Cloaks folded to the nose, uncertain steps to avoid slipping on the ice, eye perennially on the watch to arrive midnight and finally get back to the heat in your own home or in the hotel room? Not necessarily. On December 31, about a dozen days from the beginning of winter, it can also be spent with a cocktail in your hand and even on a sunny beach. Yeah, because there’s another hemisphere to consider – where December is the center of the summer – and the equatorial band guarantees mild climates all year round. So why not start and be envied by everyone when, when you return home, to the colds of colleagues and friends, will you answer with your tanning?
Rio de Janeiro
One name only: Copacabana. The most famous beach in the world (eight kilometers of fine sand) is the scenario for the Brazilian New Year’s Eve, where you dress (light, very light, what’s not to say) of white as a charm holder and expect midnight to the sound of the waves of sea. Or rather, what you can perceive behind the incessant music of unleavened samba, songs and dances from Ipanema to Arpoador, passing through Leblon. A spark that does not really exist on the planet, with 24 tons of fireworks and the ancient ceremonies of the candomblè, which with religious syncretism have come almost unchanged to us, such as the offering of flowers to the goddess Yemanjà. Tens and dozens of places where no one is going to sleep, and the more energetic continue to dance even in the morning, before falling for a siesta in the shade of palm trees. Because Rio and Rio, even at New Year’s Eve.
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New Year’s Eve in the Caribbean, between crystal clear waters and the chance to visit the oldest ruins in the world? Mexico has it all and stuff more. Stunning cities like Merida, the “white city” with its elegant palaces, the beaches of the Riviera Maya, between the coral reef and the colorful parrots that skyrocket their roaring song, and of course the ruins of one of the most fascinating and mysterious Mesoamerican civilizations , the Maya, with perfectly preserved buildings and immersed in extraordinary scenarios such as Tulum, Chichen Itza and Uxmal. But the surprises never end, from the submerged museum between Isla Mujeres in Cancun, MUSA, Rio Secreto, the underground river that over the millennia has given rise to a complicated cave system. And for those looking for unrestrained fun together with thousands of young people, few destinations are unleashed like Cancun.
New Year’s Eve usually means a real bubble bath, and not everyone is excited about the idea: indeed, it would be great to have the opportunity to get some rest, to enjoy the silence, the quiet and, perhaps, to see stupendous places … Tunisia in December is mild without being muddy and allows you to enjoy the world’s greatest desert, the Sahara, in ideal conditions, perhaps climbing on its beautiful dunes on horseback dromedaries, dining in a Berber camp. And then cities and villages such as El Jem, Gabes, Matmata, now part of the collective imagination (this is Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s fictional planet in Star Wars) and rich in history, for who is convinced – it is right – that ‘Last day of the year can also be an ideal opportunity to learn something, and not just to have fun.
It is not a mystery that Jordan has become the favorite half of the Middle East by tourists all over the world in the last few years. There are so many attractions in this land with imitating charm, with a gastronomic tradition that is a continuous surprise and many images that remain in the heart. The panorama from Mount Nebo, the extraordinary Petra, true wonder of the world, the adventurous Wadi Rum where you can admire the most beautiful sunsets in the world led by Bedouin experts, but also snorkel around the coral reef in Aqaba, for a backdrop that it has nothing to envy to those of South East Asia … Jordan is a treasure of the East that never ceases to amaze.
Cuba: these four letters have unparalleled evocative power between the sauce, the cigars and the taste of rhum, but once you get to the island you realize that clichés are mere simplifications of an even more engaging appeal. Who sees Cuba feels immediately immersed in another world, with its contradictions and vitality, its intense cultural life and the beauty of the exotic that never goes down. New Year’s Eve is not too hot, rather, it is better to take a light sweater, but you can enjoy excellent specialties like the traditional “cake”, roast pork diner, and dance with traditional Cuban music, full of shades and magic.
The island of flowers, nestled in a perennial spring that does not seem to know seasons, is a microcosm to discover, among the beautiful beaches and mountains that touch the two thousand feet, the tropical forests (the famous laurisilva) and fascinating flavors such as wine of the same name. Funchal New Year’s Eve is polished and offers one of the most colorful fireworks in the world. And the next day, for those who get up early, there is all the magnetic attraction of a small continent far only a few hundred kilometers from Europe waiting to be discovered by whalewatching in the hope of seeing the numerous and majestic whales at trekking routes, lava grottoes, paths in cave and cave systems, and then indulge in the well-deserved rest in the hotel.
And for those who want to seize the opportunity for a truly exotic trip, to a land that, just to name it, evokes dream landscapes? Escape to the cold winter months of Europe and fly to Thailand is definitely a good idea to go to Phuket to dive into its marvelous waters or choose to visit the beautiful Buddhist temples that the goal is to break with the movida of Patong or enjoy complete relaxation with a Thai massage, without forgetting the thousand stimuli of a metropolis such as Bangkok. Here the New Year is a very high season, and there is everything you need for a really hard vacation to forget!