The seaside town of Bray in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland was found to be one of the most underrated travel destinations in the world, according to a new list published by a famous website.
The brilliance of Bray as a tourist destination was recognised recently. It was included in a list of 14 areas across the world deemed the most underrated travel destinations for 2023.
The website Time Out’s global network of travel writers and editors was tasked with selecting 14 of the world’s most underrated travel destinations for 2023.
Time Out website – ranking the most underrated travel destinations for 2023
According to Time Out, their list of underrated travel locations covers everything “from tiny islands and seaside towns to massive lakes and whole countries”.
It aims to highlight places “that are legitimate hidden gems, off-the-tourist-trail, or offer great alternatives to popular spots.
The locations were selected to “inspire and enable people to discover places which pack a punch in terms of food, culture, and experiences but are often overlooked by travellers.”
Bray – a fantastic seaside town
The seaside town of Bray in County Wicklow has always been famous in Ireland. Locals have always found it great for a day trip. In recent years it has become very popular with international tourists too.
Time Out writer Stephen Emms noted that Bray was once known as “the Brighton of Ireland” and elaborated that the town had experienced quite a transformation in recent years.
Speaking about Bray, he explained, “It was the arrival of the railway in 1854 that made Bray, just twelve miles south of Dublin, so popular it became known as the Brighton of Ireland.
“After years of decline, its mile-long Victorian seafront now buzzes with cafés and restaurants.
“Stroll from the harbour along the esplanade to the 800-foot-high 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.”
Mongolia – the most underrated travel destination for 2023
While Bray came in at number thirteen on the list of the most underrated travel destinations for 2023, the honour of first place went to Mongolia.
According to Time Out, Mongolia is known for its “traditional gers (yurts), friendly nomadic people, and herds of wild horses stomping across untouched steppes”, as well as the fact that they can boast a new accessible international airport.
Lake Bacalar, in Mexico, which goes by the nickname “Lagoon of Seven Colours” thanks to its beautifully vibrant waters, came in second place. Cuenca, Ecuador, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was third.
The complete list of destinations chosen was as follows:
- Lake Bacalar, Mexico
- Cuenca, Ecuador
- Srebrenik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
- Gippsland, Australia
- Plymouth, England
- Burlington, Vermont
- Turku, Finland
- Karpathos, Greece
- Lombok, Indonesia
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Bray, Ireland
- Eastern Highlands, Zimbabwe