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Top 10 must-see destinations

06/11/2012

Some might not be on your list yet, but they should be…

The ethereal Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Why: Ha Long Bay’s legendary emerald waters dotted with more than 3,000 islands is the number one tourist attraction in the northeast. Thanks to careful conservation and almost-constant mist, the Bay of the Descending Dragon effortlessly maintains its ethereal atmosphere.

Don’t miss: Exploring the bay’s beautifully illuminated and otherworldly caves.

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Monte Carlo, Monaco

Why: With yachts as big as mansions and champagne flowing freely, it’s the jewel in the Monaco crown. Once you take in the beautiful old town, gardens and harbourside, your lifestyle may feel gold-plated too.

Don’t miss: Oceanographic Museum perched on a 280ft cliff – possibly the planet’s most spectacular aquarium.

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Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Why: With 147 miles of coastline, spectacular diving and some of the sunniest weather in Europe, this Canary Island is all about beach breaks.

Don’t miss: The balmy water temperature (from 18ºC to 22ºC) means you can sample the island’s impressive selection of watersports all year round.

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St Petersburg, Russia

Why: The lavish architecture and extraordinary history combine in an unforgettable travel experience.

Don’t miss: The palaces. Thanks to the reign of Catherine the Great, St Petersburg has more than any other city in Europe.

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Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

Why: With the iconic Table Mountain backdrop, stunning beaches, vineyards and a lively cultural and art scene, South Africa’s mother city has much to offer.

Don’t miss: The wildlife-spotting opportunities. Whether it’s the penguins at Boulders Beach, or the antelope, buffalo and black rhino at Solole Game Reserve, there are plenty of picture-perfect moments.

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Alghero, Italy

Why: Nestled on the northwest coast of Sardinia, Alghero has a fascinating Catalan history (the language is still spoken here) and a medieval old centre with a labyrinth of cobbled, car-free lanes to explore.

Don’t miss: From the cave complex of Neptune’s Grotto to the ghostly abandoned mine at Argentiera, there’s plenty of day trips to enjoy.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Why: With a history dating back to 1043, Copenhagen is teeming with fascinating landmarks, cobbled squares and copper spires – all watched over by the city’s much-adored Little Mermaid bronze statue.

Don’t miss: A visit to Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park a few miles out of town.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Why: With its arched laneways, ubiquitous cyclists and plentiful canals, the thriving capital of the Netherlands may bring to mind more of an enchanted village than an overwhelming city.

Don’t miss: Marvelling artistic masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Amsterdam Museum or the Stedelijk Museum.

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Seville, Spain

Why: The home of flamenco and bullfighting, which can be accessed from Cadiz. Wander through winding medieval lanes and romantic plazas, bathed in the heady scent of orange blossom.

Don’t miss: Alcázar – once a Moorish fort and now the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.

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Reykjavík, Iceland

Why: With almost continuous sunlight in summer, winter blizzards and a cinematic landscape of snow-topped mountains and black basalt fields, the world’s most northerly capital hardly lacks drama.

Don’t miss: Bobbing about in the outdoor Laugardalslaug geothermal pool. The air might be −10 °C, but volcanic water maintains the pool temperature at a divine 29°C.

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