Don’t Let the Hype Get in Your Way: These Popular Attractions Are Worth It

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat. Photo by Cristian Moscoso on Unsplash

Much of the time, if a lot of people are drawn to a certain tourist destination enough, it will receive the label “touristy” and people will start looking down on it, feeling as though it’ll offer an inauthentic experience. However, there are some places that, despite drawing huge crowds every year, are still well worth visiting. Here are a few.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

While you will probably bump elbows with quite a few tourists while visiting this massive temple, its scale and beauty will still astound you, making the trip and the crowds worth bearing.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

One of Europe’s most popular tourist attractions, the Sagrada Familia, a yet-unfinished Catholic basilica, is breathtaking, with many describing it as being one of the most beautiful buildings they’ve ever seen.

Taj Mahal, Agra

As a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the new seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is quite popular, attracting between seven to eight million visitors a year. But it’s still worth seeing, with incredible architecture and fascinating history behind its building.

Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona

Another very touristy spot in Barcelona, the Mercat de la Boqueria is definitely a place where you’ll have to watch your wallet, but it’s also a pretty good location to get a glimpse of local culture even as it might be filled with tourists.