With the world still reeling from the global health situation, people are dying to go out and travel once more to experience and be with people. In due time it will be better, so we can experience the world without masks or COVID-19 vaccinations. Most of us will definitely set travel plans to benefit from exploring new places and learn from other cultures. Speaking of travel, today's topic will list down some of the most underrated destinations in the world.
First on the list, we have the cultural heart of Ireland - Galway. With its rich and lively music traditions, it would make you understand why Ed Sheeran made a song about this city known as Galway Girl. Located on the west coast, where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean, Eyre Square is a popular spot packed with restaurants, shops, and traditional pubs that offer live Irish folk music. The city itself is home to various other activities and breathtaking views, so if you are up for a city adventure and more, then Galway is the place for you.
The capital of Hungary is made up of two cities, namely Buda, located on the west bank of the river Danube and Pest on the east bank. These two cities are connected by a 19th-century chain ridge known as Széchenyi. The city is brimming with architectural marvels and boasts of its rich history. From visiting museums to experiencing thermal spas, you will definitely find Budapest, a city that's worth exploring.
Auckland, New Zealand
Based on two large harbors, Auckland is considered the main city of New Zealand's North Island. Auckland made it to today's list as a city worth seeing. The city features a range of family-friendly attractions like visiting the Auckland Zoo or discovering the world-famous wonder of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Did you know that the Hobbiton Movie Set is also located in this city? So if you are a huge J. R. R. Tolkien fan, you definitely need to visit and get lost in this wonderful city.
Europe is home to various UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the city of Lübeck is no stranger to that. This Northern German city is known for its Brick Gothic architecture and is symbolized by the Holstentor - a Red Brick city gate that defends the river-bounded old town. For the people with a sweet tooth, this city is rich in confectioners being a commercial center where goods from around the world are available. Give a try to their native marzipan, which is one of the most well-known products of this city. Lübeck is rich with culture and full of monuments from when it was one of the most sought-after places during the middle ages.
Next on the list is one of the less-visited tourist spots in Sweden. The city is located in the south-central region of Sweden, a hundred kilometers behind the capital Stockholm. Vasteras is home to fairy tales like sceneries but still has some fun activities to offer. You can visit the oldest botanical garden in Sweden at the Vasteras Botanical Garden or splash around the Kokpunkten Actionbad. This water park will guarantee you all-day fun. Better yet, you can immerse yourself in Swedish history and spend a day at the Sala Silvergruva, offering guided tours of this well-known silver mine.
The next city on our list, famous for its cobblestone lanes and fine architecture, is Granada. It's also considered an off-the-beaten-path destination. With its multiple Spanish landmarks, it's home to several neoclassical structures and rich history. Being one of the earliest established cities in Central America, Granada was founded by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba back in 1523. Granada has several bodies of water in the city where you can find tons of activities. You can visit the crater lake of the Apoyo Lagoon, which is a perfect spot for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
La Paz, Bolivia
Named as the highest altitude capital city in the world, the city of La Paz is located some 3500 meters above sea level on the Andean Plateau. With the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of Mount Illimani, it definitely embodies the definition of picturesque. You can ride the Teleférico (aerial lift) for a unique transport experience, which is a colorful cable car that spans the city. La Paz offers a variety of fun-filled activities such as rock climbing, camping, hiking, or just enjoying a fine cup of tea while enjoying the breathtaking views.
Founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC, Merida serves as the capital of Western Spain's Extremadura region. This city has a lot of ancient Roman ruins and served as one of the largest and most important towns in the Iberian Peninsula. The roman artifacts themselves drew flocks of tourists from around the world with the roman era bridge and Aqueduct as these are the main attractions.
Next up, we have the port city of Valparaiso, which is known for its steep cliff-top homes. Considered as the street artists' dream, Valparaiso is home to alleyways full of street art and cafes offering craft beer and cocktails. If you are afraid to get lost, don't worry as you may get a free walking tour that allows you to learn more about the structure and culture of the city. For our foodies out there, make sure to try the local Choriana, which starts with a lot of chips topped with three kinds of meat, namely steak, sausage, and kebab.
Next on the list is a town unknown to many but still rich in culture and characterized by its winding streets. The city is situated in a bay near limestone cliffs at Mount Lovćen. This old medieval town has experienced the rule of Serbian, Venetian, and Hungarian regimes as echoed by its medieval walls and ruins that are also listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Like other tourist spots, Kotor offers guided group tours of the old town, or you can experience a boat tour to a Blue Cave. Kayaking is also a pretty famous tourist activity here.