Lonely Planet's top 10 cities to visit in 2016 - Dublin makes the list
Lonely Planet has revealed its top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2016 - and Dublin has almost topped the list.
Featured at number three on the travel guide's Best in Travel 2016 list, Dublin beat George Town in Malaysia, Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Mumbai in India.
According to the book: “The diaspora has turned inside out and Dublin is now a truly cosmopolitan capital, with an influx of people, energy and ideas infusing the ever-beguiling, multi-layered city with fresh flavours and kaleidoscopic colours.”
Some of Dublin's featured areas include visiting the Little Museum's Brilliant City of a Thousand Welcomes exhibit, following the Independence Trail around key sites of the city, jumping into the Irish Sea at the Forty Foot in Sandycove or having a pint at Mulligan's on Poolbeg St.
Lonely Planet spokesperson, Noirin Hegarty, said: “Dublin should be on traveller’s must-see list. It’s pulsing with vibrancy, optimism and creativity.
"The city is truly buoyant; whilst also boasting inner green spaces and wild outdoor arenas along the coast. 2016 really is the time to go.”
The destinations featured in the book were selected because they met certain criteria. Some cities may have special events taken place next year, while others may have recent developments and ongoing buzz, which offers travellers new things to see or do.
Lonely Planet's team of experts may also think certain cities have been overlooked and underrated and suggests travellers visit before the crowds do.
Selecting which cities would appear in Lonely Planet's annual publication involved authors, editors, bloggers and tweeters. Out of hundreds of must-see places worldwide the list is narrowed down to ten by a panel of in-house travel experts who score the countries by topicality, excitement and wow-factor.
Other cities that made the list were Kotor in Montenegro, which took the top spot because it offers a "picture-perfect visage from virtually every angle." Rome in Italy made the list at number ten partly because of the restoration of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and four other key fountains and because Rome has taken centre stage in the latest James Bond film, Spectre.
The film is partly set in the city and features car chases along the river Tiber making Rome the perfect spot for those hoping to follow in 007’s footsteps in 2016.
English city, Manchester, also appeared on the list at number eight.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 also contains 17 inspirational travel-themed lists, from the best value destinations for 2016, to the best animal adventures for families, the best places to seek silence and the best places to elope.
The creator of the Lonely Planet series of travel guides Maureen Wheeler was born and raised on Belfast's Holywood Road and now lives in Australia.