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During my trips, I've seen many tourist traps all around the Europe. And I wanted to list some of the tourist traps that I came across so hopefully, it can help you to avoid doing such mistakes. Here are my top tourist traps:
Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It offers a unique shopping experience with over 4000 shops. If you are visiting it without a local (Turkish speaker) be careful because some sellers can try to defraud you. They will always say a higher price than normal price to you if realize that you are a foreigner. Don't forget to bargain and say the magical words: "BEN ÖĞRENCİYİM, BENDE PARA YOK." It means "I am a student, I don't have money" ;) See this local shopping tour in Istanbul.
When you say to your friends that you are going to Barcelona, they will most probably advise you to eat paella. Paellador is a brand for frozen paella and most of the restaurants in the touristic areas serve Paellador. If you see the sign of Paellador outside of the restaurant, don't ruin your first paella experience there, please.
As well as you waste your money, you kill all your desire of exploring the city by joining a city bus tour. You will try to see all city in 1 hour. It is like reading a summary of a book. Would you read the book again after knowing how it ends? :) Instead, you can find unique local experiences here and explore the city like a local.
It is a huge tourist trap, really. Having a drink or food around a famous attraction means you will be paying 3-5 times higher prices than normal. Instead, take a walk and have a drink or food anywhere else in another street. If there is an English menu in a non-English speaking country, you should understand that the prices will be much higher again.
It is really not necessary to pay for the entrance of the museums when you have many to-do options in the town. Almost all museums in Europe has a couple of specific days for free entrance. Before you plan your trip, don't forget to check the free entrance days to museums online.
In Europe, most of the city centers are small and they have bicycle roads. You can rent a bike for a low cost (really cheap) and you can go everywhere with a bike. This way, you can save money and explore the city freely without any traffic jams :)
You may be using Foursquare, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and any other apps, they are all good If you are searching for the most visited, most rated places by people but If you are looking for something unique, local, not a well-known beauty, don't try to find it on those apps. Because If It is on those apps and rated by people many times, that means It is not a hidden beauty. You should find it on your own by getting lost in the city and keep it for yourself ;) You can also find a local here to show you the hidden beauties of the city :)
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