Luckily, the world bestows upon us fascinating places that seem to be sliced from paradise. Some are even quite heavenly looking that leave you in great awe. There is plenty of destinations around the world that gain huge popularity once the tourists keep flooding them frequently. However, these are not what we are shedding the light on today, instead, we are all about spilling the tea.
This time, we are taking the opportunity to unravel some of the roads less travelled around the globe. Every corner on earth has its very own hidden gem. Ones that have been kept secret for so long that the majority of people don’t even know existed. All it takes is an explorer at heart who is ready to fly to places with high secrecy.
Delve with us into a pool of secretive spots around the world that are capable of blowing one’s mind away and pleasing the eyes of the beholder. Here is an enthralling list of pristine lands, enchanted rivers, and unspoiled forests that remained untouched by man for so long. And, while they have now seen more than a few footsteps, they still keep their Encanto.
1. Huachina Desert Oasis – Peru
They say that if you want to enjoy places that have been unspoiled by men, you need to get on the off-beaten paths more often. Truth is, whoever said that couldn’t be more right, for the best places in the world are the hidden gem destinations that eager travellers mostly look for. South America is home to some of the best scenic natural wonders, so we’re shedding the light on a Peruvian secret spot.
Huachina Desert is a Peruvian destination that doesn’t get a lot of visitors every year. It also earned the title of “Oasis of America” given the existence of an unexpected oasis in the middle of the spacious desert lands. The huge dunes of this area embrace what it ought to be the only natural oasis, not only in Peru but in all of South America.
The presence of water helped in the growth of more than a few palm trees that embellish the desert into a paradisal image that looks quite surreal. For adrenaline-rush lovers, this spot is a natural playground for all sorts of sand activities, including dune buggy and sand boarding. The fact that people show up in this area less frequently makes it even more enjoyable and meditating.
2. Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland
Here we are on this list, not only unravelling some of the world’s best-hidden gem destinations but also ones that are deemed among the world’s wonders. The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is perceived by the Irish as the World’s 8th Wonder. It lies in a secluded area, spanning along the coastline of north Antrim.
This huge attraction isn’t to be missed when you are exploring parts of the Irish lands. Interestingly, it is a huge passage that connects Ireland and Scotland through this enormous bridge, no wonder the locals think of it as one of the Wonders of the World. The best part is that you can get to see Scotland while laying your feet on the Irish lands. How wonderful!
There is a very popular legend that is associated with the Giant’s Causeway and it is one of the most popular tales in both Irish and Scottish mythology. The tale goes as follows; it proclaims that the bridge was built by the giant Finn McCool in an attempt to reach Scotland.
His purpose was to build a huge bridge that stretches across the sea to fight his enemy Benandonner. Finn McCool kept tearing parts of the coastline, throwing them into the sea to build that bridge only to get to Scotland and realise his enemy was so much bigger than he seemed from across the sea.
3. The Sagano Bamboo Forest – Japan
The Japanese city of Kyoto is home to the world’s most splendid grove, the Sagano Bamboo Forest. This spot is unmissable if you are finding your way around the Japanese cities, especially since that is a little secluded, where it lies on the outskirts of Kyoto. The forest is home to towering green plants that sway over the path, creating a tranquillising rustling sound.
While this spot is not actually considered a hidden gem as it formerly used to be, you can still derail the crowded pathways of visitors to be able to enjoy the sound of nature. The good news is that it is still not that crowded or bombarded with tourists like many other destinations.
The long stalks decorate the forest in a tremendously meditating setting, allowing the sun to travel through the spaces and caress the natural landscapes. Nothing can beat the euphoria that you get while walking in the middle of nature and feeling like one with it.
4. The Gryfino Forest (The Crooked Forest) – Poland
Here is another forest on our enthralling list of the world’s best-hidden gem destinations, but this time, it is in Poland. The Gryfino Forest, also known as the Crooked Forest, is a grove that has always been shrouded in mystery. It is your best pick if you are up to seeing something a little bizarre that you don’t get to see in your everyday life.
This forest is located in West Pomerania, in the town of Gryfino, hence the name. It features a huge set of long trees that have crooked trunks rather than stand straight and tall. The bent bases of the long pines give you the feeling of being a Halloween movie. Although there is no sketchy story that was associated with how these trees came to being.
The Gryfino Forest is now a protected natural monument in Poland. It embraces around 400 trees that were planted around 1930. One of the popular theories that attempt to explain the odd nature of these trees claims that trees were covered in heavy snow when they were still young and growing. However, there has never been anything that supports nor refutes this claim.
5. Lake Bohinj – Slovenia
This Slovenian hidden gem is best explored during winter when snow covers every part and makes it even more wonderful. Lake Bohinj is the largest lake in Slovenia, lying in the Bohinj Valley of the Julian Alps. It is quite enjoyable during the snowy days of winter but the best part is that you can actually get to visit it during the summer or any other season as well.
You can easily access Lake Bohinj by hopping on a train coming from Nova Gorica or Jasenice. It embraces a wide array of sightings to observe while hiking around the area. The area is surrounded by splendid mountains with snowy caps and clear waters running in between, creating a beautiful vista. This lake is one of the roads less travelled destinations in the country despite being home to scenic views and more than a few activities that will keep your heart pumping.
On this heaven on earth, you can create a lot of unforgettable memories and enjoy so many activities besides just walking around and beholding the fascinating views. While hiking is a popular activity around here, you can up your game by going paragliding, waterfall trekking, or even biking.
6. Faroe Islands – Denmark
Should you want to see some of the most breathtaking views, Denmark should be your next stop. This country holds a good portion of the world’s raw beauty. There are more than a few hidden gems to discover while exploring the Danish lands. But if we were to point one hidden gem out of the many ones available, we would definitely pick the Faroe Islands.
The Faroe Islands has been kept a secret for quite so long before it was unearthed by an eager traveller who spilt the tea for those who would want to follow in his steps. These islands are made up of several small islands. And although they are part of the Danish lands, it is lies outside the borders, being much closer to Norway.
There are so many things to see and so in the Faroe Islands that will give you an unforgettable experience. One of the attractions that you shall see is the cascading waterfalls of Mulafossur, which are gracefully presented in the middle of nature. Fossa waterfall is another majestic sight too long for. Birdwatching is another popular activity around here, given the rare breeds that live on the Vestmanna bird cliffs.
7. Las Grutas Tolantongo – Mexico
Central America is famous for its natural landscapes that fill every corner of the splendid continent, and Mexico suffers no shortage of that beauty. There is a lot to do around Mexico, including taking plentiful bites of the spicy Mexican cuisine, immersing yourself in the Hispanic culture, and learning more about the locals. One more thing to do is look out for the top hidden gem destinations.
One of the undisclosed spots that we urge you to visit is the Grutas Tolantongo. You will be spellbound once you lay your eyes on this natural masterpiece. Las Grutas Tolantongo is a series of caves that cuddle more than a few thermal water pools residing on the mountainside. They don’t even lie that far away from the capital city. A 3-hour drive is all it takes to reach there from Mexico City.
The thermal pools are plentiful, allowing you to relax in the hot waters while admiring the splendid vistas. It is the perfect getaway from the insanity of our daily fast-paced lives. If you happen to fall on the adventurous side, then you shouldn’t miss flying through the air on a zip line and feel the blood pumping through every part of your body.
8. Socotra Island – Yemen
Yemen may not be among the countries with great propaganda and live hype, yet it does hold some of the world’s beautiful landscapes. Socotra Island is a hidden gem in Yemen that is totally worth discovering. This island embraces the largest portion of the landmass of the Socotra archipelago, lying around 380 kilometres south of the Arabian Peninsula.
Although Socotra actually lies within the Yemen borders, it is considered to be part of Africa, given its location between Yemen and Somalia. The island has proven its great significance and contribution to the Earth, given that it serves the planet by conserving biodiversity. That’s because scientists discovered rare species of flora and fauna. Not only that, but it also embraces some rare species of reptiles, snails, and birds that cannot be found elsewhere.
This secluded land has been best-kept a hidden gem for quite some time until UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 2008. It is still among the less crowded attractions in Yemen and it is even called the virgin land. Its location is where the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet. This leaves room for amazing relaxation on the shores and snorkelling with the dolphins.
9. The Inverted Tower – Portugal
The Portuguese lands are rich with historical attractions, splendid landscapes, amazing beaches, adventurous outdoors, and just everything that suits every kind of traveller. We are spotting the shades over the hidden gem that left many of the rare viewers stunned with the mystery residing in this architectural masterpiece, the inverted tower.
The inverted tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located near the historic centre of Sintra. It lies in the area of Quinta de Regaleria, revealing a deep history when many cultures were so interconnected. The inverted tower divulges the architectural styles of the Renaissance, Gothic, Egyptian, and Moorish.
The naming of the tower comes from the fact that there is what is known as the Initiation Wells. They are a pair of wells that go deep down in a circular shape, looking like a tower that is upside down, being below the palace instead of at its top.
10. Blue Lake – China
Lakes have that fascinating appeal that seems to capture your mind into a different realm, where calmness and tranquillity are all that surround you. In China lies one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, the blue lake. Besides its unprecedented beauty, it also happens to be a Chinese hidden gem despite the high population of this country.
The lake is also known as the Five Flower Lake of China, where five different colours of aquatic flora brighten up the lake. There are also several trunks of trees found submerged below the water. This lake is situated within the Jiuzhaigou National Park of China. The park lies in the middle of the Min Mountains and spans an area of 72 thousand hectares.
11. Estérel Massif – France
If you are a fan of the raw beauty of France, you are definitely aware that nothing can beat the majesty of a French hidden gem. And not just a pristine spot that keeps its splendour reserved, it also spans along the Mediterranean coast, adding even more allure to the fascinating vista. This place of unprecedented enchantment is the Estérel Massif.
This French beauty is located on the western side of the French Riviera. It middles between Cannes and St. Tropez. The Estérel Massif represents a splendid mountain range that gradually rises from the coast. It creates an alluring panorama, blending the turquoise waters with the beautifully planted mountains and the red cliffs.
The place looks like it was taken straight out of a fairytale. There are many beaches to enjoy and take pleasure in the tranquillity of this spot. Hiking through the hills is another euphoric activity, for you will be rewarded with endless views that will leave you spellbound. Swimming in Saint-Cassien Lake is a great idea to enjoy the waters away from the crowded beaches.
12. Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon) – Jordan
Desert adventure can have its very own charm, but it is not for the faint of heart. Many Arab countries offer a magnificently spacious sandpit to let you enjoy one great element of nature, and Jordan is no exception. One of the amazing places that you should visit is Wadi Rum, which is also known as the Valley of the Moon.
Wadi Rum is located in South Jordan, east of the Rift Valley. It covers over seventy thousand hectares, displaying vast landscapes of sand dunes. It may not necessarily be a hidden gem since it is one of the highlights of Jordan, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, the desert is not for everyone, and this area is not crowded with so many people.
This area is just perfect for experiences that you may have never been through. Riding camels or in 4×4 Jeep, cars are exciting enough activities to go back home and tell your friends and family about. You can also camp and watch the sunset or the shining stars at night in a setting that so much looks like an extraterrestrial place. Feel free to climb some of the rock formations and snap some pictures for some unforgettable memories.
13. The Haiku Stairs – Hawaii
Hawaii holds many of the planet’s surreal sightings and breathtaking beaches. It is one of the best getaway destinations and amazing holiday spots to enjoy your time away from the bustling cities and daily busy lives. If most, if not all, of the popular attractions in Hawaii seem like a slice from paradise, what would a hidden gem look like?
The Haiku Stairs in Hawaii is a celestial secret spot that sits on the fascinating island of Oahu, on the east side, precisely. It doesn’t seem to be crowded with lots of people, not because there is anything wrong with it but because it has more than three thousand steps that span along the mountain range of Ko’olau.
These stairs also go by the name “the Stairway to Heaven,” which could imply more than a few meanings if we are being honest here. Hiking is a popular activity around that area but not if you are willing to take the actual stairways they were made illegal. Other safe trails can get you to the top of the mountain. Once you are up there, you will get the reason behind such a naming when your vision is filled with unobstructed views of spellbinding nature.
14. Lake Natron – Tanzania
Tanzania is among Africa’s greatest countries. The wildlife and nature there are not to be compared. This is exactly where the beauty of Africa lies, and Tanzania is lucky enough to have its fair share of this natural beauty. If you are up for an out-of-the-world adventure, Lake Natron is the next destination to plan on visiting.
Lake Natron is a hidden gem that lies in the district of Arusha Region, just north of Ngorongoro in what is known as the Gregory Rift. The phantasm of this body of water is its red colour which creates a bizarre scene that is quite intimidating yet pleasing to the eyes. This lake is characterised by its high-alkaline nature, being home to specific species of animals, including unique fish and flamingos.
Any other creature that doesn’t have the adaptation properties that go with this lake would end up dead. Animals or humans alike. The colour of the lake is derived from the microorganisms that cause its bright red, along with the sodium carbonate, and other minerals, that the surrounding hills seem to cast out.
Needless to say, it is prohibited to get into this salty lake, for it is deadly. However, visiting just to enjoy the out-worldly scenery is an experience that you will never regret. It is an enthralling addition to your safari around Tanzania that you don’t want to miss. Interestingly, you will get across much wildlife that you may not expect to see around here, including camels.
15. Djara Cave – Egypt
Exploring the vast deserts of Egypt is an enthralling adventure that is not to be missed. Egypt is home to more than a few attractions. Lots of them possess raw beauty and breathtaking vistas to die for. Secret treasures fill every corner in the spacious Egyptian lands. And, if you are looking for a fascinating hidden gem to add to your itinerary, we have the right one for you. Djara Cave!
Caves can be quite terrific, showing you the splendid capabilities of nature, and Djara Cave doesn’t fall short of any beauty. It lies in the Western Desert of Egypt in Farafra Oasis. The overly dry climate of the area resulted in the creation of this cave over millions of years. Now we are blessed enough to get the chance to see this magnificent beauty.
Djara Cave is deemed among the most beautiful attractions in the region of Africa. The insides of the cave are to be explored by tourists under the supervision of a tour. This cave seems like one to be decorated in a great manner.
16. Picos de Europa – Spain
Spain is a wonderful place with a rich history, unique culture, amazing people, and, definitely, a beautiful language. Let’s say you pick Spain as your top next destination, we urge you to pack your things and go. We are unravelling a hidden gem with lots of outdoor activities and breathtaking panoramic views like no other, the Picos de Europa.
The Picos de Europa translates into the Peaks of Europe, revealing an enchanting mountain range like no other. This region possesses lots of secret spots, extending for several kilometres at a time. It is also located inside a national park under the same name, located in a great spot between Leon and Castile.
Your way to the magnificent destination is a trip on its own. You will be rewarded with unobstructed views and alluring displays of nature. Hiking and cycling are the most common activities around the area. There are so many spots that you don’t want to miss. You can also consider putting in your daily workout while getting to see a different part of the world.