Well, the world is a big place. If you have a travel bucket list, here are a few places you might want to add to that list- including some towns, islands and a salt flat. Here’s the full list:
The island off the boot of Italy, just imagine it as the soccerball Italy is kicking. Centered in the Mediterranean, this majestic island has been fought over for centuries, controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Turks, Germans, Spanish, and finally the Italians. Sicily is a hot commodity, and there’s a little something for everyone in this island. Whether you’re an architect or not, the buildings are stunning, since they’ve been passed through so many cultures. Some parts of Sicily (Selinunte, Segesta, and Taormina) hold ruins over 2000 years old for public display. The cherry on top is, of course, the food. Sicily is responsible for Cannolis and Granitas in addition to incredible seafood and pastas.
2. Faroe Islands
Sandwiched between Iceland and Norway lie the Faroe Islands, a group of eighteen islands of majestic beauty and surprisingly little tourism. These islands contain everything a tourist of Iceland would expect: lush landscape, towering cliffs, boats, quant houses, etc. The Faroe tourism is desperate to win tourists over from Iceland and they produced incredible videos in the process. Go now before the world catches on!
3. Matera, Italy
Located at the southernmost tip of Italy, ‘the stone city’ has existed for thousands of years. What first appear as houses actually are caves, burrowed into the rock, and the complex maze of stone is a little dizzying. However, given a little interest and time, the town becomes familiar and a unique Italian gem. In addition to the classic Italian hospitality and cuisine, Matera boasts unique architecture and incredible views, especially at dusk. If you go, plan on going July 2nd, in time for the Festa Della Bruna. The whole town will be decked out in lights, and costumes, processions and fireworks will ensue.
4. Myeik (or Mergui) Archipelago
You know the classic beach pitch– flawless beaches, quaint houses, and crystal clear water. But quiet, natural beaches with undisturbed wildlife are hard to find. Myeik is just that: a natural paradise, undisturbed by tourism and the commercialism so often accompanying beach life. Myeik is a perfect place for scuba diving, fishing, and relaxing on beautiful blond beaches.
5. Caminito Del Ray
This place is not for the faint of heart. Or those with bad balance. Literally translated as the “King’s little pathway,” this walkway, (a little under 2 miles in length), was originally created to provide a way for hydroelectric workers to walk between two power plants, which happened to be situated between steep gorges. The path suspends visitors over 100 metres in the air, so it’s also not for those afraid of heights. But the momentary terror is definitely worth the unbelievable views, if you dare to look off the edge.
6. Salar de Uyuni
While you may have never heard of this place, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, stuck in the southwest corner of Bolivia. With temperate weather throughout the year, the Salar is a hospitable home for flamingos, giant cactus, and the occasional tourist. Where else can you get these incredible views?
Well, that concludes our list for some great lesser known places around the world! Are you inspired to travel yet? If you want to find some more awesome hidden gems around the globe, or find some great places to go within some of these spots, be sure to download the Rayka travel app this June! It’s the easiest way to find the best places around the world.
- https://www.thethinkingtraveller.com/media/Resized/SICILY%20local%20areas/Taormina%20&%20beaches/1000/Taormina%20(2)e.jpg Taormina via https://www.thethinkingtraveller.com/thinksicily/guide-to-sicily/towns-and-cities-in-sicily/taormina.aspx
- http://huckcdn.lwlies.com/admin/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/FAROES-3-BURKARD.jpg Faroe Islands via http://www.huckmagazine.com/ride/surf/searching-never-surfed-waves-inhospitable-faroe-islands/
- http://www.materacitytour.it/wp-content/themes/materacitytour/img/matera11.jpg Matera via http://www.materacitytour.it/en/
- http://thailanddiveandsail.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/merg3.jpg Mergui via http://thailanddiveandsail.com/burma/
- https://elguardaposts.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/caminito-del-rey.jpg Caminito del Rey via https://elguardaposts.com/2015/10/16/the-caminito-del-rey-project-extended/
- http://images.boomsbeat.com/data/images/full/946/29-jpg.jpg Salar de Uyuni via http://www.boomsbeat.com/articles/113/20140117/47-amazing-photos-salar-de-uyuni-world-s-largest-mirrors.htm