Travel expert shares overcrowded destinations to avoid

Some of Europe’s dreamiest destinations have felt a little overcrowded this summer. Paris, Europe’s most visited city, brings in over 30 million tourists a year.

France has even planned to launch a campaign to encourage some of its tourists to visit lesser-known destinations.

It’s not the only European country looking to control tourist hordes with Italy introducing caps for some areas.

But where are the worst affected destinations? spoke to travel expert, David Doughty, CEO of Admiral Jet, to find out which crowded holiday hotspots he’d avoid.

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Venice, Italy

David said: “Unsurprisingly, Venice is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, to such an extent in fact that tourists outnumber residents 2:1.

“A victim of its own beauty and majesty, Venice is often heavily overcrowded, thanks to not only one to two week holidaymakers but also the constant influx of daytrippers coming off of cruise ships.”

From 2024, Venice is set to charge daytrippers a five euro fee (£4.33) to visit the city in a bid to cut down on the number of tourists.

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David said: “Bruges has a similarly skewed tourist to inhabitant ratio, particularly during the summer months. A small humble town in comparison to many other tourist hotspots, Bruges strains under the weight of so many foreign visitors.

“Its old-fashioned medieval architecture provides a unique experience for those unfamiliar with this village style, which has proven to be both a blessing and a curse for the local townsfolk trying to go about their daily lives.”

Bruges is one of Belgium’s leading tourist destinations but tourists might find the crowds overwhelming during summer.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

David said: “Even more so than the aforementioned destinations, Dubrovnik finds itself chronically overstuffed.

“Famous for being a key filming location in Game of Thrones, there is a constant onslaught of sightseers crammed into the city. At peak times (primarily July and August), there can be 36 tourists to every resident.”

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