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16 June 2014

Cornwall named as third best place to visit by Lonely Planet

Cornwall has been named among the top three places to visit in Europe this summer by one of the world’s biggest authorities on tourism.

Lonely Planet has decided to make Cornwall the third best destination in its latest list of the top ten must-see locations.

The tourism giant rated the county’s rich moorland, rugged coastline and miles of sandy beaches so highly it put it above heavyweight holiday spots like Greece and Italy.

The news is a boost to those of us with 5 star cottages in Cornwall, as it puts Cornwall firmly on the map for millions of travellers who may not otherwise have considered Cornwall, and cements Cornwall’s reputation among the global elite of dream destinations.

The news comes at a time when holidaymakers are already preparing to head to the South West, with forecasts of the warmest weather so far this year and the start of the football World Cup in Brazil.

Here at The Valley we’re delighted by the news, which has come just a few months after some people feared the rail line at Dawlish, closed by winter storms, would have a negative impact on the summer season in Cornwall.

The list compiled by lonely Planet is the latest in a long line. The publisher has printed 100 million books in nine languages.

A team of editors based in London picked the best countries, cities and regions across the European continent to visit for this latest list.

Greece and Ljubljana, in Slovenia, were the only places in Europe to be ranked ahead of Cornwall.

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