Some towns are visited for the historical and artistic works present, still others for their fascinating landscapes; but which are the countries that attract the greatest number of visitors? If to choose the destination of your next trip you need to have an idea of how popular these places are, here it is Ranking of the 11 most visited European countries.
NB: The ranking is based on the latest statistical report provided by the World Tour Organization (UNTWO), and may be subject to changes. We therefore invite you to report any corrections to be made via comments.
11 - Croatia: 18 million per year
In recent years the tourism in Croatia kicked off, registering more and more entries especially in spring and summer where tourists can admire the famous Plitvice lakes, immense natural heritage of Unesco, or live a relaxing beach holiday in one of the many islands such as Pag, Krk or along the coast visiting Zadar or the beautiful Split. The friendliness and organization of the Croats will certainly amaze you, too the prices are by no means excessive, Croatia is also known for eurofriendly holidays;)
- Capital: Zagreb
- Most visited cities: Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik
10 - Portugal: 21,2 million per year
Located on the border with Spain, Portugal boasts a coastline of 1.794 km between sandy beaches and a marvelous sea, the main reason of interest for its visitors.
Unmissable destinations are the main cities such as Lisbon (the capital), Oporto, Odemira and Faro full of attractions to visit.
Destination for many tourists looking for relaxation and the sea, Portugal certainly does not disappoint lovers of history and culture, offering them ancient castles and palaces to visit and discover.
- Capital: Lisbon
- Most visited cities: Lisbon, Porto, Sintra, Faro
9 - Russia: 24 million per year
In the eternal dilemma of trying to understand whether Russia belongs to Europe or Asia (it actually belongs to both), we include it in the ranking, in ninth place. Austere atmospheres and grandeur, for one of the greatest empires of the last century. Moscow is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, and then, they say, there are also the most beautiful girls in the world ... shall we leave?
- Capital: Moscow
- Most visited cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan
8 - Greece: 27,2 million per year
From here Greece and you immediately think of ancient temples, museums and beautiful excavations. It is true that Greece has a historical heritage that should not be underestimated, but it is not all history and art. Mykhonos is the home of good holidays for singles who live at night between pubs and discos, the island of Zakynthos is ideal for families with children for a relaxing journey in a crystal clear sea of a thousand surprises, Athens the city that will make you travel in time and to finish the pearl of Santorini; ideal destination for married and unmarried couples.
A crystalline sea, white villages with blue windows overlooking the sea, donkeys that will turn into tourists for you in taxis and will take you up and down the impervious Greek streets.
- Capital: Athens
- Most visited cities: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos
7 - Austria: 29,5 million per year
One of the favorite destinations for honeymooners, thanks to its romantic atmosphere and its nineteenth-century castles.
Vienna, Innsbruck, Salzburg, scenarios of a thousand and one nights both in the summer and with the snow of winter, which gives it a truly unique magic.
- Capital: Vienna
- Most visited cities: Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck
6 - Germany: 37,5 million per year
La Germany offers types of tourism for all tastes; green lovers will be delighted by the bright colors of nature, the high mountains and crystal clear lakes and large flower meadows. Some may even seem to see Heidi running through these mountains. German nature is a real state of mind.
Lovers of history and culture will have a rich tour in between museums and fairytale castles like the very famous one in Neuschwanstein, a long list of sights also in Berlin for lovers of the Second World War, where the attraction is not only what remains of the Berlin Wall. World War II is present on all streets.
And for folklore lovers there is the very famous Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival held in Munich. Finally Hamburg, in the north, a different Germany overlooking the Baltic Sea. Here there is a famous wooden lift from the early 900s, where you can load your car and travel a stretch of the city below sea level. Exciting don't you want to try?
- Capital: Berlin
- Most visited cities: Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg
5 - Turkey: 37,6 million per year
Turkey is still resisting, which is evidently much stronger than the events that affect it every year. On the other hand, Turkey boasts cities such as Istanbul, between Europe and Asia, Antalya, Ankara, or Cappadocia, known in recent years for its fantastic balloon rides, the subject of many selfies on social media ; these are some of the places to see absolutely before you die
- Capital: Ankara
- Most visited cities: Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir
4 - United Kingdom: 37,7 million per year
It will be for the monarchy which is one of the most talked about and famous in the world, it will be for the mixture of cultures and the quantity of different landscapes, that the UK it is one of the most visited European countries in the world.
London is poised to kidnap tourists with its picturesque royal palace London Bridge along the River Thames, world-class museums and parks famous for their sociable squirrels.
South of the city is the very famous archaeological site Stonehenge, one of the most discussed and mysterious places that came to us from the Neolithic period.
Scotland famous for its wild landscapes and for the amount of castles present, an ideal tour for Harry Potter fans, and finally Ireland, mother of unique landscapes, towering cliffs and ... let's not forget the beer!
- Capital: London
- Most visited cities: London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff
3 - Italy: 58,3 million per year
A: Where are you from?
A: Oh Italy, Rome, spaghetti, Capri and mandolin!L'Italy it is certainly a small country, but it amazes all tourists. They come to visit the boot from all over the world; Italy pleases all travelers.
Lovers of the art City they will need to plan long holidays having to visit magnificent cities such as Florence, Venice, Verona, Rome, Bologna.
Are you a mountain hiker? Our alpine arc is ready to captivate you with its heights, its woods and the picturesque villages that rise on these peaks.
And finally the sea, sea for all tastes. Amalfi Coast, Sardinia, Sicily are the masters of the Italian maritime tourist destinations and make millions of tourists fall in love every year.
Let's not forget Italian cuisine, one of the most popular in the world and also one of the reasons why tourists love us so much.
- Capital: Roma
- Most visited cities: Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice
2 - Spain: 81,8 million per year
La Spain it is not only a country of fun and summer nightlife, even if initially speaking of this state one immediately thinks of the leisure islands as Ibiza and Formentera, here art and history are worthy competition with the seaside resorts.
Lovers of art and history will be impressed by observing the traces left in these territories by Arabs and Christians. The most visited cities are Madrid, Valencia and the colorful Barcelona which every year welcomes tourists who wish to have fun and observe the architectural works of Gaudì.
Excellent climate, good food, unspoiled landscapes and beautiful sea are the ingredients that make a trip here perfect.
- Capital: Madrid
- Most visited cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia
1 - France: 86,9 million per year
The capital Paris it is the most coveted city by lovers who come here from all over the world to amaze their partner; a sunset cruise on the Seine, an aperitif on the Eiffel Tower, Shopping along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, culture at the Louvre Museum the largest in the world.
Outside Paris there is much more, like Disneyland Paris ready to satisfy young and old, and the Palace of Versailles with its impressive and famous rooms and the gigantic park that surrounds it.
The south of France is also exceptional, just think of the immense lavender fields in Provence, the fascinating seaside towns in the south such as Monte Carlo and Nice, the famous ski resorts with unique postcard landscapes such as Mont Saint Michelle.
- Capital: Paris
- Most visited cities: Paris, Lourdes, Marseille