overrated cities

Barbary Macaque of Gilbraltar

First, a disclaimer: Travel is often a matter of attitude, timing and taste. Nasty weather and a foul mood can turn a potentially memorable trip into a disappointment, while one traveller's dream destination can be another's nightmare. That said, there are certain spots that simply don't deserve the attention they get. It could be that the tourist traps overwhelm the genuine niceties. Perhaps dirty streets or smoggy air drags them down. Or maybe the locals are rude and the lineups long. We're not saying these cities are complete dumps — indeed, some are worth a visit. Just don't expect them to live up to expectations, and don't feel bad about nixing them from your itinerary. Click through for our picks of the most overrated tourist destinations.