You must visit these cities in 2017

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With a high-speed rail link due mid-2017 and the Cite du Vin wine museum attracting fans of the tipple from all over the world, it’s no surprise to see Lonely Planet pick Bordeaux, France, as its hottest urban destination for 2017.

The famous travel guide examines a host of factors – from new hotels and improved transportation to new options for tour operators and hidden gems – when selecting its annual list of must-visit destinations for the coming year.

The high-speed rail line linking Paris to Bordeaux in just two hours plays a major role in bringing the French city to the forefront of the tourism scene. The city’s new wine museum and cultural space, called the Cite du Vin, which opened in June, is another draw for travellers keen to sample the region’s specialties and its gastronomic restaurants. The urban landscape has also been transformed, with the freshly renovated banks of the river Garonne and the regeneration of the right bank.

“A sleeping beauty has awoken,” says Lonely Planet.

In the cities category, Bordeaux is followed by Cape Town, South Africa, in second place, and Los Angeles, the United States, in third. The 10-strong list also features two relatively little-known destinations on the global travel scene: Ohrid in Macedonia (fifth) and Pistoia in Italy (sixth).

Pacific destinations

Who hasn’t dreamed of dipping a toe into the turquoise waters of the world’s biggest ocean Pacific destinations? Still riding high in Lonely Planet’s rankings, particularly those in Oceania. Taranaki, New Zealand, comes second in the list of best regions to visit in 2017, and South Australia comes fifth.

This Australian state, with its rocky coastlines, breathtaking shores, vineyards and natural parks, and its coastal capital Adelaide, could be set to rival the Red Centre and its desert landscapes, the bright lights of Sydney and the cultural haunts of Melbourne as an Aussie destination. The list of top regions also features the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia in seventh place.

As for countries, Lonely Planet puts Canada in the top spot for 2017, followed by Colombia (second) and Finland (third).

A roundup of all Lonely Planet’s hottest destinations for the coming year can be found in its Best Of 2017 guidebook that was published recently. – AFP Relaxnews

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