Discover a carefully curated selection of great destinations with this edition of KHAMSA Discover

This week on KHAMSA Discover, we explore some exquisite locations that are some of nature’s best gifts to us. With their picturesque views, serene landscapes, and refreshing auras, these places are definitely bucket list material.

١. Zhangye Danxia Geopark

Located in China, the Zhangye Danxia Geopark is a treat for the eyes. The rainbow mountains, formed from sedimentary mineral deposits, are part of what is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The aesthetic of the landmark is nothing short of a natural marvel.

٢. Wadi Rum

A beautiful location that offers a rich lesson in history and civilization, Wadi Rum is a valley cut into ancient rocks in southern Jordan. Referred to as ‘the Valley of the Moon’, its cultural atmosphere makes for a truly special experience. The perfectly-cut rocks and the amazing views all throughout the day is nature working its magic.

٣. Beit ed-Dine

Beit ed-Dine, located 45 kilometres southeast of Beirut, is a town in Lebanon that is a delight to the eyes. It boasts a lush-green landscape and veils of cultural significance. It is most known for the Beiteddine Palace, which hosts the famous annual summer Beiteddine Festival.

٤. El Retiro Park

Parque del Buen Retiro is a park surrounded by the highlights of the beautiful city of Madrid. Holding the designation of UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a masterclass in merging nature with modern-day intricacies. It is a haven visited by young and old alike, making it one of the hubs that showcases the best of Madrid.

٥. Jubail Mangrove

Located in Abu Dhabi, the Jubail Mangrove Park is a welcome getaway spot from the urban excellence of the UAE’s capital. It is home to a variety of marine and avian species, marking itself as a standout location of the region’s biodiversity. Exotic sightings of gazelles and rare birds are common in this mangrove sanctuary. With water enveloping a lush area of land teeming with greenery and life, it is a sight to behold.