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So many destinations these days are suffering from over-tourism - where it's almost impossible to explore in relative peace and tranquillity, particularly if you're visiting at popular times of the year. So I thought it might be an idea to take a look at alternative destinations to popular tourist spots; places where you'll be able to avoid the crowds for a comparable experience.

Swap Venice for Ljubljana, Slovenia

Although Venice is unique, it can get incredibly crowded. Set along the serene Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is a hidden gem that boasts romantic bridges, lively squares, and an enchanting medieval old town. Wander through car-free streets lined with pastel-hued buildings, quaint cafes, and artisan shops, where a sense of tranquillity pervades. Admire the fairytale-like Ljubljana Castle perched on a hill, offering panoramic views of the city below. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals, Ljubljana is a refreshing alternative to the crowds of Venice, promising a truly unforgettable journey through the heart of Slovenia.

Swap the Andaman Coast in Thailand for Mozambique

If it’s sun and sand in a tropical setting is what you're looking for, why not head to Mozambique? This southern African country has more than 1,500 miles of coastline along the Indian Ocean — much of which is insanely stunning and unspoiled. Island-hop between offshore archipelagos, snorkel the pristine waters, or simply lounge on a secluded beach with a good book, a glass of South African wine, and the ocean breeze.

Swap Bali for Raja Ampat

While there are still some quiet corners of Bali to enjoy, if you want to avoid fellow holidaymakers behind, then you should branch out. Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands, so you won’t even have to leave the archipelago to find an alternative. Beckoning with idyllic, white-sand beaches and thriving, healthy reefs, the Raja Ampat Islands are heaven on Earth. Whether you’re an underwater enthusiast, want to stroll through the jungle and spot tropical birds and wildlife, or you're simply looking for a peaceful place to kick back and relax, you’ll find all the serenity you seek and none of the crowds here.

Swap Dubrovnik for Rovinj

Sometimes a city is too pretty for its own good - and Dubrovnik's fame as a location for the Game of Thrones has meant that the city can become very crowded, particularly in Summer. Rovinj is up the Istrian coast of Croatia but with a lot fewer people. Woods surround the charming and historic old town and the streets are all cobbled just like in Dubrovnik. Just off the coast there are 14 islands to explore which you can do on a day trip away from the town. Not only is Rovinj delightfully pretty, it's also quite lively with its numerous cafes and restaurants, galleries and an active fishing port.

Swap Santorini for Milos

Santorini sees around 2 million people annually - that's a lot of visitors for a tiny island. Instead of Santorini, head for Milos, Greece's best-kept secret. With its unspoiled beauty and serene atmosphere, this island offers a tranquil alternative to the bustling crowds of Santorini. Wander through picturesque villages with whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets, where time seems to stand still. Discover secluded beaches with turquoise waters and dramatic rock formations as well as ancient ruins, hidden caves, and lunar landscapes. For a truly authentic Greek island experience away from the tourist crowds, Milos is the perfect destination to unwind and rejuvenate.

Swap the Costa del Sol for the Costa de la Luz.

Whilst the Costa del Sol is a firm favourite with Brits, the Costa de la Luz is much more beautiful, and is yet to be properly discovered by foreign tourists. Costa de la Luz stretches from Tarifa to Huelva, including the beaches in Cadiz. Most of this area is part of National Parks, which protect it from heavy developments and all inclusive resorts. So it's a different kind of Spanish holiday, but one where you'll be able to get away from the crowds and explore to your heart's content.

Swap Tuscany for Puglia

Tuscany is a perennial favourite with travellers, which means that iconic destinations like Florence, Lucca and Siena can get extremely crowded in the summer months. With around 800 km of coastline Puglia probably has more of Italy’s best beaches than any other region. And it also boasts some beautiful medieval towns, picturesque hamlets, famous cone-roofed dwellings (called trulli), and some splendid baroque town centres. There are also centuries-old olive groves, fields of rich red soil, and lots of space to explore. And the food here is just as delicious as you'll find in Tuscany.

Swap Dubai for Muscat

Skip the glitz of Dubai for the understated elegance of Muscat, Oman - a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Nestled between the rugged mountains and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman, Muscat has an old-world charm and authenticity. Explore its ancient forts, opulent palaces, and bustling souks, where the fragrance of frankincense fills the air. Relax on pristine beaches, dive into vibrant coral reefs, or embark on a desert adventure amidst towering dunes. With its blend of tradition and modernity, Muscat offers a cultural oasis away from the skyscrapers and crowds, inviting you to experience the true essence of Arabia.

I have plenty more ideas if you're looking for a holiday away from the madding crowd. Get in touch and let's chat.

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