The world is filled with plenty of incredible places that are not as popular as the more touristy destinations owing to several factors such as accessibility or because they remain undiscovered by popular media. However, that doesn’t make them any less worth visiting. From relaxing islands to cobalt waters to flourishing flower fields to striking waterfalls, they are as gorgeous and dazzling as heir more popular counterparts. Here’s a list of the 14 hidden gems that deserve a chance on your travel wish-list. Who knows you may be the first few visitors to popularize the place?
01. Huacachina, Peru
Huacachina is a strikingly beautiful oasis located in the center of Peru’s vast desert. It located a about a 4-5 hour drive from Lima. It looks stunningly beautiful and lit-up in its tangerine hues at sundown. The best part- the small town houses only 200 people, which make you feel like you are completely isolated from the rest of mankind. Don’t miss going sandboard riding on the country’s famed hills.
02. Lake Hillier, Australia
Imagine witnessing sandy beaches in the middle of several eucalyptus trees near a pristine, pink lake. Yes, when the visualization itself is so stunning, imagine how beautiful the place will be in reality. What makes it even more exciting is the fact that the place is accessible only via air. The place was discovered in the early 19th century, and is bright pink throughout the year. Though the color is attributed to bacterial activity in water, no one knows the exact reason for the unusual water hue.
03. The Silfra Fissure, Iceland
Nestled in Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park, this destination has the potential to be a hit among adventure buffs, nature lovers and divers. You may lose the depth sense owing to the fact that the water is chilling cold and transparent. One can view 300 meters below water because it is so crystal clear and pure.
04. Popeye Village, Malta
The vibrant and ruggedly beautiful Popeye village is Malta’s true hidden gem. The tiny, colorful houses in the village were created for shooting a musical in the early 80s. Today, the village has been converted into an exciting resort, complete with an amusement park, stunning bay vistas and cruises. Some home interiors still retain their original appeal when the Popeye musical was being shot.
05. Flores Island, Portugal
Flores Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is known for its unusual plants and animal resources. It is nestled in the western most part of the more popular Azores islands near Portugal’s stunning looking coast. Flores Island literally means cape of flowers, and the entire territory is enveloped in flowers of all hues. That’s not all in this Portuguese hidden gem. The attraction also boasts of natural springs, sprawling rice fields, blue lagoons, cozy hamlets, pristine lakes and a string of well-known caves.
06. Hidden Beach, Mexico
Playa de Amor or Hidden Beach is a little known beach featuring pristine waters and a huge assortment of bird species. This secret paradise is accessible only through water. You’ll have to sail your way through innumerable underwater caves before you are rewarded with the sight of an exceptionally intriguing beach cast away on the island. Truly adventurous!
07. The Cave of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, France
The place was discovered in the mid 19th century by a French explorer and hunter. The Grotto de Saint Marcel D’ardeche is nestled in the Rhone region of the beautiful French Alps. There is a huge chain of interconnected caves that feature amazingly clear water and vibrant rocks of all shapes and sizes.
08. Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia
Las Lajas Sanctuary is nestled in the middle of a gorge that is juxtaposed between Ecuador and Colombia’s border. This stunning, neo-Gothic structure and its artistic interiors are truly worth witnessing. The church is housed over the river, in the middle of rock formations and waterfalls.
09. The Marbles Cave, Chile
Nestled on the General Carrera Lake on a pleasant looking peninsula in Chile, The Marbles Cave is a large cave network that is formed as a result of water activity going on for several thousand years. Witness the swirls of white marble walls as they capture the destination’s unique natural appeal.
10. Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain
Setenil is a no-fuss, small town in southern Spain. What’s so special about it, you ask? Well, for 800 years, the town has existed inside a rock. All houses have roofs and other parts made of basalt rocks. Locals are protected from the blistering sun, and harsh wind. Truly unique abode this in the middle of Spain’s mountainous countryside.
11. Isola Bella, Italy
Isola Bella is a gorgeous Italian island that will make you feel like you’ve landed straight on a movie set. This Lago Maggiore located island is known to be one of the world’s prettiest spots. There’s a majestic Borromeo palace, and multi-level flourishing graden replete with terraces, fountains and elegant grottos. The island isn’t very big in size, but huge is appeal. Spot white peacocks roaming about in the island’s gardens. Instargram perfect, we say!
12. The Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
The Lencois Maranhenses National Park in Brazil is nestled on the Atlantic Ocean coast in Brazil’s northeastern region. Go during the rainy season when you’ll witness several thousand sapphire lagoons erupting in the middle of sand dunes. Makes for a truly intriguing sight! The lagoons are filled with fish and other sea creatures that mysteriously get here. The best time travel here – July to September, because the lagoons are at their resplendent best during this time.
13. Dongchuan Red Soil, China
This is another fascinating mountainous valley nestled in Kunming’s southwestern region. Owing to the fact that the place is extremely isolated, it doesn’t figure on China’s map. The spot was found only in the 90s, and still remains unknown. The swirly landscape looks like a medley of fabrics that are deep red and brownish in color due to the high presence of a variety of minerals.
14. The Door Hell (Darvaza Crater)
The flaming crater is locally referred to as “the door to hell”, and was discovered by geologists as a cave filled with natural gas. To avoid harmful consequences on life in and around the region, the gases were burned. While people expected the fire to be doused in a few days, it is still burning, almost after a century later. This unusual and intriguing natural process has curious tourists thronging here to learn more about the place.