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London has recently been named the best-rated destination in the world in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations, which recognise the locations that are the most popular among TripAdvisor reviewers based on millions of reviews and opinions.
This year, London jumped from second place in 2018 to be crowned the world’s number one destination. The win comes after a huge spotlight shone on the UK last year, as the eagerly awaited wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took place. The international excitement around the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle no doubt spurred interest in the capital and helped boost it to the top spot in this year’s rankings.
Elsewhere in the world category, Paris takes the runner up spot, while Rome follows in third place, Crete comes in fourth and Bali takes fifth. Interestingly, New York, a long-time favourite with travellers worldwide, slips outside of the world top ten to 13th, down from tenth last year. Phuket, Barcelona, Istanbul, Marrakech, Dubai, Prague and Siem Reap – which come in sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th respectively – all rank above the Big Apple.
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There's so much to see and do in London, it's easy to be overwhelmed. Major sights like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are on most visitors' itineraries, but no matter what your interests, you'll find something here. Art lovers should make a beeline for the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. If military history's your thing, don't miss the Cabinet War Rooms. Finally, forget everything you've heard about bland, mushy British food—the restaurant scene here is fabulous.
Everyone who visits Paris for the first time probably has the same punchlist of major attractions to hit: The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, etc. Just make sure you leave some time to wander the city’s grand boulevards and eat in as many cafes, bistros and brasseries as possible. Don’t forget the shopping—whether your tastes run to Louis Vuitton or Les Puces (the flea market), you can find it here.
It’s nicknamed the Eternal City for a reason. In Rome, you can drink from a street fountain fed by an ancient aqueduct. Or see the same profile on a statue in the Capitoline Museum and the guy making your cappuccino. (Which, of course, you know never to order after 11am). Rome is also a city of contrasts—what other place on earth could be home to both the Vatican and La Dolce Vita?
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is a paradise for tourists seeking sunshine, beaches, and culture. Chania lies on the northern coast of Crete and is the second largest city on the island. The White Mountains are a beautiful setting for relaxing or doing a spot of walking. There’s also Elafonisi with a white sandy beaches and shallow waters - it’s like being in the Caribbean!
Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with the tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colourful wreck of a WWII war ship. On shore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. The “artistic capital” of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.