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Everybody is looking for something different when they go travelling. Some people look for a relaxing break on some sunny sandy beach and luxury hotels. Adventure travelers look for an exciting world class adventure in a busy and lively city, enjoy food scenes and stay in a boutique hotel. While family friendly people look for an opportunity to get away from the noise of modern life in the weekends.

If you fall in the latter category then you might be searching for more nature-based and quaint destinations than the typical traveller.

Most Beautiful Places to Visit in the World

Here in this blog are some of the best places to visit in the world for a serene trip and be in your bucket lists.

1. Costa Rica


Costa Rica borders the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and is a paradise for divers from around the world. This exceptional terrestrial diversity is also true underwater, where there are hundreds of species of vertebrates and invertebrates. These elements make Costa Rica one of the most beautiful destinations for a diving vacation.

Costa Rica is one of the most recommended countries to travel. Costa Rica offers numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in wildlife, either by snorkeling to see fish in the small natural pools at low tide or observing monkeys and toucans from the hanging bridges of the cloud forest of Monteverde. Cruise the seas to watch whales on the coast of the Osa Peninsula, or chase butterflies in the La Paz waterfall.

In fact, you can choose between Manuel Antonio or the Guanacaste area. Manuel Antonio has beautiful sandy beaches to rest while the children are entertained watching the monkeys in freedom jumping from branch to branch. In contrast, Guanacaste predominates the largest and most complete resorts with all kinds of amenities and activities for the family.

Costa Rica has several volcanoes that can be visited in its mountainous interior. But the one you can not miss is the Arenal, which stands out majestically among a sea of ​​clouds. It is a zone very rich in thermal waters, has a huge lake, waterfalls and enough activities.

The Manuel Antonio National Park is a good choice for children, with well marked trails, abundant wildlife and a jungle that leads to a beautiful beach. You can see toucans, sloths, turtles, the green frog with red eyes or the fascinating quetzal. The Pacuare River is considered by the National Geographic magazine as one of the best rivers in the world for rafting.

Among the things to do in Costa Rica, you can visit a coffee plantation in the highlands of the Central Valley, near San José. You can see how it has grown and how coffee is somehow the story of Costa Rica. Do not buy the souvenir coffee at the airport. You have to go through a market if you want good quality.

There is not a typical way to stay in Costa Rica. There are endless. You can stay at all luxury in 5 star resorts or in small charming inns or on a ranch or farm or in a wooden hut in the treetop hotel in the middle of a forest.

Located 500 km from the coast of Costa Rica, it is only possible to access Cocos Island, the ancient island of pirates via diving boat. This territory includes some of the best diving sites in the world, with exceptional biodiversity and an impressive density of pelagic species, particularly sharks, rarely seen elsewhere. However, keep in mind that it is essential to plan your trip, so as not to miss the beauties of Cocos Island.

In fact, the climate is sometimes unpredictable and species vary seasonally. This paradise island is a protected nature reserve. It is possible to access it from Drake Bay, where there are numerous dive shops offering scuba trips for the day. Underwater, it is possible to find white-tip sharks, stingrays, turtles and hundreds of other fish species.

In Costa Rica, you will also find other beautiful places to discover the beauties of the Caribbean Sea, such as Playas del Coco, Playa Tambor, Hermosa or Cahuita. In the province of Limón and bathed by the Caribbean Sea is the small town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Not long ago this was a very quiet fishing village but when the surfers discovered their waves and the travelers their beaches there was no going back!

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small town that has grown to the rhythm of tourists and today is a spa with all the amenities and services where the protagonists are the beaches and, of course, its proximity to the Cahuita National Park. Its charm lies in the mix of indigenous, Latin and Afro-Caribbean Bribri cultures and the rhythm and relaxed atmosphere of its streets.

At the rhythm of reggae you can walk the few blocks of the town, stop to take a Pilsen in one of the many bars, taste the local cuisine or buy some of the crafts. On the Caribbean coast, Punta Uva near Puerto Viejo is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica or Tambor beach, in the Nicoya Peninsula. In the North Pacific zone it is advisable to go surfing to Tamrindo beach in the northern province of Guanacaste. It is also ideal for beginners.

2. Guadeloupe


Guadeloupe offers first class hiking, superb beaches, the best diving in the Caribbean region and a series of remote, almost virgin islands. Each of the islands of this fascinating archipelago offers something different without sacrificing its rich Franco-Caribbean culture and identity. The two main islands look like the wings of a butterfly and are linked by a mangrove.

Grande-Terre, the eastern island, has a series of coastal cities with beautiful and quiet beaches, and a wide range of activities, while the western, mountainous Basse-Terre, hosts the fantastic National Park of Guadalupe, crowned by the spectacular Soufrière Hills Volcano. To the south of the main island territory, several small islands provide a vintage flavor.

From the pure relaxation of La Désirade to the suggestive village atmosphere of Les Saintes, they all have their own personality and complete the long list of attractions that make Guadalupe such a unique destination.

3. Finland


Completing the trio of the Scandinavian countries is Finland. In this case, in addition to the kindness of its brothers - Sweden and Norway - it provides an argument of tremendous weight. Finland has the best educational system in the world. This is a guarantee of a modern, just and prepared society. Finland is a beautiful country with forests and lakes, and a small but beautiful coastline to the South.

This Scandinavian country regularly tops the lists of safest countries in Europe. So it is one place that even the most timid of solo travellers should feel secure in. The least visited of the Scandinavian nations, Finland has a very unique feel thanks to its close (and sometimes uneasy) proximity to Russia.

This is the home of the sauna, with an estimated 3 million saunas for the use of its 5 million inhabitants. While we may make the connection between Finland and vodka, they love their beers in this part of the world. Locals especially enjoy drinking a cool beer or cider while enjoying a sauna.

Feel yourself like a true Finn by immersing yourself in a frozen lake in winter and then relax in a warm sauna in the Lake District, while there are degrees below freezing. Overcome your shyness and hookup in this most natural of Finnish customs with Saami people, so different from ours, wild fauna inhabiting forests in freedom.

Get into Saami culture and do typical activities such as sledding pulled by huskies or reindeer, or fish in frozen lakes with traditional techniques. With the midnight sun in summer and the aurora borealis show in winter, a trip to Finland is undoubtedly a trip to an unimaginable and non-existent nature for us so far.

From the region of Lapland with its many sports activities, nature landscapes and shelter of flora and wild fauna, and even beautiful cities and towns, these are some places to visit in Finland.

Helsinki, the coastal city with a pleasant atmosphere is considered one of the best cities to live. Stroll through its streets and reach the market in the port, to mingle with the local inhabitants. Visit the Orthodox and Lutheran cathedral and the huge Senate Square, surrounded by a modern but quiet atmosphere, characteristic of the Nordic countries.

Island-hopping! In just 10 minutes by boat you are in Lonna, a perfect place for lunch. Continue on to Valli Saari, perfect for nice walks. Experience a city without chaos, but with lush, green and beautiful nature.

Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and the home of Santa Claus. For those who think of traveling with children to Finland, it is an essential visit. It is also an ideal place to explore and observe wildlife in the wild such as bears, wolves or lynxes. Turku is the oldest city in Finland and former capital.

Stroll along the Aura River and discover two of the most important monuments of the place, the cathedral and the castle. Here is also the archipelago of Turku, with its more than 20,000 islands waiting to be explored. To travel to Finland you need a visa and a valid passport.

Insider Tip: The best time to travel to Finland is between May and September and the best time to visit Finland to see northern lights is in winter.

4. Peru


Peru is one of the cheapest travel places and most popular destinations in South America. It is a land that has history, ancient heritage which attracts visitors over the world. Peru is a destination that can be explored at the cheapest package price. You can visit Peru for a day trip for $ 349. There is much more things to do in Peru besides Machu Picchu.

You can visit Lima, the capital city while traveling Peru. Lima is a perfect stop for a quick sightseeing before the next destination. Lima is also known as the city of kings. First-time visitors should visit the local museums to know Peru's depth of history. Besides visiting the downtown, I also recommend going to Miraflores, the seaside district of the city.

Santa Cruz trek is a popular 3 or 4 day trip with backpack on the shoulder through the heart of the impressive Cordillera Blanca of Peru and most travelers use Huaraz as a place to establish their base. The best time to do the Santa Cruz trek is from May to September, but if you go out of season, you are likely to see fewer people.

The classic Santa Cruz trek begins in Cashapampa and you walk towards Vaquería. The path to the beginning of the trail is spectacular when entering the Huascarán National Park, passing the Llanganuco lakes and ending the curves towards Portachuelo de Llanganuco.

Along this road is also the starting point of Laguna 69. The oasis of Huacachina, is very close to the city of Ica. The water of the lagoon of the Huacachina, is of a green difficult to define. The lagoon has all the tourist attractions like pedal boats, canoes. Huacachina has a boardwalk that makes the journey easy. During the walk you can see the dozens of restaurants, bars, hotels and tourist agencies, and also the lagoon of course.

If you have time then you can visit Rainbow Mountain for hiking. Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world drives most people to visit Peru. You can visit Machu Picchu via Inca Rail. You will have to buy your ticket in advance to visit Machu Picchu as limited tickets are available. You can also purchase it online.

The town of Urubamba is a stopover in the heart of the Sacred Valley, essential for lovers of Inca history. Its position is strategic, on the banks of the sinuous Urubamba River, facing the snowy summit of Chicón and submerged in the valley full of greenery of the Incas.

Choquequirao Vilcabamba Trek is one of the best routes that exist in Peru. The Vilcabamba region is located Northwest of Cusco, in the La Convencion province, in the eastern mountain range of the Andes. The first stop is the impressive ruin of Choquequirao, known as the sister city of Machu Picchu and recently ranked as one of the 20 best travel destinations by National Geographic. The site rises over the rivers Río Blanco and Apurimac, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Along the way you can observe the snow-covered peaks of Padriyoc and Wayna Cachora. In Capuliyoc, you will be able to see condors before starting to descend through the Apurímac Canyon. The Colca Canyon is a must if you go to southern Peru. It is the second deepest in the world. Arriving at the Colca Canyon on your own is a little more complicated, but not impossible.

First you have to get to the bus terminal in the city of Arequipa, from there trucks go to the town of Chivay. In Chivay you can find where to stay, eat or relax in the hot springs of the town, but the most important thing is that from here you can start the route of the viewpoints, reach the cross of the condor and other nearby towns.

Lake Titicaca is located in the Andean high plateau (Collao plateau), on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Located at 3,800 meters above sea level, it is the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest in South America. The surroundings of the lake were inhabited by pre-Inca populations, highlighting the Tiahuanaco kingdom.

The most interesting archaeological remains of these cultures are: the Inca cemetery of Sillustani with huge stone towers (12 meters high) built as the last home of the Inca nobles; the temple of Chucuito, where you can find a series of sculptures in stone with phallic forms dedicated to the cult of fertility.

Have you heard about Paracas? It's a small coastal area, a few hours south of Lima that is one of the most ecologically rich areas in Peru, so much so that it's colloquially referred to as the poor man's Galapagos. You can hit up the main attractions in just 24 hours.

5. Bolivia


Sucre has it all, stunning colonial buildings, picturesque neighbourhoods, museums, magnificent views, tasty food, pleasant weather. Bolivia is one of the cheapest countries to travel in the world.

At the entrance of the Bolivian Amazon, Rurrenabaque or Rurre for everyone, is the ideal starting point for a trip through the jungle or the pampas. Every year, on February 2, the town celebrates the festivities in honor of the Virgin of La Candelaria, the cultural activities that this festival includes is a representative of the region; Cock fights, bullfights, horse races, etc.

In recent years it has become popular with international tourism (ecotourism), as it is an easy gateway for visits to the Madidi National Park (Bolivian jungle), as well as the surrounding Pampas. Take time to go around the agencies and compare the prices and programs of the tours of the Pampas and the jungle where the Beni River converges, in the vicinity of the Madidi National Park, the foothills of the Andes and the endless plains of the tropical forest.

It is considered the third most visited tourist destination in the country, after Lake Titicaca (La Paz) and the Salar de Uyuni (Potosí). Rurrenabaque got known worldwide at the beginning of the 80's, when a traveler who lost in the Benyan jungle for 20 days managed to survive feeding on the fruits he saw the monkeys eat, with the snake meat and taking care of the threats of the jaguar. After being rescued by a hunter, he recounted his experience in a book.

Arrive in Rurrenabaque after traveling for 22 hours dirt roads, crossing 500 kilometers of bumpy roads, suffocated by the dust to end up smeared with mud. See everything during this trip from La Paz, mechanical breakdowns, punctures, hours and hours blocked behind trucks stuck in the mud. Get devoured by mosquitoes, a dangerous road that grazed ravines without bottom.

The flight from La Paz only lasts 40 minutes. Think about it well when you are preparing your trip to Bolivia. But Rurrenabaque deserves it, as this is a different Bolivia. Here it is humid and oppressive. You are far away from the freezing cold of the nights of the Salar de Uyuni. I recommend that you come here to see it.

Not necessarily for the city itself, but because this is the perfect place to go out to see the pampas or the jungle. Take a tour of the numerous agencies to find out which one best suits your expectations.

The Imperial Villa of Potosí rises to more than 3900 meters above sea level and extends under the shade of what was one of the richest mountains in the world. It is Cerro Rico or, in its Quechua voice, Sumaj Orcko in which you can participate in the customs and beliefs that have miners, for example the Challa (toast) with alcohol, coca and cigarettes in honor of the Tata Ckacchu.

It is precisely because of this abundance of silver that came from the bowels of the hill that the saying this is worth a potosí was made, popularized later by Don Quixote, meaning that something has great value.

In the outskirts you can make a trekking to the lagoons of Kari-Kari. An excursion that is worth it if you have extra time is to Torotoro National Park where you can see dinosaur footprints, fossils, visit the caves of Umajalanta all framed by an incredible natural environment that has a large canyon and waterfalls.

Also known as the Tarapaya Lagoon, it is a lagoon of volcanic origin in whose center the water reaches 30ºC. Tupiza is the southern gate of Bolivia and although it is located 90 km from Villazón (first city entering from Argentina), it is the obligatory point for those who want to visit the mythical Salar de Uyuni.

In my opinion, it is not in the border where one enters Bolivia but in this small city located in the Tupiza River Valley. Whether on foot, by bicycle or with excursions in 4×4 vehicles, one enters the gorges and the different rock formations of the Machos Valley; the Sillar; the Tower and the Quebrada del Inca (In Argentina there is another ravine: the Quebrada de las Conchas that you will like to see as well).

A few kilometers away is the town of San Vicente, where the bodies of the famous American bandits Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid rest. In the month of January, on the sixth day, the Kings' Day is celebrated.

6. Brazil


Are you thinking about going on vacation to Brazil? Here you can experience magical moments in a perfect combination of sun, beaches and excellent weather. The aromas of the Atlantic forest, warm waters and the white sand beaches of Brazil are flavored with the joy and hospitality of the Brazilian people.

Each region of Brazil is highlighted by tourist attractions such as beaches, forests, jungles, rivers, waterfalls and also cities. Paulista Museum, Altino Arantes, and many others, all of them become objects of the cultural heritage of the world and remain as emblematic monuments for Sao Paulo.

If you have enough time to take a trip out of São Paulo, it is worthwhile to rent a car and look for a lost village 160 kilometers from the city and 1,628 meters high in the Mantequeira mountain range. This is Campos do Jordão, the small Brazilian Switzerland that in the months of July and August - with its winter temperatures in this hemisphere - becomes a hive of skiers and tourists from the cold.

The structure and roofs of the houses as well as the brewery (which can be visited) recall the Central European towns, with the exception that it is less than two hours from São Paulo. Other essential plans of this region are the forests to lose yourself of walk, routes of senderismo and escalada, as well as rise in cable car to reach the top of the Morro Elefante.

Nothing like sitting outdoors to taste craft beers accompanied by typical German snacks. In addition, in Campos do Jordão is the Baden-Baden microbrewery.

Rio de Janeiro is called the wonderful city for its beauty. It offers an extensive list of attractions, including its white sand beaches, the Sugar Loaf, and the famous Christ the Redeemer, declared one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are the most important and exclusive in the city.

If you visit the city in the month of February you will have the chance to experience the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, a world-famous celebration, where the streets are flooded with samba and caipirinha, and the city becomes a party of colors and fun, two qualities deeply rooted in the Brazilian spirit.

All over Brazil (and other parts of South America) people take to the streets in mind-numbing numbers to dance, party and let loose. It’s a time to forget about the daily grind of work and enjoy the moment. Aside from the crazy parties, it’s a time for the people to come together. Most Brazilians I know tend to escape the big cities and reconnect with family and friends.

Brazil is a massive, diverse country so they use this time to explore their own land - be that nature, culture or spirituality. It’s a time for freedom of expression, for cultural exploration and for reflection.

The Samba schools who lead the incredible street parades with the giant floats, you’ve seen them right? Many of those groups celebrate the history and culture of the people. Others touch on current events, both political and social - some can be close to the bone and very funny!

The Pantanal is the largest marshland in the world with more than 180,000 square meters distributed by the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraguay and Bolivia. Pantanal can be accessed, mainly, from two towns of Corumbá to the north and Campo Grande to the south. Crossing all its extension there is only one road, the Transpantaneira, which in the rainy season can even get to be flooded by the waters.

Avoid visiting northern Pantanal during the rainy season from December to March as the presence of mosquitoes is so intense that the trip can become bitter. The wild life lovers could make a competition between Amazon and Pantanal. Simply evoking the Amazon has the ability to awaken our adventurous instinct, in search of unprecedented discoveries.

But the Pantanal, besides being the most beautiful animal reserve in Brazil (incredible, but true), is also a little known place and, therefore, the antithesis of the places where the concepts of ecotourism and the multitude go hand in hand. Brazil’s enormous wetland offers some of the finest wildlife watching in South America – and the onset of the dry season allows for better sightings of capybara, caiman, storks, ibis and majestic jaguar.

Curitiba is the most sustainable green city of Brazil, I’ve a feeling it would be another European looking city in Latin America after Buenos Aires. I can sense the Portuguese vibes.

A breakfast in Brazil is never complete without Pão de Queijo, which means Cheese Bread, which is pretty much all you have to know about it. It tastes great and makes your breakfast complete and delicious.

One would say all barbecue taste the same, but clearly they haven't tasted Brazilian BBQ. The taste is just wonderful, it's nothing like the meat you eat every day. Picanha is often called rump cover or culette in the United States. Most Americans aren't very familiar with this meat, but shall I say it's amazing. As a note, if you ever visit Brazil, make sure to include a night out eating Picanha as one of your adventures.

Fried and stuffed with chicken slices, cheese or meat, you make your choice! Palmito is also what you can stuff it with, making the taste even more satisfying. Pastel is a popular snack in all Brazilian states. You could be walking around the streets then spot some friendly old man walking his cart while yelling out catchy and rhyming phrases about this snack.

Different countries around the world have developed their version of Pastel. Most countries make it smaller in size, some of them stuff it with only one kind of ingredient, and some have even invented new ways of making something similar. But to get the true taste of it, make sure it is Brazilian!

Beans, yellow rice, some salad, a piece of steak sprinkled with some farofa will surely make your day. Most Brazilians prefer this plate over something fancy.

7. Uruguay


Montevideo, the southernmost capital of South America, is a dynamic city, full of green areas. A succession of beaches of fine sand adorn the coastline of the capital of Uruguay. Through this article I want to guide the visitor to visit the most important places to visit in Uruguay. Port market is one of the best places to eat a barbecue. The best day to visit is Saturday at noon when the bustle and music create an authentic party.

The Rambla is the favorite ride of the people of Montevideo. It starts at the Rambla Sur and stretches 20 kilometers to Carrasco. Depending on the neighborhood you are in, it has very different characteristics. Salvo Palace is the most emblematic building in Montevideo. Solís Theatre is one of the most important in South America.

8. Argentina


When you travel Argentina you will discover thousands of wild landscapes. Beyond the lively Buenos Aires, this destination offers interesting places such as Tierra del Fuego, Argentine Patagonia itself or the wine region of Mendoza. If you are about to undertake an adventure, let us give you a few tips to live a unique experience while traveling in Argentina.

Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan, historical site and with a past as present as tango itself. You will be captivated by bohemian and artistic neighborhoods like La Boca, full of colored houses. The beautiful Iguazú River draws its curves through the border forest with Brazil and channels its entire torrent towards these impressive waterfalls, some of the most famous in the world.

Ushuaia is located between the peaks of the Andean mountains and the icy waters of the Beagle Channel. The capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego is considered the southernmost city on the planet. Perito Moreno Glacier is the largest mobile glacier in the world. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park, it is one of the most important attractions for those who travel Patagonia.

Bariloche is beautifully located on Lake Nahuel Huapi and protected by Cerro Catedral, and is immersed in nature and it will be a great pleasure to get lost in the landscape. Tierra del Fuego located at the southern tip of the American continent, offers impressive majestic landscapes and a curious marine fauna and different species of birds.

Try the wine from wineries in Mendoza, while you watch Aconcagua, the highest mountain in all of South America.

9. Chile


Chile is one of the best place to visit in South America. Route 7 of Chile, internationally known as the Carretera Austral, links Puerto Montt with Villa O'Higgins in a 1200 km route through Chilean Patagonia. Many travelers from all over the world want to travel the Carretera Austral, which starts in the Los Lagos Region and crosses the entire Aysén Region while hiking in Patagonia.

Embark on a ferry to the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco across the Pacific Ocean between fjords and canals and enjoy the Chiloé archipelago and the Andes from the sea. Reach Coyhaique, a strategic point of the Carretera Austral because it is at the midpoint. Cerro Mackay is only 2 km away from the city, so some call it the guardian of Coyhaique.

Another attraction of Coyhaique is the Simpson River that runs through it. On the bridge that crosses it you can see the particular Piedra del Indio. Another recommended place is the Coyhaique National Reserve, which is 10 minutes away from the city and from where you can climb Cerro Cinchao. From there to Villa Cerro Castillo, 168 km, the route is paved.

General Carrera Lake is one of the salient points of the Carretera Austral. Not only is it the largest lake in Chile, and the second in South America, but its colors - in the range of blue, turquoise and sky blue - are unique. The lake, shared with Argentina with the name of Buenos Aires, is bordered by Route 7 along 70 km.

In front of the General Carrera Lake is Puerto Río Tranquilo, a key place to stop and visit the Marble Chapels . These formations that are on the shores of the lake, but are not seen from the road. Puerto Río Tranquilo is also the point to connect with the road that leads to Exploradores Bay and San Rafael Lagoon. It is 52 kilometers to the west until you reach the viewpoint of the Exploradores glacier. To visit it, you can hire excursions from the town.

Continuing south on the Carretera is El Maitén crossing. There appears a bifurcation that allows to go to Puerto Guadal and Chile Chico, bordering the lake. Chile Chico is the border city with the Argentine locality Los Antiguos, an option for those who want to follow the mythical Route 40. From the El Maitén junction on the Carretera Austral, you arrive at Puerto Bertrand.

Lake Bertrand, later give rise to the Baker River, the largest river in Chile. On the side of the Carretera Austral, between Puerto Bertrand and Cochrane, the Baker River joins the River Nef forming a powerful jump for the power and color of the waters to Caleta Tortel. From Cochrane to the south, the landscape becomes much more dense due to the presence of the famous cypress of the Guaitecas. Chilean Navy transports them across the ocean to Punta Arenas.

Caleta Tortel, well known as the town without streets, is built on a small hill to the top of Cerro Bandera. Go on an excursion to a glacier such as the Jorge Montt or the Steffen or a boat ride to Isla de los Muertos. From now on, to Villa O'Higgins, the road is a gravel road. Villa O 'Higgins is the point where the Carretera Austral ends.

It calls itself the Capital of the Patagonian glaciers for being the access point to the southern ice fields. From there you can go by boat to the O'Higgins Glacier, one of the four largest in Patagonia and you can also cross to Argentina and after a boat trip to El Chaltén.

You can cross Argentina to see San Martin Lake (on the Chilean side it is Lake O'Higgins). For that you must go to Carabineros and request the exit. After an hour of walking and doing the necessary immigration procedures to enter Argentina, you can access a very wide beach to rest and enjoy an unparalleled peace. Climb the Cerro Mirador and for the more adventurous, there is the option of a 10 km trail to see the Mosco River Glacier.

There are several ways to travel the Carretera Austral and all have their charm. Go hitchhiking and it is something for those who travel without a return date and are encouraged to leave their destination in the hands of an unknown driver. For something it is considered one of the best scenic routes in the world. Having armed a Carretera Austral itinerary can be very helpful.

The Patagonians are very friendly although they may be a little distant. For hitchhiking, it gets harder after you get to Cochrane. From there to Caleta Tortel or Villa O'Higgins the frequency of cars is much lower. Regarding the lodging, try to do Couchsurfing. There are places like Tortel or Puerto Guadal where there is only one couch, so you should be lucky to be accepted.

In case of not finding accommodation in this way, camping can be a good option if you are traveling between December and February. Obviously there are also more luxurious lodging options. Do not forget that Patagonia is a very popular destination and visited by travelers from all over the world to do fishing, rafting, climbing and boat trips and even helicopter trips.

38 km from Pucón is what was part of the first National Park of Chile. Huerquehue National Park is characterized by the presence of thousand-year-old araucarias that are currently in danger of extinction. A 12,500-hectare foothill park characterized by its mountainous terrain, where hills and gorges enclose numerous lakes and lagoons with crystal clear waters, in addition to the legendary araucaria.

Easily accessible during the summer, this park offers visitors various recreational options, whether admiring nature or doing leisure and sports activities. From there you can see wonderful views from the Pucón river valley, to the Villarrica volcano. And if you are lucky, observe the majesty of the flying condor while you travel in Chile.

The park has impressive beauty spots, so you can not miss the Verde and Toro lakes, the Renahue river canyon, the Rio Nevados valley, the Quinchol and Araucano hills. In summer, the green of the fauna gives a beautiful and pleasant sight. In autumn, there is the beautiful view of the red of the lengas, the native tree of the park.

In winter, be amazed by the snowy park and the amazing and unique view of its frozen lakes while travelling to Patagonia in Chile. Then end the year with spring, where the park springs to life again, delivering a mix of beautiful colors and pleasant aromas.

The casserole is a vegetable soup with meat, which can be chicken, veal or lamb. It is a very typical winter meal and very common both north and south of the country. It is a dish that you will find in any Chilean restaurant.

The curanto en hoyo is not only a meal, it is also a celebration. It is not something you can ask for in a restaurant. A good option to try it would be traveling to Chiloé, an island in the south of Chile, where they cook this dish in traditional festivals that celebrate throughout the summer. In restaurants in Chile, a type of curanto en olla, also called pulmay, is prepared and served with the broth from the stew itself.

Valparaíso is a hidden gem in Latin America, surrounded by Concepción and Alegre hills. Fishing coves is the name given in Chile to places, especially beaches, dedicated to the activity of artisanal fishing.

10. South Korea


Asia is one of the most addictive continents that exist and South Korea is one of the best countries in Asia to visit. Do we not burn with desire to discover new places that leave us open-mouthed (as happened in the sixteenth century to Ferdinand Magellan)? Seoul is no exception in the land of morning calm.

A trip to Korea is increasingly fashionable among travelers who pose their gaze and interests towards the Far East. Undoubtedly, it has become a very interesting alternative to classics like China and Japan. At first it is usual to feel a little disoriented by the chaos and posters written in Hangul. Getting to South Korea is not exactly easy, or cheap. The most common is to enter the country through Seoul, a vibrant city.

The fastest way to get to this destination from the Far East is on board a cheap flight to Incheon. Once in Incheon, there are several ways to get to Seoul. The simplest is the Airport Express (AREX) train that runs between 5 am and midnight. The journey takes about 45 minutes to Seoul Central Station.

You can use the planner of the limousine bus to calculate fares and see the schedules, although depending on traffic it is considerably slower than the Airport Express. On the subject of prices there are things that surprised us very pleasantly, such as gastronomy or taxis that are much cheaper.

In terms of accommodation and leisure there is everything. Being the capital of the country, prices are higher in Seoul than in other cities. You usually order a main course that is accompanied by many small dishes, so in one go you can experience many flavors, including the typical kimchi.

There are Korean food restaurants in Seoul, street stalls in some neighborhoods and international cuisine for the less daring. Meet the octopus bibimbap, which is the most spicy dish in the world. Special mention deserves bulgogi of beef or raw fish that is of exceptional quality and can be found at a very good price. Dog meat restaurants? There are.

Ikseondong is the hottest place in Seoul, when this Retro trend’s become a thing. Ikseondong is one of the best preserved areas in Seoul, which still retains the original houses of 1930s. This creates its very unique atmosphere that brings you right back into what Seoul would’ve felt like in 1930s to 1940s. Because of this irreplaceable value of this place, a lot of trendy cafes and restaurants have come into Ikseondong.

If you have very little time, an interesting option is a one-day tour of the main attractions of the city. Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung are close to each other. If you want a guide to tell you the ins and outs of these historic buildings, you can book a guided tour of the palaces. Close to the palaces is the Jongmyo Shrine, which is one of Korea's most important treasures and a place for walks surrounded by gardens and trees.

It is essential to get lost in the Insa-dong area and its narrow streets. It is full of cookie shops and leisure options, as well as very interesting street stalls and art galleries. The Jogyesa temple is the core of Zen Buddhism in Korea and its altar is one of the most sacred to Korean Buddhists.

The Cheonggyecheon stream is the parenthesis, an oasis in the middle of the asphalt jungle that Koreans try to visit the more times better. Nearby is the peculiar Jongno tower, the Tapgol Park and the Bosingak bell. If you want to know where the PSY hit originated, you can move to Gangnam.

In addition to huge shopping centers, it is a cocktail of avant-garde buildings, beautiful people who dress the latest, dressed with a little taekwondo, one of the most popular sports in Korea. However, if you want tranquility in Gangnam you also have the Bongeunsa temple, a haven of peace in the middle of the maelstrom of the metropolis.

If you are traveling with children, the traditional Korean village of Namsangol will enchant you. An outdoor space with traditional hanok style houses and many fun plans to have a great time. For those who like good views, its place is the N Seoul Tower, one of the great icons of the city to which you must add those of Mount Namsan.

For nostalgics and sports fans, I would recommend taking a look at the old Olympic Stadium in Seoul where Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis battled in an unequal doping duel. If you want to do some shopping you can go to the Dongdaemun market or the Myeong-dong area. Travel to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and the shared security area between the two Koreas or JSA.

Hanbok rental stores are located near the palaces because of the trend and demand, although each year the price is falling due to the competition between them. The most favorite experience for young people is the hire of Hanbok from stores for 1 hour to 4 hours to take pictures in the beautiful and old places. To show the photos by facebook or instagram to their friends, the Korean girls prefer the prettiest outfit although the price is high.

At the same time, the Korea Tourism Organization offer a free service to experience the traditional costume to tourists. In that case, you cannot take it outside to visit palace and other places. The free ones are to take pictures in an area that is always ready together with Hanbok.

One of the best ways to get to know a new culture is through its food. In addition to eating Korean barbeque, participating in a noraebang (karaoke) session, and getting naked in a public sauna, visiting the Noryangjin fish market is the highlight of any trip to Seoul. Leave your luxury clothes and luxury bags at home. Instead, choose to wear closed-toed shoes or boots that can cope with puddles of fishy (and often icy) water.

Noryangjin Fish Market offers the most authentic and interesting aspect of Seoul's local food culture. Visiting the market is as good as visiting an aquarium, but the best part is after you have made your purchases of clams, fish, octopus, squid, sea cucumber, shrimp or crabs, to name a few, you can take them to a restaurant in the market.

If you prefer your style of fish sashimi, the server will gut, skin and slice your purchase just before your eyes, serving it with pickled onion, raw wasabi, green chile, fermented bean paste to dip and lettuce leaves to wrap it all. If an item needs to be cooked, the internal chef will do it. Shrimp are usually broiled in their shells, while crabs are boiled.

If you eat crab, ask for bokkeumbap, tasty fried rice, which is served in the shell of the crab. Or, if you have bought fish, ask for maeuntang at the beginning of your meal. This deliciously spicy dish is cooked with fish bones to give it more flavor and traditionally spreads seafood.

Of course, no Noryangjin food would be complete without a little soju, order a bottle or two to drink alone, or mix with some maekju (beers) - a Korean cocktail appropriately called somaek. Do you feel bold? Do what the adventurous eaters do and ask for a plate of sannakji, live octopus. It is served minced (but still moving) and with a selection of dips to dip.

Just make sure you have your camera ready. This is a moment of Noryangjin that you do not want to forget! While you will have to pay the restaurant separately for fish sellers, there is no need to worry as the charge for the service is very reasonable.

Let your senses be awakened by the sights, sounds and smells as you wander from one vendor to another. Feel free to take pictures of the strange and wonderful sea creatures on display, many of which you will probably be seeing for the first time. Koreans generally visit Noryangjin to buy sliced ​​fresh fish hwe. While some seafood such as king crab and abalone can be quite expensive, many items are quite affordable.

Pusan ​​or Busan, is the second largest city in South Korea behind Seoul. The main attraction of the city are its six beaches, one of the most famous being Haeundae Beach, surrounded by a promenade and luxury hotels. You can not miss Gwangalli beach either if you visit Pusan, with a more youthful atmosphere.

The Beomeosa Temple is one of the most frequented by those who want to know Pusan ​​and all its charm. In addition to this, there are other religious temples, forts and vestiges of the Joseon dynasty in the city. You just have to plan your route well and travel to Pusan with your batteries fully charged.

Do not leave the city without trying dishes like the dongnae pajeon, the milmyeon which is a version of the fine noodles that are prepared with wheat flour, the Dwaeji gukbap or the Naengchae Jokbal, steamed pork hocks with vegetables in restaurants in Korea.

The city of Jinhae is at the end of the Korean peninsula, near Busan. In spring it becomes one of the most visited cities by Koreans! Gyeonghwa Station used to be one of the train stops until a couple of years ago, but the service was discontinued and nowadays it is one of the famous places in Jinhae to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

Yeojwacheon Stream is provided with lighting and different decoration, although always with a romantic theme. Along the creek there are several bridges, and the main one is known as Romance Bridge.

The Jeju island is, after Seoul, the most famous place in South Korea. Jeju has several areas declared World Heritage by Unesco and is included in the famous list of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The island is dominated by Mount Hallasan, a volcano located at its center and which, if frequent clouds do not cover it, can be seen from practically any point.

The locals say that Monte Hallasan is like a shy woman who frequently covers her face - a somewhat macho expression, but this is Asia and I am afraid that gender equality still sounds strange here. The mountain is, indeed, often covered with clouds and fog. Hamdeok Beach is an area with 3 beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters ideal for a swim during the warmer months.

Another interesting beach is the Jungmun Saekdal Beach, in the south of the island. It is a more virgin beach, surrounded by forest and in which it is common to see people surfing. Manjanggul lava tube is a volcanic cave in the form of a tube of many kilometers although only one is open to the public. They say there are more than 30,000 bats living in the cave.

Jeju has two small cities, Jeju City and Seogwipo. One is in the north and one in the south. In both you will find everything like shops, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, etc. The famous Seongsan Ilchulbong is a cone-shaped mountain species in the middle of the sea but connected to earth. The islet of Udo, is a small island near Seongsan Ilchulbong, to which you can go for a few hours.

The most famous waterfalls are the Cheonjeyeon Falls and the Jeongbang Waterfall. One of the areas where you will see volcanic stones is in Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff.

Visit Jeungdo Salt Farm in South Korea and take pictures with the Salt Mirror, mudfish and red plants of Taepyeong Halophyte Garden before finishing with a Sea Salt Ice Cream. You can find Jeungdo Island at about an hour and fifteen minutes' drive from Mokpo and Gwangju.

It's very rare for a Korean temple to be overstated, which makes Ssangmireuksa Temple very unique. The name of the temple means Twin Future Buddha Temple in English.

When ordering food, don't be afraid to shout at the server to get their attention as it can be very loud in some restaurants. Shout Yo-gi-yo! which means Here! Internet is pretty much anywhere and don't worry about speed because they are usually very fast. Be weary of some taxi drivers because like most countries, they will try to earn more money by driving further than needed by using your unfamiliarity of the place.

Speaking of taxis, there is a Korean app like Uber called Kakao T that is supported in English. It's recommended to use this app because taxis can be harder to hail especially as a foreigner. Besides, you don't have to explain where you are going. Use public transport instead of taxis because buses and subways are cheap in Korea compared to other countries.

Make sure you get T-Money (a metro card) because that gives you a discount on all fares and it allows you to transfer between buses and trains for free. So you can ride the train, then transfer to a bus and with T-Money, you don't have to pay the bus fare. Venture out of Seoul because most people stay in Seoul when visiting Korea. Especially if you want better food, go to port/coastal cities.

Also, just because Korea is the home of big consumer electronics companies such as LG and Samsung doesn't mean they are cheap. Some can cost around 100–150 dollars more than a lot of countries outside of Korea. Like the previous one, just because it's Korean brand, it doesn't mean it is cheaper. Always check the prices.
Speaking of prices, in Korea, the price tag includes tax so you pay how much is printed on the tag.

11. Russia


Russia, a country that occupies one-tenth of Earth’s land, spans 11 time zones across the Europe and Asia, which are the two continents that the country resides on. The country possesses various geographical features, such as deserts, frozen coastlines and mountains.

Moscow is a city of contrasts and of obligatory sight, where the buildings of the epoch of the czars coexist with the constructions of the Stalinist era and imposing and modern skyscrapers.

St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Saint Petersburg is the second city of Russia and the most popular tourist destination.

Visitors are attracted to its beautiful canals, the so-called northern lights and the views of the Baltic Sea. The prices are expensive, although perhaps less than in Moscow. Discover the wonders hidden in this city of Russia that Peter the Great conceived as a window to Europe and was built in record time for the time, despite the difficulties involved in the titanic task.

Its palaces and cathedrals, the golden domes that shine with the sun, its bridges over canals and even nature, with its white nights, envelop it in a magical and mysterious atmosphere. Do not miss some of the most spectacular, such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the St. Isaac's Cathedral or the Kazan Cathedral.

The Hermitage Museum houses one of the most extraordinary collections of art in the world. When you walk through the magical streets of the city you will find hundreds of bridges that connect the islands. Some with elegant decorations, such as the Bank Bridge or the Lions Bridge. Others simpler but no less picturesque, like the Coloured Bridges.

To walk along Nevsky Avenue is to stroll through the history of St. Petersburg. Do not miss Peterhof, who competes in splendor with the Palace of Versailles, in France. Some essential places near St. Petersburg are Tsarskoye Selo, which was the residence of the Russian imperial family, or the idyllic Oranienbaum, another impressive imperial palace.

Although Listvyanka is a small city that grew on the shores of the Baikal lake, it is still a hyper touristy place (especially in summer). The Olkhon island transmits an unique atmosphere. Khuzhir, the largest town, is the nerve center of the shamans of the north, in the middle of the steppe, the horses and the Buryats. Go in a marshrutka (a kind of minibus) from Irkutsk.

Something you should not miss is a visit to Cape Khoboy, at the north end of the island, overlooking Lake Baikal and Cape Burkhan. The rocks overlook the Maloe More, a small sea that separates the island from the west side of the Baikal. It is one of these mythical places around the world that travelers hope to reach someday. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and the oldest lake in the world in terms of geological formation.

If one is traveling through Russia with the Trans-Siberian Railway on the Irkutsk-Ulan Ude route, an intermediate stop can be made in Slyudyanka. The beauty of Angasolka is tranquility. You have to take the local train from Irkutsk to Sluydyanka and get off at Temnaya pad. It can also be reached by hitchhiking.

In the trip to the corners of Russia it is essential to visit the largest city in the world located north of the Arctic Circle, also called the capital of the Russian Arctic.

This name is due to the fact that the great expeditions to discover the Arctic continent started from this point just 300 kilometers from Nourgam, the northernmost town in Finland, a region that can see thermometers inside at -25ºC, although in coastal areas the temperature is softer due to the influence of the Gulf Stream.

The port of Murmansk is the only one in the world that has several atomic icebreakers capable of fragmenting the Arctic ice masses, in addition to its polar nights, a phenomenon that takes place between the month of December and the month of January where the Sun does not appear at any time of day.

All this is compensated with the unique beauty of the aurora borealis that can be observed in its fullness during the polar nights. The tour will take you from Murmansk to Teriberka through a snowy landscape that merges with the waves of the sea, and you will find it impossible to assure without mistake if what you see is sea foam or snow perched on the shore.

The trip can be covered by dog ​​sled or snowmobile to the city of Teriberka, where a controversial Russian independent film entitled Leviathan, directed by Andrei Zviáguintsev, was filmed.

Military enclave during the Second World War, the history of the city has always been linked to the army and armed conflicts. So much so that one of its main monuments is the Alyosha, a giant statue of 90 meters high in the shape of a Soviet soldier in tribute to the Russian resistance during the Nazi invasion in the area where it is located.

If you like shipowners, you can visit the world's first nuclear-powered icebreaker ship. With an autonomy for two years provided by the uranium, it was used by the Russians for the exploration of the Arctic for 30 years. Murmansk is located in the geographic area known as the Kola Peninsula and has the deepest artificial hole ever created by man.

This hole is called Kola Well, and was created in 1962 after drilling the Earth's crust for almost 13 kilometers into the interior of the planet. To make your trip a most complete experience, since you have known the bowels of the Earth, why not climb up to the Khibiny Mountains to see the world from above?

In this region is the city of Kirovks, where every year there is a concentration of ice sculptures that fight not to melt until approximately the month of April. The ice show is incredible with the size of the doors of some works allows a human being to enter without having to bend over.

A visit to the Geological Museum of Apatity will make you realize it, because even the name of the city where it is located - Apaty, just 20 kilometers from Kirovsks is dedicated to the greenish mineral of apatite.

The Elbrus is a sleeping stratovolcano located in the western part of the Caucasian mountain range, in Russia near the border of Georgia. It is the highest point in Europe with 5642 meters above sea level. It is the highest mountain in Russia and the Caucasus mountain range, which, together with the Ural mountains mark the traditionally accepted border between Europe and Asia.

The Elbrus is infamous for its brutal winter weather, and the attempts at the summit are few and far between. The climb is not technically difficult, but it is physically demanding due to the altitude and frequent high winds.

The ascent to Elbrús begins in the village of Terskol and continues up the Baksan Valley. From Azau, the last village in the valley, you can use two cable cars and a dangerous chair lift. Right at the end of the chairlift is the Barrels refuge, a group of strange metal shelters at an altitude of 3,800 m.

Terskol, inhabited by the Balkarians, is a quiet place that is moved more than anything by the tourism referring to activities that go from trekking to snowboarding, skiing and mountaineering. Its main street is populated mostly by hotels, some abandoned and others that have a timid presence in the landscape. Unlike Chamonix in France, you feel a more natural, less commercial environment. It is really a town that was preserved in the authenticity of its people.

Welcome to Oymyakon, a village where students are expected to attend class till temperatures reach minus -52°C (-62°F). The remote Siberian village is considered to be the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world. Located deep in the heart of Siberia, thousands of miles east of Moscow, the Russian village of Oymyakon has the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location: -71.2 °C (-96.2 °F).

In the village, however, the cold that could freeze your eyeballs hasn’t stopped life. One of the coldest places in the world, the village is home to about 500 people. Mobile phones usually don’t work in the freezing weather, and no crops can be grown here. The central market is full of fish and meat as the crops do not grow there. The village lies in Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic.

The village sign reads ‘Omyakon, The Pole Of Cold’. It’s been nick named so by the people. Most toilets are built outside, because the frozen ground makes it impossible to build indoor plumbing. Local farmers keep cows warm at night by tucking them away in their barn. The only working shop in Oymyakon provides the villagers with everything they need.

Cars can only be placed in heated garages. The ones left outside must keep running, otherwise they won’t restart. The Road Of Bones is the only route to Oymyakon. It is named after the Oymyakon River, whose name reportedly comes from the Even word kheium, meaning unfrozen patch of water; place where fish spend the winter. The cold does, however, make the whole village look like a winter wonderland.

Here, day length varies from three hours in December to twenty-one hours in June. So you’ll have to be quick if you want to go sightseeing in the winter. And although winters in Oymyakon are long and excessively cold, summers can sometimes become hot. In June, July and August temperatures over 30 °C (86 °F) are not rare.

Severodvinsk is the birthplace of the Russian nuclear submarine fleet. This is where the famous Sevmash plant is located.

We all know about the famous European must-visit spots like Barcelona, Paris, Berlin and London, but there is a lot more to the Euro experience than this. That is why we have picked out the best European cities to travel solo that may not be at the top of everybody's bucket list to travel on budget. They are all definitely worth a visit and the European cities that should be on every solo traveler's list.

Along with best cities in Europe for solo travellers, best time of year to go and vacation ideas, for each country we have included one insider tip on a place to visit which is a little bit special in this Europe travel guide and blog. Today we'll look at beautiful and hot big European cities.

12. Portugal


Meanwhile, solo travel is a growing travel trend, and our choice of solo destination will be fine Lisbon. Portugal offers exciting activities and friendly locals where you choose what to fill your travel with. Traveling alone can open the doors to a new world. Bring your camera, good shoes and an open mind! Lisbon is a cheap weekend city, safe and friendly locals. Combine city with surf or yoga - in Portugal are many retreats and camps.

Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world. Founded on the margins of the Tagus River and open to the Atlantic, the ancient Lisbon with its seven hills and its decadent appearance continues to maintain an unquestionable charm for the one travelling to Portugal. Lisbon is the second oldest capital in Europe after Athens.

The best way to get to know Lisbon is to walk on its narrow, cobbled streets, which wind up and down and reach the San Jorge Castle on the traditional tram 28. One of Lisbon's most popular attractions are the yellow trams, originally called Americanos. They are part of the city's public transport and an ideal way to see Lisbon on. The classic line No. 28 will take you up and down the narrow and steep slopes in the old Lisbon.

While traveling Portugal enjoy a nostalgic fado in Alfama, take a picture with the statue of Fernando Pessoa, savor a coffee and pastéi de nata in Café a Brasileira and walk along the Belem promenade at sunset to watch the sun set over the Tagus. In Belem, one of the most famous and visited districts of Lisbon, there are two emblematic attractions of the golden age of Lisbon.

One is the Tower of Belem, from the 16th century, whose architectural style is representative of the time and typical of Portugal. The other is the Jerónimos Monastery, also in the Manueline style, where Fernando Pessoa is buried. Very close to Lisbon is Fatima, one of the most visited religious destinations in the world.

Sintra is considered the best excursion to do from Lisbon or from the coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril. Sintra is a Portuguese town that is located between the Sintra Mountains. Hidden among these pine-covered hills are extravagant palaces, opulent mansions and the ruins of an ancient castle. The walk from the historic center to the National Palace of Pena and the Castelo dos Mouros goes up a very steep hill and is quite challenging.

The city of Sintra is the best example of Europe of the colorful and whimsical romantic style of architecture. To the north of Lisbon, on the Atlantic Ocean and on the banks of the beautiful Douro is Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal. A tour of the Douro Valley will give you a full day in the Portuguese countryside. The wine culture permeates the route through this fertile valley from the city of Oporto.

Insider Tip: Coimbra, located between Oporto and Lisbon is an ancient medieval capital and one of the must see places in Portugal. Crossed by the Mondego River, it is a small city built at various heights and full of charming corners that can be covered in a day. In the center or the upper part, you can discover hidden courtyards while you walk through its narrow cobblestone streets and old buildings.

In this part, in addition to seeing the Old Cathedral and the Arch of Almedina, you can go up to the historic campus of the University of Coimbra, a World Heritage Site, and visit the magnificent Joanina Library. The lower part, the Baixa, revolves around the Praça Do Comércio, is a commercial area of ​​bourgeois houses, which highlights the beautiful Church of São Tiago and Santa Cruz Park. You can get to Coimbra from Oporto by train.

13. Andorra


Andorra is a small European country located in the eastern part of the Pyrenees Mountains and adjacent to France to the north and Spain to the south. A great way to start your trip to Andorra is without a doubt to take a first stroll through Andorra la Vella. Get close to the old medieval bridge of Pont d'Engordany.

You can also visit museums like the famous Tobacco Museum, where they will explain all the natural process of making this product, or the Escaldes-Engordany Art Center in which a wide collection of works and photographs of different authors are collected. Places like Santa Coloma or El Pas de la Casa are some of the most famous and where you will discover totally spectacular places.

14. Luxembourg


Have you ever thought about traveling to Luxembourg and also do it cheaply? Luxembourg airport is located a short distance from the capital, about 7-8 kilometers away. From there it is easy to move around the country, either by renting a car, or if you go straight to the city with a bus to the central station.

Luxembourg card allows to see the main places of interest in Luxembourg such as the Casemates (caves) of the city, the History Museum of the country or the fairytale castles such as Vianden with free admission. Chemin de la Corniche, in the capital, is one of the streets with the best views in the world. In fact they call it the most beautiful balcony in Europe.

The Casemates du Bock was a refuge during the bombings of the Second World War. Those of Pétrusse are located in the valley that surrounds the upper part of the city, a place that must be visited. Visit the great monuments of the city, such as the Ducal Palace of Luxembourg and the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Stroll through the old quarter of the city, the Grund district to get lost in its fairytale alleyways. In addition to outdoor recreation there are a number of museums. Luxembourg has more than 50 castles, many of which can be visited, since they have been restored in recent years like Beaufort, Clervaux or Bourglinster, but there are other lesser-known routes such as the Valley of the Seven Castles.

If you still have time, you can also go to the border with Germany and visit Triers, one of the Roman gems of the Germanic country. The German states Rhine-palatinate and Saarland shares border with Luxembourg.

15. Belgium


A trip to Brussels, Bruges and Ghent has become at this point a classic itinerary in Europe. These 3 cities, very close to each other, have a wide variety of attractions to offer from its medieval architecture typical of Belgium and the Netherlands, to its interesting museums and churches.

Brussels is cultural, beautiful and interesting. Its medieval buildings, its comic book culture and its countless galleries and museums have made it one of our favorite destinations. And how not to name the typical Belgian food and drinks. Famous is the Belgian beer, but also on this trip we can also add waffles, mussels and French fries.

Bruges has several museums, but the Groeningemuseum is probably the best. Here you will find works of the famous Flemish primitives, such as Van Eyck and Memling. The nerve center of the city is located in Grote Markt, surrounded by impressive facades such as the Provincial Palace, or De Lakenhalle and the imposing monument known as Atalaya, symbol of freedom and autonomy of Bruges. With the Belfort in the background, the best plan in Bruges is probably to sit in the square and enjoy a good beer.

Today we will give you reasons to travel to Antwerp. The city is separated by the Scheldt, but the St Anna's Tunnel traverses it below the earth joining both banks. It was built as a pedestrian passage and for bicycles in the 30s. You must go down 31 meters under the river bed, and it will give you the feeling of having traveled in time, since everything is preserved exactly as when it was built.

You will also notice a sudden change in temperature as you have just started your descent to the center of the earth. On the other side of the shore, in the magic hour of the sunset, you will find yourself facing one of the best panoramic views of Antwerp. Vlaeykensgang alley is near the Grote Markt, but you will have to put yourself in the shoes of Sherlock Holmes to find it.

It is a set of courtyards and galleries that transport you directly to the medieval era. Among the things to do in Antwerp you can also stop for a coffee in some of the restaurants and bars that live in this alley today. The atmosphere in Meir zone is very pleasant since this neighborhood is very close to the historic center. Some of its streets intersect and the contrast of finding the Boerentoren building, the first skyscraper in Europe.

Antwerp City Card for 48 hours will give you free access to all monumental museums and churches, as well as public transport in the city.

Dinant, within the province of Mamur, is one of the most touristic and beautiful in Belgium. The city is located between two of the most attractive geographical features of the Wallonia region of the Mossa river, which runs through the town itself, and the rugged Ardennes reliefs. In short, Dinant is one of those essential destinations on any trip to Belgium.

If you travel to Dinant it seems necessary to drink a Leffe, since very close to here is the Abbey of Our Lady of Leffe, the origin of this prestigious beer, now known throughout the world.

Hallerbos is a beautiful, quiet forest in Belgium. When the Bluebells are in full bloom, it looks magical. Abundance of Bluebells under the giant Sequoia trees makes the place worth visiting.

Insider Tip: Baarle is a town inside Netherlands that is mostly Belgian but inside the Belgian parts there are smaller pieces that belong to Netherlands.

16. Czechia


Formerly known as the Czech Republic, Czechia has almost become synonymous with its capital city of Prague. This beautiful chocolate-box-like city attracts millions every year, especially around Christmas time when the Christmas markets open. There are snow falls often to make the city look even more beautiful.

When it comes to planning an excursion from Prague, the spa town of Karlovy Vary is undoubtedly one of the most interesting options. Located to the west of Prague, getting to Karlovy Vary will give you about two hours of travel, but after visiting this historic spa, I bet you will consider that it was worth it. Karlovy Vary in German is known as Karlsbad.

If you start the visit to the north of the city, from the entrance coming from Prague, the first essential point is the Dvorak Park, where you will find the first colonnades that house sources of medicinal waters. This is the Colonnade of the Park. It is a strange sensation, typical of a spa, to be able to drink directly from a source of naturally aerated water that comes out hot.

Following the walk along the river, you will arrive at a large esplanade where the so-called Colonnade of the Mill is located. A little further on, along the pedestrian street you will find the Colonnade of the Market. At the end of the pedestrian promenade that runs along the river you will reach one of the most significant buildings of this spa town, the Gran Hotel Pupp.

Behind this famous hotel you have an alley from where you can climb the Tower of Diana, either walking or using a rack train. The mineral water with bottled gas from Karlovy Vary, as well as the Becherovka liqueur, is famous throughout the Czech Republic. As a souvenir to buy during your visit, it is typical to buy some ceramic jars with the appropriate handle to test the mineral waters that spring from the springs, as well as the Moser glassware.

Czech people are outdoor-lovers. Most of the locals love to escape the towns and European cities. They travel to go hiking or skiing in the beautiful natural mountains and lakes which are dotted around the country. Perhaps this love of exercising in the outdoors explains the heavy local diet of meat and dumplings, washed down by gallons of delicious locally-produced beers.

Insider Tip: Take a solo trip outside of Prague and discover the neglected city of Ostrava. Czechia’s third largest city is always in the shadow of the more glamorous capital but has its own unique charm. Fantastic restaurants, friendly people and a very low cost of living make this a great off-the-beaten-track destination for solo travellers.

17. Monaco


Do you know which country is the second-smallest country in the world? Which country is the most densely-populated sovereign state in the world? Yes, it is Monaco. Known to be the most expensive and the wealthiest place in the world, Monaco was noted that about 30% of the population was made of millionaires.

Travel to Monaco, the second smallest country in the world just behind the Vatican. It has a privileged location, surrounded by the Alps and the Blue Coast. Monte Carlo is considered by many the capital of the principality, although in reality it is a district of the city-state, which is at the same time the capital.

It is known for its status as a tax haven as well as for its sparkling casino, its tennis open and its famous Circus Festival, added to a family famous for scandals. For the traveler it is a fascinating experience from a night in the casino, nightclubs in Monaco to a visit to the excellent Oceanographic Museum.

Travel to Monaco and discover the most concentrated luxury and entertainment in the world. Stay at the most exclusive hotels facing the French Riviera, the same ones that celebrities from all over the world attend during the celebration of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, which turns the peaceful streets of the city ​​in a speed circuit where the most powerful cars in the world run.

Following the coast to the south, Monte Carlo follows the district of La Condamine, built around the port of Hercules, where you will discover the most spectacular yachts you can imagine. Along the promenade you can enjoy an aperitif in one of the terraces of the bars and restaurants of the environment.

In this district is also the Grimaldi palace, official residence of the royal family, built in the early thirteenth century but with many subsequent updates. You can visit the interior with guided tours. When you look for leisure, cookie shops or a places to eat in Monaco, you will also find it in La Condamine.

Princesa Carolina street is pedestrian and is devoted to trade, which will allow you to rest from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the principality.

18. Bosnia and Herzegovina


Mostar, a medieval city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is located on the banks of the Neretva River. Ottoman mosques with wide avenues and buildings from the Austro-Hungarian period are mixed in its streets. It is currently one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country. Near the Stari Most is the Muslim quarter, one of the most beautiful places in Mostar. In the Kujundziluk Bazaar you will find typical products and crafts.

Insider Tip: The two towers of the bridge can be visited. In one works a museum about the history of the city and in the other a photographic exhibition about the Balkan War. Several of the mosques of the Ottoman period have survived and open their doors to the public, such as that of Koshi Mehmed Pasha, the Karadjoz-bey and that of Vucjakovica dzamija.

19. Montenegro


Montenegro is easily one of the most wonderful countries in the world, similar to Switzerland, scenic, mountainous, and clean.

Filled with majestic mountains, stunning beaches and welcoming and friendly people, Montenegro is irrefutable proof that it can be small and important at the same time. The old town of Kotor may not be as impressive as Dubrovnik where the Game of Thrones was shot but is a trip back in time to the Europe of walled cities with dark alleys and churches in each square.

There is an extraordinary display of birds on the largest lake in the Balkans, shared by Montenegro and Albania. On the Montenegrin side Lake Skadar National Park encompasses monasteries on islands. It is a glory to see this postcard fortified island town of Sveti Stefan, a piece of Mediterranean island with oleanders, pines and olive trees peeking out from among the red roofs of its pink stone houses.

In Žabljak, it’s not just the small town, woolen socks, fire and the peace that you will love. It will take days to go around and see everything. You will be lost in the beauty and magnificence of the lakes. The magic of the air and snow, or spring flowers all over the mountain will get to your blood stream and you will be hooked. In love.

The cheese, the meat, all the food and warm people will make you want to come every year, to explore all the legends, see all the hidden gems.

The imposing gray peaks of the Durmitor massif are reflected in 18 glacial lakes, called gorske oči (eyes of the mountain). The biggest and most beautiful is the Black Lake. Perast occupies an ideal position, at the apex of the bay. This romantic seaside town, full of elegant baroque palaces and churches, is the main attraction of the entire Bay of Kotor.

The walled Old Town of Budva emerges in the Adriatic as a miniature, less frenetic Dubrovnik. With a romantic air, it shows in every corner that Mediterranean character. It is not easy to get a good view of the beautiful Tara canyon, as it is hindered by its vertical walls up to 1300 m high and lined with trees. The effect is even more impressive.

The most southern town of Montenegro, Ulcinj has a special vivacity, an indefinable animation that becomes evident especially on summer nights. No photo shows how wonderful the Ostrog Monastery is. The beautiful white complex attached to a rock wall will be just a speck in every frame that shows the height of the rock.

The so-called accursed Mountains are rather divine for hikers and climbers. This steep Prokletije mountain range is the highest part of the Dinaric Alps.

The new Bar is an industrial city without much interest, but inland there is a real jewel. The suggestive ruins of the ancient city of Stari Bar stand on top of a cliff. Biogradska Gora National Park nestled between the folds of the Bjelasica mountains has such a peaceful, solitary and intact air that makes you want to stay forever.

Visit the popular seaside town of Budva, with its gorgeous scenery.

Insider Tip: Although Podgorica has taken the capital from Cetinje, the old royal city of Montenegro still has the most important museums in the country. The true essence of Herceg Novi is in its modest old town, between the lively promenade and the busy road.

20. Slovakia


Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is very beautiful and deserves more than 24 hours to discover in depth everything it offers the visitor. Given its proximity to Vienna, many decide to stay in the Austrian capital and not come to this city. Bratislava is one of the smallest European capitals. However, its location on the banks of the Danube River and its historical places make it the perfect Christmas fairytale towns in Europe.

Insider Tip: In fact, if you come in winter, on festive dates, maybe you can see Santa Claus in the decked streets and precious Christmas markets.

21. Albania


Among the best places in Europe to go, Albania has long been the forgotten country of Europe. One day people are going to wake up and realise that this beautiful part of the world has a lot to offer. While near neighbours Greece and Croatia hoover up just about all of the tourists. Any solo travellers bold enough to take a trip to this relatively unknown land will be pleasantly surprised by what they find there.

The climate is wonderful and you will find plenty of beaches along the coastline. But it is the opportunity to enjoy the culture and history of this fascinating country that is the big draw. Especially since you won't have tens of thousands of other tourists stepping on your toes.

Located in the south of Albania, along the coast, the Llogara National Park can make us discover incredible mountains that rise more than 2000 meters, at the edge of the water. The road is incredibly winding and there are often traffic accidents, so it is wise to exercise caution while backpacking Europe.

It is incredible to believe to follow the coastal road from Saranda, after going through some steep curves, to be at the top of a gorge that culminates at 1000 meters and that is surrounded by mountains, some of which reach 2000 meters. This place seemed totally sublime. The natural park contains mountains, sea and lush forests.

The views of the park are simply sumptuous, and there are many Albanian food restaurants along the road, housed within traditional wooden constructions. Anyone who comes to spend a bit of time in Albania stop at one of the traditional villas of Llogara National Park and enjoy and explore the surrounding forests, which still house many specimens of wild boar, deer and wolves. It is one of the best way to travel Europe.

A diamond-shaped city located between the Rozafa Citadel, the magnificent Albanian Alps, the deep-blue Shkodrade Lake, a 30-kilometer sandy beach and the Buna River delta. Shkodra is one of the oldest cities in Albania, the main city of the tribe of the Illyrians, located in the northwestern part of the country.

The most important places are the castle of Rozafa, located in the western part of the city, between Drini and Buna rivers, the Hammam or Turkish bath and the Lead Mosque. The Mes Bridge and Lake Shkodra are two natural places to visit. The big lake (the largest in the Balkans) west of Shkodra, shared with Montenegro, is worth a trip.

Along the western coast there are some beaches and coves for bathing in fresh water, and the rustic villages of Shiroke and especially Zogaj seem still stuck in time. Nature lovers or for those who are looking for a pleasant walk through some of the forests can go directly to the beach in the Buna Delta reserve, between Velipoja and the Buna river, which here forms the border of Montenegro.

The Buna is a 44 km short river that originates in Lake Shkodra and meanders its way to the Adriatic Sea. Near the sea, the river divides into some branches, forming a low-lying swampy area in the delta area, with some fishing villages and a large island on the Montenegro side (Ada Bojana). On the Albanian side, some ancient arms of the river have turned into swampy lakes full of wildlife, surrounded by pine forests and deciduous trees.

The delta is populated by a rich variety of animals, including turtles, wild boar, foxes, jackals, spoonbills, pygmy cormorants, tanagers and hawks Levante. Arriving early in the morning gives you the greatest opportunity to observe wildlife and the opportunity to explore the entire area.

Permet is also known as the city of roses. Here in this beautiful canyon valley, surrounded by majestic mountains, you will find the Kati Bridge (a beautiful bridge that is over 500 years old) and the Benja Thermal Baths. These natural spring water baths are known for their curative properties and restorative benefits, great for those with stomach, kidney or skin ailments. Either way, great for your health and well-being.

Insider Tip: Make sure to visit the Butrint National Park to explore the Roman and Greek ruins in the south of Albania, opposite the Greek island of Corfu. This is a beautiful archaeological site. You get to feel like an explorer as you wander around the centuries-old site without having to put up with crowds of people.

22. Algeria


In Algeria, Karantita is also spelled Garantita and abridged to Karan. It is made of chickpea and can be eaten without bread, and can also be wrapped with any kind of bread. You can get one Karantita sandwich for less than 0.2 USD (20–30 Algerian dinar) and it is very delicious and healthy. It is said to be of Italian origin but it differs a lot from this Italian version.

It is not only consumed by students, but by everyone in hurry, even tourists crave for it in the streets of the Casbah of Algiers. It is one of the easiest and fastest made home recipes.

23. Latvia


Even in Europe most people do not really know where Latvia is nor do they care. Most people in Italy know the word Lettonia but they really do not know anything about it or where it is. Some British people know about Latvia because it is a popular place for men to go for pub crawls and stag parties. But it is not really on their radar.

A flight will take you directly to a rich café life, nightlife and fresh 4 star properties that offer spa treatments and good food. From your arrival in Riga, you will notice the tranquility of a capital that contrasts with the turmoil of the great cities of Western Europe.

You will be surprised by the trolleybuses of public transport, the famous Art Nouveau architectural style inscribed in UNESCO or the wooden houses of some neighborhoods of the city. The trains that transport you from one point to another in the country will remind you of a Soviet period that you thought was past.

You will perceive that the Latvians are certainly colder and more closed than the inhabitants of the west, in a fairly matriarchal society.

Dotted with beautiful villages and epic forts, the Gauja National Park in Latvia is fascinating. The tower of the Turaida Castle rises majestically over the pines. Jūrmala was once the spa and the most prestigious coastal destination of the former Russian Empire. While the Lithuanians enjoy the dunes of the Curonian Spit and the Estonians delight in the island life of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, there is the intermediate Latvian coast of Kurzeme.

Conveniently located in northeastern Europe, the size of Latvia allows you to make a quick visit and offers globetrotters the possibility of arriving in just a few hours to Lithuania and Estonia. You can visit as well as to Saint Petersburg (only 7 hours away by car) and Belarus, or even make a trip for a weekend in Finland, Sweden or Lapland itself.

Insider Tip: Did you know that Riga has its own Beer Spa - a spa where you can immerse yourself in a wooden tub filled with warm beer! You may sip a chilled beer at the same time? Latvia loves beer, so to speak, so get ready for an unusual beer experience.

24. Estonia


A stay in Estonia naturally includes a visit to its capital. Tallinn is a wonderful city that you have to discover. The city and country are certainly well known to people in the area, especially in Sweden, but as the distance from the Baltics increase, Tallinn and Estonia seem to become more and more obscure and mysterious.

Tallinn is a truly lovely city that combines the modern with the ancient. The old part of town is like slipping into medieval times, although with plenty of modern vendors and cool stuff to spend your modern euros on. Depending on where you live, Tallinn and Estonia aren’t really underrated, but the lovely country isn’t nearly as well known and visited as it should be.

There are a whole bunch of very friendly people, and lots of very weird stuff just waiting to be seen. For three euros you can climb to the top of St. Olav’s Church. But beware, this is one spooky climb. The stairs are tiny, and worn by centuries of use, and all you have is a rope to help pull yourself up. Assuming you survive the climb to the top of St. Olaf, incredible views await you. All kinds of old things to look at.

Spend some time outside the capital and discover national parks such as Lahemaa National Park or explore the surrounding islands such as Saaremaa, Hiiumaa or Vormsi. Submerge yourselves in the waters of a lake and whipped ourselves with juniper branches.

Parnu is an old and picturesque city, a well-known spa with well-developed infrastructure. Apart from comfortable hotels and inns, it has a large number of sanatoriums and nursing homes, so one can at the same time improve health. The City Hall often hosts concerts and festivals, everyone can attend. The history of the place can be known during the excursion to the Parnu museum, which has been in operation since 1895.

Through the center of the historical district of Pärnu, is the charming Rüütli street. It is famous for its architectural monuments, the variety of good restaurants and souvenir shops. Beautiful old houses from different eras have survived here. The red brick houses of the nineteenth century look especially spectacular. In summer, the facades of many buildings are decorated with fresh flowers and ornamental plants.

The most beautiful monument of architecture is Villa Ammende. The most unusual sight of Pärnu is its mole, whose length is approximately 2000 meters. It is built from huge rocks and extends to the sea. This picturesque place is considered one of the most romantic in the city. There is a good tradition of lovers kissing in the middle of the mole. They believe that the separation will not affect them.

Fans of historical excursions should definitely see the beautiful castle of Paide. The first castle in its place was built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Originally, it was called Weisenstein.

Insider Tip: The snow-covered landscape of Scandinavian winter postcards also exists here. Especially the Christmas market, is a true magical decoration. In summer, on the contrary, the days are eternal and at the end of June the night does not even fall. It is the period of barbecues and smoked fish to the firewood.

25. Belarus


You may run into a very expensive category of taxi cabs. They look like all the other taxi cabs — these vehicles have yellow registration numbers, yellow stripes on the sides and operate with taximeters. A passenger sees that and calms down. However, upon arrival at your destination, a taxi driver charges you large sums of money.

The point is that a taxi driver may be working for himself as an individual entrepreneur. In this case, he establishes fee rates himself, and they may differ significantly from those which the passengers of major cab companies and services such as Uber are accustomed to. If will be extremely difficult for you to argue the price after the completion of the ride, since those fees are legitimate.

That’s why you should use the services of major cab companies. And if you still decide to catch a cab outside, you’d better ask a driver to provide you with information about fares before the commencement of the ride. He is obliged to provide it.

Unlike the other European countries, payments for services and goods have to be done only in the national currency of Belarus – Belarusian rubles. It’s important to know that exchanging currency with private individuals is prohibited and punished by law. You should exchange your currency at banks or exchange offices.

Hopefully you have found something to inspire you in our whistle-stop trip around some of Europe's less visited places.
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2 comments:

  1. BRB. Packing my bags and jumping on a plane. Some of these are on my travel bucket list!

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  2. Looking for honeymoon places! Will be adding Egypt and Sweden to the idea list! Thanks!

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