Condé Nast Traveler recently carried out a survey among its readers to identify the cities that offer the most outstanding tourist experiences.
These destinations, from the picturesque landscapes of Spain to the rich cultural diversity of Mexico, were voted the best in the world by half a million travelers.
5. Antigua de Guatemala, Guatemala
Antigua de Guatemala is just as spectacular as it sounds, with imposing high peaks, lush forests and beautiful lakes.
Since the city designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 throngs of curious visitors eager for a glimpse into Guatemala’s fascinating past have flocked to visit.
Visit the Santa Catalina Arch, the Iglesia de la Merced, the Hill of the Cross and Antigua Guatemala’s Central Park while you’re in the area.
4. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Most of us know Puerto Vallarta as a tropical paradise that boasts some of Mexico’s most gorgeous sun-soaked beaches.
With highs and lows of 89.6 and 75.2 degrees Fahrenheit (32 and 24 degrees Celsius), beach vacations in winter are undoubtedly possible.
The soft sandy beaches will be waiting for you when you return, whether you stroll the Malecón, discover the famous Zona Romantica, wonder at the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, or climb to the Hill of the Cross lookout.
3. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
The city’s cobblestone sidewalks, lively facades and extensive artistic heritage captivate visitors.
The Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, a famous pink cathedral that dominates the skyline and represents the attractiveness of San Miguel, is a must-see once in the region.
You are in luck if you are looking for a filling, delicious lunch!
Here you can enjoy certain dishes that are truly authentic and blended with regional flavors and spices. Must try: Salsa Verde Enchiladas, Enmoladas and Green Pozole.
2. San Sebastián, Spain
San Sebastián is a city without the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, Madrid or the Costa Brava, but with beautiful beaches, a lively urban environment and impressive architecture.
But San Sebastián has a reputation for having one of the highest “Michelin star restaurants per capita” rates and a world-class culinary scene.
Miramar Jauregia, the San Telmo Museum and the San Sebastián Aquarium are a must-see for any visitor.
1. Victoria, Canada
This charming Canadian city has been rated the most beautiful city in the world to visit right now, and for good reason — it perfectly combines natural beauty with historic charm.
The historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria’s Butchart Gardens, and Craigdarroch Castle all exude the kind of vintage elegance that’s a great fit for a cozy but wintry city break.
To end the day, take a trip to Beacon Hill Park. The scenery there will make you feel like the star of your own movie this time of year.