The people of North Wales have always known this region is one of the most incredible parts of the world – now it’s official.
North Wales has been named one of the top 10 regions in the world for travellers in 2017 by Lonely Planet – beating rivals like South Australia and The Skellig Ring, Ireland.
With its stunning and rugged mountainous scenery, beautiful beaches, amazing food producers, and a choice of high adrenaline adventures perhaps the only surprise if that it is not top, a title taken by Choquequiro in Peru.
But its ranking as fourth in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 is another great boost for the tourism industry that is already thriving after the area’s reinvention as the European capital of adventure.
The publisher said North Wales earned its place thanks to his image transformation that has been driven by forward thinking operators like Zip World and Surf Snowdonia.
Lonely Planet said: “Once upon a time the mountains and valleys of North Wales gave up a bounty of slate, copper and even gold; now this landscape, ringed with hills and rich with mythology, is a playground for hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers.”
It highlights the world’s longest surfable human-made waves at Surf Snowdonia, the world’s fastest zip line at Zip World Zelocity, Bethesda, and the more sedate fact that Snowdonia National Park has been designated a dark-sky reserve, thanks to its lack of light pollution.
Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s editorial director, said: “We included North Wales in this year’s list of top ten regions because it deserves to be recognised on the global stage.
“It’s a stunning area with a vast array of activities on offer to keep travellers entertained.
“North Wales has also become a haunt of in-the-know foodies, so however visitors get their kicks, once they’ve worked up an appetite, they’ll also be well catered for. North Wales is a gem and should be on every traveller’s radar.”
Bear Grylls, official adventure ambassador for Wales, said: “The beautiful, rugged and wild terrain of North Wales lends itself to so many activities and adventures, and I was thrilled to find out it’s been recognised in this way.”

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