Although all of the well-known wonders of the world are worth a visit, there are some that remain a secret to most tourists. If truth be told, at times it is best to get off the beaten path and visit places that have so much more to offer than we’d like to imagine – when paired with fewer crowds, certain lesser known tourist destinations are the perfect pick.
See, there’s more to the world than the same old hot tourist spots that guidebooks have long been mentioning for decades. Everyone visits the Eiffel Tower when they travel to France or that beautiful museum the Louvre. All of us know of the Golden Gate Bridge and Cathedrals in Vatican City. However, seeing all these destinations over and over again is going to make you miss something else – something that visiting the 10 secret or lesser-known destinations mentioned below is going to offer.
Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride as we present our list of 10 secret places that every tourist should know of:
10 Huacachina, Peruvian Desert
Located five hours south of Lima, Huacachina is a desert oasis that is the perfect destination for adventurous travelers. It features a naturally formed lake for which legend has it that a young bathing princess was suddenly discovered by a hunter. When she fled, she left behind a pool of water, which is this lake today. It is also believed that her flowing cloak formed the sand dunes surrounding the lake.
The most interesting adventure tour that is offered to visitors of Huacachina is the dune buggy and sandboarding tour. Not only is the tour thrilling, it is jaw-dropping too as you will be transported deep into the desert so as to witness huge sand dunes on the coast. Oh, and if you want to be a bit more adventurous, feel free to sandboard down the dunes – the experience is going to be nothing short of beautiful and surreal!
9 North Sentinel Island
This top secret island has most of its area covered by forest apart from a narrow beach. The only thing known about this island is that it has a network of pathways and a few small villages inside. Anyone who dares to approach the island is killed in the most brutal manner possible and eaten.
8 Samarkand, Uzbekistan
If you wish to visit a place where beauty, legend and history weave themselves together like a magical mirage, then Samarkand is where you need to go. This beautiful city is home to ancient mosques together with the famous mausoleum of Tamerlane. For all that it has to offer, Samarkand has been titled the ‘Crossroads of Culture’ by UNESCO – and for good reason.
7 Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
This restaurant offers a dining experience that you just might not be able to find anywhere else in the world. This beautiful underwater restaurant is situated below the Indian Ocean and allows visitors to dine while witnessing schools of colorful fish and graceful sharks.
6 Chefchaouen in Northwest Morocco
This is perhaps the only place on Earth where you will find special blue painted buildings. Chefchaouen is a beautiful small, quiet city that is located deep within the Rif Mountains found in Northwest Morocco.
5 Garajonay National Park, Canary Islands
This park looks like something out of a dream as most of it is shrouded in mists drifting in from the Atlantic all year long. The park is known for its twisted laurisilva trees, extensive carpets of mist and delicate flowers.
4 Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia is a famous historical region that is situated in Central Anatolia, largely in the Kayseri, Nevsehir, Nigde and Aksaray provinces of Turkey. It is basically a relief that boasts of a high plateau that is believed to be over 1000 meters in altitude. It features extensive volcanic peaks amongst which Mount Erciyes (ancient Argaeus) is the tallest at 3916m.
3 Lake Baikal, Russia
More than 5,000 feet deep (16437m), Lake Baikal holds nearly 20% of all the world’s fresh water and is the oldest lake in the world as well as one of the largest. The lake extends all through south-eastern Siberia to north of the Mongolian border. According to geologists, Lake Baikal is a reflection of what the seaboards of North America, Europe, and Africa used to be like before they separated millions of years ago.
2 Green Lake, Austria
Located just below the Hochschwab mountains alongside the town of Tragoess is Grüner See (“Green Lake” in English). Why is this lake so special? Well, because of the fact that unlike other lakes, this one LITERALLY changes with the seasons.
1 Spanish Synagogue, Prague
A true cultural jewel, this ancient synagogue is found in Prague’s historic Jewish Quarter. It is known for its outstanding displays of Moorish-styled design and architecture that is considered one of the best in the entire world.
The reason why it came to be known as the Spanish Synagogue is because of its Moorish interior design that is influenced by the famous Alhambra. Its permanent exhibitions include the Synagogue Silver from Bohemia and Moravia and The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, Part 2.
Sources: odditycentral.com, lonelyplanet.com, wikipedia.org, huffingtonpost.com, czechtourism.com
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