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The top 10 cities to visit in 2011

Lonely Planet earlier this year produced a list of the top 10 cities to visit in 2011. It wasn’t just ‘yet another top 10 list’ – well, it was, but it at least gave some good reasons for why each place was worthy of visiting this year. Here’s their top 10 and, if you want to see the reasons behind the selection, click here. 1. New York 2. Tangier 3. Tel Aviv 4. Wellington 5. Valencia 6. Iquitos 7. Ghent 8. Delhi 9. Newcastle (Australia) 10. Chiang Mai Are there any cities that would make your top 10 but they aren’t listed here? London, perhaps, to see the Royal Wedding? Whatever your selection, please let us know by posting a comment that names the city and the reason why it’s a great place to visit in 2011.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Viva Valencia! Good to see it’s in the top 10, there are so many reasons why this city should not be missed, along with the gorgeous coastline that the Valencia region of Spain boasts.

  2. Well it was a pleasant surprise to see Delhi as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2011. And as for one of the reasons cited by the Lonely Planet that Metro is a “world away from the sometimes chaotic, class-ridden situation above ground” you are definitely in for a surprise. And as a Delhiite I assure you that Delhi Metro is unlike any other urban transportation mode which you might have taken in other megalopolis around the world. Well that is not to say that it’s ugly or such but you will definitely miss that “personal space” while commuting through Delhi Metro.
    Infrastructure has definitely improved but Delhi’s infrastructure was never in tatters and remains one of the best in India. And as always the monuments and landmarks sprinkled across this bustling cities remain one of the major attractions of Delhi.
    But personally I think Delhi allure lies in – besides its monuments, melange of colors and bazaars – the number of stunning getaways which you can access with Delhi as your base. Its the gateaway not only to the Mughal wonderland of Agra and Fatehpur but in the summers you can retreat to the salubrious Himalayas and fascinating hill stations in North and North-Eastern region of India.

  3. Viva Tel Aviv, my home town, it’s a great city that never sleeps, great beach, food, hotels, sunshine, a real treat, so luxurious.
    Come and enjoy it

  4. It’s exciting to see that Tel Aviv is finally starting to get some well-deserved recognition for being a hot spot. It is such a fascinating city with its unique combination of history, architecture, shopping, nightlife, beach, gastronomy, museums, contemporary galleries, vintage flea markets… It’s a magical city for everyone!

  5. There’s just so many cities need to be included in your lists but since you’ve selected those I guess they are pretty much okay although they are still expensive though. Just want to see Wellington because I’ve never been there and want to explore the place.

  6. There has many cities in India which is very beautiful for travel side.
    India has it own beauty and culture which attracts everyone. Each one should have experience the travel in India. Indian food, people, transport, travel destinations, culture everything is amazing.

    Karnataka, Kashmir, Jaipur are many places of India which are very beautiful and one should see them at least one time in their life.

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