Summer is slowly approaching and while we all enjoy our fair share of hot days, sometimes it’s overwhelming and we need time to catch a breath and recharge our batteries before turning back to the crowded beaches and cities again. With so many people on the move all around the world, the popular destinations are no longer an option for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. So why not turn our attention to these underrated crowd-free destinations? Enjoy local cuisine and explore untouched oases while having the experience of a fun getaway. Here is a list of 10 more peaceful-under-the-radar getaways.
This tiny country located between Switzerland and Austria, is blessed with outstanding natural beauty and a very beloved Crown Prince. It is a shame Liechtenstein is not even in our thoughts when planning a trip because this idyllic setting is a surreal hideaway nestled in the Rhine Valley with villages tumbling down lush mountains. Even though Liechtensetin is more famous for its winter sports and activities, there are plenty of other fun things to do during summer as well. The capital, Vaduz, may be a little bit more bigger than a village but do not let it size fool you. Most of Liechtenstein’s sightseeing attractions are here: State Art Collection, The Postage Stamp Museum, The National Museum and Vaduz Castle, are some of the places that will keep you entertained.
The second smallest of the Aeolian Islands, Panarea is a luxurious Italian Island and a haven of understated pedigree and elegance. San Pietro is the only substantially developed area of Panarea and it is more like a village than anything else and just 5 minutes away from the port. It’s a highly exclusive choice of destination for celebrities so you’ll have to make reservations in advance. Panarea is a no-car island, so, if you want to see the Bronze Age ruins, you’ll have to hike or take a golf-cart. In 2000, the island earned the UNESCO World Heritage distinction which helped preserving the island’s original charm. This place could not be more appropriate for those looking to disappear for a while. Also, don’t forget to make time for scuba diving.
Situated on the coast of Maine, and in close proximity to the Canadian Maritimes, Lubec’s connection to the sea has shaped its destiny and is securing its future as a peaceful retreat to escape from modern life. From trade fishing in the early years through the prosperous era of herring processing, and into the present with efforts to forge economic recovery through aqua culture and tourism, this town has preserved the surrounding terrains with rugged coastal settings and natural beauty combined with solitude and tranquility rarely found anywhere nowadays. There is a wide array of options regarding accommodation, with wealth picturesque waterfront cottages and chalets.
Located in the Visayan Sea, in the province of Cebu, Philippines, Bantayan Island is essentially a fishing island group. These lesser known lush islands are covered in mangrove and palm trees, making them a great place for a natural retreat. Accommodations are basic but that is part of the local charm and it keeps tourists away. The main attractions are St. Peter and Paul Parish Church, the Palawood Festival held every year on June 29, the Town Plaza and the Market and Food Park. Bantayan also has five islet barangays with many other smaller islets. These emerald green patches of land are sporadically spread out in the blue green waters that embrace the town.
The French Island in the Mediterranean Sea, Corsica is an ideal place for many kinds of vacations. Whether you’re looking for beaches, culture, hiking or diving, Corsica has it all. The island’s main attractions are lofty mountains, sunny beaches, picturesque towns and villages, and old towers and citadels. This island not only impresses with its scenic shorelines and glistening bays, it also awaits for you to uncover and explore the wonderful fishing villages and stunning beaches. Your experience would not be complete without the luxurious restaurants perfect for long lazy lunches and the charming hotels. And the most important aspect of it all, you can enjoy all this far way from the maddening crowds of the mainland.
Scedro is an island in the Adriatic Sea off the South coast of the island Hvar, Croatia. Even though in the past few years Croatia’s popularity increased rapidly, Scedro remains an intimate retreat of tranquility. Protected as a natural park, the island untouched beauty and hidden covens, provides a private experience to every visitor, and the charming coves and caves and the sweet aroma of nature, will make you fall in love with this place. On the hill there is an old, abandoned village, Nastane, which will take you back in time with its picturesque stone houses.
7. Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks is 200 mile long string of narrow barrier island off the coast of North Carolina and a small portion of Virginia, beginning in the southeast corner of Virginia Beach on the east cost of the United States. Among these small island it is not hard to find your own piece of paradise. With luxurious spas, restaurants, and empty beaches, the Outer Banks are an idyllic heaven. A perfect place for travelers looking to kick back and enjoy the simple things in life. Solo travel, an all-girls’ getaway, or simply a family vacation, you can indulge in seaweed body wraps, fine wine, and boutique shopping. Fishing, water sports, and cycling also help kill your time. Visit Fort Raleigh, a National Historic Site, and go to Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park to discover the behind-the-scene life of the seafarers.
Bequia is the largest island in the Grenadines and it is part of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and approximately 15 kilometers away from the nation’s capital, Kingstown, on the main island. Remote but accessible and affordable, Bequia is the stylish and authentic alternative to its pricier neighbourhood Mustique. This tiny island has a unique, magical charm, which is hard to find anywhere else in the Caribbean. Bequia makes the perfect Caribbean island with its beautiful sandy beaches where mroe then teon people constitute a crowd, with lush green hillsides, attractive little villages, intimate hotels and guest houses, a place where you can find that perfect solitude.
Minorca or Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea, belonging to Spain. Named by the Romans, the island offers a wealth lush of interior canopy, history, and sweeping bays. And despite its reputation, the island remains one of the most unspoilt in the Mediterranean. The local lobster and tuna dishes will be the highlight of your trip, along with tasting gin, since Minorca is an important gin producer. This peaceful oasis awaits to be discovered. From sailing, scuba diving and water surfing, to visiting historic sites like the old town of Ciudadela, prehistoric remains like the Naveta des Tudons Megalithic site, and even small fishing villages that still conserve their ancient traditions, Minorca is the place to visit this summer.
10. Jura and Three Lakes
Located in Switzerland and famous for its varying landscapes protected by nature, and historical and architectural heritage, Jura and Three Lakes delights its visitors and it’s a perfect choice to take a break from the heat of the summer. The green paradise offered by the spectacular mountains of Neuchâtel, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, the towns La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, will sweep you off your feet. The Bernese Jura consists of an abundance of free spaces between valleys, mountains and meadows of flowers, and are perfect for a peaceful getaway. The Three Lakes district with its natural plantations, vineyards, and picturesque villages is a must-visit kind of place.