There are some countries in the world that are overrated, and there are some that are way underrated, with spectacular scenery and unique offerings such as history, culture and leisure attractions that nobody knows about.
Here are ten countries which have been voted to be the most underrated in the world by the majority of people online.
The Greek Islands on the blue waters of the Aegean Sea are home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
There are also other attractions such as Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece, Meteora, an attraction consisting of six monasteries that is “suspended in the air” and one of the largest complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos, Mystras, a breathtaking medieval ruins abandoned in 1832, Mykonos, a stunning town with a maze of tiny streets and whitewashed stepped lanes, the Parthenon, one of the most attractions in Greece, and of course, Santorini, a volcanic island famous for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets, white-washed houses, hotels and cafes, perched on the edge of some 400-metre high cliffs.
Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, has white-sand beaches, tropical islands, charming colonial towns, interesting wildlife and wilderness. Some of its top attractions include the statue of Christ the Redeemer, a 98-feet high sculpture at the peak of the Corcovado mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, a landmark with spectacular views for navigators to identity Guanabara Bay, Iguazu Falls, one of the must-see sights of South America and of course, Amazon River, the second longest river in the world after River Niles, with more than 3,000 recognized species of fish.
One of the most fascinating countries in the world, South Africa is known for its natural beauty, wildlife, plenty of sunshine and a rich diversity of animals, birds and plants. Unique attractions such as Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world with Edwardian and Victorian buildings that have been preserved, the famous Garden Route with ancient forests, rivers, wetlands and dunes, the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, the Wild Coast and more, have made South Africa a photographic venue and interesting place to visit for all.
Situated in central Europe, attractions in Poland are made up of both natural and artificial tourist spots, plus historical monuments besides modern architectural delights. The southern part of the country is made up of the Carpathian and Sudeten Mountains, the central part comprises of the lowlands and uplands while the northern parts is full of spectacular lakes such as the Masurian and Pomeranian Lakes. Unique attractions in Poland also include the sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea, and the numerous palaces and churches in its capital Warsaw.
Mongolia landlocked country located between China and Russia, is a vast emptiness that links land and sky, and is one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition. Besides riding the many horses and camels there to experience the nomadic lifestyle firsthand and feel the country’s unique heritage and history, there are also many attractions in Mongolia such as the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, whose exhibits proceed right into the 13th century, and the Gandan Monastery, the only functioning Buddhist monastery that stood the test of time and was allowed to carry out services daily during the Communist years. One of the temples hosts the tallest standing Buddha statue in Central and East Asia – the Megjid Janraisag, the Buddha of Future.
Russia is the world’s largest country, spanning Eastern Europe and northern Asia. Central Russia, the richest side, is dominated by spectacular architecture and historical buildings, and houses Russia’s gateway to Europe and the capital city Moscow. The south of Russia is famous for its rich, deep, black soil, and this region also acted as an important battle ground during World War II.
Northwestern Russia is home to the former imperial capital Saint Petersburg, which has some of the most beautiful landscapes with large lakes and medieval forts. Highlights of this city include the river Neva, Decembrists’ Square with the monument of Peter the Great, St.Isaac’s Cathedral and Isaakievskaya Square, and the spacious and majestic Palace Square.
Egypt, a transcontinental country that spans the northeast corner of Africa and the southwest corner of Asia via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula, is the 15th most populated country in the world.
A world of wonder awaits in Egypt, most notably of them all being the Giza Plateau, where the Great Pyramids of Giza lies. Located outside the outskirts of Cairo, look out for the Khufu’s Pyramid, the greatest pyramid of the complex, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and the only one standing to this day. Also watch out for the Great Sphinx nearby.
The Kingdom of Bhutan, a country located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India, is deemed the happiest nation in the world today. This hidden Himalayan country has many attractions to boast of, the most famous among them is the Taktsang Palphug, aka the Tiger’s Nest. Situated on the edge of a cliff some 900 metres above the rice fields of Paro, this 320-year-old monastery is considered one of the kingdom’s most sacred religious sites.
Iceland, with a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 40,000 square metres, is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. It is a stunningly beautiful place with some of the most memorable sights such as Þingvellir National Park and Vatnajökull National Park, the Blue Lagoon, Mývatn lake and Gullfoss the Golden Falls. Other Iceland wonders include raw, dramatic landscapes from volcanic eruptions and carved out by glaciers, wilderness and wildlife, geothermally heated pools and more.
Israel, a parliamentary democracy in the Middle East on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, is the world’s only Jewish-majority state. It is considered part of the Holy Land, together with areas of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Territories. The three major monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – all have historical ties to the region. With diverse inhabitants returning from the Jewish Diaspora, it possesses a vibrant history and culture that makes it a fascinating destination for many travelers.
Points of attractions in Israel include the Sea of Galilee, or the Kineret, Israel’s largest fresh water reservoir, Mount Carmel, the evergreen mountain, the Jezreel Valley and of course the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on the face of the earth, where the quantity of water that evaporates from it is greater than that which flows into it, such that this body of water has the highest concentration of salt in the world. It is called the Dead Sea because its salinity prevents the existence of any life forms in the lake.