North Wales ‘one of best locations in the world’

Llyn Gwynant. Credit: Visit Wales

North Wales named in top 10 of  the prestigious Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2017 list – and it is the only British region included.

Snowdonia, north Wales
Pen-y-Pass in Snowdonia, north Wales. Credit: Visit Wales

North Wales has been named in the fourth place in the annual Best in Travel list from Lonley Planet.

Indeed, it is the only UK region to be named in its roundup of best places to visit in the forthcoming year, which are picked to meet specific criteria, such as whether something special is going on in the year ahead, recent development and buzz.

Food, thrills and stunning scenery were just some of the reasons north Wales made the grade.

Zip World Titan, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Credit: Visit Wales
Zip World Titan, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Credit: Visit Wales

The region was praised for its new adventure attractions, such as Surf Snowdonia in the Conwy Valley, an inland surfing lake described as “the most headline-stealing example of the region’s reinvention”.

Other attractions include Zip World, which has three locations in north Wales, including the world’s fastest and Europe’s longest zip line, the first four-person zip line, and Bounce Below, a network of giant trampolines rigged together in the caverns beneath Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Snowdonia National Park – Wales’ largest – has been designated a dark-sky reserve, a place where you can get amazing views of the night sky thanks to its lack of light pollution. And, of course, this is in addition to the region’s stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, and fascinating history and heritage which has long made the region a must-see.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in north Wales. Credit: Visit Wales
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in north Wales. Credit: Visit Wales

Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director, said: “We included North Wales in this year’s list of top ten regions because it deserves to be recognised on the global stage. It’s a stunning area with a vast array of activities on offer to keep travellers entertained.

“North Wales has also become a haunt of in-the-know foodies, so however visitors get their kicks, once they’ve worked up an appetite, they’ll also be well catered for. North Wales is a gem and should be on every traveller’s radar.”

Tu-Hwnt-i’r-Bont, Llanrwst in north Wales. Credit: Visit Wales

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 is the highly anticipated collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead. 

webcover-imageExperts from Lonely Planet, which is the world’s leading guidebook publisher, spent time in almost every destination in the world to pick the favourites.

North Wales came in a respectable fourth overall in list, ranking above of regions including South Australia, Perak in Malaysia and Aysen, Chile.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017,  paperback, £9.99, is published on 26 October 2016. For more information of the Best in Travel list, visit 

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017: Choquequirao, Peru; Taranaki, New Zealand; The Azores, Portugal; North Wales, UK; South Australia; Aysén, Chile; The Tuamotus, French Polynesia; Coastal Georgia, USA; Perak, Malaysia; The Skellig Ring, Ireland

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