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Travel guide company Rough Guide has released its annual list of the world's top ten must-visit destinations and has raised a few eyebrows with the inclusion of Margate in the recommendations.

Margate on Kent's coast has a reputation of being a classic seaside coastal town but perhaps not a hot pick for international travellers visiting our shores. Despite this, the town achieved position number seven on the list which also includes Dubrovnik, Puerto Rico and Northern Iceland. The lists creators claim that Margate, the only UK place to make the list, has recently upped the ante in the cool stakes with the opening of the new Turner Contemporary Gallery last year.

While some may enjoy the traditional donkey ride, seaside cafes and arty distractions to be found in Margate, for those who fancy travelling a little further afield, the place which pipped Margate the number one position in the Rough Guide list is North Cyprus which does have a slightly more favourable climate.

The island of Cyprus sits just south of Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea.

Northern Cyprus is a self-proclaimed republic and, like the rest of Cyprus enjoys hot, dry summers and cooler winters. The Northern part of the island declared itself a republic in 1983 but is currently only recognised as such by Turkey. International travel to the north is now much easier and so tourists can experience everything this region has to offer. Getting there is via a connecting flight from Turkey or by arrival into Southern Cyprus and crossing the border to the North by taxi or on foot.

Some of the stunning sights to be found in the region once you are there include the fairytale-esque castle of St Hilarion which sits seven hundred metres up on a hill-top. Though much of the castle is now in ruins, it still holds a majestic beauty and is in fact the best preserved of the castles in the north of the island. Probably the most popular destination in the area, the pretty port town of Kyrenia is everything one would expect from a Cypriot harbour and more. The port nestles in front of the Besparmak Mountains and nearby the Bellapais Village with its ancient gothic monastery adds even more atmosphere to a day spent exploring. For those who prefer more active pursuits, there is golf, scuba diving and paragliding to enjoy as well as turtle watching off shore.

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