These Are The Top Ten Cities To VISIT In 2018 According To Lonely Planet

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Top Cities

Listen up, backpackers, tourists, travellers or anyone bitten by wanderlust really, you might want to book some flight tickets. 

Lonely Planet has released its 13th annual list of 10 best cities you must visit in 2018, and it has quite a few surprising inclusions.

Turks & Caicos doesn't really have much of a "city" to speak of, so not surprisingly we weren't in the running this time around. But for those of us living here, if you fancy getting off island and want more of a city vibe, these are worth considering in 2018.

It's time to update your travel checklist! 

10. Oslo, Norway

Oslo has some jaw-dropping modern Scandinavian architecture and some equally stunning outdoorsy views. Also, who can forget the beautiful Akershus Fortress!

9. Guanajuato, Mexico

Located in the central hills of Mexico, Guanajuato is a proud Spanish colonial silver mining city. Although it's a UNESCO World Heritage City, it still has an incredibly vibrant nightlife.

8. San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan city might still be reeling from Hurricane Maria, but it has a thriving tourist economy. It is best known for its historical building, colonial architecture and pristine beaches. 

7. Matera, Italy

One of the most upcoming tourist destinations in the world, Matera has beautiful stone homes of cream colour. It's best known for its monasteries, churches, and caves which you can book as a lodging for the next time when you'll visit. 

6. Antwerp, Belgium

Belgium's most fashionable city, Antwerp is filled with quaint little cafes on cobbled lanes, has a vibrant entertainment scene and charming architecture.

5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Perhaps one of the most surprising names in the list is Taiwan's largest port city, Kaohsiung. It boasts of holding the largest night market in the country, and also consists of man-made temples with lakes, pagodas, and Funny Sex Restaurant—a fully 'sex-themed' eatery. 

4. Hamburg, Germany

Stunning landscape, scrumptious food, multiple amazing breweries and a whopping €790 million ($931m) Elphilharmonie concert hall, Hamburg is definitely the place to be! 

3. Canberra, Australia

People were rather surprised to see Canberra on the list, but it's a dream place for every wine lover. The countryside around the city has around 140 amazing wineries. It also has cool, edgy eateries, galleries and craft markets.

2. Detroit, USA

This historical city is undergoing a crazy restructuring, abandoned real estate has been turned into breweries, distilleries and galleries. Plus Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park has made Belle Isle— a gigantic and beautiful island park in the Motor City, which is quite cool.

1. Seville, Spain

Seville has undergone a massive transformation in the last ten years and has positioned itself as an artistic city. It has specially got a boost after being the filming site for House Martell on Game of Thrones. Also, its nightlife scene is killer!