Places most travellers don’t know about 2


Written by Valentina Romano

In our previous article on the places that most travellers don’t know about we explored the Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, a one of a kind restaurant in Italy; the beautiful medieval town of Albarracín; the village of Valloria where every building door is painted; and the fascinating Buddhist site of Bagan in Myanmar.

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These, however, are only few of the numerous spots that most people do not about. Indeed, there are so many beautiful and unknown places around the world that The Golden Scope decided to turn the “Places Most Travellers Don’t Know About” article into a weekly column.

This way you will be able to “get to know” as many hidden gems as possible, and next time you book a holiday somewhere, you will already know where to go and what to see in order to have an authentic local experience!

An aerial view of one of the Hawaiian islands.

Be ready to be transported throughout the most incredible regions of our planet.


Painted Churches, Troödos Region, Cyprus
These beautiful painted churches are actually listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List. Nestled on the Troödos Mountains of central Cyprus, this place features ten Byzantine churches and monasteries all richly decorated with Byzantine and post-Byzantine murals.
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Molokai Island, Hawaii, U.S.A.
This island is considered to be the fifth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands and the 27th largest in the whole of the United States. Despite the large-sized territory, Moilokai is actually among the least populated island in the Hawaiian archipelago. This island is extremely beautiful as it is completely immersed in nature.
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Davit Gareji Monastery Complex, Georgia
The monasteries can be dated back to the 6th century. Since its founding, the complex has always been an important centre of religious and cultural activities. The whole place is beautifully preserved and presents Georgian Orthodox architectural features. Davit Gareji Monastery Complex is located 60–70 km southeast of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.
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Popeye Village, Malta
This town was first built as a film set for the production of the 1980 film Popeye, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions and starring Robin Williams. Today Popeye Village is open to the public, so whoever wants to go visit this incredible place, should just fly to Malta, jump in a car and drive towards the village of Mellieħa, which is only two miles away from Popeye.
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