Gotland: second-hottest destination

Swedish island one of Lonely Planet’s top 2017 destinations
In its ‘hotlist’ of European destinations that need to be seen in 2017, travel publisher Lonely Planet puts Gotland in Sweden in second place.
“Gotland is a special yet somewhat unexpected part of Sweden, boasting the most sunshine and highest density of historical sites in the country and more restaurants per capita in Unesco-listed Visby than any other Swedish city,” it writes.
“This ancient Baltic island also has breathtaking scenery, with pastoral countryside, mysterious forests, time-warped fishing villages and tranquil sandy beaches – except in the height of summer, when Swedes flock here from the mainland.”
That will be accentuated this year by the week-long 2017 Biennial Island Games in June.
Lonely Planet adds: “Most visitors content themselves with marginally less exertion when it comes to activities, however: the island is simply wonderful for exploring by bicycle with virtually traffic-free roads and unspoiled landscapes.”
Top of the list is Zagreb, Croatia, “at once cosmopolitan and edgy, with its heady mix of Brutalist architecture and sun-splashed Austro-Hungarian squares brimming with coffee drinkers.”
Other destinations on the list include Galicia in Spain, Northern Montenegro, the Alentejo in Portugal and Moldova.
Lonely Planet