If you want to book a stay in an alternative accommodation type in 2019, but you’re still trying to decide where to travel to next or which destination to explore during your upcoming vacation, look no further.
Booking.com has identified five stand-out cities that have proved increasingly popular for alternative stays over the last year. While Naples, Ubud, Gdańsk, Porto and Marrakesh are all great locations in their own right, they also offer some great alternative accommodation options for travelers wanting to experience these destinations in a more authentic, adventurous and often more affordable way.
1. Gdańsk, Poland
Perfect for the art, history and culture loving traveler – the vibrant and colorful port city of Gdańsk is the ideal location for a weekend trip. Located on the Baltic coast of Poland, the city’s most notable attractions, Long Market and Neptune Fountain, are a must visit. Yet, the city has so much more to offer and something new to discover at every turn.
2. Naples, Italy
For travelers who don’t want to choose between adventure and historic tranquility on their next vacation, the city of Naples is the perfect solution. Located in the breathtaking south of Italy, it is known for its volcanic energy, with still-active Mount Vesuvius just around the corner. Once travelers have settled into their home away from home, the opportunities for exploration are endless – from feeling like royalty during a visit of Palazzo Reale, located just opposite the Famous Piazza del Plebiscito, to the bustling shopping venues and vibrant restaurant scene, Naples will never cease to amaze the curious traveler.
3. Ubud, Indonesia
Ubud, the cultural capital of the Indonesian island of Bali, provides never ending variation. Known for its traditional crafts and cultural dances as well as the surrounding rainforest, Ubud will mesmerize even the most well-traveled explorer. You will find an abundance of rice paddies, Hindu temples and shrines, some of Bali’s most famous landscapes and landmarks.
4. Porto, Portugal
Oftentimes overshadowed by the country’s world-famous capital, the coastal city of Porto in the northwest of Portugal is not to be missed. Famous for its stately bridges and port wine production, the city oozes with charisma. Stroll through the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, along the narrow-cobbled streets winding past merchants’ houses, have a glass of port in one of the countless cafes and let the city’s charm cast its spell on you.
5. Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh, located in western Morocco, is the home of some of the world’s most exquisite mosques, palaces and lush gardens. Let the city’s unique atmosphere entice you as you stroll through the Majorelle Garden, with its exotic plants and fountains. Following this, a trip to the city’s majestic souk, where traditional textiles, jewelry and pottery are being sold, should be high on every traveler’s bucket list.
Text and photos courtesy of Booking.com