Must visit destinations for 2017
With more far-flung cities and towns opening up to the tourist market, there’s never been more choice when it comes to picking destinations that are hot hot hot – both in terms of temperature and otherwise. It means that it’s a tough call to create a shortlist for 2017’s holidays - a choice not made easier by well-established places tempting us with their timely announcements too.
If you’re looking for excuses to go a-travelling, here are the Flexicover team’s rundown of places that have specific reasons why you should visit during the next twelve months.
A country that's soaring in popularity - British visitors were up by 20% over the last year - Tenerife will be one of the most popular destinations of 2017 and it's well prepared for the influx. As well as a rise in hotel numbers, it has plenty of new and changing attractions. For example, the Sunset and Stars experience - a gourmet dinner atop the magnificent Mount Teide - has just become starrier, with the addition of Erlantz Gorostiz: the Canary Island’s only two-Michelin starred chef. He’s created a mouth-watering menu as awe-inspiring as the stars themselves. Take a trip over Easter to catch the Lyrids meteor shower, which peaks on April 22 and 23.
Join the Finns in celebrating 100 years of independence in 2017, with a year of festivities planned in every region. From open-air concerts to al-fresco communal feasts, visitors are invited to join locals as they celebrate this monumental centenary. Winter sports enthusiasts can experience the anniversary celebrations at the World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti (22 February to 05 March) and the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki (29 March to 02 April). The celebrations are due to kick off with a bang on New Year's Eve in Töölönlahti, Helsinki with musical performances and speeches followed by a brilliant fireworks display and parties throughout the night.
Denmark’s second biggest city is every gourmand’s dream getaway and that's now proved by its status as a European Region of Gastronomy for 2017. Fuelled by outstanding fresh produce, the region continues to gather international acclaim for its Michelin star restaurants and annual Aarhus Food Festival - the largest in the Nordics (01 to 03 September). As part of 2017’s theme ‘Rethinking Good Food’, chefs will come together to champion sustainable cuisine, culminating in a communal dinner for 500 people. As if the status wasn’t accolade enough, the city is also celebrating its title as one of 2017’s European Capitals of Culture. Head along this year, as it also hosts a series of diverse events and exhibitions featuring Danish and international artists.
Following 2014's solar peak, aurora-hunters should grab their tickets before April as after 2017 their notoriously elusive beauty may appear dimmer until 2024. If you don’t make it before then, it's still worth a visit. In the summer months tourists can explore the otherworldly landscapes of the north and dramatic fjords to the west. While warmer weather may bring the crowds, it also makes for an infectious festive atmosphere - with all manner of events taking advantage of the midnight sun, from local gatherings to international festivals like Secret Solstice (16 to 18 June).
The furthest South American country from the UK, Chile was historically a stamp in only the most seasoned travellers' passports. But as of 2017 it is set to become more accessible thanks to the launch of a direct British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Santiago. The airline's longest route at 14 hours and 40 minutes, it brings the rugged beauty of Chile’s vast landscapes that much closer. Wedged between the awe-inspiring Andes and the Pacific, the scenery here is as dramatic as it is diverse, appealing to travellers in pursuit of adventure. This - alongside beautiful beaches, first-rate vineyards and top Chilean cuisine – is certainly worth the flight’s £800 price tag.
Wherever you’re planning to head to over the coming year it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.
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