TripAdvisor reveals the most popular holiday destinations for 2023 – with Dubai taking the top spot
TripAdvisor reveals the most popular holiday destinations for 2023 – with Dubai taking the top spot
TripAdvisor reveals the most popular holiday destinations for 2023 – with Dubai taking the top spot
TripAdvisor reveals the most popular holiday destinations for 2023 – with Dubai taking the top spot
TripAdvisor reveals the most popular holiday destinations for 2023 – with Dubai taking the top spot

City lights in Dubai at sunset
Dubai has once again won the prize of most popular destination for 2023 (Picture: Getty Images)

As the weather takes a freezing turn, you might be daydreaming about your next getaway.

So if you need some inspiration, TripAdvisor have just announced the winners of their Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2023.

And once again, Dubai has taken the top spot in their ‘popular destinations’ category for the second year in row.

The Emirate – beloved by celebrities and influencers – is famed for it’s opulence, long brunches and year-round sunshine. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a city rich in tradition and culture.

TripAdvisor said: ‘A favourite with celebs and influencers, the “City of Gold” continues to attract tourists from all over the world seeking out their very own slice of luxury.’ 

Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida Bali
Bali, Indonesia was the second favourite (Credits: Getty Images)

London also retained it’s title as the most popular European destination, with TripAdvisor describing the city as having ‘many worlds in one.’

But the city has slipped down into third place in the global rankings, behind Bali, Indonesia, which secured the silver medal as the second most popular destination.

London symbols with BIG BEN, DOUBLE DECKER BUSES and Red Phone Booth in England, UK
London secured first place in Europe (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The winners for the 2023 awards were selected by ‘real travellers’ according to TripAdvisor.

The lists are compiled based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from travellers on TripAdvisor for a variety of subcategories including accommodations, restaurants, and things to do in destinations worldwide.

The awards take into accounts reviews over the 12 months between November 2021 and October 2022. 

St. Peter's cathedral over bridge
Rome featured in many categories, and won the top foodie destination (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Other popular destinations that made it into the European top 10 include Rome (second) and Paris (third). Globally, European cities also did well, with Lisbon, Madeira and Crete all making it into the top 25.

TripAdvisor also released other award categories: trending destinations, best food destinations, best nature destinations, best places for cultures, and best places to ski.

Paradise beach with palm trees and tropical sea in Mauritius island.
Travellers go to Mauritius to be at one with nature (Credits: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Cuba won the top spot in the trending destinations category, with TripAdvisor describing it’s capital, Havana as ‘a balance of old-world architecture and contemporary nightlife.’

Meanwhile Hoi An, Vietnam came second, and Mauritius secured third place.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2023 most popular destinations

Most popular European destinations:

1. London, England

2. Rome, Italy

3. Paris, France

4. Crete, Greece

5. Istanbul, Turkey

6. Barcelona, Spain

7. Madrid, Spain

8. Florence, Italy

9. Lisbon, Portugal

10. Edinburgh, Scotland

11. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

12. Rhodes, Greece

13. Tenerife, Spain

14. Goreme, Turkey

15. Santorini, Greece

16. Naples, Italy

17. Prague, Czech Republic

18. Porto, Portugal

19. Budapest, Hungary

20. Dubrovnik, Croatia

21. Dublin, Ireland

22. Corsica, France

23. Madeira, Portugal

24. Island of Malta

25. Reykjavik 

Most popular global destinations:

1. Dubai, UAE

2. Bali, Indonesia

3. London, England

4. Rome, Italy

5. Paris, France

6. Cancun, Mexico

7. Crete, Greece

8. Marrakech, Morocco

9. Dominican Republic

10. Istanbul, Turkey

11. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

12. Barcelona, Spain

13. New Delhi, India

14. Hurghada, Egypt

15. Madrid, Spain

16. Phuket, Thailand

17. Hanoi, Vietnam

18. Cairo, Egypt

19. Florence, Italy

20. Lisbon, Portugal

21. Edinburgh, United Kingdom

22. Bangkok, Thailand

23. New York City

24. Doha, Qatar

25. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Where’s your favourite place to go on holiday? Have your say in the comments belowComment Now

For food, it’ll come as no surprise to pizza, pasta and gelato lovers that TripAdvisor says you’ll need to head over to Rome, to enjoy world-class cuisine.

And for those who go on holiday to be at one with nature, Mauritius bagged the top spot here, with TripAdvisor citing it’s great deep-sea fishing.

For more information on the Travellers’ Choice Awards, and for all lists in full visit the TripAdvisor website.

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