Fancy visiting one of the world’s top ten regions? Then just drive across the Severn Bridge into North Wales and you’re there. Lonely Planet recently ranked North Wales fourth in its ‘Best In Travel 2017 Top 10 regions’. It’s the first time the region has appeared there and has seen off some pretty impressive competition in doing it.
Commenting on the publication’s decision, one of its spokesmen said, “It’s a stunning area with a vast array of activities on offer to keep travellers entertained. North Wales has also become a haunt of in-the-know foodies, so however visitors get their kicks, once they’ve worked up an appetite, they’ll also be well catered for. North Wales is a gem and should be on every traveller’s radar”.
That array of activities is certainly impressive and now includes Surf Snowdonia, an inland surfing lake in the Conwy Valley described as “the most headline-stealing example of the region’s reinvention”.
Other attractions that drew Lonely Planet’s attention are Zip World which has attractions at three locations in North Wales, including the world’s fastest and Europe’s longest zip line and the first four-person zip line, and Bounce Below, a network of giant trampolines rigged together in the caverns beneath Blaenau Ffestiniog.
No wonder visitors work up such an appetite.
Sitting in Gold, Silver and Bronze positions in the ranking are Choquequirao, in Peru, Taranaki in New Zealand and the Azores in Portugal. Another region closer to home that also made it into the top ten was the Skellig Ring in Ireland which crept in at no 10.
North Wales’ success was reported across all the major news channels including the BBC, Guardian, Daily Mail and, naturally, all the Welsh titles too. All this press coverage will hopefully attract even more visitors to visit.
So ‘llongyfarchiadau’ to North Wales. Or just ‘congratulations’ for all you non-Welsh speakers.