegovina, a landlocked Balkan country, has emerged successfully from its turbulent days of Balkan Wars and the siege of its capital, Sarajevo. Today, this country is stable and has maintained its unique culture and heritage that incorporates the elements of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian eras. It doesn’t have sensational coastal towns like its neighbours but offers plenty of adventures, scenic countryside, craggy national parks, fast flowing rivers and historic towns dotted with Turkish style cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums. The best of Bosnia and Herzegovina is represented in the cities of Sarajevo and Mostar – two iconic destinations that nearly faced oblivion, but are now thriving tourism centres.
Flight Duration: Average flight time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Flight Budget: AED 746 – AED 1400
Georgia is the crown jewel of the Caucasus region. A beautiful country shaped by craggy mountains, valleys, forests and beautiful countryside, Georgia is a true heaven for hikers and nature lovers. This is a land strewn with ancient cathedrals, picturesque villages and acres of landscapes meant for horse riding, trekking and hiking. The capital city of Tbilisi is an exciting place with rich cultural heritages and contemporary attractions. The city of Batumi is a delightful Black Sea resort with historic Belle Époque architecture. Friendly people, delicious food, contemporary nightlife and plenty of adventure activities makes it a beautiful destination to visit in 2017.
Flight Duration: Average flight time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Flight Budget: AED 812 – AED 1863
Armenia is a landlocked country in the Caucasus region surrounded by Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia and Iran. Once part of the USSR, Armenia is now a thriving politically stable country with free market economies. This beautiful country is dotted with historic churches, monasteries and ruins of the forgotten empires. The capital city of Yerevan boasts of contemporary architecture, Soviet-era buildings, Second World War monuments and martyrs’ memorials. Explore the holy cities, lovely hidden alpine towns, historic medieval towns and stunning landscapes like Lake Sevan, Debed Canyon and much more. Armenia also offers plenty of hiking and trekking opportunities and eco-friendly activities.
Flight Duration: Average flight time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Flight Budget: AED 713 – AED 3159
Azerbaijan, the Land of Fire, is a study in contrast. Lying at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Azerbaijan is blessed with mud volcanoes, fire phenomena, semi-desert landscape, Caucasus mountains and plenty of timeless rural villages. The capital city of Baku has a mixed feel of Paris and aided with Soviet elements. The city’s old parts are still well preserved with historic attractions, delightful restaurants and cultural centres.