EIGHT of The world’s most underrated destinations
1. Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
While Lake Bled may have the name recognition, another body of water in the Julian Alps should also be on your radar. More remote and just as breathtaking, Lake Bohinj is a nature lover’s paradise. Visitors can explore the gorgeous environs by hiking, biking and kayaking.
2. Gozo, Malta
Gozo, Malta’s sister island, is small in size but rich in history. The nine-mile-long Mediterranean island contains 46 churches and a megalithic temple complex called Ġgantija, whose name is derived from the Maltese word for ‘giant’.
3. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, a city with a cosmopolitan feel and a rural heritage, is located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. While some only visit to experience the famous mountains, there’s much more to do – whether you’re taking in an exhibit at the Glenbow Museum, which specialises in art and artefacts from Western Canada, or checking out the local foodie scene at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. The former cattle-ranching capital is perhaps best known for its annual rodeo, a 10-day event called the Calgary Stampede.
4. Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan
Characterised by their thatched-roofed, Gassho-style farmhouses – a traditional form of Japanese architecture that evolved to withstand the elements – the historic villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are charmingly nestled in a river valley in central Japan.
5. Anguilla, the Caribbean
ACaribbean island with some of the best beaches. With an embargo on cruise ships, casinos and even high-rise hotels, Anguilla is far from a tourist trap. According to users on TripAdvisor, Shoal Bay is one of the best beaches on the island – and possibly in the world; ‘The white powder sand and turquoise water is so peaceful and beautiful.
6. Bryggen, Bergen, Norway
While often overshadowed by Oslo, Norway’s second-largest city, Bergen, has plenty to offer. From the vibrant buildings that dot Bryggen, a historic harbour district and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the spectacular views from Fløyen Mountain, which is accessible by funicular, charm and natural beauty abound. An ideal destination for watersports fans, visitors can also go kayaking and rafting through Norway’s famous fjords.
7. La Roque-Gageac, France
Located on the north bank of the Dordogne River, La Roque-Gageac is a picturesque cliff-side village known for its yellow houses, which were built from stone in the traditional Périgord style. The village also features a 12th-century fort and an exotic garden.
8. Faroe Islands, Denmark
Situated in the North Atlantic, halfway between Scotland and Iceland, the Faroe Islands comprise 18 volcanic islands that span 70 miles in total. While this Danish archipelago is known for its tiny, colourful houses, it’s also rich in dynamic scenery, from basalt cliffs to waterfalls.