The Areas Beaten in the Battle to Be the World's Best Region by the Welsh Coastline

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The Areas Beaten in the Battle to Be the World's Best Region by the Welsh Coastline


2. RUTA MAYA, CENTRAL AMERICA This includes some of the most stunning scenery in the world, including butterfly-strewn forests and Caribbean waters surrounded by white beaches.

The ancient Mayan Yucatan Peninsula is also popular with travellers for its mysterious archeological sites and ancient ruins.

Historic colonial towns, jungle waterfalls, sacred temples, open-air Indian markets and coral reefs are among the other attractions that make a this staple for travellers in central America.

The Mayans were a sophisticated civilisation who built a thriving culture in the jungles and coastal areas of central America but abandoned their cities by the 9th century AD.

3. NORTHERN KENYA This is the area to the north of Kitale in the west and the Tana river delta in the east.

Though remote and isolated it is home to numerous tribal groups who have hardly been touched by the 20th century, including the Samburu, Turkana, Rendille, Boran, Gabra, Merille and El Molo.

Samburu National Park is the only stop on the traditional tourist route in this region, although Lake Turkana and Marsabit National Park are becoming more popular.

The huge northeastern province of Kenya boasts no tourist attractions as travel in the desert is dangerous Queenstown, and raids by Somali bandits are frequent. 4. ARUNACHAL PRADESH, INDIA Situated in the north-eastern part of India, this region has an international border with Bhutan to the west and China to the north and north-east and Myanmar in the east.

It links snow-capped mountains in the north to the plains of Brahmaputra valley in the south.

Widely scattered archaeological remains are said to be testimony to the area's rich cultural heritage.

Surround by stunning natural beauty the region features places of worship and pilgrimage such as Parasuramkund and the 400-year-old Tawang Monastery and the sites of archeological excavations such as Malinithan and Itanagar.

5. HVAR, CROATIA This island in the Adriatic Sea is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island.

Part of the central Dalmatian archipelago it's also said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

It has been populated since prehistoric times and was later inhabited by the Illyrians, who came into conflict with the Greek colonisers in the 4th century BC. Hvar boasts numerous picturesque beaches and bays, untouched natural beauty, and a rich historic and cultural inheritance.

Aromatic scents of lavender, olive trees and wine are said to be among the reasons the island welcomes more and more tourists each year.

6. SICILY, ITALY The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is known for its cultural achievements in the arts, music, literature, cuisine, architecture and language.

Spread across 86,000 hectares the Nebroid Mountains Regional Park is the island's biggest protected natural area.

Within the park is the forest of Caronia - the island's largest woodland in an area synonymous with man-made deforestation. …

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