Lonely Planet: Transylvania, the best place to visit in 2017!
Lonely Planet has recently published, on October 27th, a list of the best destinations for 2016. Of these regions, Transylvania holds top position, being placed by the tour guide specialist on number 1, over regions such as Hawai or Bavaria.
Leave the crucifix aside and get rid of the garlic – you will not need them in the Transylvania of today, which destroys stereotypes faster that a bat from hell 🙂 . Yes, horses and wagons still make their way in the rural woodland areas, but you will more likely share the streets with Uber taxis, taking travelers to chic destinations found on Airbnb. Look beyond the Count Dracula t-shirts and you will notice a growing number of art galleries, good quality ski resorts and epic nature trails. – Lonely Planet
Further, the authors of the guide recommend the night life of Cluj or Brasov, the artistic “explosion” of the Cluj, the raw nature in the mountain areas, the skiing in Poiana Brasov and Paltinis, the medieval fortified churches of Viscri and Biertan, Sighisoara, for the legend of Dracula. You can read all the details, here.
About Cluj, Lonely Planet writes:
Self-reinventing is in the air of Cluj, today. It is a city viewed as one of the artistic hubs, in full development, of Europe. The praises are down to the paint brush factory in the city, an artistic collective with 6 mini galleries. But the buzz is maintained, to a large extent, by the very “weird” museums and the night life, which unite, with great skill, the local cellar pubs with a few independent, very trendy, bars.
The Lonely Planet destination collection for 2016 reveals not the places where travelers will head to next year, but the places which the team decided must be visited, says Tom Hall, editorial director for Lonely Planet, for CNN.
Remember that, last year, Lonely Planet included Romania in a major category, of the best value places to see in 2015.
Here are the lists for 2016
Best countries to visit in 2016:
Best regions to visit in 2016:
1. Transilvania, Romania
2. Islanda de Vest
3. Valle de Vinales, Cuba
4. Regiunile viticole din Friuli, Italia
5. Insula Waiheke, Noua Zeelandă
6. Auvergne, Franța
8. Bavaria, Germania
9. Costa Verde, Brazilia
10. Sfânta Elena
Best cities to visit in 2016:
1. Kotor, Muntenegru
2. Quito, Ecuador
3. Dublin, Irlanda
4. George Town, Malaezia
5. Rotterdam, Olanda
6. Mumbai (Bombay), India
7. Fremantle, Australia
8. Manchester, UK
9. Nashville, SUA
10. Roma, Italia
Best value destinations of 2016:
2. Ho Chi Min și Hanoi, Vietnam
3. Africa de Est
4. New Mexico
5. Bosnia și Herțegovina
6. Galicia, SpaNIA
7. Quebec City, Canada
8. Coasta caraibeană a Costa Ricăi
10. Australia de Vest