Top Destinations for 2017
If you’re thinking about where to travel this year, here are five places which are great to visit.
It’s the centenary of Finland’s independence, and the Finns are celebrating their anniversary with events across the country. The air in Finland is the third cleanest in the world, and beyond Helsinki, the capital, the landscape is one of lakes and forests. The country’s 40th national park is being created for the centenary, in Hossa. Finland hosts both the World Figure Skating Championships and the Nordic World Ski Championships this year and, for Moomintroll fans, a new Moomin museum is opening.
Lisbon is Portugal’s vibrant and attractive capital, and offers great value for visitors. Set across a series of hills, this coastal city is a joy to explore. It’s easy to get around the historic city centre on foot or by public transport – travelling on the capital’s vintage wooden trams is an experience in itself. Lisbon is home to some excellent museums, including MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology), which opened in 2016.
Foodies will be heading to the Italian city of Bologna later this year, because a food theme park is scheduled to open there. FICO Eataly World is a 20-acre theme park which includes orchards, gardens, restaurants and workshops. Visitors can learn all about food and where it comes from, and can try and buy everything from homemade pasta and pizza to cheese and chocolate. Apparently there’s even a chocolate fountain.
Canada is the world’s second largest country, and 2017 is the nation’s 150th birthday. The country has 45 amazing national parks – and they’re all free to access this year, in honour of the anniversary. Canada’s cities are rated as some of the best in the world to live in, and Canadians are famous for their politeness. Oh, and if you’d like to see polar bears and beluga whales in the wild, this is the place to go.
If you’re looking for an active adventure, North Wales offers a wealth of things to do. Surf Snowdonia is an inland lagoon on the site of an old aluminium factory, and it offers the world’s longest surfable man-made waves. The giant trampolines at Bounce Below are strung out in a former slate mine beneath Blaenau Ffestiniog. Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry has the world’s fastest, and Europe’s longest, zip line. For a quieter adventure, head to Snowdonia National Park for a spot of star gazing – the park’s lack of light pollution means that it’s now a dark sky reserve.
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By Gretta Schifano, mumsdotravel.com