Supermoon set to light up the skies over Manhattan, new bar laws announced for Magaluf and Britain and Egypt at loggerheads over ancient statue

Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: New Yorkers have two celestial events to look forward to this weekend, Spanish authorities announce crackdown on drunkenness in Magaluf, war of words erupts between Britain and Egypt over ancient Sekhemka statue and Greenpeace puts pressure on Lego.

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11 July is…

Esala Perahera, Kataragama, Sri Lanka (Saturday)

Asalha Bucha, Thailand


Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Europe Destination Editors: Jo CookeJames SmartBrana VladisavljevicKate MorganAnna Tyler and Gemma Graham.

New bar crawl laws clamp down on Magaluf revellers. Image by Chris / CC BY-SA 2.0
New bar crawl laws for Magaluf revellers. Image by Chris / CC BY-SA 2.0

Magaluf announces new bar crawl laws
The Mallorcan government has announced new bar crawl laws that limit the size of groups in Magaluf. Effective from July, bar crawl organisers must wear a visibility vest and groups must be no larger than 50 people. Magaluf has been the focus of media attention in the UK following tabloid footage of mass drunkenness among British teenagers. Over the last two years the local authorities have been working to change the perception of Mallorca to UK tourists. Read more: theguardian

No visas required for fans travelling to  Russia for World Cup 2018
Russia will cancel visa requirements not only for athletes, coaches and referees but also for fans travelling to the country right before and during the 2018 World Cup. This was announced by president Vladimir Putin ahead of his Latin American tour during which he will visit Brazil for the final match and the closing ceremony of the 2014 World Cup. Read more:

Shops in Greek tourism hotspots to stay open on Sundays
Authorities in Greece have revealed a list of the country’s major tourist destinations in which shops will be allowed to remain open on Sundays regardless of their size. The destinations include the historic centers of Athens and Thessaloniki, the regions of Attica and Halkidiki, and the islands of Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, Kos and Syros. Read more:

International Festival of Street Theatre wows Kraków
The 27th International Festival of Street Theatre is underway in Kraków, Poland, and runs until Sunday  July 13. A diverse range of street theatre groups from across Europe have travelled to take part in the four-day event, which features over 60 performances across three squares in the city’s old town. The event is free to all spectators. Read more:

Lego under pressure to end partnership with Shell. Image by Lee Jordan / CC BY-SA 2.0
Lego under pressure to end partnership with Shell. Image by Lee Jordan / CC BY-SA 2.0

Greenpeace pressures Lego to end partnership with Shell
Following a recent protest at Legoland in Denmark, Greenpeace is continuing to put pressure on the Danish toy company to end it’s partnership with Shell by creating a video in which a world created in Lego is slowly drowned in oil. The environmental group say the oil giant is unethical and is using the partnership to ‘sell propaganda to children’. Meanwhile, Lego said they are being used ‘as a tool’ in the ongoing dispute between Shell and Greenpeace. Read more:

Expert tips for buying wine in France
French master sommelier at UK’s Michelin-starred Restaurant Sat Bains, Laurent Richet, and vineyard owner Stephen Cronk have shared tips with The Local on how to choose wine in a French supermarket. Helpful tips include deciphering labels and explaining key phrases such as ‘grand cru’ and ‘grand cru classé’. Read more:

Dubrovnik Summer Festival kicks off
Dubrovnik’s prestigious summer festival of theatre, music and dance started yesterday and will continue until August 25. The festival utilises many beautiful and unique performance venues around the city, including Renaissance palaces, forts, churches and a beach. Read more:


Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Asia & the Pacific Destination Editors: Megan EavesSarah ReidJoe BindlossLaura Crawford and Tasmin Waby.

Astana, Kazakhstan. Image by Ken and Nyetta / CC BY 2.0
Astana, Kazakhstan. Image by Ken and Nyetta / CC BY 2.0

Kazakhstan mulls e-visas
The government of Kazakhstan is considering implementing a new digital visa scheme. Under the scheme, visitors would apply for their visas online rather than at a local embassy, and the visa would be issued upon arrival at Kazakh border control. This comes as Kazakhstan has just approved visa-free entry to tourists from several countries. Read more:

Theatre made from recycled containers to open in Shanghai
A new semi-open air theatre made from recycled shipping containers is set to open in Shanghai on August 1. The theatre will be located at Shanghai Culture Square and will feature a main stage and four smaller stages, with a seating capacity of 300. Leftover construction materials will be used to create sculptures and decorations around the theatre. Read more:

Thailand observes Asalha Bucha
The sale of alcohol may be banned across Thailand during the celebration of Buddha’s first sermon on  July 11, but as a consolation, Bangkok’s Museum of Siam is offering free entry on Friday and Saturday. Read more:

Dengue fever vaccine ‘as good as ready’
Dengue fever could soon be a thing of the past, following trials of a new vaccine in Southeast Asia found to reduce dengue haemorrhagic fever cases by 88.5%. Sanofi-Pasteur, the French pharmaceutical company funding the research, intends to apply for licensing next year after the results of its second trial across Latin America and the Caribbean have been analysed. Read more:

Delhi becomes world’s second most populous city
According to a new report from the UN, Delhi has become the second most populous city on earth, with a population of 25 million. The population of the Indian capital has doubled since 1990, but Delhi is still far behind Tokyo, with a staggering population of 38 million. Read more:

Kataragama gears up for Esala Perehara on Saturday
The ancient temple of Kataragama in Sri Lanka is preparing for its biggest festival on July 12, as tens of thousands of pilgrims complete the Pada Yatra, a two week-long pilgrimage on foot from Jaffna in the north of the island to the Katargama temple. For the next two weeks, devotees will gather at the temple to honour the warrior god Skanda-Murugan, with fire-walking, ritual self-mortification and other traditional rituals. Read more:

No change to Australian airport security
Additional security checks implemented for flights bound to the US and UK have not been applied across the board in Australia just yet. The measures do apply to passengers departing and transiting through affected airports, including on Australian carriers and their code-share airlines. All other international inbound or outbound flights to Australia are on the medium National Public Terrorism Alert Level only. Read more:


Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Americas Destination Editors: Clifton WilkinsonDora WhitakerAlex Howard and MaSovaida Morgan.

New York awaits celestial show. Image by Wilhelm Joys Andersen / CC BY-SA 2.0
New York awaits celestial show. Image by Wilhelm Joys Andersen / CC BY-SA 2.0

Manhattanhenge and supermoon illuminate skies of New York
New Yorkers can enjoy two celestial phenomenons this Friday and Saturday night as both Manhattanhenge and a supermoon will be glowing in the skies over the city. Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun lines up with the canyons of grid-like streets will be happening for the second and last time this year at the weekend. The supermoon, when the moon appears at its fullest will be visible throughout the US. Read more:  and

30th Underwater Music Festival gets underway in Lower Keys
Yes, you heard correctly. The Lower Keys in Florida will be celebrating their 30th annual Underwater Music Festival this weekend. During the event, festivalgoers can scuba dive and snorkel while listening to a music concert which is piped underwater. Participants can also have their picture taken ‘playing’ musical instruments underwater. Read more:

US ‘most hated airline’ to reward complainers
Spirit Airlines, often called the ‘most hated airline in the US’, is using its infamy in a new marketing campaign. The company is encouraging people to vent their anger about the budget carrier and get 8,000 air miles for doing so. Read more:

Giant thermometer up and running again
If drivers travelling through the southern Californian deserts needed a reminder of just how hot it is there, a giant thermometer that was out of action for several years, is back in working order. Rising 134 feet and with 5,000 lightbulbs helping to show the temperature, the renovated thermometer can be seen on Interstate 15 near the town of Baker. Read more:

Venezuela airport charges ‘breathing tax’
Travelers flying out of Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas will be charged a fee of 127 bolivars (US$20) for the right to breathe clean air. The tax is to cover costs for a newly-installed system which uses ozone to purify the building’s air conditioning system. It is the first airport in South America to use such technology, and officials say the system will protect travelers’ health by eliminating bacterial growth and deodorizing and sanitizing the building. Read more:

Lake Mead water levels at record lows
Lake Mead water levels sank to a record low on Wednesday, dropping .03 inches lower than previous records seen in 2010. The records are a result of a lengthy drought in the mountains that feed the Colorado River, which has caused the Nevada reservoir to drop over 130 feet in the last 15 years. Forecasters say the record lows should continue through until November, when water use drops heading into winter. Read more:

Smartphone game turns Montreal into battleground
An augmented reality game for smartphones called Ingress will turn Montreal into a battleground between the Enlightened and the Resistance on July 12. In the game, players use their smartphones to try to claim points of interest and link them to other players to form virtual fields over geographic areas. On Friday, around 1,000 players will descend on Montreal. Read more:

Military fights beetle infestation
The US military plans to remove 175 palm trees to combat a coconut rhino beetle in Honolulu. The plan includes the removal of 80 palm trees near Pearl Harbor and another 80 on a military golf course. One military commander called the work ‘extreme measures’ to prevent the beetle from establishing itself. Read more:


Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Middle East & Africa Destination Editors: Helen Elfer and Matt Phillips.

Yas beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Image by Sarah_Ackerman / CC BY 2.0
Yas beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Image by Sarah_Ackerman / CC BY 2.0

New beach club for Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island
Paradise Social Club is to open on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, close to the venue for the Formula One Grand Prix. The beach club will include restaurants, boutiques and a spa, and will have 280 degree views of the beach and mangroves. It is expected to launch this December Read more:

Egypt and Britain in row over ancient Sekhemka statue
A 4,000-year old Egyptian  statue was sold by Northampton Council at a Christie’s auction for £16m, in order to fund an extension to the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, causing outrage in both Egypt and England. Egyptian Ambassador Ahsraf Elkholy said the sale was “an abuse to the Egyptian archaeology and the cultural property” and protesters gathered outside Christie’s before the sale to demand the statue’s return to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. Read

Air Zimbabwe to relaunch flights to Lake Kariba
On August 1, Air Zimbabwe will resume its flights to Kariba from Harare after a seven year hiatus. The route will be covered three times a week, with each flight continuing on to Victoria Falls. If volumes permit, the airline hopes to increase the frequency of the service to daily flights. Read more:

Heavily armed suspects arrested in Lamu County
Two armed men were arrested when found hiding in a local tycoon’s ranch. Expert analysis of their weapons is now underway to determine if the men are linked to the recent killings in the villages of Gamba, Hindi and Mpeketoni. The arrests bring the total number of those apprehended in Kenya in relation to the recent violence to 69. Read more: