The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and the Great Pyramid at Giza were among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
But because only Egypt’s pyramids have survived to this day, each year award-winning writer and travel reporter Aaron Millar chooses Seven new wonders of the current age It reveals its secrets for enjoyment.
So it is the most prestigious means of travel Condé Nast Traveler Published and which were the sites selected on the occasion.
1- Mont Saint-Michel, France
This year marks a thousand years since construction began on this magnificent Gothic-style Benedictine monastery known as the Wonder of the West.
Perched on a rocky outcrop jutting out from the bay, the building looks like something out of a fairy tale, hence the nickname given above it. In addition, at this point, the coast, between French Brittany and NormandyIt’s one of the places where the tide travels the longest in all of Europe – nearly 15m between low tide and high tide – so at low tide you can walk across the sand to the abbey.
It took 500 years to build the monasteryBut when it finally ended, it did not cease to attract pilgrims from all over the world. It is that although its construction is in itself an architectural marvel, it also adds the unique coexistence that occurs between rock and water, which makes it an aesthetic genius of architecture with unique natural beauty in the entire continent.
2. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
When justifying the choice of this tourist destination in Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Millar emphasized that after the world’s attention was focused on Argentina for winning the World Cup, “It is comforting not to forget that Messi is not the only wonder in this country.”
According to the expert, Perito Moreno, in Los Glaciares National Park, is known as the most beautiful glacier on the planet. Its huge mass of turquoise ice, about sixty meters high, occupies about 260 square kilometers of the southern region of Patagonia.
This place exudes a natural and wild power, which can be appreciated if you climb to an area with good views or take a boat to its walls, where you can hear the deep sound of ice breaking while Huge icebergs Separate and float in the deep blue water Argentine lake. It is amazing to see them drifting, sparkling like faceted crystal, reflecting sunlight in whimsical shapes and colors, small compared to the icy giant from which they came.
Perito Moreno, is one of those natural places that you must see at least once in your life.
3- Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia
Al-Ula city It has enormous historical and cultural significance, but until recently it was a place almost no one had heard of, let alone visited.
This has changed since the end of 2022, when it was officially opened to tourism, allowing people to see this historical element of the Arab world that is more than 200,000 years old.
Although much of the city of Al-Ula remains undiscovered, with it estimated that approximately 5% of this site in the northwestern desert of Saudi Arabia has been excavated, within the archaeological area is Hegra, the first reported site. The global heritage Saudi Arabia is particularly famous for its elaborate and massive tombs carved into the reddish rock.
In the Pre-Islamic ruins From the ancient city, you can see the mud houses that blend with the earthy colors of the desert, and there are archaeological remains everywhere, such as carved stone, which makes this place an open-air museum.
But not all are ruins. There’s also entertainment and dining: Nearby restaurants include Maraya Social, by Chef Jason Atherton, whose popular restaurant Pollen earned a Michelin star in its opening year.
4- Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan
At the end of 2022, it was restored Sacred Bhutan Roadthe country’s main road, 403 kilometers from Ha in the west to Trashigang in the east.
And while the country itself can be considered one of the great wonders of the world, it is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world and has an amazing wealth of culture, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. -also known as Taktsang- It’s a special place even in this place. This is a complex Four Buddhist temples The houses are situated on the edge of a cliff 900 meters above the Paro Valley.
Moreover, its whitewashed walls, deep red roofs, and golden domes appear to be suspended in such delicate balance that it is almost unreal.
5- Cappadocia, Türkiye
This year marks the centenary of the end of the Ottoman Empire, which gave way to modern Turkey. Between Europe and Asia, this The country has a cultural and historical wealth Stunning, and also one of the great wonders of our time: Cappadocia.
This stretch of massive rock pillars, called “fairy chimneys,” seems otherworldly. With its red and ocher stripes and wind-sculpted shapes, it forms one of the most surreal landscapes on the planet.
The story tells that around 1200 BC. A- Some people began to carve rocks to build houses inside these natural towers. And the result wasn’t just primitive caves: Cappadocia’s cave houses are true works of art, with facades, doors, windows, and staircases carved from the rock of the formations.
It is an authentic city dug underground.
There are even lovely boutique hotels in some of these ancient caves, as well as great experiences like hot air balloon rides over the canyon and routes through the vineyards from which the local sweet wine is produced.
6- Lake District National Park, UK
Well-known in the UK, writer and walker Alfred Wainwright, author of Coast-to-Coast Walking Guide, launched this wide route that connects the east and west coasts of northern England. “One of the best trips in the world”.
The reason is that its 306-kilometer course stretches from the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay in the North Sea. It is the most famous long-distance trail in the country, and while there is no shortage of points to appreciate, the most impressive stretch is undoubtedly the trail that crosses the Lake District.
It’s a national park full of pristine wonders, among them Lake Windermere, the stunning Stock Ghyll Force waterfall, and England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, which stands out among plains and lakes with its 978 metres.
Walking along its paths is a first-hand experience of the sensations that inspired artists such as poet William Wordsworth and writer and painter Beatrix Potter.
7- Sardine migration in South Africa
It is one of the most impressive ocean events in the world. Every year, between May and July, millions of sardines flock north along the coast of South Africa. The banks are more than seven kilometers long, and the water action is so intense that seen from the air.
But sardines are only part of the wonders. They are followed by groups of killer whales, great white sharks, and many other predators that group them together to make it easier to hunt them. It is an epic underwater spectacle, and those who dare dive or snorkel will be able to dive in and see it for themselves.
At this point, it’s worth clarifying that predators tend to be interested in sardines and less interested in the humans they share the water with. They call it Serengeti blueIt is one of the most exciting underwater experiences that can be lived on this planet.