More and More Secretly Incredible Travel Destinations That Most People Don't Know About
by Mella Noha
1. The Royal Library of Alexandria or Ancient Library of Alexandria - Alexandria, Egypt
Go inside the library and visit also the Citadel of Qaitbay (or the Fort of Qaitbay). It’s a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast. (Before going, check on political situation in Egypt.)
2. The peacock room in Castello di Sammezzano - Regello, Tuscany
Within 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.
3. Wat Rong Khun - Chiang Rai, Thailand
Once inside, you will be greeted not by traditional Buddha life scenarios - but by contemporary scenes and icons of popular culture: Murals of Batman, Superman, Predator and even Keanu Reeves as Neo are seen in the interior.
4. Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovin
Don’t miss to visit Mostar - the biggest and greatest town in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
5. Ristorante Grotta Palazzese - Polignano a Mare, Southern Italy (province of Bari, Apulia)
The beach of Polignano a Mare will blow your mind as well!
6. Chichilianne - Rhone Alpes, France
You’re looking at the breathtaking mountain Mont Aiguille. Be sure to check out the bastille in Grenoble (a 45 minute drive from Chichilianne)!
7. Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt in wintertime is one of the greatest scenes imaginable. [This is one place I really really want to see. My parents went to Hallstatt back in the 1970s and raved about it. A friend went there in the 2000s and came back with the same reaction.]
8. Bláa Lónið (Blue lagoon) - Grindavík, Iceland
If there’s one thing that you must do while you’re in Iceland, it’s taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon! There’s even an outdoor Lagoon bar.
9. The Alcázar of Segovia - Segovia, Spain
The 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.
10. The dancing house - Prague, Czech Republic
The architect of the dancing house originally named the house Fred and Ginger (after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the house resembles a pair of dancers). This nickname is now rarely used; moreover, the architect himself was later “afraid to import American Hollywood kitsch to Prague”, so he refuted his own idea.
11. Huacachina, Peruvian desert
This is the perfect place to try sandboarding. For only a few bucks you can rent equipment to try one of the locals’ favorite thrills.
12. The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - Saint Petersburg, Russia
You 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!
13. Pamukkale - Denizli, Turkey
These are the travertines of Pamukkale (meaning cotton castle in Turkish) - a set of bizarre calcium cliff bathing pools overlooking the town of Pamukkale. The best thing? You can go swimming here, don’t forget your bathing things!
14. Natural pool in Hierapolis, Turkey
This is the place where the Egyptian queen herself is said to have swam on her visit - and it’s only 10 minutes away from the travertines of Pamukkale!
15. Swarovski Crystal Worlds - Wattens, Austria
You need a LOT of money to visit the largest Swarovski store worldwide! So maybe consider the park outside Crystal World, where you’ll experience a puzzling Labyrinth shaped like a human hand.