Interested in exploring lesser known holiday destinations that lie off the beaten path? There are several less popular destinations that are as appealing (or perhaps more) as conventional tourist hotspots.
Here is a list of 6 must-see tourist destinations that you never knew existed!
The mystique of Oahu lies in its unique fusion of modern and Native Hawaiian culture. Holidaymakers can enjoy the rich history of the Iolani Palace and unwind at the relaxing Kailua Beach. Waikiki is where you’ll find the most accommodations ranging from affordable bed and breakfasts right upto large, luxury hotels.
Moreover, you can visit Oahu at anytime of the year as the place lies on the leeward side of the mountains. Oahu also has an active and exciting nightlife and there are plenty of discos and nightclubs to dance the night away. If you are looking for a less touristy place to stay, but you are still interested in the activities Oahu has to offer, perhaps you should consider Kauai Rentals for part of your vacation. The islands are pretty close to each other and offer different activities and adventures.
Mindanao (also called the Land of Promise) is the second largest island in the Philippines and is a haven for those interested in adventure tourism. The beautiful island has a host of natural wonders but at the same time, is not run over by hordes of tourists. You can dive, fish or snorkel in the Hinutuan River, also called the ‘Enchanted River’.
Spots worth visiting include Cagayan de Oro (known for white water rafting and delicious Pastel – bread filled with sweetmeats) and Camiguin Island (known for spectacular rural sceneries).
Kerala lies on the south western tip of India and is nestled right next to the calm waters of the Arabian Sea. Known for its warm, balmy weather, expert herbal masseuses and enchanting beaches, temples and forts, Kerala is an excellent tourist destination. The roads, car rentals and infrastructure are all well laid out and you can find luxury spas and smaller hotels strewn along the waterfront.
Kerala is also known for its quaint native culture, music and dances. There is also the interesting spectacle of the spice village, vast elephant sanctuaries and quiet retreats for those who want to get away from it all.
Lhasa bewitches visitors with its old world charm and ancient wisdom. The city is located in Tibet and is known for the famous Potala Palace, the home of the Dalai Lama. Lhasa is the heart and soul of Buddhist Tibet and soars over the world from its high perch. The city is a myriad mix of cultures (both Chinese and Tibetan) charms you with its quaint butter lamps, fragrance of wafting incense and praying pilgrims.
San Sebastian, Spain
If you’re interested in experiencing a slice of authentic Spanish life, visit San Sebastian instead of Madrid or Barcelona. It’s cheaper, more attractive and has the best beaches in Spain. The city is calm and quiet during the day and turns coquettish and fun by night. San Sebastian boasts beaches like the Playa de la Concha and the Playa de Gros which offer surfing, swimming and warm, sunny weather.
San Sebastian also has unique 19th century architecture and quaint ‘Pinxto’ bars where you can relax with a cold beer.
Kvarner Islands, Croatia
These lesser known islands are located between Rijika and Pag islands towards southern Croatia. The region is blessed with mild climate and balmy winds that make it an ideal holiday getaway. Kvarner Islands offer an impressive of diving spots owing to the clear waters and excellent marine life. There are a number of undersea caves that make are ideal for beginning divers.
Kvarner is also known for griffons; a type of vulture that has been on the endangered list. You can visit the state park as well as stay at one of the numerous seaside resorts.
If you want a quiet holiday, opt to go to lesser known destinations. They are often more beautiful and less overrun with holidaymakers, allowing you to savour the peace and beauty all to yourself.