For centuries, it was overshadowed by larger Spanish cities – hard-nosed, commercially-minded Barcelona and Madrid, the nation’s capital. While retaining its provincial charm, Spain’s third city now mixes with the international crowd.
Host of a couple of America’s Cup yachting jamborees and an annual street circuit Formula 1 motor race, it’s also European Capital of Sport for 2011 and a favourite destination for conferences and congresses.
Valencia enjoyed its golden age two full centuries before the rest of Spain. Iquitos After days forging by boat along rainforest-fringed rivers, Iquitos, mighty megalopolis of the Peruvian Amazon, comes as a shock to the system.
Here hides one of Europe’s finest panoramas of water, spires and centuries-old grand houses.
But this is no place to simply kick back: Ghent has one of Europe’s most dynamic festival scenes, which vies for visitors’ attention.
Here they are, Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for next year, ranked in order: 1.
New York Since 9/11, the site of the World Trade Center’s twin towers has stood out as a closed-off, out-of-view, painful gaping void.
This year the entire centre will emerge from a major program of rebuilding designed to show off the huge pedestrianised squares. Delhi The great metropolis of Delhi, encompassing Old and New Delhi and sprawling out for miles, has not looked this smart and sparkling in centuries.