Croatian island of Hvar has been voted one of the world’s best regions to visit next year by travel guide. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2012, has rated the island in its seventh annual collection of the world’s best trends, destinations and things to do for the year ahead.
Drawing on the knowledge, passion and distance travelled by Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and online community, Best in Travel 2012 presents a year’s worth of inspiration to take travellers out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 ranks the top 10 countries, regions and cities to visit in 2012, the best travel experiences for the year ahead, from feeling the football fever in Ukraine to awaiting the Apocalypse on the Ruta Maya, and over 35 events mapped out month by month in the 2012 travel planner.
"Come high summer, there’s no cooler place in Croatia to get your groove on than Hvar Town on its namesake island. Fabulous suntanned bodies flock to this drop-dead gorgeous spot for round-the-clock fun. Think après-beach parties as the sun dips below the Adriatic horizon, full-moon shindigs and designer cocktails sipped seaside to fresh DJ-spun tunes. Croatia’s party island really is as hot as the marble of the old town when the noon sun beats down.
"Best of all, on this Mediterranean flyspeck you can still get away from pulsating nightlife. For island bliss unmarred by glitz and bling, get into your birthday suit on the Pakleni Islands just offshore and – bikinis back on – explore the island’s coastline and dreamy interior, with its endless fields of lavender, stretching sea vistas, towering peaks, scenic canyons and abandoned hamlets," Lonely Planet's Anja Mutic said of the island.
Coastal Wales was on top of the Lonely Planet’s best regions list and the remaining eight include La Ruta Maya (Central America), Northern Kenya, Arunachal Pradesh (India), Sicily, Maritime Provinces (Canada), Queenstown & Southern Lakes (New Zealand), Borneo and Poitou-Charentes (France).
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 is published in November 2011, and is also available to download on Apple iTunes store.