The world’s most overrated tourist hotspots, according to our readers
With the return of the holidays this summer, more and more European countries are opening their borders to travel, including Portugal, Greece, Italy and Spain. Constantly updated COVID-19 restrictions, and the UK has just unveiled its traffic light system for travel.
It’s full steam ahead, safe of course.
At Euronews Travel, we like to give you plenty of suggestions for places to visit and must-see destinations. But where should you avoid?
We asked our 55,000 Instagram followers this question and asked which classic vacation destinations are the most overrated.
Here are their responses:
‘City of love? As if…’
Paris is known as the “city of love”, but for many of our followers it is a tough patch.
With 2.9 million inhabitants in Paris alone, the city reaches its full capacity during the holidays with some 12 million foreign tourists entering the city in 2019, and an additional 12 million French nationals flock to the capital.
This all makes for a busy summer break – and given the small size of the Mona Lisa herself, the crowds will only obstruct your view of the Louvre.
Times Square, New York, United States
“ A complete waste of space and electricity ”
While New York City is a bustling center of culture and life, according to our followers, Times Square is not all that Home Alone has claimed to be.
Known for the New Years Ball and a number of celebrity performances, outside of December and the winter season festivities, Times Square is decidedly drab and, according to our subscribers, is worth a visit once.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
“ Overwhelmed with influencers and scorching the eyes ”
Always popular with influencers, Dubai has become the go-to place for Instagrammers and YouTubers. This makes it a popular suggestion among our audience to be “overrated”.
According to one of our subscribers, it’s now “as common as a mall” – unless your favorite mall was packed with reality TV stars and was regularly over 40C.
Hollywood, United States
‘Avoid at all costs’
Another American “destination tourist trap” (according to our audience) is Hollywood.
Forget to spot your favorite actor’s star on the Walk of Fame, they’re all underfoot!
In fact, in 2019, the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dubbed the world’s worst tourist trap – and our followers certainly seem to agree.
Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
“It’s great if you are under 30, but if you don’t forget it!”
This central party destination is the third largest island in the Balearic Islands – but certainly the most popular. In the summer, you can expect young people to flock to the island for a number of music festivals, including Ibiza Rocks.
The Ibiza Tourist Office works regularly to change perceptions of the island by making it a “ more family destination ” outside of its summers.
“I’m sick of seeing that giant swing!”
Increasingly popular in recent years, many people think Bali deserves the top spot in this list of “ overrated ” destinations.
But if you think outside the box, beyond all the popular beaches, you are more likely to experience an authentic Bali that is not swept away by mass tourism and carefully selected places that are perfect for Instagram.
Followers suggest Dusa Nua if you are looking for something more off the beaten track but just as luxurious.
Where do you think the most overrated destinations are? Let us know on Twitter by tagging @euronewstravel.