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Favorite Hidden Gems / Underrated Spots
by mappedbymelissa
My favorite off the beaten path places around the world! 🗺
Ljubljana, Ljubljana
destination
Ljubljana
Surprisingly one of the most beautiful European capitals I have seen!
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Panama, PA
outdoors
Bocas del Toro Province
A tremendously fun archipelago of islands in the Caribbean.. I lived and worked here for two months while doing my Divemaster training so it feels like home!
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Ayia Napa, Famagusta
outdoors
Ayia Napa
One of the most beautiful cave and rock formations I’ve seen anywhere!
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Bled, Radovljica
other
Bled
Bled has a church in the middle of an island in the middle of a beautiful turquoise lake in the middle of the mountains!
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Greece, GR
outdoors
Saronic Islands
Much less crowded than its touristy sibling the Cyclades, nice area to go sailing
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Croatia, HR
outdoors
Nugal
The Dalmatian Coast is lesser known but just as beautiful to Italy’s Amalfi Coast on the Adriatic Sea
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Sveti Stefan, Budva Municipality
other
Sveti Stefan
A site to be seen! A gorgeous exclusive island resort for residents and guests only, but also admired from afar! Looks like a postcard :)
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Baku, Azerbaijan
other
Baku
I had no idea what to expect but now I understand why it’s called the jewel of the Caspian Sea- such a clean, modern oasis of a city
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Alva, QLD
outdoors
Yongala Dive
My favorite shipwreck/dive site, and I’ve logged over 100 dives in all corners of the world!
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Willemstad, Curaçao
other
Pietermaai
Reminds me of something out of a awesome Anderson movie.. very quaint, colorful houses with a backdrop to boot!
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Tallinn, Harju County
destination
Tallinn
I think Tallinn competes with Prague as far as frozen-in-time, Middle Ages feel, but with fewer tourists
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Peru, PE
outdoors
Fortaleza de Kuelap
A much less visited archeological site than its Cusco counterpart Machu Pichu
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Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province
destination
Ushuaia
Southernmost city in the world and jumping off point for cruises to Antarctica, also great for skiing the Andes :)
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Antarctica, AQ
other
Port Lockroy
Adorable Gentoo penguins that remind you of Happy Feet and a penguin post office to send home evidence :)
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Ganvie, Atlantique Department
other
Ganvie
A floating village entirely on stilts in the middle of a lake in Benin
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Akureyri, Iceland
outdoors
Akureyri
This northern town in Iceland has some amazing waterfalls as well as geothermal hot springs inside caves perfect for skinny dipping
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Namibia, NA
outdoors
Fish River Canyon
The largest canyon in Africa and one of the largest in the world, it has way fewer visitors than its famous cousin the Grand Canyon
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Swakopmund, Erongo Region
outdoors
Swakopmund
This German colonial town is the gateway to the largest sand dunes in the world, and if you’re adventurous, you can even go sandboarding down them!
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