Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but it’s hard to argue with cold hard numbers. In this list we present to you our top 10 most popular travel guides last year, based on number of downloads.
Bruges looks like something taken straight out of a fairy tale, famed worldwide for its cobblestone squares, tranquil canals and spellbinding Gothic architecture. It is doubtlessly Belgium’s most attractive city, not to mention the unofficial chocolate capital of the world, and as a result, the most downloaded guide on ArrivalGuides in 2016.
With pleasant year-round temperatures, Alicante is the perfect destination for those seeking not only sun, relaxation and nightlife, but also imposing medieval castles, quaint cobblestone streets and vibrant Mediterranean culture.
At once infinitely elegant and almost irritatingly cool, Stockholm seamlessly combines one of Europe’s most enchanting historic centres – the island of Gamla Stan – with alternative culture and hipster neighbourhoods.
The second Belgian entry on our list, Antwerp can’t quite compete with Bruges in terms of its fairy tale appeal, but what it lacks in finesse it more than makes up for in attitude. It is a younger and cooler city, famed for its nightlife and coffee culture, and known as the shopping capital of Belgium.
There’s little to be surprised about with this entry. London is one of the world’s great cities, a megalopolis of over 8 million people, the centre of the greatest empire the world has ever known, a modern hub of commerce, culture and innovation, and rightfully one of the most visited cities in the world.
You might be astounded to find Sweden’s third largest city on this list, but you shouldn’t be. Surprisingly cosmopolitan and colourful, Malmö is Sweden’s most multicultural city, with residents from over 150 different countries giving it a special flair not found in most Scandinavian towns.
A city of superlatives, Rome is not so much historical as it is eternal. Once the seat of the world’s first superpower, the absolute and undisputed centre of the world, Rome’s past is alive on every corner, while its present buzzes with the smells of coffee and wine and an unstoppable zest for life.
The mighty Nuremberg Castle towers over the city as the unofficial former seat of the Holy Roman Empire, while down below, the streets, the food and, of course, the beer all burst with Bavarian spirit, in one of Germany’s friendliest and most stunning cities.
The scars of WWII are forever etched in the spirit of Krakow, but it is a dynamic city like few others that remembers and honours the past while steadfastly looking to the future. This philosophy is perhaps best embodied by the neighbourhood of Kazimierz, once a multicultural haven and home to one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe, now an epicentre of art and culture.
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