For its crystal clear waters and rich history Malta was announces the top “secret” destination to visit. Adventure experts at Lonely Planet have revealed 25 top destinations where the sunny archipelago comes at number one.
Malta’s smaller sibling Gozo came in for special praise in the US print edition, with writer Writer Abigail Blasi describing it as home to some of Europe’s best scuba diving sites.
The exclusive location in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, beats 24 other destinations to the top spot. Blasi said people shouldn’t be put off Malta for being a hot spot with ‘elderly tour groups’ as the there has been an emergence of new architecture, restaurant launches and hotel openings over recent years.
The second position in the Lonely Planet’s list took Seoul. Megan Eaves, the guidebook’s destination editor for North Asia, called South Korean capital ‘one of the hippest places in the world right now’. She mentioned that amazing food scene and efficient metro system well-appreciated by visitors.
Vojvodina in Serbia slid in at third place for being rich in art and outdoor activities.
Other destinations to make it into the top ten on Lonely Planet’s list of ‘secret places’ were Stock Island in Florida, the Southern Islands in Cambodia and Ilhabela in Brazil.
LONELY PLANET MAGAZINE’S TOP 25 TRAVEL SECRETS
2. Seoul, South Korea
3. Vojvodina, Serbia
4. Stock Island/Key West, Florida
5. The Southern Islands, Cambodia
6. Ilhabela, Brazil
7. Lombok, Indonesia
8. Lost Sierra, California
9. Weerribben-Wieden National Park, Netherlands
10. Silent Green, Berlin, Germany
11. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
12. Kjerringøy, Norway
13. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
14. Mallorca, Spain
15. Ushuaia, Argentina
17. Shekhawati Region, India
18. Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
19. Aroudant, Morocco
20. The Champlain Islands, Vermont
21. Pieve, Italy
22. Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal
23. Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan
24. Vršovice, Prague, czech republic
25. Belleville, Paris