The Eiffel tower, Golden Gate Bridge and the Colosseum may be
amazing in their own right, but there's something special about going
to a spectacular location that few travelers venture to. Take a virtual
journey with me to these secretly underrated places...
Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, ItalyRistorante
Grotta Palazzese, nestled in the caves of Polignano a Mare beach, is
one of the greatest places to eat in all of Italy, if not the world.
Chichilianne, Rhone Alpes, FranceThe breathtaking Mont Aiguille is nearly 7,000 foot tall and offers amazing views of the French Prealps.
heard of Nauru? Neither had we. This tiny island nation has a
population of less than 10,000 and because of its obscurity is the least
visited country in the world. With miles of untouched beaches and
forests, you’d better pay a visit quickly before more people learn about
this island paradise.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro Valley, Bhutantigersnestbhutan.comThis
17th century temple sits on the edge of a cliff 3,000 feet above the
Paro valley. The holy site was built to protect the cave in which Guru
Padmasambhava, a leader of Buddhism, meditated for three years, three
months, three weeks, three days and three hours.
is a medieval city is still largely intact. So much so, that parts of
the city are used as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. The city is
brimming with amazing architecture and surrounded by the Mediterranean
on one side and walls on the other.
Albarracín, Aragon, Spain
is a beautifully preserved medieval village in Northern Spain. The rock
paintings in the cliff-foot caves of the Albarracin Cultural Park (some
of the most important evidences of the Levantine prehistoric art of
Spain) and the "Picaportes" (door knobs) are something to marvel at!
is an ancient city hidden deep inside Burma. At the height of the
Kingdom of Pagan, the city had over 10,000 Buddhist temples. Today, over
2200 of these are still standing, making it an amazing place to visit.
hotel is so high up on the Appenzellerland mountains that you have to
hike or get a cable car to reach it. Amenities are intentionally basic
but the food is hearty and the nearby trails lead to exhilarating
Haiku Stairs, HawaiiKnown
as the Stairway to Heaven, this fairly unknown hiking trail can be
found on the island of O’ahu. The trail is steep and ends at a peak
2,800 feet above the sea, which offers amazing views of the island.
Þingvallavatn Lake, IcelandFound
deep within this huge National Park is the boundary between North
America and Europe. Lucky divers can swim in between the tectonic plates
of these two continents, which is getting 2 centimeters wider every
Chefchaouen, Northwest Morocco
is best known for its blue buildings, painted in a spectrum of soothing
hues. If you want to escape the city, make sure to check out the nearby
Rif mountains and the Cascades d'Akchour!
Lord Howe Island, Australiaall-that-is-interesting.comThis
beautiful island is mostly untouched by man, with a tiny native
population and only 400 tourists being allowed to visit each year. The
limit is in place to protect the amazing natural landscape of Howe
Island, which is home to a beautiful crystal lagoon and coral reef.
Bishop Castle, San Isabel National Forest, Rye, Colorado
Castle is undoubtedly one of the craziest castles in the world, created
by the one-man castle builder Jim Bishop. It's an incredible place to
get married or just to visit for inspiration.
Huacachina, Peruvian desertHuacachina
is a tiny village of just over 100 people built around a lush oasis in
an otherwise barren desert. For a few bucks, you can rent sandboarding
equipment and try one of the locals' favorite thrills.
The Bastei Bridge in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, GermanyVisit also Lilienstein, one of several small mesas in Saxony - it's surreal to watch the fog roll over.
is a historical region in Central Anatolia, best known for its unique
moon-like landscape, underground cities and cave towns. All of which is
best seen from the sky, with dozens of hot air balloons offering
amazing bird eye views.
is a medieval village which is home to less than 1,000 people. High in
the mountains of Hallstat, you can explore prehistoric mines that were
some of the first in the entire world.
Leptis Magna, Tripoli, LibyaLeptis
Magna was once a major city of the Roman Empire. Now, its ruins act as
an adventurer's playground. If you want to experience the amazing sights
of ancient Rome, but avoid competing with the crowds, this is the place
The Alcázar of Segovia, SpainThe
Alcázar of Segovia is a stone fortification, located in the old part of
the city. It's one of the most distinctive castles in Spain by the
virtue of its shape – like the bow of a ship.
Alter do Chao, BrazilThis
town straddles the Amazon rainforest and an amazing beach known as the
Island of Love. Only a few meters from the beach is a huge lagoon, Lago,
Verde, which is home to myriad animals and can only be explored by
Hotel Moulin de Roc, FranceDeep
in the province of Dordogne, you'll find an old mill transformed into
an amazingly quaint hotel on the banks of a peaceful river, with nothing
around for miles. It's also home to the renowned Michelin Star
restaurant, with plenty of outdoor seating.
The peacock room in Castello di Sammezzano, TuscanyWithin
the abadonded castle Castello di Sammezzano you can find the Peacock
Room. A hidden jewel features intricate Moorish designs and a
breathtaking assortment of patterns and colors. The beauty of the
memorizing interiors is simply beyond comparison.
Deception Island, Antarctica
ring shaped island is so remote that it can only be accessed by tour
boats. The inside of the island offers sanctuary from storms and
icebergs for a host of creatures, including hundreds of penguins. If you
want to escape the cold, the island is situated on an active volcano
and home to hot springs galore.
Melissani Cave, Kefalonia, GreeceIn
Greek mythology, nymphs (female nature deities) inhabited this
breathtaking cave and lured men in with their beauty. Under a high sun,
the amazingly blue is illuminated for any lucky swimmers.
hills of Meghalaya receive nearly 40 feet of rain every year, meaning
that the valley floors of this beautiful but remote forest are often
transformed into rivers. Complex series of skybridges help you to
navigate the environment.
Craco, Matera, BasilicataThe
medieval village of Craco is part of an incredible region with
undulating shapes and vast farmland. Since the sudden abandonment of the
village, rumour has it that the ruins have become inhabited by ghosts.
Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal
da Regaleira is an estate located near the historic center of Sintra,
classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Make sure to check out
the Gruta do Labirinto (the Labyrinthic Grotto) and it's mysterious
wishing well! This 27 meter deep well resembles an inverted tower.
Depending on the direction you choose, either a journey down into the
depths of the earth, or a climb out of the darkness into the light
Weißgerbergasse, Nuremberg, GermanyBe
sure to also visit the small town of Bamberg and the Altenburg castle,
which sits on the tallest of the seven hills, overlooking the city!
Procida, ItalyProcida is a beautiful Mediterranean island paradise. Terra Murata is the highest point on the Island aswell as its heart.
Lofoten Islands, NorwayThe
Lofoten Islands are a group of islands found in Northern Norway, within
the arctic circle. The islands are home to seductively quaint fishing
villages, the world’s deepest coral reef and amazing views of the
Cocos Island, Costa Ricaunderseahunter.comCocos
Island is an uninhabited island located 300 miles off the shore of
Costa Rica. As a national park, the island is untouched by civilization
and acts as one of the best scuba diving spots in the entire world
because of its spectacular marine fauna.
Rock tombs in Myra, Lycia, TurkeyAfter
visiting the tombs you can go to the real Saint Nicholas Church. The
perfect place to go to ask Santa why he got you the wrong gift last
Herrenchiemsee New Palace, Lake Chiemsee, GermanyIn
1873 King Ludwig II of Bavaria acquired the Herreninsel as the location
for his new Royal Palace. Modelled on Versailles, this palace was built
as a "Temple of Fame" for King Louis XIV of France, whom the Bavarian
monarch fervently admired. And trust me - Ludwig II was absolutely crazy
- the "mad king" even had a “magic table” inspired by the Grimm’s Fairy
Tale in his dining room!
looking at the Leather Souq, the oldest leather tannery in the world.
Don't miss the marvelous Bab Boujloud (the blue gate) as well!
Blagaj, Bosnia and HerzegovinBlagaj stands at the edge of the beautiful Buna river.
Cesky Krumlov, Czech RepublicThis
town was first founded in the 13th century and little has changed since
then. Stepping into the castle grounds is like going back in time,
specially if you go during the Renaissance festival which is held every
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, RussiaYou
should go inside, I have never seen such a colorful church in my whole
life! The city has so much more to offer, like the State Hermitage
Museum or the inaugurated Amber Room in the Catherine Palace!
pronouncing and getting to Ittoqqortoormiit can be difficult, but it’s
totally worth the effort. From the capital of Iceland, you’ll need to
get on a once-weekly plane to Greenland and then get a helicopter ride
to this small, colorful town which sits by the longest glacial river
system in the world.
Mount Ai-Petry, Crimea, UkraineLocated
on the Kastron mountain, the fortress of Cembalo is also nice to visit.
It's a facade of spectacular views overlooking the sea off the Bay of
Marsaxlokk, MaltaHome to Marsaxlokk fish market, a sprawling and endless market held each Sunday in town!
Monument Valley, UtahIf
you think this valley seems familiar, it’s because the area was
commonly used as a filming location in the heyday of Western movies. The
vast sandstone structures dominate the landscape of this vast valley
which is far quieter than similar sights like the Grand Canyon.