If you're travel lover who loves to discover unknown spots all over the world then this is the article for you. We have handpicked some secret spots from all over the world ready for you to explore. You will be gobsmacked by the abundant attractions that exist under your nose which you would have never even thought of. If you're travelling to any of these countries we suggest you try and venture out to these landmarks that are well worth visiting for experiencing some 'once in a lifetime' experiences.
Zhangye Dantia Landform, China
Zhangye Dantia Landform is a perfect spot for photographers, this absolutely beautiful landmark will be sure to appeal to those of you who appreciate colourful landscapes. It is so captivating that it is often referred to as "the eye candy of Zhangye" and will leave you feeling like you're walking through an oil painting. Through the Danxia landscape zone you will be able to appreciate the precipitous red cliffs which have very different structures - some sharp, some smooth. It was formed over a whopping six million years due to the erosion of red sandstone. Its unique geological structure, combined with long-term weathering, freeze-thaw peeling, wind and water erosion are what has led to its spectacular appearance today.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Who would have thought that you could ever have the chance to dine underwater? Many people don't know this hidden spot exists but you're definitely missing out on a 'once in a lifetime' experience if you haven't been here. Ithaa is the world's first all-glass undersea restaurant which is surrounded by 180 degrees of coral reef and thousands of colourful fish. If you're lucky you may even be able to spot turtles, stingrays or even sharks. This restaurant will allow you to enjoy panoramic underwater views while staying completely dry. This is a very intimate restaurant which holds only 14 guests so you will definitely need a reservation if you venture out to this stunning secret spot in the Maldives.
Door to hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan
This is essentially a natural gas field collapsed into an underground cavern which is located in Derwere, Turkmenistan. What's the reason behind this name? It was named the 'Door to Hell' by the indigenous people as it refers to the endless flames and boiling mud that can be discovered inside this huge crater which has a surface area of 5,350 square meters. Despite the slightly terrifying name, this crater is open to visit for travelers to marvel at the wondrous sight that still burns to this day. How was it formed? Well in 1971 the Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas while drilling and decided it was best to burn it off to avoid poisonous gas discharge. While the geologists expected the fuel to burn off within several days it still continued to burn to this day!
Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki, Japan
Hitachi Seaside Park is a public park located on the Pacific Ocean side of the Japanese coast. It compromises of sand dunes, forests, grasslands and springs as well as an amusement park and quite a few cycling and walking trails. It is worth visiting this park from late April to mid-May as during this period the renowned nemophila flowers are at their peak. Despite nemophila being the most well-known flowers of the park, there are a bunch of other beautiful flowers that bloom throughout most of the year. The flowers are not the only highlight of the park as the amusement park is home to over 25 rides and attractions, including a 100 meter tall Ferris wheel, putter golf and a BMX course. What's more, there are also restaurants around the park as well as a BBQ area where you can enjoy picnics.
Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Italy
This is another unique restaurant experience that is like no other as it is essentially a restaurant inside a cave which is located on the Italian coast. If you're a foodie who loves refined cuisine situated in enchanting locations then it's worth visiting this fascinating restaurant. Since this spectacular restaurant is carved from the cave's face, it is over 20 meters above sea level which makes it the perfect place to appreciate the coastal landscapes. What's more, you will be able to taste exquisite dishes belonging to the Apulian culinary tradition that will be sure to make your taste buds dance!