We thought it would be interesting to find out which destinations in Europe are most visited by tourists. If you want to avoid the tourists, you will need the Spotted by Locals guides in these cities for sure!
There are many rankings, but Euromonitor’s recently released study of “international visitor arrivals in 2013” seems to be one of the most reliable.
London had 17 million visitors arriving from abroad in 2013.
One spot where you won’t find many tourists: movie theater the Horse Hospital (spotted by Matt Bramford). Find the front door (not easy), ring the bell (first find the door and fake you’re a local: hopefully they’ll let you in!
With 15 million international arrivals, Paris is the second most visited city in Europe.
Check out this Paris street art tour (free download) by our Spotter Adam – it will take you away from the tourist track for sure!
Big surprise for us! One of the biggest cities in Turkey is not covered by Spotted by Locals yet… Perhaps we should reconsider!
Istanbul is hot! 10.5 million foreign visitors a year, and this is growing rapidly.
Setüstü garden, an open air cafe located at the far end of Gülhane Park is a hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle, and it offers one of the best panoramic views of Istanbul. It was spotted by our local Alper Ayden.
Not a surprise to find Rome in this list. It has been touristy since it was built!
Want to bring a cool souvenir? Check out R-01-IOS, a very cool jewelry / accessories store in the Pigneto neighborhood. Spotted by Eleonora Baldwin.
Prague can get crowded with tourists. Many of the locals prefer other areas. Why not take a walk to some cool but neglected 1920s buildings like one of Štěpán Bärtl’s favorites: The Barrandov Terraces?
Milan has more visitors than Venice! Although we know Milan is a fantastic city, we didn’t expect this!
Find the cool locals in “Milan’s Williamsburg”, for example in the Wasabi Bar our Spotter Ivan Kalinov likes to visit.
5.5 million visitors from abroad roam the Barcelona Ramblas every year. And a few smart Spotted by Locals Barcelona users go where our locals go, like the El Soplo wine bar which is Ilse de Ridder’s favorite.
The Eastern most capital of Europe doesn’t feel touristy, but it’s visited by more than 5 million visitors a year!
Going to Moscow this winter? Bring your skates or rent them at Gorky Park and skate with locals like our Spotter Ilya!
I didn’t calculate it, but as Amsterdam is the smallest city on the list (less than 1 million inhabitants) it probably has more tourists per capita visiting their city than any other city.
One spot where you won’t find many tourists: the Zuidermarkt market!
We cover all these cities in Europe (and many more! Check out “our” 50 destinations here).