Stay in love in Doha by visiting the top 5 places this Valentine’s Day. I don’t know if it’s just me or you’ll agree after having a “sweet mini-vacation” this Valentine’s Day with your special someone. Surprisingly it’s not what we heard Doha is all about and glad that we had to experience it, given we were skeptical at first. See what changed our mind and where are the top 5 places that fascinates us with this trip.
Born in a cooler country and dressed by three or more layers of clothing, it excites me whenever weather gets not too high but the so called normal temperature and I got to experience this amazing weather on my recent trip with my partner in Doha, Qatar.
Book tickets and check if you might need a visa (if you are UAE national no need, but don’t worry a visa will just cost you AED 200 or around 50 US Dollars). Going to Qatar, why not Qatar Airways – we got cheap return tickets and easiest way as they have daily flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Now, let me share the top 5 places in Doha that we visited.
First stop is the social heart of Doha, Souq Waqif is a best place to find silk scarfs, spices, perfumes, gold products and traditional clothes as this site has been a souq for centuries though redeveloped but restored with rich original Qatari structures. After a long walk in the most traditional market place in Qatar, you can rest in one of the restaurant or a coffee shop to try their traditional Arabian coffee to match with Kunafa – the best we tried up to now.
Also visit Museum of Islamic Art, we don’t have the time to enter but from the outside architecture design of the building itself is iconic and based from what I read it has a wide range collections of Islamic arts.
Ready to be in love with the pigeons – check the “towers” in Katara Cultural Village which we can say home of the thousand birds. Beside the architectural structure you can also enjoy getting some tan, perfect place that I can recommend for you with their natural beaches.
The Pearl Island is one of the best place in Doha where you can enjoy a marina walk, enjoy some shopping and park your yacht (which I think are private because there is no water taxis). Perfect for a quite lunch or a romantic dinner, you can choose from a variety of restaurants and cafes.
Do not skip in going to Medina Centrale and experience Plaza Andalusia of Spain in a middle-east way. The restaurants, shops and trees arrangement reminds me so much of Europe.
After Medina Centrale jump in another city from Italy, go to Corso Venezia very nice community inspired by Italian style and architecture the only missing was the gondola the rest is great.
Before leaving this place take a ride up to the end, there are some villas exactly next to the water, which fascinates me!
And finally visit center of the new town, especially if you like big and shiny buildings. Take a ride on the Corniche side, which we loved it! You can enjoy taking photos next to the sky-towers, romantic walk or to run after pigeons and of course enjoy a good coffee at Costa Café.
It was a sweet escape for us given it was just a short break, if we can spend more time and come back getting some tan in Katara is a great idea.