10 cities to visit in 2012
After much research and heated debate, the largest travel guide in the world Lonely Planet has presented 10 most favorite cities to visit in 2012.
As always in the list includes the famous "Pearl" and several cities that may cause surprise.
While some of these tourist destinations will be opened thanks to sporting events and other experienced difficult times, revived in the coming year will appear in a new light.
1. London, United Kingdom
London becomes the undisputed winner in 2012. The city will be held 2012 Summer Olympics and in the course of this event, all the capital of the UK transformed. East London will be the center of attention, but do not get round and the rest of the capital. London - is the personification of just typically British, whether it is a square black cab or great symbols of Britain: the mother of all parliaments in Westminster or the famous London Eye. Do not miss one of the most impressive sights as the Tower Bridge raises its two wing lifting to allow large ships to pass in all its grandeur.
2. Muscat, Oman
Oman trying on all fronts in order to attract foreign tourists, expanding its resorts and opening new museums. Muscat is in the midst of this upgrade, and the central place is occupied by numerous cultural events, luxury places to stay, and water sports. This year, the center of attention will be the trendy shops in the prestigious suburb of Qurum (Qurum), Bazaar in the old town and the water activities, which revived the coastal skyline. Residents of Muscat truly interested in tourists, so when you first visit the city you will feel that you are visiting an old friend.
3. Bengaluru, India
The city Bangalore, or even known as Bangalore has been updated in 2006, being the undisputed leader among South Asian cities. Being a drunken good life, the largest metropolis in the south of India is proud of the excellent cuisine, live music and art, a large number of companies involved in information technology, not to mention his motley population. There are a number of interesting sights, pleasant climate, green areas, and everywhere buzzing youthful energy. In an attempt to cope with the never-ending traffic jams, the city opened a new high-speed subway, so you can quickly get to the most interesting places of this city.
4. Cadiz, Spain
Typically, Cadiz looks like a peaceful area of the ancient Spain. But once a year the sleepy town of Cadiz completely transformed, when we celebrate the 10-day carnival noisy with a lot of drinking, singing and dancing. The locals are famous throughout Spain for his wit and during the February carnival all this can be seen with their own eyes when the participants in incredible costumes perform satirical skits. Cadiz has been named the Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2012, and this is the first time a European city receives this honor.
At Cadiz a long and fascinating history, breathtaking monuments and museums, and pleasant places where you can enjoy good food and drink. However, it is the inhabitants of Cadiz - as they are called gaditanos, make this place really special. Friendly, open, educated, independent-minded, the majority of them want to spend their lives with the maximum benefit.
5. Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm perfect, as always. This is one of the most attractive capitals, which can be imagined as a cozy but cosmopolitan in their own alternative and simply beautiful. Södermalm island (Södermalm) with its trendy designer shops and bohemian bars is one of the most attractive locations in Stockholm, and state parks Yurgarden (Djurgården) are perfect for an evening stroll. Certainly, Stockholm has always been one of the most expensive cities, but even if it will greatly facilitate your wallet, you will go from here to the sea of new impressions.
6. Guimaraes, Portugal
This northern Portuguese town is stunningly beautiful, being recognized as UNESCO World Cultural heritage. However, for some strange injustice, many tourists about it just do not know.
Old Town is a plexus of medieval buildings with columns and red roofs, which are interspersed with impressive mansions and palaces. Now is the time to visit this city, which was named European Capital of Culture in 2012. Given the cultural scene and its young population, Guimaraes will become a popular center for artistic creativity throughout the year, which will gather artists from all over Europe.
7. Santiago, Chile
Chile emits a constant optimism, that probably was the cause of numerous changes in its capital - Santiago. At the forefront here overlook culture and sport, as well as the new museum, which opened to the public recognition. Restaurants here at the highest level, and the nightlife is splashing over the edge. Also this year is planned opening of the tallest building on the continent - the 70-storey skyscraper Torre Gran Costanera. In the summer, tourists can take a tour to the top of the Andes and the slide with its ski slopes, or take a trip around the idyllic vineyards valleys of Casablanca, Maipo and Colchagua.
8. Hong Kong, China
The mood in the emancipation of the Chinese city even more resolute and impatient than ever. It will be particularly interesting year for Hong Kong, as it continues its march to full democracy. A lively place full of theatrical scenes, songs, dances and poetry, reflecting the vibrant subculture of the city. Enjoy views of the skyscrapers that rise up the hill from the ferry Star Ferry, before you plunge into the world of taste sensations on the market of products or to think about their future in the temples of the city. Hong Kong is dotted with shops, galleries and bars of Soho. You can also go to the villages, walled, or hiking in the spectacular trails Asia.
9. Orlando, USA
Orlando is one of the most popular destinations for families worldwide. In 2012, there will be held one of the largest sporting events in the United States - 61 minutes Weekend of NBA stars, which brings together celebrity basketball and music, performed a number of concerts and parties. Most tourists tend to go to the theme parks of Walt Disney World, but worth the walk and the city itself, where the theme of the famous theme park can be seen in most restaurants and hotels in the city.
10. Darwin, Australia
Once Darwin was only a frontier town, where the assembled fishermen, dreamy hippies and truckers. Now, Darwin is the triumph of Australia's Northern Territory, with its markets, restaurants, and beautiful wilderness area. Darwin greatly transformed. The District Waterfront (Waterfront Precinct) is full of cafes, bars and a swimming pool with waves, in the East Coast (East Coast), you can admire the brilliant art of the indigenous population. In Darwin reigns an unforgettable atmosphere. When, in the southern part of Australia's cool winters here - blue sky, parties and sleepless nights.