10 Amazing Less Explored Places You Should Visit in 2021

Over-tourism is a growing global concern. The negative environmental & social impact of too many tourists visiting one place all at the same time is well documented, yet travellers keep going to the same places in growing numbers.

If you’re seeking to avoid the crowds, inflated prices and your continued involvement in this issue, we have the answer for you. In this post, we uncover 10 fantastic less explored places for you to discover on your next trip in 2021 (assuming we’re still not being asked to stay indoors).

Before we dive in, don’t forget that our entire website is dedicated to uncovering less explored destinations. We’ve provided links to further resources we’ve published throughout this article, so make sure you click through to find out more.

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Visit these amazing less explored places on your next trip

Without further ado, let’s get into it and unearth our first less explored place.


Hlavné námestie, literally 'Main Square' in Bratislava, SlovakiaPin
Hlavné námestie, literally ‘Main Square’ in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

An easy hop across the border by train from Vienna, Austria, the Slovakian capital has much to offer tourists. If you’re a fan of pretty pedestrianised old towns, museums and galleries, decent nightlife and a contemporary cafe scene, you’ll love Bratislava.

Find out more: Discover what there is to see & do in Bratislava, read about some fabulous places to eat and drink and find out how easy it is to travel to Bratislava from Vienna.


The Moroccan town of Moulay Idriss perches on top of a small hillPin
The Moroccan town of Moulay Idriss perches on top of a small hill, a truly less explored place

Moulay Idriss, Morocco

For a true taste of life in Morocco without the tourist traps and hassle of Morocco’s big cities, head to this small town, just to the north of Meknes. As well as a non-touristy medina (which we recommend exploring with a local as your guide), the unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis is also just down the road.

Find out more: Our complete guide to Morocco contains everything you need to know before you arrive.


Inside the grounds of the 16th century Kyrenia Castle, in Kyrenia/Girne, North CyprusPin
Inside the grounds of the 16th century Kyrenia Castle, in Kyrenia/Girne, North Cyprus

Kyrenia/Girne, North Cyprus

North Cyprus doesn’t get as many tourists as the southern half of the island, yet there is so much to be seen. The town of Kyrenia/Girne is lovely in itself, but it’s also a great base for exploring the rest of the territory. You can catch a multitude of buses or you can hire a car very inexpensively.

Find out more: Our complete guide to North Cyprus unveils all the wonderful things to see and do, all of which is easily accessible from Kyrenia/Girne. We also have a guide that’ll tell you everything you need to go before you go.


All of Zadar's old town can be seen from the Bell TowerPin
All of Zadar’s old town can be seen from the Bell Tower

Zadar, Croatia

While nearby Split and Dubrovnik enjoy all the attention, those in Zadar to the north continue to enjoy a chilled out atmosphere. There’s plenty of historic buildings inside the walls of the pristine old town and the surrounding landscape and seas are gorgeous.

Find out more: Zadar is surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea. During our trip, we tried stand up paddle boarding and sunset sailing, both of which you can read about.


The centre of Denmark's second city of Aarhus has a neighbourhood feelPin
The centre of Denmark’s second city of Aarhus has a neighbourhood feel

Aarhus, Denmark

Denmark’s second city is a great less explored destination, particularly if you’re seeking somewhere to spend a long weekend. There are great food options, a youthful, modern vibe and world-class museums and art galleries.

Find out more: Our complete guide to Aarhus is jam-packed with great advice, tips and suggestions. For a weekend break in Aarhus, you won’t need to read anything else.

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The picturesque rooftops of Brno, Czechia

Brno, Czechia

Czechia’s second city is painfully pretty, wonderfully progressive and perfectly set up for tourists. Despite the warm welcome and abundance of tourist attractions, it still remains in Prague’s shadow and is relatively unknown. The Museum of Romani Culture is a highlight.

Find out more: We have two article on Brno In the first, we’ll explain why we think you’ll love a visit to Brno. In the second, we list our favourite veggie-friendly cafes, bars and restaurants.


The quiet town of Schliersee, Germany has plenty of traditional-style buildings to admirePin
The quiet town of Schliersee, Germany has plenty of traditional-style buildings to admire

Schliersee, Germany

For a true taste of Bavarian culture, Schliersee is a great less explored choice. A short train ride from Munich, this small spa town has plenty of scenic outdoor pursuits for you to enjoy. We can recommend hiring an electric boat on the lake or hiring an electric bicycle and exploring the nearby villages amidst the mountains.


Argegno, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy is quintessentially ItalianPin
Argegno, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy is quintessentially Italian

Argegno, Italy

It’s hard to find a prettier and more authentically Italian lakeside village than Argegno in our opinion. Regardless, this village on the shores of Lake Como sees hardly any tourists compared with other villages close-by. The cable car up to the village of Pigra is splendid.

Find out more: Our guide to Argegno will tell you why you’ll love a trip to this beautiful part of the world. Our 7 day itinerary may also be of interest if you’re visiting Lombardy in general.


The Maltese capital of Valetta has all the grandeur of other European capitals, just on a smaller scale.Pin
The Maltese capital of Valetta has all the grandeur of other European capitals, just on a smaller scale.

Valetta, Malta

Whilst knowledge of the Maltese capital is growing, it’s still relatively unheard of. We loved the unique architecture throughout the city centre and the warm welcome we received from locals.

Find out more: Our article on why Malta is such a great winter destination also contains general advice about why you should visit Malta at any time of year.


Hitchin is a great place to get a slice of life in EnglandPin
Hitchin is a great place to get a slice of life in England

Hitchin, England

Less than an hour’s train ride from London is this pretty and down to earth town. The town centre is quaint and has more than its fair share of independent shops and cafes, whilst the nearby lavender fields and wonderfully picturesque.

Find out more: Our complete guide to Hitchin contains everything you need to know to plan a visit to the town. We also have a useful guide on how to visit the nearby lavender fields. Additionally, if you’re travelling to Hitchin from London, we’ve got your covered.


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