Derry is one of the best cities to visit in the world next year is Derry – according to Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2013’, which says: “Derry is the UK City of Culture 2013, which means this vibrant historic walled city is undergoing a renaissance.”
Derry was placed as the fourth best city to visit next year by a panel of travel experts, behind San Francisco, Amsterdam and Hyderabad. Derry’s selection was based on its 2013 calendar of cultural events, as the city celebrates the 400th anniversary of its city walls and hosts the prestigious Turner Prize. The book also credits the city’s impressive redevelopment as a reason to consider a visit.
Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall, who contributed to the book, said: “Best in Travel is all about identifying destinations that offer the traveller something special. Derry is a brilliant example of a city that has bounced back from difficult times. This is a city with heart, which shines through in its exciting arts and music scene.”
‘Best in Travel 2013’ highlights the top 10 countries, top 10 regions and top 10 cities to visit in the year ahead. The destinations are selected because they are up and coming, have something special happening next year or simply because there’s a real buzz about the place. The book also contains 15 other inspirational travel lists, which include the best value destinations for the year ahead, the best destinations to get fit, and the best places to try something new.
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities for 2013
1. San Francisco, USA
2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3. Hyderabad, India
4. Derry, Northern Ireland
5. Beijing, China
6. Christchurch, New Zealand
7. Hobart, Australia
8. Montreal, Canada
9. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
10. Puerto Iguazú, Argentina