Paris, London, Dubai, Singapore, Istanbul, New York, and others … World has its famous travel destinations that receive millions of tourists every year. On the other hand, there are beautiful, but not so famous travel destinations that you may enjoy visiting one day.
Here are some of them:
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located on Neretva River. It has a population of around 100,000. In the history, an old bridge was built over the Neretva River by the Ottomans in the 16th century. Bridge keepers who guarded the bridge were called “Mostari”, and that is the origin of city name.The bridge is a remarkable landmark in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The city has multiple architecture styles that reflects multiple historical phase.
Locorotondo is a small town located in south east of Italy, with a population of only around 14,000. Town is around 500 kilometers away from Rome, Capital of Italy. Locorotondo means “round place” that name comes from the circular structure of the town. People visiting Locorotondo spend the time away from big crowded cities. They enjoy walking in quiet and peaceful tiny streets.
Locorotondo is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
A small village at the center of Switzerland with population of only 2000. The village is located on the shore of Lungern Lake and has a breath taking view. the water surface, green lands, and mountains represent a must-seen view.
Looking at this village, I can imagine this simply life in a small community where everyone knows everyone like a one big family. Everyday, you wake up to the fresh air and spend your day surrounded with nature. Walking around the village without crowded streets or heavy traffic jams. In summer, you can utilize the lake for swimming, fishing, yachting and wind-sailing.
Personally, I like this simple life away from noisy, crowded, and polluted cities.
Bled is a small town on Lake Bled in the region of northwestern Slovenia. Population is between 6,000 to 7,000.
Lake Bled is the main touristic attraction in the town. A small island in the middle of the lake is home to its iconic fairy-tale church (the above photo). Visitors frequently reach the island via what is called Plenta boats. Then, they ring church’s bell for good luck. Additionally, there is the Bled Castle, which is perched on a rock overlooking the lake.
People visiting Bled can walk, cycle, swim or row around Lake Bled.
Wanaka, New Zealand
Wanaka is a summer resort town in the South Island of New Zealand. The town is located At the southern end of Lake Wanaka. Population is around 8,400.
The outstanding natural beauty of Wanaka’s lake and mountains makes it a good place for outdoor activities. Wanaka is a home for multiple events such as arts and music festivals, international sporting and aviation events. In winter, Wanaka is an excellent place to see the Southern Lights.
Kromlau is a district of the Saxon municipality of Gablenz in the east of Germany, close to the borders with Poland. The main touristic spot in the region is Rakotzbrücke, which is known as a “devil’s bridge” due to the colloquialism that such bridges were so dangerous or miraculous that they must have been built by Satan.
the curvature of the bridge is designed to be one half of a perfect circle, so that when the waters are still and the light is right, it creates the illusion of a complete stone circle (the above picture).
Chania is the second largest city of Crete with a population of aroud 100,000. Historically, the city was under the rule of Byzantines, Arabs, Venetian , and Ottomans. That impacted the architecture and the buildings of Chania. Therefore, tourists like to visit the old town, walk inside narrow streets, and enjoy the history.
Hallstatt is a charming small village in Austria with population of around of less than one thousand.
Town is located on the shore of Hallstätter See lake. Historically, Hallstatt is known for its production of salt. Salt was a valuable resource. So, the region was historically very wealthy. It is possible to tour the world’s first known salt mine named Salzwelten, located above downtown Hallstatt.
Today, Hallstatt is a tourist destination. Walking from one end of the village to the other only takes about an hour round-trip (Unless you stop to take pictures).
In summer, tourists can take boat rides in Hallstätter See lake.
Cordoba or Cordova is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was a Roman settlement, then colonized by Muslim armies in the eighth century. It became the capital of the Islamic Emirate, and then of the Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian Peninsula.
Muslims opened many libraries in addition to the many medical schools and universities, making Córdoba a centre for education. During these centuries it became the center of a society ruled by Muslims.
I found these nice words in Spain’s official tourism portal:
“Cordoba is situated in the interior of Andalusia where past and modernity blend in together. This thousand-year-old city, which has the World Heritage designation, is a living legacy of the different cultures that settled here throughout its history.Not many places in the world can say they have been the capital of Hispania Ulterior (Further Spain) under the Roman Empire, and capital of the Umayyad Caliphate. This splendour can also be seen because of the intellectualism of this city of knowledge, where figures like Seneca, Averroes or Maimonides were born.If you walk round the old quarter you will discover a beautiful network of alleyways, squares and white-washed courtyards surrounding the Great Mosque-Cathedral, which reflects the importance of the city in the Middle Ages, and is the symbol of the city”
Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland at the enterence of the Aura River. Its population is around 188,000 Turku ws founded most likely at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest city in Finland.
Aura River is the heart of the city. Along the river, people can walk through medieval cobblestone streets. During the summer, the riverbanks come to life when people gather here to eat, drink and listen to music. There are old sailing ships moored in the river, and you can take cruises.
Annecy is a city in the alpes region in the southeastern France. It has a nickname: “Pearl of French Alps” and sometimes they call it “Venice of the Alps”. Annecy is located on the northern tip of Lake Annecy with a population of around 124,000.
Tunis village, Egypt
Tunis Village is a village in Fayoum governorate and located on Lake Qaroun. It has multiple houses, villas, and eco-lodges that are made with a bedouin-inspired artistic theme.
In Tunis Village, you can enjoy watching the green scene of the country, Enjoy fresh Egyptian food where bread is backed in a traditional Egyptian oven made out of clay, and visit the art center. Tunis Village is primarily known for its ceramic arts. There are workshops that teach and sell ceramic works of art dotted around the village.
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