IT’S one thing to tick off seeing the iconic sites around the world, but to stumble across places so remote and untouched is even more exhilarating.We’ve put together a list of the most incredible locations around the world that have managed to stay off the beaten track. We’re so glad they did.
Rock tombs in Myra, Lycia, Turkey
The preserved rock cut tombs in the ancient city of Myra were carved into cliffs and were a common form of burial for the wealthy.
One of the most picturesque villages in Europe, it lies tucked away between a lake and a spectacular mountain range. Breathtakingly beautiful, it became prosperous after making its wealth through the mining of salt.
This tiny oasis in the Peruvian desert is home to slightly more than 100 people showcasing rare life in the desert dunes.
The Bastei is a rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River in Germany with one of the best lookout points in Europe. In 1851 the old wooden bridge was replaced by this more secure stone one.
These incredibly rich coloured rock formations are made up of red sandstone and mineral deposits that were created over 24 million years.
The amazing shapes were formed by wind and rain that carved valleys, waterfalls, towers and ravines into the rock face.
One of the best-kept secrets in the Bay of Naples in Italy, Procida is a cluster of picturesque pastel houses and fishermen that has remained relatively hidden from the tourist beat.
Towering above this French town lies Mont Aiguille, a 2000 metre high mountain made of limestone and surrounded by steep cliffs
With a distinctive horseshoe shape, Deception Island is one of the most remote places on earth.
Offering sanctuary to animals including hundreds of penguins, its unique landscape is made up of barren volcanic slopes, steaming beaches and ash-layered glaciers.
Monument Valley is made up of a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 300 metres above the valley floor with access via dirt road or tour group only.
The ancient Leather Souq is the world’s oldest leather tannery. Numerous stone pots are filled with different coloured dyes, a practice that dates back to the 11th century.
The ancient city of Bagan is home to one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Thousands of incredible temples were built by the kings of Bagan between 1057 and 1287 and over 2000 survive today.
Looking like a movie set straight out of The Hobbit, the Meghalaya hills receive nearly 480 inches of rain every year. The valley floors of this remote rainforest are transformed into rivers meaning the only means of travel is via a series of bridges.
The medieval village of Craco is now an abandoned ghost town after a series of landslides forced its residents out. Rumour has it that the ruins are now inhabited by ghosts.
This unique estate is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and features a series of wells that were used for ceremonial purposes including Tarot initiation rites.
Shaped like a horseshoe, this majestic natural bend in the Colorado river is only accessible by hikers.