The world is vast and packed with thousands of interesting places to visit. Some countries are mentioned daily in the media, their attractions are famous worldwide and they usually come up in travel bucket lists. Others are small, they have a small tourism industry or have only a few things to offer. If you love travelling and are thinking of your next destination, a good point to start are the most visited countries throughout the year. Are you ready to discover which are they? Perhaps one of them (or more) inspires your travel bug!
With 82.6 million tourists heading to France in 2018, this European country made it to the top position. Famous for its exquisite cuisine, delicious wine industry, beautiful scenery and historic sites, France has been a magnet for tourists from all over the world.
Needless to say, Paris, its capital city, is one of the most visited tourist destinations and it is the home of some of attractions that are world renowned:such as the Eiffel Tower surrounding by romantic gardens, the Musee du Louvre and its jaw-dropping collection of works of art, the Museé du Cluny and its stunning collection of art and artifacts of the Middle Ages, its traditional cafés and bistrós, its chapelles… you mention!
But France has much more to offer! Adventurous travellers can go skiing and hiking to the Alpine region, the French Riviera is the place to go for some relaxing holidays on the beach and the Provence is your destination for a romantic getaway.
Amongst the most visited French attractions we can mention: the Eiffel Tower, St Tropez, Chamonix Ski Resort, Palace of Versailles and the Mont St Michel.
#2- United States
New York City, Las Vegas or Miami Beach are only a few of the destinations within the United States where 75.6 million tourists flocked throughout 2018, It is such a diverse place both ethnically and culturally that it is impossible not to feel welcome.
Besides, it’s such a large country that you can always travel somewhere warm in winter or somewhere cool during the scorching summer months. The United States is a land of contrasts: from cosmopolitan cities to small towns and laid-back rural areas, from jaw-dropping mountainous views to great seashores, you’ll find everything in America.
There’s probably no better way to explore the United States than in a road trip. Whether you’re driving your own car or a rental one, you’ll be able to enjoy the hundreds of wonderful scenery and attractions at your own pace. In any case, you’ll need a GPS and a comprehensive insurance policy to make sure you have a safe car trip.
Amongst the most visited places in the USA we can mention: Grand Canyon, Manhattan in NYC, Yellowstone National Park and its fantastic geysers, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Niagara Falls at the borders with Canada.
Spain has been a huge magnet for travelers through 2018. Delicious and copious meals, friendly and cheerful locals world-class wines, spectacular whole night parties, gold-sanded beaches kissed by the sun and stunning architecture.
It’s a beautiful country with many famous tourist attractions. Multicultural and fascinating, Spain is a country you should definitely visit at least once in a lifetime. Park Guell, a park made up of breathtaking sculptures; the Alhambra, a fortified hilltop Moorish complex; or the Museum El Prado are just a few of the places that visitors in Spain love to visit again and again.
Amongst the most visited places in Spain we can mention: the Alhambra, the Mezquita de Córdoba, El Escorial, th Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona and Ibiza Island.
Exotic and fascinating are two adjectives that describe China quite accurately. With 59.3 million people flying to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei or any of the Chinese cities, China is the fourth country that most tourists received in 2018.
The architecture of the big Beijing or Shanghai is absolutely stunning. Modern and cosmopolitan, these cities have taken urban architecture to the next level. With beautiful Buddhist temples, stunning buildings such as the Great Wall or the Forbidden City, extensive and peaceful rural areas, there’s plenty to discover in this Asian country. Cultural exhibitions are varied and interesting and they are definitely an open door to China’s rich and ancient cultural background.
Amongst the places most visited in China we can mention: The Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, the Forbidden City, The Li River in Guilin and the Yellow Mountains in Huangshan
52.4 million visitors chose Italy as their travel destination through 2018. With its endless coast by the sea and its lovely landscapes, Italy stands out because of its beautiful scenery. The Coliseum of Rome and the canals of Venice are just two of the attractions that bring so many people to Italy each year.
Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast are a magnet for those looking for a romantic destination, with picturesque and charming villages. Historical sites are countless and overwhelming, Firenze, Milan, Trento, Venice or Rome are just stunning cities not to mention the locals that are noisy, cheerful, polite and super friendly!
The most visited places in Italy are: the Roman Colosseum, the Grand Canal in Venice, Florence Cathedral, Piazza del Campo in Siena and Pompeii.