Every year, millions of people travel around the globe to their favorite hot spots to enjoy some alone time and escape from the stress of their daily lives. In every corner of the globe, there are certain cities which attract the largest number of tourists by virtue of their hospitality offerings which are laced with unique culture and exciting adventure. We present to you the best tourist hot spots for your reading pleasure.
10. Bali, Indonesia
Located in Far East Asia, this unique wonder has for many years been a top choice for tourists and global fun seekers. Located in the Indonesian archipelago, the lovely beaches of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Seminyak are some of the worlds’ best tourist delights. Here, hikers can savor the mountain ranges of this Asian paradise while surfers can bask in the glow of the Indonesian sun. Bali also boasts of the Pura Tannah Lot temple which is surrounded by beautiful waves with a picturesque locale. With an average visitor rate of over five million yearly, Bali remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
9. London, UK
A cultural melting pot and the commercial capital of the world, London has a consistent tourist inflow of over nineteen million yearly. This island located in Northern Europe has some of the world’ best museums and medieval castles. The British Museum, Tate gallery, National History Museum and The Big Ben iconic time piece are some of the top attractions in this European city. With lovely undulating rivers and its beautiful city centers, the architectural beauty of London has remained attractive for tourists from every corner of the globe for centuries.
8. Paris, France
Criss-crossed by the Seine River and with its Gothic trappings, Paris has not lost its ability to wow the senses of globetrotter. Famed for its art and magnificent restaurants, Paris has remained the second most visited city in Europe with over seven million visitors annually for quite some time. The Eiffel Tower represents the city’s most revered landmark, but you shouldn’t miss the Louvre Art Museum and the Notre Dame Gothic 12th century church. With a population of about three million inhabitants, it is a global centre for fashion, art and culture.
7. Rome, Italy
This historical city in Mediterranean Europe has long been regarded as the historical capital of European civilization. Rome is the third most visited city in Europe behind London and Paris and boasts some of the most mesmerizing pieces of Christian and Mediterranean architecture. The most visited spots in the eternal city are the Capitoline Hill and The Vatican Museum. A city bursting with the architectural works of genius’ like Da Vinci and Michelangelo makes Rome one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Great aqueducts, churches (St Peter’ Basilica), palaces and fountains also earns Rome the top spot as the city with the most monuments on the planet.
6. New York City, USA
This financial and business hub on the Eastern coast of North America is the most visited city in the world with over sixty million visitors yearly. New York City possesses a rich cultural and musical history spanning over a century. With outstanding skyscrapers like the Empire State building and the Flatiron Building, the city attracts visitors from all corners of the globe. Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and Time square are among the most visited spots on earth. With a booming sports and entertainment industry coupled with its amazing restaurants and financial districts, it’s a tourist’ delight at any time of the year.
5. Crete, Greece
Crete is Greece’ largest city and the 88th largest island in the world. The city is in the Eastern Mediterranean coastal plains. The island still bears the markings of the Hellenistic culture which cultural influence spread to other parts of Europe and Asia. Boasting one of the world’ most beautiful beachfronts (Elafonisi), Crete is famed for its tranquility, cultural traits and friendly inhabitants. Its medieval capital, Heraklion is a top tourist destination for lovers of European history and culture. Other site attractions are Knossus, Chania, Argios Nikolaos and Rethymno.
4. Barcelona, Spain
An enchanting sea side city famed for its culture and architecture, Barcelona has hosted some of the world’s top sporting and art events. The capital of Catalonia is the second most populous municipality in Spain, and Europe’s 3rd most successful city brand. The “Cap I casal de Catalunya” (head and heart of Catalunya) as its natives like to call it, is home to some of the world’s most influential Andalusian and Continental landmarks. The Sagrada Familia Church, Liceu Opera house, and the iconic Camp Nou are some of the most significant sites for tourists. Home to Barcelona FC, the city possesses the most beautiful beaches in the world in La Rambla and Barceloneta.
3. Istanbul, Turkey
Long regarded as the bridge linking Europe and Asia, Turkey provides a cultural contrast not found anywhere else in the world. Founded around 1000BC, this city formerly called Constantinople in transcontinental Turkey lies on the European side of the country with a 3rd of its population living on the Asian side. A cultural epicenter drawing from the rich traditions of the east (Asia) and the west (Europe), the cultural diversity is more pronounced within the city’s architecture on display. The Topkapi Palace is a treasure to behold and draws millions of visitors yearly providing a great view of the city. The Souleymane Mosque, Blue Sultan, Dolmabace Palace and the Hippodrome are some of the renowned landmarks of this Eurasian city. The Grand Bazaar market is a perfect spot to take in the cultural diversity Istanbul has offer.
2. Marrakech, Morocco
Located to the north of the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in the Marrakech Safari Region, the city is the most visited tourist destination in Africa. With magnificent sand dunes and water reserves in Meknes, Marrakech is home to the Jema el-fnaa, a World Heritage Site which is the city’s center for trade and unique activities. Backed by strong Andalusian and Arab influences, it is a favorite spot for Europeans – particularly Italians, Portuguese and Spaniards who visit between the months of April – August on short term excursions. Over ten million tourists visited last year and the figures have remained consistent for years. The Atlas Mountain range with its snowy peaks during the winter attract hikers from various part of the globe. Its rich culture and hospitality is highly rated the world over, so also is its cuisine.
1. Dubai, UAE
In recent years, the influx of visitors has steadily increased due to the government’s strategy of using tourism to boost the local economy. Dubai is home to about 2.6 million people with shockingly less than 10% being citizens. Most visitors come here to shop in some of the world’s most exotic shopping malls like the Dubai mall. The architectural masterpieces on display like the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) are a wonder to behold. A massive fourteen million tourists visit Dubai each year not only to shop, but to also visit other architectural landmarks like the Jumeirah beach, Al boom tourist village, Zabeel park, and the wonderful Wadi water park. Home to artificial islands and beaches, this man made Garden of Eden clinches the top spot on the list of top ten tourist destinations in the world.
So there you have it – the top 10 tourist destinations around the world. What do you think, have we convinced you to make the journey? Will you be making your vacations plans for the summer and selecting these fine cities packed with culture, excursions and delightful people? We hope this guide has helped you out to have a truly delightful vacation.