1. Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Italy
The beautiful Ristorante Grotta Palazzese is set into the caves of Polignano a Mare beach, Italy. Can you imagine a more romantic candlelit setting for an evening meal?
2. Chichilianne, Rhone Alpes, France
At almost 7,000 feet in height, the stunning Mont Aiguille offers incredible views across the French Prealps. Stunning.
3. Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro Valley, Bhutan
Tiger’s Nest monastery is a 17th century temple in Bhutan. The temple rests on the edge of a cliff some 3,000 feet above Paro Valley. This incredible building was constructed to protect the cave in which a leader of Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava was meditating. It is said that Guru Padmasambhava meditated continuously for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours. That’s dedication!
4. Albarracín, Aragon, Spain
If you pay a visit to Albarracín in Northern Spain, you could be forgiven for thinking you have travelled back in time to a medieval village. The village has been incredibly well preserved through the years and to add to it’s obvious charms also includes some of the most important evidence of the Levantine prehistoric art of Spain in it’s cliff foot caves.
5. Bagan, Burma
Deep in the heart of Burma lies an incredible ancient hidden city called Bagan. The city contains over 2,200 Buddhist temples and at the height of the Kingdom of Pagan it had over 10,000. A truly inspiring place to visit.
6. Aescher, Switzerland
Like something out of a fairy tale, the Aescher hotel is so high up on the Appenzellerland mountains that you will either face a long hike, or will need to take a cable car ride to reach it. The hotel’s restaurant sells hearty food and there are incredible treks to be had in all directions.
7. Haiku Stairs, Hawaii
The Haiku Stairs in Hawaii are known locally as the Stairway to Heaven and we can see why! Situated on the island of O’ahu, the stairs are part of a steep hiking trail, which peaks out at 2,800 feet above sea level. Needless to say, the views from the top are simply stunning.
8. Þingvallavatn Lake, Iceland
The incredible picture above shows a diver swimming between the tectonic plates of North America and Europe. This truly is the point where two continents meet! Did you know that the gap between the two continents gets wider by 2cm every year?
9. Chefchaouen, Northwest Morocco
If you like the colour blue, then you will love Chefchaouen. If not… well probably best to avoid it! The city is known for its blue buildings, which are painted in an array of soothing blu tones. Nearby attractions include the Rif mountains and the Cascade d’Akchour (don’t worry they’re not blue).
10. Lord Howe Island, Australia
Howe Island is a true island paradise and the locals (of which there are not many) want to keep it that way. Only 400 tourist are allowed to visit each year, but if you ever get the change you will find beautiful scenery, a crystal lagoon and a coral reef.