Travel news: The best places in the world to drink, sleep and snack

(CNN) — This Week in Travel: There’s a new Cocktail Capital of the World, some big bears are scrambling as much as they can before hibernation season, and CNN takes a peek inside one of the world’s tallest clocks. most famous in the world.

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For the first time in the history of the World’s 50 Best Bars list, the No. 1 designation has not been awarded to New York or London.

Congratulations are in order for the Paradiso in Barcelona, ​​which won the award at this year’s World’s Best awards ceremony.

As if that weren’t enough, three of the top 10 bars in the world are in Barcelona, ​​creating a new cocktail capital of the world.

Planning a trip to the city that will set the bar in Barcelona?

We’re happy to recommend the best beaches in town for basking in the Spanish sunshine when you’re not lounging around for an exceptional craft cocktail.
Cocktail capitals aren’t the only places to be dethroned from their No. 1 perches. Asia-Pacific is on the verge of losing its title as the world’s largest tourist region. This is where the volume of air travel is expected to eclipse Asia.

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi’s famous Barcelona church has been under construction for 135 years – and it’s not finished yet

From A to Zzzzzz

Travel is often associated with not sleeping, or at least not sleeping well. Jet lag, clock changes, and attempts to nap while sitting upright in an airplane seat make this a not-so-ideal sleeping scenario.

What if all of this could change?

A growing number of hotels are going beyond comfortable beds and expensive linens to provide their guests with the best night’s sleep. On the program: soundproofing, choice of pillows, aromatherapy, weighted blankets…

turkish delight

While Istanbul and Cappadocia are more popular with tourists in Turkey, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Izmir, which was once the country’s most thriving cosmopolis.

On the west coast of Turkey, overlooking the Aegean Sea, Izmir is said to have started life as Smyrna, built by Alexander the Great.

Over the years, it has had its ups (the heyday of the Silk Road trade route) and downs (a catastrophic fire and damage during the country’s War of Independence in the early 1920s), but it’s still a city on the move.

taste the world

Tropea is famous for its red onions. They are so sweet that they can be served in pasta, preserves and ice cream. Tune in Sundays at 9 p.m. ET to watch all-new episodes of “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy.”
Stanley Tucci heads to Calabria as “Searching for Italy” returns to CNN at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 9. Red onions so sweet they can be made into ice cream are among the delicious flavors of this region in the “foot” shaped Italy.
Speaking of sweet, the United States has a delicious array of regional desserts that locals love and visitors should definitely try. There’s a pie getting lawsuits in Kentucky, and in Massachusetts, another pie ends up “in cake clothes.” Here are 15 American treats to try.

Barely tolerable

Katmai National Park in Alaska holds its annual Fat Bear Week, a March Madness-style competition where you can vote for the bear you think best exemplifies obesity. Check out some of the top contenders.

Winter is coming – not just in fictional Westeros, but in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve, where brown bears congregate before their winter hibernation season.

As bears can lose up to a third of their body weight during hibernation, it is essential for them to put on as much pudding as possible once the weather starts to cool down.

Every year, Katmai celebrates Fat Bear Week with March Madness-style online media and a live cam to keep tabs on the top 12 contenders. Last year’s winner 480 Otis is still formidable in his salmon nibbling abilities, but could it finally be 128 Grazer’s turn to top the leaderboard? Stay tuned.

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What a dream

If you can’t travel to Portugal to try a sleep-centric hotel, why not buy the next best thing in your own home?

Our partners at CNN Underscored, a CNN-owned product reviews and recommendations guide, have put together a list of the 13 best hotel pillows, all of which you can buy online.