Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (II)

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Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (II)

A World Heritage Site could be a lake, a forest, an island, a monument or a city, recognized for its symbolic role in history, and which today is a famous tourist attraction.


As of 2013, UNESCO has a total of 981 sites: 759 cultural sites, 193 natural sites and 29 mixed sites, scattered across 160 countries.


Today we conclude our series of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites with 5 more amazing attractions:


6. Mont Saint-Michel, France

Mont Saint-Michel is a 78-meter-high granite cliff in the Gulf of Saint Malo, France. The site consists of a fortified village and a monastery (built from the 8th century until the early 19th century). It played an important role in the history of France, being the only place that could not be conquered by the British armies during the "100-year War". It currently is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the most visited tourist attraction in France.


7. Petra, Jordan

Petra is an archaeological and historical city in southern Jordan, well known for its stone architecture and water piping system. The estimated date for the construction of this town is 312 B.C., Petra joining the list of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1985.


8. The pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The pyramids of Giza are among the best-known pyramids of antiquity, which were considered among the seven wonders of the ancient world. The pyramids are located to the West of the Nile Valley, at about 8 km Southwest of the city of Giza and 18 km from Cairo, the capital of Egypt.


9. The Acropolis in Athens, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient Greek fortress situated above the city, and the most famous Acropolis. Among the buildings that attract the most tourists at this site, we must mention the Parthenon.


10. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya or "Lion Rock" was briefly the capital of Medieval Sri Lanka. The city is built of massive stone and its interior is decorated with frescoes illustrating, what according to the myths, would have been the King's harem. Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is definitely one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Best Places to Eat in Sri Lanka

For western palates, the cuisine in Sri Lanka is one thing: very hot. But you shouldn’t worry, because at the best places to eat in Sri Lanka you can simply let them know and then be served less spicy food. Rice is the staple food on the island; you can get it in many different variations. No wonder then that the national dish is “rice and curry”, consisting of rice and various curries served together with meat, fish or vegetables. Another culinary highlight is fresh tropical fruits, which taste a lot juicier than what you might be used to from your local supermarket. The most popular drink is the world famous tea, but you should definitely also try coconut juice.


1. Curry Leaf (Regional restaurant – Colombo)

This unique restaurant is located within the complex of the Colombo Hilton Hotel. Mainly local dishes and a rich selection of seafood feature on the menu. Mainly but not only because of their large garden, Curry Leaf is one of the best places to eat in Sri Lanka.


2. Rams (Regional restaurant – Kandy)

This restaurant cooks traditional Indian food. The colorful décor with many Hindu statues give the restaurant an extraordinary atmosphere. On the extensive menu of all kinds of great, yet affordable meals and snacks can be found.


3. Le Palace (International restaurant – Colombo)

Colombo’s enjoy meeting up at Le Palace. The colonial era villa has been dined in the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Madonna. The highly skilled French chef creates the finest dishes from around the world. A visit is worthwhile, if only for the excellent cakes and pastries. It’s definitely one of the best places to eat in Sri Lanka.


4. Rampart (Regional restaurant – Galle)

The Ramparts is housed in an old colonial building in the middle of Galle Old Town. Seated on the verandah, with a view to the sea, you can enjoy the best local cuisine and fish dishes.


5. Refresh (Fish restaurant – Hikkaduwa)

Refresh in Hikkaduwa is one of the best places to eat in southern Sri Lanka, making it very popular amongst tourists. Located right on the beach, it has a magnificent view of the sea. The main feature of the menu is the especially excellent fish and seafood.


6. Pearl Restaurant (International restaurant – Negombo)

At Pearl Restaurant, you dine on a terrace right by the sea. The German-run restaurant is connected to a small hotel. Aside from fish dishes, the menu has a wide range of other local and also international dishes.


7. Hill Club (International restaurant – Nuwara Eliya)

The house, founded in 1858, was once home to a very distinguished club. Today, the British manor house is a hotel with an excellent restaurant. In the evenings, a dress code is upheld. Men may only enter with a jacket and tie, but both can be borrowed from the restaurant.


8. Restaurant Singaraja (International restaurant – Beruwela)

The Restaurant Singharaja, which is housed in a plain, glass building, is both very good and cheap. A German baker from Lower Franconia runs the restaurant and also sells delicious baked goods in the adjoining bakery. The menu primary feature is an ample lunch buffet. This is definitely one of the best places to eat in Sri Lanka.


9. Diya Sidila (Regional restaurant – Bentota)

In this small restaurant on the Bentota River, they serve fresh fish and a rich selection of seafood. In a pleasant atmosphere you can enjoy the best of their delicious and reasonably priced dishes.