111 Underrated Destinations of the World

Touriosity Travelmag|March 2020

111 Underrated Destinations of the World
Most of our bucket lists feature places with beautiful beaches, mountain or monuments that are already very crowded. But there are some destinations that are full of history, natural wonders or other attractions that have skipped the notice of travellers. While this has helped these places retain their beauty and charm, they deserve a visit when one is around and visiting the more touristy areas nearby. We have compiled a list of 111 such underrated destinations, some of which are not really unknown to tourists. When the global ban on tourism ends, we hope the tourists ditch the crowds and take the road less travelled.

1. Allahabad, India Officially known as Prayagraj now, Allahabad is located in Uttar Pradesh and can be conveniently travelled to from the more popular Varanasi or Delhi. It is famous for Triveni Sangam (confluence of three rivers regarded as holy by the Hindus), the Kumbh Mela and Khusro Bagh which houses architecturally beautiful tombs.

2. Annecy, France This is a charming, medieval village known for its crystal-clear blue lake waters, snow-capped mountains, historic markets and culture. Being surrounded by the majestic Alps, Annecy looks like a village straight out of a fairy tale. Here one can take part in activities like biking, hiking, boating, swimming and paragliding.

3. Arles, France This city in France’s Provence region is known for its connection with painter Vincent van Gogh, who produced a large body of work here. While most of the art are non-existent today, travellers can come here to experience the Arles Amphitheatre (Arènes d’Arles) which is a vast Roman colosseum.

4. Armagh, Northern Ireland Armagh is associated with Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. He is believed to have built a hill-top church here in 445 AD and at the spot the St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral is to be found. For those looking for partying after a visit to this holy place, Armagh has cosy pubs and restaurants and parks for family picnics.

5. Asheville, North Carolina, US Asheville is a small town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains with beautiful hiking trails and cosy street cafés. One may also visit the Biltmore House which is said to be the largest mansion in the US with 250 rooms.

6. Aveiro, Portugal Due to its wide network of canals and traditional boats called moliceiros plying on them, Aveiro is often referred to as the ‘Venice of Portugal’. The town was a thriving seaport in the early 16th century, and today is also known for its Art Nouveau architecture and São Jacinto Nature Reserve.

7. Ayrshire, Scotland On the western coast of Scotland is Ayrshire, a destination that combines island life, small towns and beaches. There are many castles to explore here including the Glenapp Castle, which has been converted into a luxury hotel now and other castles that can be taken on rent on Airbnb.

8. Bayahibe, Dominican Republic When done with Punta Cana, visit Bayahibe which offers secluded beaches and excellent scuba diving locations. There are ranches where you can go for horse riding or take a jungle river that takes you to the shooting locations of the movie ‘Jurassic Park’.

9. Belgrade, Serbia Sitting on the confluence of two rivers, Danube and Sava, this old city of Europe is home to an ancient fortress dating from 535 BC that sits atop a cliff. The city is a good destination for nightlife seekers and is known for Splavovi, the floating lounges that are anchored along the rivers during summer. Each splavovi has its own musical genre and are open all throughout the week.

10. Bologna, Italy Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy and is a heaven for foodies. Often ignored due to the popularity of other popular cities of the country, the city is a must visit.

11. Bozeman, Montana, US Bozeman is called the Gateway to Yellowstone. It is one of the most popular ski resorts in the US but also has something for everyone, including excellent doughnuts. The best place to visit here is the Museum of the Rockies which has an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils including the skeleton of a tyrannosaurus.

12. Bratislava, Slovakia Set along the Danube River near the border of Austria, this little city is a gem. The pedestrian only old town is a must visit. The laid back city is in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of neighbouring European capitals of Vienna and Prague.

13. Bremen, Germany Historically an important part of the Hanseatic league, Bremen, located on the banks of Weser River, is full of architectural wonders. The Old Town Hall and Market Square with the statue of Roland is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also an old windmill in the city.

14. Bruges, Belgium If you have watched the movie PK and liked the European city where it was filmed, you must head to Bruges. Narrow cobblestone streets with horse carts plying on them, canals, small shops selling beautiful crochet work, chocolates and dolls, beautiful architecture and rich culture make Bruges worth featuring in your bucket list.

15. Budapest, Hungary Also called ‘Little Paris of Middle Europe’ Budapest is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is rich with history, art and music traditions and has the Danube River cutting through it. River cruising is popular here and one can explore both the attractions on the Buda and the Pest side of the river during the cruise.

16. Bundi, India Often overshadowed by the more popular tourist destinations of Rajasthan, Bundi is a ‘not-to-miss’ destination. It is famous for its forts and palaces with unique murals. There are also beautiful step wells, lakes and tombs. The Bundi style of art is very famous.

17. Busan, South Korea Surrounded by rugged mountains, Busan, South Korea’s second-biggest city, is a bustling port town with clean beaches, a lively Fish Market and a thriving nightlife.

18. Cafayate, Argentina This town is located in the Calchaqui region which is known for reddish rock formations. At Quebrada de las Conchas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors can hike among these rock formations. Scenic vineyards and wine hotels make Cafayate popular.

19. Cairns, Australia The biggest attraction here is the Great Barrier Reef; one can take a guided boat tour to explore the waters over the reef or do snorkeling. Waterfalls, rainforests and beaches also make Cairns a perfect sunny destination.

20. Calgary, Alberta, Canada Calgary is known for Rocky Mountain views, quirky food trucks, many museums and a 36-hectare bird sanctuary.

21. Chaniá, Crete, Greece Believed to have been settled since Neolithic times, Chaniá served as the capital of Crete from 1841 to 1971. Today it is popular for its 14th-century Venetian harbour, complete with colourful buildings and a restored 16thcentury lighthouse.

22. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada Charlottetown is a seaside city and the capital of Prince Edward Island. The historic Charlottetown Conference of 1864, resulting in the formation of Canada took place here.

23. eeský Krumlov, Czech Republic Ceský Krumlov is a medieval castle city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond any doubt, the city is one of the most colourful and picturesque towns of Europe.

24. Chieti, Italy It is a hilltop city founded by an ancient Italian tribe and taken over by the Romans in 305 BC. In the city’s oldest quarter one still finds many Roman ruins, including a theatre and temples. There is also an old city gate dating to the 13th century.

25. Cleveland, Ohio, US The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, museums, excellent food and sports events make this place a must visit destination.

26. Cologne, Germany This cultural capital of Germany is more known for its gigantic Gothic cathedral. The river views, Fischmarkt area and the old town square full of cafés and restaurants, colourful old houses and a fountain are also worth checking out.

27. Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the oldest in Uruguay and has a distinct Spanish and Portuguese influence in its colonial architecture.

28. Dakar, Senegal This capital of Senegal mixes rich history with vibrant modern culture. One can simply relax or surf along the coast, dance all night in a nightclub, or shop at the famous Village des Arts where local artists create and sell their products.

29. Dallas, US A modern metropolis dotted with skyscrapers, Dallas also has a cultural side. There are parks, restaurants, pubs, galleries and museums. From the Sixth Floor Museum here Harvey Lee Oswald had shot John F. Kennedy and one can visit the place.

30. Darwin, Australia For adventurers, there’s a lot to try here. You can go swimming with the crocodiles in Crocosaurus Cove’s ‘Cage of Death’, go bushwalking or snorkeling at Berry Springs. If you are in for just relaxing, enjoy a great meal or take a relaxing walk through the Mindil Beach Sunset Market.

31. Dinant, Belgium The inventor of saxophone, Antoine-Joseph Sax, grew up here and one can find tributes to him and his creation all over the city. The Citadelle de Dinant, a 19th-century fort, is also worth checking out.

32. Djenné, Mali Djenné, a city dating back to 250 BC, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was an important centre in the trans-Saharan Gold trade route. Today its biggest attraction is the Great Mosque built of adobe.

33. Dresden, Germany Located near the Czech border, Dresden was heavily bombarded during the World War II and rebuilt later. The Frauenkirche church and the old town are worth visiting.

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