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The 10 most popular destinations for picture-perfect Instagram snaps

Julie Delahaye

We're all guilty of taking to Instagram when on holiday to share photos of our adventures and give everyone back home serious travel envy, whether you're relaxing on a white sandy beach or hitting the slopes against picture-perfect mountain backdrops.

However, there are some destinations which are proving increasingly popular for getting that Instagram-worthy photo and hashtagging to your heart's content. From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Machu Picchu in Peru, CEWE Photoworld have revealed the world's top ten locations popular on Instagram for getting those wanderlust-inducing snaps…

1. Eiffel Tower, France

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Taking the top spot is the iconic Parisian landmark, which counts the most hashtags and location check-ins with over three million users sharing photos of their visit to the monument. Initially built as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World Fair, the Eiffel Tower continues to be a must-visit during any trip to France – and based in the City of Love, it's also a favourite for marriage proposals and romantic days out!

2. Big Ben, England

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Brits looking to up their social media following won't need to go far, with Big Ben taking second place in the round-up. Beating out other historical UK landmarks from Stonehenge to Buckingham Palace, this world-famous clock continues to be a firm tourist go-to during a trip to London. Fun fact: Big Ben is actually the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock, but nowadays it's been extended to refer to the clock and tower at the end of the Palace of Westminster.

3. Golden Gate Bridge, USA

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Located in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge continues to be a popular back drop for travel fans' photos with over one million hashtags and check-ins, with visitors snapping away during their adventures whether taking a walk across the bridge itself or posing on the nearby hills for breathtaking views of the impressive structure.

4. Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates

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It comes as no surprise that the Burj Khalifa is one of the most Instagrammed locations – after all, it is the tallest structure in the world! Towering over the Dubai skyline, it's sure to add that extra wow factor to your Dubai holiday photos - head to the local public beach by the Jumeirah Beach Hotel to get the best shot.

5. Notre Dame, France

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Another Parisian favourite, Notre Dame boasts over a million location check-ins and hashtagged photos, thanks to its jaw-dropping iconic architecture. Tourists flock to the square to take in the views, sit outside at one of Paris' chic cafés, or simply to tick off another landmark from their bucket list! It's also popular with literature fans who snap away the inspiration for Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

6. The Alhambra, Spain

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This impressive palace and fortress is an Instagram dream thanks to its mazes and colourful gardens, as well as the breathtaking views it offers of the surrounding landscapes. It's a must-visit if you're exploring Granada – and it's the perfect way to soak up local culture and history.

7. Machu Picchu, Peru

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One for history enthusiasts, Machu Picchu is hailed as one of the most important archaeological sites as evidence of the Inca Empire. The opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime photos are endless, whether you want to take a selfie with one of the llamas from the region or climb a further 200m to the main gate for truly spectacular views of the awe-inspiring ruins.

8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the largest temple complex in the world. The structure's outer enclosure and moat are popular amongst Instagram users who want breathtaking views of the temple's entirety, while the ancient ruins and intricate architecture often have photographers snapping away to try and capture the awe-inspiring details.

9. Taj Mahal, India

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The Taj Mahal has already attracted royals including Princess Diana, and Prince William and Kate made sure to stop for a visit during their royal tour of India and Bhutan in 2016. One of the most popular poses sees visitors standing in front of the long fountain by the entrance – great for a couple's photo or a wanderlust-inducing selfie!

10. Acropolis, Greece

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Hailed as Athens' greatest landmark, The Acropolis can be seen from across the city. Soak up the sun and wander through the ruins – we guarantee that every few steps you'll be stopping to grab your camera for snaps sure to gain you more followers!

 

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