From Chinese Green Tea to Moroccan Mint: A Worldwide Tea Party

Whether in the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening, many of us have this moment in the day when we make ourselves a cup of hot tea before another new day or at the end of another working day. On the occasion of International Tea Day celebrated yesterday (May 21) and noted the cultural and economic importance of the drink all over the world, as well as the happiness and comfort it brings to those who drink it, the tourism giant Booking.com Concentrated seven destinations that tea lovers will especially love, offering a rich history, alongside an equally rich tea.

The love for tea is an international phenomenon, and in almost every country, from Argentina to India, it is drunk in a different special way. A survey conducted by Booking.com shows that 51% of travelers around the world and 49% of Israeli travelers really want to visit destinations that are considered to provide the best food and drink experiences in the world, so if you are among them and love the fascinating history of Chinese green tea, or the taste The refreshing Moroccan tea with mint, this information is for you.

Darjeeling, India
The province of Darjeeling in West Bengal is known for its many tea plantations with more than 80 plantations nestled at the foot of the mountains in the province and covering vast areas. The bright green plants in the local orchards eventually turn into tea with a seductive aroma and strong flavors, thanks to which it is known as the ‘Champagne of Tea’. Visitors to the area will be able to hike the mighty Khangchendzonga Mountain, the third highest mountain in the world, visit Buddhist monasteries and take a tour of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a charming 140-year-old steam train.

If you are looking to relax at the end of the day in front of spectacular views – on a hilltop in the district lies a recommended resort called Mayfair Darjeeling. It is very easy to get to the tea plantations and the view from it is relaxing and peaceful for everyone who is hosted there. The rooms are decorated in a classic Indian style and are full of the charm and elegance of yesteryear, thanks to the carved wooden furniture and the colorful prints they have. It features a spa, state-of-the-art gym, pool and boutique tea shop. Guests and guests can wake up to the sound of birds chirping, and spend time wandering the many tea plantations around.

Darjeeling, India (Photo: booking.com)

Harrogate, UK
The English tea drink Breakfast is a symbol of Britishness. Today the name refers not only to the original tea but to a variety of infusions, including decaffeinated tea and varieties with golden tea leaves. The charming spa town of Harrogate is the source of Yorkshire tea, one of the most popular tea brands in the country consisting of tea leaves from the Assam region of India and East Africa, which together create special and flavor-rich combinations.

You can take a trip to the neighboring city of York and enjoy a cruise in the name Afternoon Tea Boat Cruise Along the picturesque Ouse River, which will provide you with historical experiences of the medieval city. The city is known for its York Minster, one of the largest and most impressive Gothic cathedrals in the world.

For those looking for a special accommodation experience in the area, it can be found in the church that has been converted into a B&B, called The Chapel Boutique Bed and Breakfast Located in the heart of York, in a perfect location near local tourist attractions such as the Harrogate Turkish Bath, the Royal Hall Theater and the Royal Pump Room, as well as the famous Bettys Café Tea Rooms, which since 1,919 has been serving wonderfully delicious afternoon teas. This property offers luxurious rooms in an eclectic and fascinating combination of styles. After a day full of hiking and tea tasting you can relax on the spacious terrace, which overlooks the beautiful surrounding gardens.

The Chapel Boutique Bed and Breakfast (צילום: booking.com)The Chapel Boutique Bed and Breakfast (צילום: booking.com)

Kennedy, Sri Lanka
Kandy is a city located in a mountainous area with a lake in the center, surrounded by colorful rainforests and a selection of tea plantations. There they first planted tea in Sri Lanka. Today, this industry thrives in the city, with more than 600 tea plantations scattered throughout the region. To experience the local tea culture you can take a bike tour Tea Plantation Cycling Tour And discover this wonderful city for yourselves.

The tour starts at the Ceylon Tea Museum in Kennedy, and continues with a 55km ride through green tea plantations where you can stop, chat with the people who pick the tea and learn about the local varieties. Its harvested by hand to ensure excellent quality.Some people like to drink it hot and some will choose it chilled with ice – one way or another, it is a palate evening.

After tens of miles by bike you will surely be happy to arrive at the recommended and peaceful resort Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge Which is found in the Madulkelle tea plantation. On site you will find secluded B & Bs and a pool with panoramic views of the green hills, and in its vicinity there are plenty of attractions, such as the Hatale and Knuckles, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made from fresh ingredients grown in the gardens of the property.In the complex you can also sit next to a warm outdoor fire.

Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge  (צילום: booking.com)Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge (צילום: booking.com)

Meknes, Morocco
You will probably not be surprised to discover that a refreshing mint drink is the national drink of Morocco. A wide variety of tea blends are produced throughout the country, but it is said that the fragrant mint leaves from the picturesque hills of the town of Meknes are the best. The old town of Meknes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can go out into its alleys to find everything you want – dedicated markets for handicrafts and amazing textiles, tea houses in hidden courtyards and you may even come across a free donkey looking its way.

And if you have already arrived in Morocco you will probably want to experience all the local cuisine at its best, from which you can taste the local cuisine in the restaurant located in the luxurious accommodation Riad Mama H&K Heart of Meknes. The place is decorated in the authentic architectural style of Morocco, with hand-carved wooden furniture and geometric tiles, and also has a nice outdoor terrace. Guests and guests of the place can enjoy a wide and rich variety of Tajine dishes and seafood in the restaurant, or simply relax in front of the fireplace with a traditional cup of mint tea.

Riad Mama H&K (Photo: booking.com)Riad Mama H&K (Photo: booking.com)

Longing Village, Hangzhou, China
Over the centuries, the cultures that ruled China have changed and changed, but tea has been and remains one of the country’s great treasures. The Longjing Village area is also known as the ‘Holy Land of Green Tea’, as well as the ‘Dragon Beer’, and is located in Hangzhou’s charming West Lake District. Tea became central in the country during the reign of the Han dynasty, and has a deep green hue, sweet taste and delightful aroma. The beauty of Longing Village can be discovered through an abundance of secluded walking trails, hidden caves and family tea shops that can be found in the area.

Conveniently located next to West Lake, a short walk from the Longing Village and Hangzhou National Tea Museum, West Lake State Guest House. Guests will be able to get information about the history of Chinese tea infusions and how they evolved, as well as taste the tea for themselves. This is a modern hotel with a heated pool, a spa and fitness center, as well as a Jacuzzi in each room, and the views from it are very typical of China.

West Lake State Guest House (צילום: booking.com)West Lake State Guest House (צילום: booking.com)

Missions, Argentina
The leaves of the Yerba Mate plant are said to be as strong as coffee, as healthy as tea and as happy as chocolate. From them is made the mata, Argentina’s national drink, known for the energy it gives to everyone who drinks it. Mata leaves grow in the rainforests of the northeastern province of Misiones which is famous for its red soil and local papaya plantations. In the Missions you will also find the Iguazú National Park, home to the world’s most famous and largest Iguazu Falls, which is also home to toucans with colorful beaks and butterflies in all the colors of the rainbow.

The guests and guests in the bungalows of Doralia Cabins In the city of Oberá you can enjoy the option of self-cooking in a well-equipped kitchen located on site or using the grill located on the terrace. There is also an outdoor pool and wonderful views of the surrounding gardens. For tea lovers this is a particularly convenient location near La Ruta Del Te, an Argentine tea house where you can learn about tea from the people who have been making it for four generations, and also try Zerba Mate sweetened with an agave plant and served with pastries, for a perfect afternoon treat.

Doralia Cabins (צילום: booking.com)Doralia Cabins (צילום: booking.com)

For those who want to visit destinations where special and beloved types of tea are grown, Booking.com offers seasonal deals for your next vacation. Discounts start at 15% and are valid for stays from April 4 to September 30, 2022. In addition, Booking.com offers the added value of the Genius program to more customers, giving access to Level 1 benefits of the program to anyone who has opened an account, without having to reach a minimum number of Previous Reservations – Includes access to 10% exclusive discounts at hundreds of thousands of worldwide properties participating in the program. All you have to do is download the Booking.com app, log in to your account and look for the Genius logo to know where you can get the benefits and discounts of the program.


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