Cape Town represents Africa as top urban travel destination for 2014

In the much-anticipated Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014, European cities dominate the Top 10 Cities list, but Cape Town features in third place. As the only African city listed, Cape Town’s natural beauty, World Design Capital status, and urban innovation projects make it an international tourist destination for 2014. Listed after Paris, France, and Trinidad, Cuba, Cape Town is advertised as “The Mother City gets a designer facelift”.

Lonely Planet writes: “There’s never a bad time to visit Cape Town. In recent years the city has received a deluge of accolades paying homage to its undeniable natural beauty. This year the city is destined to get even prettier as it takes on the title of World Design Capital for 12 inspirational months. Expect sculpture-lined green spaces, sustainable projects, and further regeneration of former industrial districts such as Woodstock and The Fringe, now the stamping ground of trendy shoppers and gourmands. The main goal of the design team, though, is to bridge the gap between Cape Town’s disparate population, so venture on a tour out of town to see how innovation is turning things around in the disadvantaged townships, then explore suburban sights on the swanky bus system that’s finally making Cape Town feasible on public transport.”

The Top 10 cities, ranging from “reinvented classics to destinations on the rise”, were selected by tourism giant, Lonely Planet’s travel experts team. Riga, Latvia; Zurich, Switzerland; Shanghai, China; Vancouver Canada; Chicago, USA; Adelaide, Australia; and Auckland, New Zealand, were placed fourth to tenth respectively.

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