Most seasoned travellers will have crossed some pretty big names off their ravel bucket list, and many fresh faced newbies will be composing their own lists with some very renowned places of their own. Places like Paris and Las Vegas are bound to see flows of visitors every year and well deserved too considering the PR cities like these have on the travel market. But it’s important to expand your horizons and maybe try something a little against the grain, not only to improve your experiences but also because those kinds of trips make the best Facebook stories. For a little reprieve from the many, many tourist traps around the world, here are a few of the most underrated cities in the world;
Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro and sits quietly on the Gulf of Kotor. With a population of some off 13000s, attracting tourists hasn’t exactly been top of the priority list. With its classic architecture and the backdrop of the bay, the city practically calls to people who have a penchant for romance, history and a love for vivid architecture. And although there has been a slight increase in visitors mostly via cruise ships and yachts, it still remains as one of the most underrated cities.
The heart of South Africa, Johannesburg is rapidly moving towards progress after nearly two decades of neglect. Unfortunately that time has left the city a bad reputation. The structures and core of the city are smartening up. But the most striking feature of Johannesburg is its museums. With sobering museums like the Apartheid Museum which holds exhibits that resonate deeply and Wits Art Museum that showcase the outstanding cultural art scene of Africa, the city is definitely one of the most underrated cities of the world.
Even with the honour of being the first permanent capital of Japan, and an astounding eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Nara is still somewhat stuck in the shadows of big brother Kyoto. The city has some of the most impressive sights in Japan; best of them all is the Great Buddha, also called the Daibutsu which was completed in 1252. Another great thing about Nara is that it is cosy and compact, and if you’re smart about it much of the sightseeing can be done in a day. Although a leisurely exploration spanning a few days soaking in the environment is also recommended, especially with the high quality accommodations.
The city Hoi An is located on the coast of the Vietnam’s Central Sea and is recognised as UESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient historic town is wonderfully preserved and endears itself to any visitors willing to give the town a chance. Hoi An is the best example to explore the 15th to 19th century South East Asian trading port. The effect of an ancient ambiance with its grand architecture and a lovely riverside is enhanced by the utter astonishing lack of traffic and subsequent pollution that followed the 21st century.
With cobble-stoned lanes and canals flanked by market squares and surrounded by sky high towers, it’s hard to see why Bruges would be one of the most underrated cities. Also considering the fact that like many other entries on this list, this city too is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although there is an undeniable influx of tourists during weekends, it’s the weekdays when the magic happens and in the quiet of the busy metropolitan the true charm of the city can be experienced.
The city of Kraków dates back to the 7th centuries, making it one of the oldest cities in Poland. And though it has been one of the leading centres of academic, artistic and cultural scene of Poland it still has yet to capture attention the way it deserves. The best part perhaps is that it is believed that Kraków was found upon the defeat of a dragon. That’s one history anyone would want on their Wikipedia.
Despite being Puerto Rico’s most important seaport, San Juan is known to be one of the most underrated cities in the world. With its history dating back to 1521, it also has the honour of being the second oldest European found settlement in the US jurisdiction. With its timeworn walls, colonial artefacts, galleries and the silky beaches, San Juan speaks volumes of the past as well as what’s to come for the future.
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