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Departing from Thailand or South East Asia fly THAI to 4 destinations in central Europe, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich or Vienna and connect with our Star Alliance partners of The Lufthansa Group, Lufthansa, SWSS or Austrian Airlines to these unique European destinations well worth visiting.
Lisbon and Faro, Portugal
Lisbon, one of the Iberian peninsula’s oldest cities, is a place where history is hidden in every corner. Strolling through Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon, is like stepping back in time. You can climb the slithery pebbled streets, worn smooth by the feet of countless travellers, up to Castelo de S. Jorge, which dates back to 2nd century BC. It also offers some of the most beautiful views of the city, including the statue of Christ the King, located at Santuario de Cristo Rei in Almada, visible on the far bank of the River Tejo. If you crave more panoramic views of the old city, try taking the Santa Justa Lift, a 19th century elevator in Baixa, Lisbon’s shopping district, or take a train along the Atlantic coast to Belem to visit Belem Tower, Discovery Monument and Jeronimos Monastery. Do not miss Pasteis de Nata, the famous Portuguese egg tart pastry which is sold near the monastery, before ending your day in Bairro Alto, where you can enjoy Lisbon’s vibrant nightlife.
From Lisbon, travel further down to Faro, the southern most Portuguese city whose historical charm nestles amid the natural beauty of the region. Be thrilled by the sight of the macabre bone church at Igreja do Carmo, make a visit to the neo-classical gate of Arco da Vila in the Moorish city wall and discover the Portuguese nightlife at Rua do Prior. A visit to this unique European city is sure to delight and surprise you.
Barcelona and Mallorca, Spain
Barcelona is a seaside city in Catalonia which has something for everyone! Start with the architectural and engineering feat ofSagrada Familia, a Gothic / Art Nouveau church in the Catalan Modernist style. Construction of the church was begun in 1882 and it is still unfinished (expected to be completed in 2026). It was designed by the acclaimed genius Antonio Gaudi, who also designed Park Guell, Casa Batllo, and Casa Mila. Besides its striking, one-of-a-kind edifices, Barcelona is also famous for food tapas, paella, and crema catalana (or crème brulee – some disagree about who created this delicate dessert, the French or the Catalans.) On top of all this, La Ramblas, one of Europe’s most colourful walking streets, is not to be missed.
Fly from Barcelona to Mallorca. The charm of this island lies not so much in its beach parties, warm sun and summer breezes, but rather in the historical attractions like Palma, the 14th century Royal Carthusian Monastery and rustic scenery that all make this Spanish island so attractive. Having said that, however, you cannot miss the party-till-you-drop at El Arenal, the most famous beach in Europe.
Tenerife and Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
The unique charm of the Canary Islands, an archipelago and autonomous community of Spain in the Atlantic Ocean and close to Africa, comes from its 17th century architecture set in exciting topography. Of 17 islands, Tenerife is the largest and offers a myriad of activities for visitors to enjoy. Whether it bea cable car ride up to Mount Teide at an altitude of 3,555 meters, a tour of Anaga Rural Park, or sunbathing on the crescent bay in Los Cristianos a llare guaranteed to please. Moreover, you can spend a day playing on the water slides and artificial waves at Siam Park, the Siamese themed water park opened by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2007.
Travel further from Tenerife to Gran Canaria,which welcomes visitors with an array of water activities and historical attractions and museums exhibiting artefacts from the pre-Hispanic era. The more adventurous may like to try climbing a volcano, riding a camel across the desert, and trekking to the viewpoint of Pico de las Nieves for a more challenging thrill.
Marrakesh and Casablanca, Morocco
Starting as an oasis which sheltered merchants’ caravans, this settlement grew to become an influential city in the 12th century. The surviving original palace, city walls, and water system earned this city a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, before it evolved into a hippie destination in the 60s. Marrakech remains undyingly beautiful. The whole city is built in Islamic architectural style from pink sandstone, which is where the city gets its nickname The Pink City. Visitors to Marrakech usually start their explorations at Jemaa-el-Fnaa, a central market square with everything from antiques and handicraft to food stalls and snake charmers! Walk further to the Souk, a labyrinthine market where clothes, accessories, leather, spices and more are sold. Marrakech is also home to many historical and cultural attractions, such as Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque, Menara Garden and Majorelle Garden, which houses the Museum of Islamic Arts, the Museum of Berber, and the Musee Yves Saint Laurent, a fashion designer who owns the property.
About three hours from Marrakech by car is Casablanca, literally meaning ‘white house’ in Spanish. Casablanca is a port city important to Morocco’s economy and offers a number of attractions. Hassan II Mosque, for example, is the country’s largest mosque. It has the world’s tallest minaret, at 210 meters, and can accommodate 25,000 worshippers. It was built with modern technology in Islamic style. The hall is centrally heated with the retractable roof allowing natural light. Apart from the mosque, the Central Market and Habous District are a must. Art aficionados will enjoy visiting the art deco Rialto Cinema, built in 1930. It is also worth exploring Ain Diab, a seaside commune of luxury hotels and resorts which once hosted the Formula One world championship.