Lanzarote, the second most valued destination for Lonely Planet users

Lanzarote, the second most valued destination for Lonely Planet users

Seville is the first of the list of most recommended cities to visit this 2018, while Lanzarote is the second of the ten most valued destinations, according to the annual selection ‘Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel’ made with the votes of the users of the editor of travel guides.

The Andalusian capital has been chosen as the most recommended city to visit this year ahead of other destinations such as Detroit (United States), Canberra (Australia), Hamburg (Germany) and Kaoshiung (Taiwan), which completes the first five places in the list.

For most-voted destinations overall – not just cities – the Canarian island of Lanzarote comes second in the world in the annual Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list, beaten only by the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and beating the State of Arizona (USA), the city of La Paz (Bolivia) and the central European country Poland.

Spain does not make it into the top 10 countries to visit this year, however – number one is Chile, followed by South Korea, and Spain’s neighbour Portugal is voted third; although, depending upon where in Portugal travellers inspired by The Lonely Planet choose to visit, it is perfectly possible to hop over the border into the Spanish regions of Galicia, Castilla y León, Extremadura and Andalucía.

Fourth in the top 10 countries list is the East African nation of Djibouti, near Ethiopia, with New Zealand fifth, Malta sixth, the former Soviet State of Georgia seventh, the West African coastal country of Mauritania – roughly level with the island nation of Cabo Verde – eighth, China ninth, and South Africa completing the top 10.

Neither does anywhere in Spain slip into the top 10 best regions, the favourite of which is Belfast, Northern Ireland, giving the UK its only entry into the lists, followed by the State of Alaska (USA), the Julian Alpes (Slovenia), the département of Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France, and the Kii peninsula in Japan.

But other than the USA, Spain is the only country to feature more than one entry in the lists of where to go in 2018.