14. Eastern Highlands, Zimbabwe
The list is aimed at “inspiring and enabling people to discover places which pack a punch in terms of food, culture and experiences but are often overlooked by travellers”, including Plymouth in the UK, Bray in Ireland, Burlington in Vermont, USA, and Gippsland in Australia.
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“While most travellers to Zimbabwe will make a beeline for the majestic Victoria Falls or the renowned Hwange National Park,” Time Out said, “the country’s eastern border is home to a place of equally astonishing beauty that has remained relatively unknown.”
The Eastern Highlands was formed off a trio of hilly ranges, Bvumba, Nyanga, and Chimanimani – and home to the epic Mutarazi Falls, which are 772 metres in height. Visitors can biplane and step out onto a “dizzying” skywalk.
13. Bray, Ireland
When the railway arrived in Bray in 1854, it was an instant attraction, Time Out explained. It was so popular that it became known as the “Brighton of Ireland”.
Now, this seaside town 12 miles south of Dublin “buzzes with cafes and restaurants” after years of decline.
Time Out added, “Stroll from the harbour along the esplanade to the 800-foot-high (243m) Bray Head, worth the hour’s climb for panoramic views from its rocky summit. Refuel at Butler & Barry on the beach, before a Guinness at ace local institution, the Harbour Bar.”
12. Sao Tome and Principe
The volcanic Atlantic Ocean islands of Sao Tome and Principe in the Gulf of Guinea together form Africa’s second-smallest country, “remain one of the unsung beauties of African travel’” according to Time Out.