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'Top travel hotspots' for 2016 revealed

07 January 2016 11:38

Rough Guides has published a list of the top destinations for 2016

Rough Guides has published a list of the top destinations for 2016

The Icelandic capital of Reykjavik has been named the best city for tourists to visit in 2016.

Rough Guides has also made Nepal the top "must-see" country this year.

The guidebook publisher has highlighted the finest destinations to explore in its new lists.

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This year's 'must-see' cities

Rough Guides points to Reykjavik's arts scene, fresh fish, hot pools and "toy-like, painted" homes as making it the world's most desirable city to visit this year.

It has beaten off challenges from Mexico City (second), Seoul (third) and Ljubljana (Slovenia, fourth).

Wroclaw (Poland), Nashville, Amsterdam, Hull, Vancouver and Agra complete the list.

This year's 'must-see' countries

Rough Guides places Nepal above any other nation for tourists to enjoy, citing its newly restored landmarks, Himalayan treks and tiger-populated jungles.

The other top 10 nations include Colombia (second), Cuba (third) and Jordan (fourth).

The remainder of the list comprises Albania, Romania, El Salvador, Wales, Kenya and Sri Lanka.

This year's 'must-see' regions

Alaska, with its glaciers, vast national parks and wildlife, is named the best region to explore in 2016.

Other mentions go to second-placed Gujurat (India), Tasmania (third) and Quebec (fourth).

Tohoku (Japan), Northern Cape (South Africa), Lombok (Indonesia), Calabria (Italy), Castilla y Leon (Spain) and the Western Isles (Scotland) complete the top 10.

British representation

The UK is represented three times in the Rough Guides lists through Wales, the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) and the traditionally unfashionable Humberside city of Hull.

Rough Guides emphasised Hull's strong stable of "excellent" museums, scenic Old Town and September's Freedom Festival.

The publication's officials also lauded Wales's Snowdonia peaks, the Gower Peninsula's sandy beaches and the quaintness of its countryside villages and towns.