The “thriving, creative” metropolis of Dundee has been rated as among the finest locations in Europe to go to this 12 months by Lonely Planet. The travel information writer has tried to sort out the difficulty of overtourism in its annual holiday hotlist, by highlighting lesser-visited locations throughout the continent.
Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest metropolis and is sixth on Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2018 listing. It earned the spot for its “head-turning” city redevelopment, together with the transformation of its historic waterfront and the opening of a brand new department of the V&A this September .
Lonely Planet describes it as an “exciting moment” for a metropolis that has usually been ignored by guests to Scotland, and praised its “nationally important museums and attractions” and “dynamic, creative spirit”.
The primary spot went to Emilia-Romagna in Italy. The area was picked out as an alternative choice to Tuscany, Campania and Veneto, and for its emergence as among the finest foodie spots within the nation.
Bologna is the biggest metropolis in Emilia-Romagna. Photograph: Alamy
Emilia-Romagna is the home of ragù, Parma ham, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese. Recently Bologna, the regional capital, noticed the opening of the world’s largest culinary theme park, Fico Eataly, the place guests can pattern all method of native delicacies.
Other picks on the listing included the wild seashores, mountains and “enchanted” villages of Cantabria, Spain (a far cry from the overcrowded sights of Barcelona and the Costa del Sol); and Kosovo, which boasts “dramatic hiking trails, Ottoman-era history and a growing cultural scene”.
“There is growing concern over the increase in tourism to popular European destinations, particularly over the busy summer months, so with this list we wanted to show that there are a wealth of incredible alternatives to discover across Europe,” stated Lonely Planet editorial director, Tom Hall.