The list of cities beckoning travelers in 2014 is endless. While some are flush with urban delights and attract with their boutique establishments and pulsating nightlife, others beckon with their treasure troves of naturally found delights, adrenaline packed extreme sporting fun, long hours under the sun at sparkling beaches, hours of family fun in rolling amusement parks, cultural extravaganza, festive fervor, delectable regional cuisines and more. Worldwide, there is no dearth of options for tourists looking for high-ended vacations or backpacking escapades alike—take a closer look at some of the best cities that top the list.
If you want to rev it up in Zürich this year, then time your visit in accordance to the events that help you witness a cream of world athletics competing to break another string of records. European Athletics Championships is all set to take center stage in August and is gearing up for men suits and large cheques in their wallets, photographers, sport aficionados and nightlife revelers alike. You would love to see the posh Züri-West district industrial decays giving way to nocturnal hedonism, the lakes of the city attracting revelers from across the world and the much needed Bacchanalian edge dominating the proceedings-all packaged with famous-name boutiques and fashion houses by the bucket load, fine dining restaurants , bijou cafes and a lot more. Be there! (image by Airflore)
Cape Town, South Africa
Thanks to the trendy proliferation of independent galleries, edgy boutiques and forward-thinking restaurants, there has never been a better time to visit the many bounties of Cape Town. Savor the delights presented by the city’s many fine dining restaurants like Test Kitchen by Neighborhoods Market -here, you will be served biltong (cured meat) topped with plum-cured foie gras!
The buzz around this metropolis is spreading. With over 450 events in the works, it has been designated as the World Design Capital for the year and also gives you the chance to pay tribute to the life of late Nelson Mandela-who spent 18 of his 27 years of prison at Robben Island. A great place for adventure mongers and those looking for a relaxing venue for family fun-Cape Town is indeed worthy of a look.
New hotels and urban vistas beckon travelers to exotic up-and-coming locations in Uruguay. The exotic beach town of Jose Ignacio lures with a high-wattage crowd which boasts of the previous presence of the likes of Shakira and Jason Wu -yet it is relaxed and low keyed. The dunes of Mansa Beach are home to some of the most beautiful properties and lure with their charm of horseback rides, cycling in Laguna Garzon and kite surfers flying high. Equally amazing is the sun that sets over the caipiroskas at La Huella-the iconic seaside restaurant of Playa Brava. With boutique wineries and loads of farm-to-table dining options, the Carmelo region is fast flourishing as a go-to weekend escape for stylish Argentines. (image by Laken)
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