As Christmas is getting closer, The Golden Scope decided to keep up with the quest for the most stunning and unknown places of the world.
Now, you must be wondering how a winter festivity could be related to our weekly column on “Places most travellers don’t know about”.
Let me clarify this point: during Christmas and New Years Eve people get time off from work, school and university, and organise to join their families at home, or to travel somewhere.
For all those who are planning to go on holiday abroad, this weekly article is the perfect tourist guide, revealing all the least popular destinations for you to go visit. If, instead, you’re going back home, then you should take a look at these articles, and let us “virtually” take you around the world. This way you will be able to see places without even leaving your bedroom!
Either way, the holiday season is approaching, and knowing about hidden towns, or secret forests could be useful, especially if travelling to any of the countries mentioned in this feature, or in the previous ones.
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a protected area located in the middle of Sulu Sea. In 1993 the park was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site as it features a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species. Indeed, Tubbataha Reefs is home to over 1000 species of marine life, most of which are considered endangered.
Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore, Italy
Isola Bella—which literally means beautiful island—is a small islands situated in the Lago Maggiore, in northern Italy. It is 320 metres long, and 400 metres wide and it includes a Palace, a beautiful garden, and a small fishing village. To reach Isola Bella you can take the ferry from Stresa, Laveno, Pallanza and Intra, small towns along the lakeshores.
This beautiful luxury hotel is built right on a white sandy beach, and it is not too far from the village of Flic en Flac, located on the west side of Mauritius. Nestled in 14 hectares of tropical gardens, La Pirogue allows you to be completely immersed in a luxurious natural environment featuring coral rich waters and green forests.
Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal
Quinta da Regaleira is an estate situated near the historic centre of Sintra. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quinta da Regaleira includes a romantic palace, a chapel, and a beautiful park decorated with lakes, grottoes, and fountains.
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