Asturias, Menorca and the Aran Valley are among the 52 places chosen to visit in 2020 by the US newspaper
Asturias, Menorca and the Aran Valley have made it onto the prestigious list that the New York Times draws up each year with the best 52 places to visit. Found among the U.S. destinations with cities such as Washington or the Paso de Robles in California, and the international picks such as Paris, Transylvania or the Rurrenabaque Park found in Bolivia, are these three dream destinations in Spain.
The New York Times has presented their list of 52 places to be visited in 2020, including places of cultural interest, coastal areas and paradisiacal beaches and nature escapes. Among the first 10 destinations are the U.S. capital Washington D.C., along with other major cities like Tokyo and Salzburg. In addition to top escape destinations like the Paso de Robles in California or Sicily located in Italy, paradisiacal locations like the British Virgin Islands or places where you can discover the greatness of nature like Greenland, the Kimberley region of Australia or Rurrenabaque Park (Bolivia), these three Spanish destinations have managed to sneak their way onto the list. Let's have a look at each one.
The Asturian countryside and coast is said to be the perfect refuge for those who want to avoid the masses of the Mediterranean coast. Its reputation as a rainy area has however often diverted the attention of tourists.
The American newspaper highlights the arrival of the Spanish high speed rail network, AVE, in 2021, as a way to increase visits and tourism to the area from Madrid and other parts of Spain. The Principality is known for its hospitality and variety of activities, from hiking and cycling routes in the mountains of the Picos de Europa, to enjoying a spot of surfing on its many beaches. You can also do everything from eco-tourism to discovering the high quality cuisine in its Michelin star restaurants. "The only complaint that visitors have is that they always eat too much", the New York Times points out.
Menorca's wild landscapes and unspoilt beaches are the stars of the show in this UNESCO World Heritage island. But it's typical tourist attractions are not all that is on offer: "Menorca is preparing to attract a multitude of artists in 2020" thanks to the contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth.
The company plans to open a centre with gardens designed by acclaimed landscape artist Piet Oudolf on La Isla del Rey (which literally translates as the King's Island), an islet hidden in the port of Mahon, in a former 18th century naval hospital. These plans are sure to attract more visitors to the island in 2020.
In order to visit Menorca, the American newspaper advises visitors to move away from classic hotels and recommends several boutique accommodation alternatives to help tourists get to know the island little by little.
The Aran Valley
Finally, the Aran Valley stands out for its adventurous character in the heart of the Pyrenees. "Due to its isolation for centuries it has preserved its medieval villages, the Aranese language and unspoilt nature, which serves as a backdrop for an emerging scene of outdoor adventure," the newspaper points out.
With the Baqueira-Beret ski station as a great example of winter sports, it also stands out in summer with walking and cycling trails that extend through the Pyrenees, "including a section of the "Camino de Santiago" (known in English as the pilgrimage of St. James) and a new cycle path on the Garonne River."
Article seen at: 52 PLACES TO GO IN 2020 (The New York Times)