North Wales in top 10 world travel experiences

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

    North Wales has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list.

    Here are the top 10 regions in 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

    Indeed, it is the only UK region to make the list, which were 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.

    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 attractions at 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, 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.

    Llyn Gwynant
    Llyn Gwynant. 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.”

    Zip World
    Zip World Titan, Blaenau Ffestiniog. 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. For more information of the Best in Travel list, visit 


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