How much time has to pass for an aesthetic current to become a tourist resource? In Germany it is clear: 100 years. This is the time that has passed since Walter Gropius founded the School of the Bauhaus in Weimar , the first modern current in which design and architecture had the same weight.
To celebrate this milestone, this essential university city is going to finish the splendors of the opening of its Bauhaus Museum as well as host different exhibitions in its Neues Museum . And, of course, to take pride in the buildings that Van de Velde, Gropius and company designed in this city and campus.
Fifty-nine years later, it could be said that the project that turned the leafy heart of Brazil into a capital is somewhat insipid. Dazzled by the exuberance of Rio de Janeiro, the sympathy of Salvador de Bahia and the cosmopolitan strength of São Paulo , Brasilia has never really believed its cultural tourism potential.
However, in recent years it is positioning itself as a restless destination through a project called Cidade Program, Cidadão, Cidadania , which culminates in 2019 and which has set out to make visible a creative fabric that has its main showcase in the Graphic Design Biennial. . On the other hand, has managed to become a cornerstone in the new cultural triangle of the continent with Goiana and Cidade de Goiás.
The fourth largest city in the country is struggling to find its place in tourist Japan . However, for a few years now it has been transforming its industrial and economic frenzy into another attraction.
And the play is not going wrong. For now, it has that infallible mix of skyscrapers and heritage, gleaming buildings like the TV tower and relics like the Nagoya Castle or the Osu Kannon temple. A base formula that is complemented by everything the Toyota house (originating from a neighboring city, but with the offices here) has left in the form of visitor centers and with art, with unexpected museums such as the Tokugawa Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Nagoya-Boston , a prolific branch of Western art. Of course, the icing on the cake is a Contemporary Art Triennial that in 2019 will celebrate its fourth edition and whose proportions begin to be taken into account by the main galleries and collectors of the world.
In the capital of Norway , if you blink an instant you miss a novelty. His commitment to being a laboratory of urban ideas makes it a surprise after another, and 2019 is going to be the year in which he shows it to everyone. The excuse? Its European green capital. The way to do it? Through the revitalization of its riverbank and its new neighborhoods, Vulkan being the epicenter of everything with that postindustrial roll as attractive as it is prolific.
The official organisms place it in a box, together with Matera, as the European Cultural Capital . We remain more with its magnetic city status of the past with a great future. On the one hand, it has the Roman ruins that are complemented by the long imperial-looking streets of the center. On the other, the wonderful creative chaos of Kaplana , the labyrinth of alleys and gambling dens where Bulgariaproves that it is much more than sun, beach and monasteries.
Dallas, United States
Weighed down by the stale fame of Texas and the effervescence of its neighbor Austin, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States (and the ninth most populous city in the country) begins to make noise without giving up the stars and stripes. And nothing happens because of it. If the topicazos are aired, the city surprises with the largest artistic district in the country , with a succession of museums and galleries almost untouchable, with a skyline with the Reunion Tower as an icon and a stadium, the AT & T , which is worth knowing for his curious collection of contemporary art.
A Coruña, Spain
Little by little, without too much stridency, A Coruña has managed to consolidate as a peripheral metropolis. That is, as a consistent city, with metropolitan attractions such as its historic center, its icon -the Tower of Hercules- and even its moderneces in the form of a Domus museum and a route and house of Picasso. A trait that has solidified with a new generation of restaurateurs who go beyond the traditional seafood restaurant and who are leading a new way of eating Galicia and with a wave of designers who, surrounded by the brave Atlantic, refresh the creative panorama . A surprise that is enjoyed more by living it than contemplating it.
The Mexican coast is so wide and varied that it still has places to conquer. In recent years, Mazatlan and the Sinaloa coast have been positioned as the new Riviera Nayarit but with several caveats. Its beaches are still untouched while the hotels that are opening maintain a relationship with the environment much more sustainable.
And, of course, there is the food, since Mazatlan aspires to become the great gastronomic surprise of any trip through Mexico. Its status as a port city makes fish and seafood , prepared both raw ceviche and smoked and stews, present a strong bid to end the tyranny of taco, enchilada and spicy.
Nothingness, silence, calm, parsimony as heritage. This is what this flirtatious city offers , located between lakes, which has made its way of life its authentic attraction. Its charm is closely linked to the lakes and forests that surround it, with activities for all kinds of adventurers. Although if something is starting to shine is for being one of the cities with better flavor on this side of the Baltic thanks to a balanced mix between Nordic philosophy and exotic cosmopolitanism. All this seasoned by a proliferation of flirtatious little hotels of design in which to do precisely nothing but breathe to the limits of each lung.
Leeds, United Kingdom
Leeds, the great metropolis of Yorkshire, has grown weary of wiping away tears of deindustrialization. And he has managed to wake up from this lethargy by putting in value what he has: a lot of culture in the form of museums and theaters and an exuberant nature that has become his main charm for non-English speakers. Not surprisingly, the magic is in the parks, with icons such as Kirkstall Abbey emerging in the meadow, in the corner of Roundhay Park and in the history of the Temple Newsam gardens. And for dessert, the hills and small towns of this county called to be the new Cotswolds.
Little by little, without making much noise, the Australian capital is no longer a trivia question in the Trivial. To be able to earn their share of tourist sympathy in front of powerful cities such as Sydney and Melbourne has pulled originality and creativity. This is how wonderful establishments like Hotel Hotel are explained , what happens when you let young minds give birth to ideas; the Jamala , a nature reserve with hotel included; or The Hamlet of Hackett , a wonderful market where you can find ALL that a millennial would dream of.
To say of this independent city that is the new Hong Kong would be to deprive it of some very powerful singularities. No, it does not have the monumentazo or the overwhelming environment of other Asian dragons, but those peculiarities that seem of another world.
Who travels to this territory will find a paradise of street tood , a culinary universe with its own quality (not in vain, it was the last oriental city to have its own Michelin Guide) and a passion for design that led it to To be world capital of this field in 2016 and whose great merit is to put order and beauty to the ‘brilli-brilli’.
Bolivia is the new Peru , at least in culinary terms. The virginity of a large part of its territory and the connection of this land with its ancestors gives surprising flavors and unexpected recipes. And most chefs know it. That’s why Cochabamba, its gastronomic capital, has become the country’s most tasty destination, not only for its chefs and secrets, but also for its location in a green and fruitful valley that holds many surprises. And for the after-dinner, a colonial historic center and an indigenous village, Tupuraya, that makes the connection with the autochthonous thing more visible.
Albania not only promises to be a nearby paradise in 2019, but also a very complete and stimulating urban getaway. Your main reason? A capital that opens as the seat of an airline, Air Albania, and that, without too many globalizing interferences, has found its own and chewed path towards modernity. Its main innovative pole is Blloku, where the old bourgeois mansions have become workshops, hotels and delicate mansions. And then there is his intoxicating past, the hours of walks between Soviet atheist deities, Muslim mosques and Italian piazzi .
At a glance, Amarante is everything you can expect from a Portuguese town: river, slopes, tiles, ecclesial pomposity, clothes drying in the sun, steps and bridges. But if what opens up well are the ears, a city is drawn with a musical potential born of good taste and its distance from any airport and cultural highway. Under this premise was born 16 years ago its festival, MIMO , with which highlights the passion of its young inhabitants for good melodies and quality songs and fluid genre.
There are no showcases in the world that obviate the capital of Nigeria as a paradise of urban fashion, of well understood fusion and excessive beauty. Therefore, since 2011, this city organizes a Fashion Week that serves as a showcase for the stimulating chaos of its streets and boutiques. In Lagos overflow the differences, astonish the contrasts and indigestan monuments , but the styling of the city and the good economic climate are causing that, as with Johannesburg, every time you take more seriously everything that is cooked here .
It is hard to place this location on the map. Above all, because a famous stationery brand innocently took possession of its name decades ago, propitiating this communal disorientation. However, upon awakening, Fabriano is still there, on the mountains that protect the port of Ancona, welcoming a second spring for its craft industry that has made it a destination for scouts and collectors. Because few cities like this exemplify better the last prophecy: the design has died ¡viva la fabricaciÃ³n limitada!
Protected as World Heritage just a year and a half ago, this flirtatious Iranian city sums up, as few others, the harmony that exists here between a brilliant past and a tranquil tranquil present. Its location, in the middle of the desert, makes it a difficult city to modernize, so that in its adobe alleys still live the frenzy and forms that in their time welcomed traders like Marco Polo. Before Iran ends up defining itself, it is convenient to approach and describe it in the best possible way: through the experience.
Now that the Silk Road has emerged as the adventure that has best resurrected, it is worth remembering that not everything in Uzbekistan is Samarkand. As a sample, this beautiful city, World Heritage since 1993, which has its main attraction at its roots. Not in vain, if some place could be called the cradle of the Uzbek culture is this, so it is convenient to visit it with the senses prepared for something more than minarets, madrasas and nooks and crannies
The data is there: Macedonia is, along with Georgia , one of the countries that are growing the most in tourist terms in Europe. The capital of a region that sounds like living history is recovering its vestiges, devastated by an earthquake in 1963, and giving them a very interesting and attractive invigoration for all types of travelers. In addition, it has that string of buildings and monuments that have the surname ‘National’ and that allow to understand the stylistic and aesthetic chaos on which this attractive nation is based.
There is nothing like experiencing from calm, and that is what is happening in the coquettish capital of this Central African country. Despite not having the past or the natural exuberance of other nearby countries, has an increasingly thriving cuisine and a sustainable way of enjoying nature that is inspiring hoteliers and restaurateurs to open a kind of slow branch of the heart of the continent . And, of course, it is the perfect base camp to approach the unexpected beaches of Lake Malawi or the nearby reserves of Chongoni and Daikanyama.
Source: Conde Nast Traveler
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