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The Seven Wonders of the Inntravel World

We’ve all heard of the 'Seven Wonders of the Ancient World' – but can you name all seven of those remarkable man-made constructions that date from classical antiquity? No, neither could I, so here’s the full list:

  • The Great Pyramid of Giza
  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • The Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • The Colossus of Rhodes

Sadly, only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains today – so I’ve compiled a list of the 'Seven Wonders of the Inntravel World', all of which you can discover from at least one of our walking, cycling or self-catering holidays:

The Great Pyramid of Güímar. It’s not exactly the first place you might associate with pyramids but Tenerife was once home to an ancient civilization that painstakingly built a series of six step-pyramids, constructed using similar principles to those in Mexico, Peru and ancient Mesopotamia. The pyramids can be explored at the Ethnographic Park Pirámides de Güímar on the island’s east coast, easily accessible by car while discovering Tenerife & El Teide.

The Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac. These incredible gardens cover a high spur above the Dordogne Valley near La Roque-Gageac. Bordered by 150,000 hand-pruned, one hundred year-old box-trees, and adorned with belvederes, rockeries and waterways, this is undoubtedly one of France’s horticultural wonders. Marqueyssac is just a short drive from Les Collines Rouges, a charming self-catering cottage set in the lush green countryside of the Dordogne Valley.

The Lighthouse of Cap FavaritzThe Lighthouse of Cap Favaritz. The ‘untouristy’ town of Es Mercadel is located in the centre of the most unspoiled island in the Balearics – and makes a perfect base from which to discover the wonderful Cliffs, Coves and Seafood of Menorca on two wheels. Don’t miss the opportunity to cycle down quiet winding lanes to the north coast and you will reach the dramatic peninsula of Cap Favaritz where the striking lighthouse stands high above an azure sea.

The Mausoleums of LyciaThe Mausoleums of Lycia. Steeped in history, southern Turkey is a fascinating place for a walking holiday as the coastal region is littered with intriguing remnants of the many civilizations that have left their mark here. As you walk along The Lycian Way, you have time to explore the ancient site of Kyaneia, where you’ll see a theatre overlooking the sea surrounded by over 300 Lycian mausoleums, both chamber tombs cut into the bedrock and free-standing ‘boat’ tombs.

The Statue of DavidThe Statue of David. There is probably no doubt that 'David' by Michelangelo is the most famous statue on the world. It was commissioned in 1504 and stood in the Palazzo della Signoria outside Florence Cathedral until 1873. Fore preservation reasons, it was then moved to the Accademia Gallery, while a replica was erected in its original location. A rewarding walking holiday From Bologna to Florence combines some of the best scenery in Italy with its most iconic artistic creation.

The Temple of SegestaThe Temple of Segesta. Despite not actually being completed – it never had a roof – the Doric Temple of Segesta on the island of Sicily is undoubtedly one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world. It stands on an idyllic hill-top location on Mount Barbaro about 70km south of Palermo, in a region first colonised by the mysterious Elymians. Explore by car to discover Western Sicily’s Highlights that include Roman, Greek, Saracen and Norman ruins scattered across the landscape.

Cabot Trail, Nova ScotiaA Colossus of Roads. As roads (?) go, they don’t come more colossal than the world-famous Cabot Trail, which loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. On its 185-mile route you'll discover charming villages where you can visit museums & galleries and dine on the finest seafood in the world; take a walk through the breath-taking scenery of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park; or go whale watching in the remarkable Bay of Fundy for The Complete Nova Scotia Experience.

The purist, of course, may dismiss my list out of hand and prefer to visit Olympia (below) as part of a Grand Tour of the Peloponnese, where you can explore the site of one of the original 'Seven' – the Statue of Zeus – or you may like to suggest your own man-made wonders from one of our holidays. I look forward to hearing your views...

 Olympia, Peloponnese

Posted: 27/02/2012 10:31:04 by Peter Williamson, Inntravel | with 0 comments
Filed under: Canada, Canary islands, France, Greece, heritage, Italy, journey, Spain, Turkey


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