Five most visited countries
France receives more visitors than any other country in the world, with an average of 82 million visitors per year. Tied for second place is the United States and Spain, each with 75.6 million visitors. (2018)
As the world becomes more connected via low cost air travel and technology – including social media – the number of tourists travelling the world is on the rise. But what are the world’s most visited countries?
According to a report published by the World Tourism Organization, France received more visitors than any other country in the world in 2018. More than 89 million visitors came to France to see such world-famous attractions as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, and the Arc de Triomphe. Many of these major attractions are located in the capital city of France, Paris, which is also among the largest cities in Europe by population. Spain, the United States, and China also topped the list of the world's most visited countries.
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1. France (82.6 million visitors)
Each year millions of people all over the world visit France for its exquisite cuisine, historic sites, and beautiful scenery. Paris is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, and this country as a whole has a lot to offer those who are planning their next big trip.
Most visited places in France
1. Eiffel tower in Paris, the most visited city in France
2. St Tropez summer holiday destination
3. Chamonix ski resort
4. Palace of Versailles
5. Mont Saint-Michel
2. The United States (75.6 million visitors)
The United States is an extremely diverse place culturally and ethnically. New York City and Las Vegas are two of the most popular destinations in this country that people flock to each year for fun and adventure.
One of the best things about the U.S. is that there are quite a few nice warm places to go in the winter and cooler places to visit in the summer. The US is said to be a country of endless possibilities and it is indeed true. Whether you are looking for busy cities or, on the contrary, you prefer a quiet, majestic countryside, you will find everything in America.
Most visited places in the USA
1. Grand Canyon
2. Manhattan in NYC
3. Yellowstone National Park with its geysers
4. Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
5. Niagara Falls at the borders with Canada.
3. Spain (75.6 million visitors)
Spain is one of the most visited European countries, at least in part because of its striking beauty. Some of the more popular tourist attractions in this country include Park Guell, which is a park made up of breathtaking sculptures, and Alhambra, which is a fortified hilltop Moorish complex. This country also has some spectacular white sand beaches to explore.
Top-quality world-class wines, infinite coasts unspoiled by civilization, spectacular whole night parties, sun-drenched beaches, imposing architecture… These are just a few reasons why everyone should visit Spain!
Most visited places in Spain
2. Mezquita of Cordoba
3. El Escorial
4. Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
5. Ibiza island
4. China (59.3 million visitors)
Beijing and Shanghai are two of the more popular places for tourists to visit in China, though there are many other beautiful places with lots of interesting things to see and do.
The architecture of the larger cities, as well as the beauty of the countryside, make this a wonderful place for a vacation. The Karst hills and twin pagodas in Guilin are also worth seeing.
The Great Wall of China is the largest building of human history, and the numbers that describe it are fascinating. 25,000 watchtowers, 300,000 dead in the first phase of its construction, and estimated length of about 8860 kilometres (although there is an archaeological survey saying that the wall is 21,196 km long). That’s something you can’t miss, can you?!
Most visited places in China
1. The Great Wall of China in Beijing
2. The Terracotta Army in Xi’an
3. The Forbidden City in Beijing
4. The Li River in Guilin
5. The Yellow Mountains in Huangshan
5. Italy (52.4 million visitors)
Located on the Mediterranean coastline, Italy offers some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Europe. The Coliseum of Rome and the canals of Venice are just two of the things that bring so many people here each year.
The Amalfi Coast, as well as similar Cinque Terre, have both some very charming villages and beautiful coastline to explore for those who want a quiet getaway. A largest active volcano in Europe, countless historical sites and monuments, breathtaking cities and towns with narrow romantic streets, wonderful beaches and sea and funny but also very kind people…
The country with the Most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world is here and waiting for every kind of traveller to offer everyone an experience you’ll never forget.
Most visited places in Italy
1. Colosseum in Rome
2. Grand Canal in Venice
3. Florence Cathedral
4. Piazza del Campo in Siena
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