Check Out The Top 10 Destinations From The Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015
Can you pick which destinations rank among the top 10, as voted by travellers, in the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards? Along with the top hotels, beaches, islands, landmarks, attractions, museums and restaurants, the top destinations in the world highlight a few firm favourites and some exciting newcomers.
10. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is blessed with the natural beauty of golden beaches, Table Mountain National Park, lush vineyards and gorgeous city gardens. The multi-cultural city offers visitors a unique blend of history, adventure activities and culture, on a backdrop of panoramic ocean views.
9. Paris, France
Will there ever come a time when Paris isn’t included, as one of the most beloved travel destinations in the world? It’s simply hard to beat the atmosphere of elegance, artistry and romance in a city that offers some of the most famous landmarks in the world, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eifel Tower. Combine them with world-class fashion, exquisite cuisine and the glamourous Parisians themselves, and it’s easy to see why we can’t get enough.
8. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The tango reigns supreme in Buenos Aires, bringing with it a passion for life in the explosion of colour that characterises Latin America. Shop till you drop along the grand boulevards, eat at the delicious steak houses called ‘Parillas’ and prepare to stay up all night in the famous bars and clubs.
7. Rome, Italy
Another firm favourite, Rome’s regular appearance in travel awards perhaps proves the myth that if you throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, you’ll one day return to the magnificent city. The Colosseum and the Pantheon are just two of an incredible array of historical attractions. You can shop, eat and play in the shadows of the ruins, while soaking in the cosmopolitan vibe of modern Roman times.
6. London, UK
London is forever trendy, forward-thinking and at the top of the bucket list for travellers the world over. Not only is it the home of Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben, the city thrills all the senses with fabulous shopping, sparkling nightlife and a pub culture that ensures you’ll never go thirsty.
5. Prague, Czech Republic
If you’ve ever wanted to submerse yourself in an historic fairy tale, Prague is the city for you. The ‘City of Spires’ offers magic around every narrow, cobblestoned corner, with Prague Castle, the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge capturing the imagination of artists and photographers alike. When you can’t walk a step further on your explorations, head to the city’s underground bars for live music, famous Czech beer and a rollicking night scene.
4. Hanoi, Vietnam
The capital of Vietnam is a peaceful haven, home to a chaotic blend of local busyness, spirituality and centuries-old history. You can explore the Old Quarter through a warren of exotic market stalls, admire colonial architecture, discover hundreds of temples and chill out in shady parks by the lake.
3. Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey is a destination that usually far exceeds the expectations of the experienced traveller. Drench yourself in history among the mosques, bazaars and ancient architecture, while getting your fill of Turkish cuisine, fast-paced nightlife and an endless supply of lanterns, spices, fruits and jewels.
2. Siam Reap, Cambodia
One of the largest religious complexes in the world, Angkor Wat ranks up there with India’s Taj Mahal as one of the most awe-inspiring sites in the world. While you can spend days exploring the ruins, the town of Siam Reap is a bustling hub of food, bars and shops and the surrounding retreats and resorts offer relaxation in the heart of nature.
1. Marrakech, Morocco
And the winner is…magical Marrakech! The action-packed Djemaa el-Fna square is a world-famous open air market, full of mouth-watering food, snake charmers, colourful spice wagons, acrobats, fortune tellers and belly dancers. The souks are a maze of traditional arts, crafts, smells and sounds. At the end of a day of sight-seeing, luxurious Riads, hidden behind mysterious walls, wait to bathe you in luxury.