Coastal towns clean up the Tripadvisor Awards 2020

Posted: 2 March 2020 4:27 pm
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Budva beach in Montenegro.

Wander through the quiet coastlines of the Adriatic to the ancient cities of Egypt.

It's that time of the year where we start to plan the annual escape or maybe just a week away. Now thanks to Tripadvisor and Booking.com, we've complied the most sought after, off the beaten track and trending destinations for 2020.

Trending and emerging destinations for 2020

This year Tripadvisor announced its winners for both top trending destinations and global emerging destinations. We found that this year's common theme was seaside cities.

Among the top 10 trending locations is Kochi, which is situated in the southwest region of India. Holidaying here will have you spending your days basking on the 10km long Cherai Beach. Also at the top of the list is Luzon in the Philippines, Porto in Portugal and the Brazilian city of Gramado. Luzon is perfect for those of you after adventure as its vast terrain homes the Taal Volcano, the Banaue Rice Terraces, the Mayon Volcano and Mount Pinatubo.

You'll find Gramado attracts the same type of traveller with the Caracol Falls, Lago Negro and the Belvedere Quilombo Valley. On the other hand, you have Porto which hosts a very different vibe. It has palaces and churches galore with the Clerigos Church, Monument Church of St. Francis, Bolsa Palace and Porto Cathedral (just to name a few).

Zakynthos, Greece and Tel Aviv, Israel also hold places on the list. Now if the idea of secluded crystal clear waters without the hustle and bustle of Mykonos or Santorini is right up your alley, then Zakynthos is worth the book.

You won't be short on things to do in Tel Aviv either. The coastal city has guided tours to Masada as well as the Dead Sea and hosts the Carmel market. Tel Aviv also has something for you history lovers with Ottoman monuments such as the Jaffa Clock Tower.

The emerging destinations are just as exciting with Kaliningrad in Russia, Luxor in Egypt, the Phu Quoc Island of Vietnam and Mexico's city of La Paz all making the cut.

As the capital of Mexico's Baja California Sur, La Paz acts as the perfect beachside getaway for the family, the blue waters are endless from the Playa El Coromuel (waterpark on the beach) to El Tesoro Beach. You'll find the Phu Quoc Island off the coast of Vietnam is another great ocean resort destination.

The city of Kaliningrad took the top spot for emerging destinations and we understand why. Filled with a rich history and German-style architecture, it's a must see in 2020. Same goes for Luxor in Egypt – with no shortage in historical monuments and temples, you can't look past the ruins on the Nile River city.

Full list of the top global trending destinations:

  1. Kochi, India
  2. Luzon, Philippines
  3. Porto, Portugal
  4. Porto Seguro, Brazil
  5. Gramado, Brazil
  6. Lombok, Indonesia
  7. Da Nang, Vietnam
  8. Zakynthos, Greece
  9. Tel Aviv, Israel
  10. Krakow, Poland

Full list of the global emerging destinations:

  1. Kaliningrad, Russia
  2. Saranda, Albania
  3. Beirut, Lebanon
  4. Luxor Eygpt
  5. Naoussa, Greece
  6. Rugen Island, Germany
  7. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
  8. Monopoli, Italy
  9. La Paz, Mexico
  10. Curacao, Caribbean

Destinations that have something for everyone

Booking.com has also brought forward some data analysing the most sought after off-the-beaten-track destinations that has something for everyone. For a holiday that is unlikely to have high tourist levels, keep on reading.

So for a local experience Booking.com recommends checking out Savannah in the USA, Montevideo in Uruguay, Montenegro's coastal city of Budva, Scarborough in England and Turkey's city of Antalya.

If charm, history and a bit of fun is what you're after, then Savannah is a great start for your next holiday with Chippewa Square and tours of Bonaventure Cemetery. For those of you after art deco and neoclassic buildings, then Montevideo is a sure-fire hit. The Ciudad Vieja district and the beachside suburb of Carrasco means boredom is left at the airport.

Budva and Antalya are both seaside towns that provide a change in pace. Budva is located in the south of the Adriatic and we recommend accommodation in the Old Town – bars, restaurants and tonnes of character are all on your doorstep (and the prices won't break the bank). Home to the Duden Falls and Hadrian's gate, Antalya is the perfect mix of coastal flare and history.

And if you happen to be after a bit of that British charm? You can't go wrong with a trip down to Scarborough. From castles to locally sourced seafood, you'll leave only wanting more.

So what are you waiting for? Your next solo, couple or family adventure awaits!

Full list of destinations:

  1. Savannah, Georgia USA
  2. Naha, Japan
  3. Montevideo, Uruguay
  4. Scarborough, England
  5. Budva, Montenegro
  6. Antalya, Turkey

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