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Holiday hotspots revealed

Holiday hotspots revealed
14 Jan 2014

It's that time of year when everyone is trying to persuade you where to go on your holidays.

The Guardian is the latest to produce a list of 'holiday hotspots' for 2014, but unlike many of the other incarnations produced so far, it features some real under-the-radar places that you might not have even heard of as suggested by its perspicacious travel writers.

That being said, the top spot is taken by one of the world's leading cities for tourism, Cape Town, thanks to its status as World Design Capital 2014. Highlights of the city's quirky design projects include Truth, a Victorian steam-punk-themed cafe. 

However, there are plenty of other destinations on the 40-strong list to get you thinking outside the box:

Uzes

Second behind Cape Town is the very much unheralded Uzes, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, which offers 'Renaissance architecture, mazy streets and nuns selling jam', along with restored houses being run as maisons d'hotes (guest houses). The Musee du Bonbon celebrates the Gummi bear, which is produced in Uzes.

Austin

The USA has cities galore - New York, Chicago, Los Angeles - but it's Austin in Texas that takes the third spot on the Guardian's list.

'Americans are well aware that Austin is Texas's coolest city, but a few happenings this year will help put it on the map for international travellers, too,' the news provider says. 

Terrence Malick's new Austin-based film featuring Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman is sure to pique some interest, while a growing number of hotel companies are moving in. 

Further boosting the appeal is British Airways' new non-stop five-days-a-week service from Heathrow. 

Kolkata

Also in the Guardian's top ten in fifth is Kolkata, which is described as 'a city on the move'. 

New developments in the Indian metropolis include an airport terminal, luxury mall, hotels, the city's first skyscraper and expanded metro links. 

However, the Guardian promises that travellers will still enjoy 'the same Hooghly hubbub and ghosts-of-the-Raj atmosphere' as before.ADNFCR-408-ID-801681836-ADNFCR

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