Traveling got me to see a few places that were eye-opening! However, a lot of these places were quite occupied by some form of mass tourism and it was sad to see how communities are struggling to keep up with so many visitors that they can’t really provide the infrastructure for. It was therefore even nicer to see some incredible off the beaten path destination. It is puzzling me how these places are not getting the attention they deserve and that’s why I dedicated this blog post to it! So here’s to the 10 Off The Beaten Path Destinations you never heard of but that you need to know!
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When I first travelled to Malaysia, Redang was a place that I had never heard of before. I knew about Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands but Redang was for sure not on my radar. In fact, my coworkers told me about it and that’s why I decided to go there. I met very few tourists and most of the time we had the remote beach for our own. These really felt like an off the beaten path destination!
We could easily rent a boat for the day which enabled us to explore the waters surrounding the islands and get close to its marine life. Combined with the sheer beauty of Redang, it gets to be one of my favourite remote destinations of all time. It was easy to book the boat from the reception of the Sari Pacifica!
How to Get to Redang: You can get to Redang by flying to Kuala Terengganu. Once you set a foot inside of this airport, you already left it. It is so small but will do the job to get you to paradise. From there you will have to take a cab to the local pier, from where a speed boat will take you to Redang. Sounds like a long journey but it is worth every second of it!
One of the things I love to do is to hike and be surrounded by as much nature as I can find. When I was in Latvia, I was dedicated to getting to one of its forests and I was clearly not disappointed. The day we were there we hiked for a solid 25 km and had one of the best times ever. We saw so many things and were granted breathtaking views around every corner.
How to get to Sigulda: Getting to Sigulda is super easy and fast. From Latvia’s capital, Riga you can reach it by train within two hours. You need to go into the direction of Valga. It is super easy and convenient! In case you are already planning a stay in Sigulda, check out Villa Alberta, the cosiest stay in Sigulda!
Mallorca, Spain could be called my second home, I have been there so many times. I got to know the island a little bit but each time I go there I discover something new that I fall in love with. Last summer when I was on the hunt on how to explore Mallorca, I first got in touch with the lovely town Capdepera on the island‘s west.
Capdepera is a lovely small Mediterranean town that comes with many small restaurants and boutiques. If you also have the time, explore some of the gorgeous surrounding beaches, for example, the wonderful Cala Mesquida!
Learn more about Mallorca by reading my Mallorca Bucket List and my guide to the Serra de Tramuntana!
Ynys Llandwyn, Northern Wales
I am not exaggerating but Northern Wales has some of the most breathtaking landscapes I have ever seen. The one place that I experienced as the most precious one was Ynys Llandwyn. To get there you will first have to walk an endless wonderful beach which for sunny days is a lovely little hike.
It is quite obvious what you are walking to, but to be clear it is the small peninsula at the beach’s end. On that said peninsula there is this wonderful small lighthouse that is the most photogenic one I have ever seen.
How to get to Ynys Llandwyn: If you want to go to Ynys Llandwyn, I advise you to get yourself a rental car, since it is quiet in the middle of nowhere. Refer to the map below to find your way!
The German Seaside
Not everyone knows but Germany actually has a coastline that comes with some awesome islands. My favorite ones are Norderney & Sylt. These islands are so beautiful with the cutest small towns and dunes. You can have endless walks on the beach and offers you amazing adventures like learn how to surf!
One thing that is typical for Northern Germany is to have “Matjes Brötchen” which is basically a bun with a soused herring on it and let me tell you, it is the most delicious thing in the world to have one while looking at the ocean. In my Sylt Food Guide, you can learn more about all the incredible seafood you can find on Sylt!
If you ever get to spend some time in Dublin, make sure to do a day trip to Howth. In Howth, you will find a small market, a lovely little harbor, and most importantly a lovely cliff walk, from where you might even see dolphins from the shore. It is simply breathtaking standing on top of that cliff, breath in the fresh air, and adore the magnificent view!
Funny side story: A week after I went to Howth one of my best friends went there as well and she did the cliff walk and actually saw dolphins passing the coast!
How to Get to Howth: Getting to Howth is insanely easy, as you can get there by train from Dublin, which takes about 30 minutes.
Have you ever saw a church on a beach? I didn’t but this changed when I heard about Miramar, Portugal! This beautiful beach must be one of the top beaches in Europe. I visited it in late summer but it must be the most wonderful place during summer.
How to get to Miramar Portugal: You can get to Miramar by train with the Linha de Aveiro within only 30 minutes!
Recommended: Best Beach Day Trips from Porto or for even further reading 15 beaches in Portugal that will blow your mind!
Every now and then I just love to get a good escape to nature and hiking in Tyresta was like paradise. I went there on the first of January 2017 and there could be no better way to start a new year than hiking and breathing in the fresh air of a hundred-year-old forest!
How to get to Tyresta: you can reach Tyresta easily by train, which will take around 1,5 hours.
Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia
Experts in traveling Cambodia will be like “why do you think Koh Rong Sanloem is off the beaten path?” and I know I know, I get you. But actually, there is more to this tiny island than what you see from its pier. Because it actually has a far-off remote backside. It could even be the most off-the-beaten-path destination on this list. When I attempted to get there I had to hike a rainforest for over an hour. Oh, and when I started a nice sky told me to “take care of the snakes” Super scary but once I arrived at the hotel I was in love. I stayed in the Robinsons Bungalows and played in the ocean all afternoon. Although it scared me a lot it was one of the most incredible days ever.
Italy is one of the most wonderful destinations in the entire world and one could barely think how there can still be places that are off the beaten path. But one of these areas is located in the Northern end of Lago di Garda. Malcesine is a small town that comes with a beautiful lakeside.
How to get to Malcesine: We flew to Verona and got to Malcesine by car. If you are not able to rent a car, there is also an option to go by either train or bus!
Recommended: 5 Experiences at the Lago di Garda not to miss!
Bea Adventurous6 months ago
Wow Wow WOW! What a unique list!
Thank you so much for sharing these, and your photos are gorgeous!
I really need to add these to my off the beaten path adventures!
Smith Mitchell3 years ago
Awesome list. I look forward to the time when we can again travel freely!
Patri3 years ago
I love off the beaten path features! Overtourism has become a problem in certain areas of the world and if we choose other less famous destinations we will diminish the negative impact in local communities and the place they call home. Well done!
Agnes3 years ago
There’s so much of the world to see! We haven’t seen the German seaside at all, so that’s very intriguing…and seriously, all the rest!
Emma3 years ago
Oh my gosh, I haven’t been to any of them. I need to get cracking. I went to Riga in December and lived it so I will happily return to Latvia for sure, and hopefully get to some of the others
Léa3 years ago
Such a lovely post Paula! I loved Howth too, and Redang & Koh Rong were already on my list, but thanks for making me discover the others!! Definitely saving this for later 🙂 xx
Anuradha Srinath3 years ago
This is an amazing list of offbeat destinations. I have never heard of many of these places, and would love to visit them in future. Pinning it for my future travel reference.
Allison Wong3 years ago
Redang island is truly a hidden gem as I think the water and sea life there are so much better than the popular islands in Thailand. Glad you like it there!
Deborah Patterson3 years ago
Fab list! We love searching out lesser known places…or well known places in the off season. Beautiful pics too.
Katy Kuhlwilm3 years ago
I love hiking too so these places are great. Thanks for sharing!
The Spicy Travel Girl3 years ago
I’m so happy to see the German seaside on this list! It’s a completely overlooked part of Germany but it should really be on every traveler’s bucket list. I loved watching the cute seals there and running along lonely perfectly white sand beaches.
Andrea Cannon3 years ago
I have never been to Ireland but Howth, Ireland looks really cool! Love the yellow coat!
Lyne3 years ago
I love this bucket list! Northern Wales is on my bucket list, I would love to Ynys Llandwyn, the scenery on your photo is so dreamy to me!
Rhonda Albom3 years ago
You have found some beautiful places by the water. I am also a fan of being on the water so I will be expanding my list with some of these locations. As it is winter in down under right now, Malaysia and Portugal hold a certain warm attraction to me.
Sarah - Last Minute Wanders3 years ago
You’ve covered so many areas of the world in this post – it’s fantastic!
I had a similar experience in Koh Rong Sanloem when I hiked through jungle whilst being absolutely terrified of coming across snakes! But it was totally worth it to reach the beach on the other side and there was nobody else there! Definitely off the beaten path.
I’m hoping to visit Dublin in the future, so thanks for the tip on the day trip to Howth, it looks lovely 🙂
Emma3 years ago
Oh wow, so many beautiful places on this list it’s hard to know where I want to go first! But I especially like the sound of Redang and Koh Rong Sanloem, I love island holidays and these sound like the perfect spots to get away from the tourist masses! This has given me so many ideas – going to save it to give me inspiration for my next trip!
Megan3 years ago
I haven’t been to any of these. I think I’d love to see the coast of Germany. Beautiful blog post! Pinned for later 🙂