Off The Beaten Paths
5 Best Underrated Cities for Walking Off the Beaten Paths
Want to take a walk off the beaten paths? Here are some of the best underrated cities you can explore — preferably on foot.
1. Bologna, Italy
The culture, heritage, and cuisine are just some of the top reasons to visit Bologna off you want to get off Italy’s more touristy spots. While it draws its share of visitors out for a weekend getaway, it is still under the radar compared with other more popular Italian cities like Florence and Rome. Bologna is a pedestrian-friendly place, which offers an idyllic setting for leisurely strolls and delightful meanderings.
2. Galway, Ireland
Teeming with fascinating attractions, Galway offers plenty of delightful things to see and do. From the colorful shops along Galway Bay to the wide array of pubs and live music venues strewn around the city, taking a walk around the city can be filled with fascinating discoveries.
3. Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor is a postcard-perfect destination if you want to go off the beaten trails. The walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts of a medieval Old City, picturesque streets, and beautiful architecture. It provides a beautiful setting for enchanting walks on streets that seem to transport you back in time.
4. Nara, Japan
The Golden Route may be Japan’s most famous route that takes you through some of the most scenic spots from Tokyo to Kyoto. But those who choose to explore beyond the renowned touristy path will find Nara, Japan’s former imperial capital, an enchanting place to visit. Some of the things you would not want to miss when in the city include the historic Todai-ji Temple that dates back to the 8th century and the Daibutsu (The Great Buddha), Heijo Palace, Horyu-ji Temple, Isuien Garden, Kofuku-ji Temple, the deer in Nara Park, and Mount Yoshino among others.
5. Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan brimming with things to see and do that visitors will love. The city has a vibrant food scene begging to be explored at great lengths. And you will find the wide selection of street foods hard to resist. But apart from the culinary offerings, Taipei is also home to many must-see attractions like temples, scenic hiking trails, and more.