Montréal is the third-best city to visit in the world according to the new Lonely Planet guide, which celebrates the world’s top 50 destinations on the planet for 2024.
“Lonely Planet is one of the most prestigious and recognized authorities in tourism worldwide. Being among the world’s ten best cities of this special 50th anniversary edition is a real crowning achievement for Montréal, which speaks to the city’s truly distinctive appeal for visitors from around the world ,” says Yves Lalumière, president and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
Montréal is selected for the second time by Lonely Planet, which also elected the city in its 2013 list of the best cities. This time, among the distinctive features cited in the new guide are the quality of Montréal’s gastronomy (including poutine!), the quantity of festivals and cultural attractions, the green spaces and breathtaking views from the Mount Royal and Parc Jean-Drapeau as well as the various artistic and museum exhibitions.
The annual Best in Travel guide is the result of a very thorough selection process. A survey is first sent to all international authors, staff writers, bloggers, employees, and collaborators of the editor, who are asked to share their expertise on places and travel experiences that they predict will be buzzing in the year ahead.
The results of the survey produce a long list of hundreds of ideas, then reviewed by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel team – an opinionated bunch of travel geeks with hundreds of thousands of travel miles between them. The team reads every pitch and help whittle down the list to a shortlist of the very best places, which is ultimately submitted to a panel of travel specialists.