When planning a vacation, you may be tempted to choose the capital city as your entry point, and if you’re headed to an urban getaway, the focal point of your trip. It is often the capital city that provides the most practical and economical way to get there, and tourist guides are full of good advice. While it’s hard to argue that a country’s capital is often the most impressive city has to offer, this isn’t always the case.
In fact, the capital city is often a microcosm that stands apart from the country in which it is located and does not highlight the culture and charm of its people and history. Therefore, Premier Inn conducted a study to analyze the research data Google in order to detect The most popular “alternative” capital in the world.
The study explored about 420 cities in 89 countries to see which ones are most interesting to travelers, and the results were surprising. At the top of the list, for example, is Malaga, in Spain – a country whose capital, Madrid, is overshadowed by its more famous seaside neighbor, Barcelona. But Barcelona isn’t a second favourite, perhaps because of its reputation as a tourist hotspot that’s already full of visitors. On the contrary, Malaga’s stunning beaches and free attractions like the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro attract people from all over. Birthplace of Picasso and home to the Picasso Museum (free on Sundays), visit the city and you’ll quickly understand why the eyes of the whole world are drawn to this wonderful corner of Andalusia.
Alternative capitals in Europe
The second most popular alternative capital in Europe after Malaga Brighton, in the UK. A legendary seaside town, it’s known for its laid-back, bohemian vibe and hedonism, whether it’s lounging on the beach or wandering the historic lanes. Don’t miss the historic Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier. Include other famous European second cities Munich In Germany, Lions in France and Thessaloniki in Greece.
Alternative capitals in Asia
At the top of the alternative capitals of Asia, Antalya sits on Turkey’s turquoise coast, with its stunning beaches and sparkling blue-green waters. Home to Turkey’s longest hiking trail, the Lycian Way, this centuries-old port city is full of Roman ruins. Elsewhere, Osaka is ahead of other fictional cities to become the alternate capital of Japan, as is Shenzhen in China and Chennai in India.
Alternate capitals in North America
It is the second most searched city in North America San Francisco. Major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are on the horizon, but, like Brighton in the UK, it’s probably San Francisco’s bohemian, fun-loving reputation that keeps people coming year after year. Next up is the Canadian city of Vancouver, home to the world’s longest waterfront promenade and a favorite destination for vacationers looking for a quieter alternative to the hustle and bustle of Ottawa. And after the huge Mexico City, Monterrey takes second place.
Alternative capitals in South America
Brazil is another one of those countries where you might think the capital is Rio de Janeiro, but it is actually an alternative capital after Brasilia, which was inaugurated as the capital in 1960. Rio is known for its golden beaches, year-round sunshine, and extraordinary natural and man-made wonders. And then, of course, there’s the carnival. Mendoza It has established itself as the alternative capital of Argentina, perhaps thanks to its great location in the heart of the Cuyo wine region.
Alternative capitals in Africa
Among the countries for which data are sufficient, one is exceptional White House It has established itself as the second most popular city in Morocco, as well as the largest, Rabat being the capital. to the east, Hurghada It is popular in Egypt, with its 40 kilometers of coastline on the Red Sea, which offers world-class diving. In South Africa, beautiful Durban stands out as the most popular alternative to its capital, Pretoria.
For a full list of all cities surveyed, visit Premier Inn.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Duncan Madden
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