Cultural Tourism Travel

By PointsandTravel ✈ | Cultural tourism is the subset of tourism concerned with a country or region's culture, specifically the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas, the history of those people, their art, architecture, religion(s), and other elements that helped shape their way of life. Many times I travel for this specific purpose to try to understand a land and its people.

Portugal’s sneaky sausage that saved Jews

Now one of Portugal’s seven gastronomic wonders, this sausage likely saved hundreds, maybe thousands, of souls during the Spanish Inquisition.<p>In Manteigaria Silva, one of Lisbon’s oldest delis, not much has changed since 1928. Cured hams dangle from the ceiling, port and Madeira wines compete for …

European Travel

Meet the Men Who Literally Dance With Scissors

Forget running with scissors; this competitive Quechua dance takes danger to the next level. (Don’t try this at home.)<p>For more than 500 years, the heart-stopping clanging of the <i>Danza de Tijeras</i> has echoed throughout the Andean mountains.<p>Named for the pair of iron rods each dancer wields in his …

South America

Italy Vacations – Make This Your Next Authentic Italian Vacation

Americans love Italy Vacations. Yet many times when we go, we get bogged down in the massive cities and we begin to feel that the vacation becomes …

Europe

Best Offbeat Destinations to Celebrate Carnaval

<i>“Like Mardi Gras and Halloween rolled into a public party at the Playboy mansion, Rio during Carnaval is like no other place on earth. And the</i> …

Panama City

Flipboard

The Color Block Favelas of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Travel to IndonesiaI think back in my mind as I traveled to Indonesia, and it races to the morning when I had a chance to escape the stunningly …

Indonesia

Incredible Egg Art Will Awe You

Recipes

Chopines: Renaissance platform shoes popularly worn in Venice by both courtesans and patrician women

Chopines are platform shoes that were worn by women in the 15th, 16th and 17th century. Made with a very tall wooden platform, these shoes protected …

Travel to Indonesia to learn the Art of Batik

I noticed the wrinkles in his face as he stood mute, lips tightly pressed against each other with the skin on his neck muscles taut. He was a thin …

Indonesia

A very Mexican Easter: Crucifixion and a flirty fiesta

The sun beats down and I strain to hear Jesus’ voice as he stops at the Fourth Station of the Cross on his path to crucifixion. I’m one of the few …

The Power of Travel Seen Through the Eyes of a Travel Company

Most days I write about my travel experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly… But mostly I write about the wonderful travel experiences that I feel …

Europe

Chicken on the Run Near Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our …

Mardi Gras

The Time I Went to a Royal Wedding in India

Indian Weddings<p>Indian weddings. The phrase brings to mind things like colors, family, huge celebrations and music. And food – lots of food. I had …

The Magnificent Masselina Estate and Their Gentle Women of Faenza, Italy

Editor’s Note: Rules being rules and laws being laws, please note that you have to to be at least 18 years old to read the rest of this post. Yes …

Kecak Dance at Pura Tanah Lot Bali

Picture this: a bunch of Balinese men dancing around a ceremonial fire, wearing checkered cloths in monotone around their waist, chanting “cak” and …

Petra, Jordan By Night and the Cave Bar

Updated August 2015<p>By Cacinda Maloney<p>Petra, Jordan By Night – A Practical Guide<p>Petra by night is an after-dark, guided excursion down the Siq to the …

Glimpses of Cappadocia (7) – SPINNING THE WHEEL OF POTTERY

The town of Avanos is located 15 kilometers from Nevshehir. In antiquity the place was called Vanessa, which is „the town on the river“ in Latin. …

Ultimate Travel Guide to Siem Reap-Cambodia for 2017

“Eat, Pray, Love” has the surprising ability to fill you up with the will to cross oceans and the see the world. Cambodia offers the perfect …

Asia Travel

Carnival of Venice

Photo by Donnie SextonHands down, the most spectacular event I’ve ever witnessed has to be the Carnival of Venice. I didn’t rent a costume or pay to …

Europe

Celebrating Island-style: Festivals of the Bahamas

Year-round sunshine, crystal clear waters, and hundreds of white sand beaches: welcome to the Bahamas! This island chain is only a short plane ride …

Festivals

Myanmar’s Water Dwellers of Inle Lake

Myanmar BurmaTravelers to Myanmar are there to explore the thousands of pagodas and temples that characterize this country (formerly known as Burma). …

Asia

India’s forgotten African tribe

An African-origin ethnic tribe of about 20,000 people has been living in near total obscurity in India for centuries.<p>The past few months in India have been mired in controversy due to a string of racist and fatal incidents targeting African immigrants living in the country. But what few Indians …

India

The last nomads of Iran

Numbering just 400,000, the Qashqai are a strong and proud people who are fiercely resisting assimilation into mainstream Iranian society.

Iran

The Moroccan town drenched in blue

When the townswomen gave their drab village a makeover, it turned Chefchaouen into one of the most unlikely – and successful – destinations in Morocco.

Travel

Travel - The mysterious masked women of Iran

Iran

A lake that hides a 500-year-old secret

Laguna de los Condores is one of the country’s most important Inca sites – but only 150 people trek to this remote spot each year.<p>High in the remote northwestern Andes is a stunning mountain lake that’s held a secret for more than 500 years.<p>Laguna de los Condores, located in northern Peru’s remote …

South America

Where gods and kings turn to stone

Massive statues of gods, kings and creatures stare down visitors to this little-known Unesco site in southeastern Turkey.

Archaeology

The cave filled with 9,000 Buddhas

The Buddha statues that fill this cave from floor to ceiling are brought by devotees hoping for a blessing.<p><i>If you liked this story,</i> <b>sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter</b><i>, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture,</i> …

Asia

Culinary Culture in Japan’s Mie Prefecture

Two full days, three short nights, and over thirty hours of travel time. On paper, my February trip from Paris to the Mie Prefecture in Japan made …

Japan