The Auvergne, which comprises the four départments of Allier, Puy de Dome, Cantal and Haute Loire, was celebrated for offering “life-changing experiences” in the guide from the top travel publisher.
Situated in central France, the Auvergne is one of Europe's most underpopulated regions and is best known for its volcanic landscape and mountain ranges. It also boasts several spa towns such as Vichy, historic churches and castles, and variety of outdoor activities on offer from hiking to snow sports.
(Chaîne des Puys, Puy-de-Dôme. Photo: Auvergne Tourism)
The "Best in Travel" rankings have been published annually by Lonely Planet for the past eleven years, and include three lists to promote the Top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit in the coming year. A panel of experts including authors, bloggers and editors review various criteria such as tourist attractions and upcoming cultural events in order to decide on the final lists.
(Viaduc de Garabit. Photo: Auvergne Tourism)
Lonely Planet's Top 10 Regions to visit in 2016
1. Transylvania, Romania
2. West Iceland
3. Valle de Vinales, Cuba
4. Friuli's wine regions, Italy
5. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
6. The Auvergne, France
7. Hawaii, USA
9. Costa Verde, Brazil
10. St Helena, British Territories