When school geography has remained somewhere in the past, we have to choose from what is known, and this is most often the beaten resorts. Especially for those who have no time to turn on the fantasy, but I want to go to some new interesting place, hearing about which colleagues will say: “Wow” – we have compiled a list of outstanding travel destinations.

Oman

Without understanding the details, this Arab country is often overlooked due to the tense situation in the east, although in fact, the Sultanate of Oman is one of the safest countries in the Persian Gulf, with a high standard of living and rich history. And yet – one of the most scenic: the sultan is seriously concerned about the environment, so there are many national parks and reserves in the country, a protected coastal zone, mountains, waterfalls, deserts and oases, fjords and an impressive underwater world. Here, cultures of ancient Persia, Africa and India are intertwined in an interesting way, and historical monuments impress with their scope, for example, in the mosque of Sheikh Qabus you can see the world’s largest carpet, which weighs 21 tons.

Where to go: First of all, it is worth visiting the capital of Oman, the city of Muscat, which is located on the coast. Among other popular resorts, the most interesting are the Nizwa oasis city, which used to be the main economic and commercial center of the country, the city of Salalah – the capital of the Southern region and a real tropical paradise, the ancient port city of Sohar, in which the famous Sinbad Morehead was born, and the fishing town Sur village with a rich shipbuilding history.

Albania

Surprisingly, Albania, which borders on the very popular Greece and Montenegro, still avoids the tourist boom, although this Balkan country is not inferior to its neighbours in the beauty of nature and the hospitality of local residents. Prices for holidays in Albania are very loyal, especially for a country with such a rich cultural heritage, picturesque mountains and canyons, clean beaches and delicious traditional cuisine. Here you can find the largest ancient Roman amphitheatre in the Balkans, real medieval castles and an archaeological park, where excavations of ancient Greek settlements are conducted. Add to this the gentle waters of the Ionian and Adriatic seas, and you will understand why a summer vacation is worth spending here.

Where to go: The capital of Albania Tirana meets all the criteria of a tourist city: there is a beautiful historical centre, cultural attractions, and modern areas with bars, restaurants and an active nightlife. It is better to get acquainted with history in the city of Berat, which is more than two thousand years old, it was built by tiers on the mountainside, therefore it is often called the “city of a thousand windows”. In the city of Vlora, there is the border of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas so that in one trip you can swim in both.

Madagascar

This island is called a miniature continent, bearing in mind the huge diversity of the animal world, but this nickname is also true in terms of impressions: for a couple of weeks of vacation, they can gain as much as a long journey across a large continent. In Madagascar, you must first go for the exotic: to see rare animals, for example, dwarf lemur, and unique types of trees, including several species of baobabs. The island has an extinct volcano, high rocky cliffs and a dead lake, about which frightening legends walk. And, of course, the paradise lagoons with clear warm water and golden sand.

Where to go: International flights arrive in the capital of Antananarivo, which locals call Tana. The city was built in a valley between the hills and the famous architectural ensemble of palaces and tombs of Madagascar rulers, as well as the street market Zuma – one of the largest in the world. The main resorts include the “white city” Tulear, located on the shores of St. Augustine and Ifaty Bay, and the city of Morondava on the west coast, the main attraction of which is the Baobab Alley with trees up to a thousand years old. Also noteworthy is the small island of Il-Sainte-Marie, which once served as a shelter for pirates sentenced to the gallows, and now invites tourists to relax on the ocean and see the migration of humpback whales swimming here from July to September.

Bolivia

Far from being the most popular tourist country in South America, it boasts so many other superlatives: the most high-mountainous in the southern hemisphere, with the driest, wettest and saltiest regions on the continent. On the territory of Bolivia, there are already six UNESCO World Heritage sites: monuments of ancient civilizations, historical centres of the colonial era, and national parks. A rare schoolboy did not giggle at the name of Lake Titicaca, so part of its coast belongs to Bolivia and strikes with the beauty of the surrounding green mountains with snowy peaks. The Uyuni salt desert, the humid jungle of the Amazon basin, the Cordillera peaks – this is not a complete list of what remains forever in the memory after a holiday in this wonderful country.

Where to go: The official capital of the country, the city of Sucre, is built on a high plateau, and is famous for its rich architecture of colonial times, with the picturesque narrow streets of the old town, magnificent palaces and a luxurious city theatre. La Paz is the actual capital of the country and its present heart. This city is built on the slopes of the canyon and in the dried bed of the ancient river, there are many unusual museums and a striking contrast to the original local traditions with Spanish architecture in the style of the XVI century. Cochabamba is a developed modern city, the Bolivian analogue of Rio de Janeiro with its carnival and an exact copy of the statue of Christ on the hill, which is even slightly higher than the original.

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