It’s a New Year and a new decade so the communications team at the Thome Group thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the most popular places that tourists visit all over the world. Below are just a sample of the beautiful places you could visit this year. Whether you want sun-kissed beaches, awe-inspiring scenery or to simply enjoy a different culture with your family then take a look at the list below which we hope will inspire you to book your holiday in 2020.
- Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto used to be Japan’s capital city and is situated on the island of Honshu. It is famous for its Buddhist temples, imperial palaces, gardens and Shinto shrines.
- Paris, France
Said to be the capital for romance, Paris is a globally renowned centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. From the imposing Arc de Triomphe to the iconic Eiffel Tower, the city has something for everyone from museums like the Pompidou Centre, nightlife at the Moulin Rouge to the cafes and bars on the left bank.
- New Zealand
The country’s main land masses are known as the South and North islands with about 600 smaller islands. In the North Island visiting Auckland is recommended along with the Waitomo Caves, Cape Reinga and Rotorua’s natural hot pools for a relaxing spa bath. People visit the South Island to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand’s scenery. Also, a visit to Christchurch is recommended and those loving adventure should try Queenstown where bungy jumping, white water-rafting and sky diving are the order of the day.
Situated on the Adriatic coastline, this Balkan country has medieval villages and rugged mountains. Its name means ‘Black Mountains’ so is popular with hikers but it is equally as famous for its 117 sun drenched beaches.
- The British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over 50 other smaller islands and cays. It is renowned for its reef-lined beaches. The capital Road Town is situated on the biggest island Tortola and is also the location of the Sage Mountain National Park.
- Siargao, Philippines
Siargao is renowned as a great place to surf but this palm-tree covered island has other delights to offer like the Magpupungko Rock Pools which are great to explore at low tide. Taking a land tour is advisable as it takes in the main tourist attractions like the rock pools but also the Tayangban Cave Pool, Coco Rope Swing, and stunning palm viewpoint
- Salvador, Brazil
This is the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia and is known for its Portuguese architecture, tropical coastline and Afro-Brazilian culture. The city is noted for its cuisine, music, dance and architecture.
Italy is a country which has hugely influenced Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, houses the Vatican along with hugely significant ancient ruins like the colosseum along with famous museums and art galleries. Florence is home to major Renaissance artworks like Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo.
Greece is referred to as “the cradle of Western civilization”. The capital Athens houses 5th century landmarks such as the Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also renowned for its islands popular with tourists seeking a sunbathing holiday.
Bhutan is landlocked Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge. It is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations.