Some destinations will attract huge numbers of visitors year after year no matter what.
It’s hard to imagine a time when culture vultures won’t head to Paris or roller coaster junkies won’t flock to Florida.
But what if you want to get away from the conventional crowds of tourists and try something unexpected?
These are the top 5 lesser-known destinations to visit in 2024 according to a new report by lastminute.com:
Turin is an incredibly beautiful city that is known as the ‘Paris of Italy’. It is a city of culture, it has an incredible elegant feel, and boasts grand architecture too.
Tourists can wander down the wide boulevards, stop for pastries in the pavement cafes, and soak in the unique Italian atmosphere.
If you’re looking to expand your mind as part of your vacation then there’s no better place to be.
Turin is home to a huge number of world-class museums including what is considered to be the best Egyptian Museum outside of Egypt.
But despite this Turin doesn’t attract the crowds of other Italian cities such as Venice. Venice is under serious threat from rapid development, rising sea levels, and too many tourists. Turin makes a great alternative Italian destination.
In 2023 France was the most popular European destination for American travelers and more American travelers visited Paris than any other French city.
Paris is the city of love and romance and the iconic Eiffel Tower. But it is also crowded with tourists and difficult to explore, especially during the heat of the summer months.
That’s why lastminute.com is suggesting that travelers explore France’s Champagne region instead.
This region is located in the northeast of France, and as the name suggests it is where the world-class sparkling wine is produced.
As well as enjoying visiting vineyards and wine tastings in some of the world’s most famous Champagne houses and wineries, it is also a great place for a romantic getaway and exploring France’s cultural heritage.
The Hague, Netherlands
Amsterdam has suffered from chronic overcrowding as a result of huge numbers of tourists this year. But it isn’t the only fascinating destination to visit in the Netherlands.
The Hague is the political heart of the Netherlands and it is a city with unique global significance because it houses organizations like the International Court of Justice.
But it is the city’s relaxed atmosphere, beautiful green spaces, and rich culture that attracts tourists.
And because The Hague is on the coast, you can enjoy a day by the beach as part of your city explorations too.
Basque Country, Spain
There is no bad part of Spain, but each of the country’s autonomous regions has its own distinct vibe.
Barcelona is a bustling and vibrant metropolis but the over-tourism in the city is turning many visitors off. For this reason, tourists interested in exploring Spain are advised to visit the Basque Country instead.
The Basque Country is considered the authentic heart of Spain and offers a unique Spanish experience that can’t be beaten. Enjoy the friendly local tapas bars, immerse yourself in Basque culture, or see the breathtaking architectural feats of some of Spain’s oldest cities such as San Sebastien.
The Basque Country also has an expansive coastline, so you can experience the traditional delights of lazy days on Spanish beaches to
The Basque people are very proud of their unique and fascinating heritage. The landscapes and scenery are spectacular, leaving tourists awe-inspired by the views.
And it would be impossible to talk about Basque Country without mentioning the food, which is some of the very best in Spain.
Machu Picchu is by far the most popular tourist destination in Peru but many tourists mistakenly believe it is the only Peruvian city worth visiting. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Choquequirao is considered the sister city to Machu Picchu but it receives significantly fewer visitors. This means that visiting is a more serene and authentic experience.
This is a great trip for adventurous travelers who like a challenge. Visiting Choquequirao involves a 50km trek to heights of 3,050 meters.
If you can manage the journey, then the rewards are significant. The ruins in Choquequirao are three times bigger than those in Machu Picchu and because they aren’t visited by many tourists you may even find you have the incredible experience of enjoying the site all to yourself.
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