Lonely Planet has ranked the top ten places to visit in Europe for 2017, and you won’t believe which English city came in at number five.
Leeds, that’s right. Leeds is the fifth best destination in the whole of Europe.
Though with summer temperatures around 19C, it wouldn’t be the first place you’d consider when planning a holiday, but Lonely Planet thinks it’s worth a go.
The travel company claims a “shrugging off of their industrial past” has resulted in urban regeneration efforts, an awesome cultural scene, buzzing nightlife and a growing reputation for food and craft breweries among the West Yorkshire city’s top attractions.
“Once defined by its industrial past, Leeds is now a confident, cultural hub in the north of England,” said James Smart, Lonely Planet’s UK destination editor.
“With major events this year including the reopening of Leeds Art Gallery and the 50th anniversary of Leeds carnival, there’s never been a better time to head to Yorkshire and join the party.”
Which European state nabbed the top spot? Zagreb, Croatia. Lonely Planet cited “its heady mix of Brutalist architecture and sun-splashed Austro-Hungarian squares brimming with coffee drinkers,” as the best parts of this inland capital.
So why not try a staycation this summer, and travel within Britain for a little Leeds action.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.