UNCOVERING THE MOST UNUSUAL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Travellers tend to fall in to two categories; those who enjoy the path less travelled, and those who don’t. Whether you’re into luxury vacation homes, or treehouses in the forest, there’s plenty of options for every kind of traveller these days.

So, if your sense of wanderlust takes you to the far-flung, or if you’re keen to uncover alternative attractions on your vacation, read on. In recent years tourism has started to open up and cater to all kinds of interests and trends. Here’s just a few of the most notable and unusual tourist attractions never too far from a luxury villa rental!

Take the slow road…

The rugged unpredictable terrain of Costa Rica makes it a popular destination with those who love the great outdoors. While zip-lining and mountain trekking are typical tourist attractions, why not opt for something more special.

Nestled in the heart of the rain forest, the Sloth Sanctury in Cahuita is a hidden gem, where you can get up close and personal with little critters themselves! When it’s time to retreat, there’s no shortage of Costa Rica luxury rentals to enjoy either.

Invade the streets


Miami luxury house rentals aside, the city is known for its endless sunshine, glorious beaches and glamour galore. It’s also home to a bustling art scene, with galleries and artists dotted throughout South Beach and beyond.

For an altogether alternative experience, join the street art movement! French artist ‘Invader’ has dotted famous space invaders throughout the city. Take a tour by foot as you uncover some of these hidden treats. Plus, if you’re an art aficionado, don’t miss the global Art Deco event every January, or the super-famous Art Basel event.

The ghost town


Ski and snow – that’s what Aspen is best known for. However, tucked away behind its famous mountains and lurking beyond the many Aspen luxury vacation homes to rent is Ashcroft – a famous ghost town. This eerily quiet village was once home to a small community. Today just a few buildings remain to show what was once a flourishing silver mining area. Open during the summer, this is a great place to learn more about the city’s rich history, so to speak.

Step back in time


Just an hour away from the luxury villa rentals of the Amalfi Coast lies Pompeii. This ancient Roman city has been immortalised for all to see, when it was buried in a sheet of volcanic dust in 79AD. In its process, the remains including many people were captured in time, and can be visited for those with a strong constitution!

Chest in time


The smoky mountains and luxury vacation homes of North Carolina have nothing on its most unusual attraction; the world’s largest chest of drawers!

Sitting 40ft tall in ‘High Point’ this extraordinary structure pays homage to the city being the furniture capital of the world. Be sure to look out for the odd-coloured socks hanging out, it’s quite the talking point!

Get extra terrestrial


The white island of Ibiza is known for many things. When you aren’t lounging around your Ibiza villa rental, be sure to make time for one of the stranger experiences on the island.

In Cala Codolar head to a sculpture called ‘Time and Space’. Designed by artist Andrew Rodgers it’s said to have been commissioned to lure UFOs to a luxury landing spot. Taking inspiration from Stonehenge in the UK, the stones are put together in a similar arrangement, lighting up when the sun strikes across it. It’s said to be a magical island after all.

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