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08th Mar 2021

Two Irish cities named the friendliest in Europe by leading travel magazine

Sure, we’re not a bad bunch.

It turns out that being friendly has its advantages, especially when it comes to winning awards for friendliness.

Yes, Ireland has not one but two entries in the Condé Nast Traveller list of the friendliest cities in Europe.

But the good news does not stop there, folks. Not only does it have two entries, but the two entries are the first and second spot on the list.

The list is put together according to votes by readers of Condé Nast Traveller in the Readers’ Choice Awards 2020, and Galway and Dublin are probably feeling pretty smug right now.

Galway has taken the number one spot on the list managing to beat away competition from like of Valetta in Malta and Oporto in Portugal.

“Galway is Ireland’s alternative city – more boho and leftfield than Dublin and Cork, a place that draws buskers and artists, dreamers and schemers like a magnetic force,” the publication previously said.

Meanwhile, Dublin came in at the number two spot on the list to round out the one-two finish for Ireland.

“You can slip between the sheets in some of the city’s most opulent Georgian mansions or discover a more urban take on the city in other happening hotspots,” Condé Nast said previously about the city.

Unfortunately for Cork, there was no spot for it on the list but perhaps many of the Condé Nast readers believed the county’s long-rumoured secession from the Republic had finally been given the green light.

Condé Nast Traveller Friendliest Cities in Europe:

  1. Galway, Ireland
  2. Dublin, Ireland
  3. Valetta, Malta
  4. Oporto, Portugal
  5. Lisbon, Portugal
  6. Bologna, Italy
  7. Edinburgh, Scotland
  8. Reykjavik, Iceland
  9. Athens, Greece
  10. Helsinki, Finland