Discover unique historic treasures by breaking away from the tourist crowd, escaping the glossy brochure routes and ditching the museum guide.
Ethiopia might not sound like your typical tourist destination, but there are some real historic gems to be seen! Lalibela, the most holy city in the country, is known for its unbelievable monolithic churches. Cut from solid rock, these architectural wonders were created as far back as the 12th century and are truly jaw-dropping.
Ancient Splendour in Lebanon
Byblos in Lebanon is believed to have been occupied by settlers as far back as 8800 BC and is thought to be one of the oldest inhabited towns in the world! With such a long history, there are many wonders waiting to be discovered with stunning temples, bustling markets and cobbled winding streets that add plenty of character to your visit.
Cultural tapestry of Marrakesh
Marrakech is a colourful fusion of African, Arabic and Spanish cultures. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is considered to be home to one of the biggest medieval sites after Cairo. With some splendid restaurants to top off this historic journey, you’ll be sure to come back again and again.
When thinking of Turkey, most people instinctively think of beaches. But there is so much more to discover in a country with such a rich and ancient history. For more monolithic architecture head to Rumkale, a fortress carved into the side of the rock and accessible from the sea. Mardin is another remarkable destination that’s well worth the visit. Sun-baked huts and buildings crowding around the foot of a large hill, with the Tigris River nearby, is a spectacle that is guaranteed to get a wow out of you. Then head a little further north to Albania, a more recent addition to the tourist market. The remarkable ruins of Butrint are probably the best-known tourist spot here. A country where the remnants of the Ottoman Empire mingle effortlessly with European influences and Communist past, Albania has plenty to offer the curious traveller.
Epic Buddhist wonders
Located in central Java, the incredible Borobudur is sometimes overlooked by Southeast Asia’ travellers who gravitate towards Cambodia’s Angkorian-era temples. While Angkor Wat is equally as impressive, this ancient Buddhist monument dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries and has a distinct magic of its own. Best experienced at sunrise, the temple sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. Comprising three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The oldest and biggest Buddhist monument in the world will not disappoint.