Bordeaux, Lisbon & Moscow lead the charge for Europe in 2017.
Having just published their ‘Best in Travel’ series for 2017, the Lonely Planet’s travel recommendations for the year ahead make for some interesting reading. Of particular appeal to us at Cities Direct are their European accolades, with just one country, Finland, making the top 10 country list alongside Canada, Colombia, Dominica, Nepal, Bermuda, Mongolia, Oman, Myanmar and Ethiopia.
On the cities front, exactly half of the illustrious top ten goes to European destinations, with Bordeaux in the top spot. Lisbon and Moscow also made the list, with lesser-known Pistoia in Italy (45 minutes from Florence) and Ohrid in Macedonia completing the European quintet. Beyond Europe, the remaining five places are awarded to Cape Town, Los Angeles, Mérida in Mexico, Seoul and Portland, Oregon. But returning to destinations closer to hand, here’s what Lonely Planet has to say about Europe’s big three…
They used to call her the ‘Sleeping Beauty’, but – though she’s hit the snooze button a few times – Bordeaux is now wide awake and ready for action. The new LGV Sud-Ouest line, due for completion in mid- 2017, connects the city with Europe’s high- speed train network and cuts travel time from Paris to just two hours. Its timing is perfect. The recently opened Cité du Vin continues the impressive redevelopment of the Garonne riverfront with a state-of-the-art wine-lovers’ experience, and the city’s gastronomic revolution keeps building on its own success. She’s going to skip breakfast: all aboard for Bordeaux’ grande bouffe!
It’s got sights, culture and cuisine, yet Lisbon’s rarely mentioned alongside southern European heavyweights such as Barcelona or Rome. If this mystifying lack of recognition is what helps the Portuguese capital remain a bargain, long may it continue. Add the weakness of the euro, and the city looks like an unbeatable deal. Should you need more persuasion, though, consider the museums: from Egyptian artefacts at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian to pop art at Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon groans with them, but the appetite appears unsated: a museum devoted to the history of Judaism in Portugal is coming to the Alfama district in 2017.
Russia may not have revealed all its Revolution-centennial plans, but it’s as clear as a crenellated Kremlin façade that there will be radical changes in Moscow. The city will host football matches in the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, so the race is on to bring an inkling of the ultra-modern to a metropolis renowned for bombastic architecture. The new Ramenskoye Airport and a new metro line will mean an all-time high in the city’s connectivity, and Moscow will gain a blockbuster attraction in the Polytechnic Museum and Educational Centre, relocated to a dramatic building in the Vorobyovy Gory hills.
Bordeaux, Lisbon and Moscow copy copyrighted to and adapted from the Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017 – top 10 cities”.