While the back-to-school routine is already well in place, the All Saints' Day holiday is a good opportunity for a change of scenery. Here are a few ideas for escapades that will do you a world of good!
Where to go for the All Saints' Day holidays to find the sun?
At 2 hours flight from Paris, Croatia, the weather is still good at this time of the year and by leaving out of season you can benefit from advantageous rates in hotels. The country makes you dream with its archipelagos a short distance from the coast, its beaches and secluded creeks. For the yachtsmen, Croatia has built more than forty marinas, well equipped, distributed on all the coast, the ideal to make pretty strolls on ground as well as at sea. The water is sometimes a little cool in autumn, but sunshine and mild temperatures are guaranteed!
Sardinia is another good plan for All Saints' Day. Let yourself be tempted by Sardinia and its beautiful coastline! It's la dolce vita assured and for softer prices than neighbouring Corsica. Even the north coast of the island, which is very popular with tourists in the summer, has really low prices in this season and you might feel deliciously alone in the world on some of the beaches of Sardinia's northern coast
To continue in beauty, don't miss a sea trip to the Golfo di Orosei to discover beautiful coves and beaches with turquoise waters.
To save even more money and be even more out of touch, Thailand is a very good choice. In the land of smiles where the cost of living is up to five times cheaper than in France, you can easily enjoy the comfort of a luxury hotel in an all-inclusive package and relax on heavenly beaches in Phuket or Koh Samui for example. Scuba diving enthusiasts will also be able to have a blast, as the sea beds of Thailand are particularly rich and varied.
Where to go for the All Saints' Day holidays to recharge your batteries in the heart of nature?
Autumn is a good time to visit the Bavarian region of Germany and take a stroll through the Bavarian forest, which is brightly coloured in this season. It offers a wide choice of walks with beautiful panoramas, some of which are spectacular thanks to viewpoints set up in the treetops. And to relax your little muscles after the walk, we recommend a swim in the world's largest thermal pool in Erding.
But lovers of warmer temperatures will undoubtedly prefer the beauty of the dunes of the Tunisian desert, especially since the Sahara of Tunisia is not just sand as far as the eye can see... The geography is varied with magnificent oases such as Tozeur, but also salt lakes and often lunar landscapes. And nothing like the silence of the desert to de-stress and cut with the routine!
Much further afield, in Central America, Costa Rica is also the dream country for a stay immersed in a preserved and sublime nature. The country of pura vida concentrates 5% of the planet's biodiversity and a third of the territory is protected as a nature reserve, to the great benefit of the local fauna and flora. Walking through the country, you will be able to observe without difficulty rare animal species in lush jungles but also admire other wonders of nature such as active or dormant volcanoes.
Where to go for the All Saints' Day holiday to go on a city trip?
Marrakech is the ideal city for a change of scenery at low prices. Between its picturesque square of Jemaa el Afna, its perfumed souks and its festive nights, it has something to seduce. But it has just added a new string to its bow: the brand new Yves Saint Laurent Museum! After Paris, another museum dedicated to the great couturier has just been inaugurated in Marrakech. Close to the beautiful Majorelle's garden, a 4000 m² building now houses this new museum; the most beautiful part is undoubtedly the 400 m² exhibition space which presents the work of Yves Saint Laurent.
Further east in Europe, Riga, the capital of Latvia, is also a city where you can make great discoveries without breaking the bank. Between its old historic centre with its cobbled streets, its beautiful Art Nouveau quarter, its huge covered market where you can taste good local specialities, its numerous museums including the Riga Motor Museum which presents an exceptional collection of vintage cars, and its many gastronomic restaurants at low prices, you won't get bored for a second.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Chicago is the ideal city for a cultural trip and at this time of the year, the climate is still pleasant.
The city possesses, among other things, a large number of architectural treasures, witnesses to the glory days of the Windy city . The first skyscraper in the world was built here in 1885, and a hundred others followed, including the second highest skyscraper in the United States, the Willis Tower, which is 422 metres high
The majority of these wonders are located in the city centre, nicknamed the Loop, after the famous aerial metro line that crosses it and allows you to walk among the buildings, while remaining seated comfortably. Breathtaking view guaranteed!
Where to go for the All Saints' Day holidays to take part in the All Saints' Day celebrations?
In Germany, 31 October will be a public holiday to celebrate 500 years of Protestant reform throughout the country.
Thuringia, where Martin Luther lived, will host numerous exhibitions on the reform, such as at Wartburg Castle . In Wittenberg, Luther's hometown par excellence, a festival will be held on the subject and will feature many events and concerts.
On the other side of the globe, in Mexico, on November 1 and 2, the Dias de los muertos (Days of the Dead) will be celebrated as has been a longstanding tradition. But nothing to do with our All Saints' Day... Over there, it's a colourful event. Markets all over the country are filled with papier-mâché skeletons, cempasuchil flowers, sweets, copal..
After setting up an altar in their homes and placing offerings on the graves of their dead, Mexicans watch over the cemeteries, eating, drinking, laughing and crying in memory of those who are gone. And you will be able to attend this traditional festival in every cemetery in Mexico!
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