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Margate, the hometown of Turner Contemporary, has made it onto the ‘must-see’ destinations in 2013 list from travel publisher and content provider Rough Guides.

The north Kent coast ‘gem’ was selected by web editor Tim Chester as his pick of places to go next year.

According to Chester:
‘Margate now offers much more than its beautifully dilapidated seafront. Dubbed “romantic, sexy and weird” by local girl Tracey Emin, this gem on the Isle of Thanet constitutes one of the highlights of the forthcoming Rough Guide to Kent, Sussex and Surrey for many good reasons - from the Turner Contemporary gallery to the proliferation of other indie art spaces, retro shops and cute cafés in the Old Town.’

The list of places to go in 2013 was chosen by Rough Guides editors and writers and represents the destinations they recommend travellers should take a look at in 2013. To come up with the list each contributor has drawn on their expert knowledge of the world of travel to consider: Where are the places there’s a new buzz about? What new happenings will inspire fresh adventures? Which destinations deserve a visit right now? Quite simply, what has them excited about travel for 2013?

Margate was the only British destination to feature on the list. Other locations Stockholm in Sweden, Dubrovnik in Croatia and Puerto Rico

The list:
1) North Cyprus
Andy Turner, Travel Editor
With the continued relaxation of border controls, the jewels of north Cyprus – including Lawrence Durrell’s Bellapais village and the beautiful harbour of Kyrenia – are now even easier to visit.

2) Stockholm
Lucy Kane, Assistant Travel Editor
Spring 2013 marks the opening of the all-singing, all-dancing ABBA Museum
– dedicated entirely to the fame and fortunes of the 1970s hit pop group –
in the brand new Music Hall of Fame on Stockholm’s island, Djurgården,
adding to this great city’s considerable charms.

3) Dubrovnik
Alison Roberts, Travel Editor
Encircled by handsome stone walls and piercingly clear sea, Dubrovnik boasts plenty of pluck beneath its lustrous exterior. With Croatia set to join the European Union in July 2013, prices in this already expensive city will rise accordingly; a savvy visit next spring would be well rewarded.

4) Košice
Olivia Rawes, Editorial Assistant
Long established as the cultural hub of eastern Slovakia, Košice has now received wider recognition as the European Capital of Culture 2013. Along with opening and closing ceremonies in January and December to celebrate the award, Košice’s annual White Night Festival on 5th October promises to turn the city at night into an interactive space packed with musical and light installations.

5) Dresden
Alice Park, Senior Editor
Berlin’s post-reunification reinvention is well known, but a couple of other East German cities have also transformed themselves and haven't yet received the attention – or tourist numbers – to match. Dresden has rebuilt its Baroque splendours, piecing together its former architectural masterpieces and becoming a confident, stylish city in the process. However, the big surprise is that its nightlife can rival the capital’s, its Neustadt bar scene is quirky, late and a lot of fun.

6) Northeast Iceland
Monica Woods, Managing Editor, Europe
Get away to somewhere that's weathered a headline-hitting crash and havoc-wreaking volcanic eruption and come out the other side. Leave Reykjavík to the hedonists and opt for a natural high hiking through Jökulsárgljúfur National Park to see Europe’s largest waterfall, the jaw-dropping Dettifoss.

7) Margate, England
Tim Chester, Web Editor
From the Turner Contemporary gallery to the proliferation of other indie art spaces, retro shops and cute cafés in the Old Town, Margate now offers much more than its beautifully dilapidated seafront.

8) Valparaíso, Chile
Shafik Meghji, Author
With colourful houses draped across a series of steep, undulating hills overlooking the Pacific, Valparaíso has an edgy, bohemian atmosphere, character-filled cobbled streets, and wonderful turn-of-the-century architecture, plus some of Chile’s best restaurants and bars.

9) Puerto Rico
Stephen Keeling, Author
Much of the Puerto Rican coast remains incredibly raw, lined with miles of untouched white sands. And the island’s rich stew of cultures has produced an exuberant array of festivals, tantalizing criollo food, the finest rum in the world and a dynamic musical tradition that gave birth to salsa.

10) Nowhere
Jo Kirby, Publisher
Burning Man festival is legendary, but if the Nevada desert is too far to travel you can get a taste at Nowhere, its sister festival in the desert of northern Spain. Taking place in 2013 from 9–14th July, the same dedication to hedonistic self-expression applies.

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For further information please contact the Rough Guides Press Office on 0207 010 3591 or 0207 010 3720.

The Rough Guide to Britain is available now. 
The Rough Guide to Kent, Sussex and Surrey is published 1st May 2013

Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Thu 13 Dec 2012