Most destinations that claim to be off the beaten track are all talk. You turn up to find the secret beach is carpeted in beach towels and that all the undiscovered cafés have actually been discovered by several tour groups. But this list is a little different.
Each year, Euromonitor International ranks over 700 cities in 135 countries by visitor numbers. At the top are the big-hitters like London, New York and Bangkok. But at the bottom are a whole host of under-explored urban sprawls. Here are some of the best least-visited cities in the world.
No destination less deserves to be so little appreciated than Samarkand (which is why we included it in our
It’s perhaps because the Cayman Islands are better known for their banks than beaches that this British overseas territory attracts so few tourists – but it has more to offer than tax dodging. Skip the overpriced capital at George Town and head for village sized Bodden Town to find atmospheric colonial architecture, fish fry on the beach and a reef-fringed coastline to explore.
Stranded 1300m up a dusty plateau thousands of miles from everywhere, Lichinga is a forgettable city in northern Mozambique. But it is a fantastic base for adventures in some of the country’s boldest landscapes. Fringed by plunging rocky mountains and 2000-year old baobab trees, super-sized Lake Niassa has golden sands to stretch out on and more than 1000 species of fish to snorkel alongside.
Still at the heart of a political tug of war between Bosnia and Serbia, Banja Luka is the capital of the unrecognized Republika Srpska. Head here and you’ll be a rare visitor to one of central Europe’s more handsome cities. The tree lined boulevards and leafy squares host smart cafés that have perfected that great middle Europe tradition of coffee, cake and conversation.
The Latvian coast isn’t exactly first to spring to mind when you are looking for somewhere to build sandcastles. But this port city not only has an 8km Blue Flag beach, but also some of the best kite-surfing in Europe. When the sun sets head for the red brick warehouses along the waterfront to find out why Liepaja is becoming the Baltic party capital.
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This truly is the least visited city in the world. Found at the finish line of a branch of the Pan-American Highway, the isolated location doesn’t help to attract tourists and neither does the concrete sprawl of skyscrapers.However, look past the carbuncle buildings and
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