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Cascais, Portugal

While everyone else is getting pushed around by the crowds in Lisbon, you can get a little slice of coastal calm in Cascais. This historic fishing village is just over 30km west of the Portuguese capital, yet it feels a world away with its trio of golden bays, winding lanes and great surfing waves. B&B doubles at The Albatroz Hotel cost from €295 per night.

Avoid the crowds this summer, in these lesser-known holiday destinations around the world

Ellie Ross

Want to get far from the madding crowd this summer?

It can be a hard task to find secluded beaches and near-deserted mountains in July and August. But there are plenty of places that aren’t on most tourists’ radar, where you can find a quieter corner.

From the wilds of Canada to secluded Scottish beaches and real off-the-beaten-track cycle paths in Africa, here are ten lesser-known holiday destinations around the world.