Croatia has been named 2016 Destination of the Year by popular travel magazine Travel + Leisure, it was announced on Monday.
For the past few years Travel + Leisure has crowned a Destination of the Year, awarding the title to ‘the country or city that we watched – and covered – with fascination as it went through irreversible changes’.
Croatia won the 2016 Readers’ Choice title after collecting 28% of the reader’s votes to beat 17 other destinations in the running for the title.
“The picturesque seaside country was your choice for this year’s most intriguing place to visit”, wrote Travel + Leisure after it announced Croatia’s as the readers’ choice.
“With fantastic food and wine, an abundance of historic sites, and bone-white beaches, Croatia has something for every traveler – and since appearing as a frequent Game of Thrones backdrop, it’s more in-demand than ever. Stroll the port cities of Dubrovnik or Split, which have all the beauty of King’s Landing without the risk of Wildfire. Just a short boat ride from Dubrovnik you’ll find the craggy cliffs and waters of Lokrum, where Qarth scenes were filmed. And the town of Sibenik has so many soaring cathedrals and medieval fortresses that you won’t even miss the Titan of Braavos statue,” wrote Travel + Leisure in its description of the finalists.
A total of 17 destinations were finalists in this year’s award, including Canada, Korea, Hawaii, Mallorca and Iceland. Previous winners include Myanmar and Cuba.
Portugal was announced as runner-up with 24% of the votes whilst Pittsburgh was third. Check out the reader’s choice announcement here.