Some destinations constantly remain “in the dark” and are unpopular with tourists, despite their great charm. We present you with the list of cities unduly avoided by tourists because of the better advertising of their glamorous neighbors.
Why this Italian city is underrated travel destination among tourists in the world? It is the center of culture, and has a great location by the sea. Trieste was the main port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has a truly elegant past. Apart from all that it is full of bars and excellent restaurants.
With two Flemish-Spanish squares, Arras is an amazing surprise from the almost forgotten corner of northern France. It is worth spending at least a day here to admire the architecture of the pastry shops from the 17th and 18th centuries, and climb the sleek white tower and admire the landscapes beneath you; roam through the city’s 22 km long underground tunnels that were used by soldiers during the First World War.
Gujarat is another underrated travel destination, located in the northwest of India, is not on the wish list of most world travelers; but if you have the time and money you won’t regret coming here. In addition to the warm welcome, Gujarat can be an amazing experience if you visit the former Portuguese island of Diu and Bhuj City that has a beautiful palace, which is surrounded by many small villages.
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Underrated Travel Destination, Chongqing, China
Often bypassed because of the better known Sichuan, Chongqing definitely deserves more attention, primarily because of the impressive locations and the landscapes of Yangzhou River. This city is a place where modern meets traditional, and you can find something for everyone.
Aberdeen is home to the university located in the King’s Chapel from the 15th century, just across the street from the beautiful sandy beaches, and it also has a time capsule – the lovely fishing village of Footdee. Right behind there is a glittering city from which you can go on a coastal train journey to see Dunottar Castle, and the famous cliff that was used as filming location for Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet.
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Perhaps Amsterdam led people to forget about this town, but whatever the reason, Utrecht is unjustifiably undervalued. Its old town is surrounded by a medieval canal, and you can go on a boat trip and explore its picturesque coastline. Utrecht is packed with beautiful houses, bohemian cafes, shops, restaurants and bars.
Everybody wants to go to Marrakech or Fes, but who would take the time to visit Meknes? This city has everything that the former two can offer to tourists, only in a smaller package. This is an ancient, imperial city, a relaxed but architecturally fantastic; it is surrounded by 45 km of walls, and has nearly 50 palaces and on top of that – all the Roman remains of Volubilis.
This is the northernmost capital city in continental Europe, looking at the glittering Baltic, and several of its major attractions, including the fortress from the 18th century, are located on the surrounding islands. This is an unassuming but charismatic city that has stunning modern buildings, and lovely restaurants from the 1930s. Helsinki is a very clean, neat and “well-mannered” city.
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
This Andalusian city generally has a very hot climate, and it is best known for producing sherry, a sort of wine made of white grapes. It is full of many old churches, and it is also a center of flamenco and one of the best places in Spain where you can enjoy authentic productions of this most passionate of the arts.
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The locals recommend to take a trip to the other side of Honshu Island if you want to get a glimpse of the genuine, old spirit of Japan. There you will discover Takajamu, a small town full of small markets and breweries which serve sake.