A Greek city among the hottest destinations for 2016
The British newspaper Mirror published the list with the hottest destinations for 2016. It is a guide to the destinations, resorts, cities and countries and places that will soon be on everyone’s holiday bucket list. In the top of the list we find Peru and Machu Picchu, but also there is a Greek city in this list. It isn’t Santorini or Rhodes, but the beautiful Kalamata.
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Machu Picchu has long been on everyone’s list. It is home to stunning colonial architecture and pre-Inca ruins, which are often overlooked. So before you head inland, you can explore this bustling coastal city and its excellent museums, great shopping, lively nightlife and some fine seafood.
Relations between Cuba and the USA are thawing to such an extent that visitors to the Caribbean island are set to soar. So it’s worth getting out there before the place has a Disney makeover. Soak up the fading colonial beauty and enjoy an idyllic beach break. Take in the Unesco World Heritage site of Old Havana, visit Ernest Hemingway’s home and a cigar factory during the first three days of the tour in the capital. Then head off to Trinidad to soak up more of the cultural wonders before hitting the beach in Varadero.
3. KOTOR, MONTENEGRO
Kotor is drop-dead gorgeous and next year’s must-visit city, according to Lonely Planet’s new book Best In Travel 2016. The coastal town, which dates back to between the 12th and 14th centuries, is in a secluded spot in the Bay of Kotor where the super yachts drop anchor in summer.
Following the lifting of Western sanctions and the election of Aung San Suu Kyi as leader, Burma is becoming increasingly popular. Get there now for a chance to see a country where the 21st century has barely intruded – before it all changes.
The land of fire and ice has been blinking on the hip holiday radar for a few years, but trips to the island just below the Arctic Circle are set to soar. Volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs – and capital Reykjavik is a great place to party on long summer nights.
6. COSTA RICA
This Latin American paradise is the hottest ticket in town. With coasts on the Pacific and the Caribbean, it is loved by surfers who ride the waves off the soft, white sands as well as trekkers through the dense rain forests. After a day or two relaxing on the beach in Playa Tamarindo, head into the jungle and go zip-lining over the treetops at the Rincon de la Vieja volcano national park. Or traverse hanging bridges at Monteverde Cloud Forest on wildlife treks.
7. KALAMATA, GREECE
Laid-back Kalamata, which lies in the far south of mainland Greece, is known for long beaches, olives and honey. The clear warm water is popular with sunbathers and swimmers, and has a raft of water sports. There is also a wide choice of bars, restaurants and shops lining the busy marina, and plenty of history for culture vultures.
8. SAN JOSÉ, USA
It’s between San Francisco and LA, making San José the ideal base from which to visit Yosemite National Park, the Napa wine region and for the famous drive along the Pacific Coast Highway.
9. PUERTO RICO
With 270 miles of sandy beaches, all-year sun and designer malls, it’s a twist on a Caribbean holiday. The capital San Juan, with its Unesco-protected fort and fantastic restaurants, bars, galleries and lovely beaches.
It will certainly give a boost to already-popular Goa, so it might be worth getting in before everyone else figures it out.