Rabat – If you are looking for off the beaten track travel destinations, offering you an escape from the crowds and with historic and architectural appeal similar to the world’s most famous monuments, then hurry up to discover the ruins of Volubilis before it gets on everyone’s bucket list.
Bloomberg curated a list of seven “newly accessible” wonders of the world that include Volubilis, the magnificent Roman city located outside of Fez.
The list also includes the remains of the Royal Empire in India, the onetime Mayan capital in Guatemala, sprawling Roman mansions in Portugal, “pyramids on steroids” in Sudan, a lost city of Colombia, and a lion-shaped fortress in Sri Lanka. These underexplored destinations have as much to offer as the most famous touristic sites around the world.
According to Lisa Ackerman, executive vice president of the World Monuments Fund (WMF), these little-known sites could provide “great rewards” and a joy of discovery to visitors.
She added that the increasing number of travels to the newly discovered sites is key to tourism management everywhere, and could motivate locals to “take pride” in their heritage and invest in its conservation.
These places, which have long existed as “local secrets” have been made accessible to public thanks to the increasing number of tour operators featuring the little-known destinations, hoteliers, and infrastructure developments, Bloomberg said.
So is the case ofthe Volubilis ruins, located in the Moroccan mountains near Meknes, which has become a “tried-and-true” stop by many operators. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage and one of the oldest and largest Roman cities in North Africa.
“Volubilis feels like a time machine” The American news outlet added. Its archaeological vestiges beared witness to several civilizations from prehistory to the Islamic period.