If you’re already thinking about the trips you want to make in 2017, check out this list of suggestions to further broaden your horizons for amazing best 10 destinations below.
1. Cantabria, Spain
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This extraordinary coastal and mountainous region has in Nature its main attraction. Part of the Cantabrian cornice, named for a strip of land between the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Mountains, it is an area characterized by its luxuriant vegetation, fruit of the humid climate, strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. It is a true paradise for nature lovers, providing numerous outdoor activities that vary depending on the seasons. It is also the richest region in the world in places of archaeological interest from the Upper Paleolithic period. Also, here you will find delicious food of comfort, where the fish of the coast and the meat of the mountains stand out.
2. Magic Villages, Mexico
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“Magical peoples” are a set of destinations located in Mexico that claim to offer truly magical experiences. They are cities and towns that do not benefit from the popularity of the great Mexican tourist destinations, usually associated with sun and beach tourism, but which have certain characteristics that make them unique and historically significant. Mexico is a country with a rich historical heritage and these 111 villages are available not only to share their legacy with visitors, but also their carefully preserved culture and traditions.
3. Sagres, Portugal
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Although located in the Algarve, the main Portuguese tourist region, the area of Sagres does not face the large crowds in the summer and during the middle and low seasons it is quite calm. Known for the good waves, it attracts surfers from all over the world who seek a pleasant climate, friendly people, prices and excellent food. Sagres is located in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, a protected natural area. Cliffs, reefs, beaches almost in the wild, breathtaking views as well as beautiful historical sites, ancient lighthouses and some of the most perfect sunsets are guaranteed!
4. Washington DC
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Washington is a place of government buildings and memorials, but not only. In a short time visitors will realize that the city has so much more to offer. For hiking and biking lovers, Washington has miles of trails that combine large green areas with squirrel, rabbit and raccoon forests in the midst of a dense urbanized area and is therefore a good option where history walks Hand in hand with Nature. With more than 75 museums, Washington hosts many events and festivals and offers a culinary scene that will amaze travelers seeking gluttonous pleasures.
5. Umbria, Italy
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This beautiful Italian region is not as well known as neighboring Tuscany, but the charm of it all means nothing behind: beautiful landscapes marked by hills with vineyards and olive groves, roads lined by cypresses, beautiful farmhouses and fantastic cities, loaded with Heritage and culture. Without forgetting the delicious Italian gastronomy and the incredible wines! Umbria offers a wide range of nature activities, wine tastings and cheeses, historical and artistic visits and much more. If you are looking for a few days of indulgent and pleasant laziness that the Italians so well call dolce far niente , Umbria is a destination that will not disappoint you!
6. British Columbia, Canada
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This province of Canada self-proclaims the country’s amusement park, but we dare to say that there is much more to offer. Tofino, in the Pacific Ocean, attracts surfers, nature lovers, bird and whale watchers, campers and fishermen. The Okanagan Valley is a popular spot for outdoor activities such as boating, water sports, snow skiing, hiking, and more recently it has become famous due to the local wines. In British Columbia it is possible to find whales, birds, bears and elk in the coastal forests, as well as explore sites of Aboriginal heritage, not to mention the fantastic cities of Vancouver or Victoria, the provincial capital that houses a large number of historic buildings.
7. Lofoten, Norway
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Far enough away from the most well-known Norwegian cities, mostly located in the south of the country, this archipelago located within the Arctic Circle is characterized by dramatic mountains and peaks, imposing fjords, pristine areas, wild beaches and hidden bays. This is the land where cod is king and where fishing is an ancestral tradition, but it is also the home of the Sami people, the natives of Scandinavia. It is a great option for those looking for direct contact with nature and where it is possible to experience the midnight sun and aurora borealis.
8. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Although Mostar is the most important city in the Herzegovina region, this country is still an unknown destination for many tourists. Mostar stands as an exceptional symbol of peaceful coexistence between its various cultural past. However, it is impossible to ignore the Turkish influence, so present in the architectural style of the old houses and in the atmosphere of the cobbled streets. The central point of the city is Stari Most, a single arch bridge flanked by two towering medieval defensive towers. Venturing beyond the boundaries of the old city, the traveler will discover dilapidated houses, buildings with holes and bullet-marks, memories of a not-too-distant conflict.
9. Lombok, Indonesia
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There is much in the shadow of its popular neighboring Bali, Lombok is equally paradisiac, often termed Bali untouched, as far as tourism is concerned. With its inland forest, dazzling rice fields of an emerald green, white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea, is nothing less than paradise. The surf in Lombok is top, as are the places to hike, especially around Gunung Rinjani, the second highest volcano in Indonesia. Whoever reaches the summit will be rewarded with a stunning lake located in the crater and hot springs.
10. Valleta, Malta
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This historic city recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site is a popular tourist destination but not as sought after as other capitals in the Mediterranean Sea. The city has a Baroque character but with Mannerist and Neoclassical architectural elements, present in beautiful palaces, gardens and churches. The fortifications of the city are quite well preserved in spite of the severe attacks suffered during World War II and that left many marks in the buildings of the city. Valleta maintains a great number of buildings of the sixteenth century, when the city was erected by the hand of the Order of St. John, now known as the Order of Malta. The stone buildings are responsible for the yellow color that characterizes this which is the capital of the southern tip of Europe.
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