It’s a new year with 12 whole months of new travel possibilities – but where are the best places to go? There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go, we think our chosen destinations will be one of them for you. Starting from Chile, to the remarkable Granada and all the way to the amazing New Zealand, we selected our top five destinations to visit through 2017.
We know that people will travel far and wide for incredible food and drink, which is why that was a key factor in our decision-making. In 2017, you’ll want to head to Chile for the Easter Island, Vancouver if you are a sports fanatic, Granada if you like old buildings and etc.
Brazil for sure dominated the tourism in South America for the last year (2016), but slowly Chile is climbing to the top.Chile is long about 4200km but it’s lenghth never reaches more then 240km – and is packed with ecosystems, biodiversity, topographies. Chile actually has 36 national parks, from deserts to fjords to subpolar islands. The tourist attractions in Chile will surprise many and take the breath away of everyone else. The tourist industry in the country isn’t as popular as the rest of South America because it simply isn’t as exposed as Machu Pichu for example.
What to visit: Atacama Desert, Easter Island, Patagonia…
And seconds place takes the second largest country in the World, Canada. Do you know that Canada has more lakes then the rest of the world combined? Well, this just one of the million reasons to visit this country. Canada also has the largest coastline in the world!
The big landscapes – the Canadian Rockies – are well known. Pockets of British Columbia, for example, contain desert (around Osoyoos) and warm-wintered enclaves of vines and olives. On the west coast the Inside Passage – a labyrinth of fjords and islands – features North America’s finest seascapes.
One more thing, the second official language in Canada is the French language.
What to visit: Vancouver, Quebec, Victoria Island, Jasper National Park…
3. Granada, Spain
Now, we are moving to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain, more precisely Granada. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.Granada actually has an estimated population of 238,000.
Flying to Granada also makes a few days skiing in the Sierra Nevada more feasible, as the ski resort is only 29 miles (47 km) from the airport and there is usually snow until April. Walking in the Alpujarras on the southern slopes of the mountains is wonderful in May, when the landscape is covered in flowers.
What to visit: The Alhambra, Generalife, Albayzin…
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
On our fourth place we have chosen the land where it rains or snows every second day, it is Denmark. We are going to talk about it’s capital, Copenhagen. Denmark is an archipelago made up of over 100 islands, some of which are not even inhabited
Danes take their cycling very seriously with entire parts of the road dedicated to safe cycling. Safe and a great way to see Copenhagen.
Noma has been voted the best restaurant in the world on numerous occasions. Although that is great it is the overall standard of food and how that has filtered down to other restaurants here that is so impressive. Nordic cooking is now among the most progressive in the world.
What to visit: Noma, Tivoli Gardens, Kronborg Castle, Nyhavn…
5. New Zealand
Made up of two main islands and a host of smaller ones, New Zealand has an amazing range of breathtaking scenery, from subtropical forests, beaches and offshore islands in the north to glaciers, lakes, snow-covered mountains and large flat plains in the south.
Fact about New Zealand, it has seven times as many sheep and three times as many cows as people and there are absolutely no snakes in this country, YES we mean it!
New Zealand has hundreds of boutique wineries dotted around from the coasts to the mountains. Perfect oportunity to brush up your wine tasting/drinking skills.