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Istanbul, the Pearl of the Orient, was the most visited city in the world in 2023, according to a report.

News - Wednesday 13 March 2024

Picture Istanbul, the Pearl of the Orient, was the most visited city in the world in 2023, according to a report.

Very popular with globetrotters last year, this Oriental city blends modernity with the heritage of yesteryear and is just a 4-hour flight from Paris. A must-see, this unsuspected destination has even overtaken iconic places like New York and London in the hearts of travellers in 2023, according to a report published by Euromonitor.

Situated halfway between Europe and Asia, this destination has enjoyed dazzling success over the past year, according to a recent report. So there's plenty of reason to take a closer look at this city of unsuspected riches, the pride of Eastern Europe.

Istanbul has raised Turkey's international profile in this ranking unveiled by Euromonitor last December.

While Paris remains the most attractive urban destination in the world according to Euromonitor, the report by the London-based research company also highlighted another capital. Part of a country bordering Greece and Bulgaria, this city is a veritable paradise for lovers of oriental history.

A metropolis with timeless charm and a rich cultural heritage, Istanbul put Turkey on the international map in the rankings unveiled by Euromonitor last December. In 2023, the Turkish capital rose to 1st place on the list of countries with the most international arrivals.

After Istanbul, another Turkish city appears in the Euromonitor report. Antalya comes 4th on the list, behind London and Dubai, which finish the podium in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The top 5 most-visited destinations in the world in 2023 then begins with a European city, Paris.

The City of Love is followed by Hong Kong and Bangkok, two Asian cities. New York, Cancun and Mecca round out the top five.

What to do in Istanbul, Turkey's capital and the world's most visited city in 2023?

If you're not drawn to Istanbul by its colourful streets and temperate climate, which makes it a great place to visit all year round, you'll surely be charmed by its iconic monuments. To discover the history of Turkey, you must visit the majestic Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, the ancestral home of Istanbul, or the Basilica of Saint Sophia, a jewel of Byzantine architecture.


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