The world is filled with beautiful destinations—some are more popular such as London, Paris, Bangkok, Tokyo and Rome, whereas others are less-known yet just as worthwhile. If you’ve already crossed off the major tourist cities off your bucket-list destinations, then it’s time to explore other places. From Asia to Europe, here are some of the finest places to get away to at least once in life.
If you love being transported back in time, then Colmar, France is the bucket-list destination to check out. Located 5.5 hours east of Paris, this city has a section barely touched by time, with century-old buildings in Old Town, and Musée d’Unterlinden, a convent from the 13th-century that’s now a museum. You can also explore Little Venice via water where houses have been built right along the river, or dine at Jean-Yves Schillinger, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant located in Little Venice. If you admire the past, the medieval city of Colmar, France is the place to be in.
The capital of Armenia is another magnificent, bucket-list destination offering visitors a tour and tasting at the 19th-century ARARAT brandy factory, an array of restaurants serving traditional Armenian cuisine in Hrazdan Gorge, and drinks that can you can sip on while sitting in Stalin’s convertible. There’s also an outdoor market where vendors sell all sorts of crafty items such as wood carvings, musical instruments, jewelry and beautiful paintings to bring back home. If you’re willing to drive 40-minutes outside of Yerevan, there’s a 2,500-year-old monastery by the name of Khor Virap, which was first a small chapel to pay homage to Saint Gregory before it grew into the large monastery you see today.
Aside from Lisbon, Portugal has another bucket-list destination known as Funchal, located in Madeira—a collection of four islands off of Africa’s coast. This small city is the largest one in Madiera, where you can shop and eat at the main city center called Zona Velha, discover the city’s past with one of the best walking tours available, ride the different cable cars known as Teleférico do Funchal around the city, or wander through the Jardim Tropical de Monte, a garden spanning across more than 17-acres of land full of exotic plants, sculptures with strong Japanese and Chinese influences. And if you’re a lover of wine, Madiera, in general, is known to have some amazing wines and fantastic vineyards to explore via a tour.
Hoi An isn’t the most visited cities in Vietnam but it’s another unique bucket-list destination that shouldn’t be ignored. Hoi An is located on the coast of Vietnam, and much of it has been preserved with structures completely intact since they were first constructed since the 17th century. There are shrines and pagodas to explore such as Hai Nam Assembly Hall, Quan Cong Temple, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and Chuc Thanh Pagoda, and too many banh mi places to try out. Some of the best ones are Madam Khanh, Banh Mi Phuong (Anthony Bourdain suggested this one) and La Banh Mi Sai Gon Tai Hoi An. And for some photo-worthy views, head to the Old Quarter featuring bars, restaurants and shops, all of which are located by the water.
Although we can’t visit every city in the world, there are plenty of bucket-list-worthy gems to discover. Which destinations are on your list?
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