A cornucopia of curious places and bizarre events, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most fascinating places and events in the world.
There are natural wonders – the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand – and mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of infants. And then, you can travel to Turkmenistan to see the 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, visit the graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, marvel at the eccentric bone museums in Italy, or learn about a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches and is still on display in Devon.
‘Never start a trip without knowing where a haunted hotel or a mouth of hell is.’
- Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan's Labyrinth
Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. With compelling descriptions, full-colour photographs, surprising charts, and maps for every region of the world, it is a book to dip into, or read from cover to cover. It will be as appealing to the armchair traveller as it is to the die-hard adventurer.
Published by Workman
Full-colour photographs and illustrations throughout
267 mm x 178 mm