Everybody knows places like London and Paris are well worth a visit – but that’s just the problem. Everyone frequents these types of places for their travels, which results in a lot of congestion and barely any room to breathe. Most importantly, it spoils your enjoyment of the city somewhat.
Today, let’s take a look at 6 amazing tourist spots which are just as good, but crucially also lack the hordes of tourists which make these cities so much harder to experience.
Puglia – Italy
For a taste of rustic Italy – akin to what you might expect to see in the Godfather – you’d do well to book a holiday to the coastal town of Puglia. With converted farmhouses strewn along a wide stretch of beach.
The highlight of the region? It’ll please food lovers to hear it’s the cuisine which makes this region what it is, with regular food festivals held to celebrate the Mediterranean cuisine in all its magnificence.
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Ciudad Perdida – Colombia
This ancient Mayan temple can be located in Colombia, and takes a six-day trek to reach by foot. It’s well worth it though, with practically nobody else likely to be there other than your tour group when you do arrive.
The solitude of Ciudad Perdida (which translates to the “Lost City”) is primarily thanks to the fact it wasn’t discovered until the 1970s, when a troupe exploring the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains happened to stumble across it.
York – United Kingdom
With so much emphasis put on visiting places like London, Manchester and nearby neighbours Leeds, it’s hardly a shock a spot like York goes overlooked so regularly. In all honesty, that’s nothing short of a tragedy.
The city provides some of the most quintessentially English images you can imagine, with winding Victorian streets and a gigantic Gothic cathedral serving as the crowning glory. You’ll often find street performers lining the streets – much like in London – providing the few tourists there some entertainment.
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Roatan – Honduras
Honduras might have earned a relatively troublesome reputation in recent years for the high crime levels the country suffers from, but that’s no reason to overlook a trip to the region of Roatan.
With some of the most picturesque beaches in Central America, areas for people to indulge in adventure sports like diving and hang gliding, and even a monkey and parrot interaction centre (what more could anyone ask for in life?), Roatan really has it all. As such, it’s no surprise it’s been described as a laid-back Caribbean paradise, despite Honduras’ bad reputation.
Plitvice Lakes – Croatia
These lakes are one of the most naturally beautiful sights you’re ever likely to witness. With 16 different streams flowing out into the same one pool, observing the Plitvice lakes is like walking into an idyllic paradise.
What makes the spot all the more incredible is the fact the waters which make up the lake are, quite literally, crystal clear. You’ll never experience as relaxing an experience as letting the waters crash around you underneath one of the waterfalls which feed this lake.
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Dazu Rock Carvings – China
There’s a good chance you would never have heard of these amazing etchings; but the Dazu Rock Carvings are actually some of the most magnificent examples of ancient art known to humanity.
Amazingly, despite the insane accuracy and clear skill level involved, it is believed work on these archaic rocks started as long ago as 650AD during the Tang Dynasty. There are now more than a staggering 50,000 statues to be found at Dazu.
If you’re looking for a holiday escape which’ll guarantee you avoid hordes of tourists, your best bet would be to take a trip to any of these six locations. You’ll find a very pleasant day out awaits, without having to squeeze through a crowd or jostle for a good viewing position.