The National Geographic Traveler Magazine has named Belfast city, in Northern Ireland as a top destination for adventurous trips abroad in 2012.
The magazine suggests that holidaymakers visit Belfast for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The ship was built in Belfast and visitors can tour the new Titanic Belfast museum after it opens in April 2012.
Belfast is currently experiencing a massive tourist boom. It is the second most visited city, after Dublin, on the island of Ireland and one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom.
As part of the preparation for the Titanic centenary Belfast City Council is currently investing into the complete redevelopment of the Titanic Quarter, which is planned to consist of apartments, hotels, a riverside entertainment district, and a major Titanic-themed attraction.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine also lists Iceland for it’s dramatic landscape of “Knife-cut valleys, gargantuan fjords [and] monumental cliffs,” as well as the rich culture and unique architecture in and around Reykjavik.
Koh Lipe island in Thailand is recommended for travelers looking for a remote and secluded beach holiday, as its beautiful beaches can only be accessed by boat, and the entire island can be walked around in around an hour.
Northern Columbia was also picked out as a top location for outstanding beaches, with the Tayrona National Park boasting a good selection of stunning coastal stretches.
Here’s a short virtual tour of the city of Belfast:
Here’s a promotional video on the rest of Belfast: