40 of the world’s most impressive “second cities”
THE BIGGEST CITY in a country always seems to get the most attention, and while tourists flock in droves to these “first cities,” it takes a traveler with a slightly different agenda to skip them (and thereby many of the iconic sites the country is known for) and head to the second cities instead.
The world’s second cities, many of which are capitals and almost all of which are ports, can make for a much more authentic and perhaps even more culturally meaningful experience.
Here are 40 cities that prove that being the second largest does not necessarily mean they’re second in importance.
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