Underrated Tourist Spots – Bibury, England | This spot is featured on the inside cover of all United Kingdom passports! Bibury is not just a village in Gloucestershire. It is a nationally notable architectural conservation area of the UK. Located on both banks of the River Coln, the village recently became a major destination for tourists visiting the traditional rural Britain. You find tea houses and many historic buildings of the Cotswold District. Bibury even shows up as one of six places in the country featured in Mini-Europe, Brussels. The most outstanding attraction in Bibury is Arlington Row. The picturesque cottages at Artlington Row were built around about 1380 as a monastic wool store. In the 17th century this was converted into cottages for weavers. Bibury has been used as a film and TV location, e.g. for Stardust and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Funny episode: in 2017 BBC reported that an “ugly” yellow Vauxhall Corsa car parked by an elderly man had been vandalised by tourists, who had earlier complained that it spoilt their photographs. Those tourists I tell you …
Underrated Tourist Spots – Popeye Village, Malta | Popeye Village – also known as Sweethaven Village – has never been a real village. It was built in 1979, and it’s just a group of 19 ramshackle wooden buildings located at Anchor Bay in Malta. That’s 2 miles away from a real village called Melliena. Popeye Village was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 film Popeye (Paramount Pictures / Walt Disney) main actor: Robin Williams. Fortunately the buildings were not de-constructed after the production. Today Popeye Village is open to the public as an open-air museum and family entertainment complex. Veeerry nice :)
Underrated Tourist Spots – Meteora, Greece | Today’s blog post is all about Meteora – spectacular rock formations topped with Greek Orthodox monasteries. ‘Metéora’ means “middle of the sky”. And that really nails it. A formation of immense monolithic pillars and hills-like huge rounded boulders dominates the reason half way between Thessaloniki and Athens. Some of them were chosen to be topped with Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the 14th century. Six monasteries are built on natural conglomerate pillars. But the construction was only a logical consequence of incredible 23,000 years of constant and violent inhabitation of the Meteora region. The oldest known example of a man-made structure here is a stone wall that blocked parts of the entrance to the nearby Theopetra cave. It was constructed as a barrier against cold winds. Don’t forget: by then the Earth was experiencing an ice age. Many old artifacts have been found within the caves near Meteora. No need to say: this underrated tourist spot is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Underrated Tourist Spots – Eze, France | A location made for movies. And in fact Walt Disney stayed here several times. The area surrounding Èze was already populated around 2000 BC. Eze was subsequently occupied by Romans, Arabs and by William of Provence. An Egyptian cross inside the church of Èze suggests the village’s ancient roots, when the Phoenicians erected a temple there to honor the goddess Isis. The oldest still existing building in the village is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix from 1306. Today Èze counts just 3000 inhabitants. It’s a renowned tourist site on the French Riviera, famous for panoramic views of the sea from its hill top and for its Jardin botanique d’Èze.
Underrated Tourist spots – Cesky Krumlov | The small town of Cesky Krumlov was first mentioned in 1240. In the late 15th century gold was found next to the town and German miners flocked in. For centuries the area around Cesky Krumlov was part of various German-Austrian territories. But in 1945 – after World War II – the town’s longstanding German-speaking population was expelled and it became part of Czechoslovakia. Between 1945 and 1990 communists ruled Czechoslovakia, and Krumlov fell into disrepair. Since the abrupt meltdown of communism in Eastern Europe much of the town’s former beauty has been restored. Cesky Krumlov is now a holiday destination popular with tourists from Germany, Austria and China. The town’s most famous son is Egon Schiele. Krumlov has a museum dedicated to this expressionistic painter.