Ultima decada, pe langa multe altele, a reprezentat si o explozie in domeniul turismului. Conform statisticilor, s-a calatorit mai mult decat oricand si au fost atinse destinatii greu accesibile in trecut.
Asta a venit la pachet si cu dezavantaje, cum ar veni supraaglomerarea unor locuri foarte frumoase de pe planeta. Asadar, este din ce in ce mai greu sa descoperim comori ascunse, ferite de amprenta turistilor clasici.
2020 este anul care va bate toate recordurile in materie de travel, asa ca o lista cu 20 de hidden gems pe care sa le poti explora in noua decada, cat inca nu sunt luate cu asalt, este mereu binevenita.
Cu ajutorul a altor bloggeri internationali, am alcatuit o lista cu 20 de locuri superbe si mai putin cunoscute de prin toata lumea. Sunt locuri adunate din 5 continente si puse laolalta pentru a alcatui Top 20 cele mai frumoase si mai putin cunoscute locuri in care sa calatoresti in 2020.
Top 20 cele mai frumoase si mai putin cunoscute locuri pe care sa le vizitezi in 2020
The Aescher – Ebenalp – Elvetia (EUROPA)
Timp de secole, Aescher-Wildkirchli a fost una dintre cele mai unice și uimitoare destinații din Appenzellerland și ar trebui să fie fără îndoială printre locațiile de vazut neaparat in Elveția.
Bucurati-vă de drumeția scurtă de la Ebenalp la Aescher – Wildkirchli, cu vederea spectaculoasă a munților Alpstein cu aspect accidentat, din partea de nord-est a Elveției.
Peisajul superb te va face sa tremuri de bucurie si sa te intrebi daca acest loc este real sau visezi.
Puteți vizita cu ușurință acest loc printr-o plimbare cu telecabina din Wasserauen / Appenzell și o drumeție de 15 minute pe jos, trecand prin peșterile Wildkirchli si traversand o poteca pe langa stanci.
Corina de la packedagain.com
Mobile, Alabama – SUA (AMERICA DE NORD)
Pitorescul oraș sudic Mobile, Alabama, se află într-o locație excelentă de pe coasta Golfului, dar deseori este trecut cu vederea, în favoarea orasului New Orleans. Cele două orașe au multe în comun și dacă nu ești în căutarea unei petreceri sălbatice, atunci Mobile ar putea fi de fapt opțiunea mai bună pentru tine.
Plin de arhitectură de inspirație franceză, cum ar fi balcoane din fier forjat și conace uriașe din epoca dinainte de războiul civil, vizitarea centrului este ca și cum ai face un pas înapoi în timp.
Dacă este posibil, încearca sa vizitezi primăvara, deoarece atunci au loc cele mai mari două festivaluri ale anului. Primul este Mardi Gras, care este sărbătorit cu parade de plute, conduse de localnici costumați care aruncă coliere cu margele și plăcinte mulțimii încântate.
Mardi Gras din Mobile este de fapt cea mai veche sărbătoare Mardi Gras din Statele Unite, iar mobilii au adus tradiția si în New Orleans! În timp ce au loc o multime de petreceri, aici se desfasoara si un targ perfect pentru familii si este foarte popular printre copii.
Cealaltă sărbătoare care nu trebuie să lipsească este Azalea Trail Festival, care are loc la jumătatea lunii martie, când tufișurile de azalee din tot orașul izbucnesc în flori albe și roz.
Fetele din liceul local se îmbracă în rochii pastelate. Multe dintre conacele istorice sunt deschise publicului pentru evenimente speciale în timpul festivalului.
Wendy de la thenomadicvegan.com
Satul Rimetea – Romania (EUROPE)
Vara trecuta am descoperit probabil cel mai frumos sat din Romania, intr-un road trip de cateva zile prin tara natala. Este vorba despre Rimetea, satul din judetul Alba, asezat la poalele Muntilor Apuseni.
De o frumusete cuceritoare, Rimetea impresioneaza din prima clipa prin relieful spectaculos si casele in aceeasi cromatica. Asezarea are in imediata vecinatate o stanca spectaculoasa, inalta de 1129 metri, numita Piatra Secuiului.
Desi satul a trecut printr-un dezastru si a fost aproape complet mistuit de foc in anul 1870, a reusit sa invie din propria cenusa. Ulterior, toate casele au fost construite in acelasi stil si arata minunat.
Fiecare casa este vopsita in alb, are obloane verzi si muscate la fereastra. Intrarea in curti se face prin niste porti imense de lemn. Datorita frumusetii sale evidente, localitatea a fost premiata la nivel european.
Cateva zile in satul Rimetea sunt prilejul perfect de a te deconecta de la viata stresanta de la oras si de a te conecta la natura. Aici poti face drumetii pe cararile satului, catarari pe munte, zboruri cu paranta, tururi prin padure, poti vizita muzeul Geley Anna, biserica fortificata si moara de apa.
Inca nu este un loc prea turistic, asa ca anul 2020 este ideal pentru a vizita acest coltisor de rai.
Caramoan Islands – Philippines (ASIA)
One of the Philippines most secluded and off the beaten track destinations are the pristine Caramoan Islands. Found in the Bicol region of the country, are a collection of deserted islands, characterized by powdery white sands and stunning rock formations.
The best way to spend your day is to island-hop from one quiet spot to the next, snorkel in hand, ready to explore the turquoise waters and abundant marine life. The Caramoan Islands have remained a hidden gem, known to locals only because of their inaccessibility.
From the capital, Manila, it takes an hour flight to Legazpi, followed by a three-hour drive to Sabang Port and lastly a two hour (bumpy) speed boat ride to the Caramoan peninsula.
By Roshni at thewanderlustwithin.com
Musandam Peninsula – Oman (THE MIDDLE EAST)
Jutting into the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow waterway that separates the Arabian Peninsula from Iran, you will find the tiny Omani exclave of Musandam. It is separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates.
The waters around Musandam are some of the most spectacular in the world. The Hajar Mountains, which run up the length of Oman and the eastern coast of the UAE, dramatically end as you reach the strait. These giant fjords are frequently referred to as “the Norway of Arabia”.
The easiest access point is from the regional capital of Khasab, a few hour drive north-east of Dubai. From here, you can board a traditional dhow for a dolphin-spotting sightseeing tour around the waters of Kumzar, or the more adventurous may like to try snorkeling and diving.
There are many small secluded beaches where you can camp overnight, or simply roll your sleeping bag out on a dhow, for one of the most unique Arabian experiences under the stars.
By Keri at familytravel-middleeast.com
Pucon – Chile (SOUTH AMERICA)
On my month-long trip around Chile, I kept pinching myself several times a day. I had arrived in my absolute paradise: wide landscapes with majestic mountains, endless views of lakes, rivers and of course the ocean.
One of my highlights of this trip was Pucón in the region La Araucanía in the south of the country. Being located directly on lake Villarrica and surrounded by active volcanos, Pucón has become a great destination for adrenaline seekers.
Although this is what I usually strive to do, I decided to give myself a break and enjoy a day in one of the most impressive outdoor spas I’ve ever come across. The Termas Geometricas is not accessible by public transportation, so you need to book a transfer from your accommodation.
Bring a good book and a bathing suit and relax in one of the many different pools with different temperatures. It’s a unique place that you shouldn’t miss on your travels through Chile.
By Viktoria at chronic-wanderlust.com
Stone Town – Zanzibar (AFRICA)
Most people go to Zanzibar to enjoy the white beaches and, generally, to relax. But this little island also has its historical part that is worth exploring. Stone Town is the historical part of Zanzibar capital – Zanzibar city.
And it is well-known for its little streets where everyone is getting lost, and I highly recommend to use google maps here. So, what is to see in Stone Town? This place is known as the birthplace of Freddie Mercury, and you can visit the place where he was born.
You can also see an Old fort of Zanzibar, which is now a museum, where you get to know more about the life in Zanzibar, during the time of Sultans and Christian missionaries. And, since we are talking about Sultans, you should also visit the Sultan Palace.
Perhaps the most interesting and heartbreaking museum there is the Anglican Cathedral, which was built on a place that used to be a slave market. You will learn about how slaves were treated but there is also a big part of the exhibition that is dedicated to modern slavery.
If you are more interested in this part of history, you can take a boat and visit Prison Island, where you can find even more information. Enough with depressing places! The greatest thing you can do is go snorkeling since the underwater wildlife here is really amazing.
Generally, Stone town is now a dangerous place, just be aware of your belongings as pickpocketing is quite common. Otherwise, I would recommend staying one night here, so you have enough time to explore the city.
Husavik – Iceland (EUROPE)
For any North Iceland itinerary, the isolated fishing town of Husvik is a must. It is the oldest settlement in Iceland and is known for its whale watching tours in Skjálfandi Bay.
Up to 23 species of whale, including the Blue Whale, as well as large colonies of puffins, can be found in the bay, which can be seen on one of the many whales watching tours on offer.
Once you returned to dry land, take a wander around the colorful heritage buildings and pop into a cafe for a hot chocolate. But if you really want to warm up, head to the geothermal baths of Geosea with steaming pools overlooking the bay across to snow-capped mountains and the Arctic Circle on the horizon.
If you peer very closely over the edge of the cliff, you might even see some of the famous whales also enjoying a swim.
By Jenny at travelynnfamily.com
Rapolano Terme – Italy (EUROPE)
Who has not dreamt of visiting the picturesque rolling terraces and hilltop villages of Tuscany? In reality, it is rather challenging to avoid the countless tourist crowds and to find a still authentical experience of the Italian countryside with all its glory.
Rapolano Terme is one of these magical places. Located in the Siena province of Tuscany region, this five-thousand inhabitant town is surrounded by gorgeous natural resources.
As the name suggests, the town is also home to thermal springs, already used by the ancient Romans. The quiet and peaceful local life is by no means boring.
Rapolano Terme has a lot to offer, from breathtaking hiking or biking trails, wine tours, local spa through to theatre plays and weekly jazz jam sessions. The food and beverage offer will not leave you disappointed, especially at those friendly non-touristy prices.
Being based in Rapolano Terme, you can easily venture out for daily trips to the famous cities of Florence, Siena, Arezzo or Montepulciano – all within an hour’s drive. While others will struggle to find a parking spot, you will already be enjoying a glass of wine under a pollution-free starry night.
Pamir Highway – Tajikistan (ASIA)
Central Asia is one of the Lonely planet’s top destinations for 2020. An area that still sees few tourists and is full of hidden gems. One of these places is the Pamir highway in Tajikistan. The second highest highway in the world offers spectacular views into lush green mountain valleys, barren lunar landscapes, and deep blue lakes.
The road runs from Dushanbe in Tajikistan to Osh in Kyrgyzstan. Although possible in 3 very long days it is better to take your time. You will need at least a week to be able to do some of the beautiful side trips such as the ancient forts along the border with Afghanistan, mineral hot springs, ancient petroglyphs, and several glittering lakes.
The Pamir mountains not only offers stunning nature but is also very rich in culture. There are several ethnic minorities alongside the Tajik and Kyrgyz people. The homestays on the Pamir highway give you a unique insight into life in the Pamirs.
By Ellis at backpackadventures.org
Addo Elephant National Park – South Africa (AFRICA)
South Africa has many wildlife viewing options on offer, but the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape is one of the only parks you can self-drive.
To be able to discover this park at your rhythm and speed gives you the real – Made in Africa feeling.
The park itself is not big but I would still recommend planning at least 2 days. Whether you choose to lodge within the park (early booking recommended), or if your preference lies with one of many accommodations around the park, what is sure is that you will love your Addo Elephant Park experience.
And as the name already gives away the secret, you will see Elephants, not one, not 10 but most probably close to 50 to a 100. If the time is right, and they are all heading to the big waterhole, you will be up for an unforgettable spectacle.
By Corina at packedagain.com
Poznan – Poland (EUROPE)
If you’re looking to get off the beaten path in Europe, you’ll love Poznan. Located in Poland’s Wielkopolska region, this little beauty is the fifth-largest city in the country, yet a very underrated one.
One of the most notable things about this city is the exquisite architecture. You’ll find it in ordinary residential buildings, as well as in the dreamy streets of the Old Town and landmarks like the Imperial Castle and the Old Town Hall. The intricate architectural details, along with the abundance of colors, are irresistibly charming.
Poznan is also home to many museums, parks and gardens, open-air markets, shopping malls, incredible traditional Polish restaurants, and the cutest cafes, so you can see how diverse it is.
It is an excellent destination for a weekend getaway, and can even be the starting point of a road trip through western Poland. There’s no shortage of things to do and see in Poznan, and 2020 is the perfect time to discover this hidden European gem.
By Or at mypathintheworld.com
Mozambique Island – Mozambique (AFRICA)
If you’re looking for a beautiful tropical island with a slow pace of life, a fascinating history, and hardly any tourists, then Mozambique Island (Ilha de Moçambique) might just be the perfect place for you.
That is, as long as you don’t mind taking a long, uncomfortable bus ride to get there. The reason that Mozambique Island is not overrun with tourists is probably because it’s so difficult to reach. But I promise it’s absolutely worth it!
In fact, once you finally make it here, you might never want to leave. That’s exactly what happened to my husband and I when we visited. We had planned to continue on to another archipelago of islands further up the coast.
But, thanks to a combination of exhaustion from the 36-hour bus ride from Maputo and captivation by the beauty of Mozambique Island, we decided to spend all our remaining time in the country there.
Once the capital of a large Portuguese colony in southern Africa, Mozambique Island is now a sleepy backwater filled with crumbling colonial buildings that are the epitome of faded grandeur.
Most of these colonial buildings are in Stone Town and now stand empty, while the local population lives on the other side of the island, in a place known as Reed Town. It gets its name from the makeshift houses, some of which are made of reeds.
The people here certainly aren’t wealthy, but they always seem to have a smile on their face and are happy for any excuse to throw a party. We were lucky enough to stumble on a street food festival, where we got to try lots of delicious Mozambican food.
And every evening we walked out to the pier to enjoy some of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen.
By Wendy at thenomadicvegan.com
Guiyang – China (ASIA)
Guiyang is the capital city of Guizhou province and is truly a hidden gem in Southwest China.
Just like the better-known cities of Beijing and Shanghai, Guiyang is a large and ever-growing Chinese city, with towering neon-clad skyscrapers, and modern shopping malls on every corner.
However, unlike the country’s more popular destinations, the city has retained much of its authentic local culture and has been largely untouched by Western tourism. Therefore, very few of the locals speak a word of English and are so surprised when seeing a foreigner.
Guiyang itself is a fascinating city to visit to experience authentic Chinese life, from watching the women meet up to dancing on the street and older men meeting in the park to fly kites, to trying the delicious local foods such as BBQ or hotpot and singing the night away at a KTV karaoke house.
The city is also a great place to base yourself to explore wider Guizhou Province which is home to the Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village, the largest gathering place of the minority Miao people in China and one of the areas where you’ll find traditional culture best preserved, as well as one of the largest waterfalls in China (Huangguoshu) and many other breathtakingly beautiful natural wonders.
By Emily at londoncitycalling.com
Durmitor National Park – Montenegro (EUROPE)
Durmitor National Park in Montenegro is the biggest hidden gem you should visit in 2020. This national park contrasts deep green forested areas and large canyons with stony, rocky hiking areas, and wide-open meadows.
Durmitor is most popular during the winter months, which means during the summer you can find yourself alone, not too far from the entry points. Outdoor lovers of all types will enjoy exploring this park.
Whether on foot, via one of the numerous hiking trails, white water rafting through the Tara Canyon, ziplining over the canyon, or taking it easy alongside the Black Lake, near the town of Žabljak.
By Erin at curiouslyerin.com
Schafberg Mountain – Austria (EUROPE)
There are many interesting places in Europe. Charming towns, architectural wonders, stunning cities – there is definitely something to choose from.
Most people have visited countries like France, Italy or Spain, and many tourists dream of going there or have already been to some of those places. But, if you’re not one of them and you are looking for a unique place to visit in 2020, you should consider Austria.
One of the most interesting places in Europe is Schafberg Mountain, a place where you can enjoy some of the best views in the whole continent!
Apart from going on a hike and visiting a hut on top of the mountain, you can also go for a ride on a Schafberg cog-rail! It’s the steepest, steam cog-railway in Austria, going to the top of the mountain – 1,783 meters. A great way to explore this hidden gem in Europe.
By Darek at darekandgosia.com
Lviv – Ukraine (EUROPE)
When I first saw photos of Lviv, I was convinced this city had to be located in central Europe, probably somewhere in Austria. I was wrong, but only partially.
While Lviv now is part of Ukraine, it once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and that’s why the architecture resembles so many cities like Vienna and Budapest.
When I arrived on an old Soviet night train, which was the perfect mini-adventure for me, I was overwhelmed. The city was even more beautiful than I had imagined.
The old part of Lviv is mostly a pedestrian area, and walking around feels like a journey through time.
Make sure to get a bird’s eyes view from the top of Castle Hill, visit the impressive Lychakiv Cemetery and get a bit freaked out in the Yard of Lost Toys.
By Viktoria at chronic-wanderlust.com
Cape Maclear – Malawi (AFRICA)
Cape Maclear is a magical place, a hidden gem of Africa on the southern shores of Lake Malawi. Pristine waters, thriving with colorful fish, a beach alive with locals busy in their daily activities, and a surprising funky night-life.
Cape Maclear is a small village, and although its activities are centered on tourism, it is the place on Lake Malawi, which offers the most immersive experience in the local culture.
Cape Maclear also offers great diving. Getting to know and admire the Malawian cichlids, unique to this lake, is one of the most interesting things to do in Malawi. The snorkeling is also great, and by renting a kayak you can explore the two nearby islands, pretty wild and beautiful places. Don’t miss the sunset, as it is one of the most beautiful in the world. You’ll agree once you see it.
By Daniele & Elena at cycloscope.net
Cascais – Portugal (EUROPE)
The high-end coastal town of Cascais is located just north of Lisbon and counts as a true Portuguese gem. Picture-perfect Cascais was once a summer retreat for the royal family and managed to keep that sophisticated look and feel intact.
From the stately mansions to the former aristocratic palaces dotting the palm-fringed lanes, you’ll find yourself in a refined setting. Sightseeing and shopping are just part of the fun, thanks to the city’s many intriguing museums and its elegant Cidadela Art District within the old walls of the citadel.
Cascais also features a spectacular coastal biking trail, leading visitors from the marina and via the Boca do inferno rock formation to gorgeous Guincho beach.
To top that off, there are lots to explore beyond Cascais as well: Its privileged location along the Estoril coast also makes it perfect for exploring the enchanting Sintra castles and Lisbon’s hip Belem district
By Sarah at cosmopoliclan.com
Jujuy – Argentina (SOUTH AMERICA)
Jujuy is a tiny province in Argentina’s rarely visited northwest region. While popular with locals, it has managed to stay below the radar for most international visitors. This mountainous region is characterized by its red, rainbow-colored mountains and valleys.
The indigenous population is unique to the rest of the country and may remind you a bit more of Bolivia than tango loving, steak obsessed Argentina.
Visit small villages like Purmamarca, Uquia, and Humahuaca. Visit Incan ruins in Tilcara, and shop for handwoven treasures in the artisanal markets.
Try the local stews and dishes that were heavily influenced by the Andean traditions brought by the Incans. You’ll see plenty of quinoa, goat cheese, and corn in the local gastronomy here. Most importantly, Argentina’s northwest is home to the country’s best empanadas!
Jujuy is also home to some of the best Argentina hikes and being nearly undiscovered, you’ll have the trail all to yourself. Trek across Mars-like terrain and through the red and orange slot canyons. Bring a picnic lunch of empanadas, and enjoy the stunning views.
By Erin at solsalute.com