Amazing (but unknown) places to vacation in 2016

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When planning our vacations we usually start to explore our options and most jump at the chance of visiting popular islands, busy metropolitan cities or jam-packed amusement parks. The world offers so many alternatives, but almost by instinct we usually stick to what we see in commercials. Why not live a little this year and explore some not-so-common vacation destinations that will blow your mind?

The Lycian Tombs – Lycia, Turkey

Building monumental tombs in Anatolia was tradition, but the Lycians stood out with their impeccable craftsmanship. They, to this day, have more than 1800 intact examples of their rock-carved tombs. Not only the design sets them apart from other cultures that dedicated great detail and importance to ancestor worship and their tombs. The Lycian tombs are built right into the city, where in most cases they are built in the outskirts. Visiting this unique architectural and artistic destination will definitely take your breath away.

The Hanging Bridges – Crimean Mountains, Ukraine

For those adventurous at heart you can visit the peak of the Crimean Mountain in Ukraine. Ai-Petri, or as it’s translated St. Peter, is one of the windiest places in Crimea. A one-way cable car takes passengers from the city of Alupka to the main area of Ai-Petri.

The Wahuang Palace – China

Famous due to Chinese folklore, the Wahuang Palace is where it is said the ancient Goddess NüWa created human beings. This is the earliest and largest ancient building in China to worship the Goddess NüWa. It was constructed in the 6th century, but has since then expanded until covering 760,000 square meters. Definitely a place worth travelling to to discover ancient Chinese folklore and experience the amazing landscape from the mountainside.

Grotta Palazzese – Southern Italy

This breathtaking restaurant is built into a cave in Southern Italy. It was built centuries ago 74 feet above sea level and makes for an unforgettable dining experience.

 

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The Fairy Pools. Image courtesy of Loïc Lagarde at Flickr.com 

The Fairy Pools – Isle of Skye, Scotland

The River Brittle near Glenbrittle flows into The Fairy Pools making crystal clear blue water pools that make for exquisite photographs. Although, if you’re the adventurous type these waters are known for it’s “wild swimming” and can be an amazing experience.

The Alcázar – Segovia, Spain

It’s said that this was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle. It is an antique castle dating back to 1120 that rises out of a rugged cliff. It is thought to have been used as a Roman fort at one time, but today very little evidence of it remains, since it was mainly used later on by Spanish Monarchs. Today it is a museum and military archives building.

The White Temple – Thailand

The Wat Rong Khun or “White Temple” of Chiang Rai was completely rebuilt due to a need for restoration of the original temple in the late 20th century and is one of Thailand’s most iconic temple. The white color signifies the purity of Buddha. It is full is symbolisms in it architecture and would also be a place to take amazing pictures and enjoy a tranquil and serene environment while on vacation.

Keukenhof Park – Amsterdam

This famous garden, also known as the Garden of Europe, is indeed one of the largest in the world. It is supposed to have nearly 7 million flower bulbs planted every year. It is an amazing place to visit. You can program your visit for around April, which is the best time to visit the blooming tulips.

Blagaj  – Mostar Basin

Considered to be the cultural capital of Mostar, a city located in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It stands at the edge of a Basin and it is famous for its location and architecture. It blends urban and rural structures and is situated at the spring of the Buna River. This makes for quite getaway full of nature and small town charm.

The Rainbow Mountains – China

As China’s own version of the Grand Canyon, it is a beloved location in China. It is even a new UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has put it on the map and made a much more popular travel destination. The variety of colors is unique to this mountain range and delights visitor.

Hainan Island – China

Most will choose to go to very well-known exotic islands. This year give the Hainan Island a try. It has amazing places to visit on the island like museums, temples and spas to pamper yourself a bit. It has been gaining visibility on sites like TripAdvisor and have proven to be an incredible destination be it for complete relaxation on a beach, ecotourism or cultural activities.

 

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Atoll of Rangiroa. Image courtesy of dany13 at Flickr.com

Rangiroa – French Polynesia

It is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus and one of the largest in the world, comprised of a total of 415 islands. It is full of reefs and is an amazing destination for divers. Only two islands are permanently inhabited. It’s a simply beautiful location to visit and is considered one of the best dives in the world.

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