Even when astronomers have taught us well about the immensity of the universe and how minuscule is the part that the Earth constitutes, our world seems to be enormous. There are still thousands of corners that remain unexplored or cultures that have not been contacted by “the civilization” yet. Sadly, getting to know each and every corner of our world is an ambitious goal that just a few that dedicate their lives to travel are going to be able to achieve.
Even planning a trip to a city doesn’t mean you’re going to know the whole country where it is located. But don’t worry, there are places that once seemed remote and started to gain popularity as time went by and will give you a new vision of our world. Pack up as you read this, here come 3 places in the world you must visit.
This city, founded in 1897 and capital to the homonymous province, counts with an incredible past that include the construction of one of the most important temples of Buddhist pilgrimage like Zenko-ji (VII Century) and being the host of the Winter Olympic Games in 1998.
The beauty of Nagano comes to life intensely on winter where places like the Kiso Valley will make you travel back in time and feel calm. At the north of the city you can find Hakuba, well known for its outstanding ski resorts and the quality of the snow perfect for winter sports. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Jigokudani Monkey Park and spend some time with the macaques.
This island located in the South of Mediterranean Sea is a whole country but small enough to be seen in one trip. It has been the stage of multiple occupations in history, but now that they are at peace, it is one of the loveliest places to visit.
You can learn of its history by going on a walk through the Valletta fortifications that resisted the Siege of the Ottoman Empire on 1565 or you can go on a tour in the Malta at War Museum that once was a WWII shelter. You must take a look to the city of Mdina which still has the influence of its Arab and Christian periods.
Cape Verde Islands
This is one of the smallest yet beautiful countries of Africa and the entire world. These islands weren’t inhabited until the arrival of Portuguese and Genoese explorers on 1456 and its influence is still seen despite its independence declared in 1975.
Among the most amazing natural Capeverdean wonders there is the Pico do Fogo, an immense volcano on one of the most important islands of the archipelago. Take a trip to the golden gem of Sal Island which is shaped by tropical beaches that will make you relax and then go to Porto Novo, the best place where you can learn about the past of this amazing country.
The world is yours to be explored; now you have three places to start!