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The 10 most-read features of 2017

This is what captured your attention on our website in 2017.Saturday, December 16, 2017

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Ceviche at Lima 27.

From the culinary awakening in Peru to the pyramid-littered landscapes of Sudan, you've devoured our features this year. Whether it was because of an insatiable yearning to discover the unknown, to rediscover the beloved or to just to embrace a zeitgeist, your reading habits have impressed us once again. We hope we've ignited — or reignited — a love for travel. Here's to 2018. 

1. Peru: Eat, drink, love Lima

From home-cooked dishes and market stall flavours to Michelin-starred fare, a culinary 'creative awakening' in Lima is reason to fall in love with the Peruvian capital all over again. 

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2. Ireland: Two wheels in Waterford

Waterford Greenway.

A new greenway stretches from Ireland's oldest city through rolling countryside to the Copper Coast. It's a cycling paradise. 

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3. Morocco: 9,000 streets & 40,000 dead ends

Medina of Fez.

From the labyrinthine Medina of Fez, and the sparkling blue city of Chefchaouen to the mysterious holy town of Moulay Idriss — if you want to get to know Morocco, take a road trip in low season, and get talking to the locals. 

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4. Prague: Party for one

Prague skyline.

What's it like to be the only guest in a one-room five-star hotel? We check in to Prague's Žižkov Television Tower.

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5. Sudan: Africa's other pyramids

Royal Pyramids of Meroë at sunrise, Sudan.

In a country with even more pyramids than Egypt, Meroë is the pick of Sudan's ancient sites, with 220 of the glorious steep-sided structures waiting to be explored. 

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6. Sweden: A night at the Icehotel

Blue Marine suite at the Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

We take a first look inside Sweden's newest Icehotel — arty igloo accommodation that's open year round.

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7. France: The accidental rebirth of Occitania

Montpellier.

An ancient region in the South of France has risen from the ashes and put itself back on the map. Occitania is an area doused in heritage, its name long entwined with the old hamlets, towns and cities that stud its hills, and the intriguing language marking out many of its inhabitants.

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8. Neighbourhood: Warsaw

Summer beaches edging the Vistula river.

The Nazi headquarters turned boutique hotel; the library with its own roof garden; the vodka museum that shares its digs with Google… Warsaw is in the grip of a fascinating reinvention.

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9. Ireland: Hooked on Dingle

Coumeenole Beach, Dingle.

Perched on the westernmost tip of Ireland, the town of Dingle offers sandy beaches and ocean adventures. 

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10. Malaysia: At home with the Iban

Ronny steering an Iban longboat.

Discussing life and love in the jungle with members of the Iban, Borneo's main indigenous tribe.

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