The best time to visit great monuments and avoid the crowds

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The best time to visit great monuments and avoid the crowds

The Trevi Fountain, Empire State Building, La Sagrada Família… iconic but extremely busy monuments. Here are our recommendations for a magical visit, avoiding the crowds.

The best time to visit great monuments and avoid the crowds

The best time to visit great monuments and avoid the crowds

Shanghai residents nickname the Bund, their famous promenade, Waitan meaning the ‘foreigners' shore' from which centuries of different architectural styles unfold before you. Make your way there between 7 and 8 o'clock in the morning in autumn to do what the locals do, that is, physical exercise in a unique setting. Tai Chi, jogging, weight training… all sorts of sports are practised here.

From 7:30 a.m., one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world opens its doors in El Jem, which you can easily get to from Tunis. In September and October, you step inside this majestic building with the rising sun as your main companion. The day's first rays light your way through the lions' den or up the tiers which are open to visitors.

When in Rio de Janeiro, consider taking a trip up Sugarloaf Mountain. Its panoramic views over the bay give the super-famous Corcovado Mountain a run for its money. By visiting at lunch time in the intermediate season between April and June, which is fresher and less touristy, you will be able to contemplate the panoramic views in relative solitude.

During the months of January and February, Barcelona is less crowded and reveals its true self… and that goes for Gaudí's La Sagrada Família too. The short days are perfect for admiring the glowing red reflections of the setting sun, shimmering in the warm colours of the stained-glass windows.

At the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris, gardens designed by Gilles Clément put on their best performance when night time is quick to fall. Yann Tersalé's light installation transports you to a daydream state.

Midnight chimes as you reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York. This famous monument closes its doors at 2:00 a.m., giving you the opportunity for a more personal visit. And to top it all, you get an unforgettable view over Times Square, shining with a thousand dazzling lights.

The Trevi Fountain is best admired during Rome's long, lazy summer evenings. As night falls, the tourists scatter. In the darkness, the white of its carved mythical sculptures is even more striking.

The Bund (Waitan)
Zhongshan East 1st Rd

El Jem amphitheatre
El Jem town centre
El Jem
+216 22 111 111

Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar)
Avenida Pasteur, 520
Rio de Janeiro
+55 21 2546 8400

La Sagrada Família Basilica
Carrer de Mallorca, 40
+34 932 080 414

Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly
+33 (0)1 56 61 70 00

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue
New York
United States of America
+1 212 736-3100

Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi