If you are looking for inspiration for your next trip, why not travel to one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world? Surely 91 million visitors can’t be wrong! If the largest volume of visitors equates to the best attraction, then let me introduce the 3 best attractions in the world. I have been to all three and I can vouch that all are worth the trip, although if I were to pick the best place to go in the world, I tend to prefer a remote beach!
1. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul – 91 Million Visitors
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops. Open since 1461 it is in fact the world’s oldest shopping mall. You can buy everything here, but typical items to pick up include beautiful ceramics, intricate lanterns, chunky gold Turkish jewellery and of course, hand woven carpets. You must remember to haggle to get your bargains and try to walk away bring down that final price. Once you have completed the shopping experience, which can be stressful with overzealous shopkeepers pushing their wears in front of you, take time to explore some of the quieter back alleys. This maze of 15th-century passageways are heavily atmospheric and are like stepping back in time.
To get around in Istanbul, don’t risk local taxis as many will try and rip you off. We recommend Blacklane taxis which are reliable and usually significantly cheaper too. Simply book and pay for your taxi online and you are good to go.
(Source – Grand Bazaar Management)
2. The Zócalo, Mexico City – 85 Million Visitors
Well, this was going to be popular as Greater Mexico City has a local population of a 21.2 million people and this square, which is the main square in the city, is massive. The enormous Zócalo hosts military parades, cultural and political events, concerts and fairs. It is a “must see” in Mexico city and we recommend grabbing a bite in the roof top restaurant in the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, where you can enjoy the vista across the square.
(Source – Mexico Tourism Board)
3. New York’s Times Square – 50 Million Visitors
Visitors are attracted to New York’s Times Square by the enormous and iconic neon signs, it’s proximity to shopping opportunities, nearby Broadway shows and to experience a scene showcased in so many movies. This five-block intersection is instantly recognisable. It is a great place to grab a typically American big breakfast, or take a seat outside a café, and enjoy watching city life pass by from the sidewalk.
(Source – The Times Square Alliance)
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