After the holiday festivities we wake up into the chill of January, with its gloomy short days and constant cold breeze from the North. Daydreaming for some patches of sun and heat we spin table globe in the study only to land on beautiful destinations with guaranteed January sun. So pack your bags and join us while we explore the best city gateways that some of the other continents have to offer for the month of January.
Australia – Sydney, Australia
With inspiring architecture and beautiful harbours Sydney’s pleasant January temperature of 25C makes it the ideal destination for a cultural city holiday. Outdoor activities like cycling, swimming or hiking can be complemented with relaxing picnics or walks with beautiful ocean sceneries.
To take advantage of Sydney’s iconic waterways you can go sailing on the Harbour in one of the popular, fully open-deck sail boats. Soaking the warm January sun you can admire the city’s sights and landmarks surrounding the harbour, culminating this memorable experience with on-board gourmet dinner.
The obvious city-area architecture and attractions as the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison are a must, while the more daring should take part of the Sydney Tower Skywalk – Sydney’s highest outdoor adventure. A glass-floored platform, raised at 880 feet, makes your adrenaline rush, while you walk amongst the clouds.
Africa – Marrakesh, Morocco
A true “year round” destination, Marrakesh is at its best in Winter, with guaranteed sunshine and bearable temperature. A city of exoticism and romance, with ancient historical buildings, fascinating medina and old souks Marrakesh is a premium spot for the seekers of authenticity.
Step into Sultan’s Badii palace, explore a variety of crafts and woodwork in the Dar Si Said Museum or simply walk around the Koutoubia Mosque, to get the rich taste of Marrocan history, architecture and culture. The colourful and endlessly enchanting souks, filled with traditional artefacts, food and textiles will take you on an unique journey through Marrakesh’s magical maze of markets. To respite from the African sun visit the famous Arset El-Mamoun gardens, established in the 18th Century by Crown Prince Moulay Mamooun. Walk along the splendour of flowerbeds, olive trees and jasmine bushes, or simply rest for an afternoon tea by the beautiful poolside.
Europe – Capri, Italy
Located in the Gulf of Naples, the picturesque island of Capri is a popular destination for the month of January. With panoramic pathways overseeing the Bay of Naples and Salerno, you can stop by for a quick snack with Villa San Michelle, the house museum with breathtaking views. If you prefer to explore the marine richness of the island head to the private jetty in Marina Grande and take a tour boat to the Blue Grotto – a meter high cave mouth offering spectacular reflections illuminated by azure blue light. Another must visit is definitely the heart of Capri – the buzzing Piazzetta with charming Italian restaurants and coffee places. If luxury shopping is on your to do list stroll down Via Camerelle to find yourself amongst the most exclusive fashion designer boutiques.
Asia – Hong Kong
Hong Kong – the thrilling combination of British colonialism and Chinese tradition, is not only a business centre, but an exciting holiday city. From the marvellous night view of Victoria Harbour to the buzzing markets of Kowloon, this dynamic city offers plenty of activities fro every taste. Catch a tramp to the The Peak and in just 7 minutes you will unveil breathtaking views of the high-rise buildings of the city. For a more traditional experience you can learn Tai Chi in the part, the ancient martial art, believed to keep the mind and body healthy. After, if you are still in a sporty mood, why don’t you climb the 268 steps to the huge Buddha statue on Lantau Island and you will be rewarded with astonishing views over the area.