The prestigious magazine National Geographic has made a list of the 25 most interesting places to visit in 2020. Among historical cities, national parks and paradisiacal places, two Spanish destinations have managed to sneak their way onto the list. Asturias, the perfect fusion between mountains, beaches and cities attracts interest and is already a classic on best destination lists, while the lesser known of the Canary Islands, El Hierro, continues to be a destination waiting to be discovered, far from the tourist traffic of the larger islands.
To create their annual Best Trips list, National Geographic collaborated with the editorial teams of their 17 international editions, along with their own globe-trotting experts to offer this varied list including historical cities like Mostar (Bosnia), Fort Kochi (India) or Puebla (Mexico); places to discover like the Temple of Ramses II (Egypt), the sanctuary of Göbekli Tepe (Turkey) or the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia); and the impressive natural sites of Zakouma (Chad), Tasmania (Australia) or Guatemala.
But amongst all of these desinations located far and wide on the planet, two Spanish destinations have caught the attention of the experts:
Asturias - just like a small country
The publication highlights the region of Asturias for its traditions and nature, crowned by the snowy peaks of the Picos de Europa mountain range. The fusion of mountain nature, together with sandy beaches and medium-sized towns such as Gijón and Oviedo, which combine good food with culture and leisure in such a small area attracts the interest of experts. The best time to visit, according to National Geographic, is between May and September.
El Hierro - the end of the world
The globetrotters you recommend this Canary Island to will surely recall that for a long time it was the most western point on Earth in the known world. Far from the hustle and bustle of tourists on the larger islands, such as Tenerife or Gran Canaria, El Hierro is one of the smaller islands, next to La Gomera, but it has some real hidden treasures.
El Hierro is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a Global Geopark, and reaches an altitude of 1,500 metres, offering lush meadows to steep slopes, cliffs on the coast and more of a lunar landscape in El Sabinar. On the southern coast, the crystal-clear waters of La Restinga uncover the so-called Sea of Calm, one of Europe's main diving destinations, an area which recently experienced volcanic eruptions at sea. The best time to visit, according to National Geographic, is between September and October.
To see National Geographic's full list of the best trips to take in 2020, click here.