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Galway and Dublin named top two friendliest cities in Europe

By Brian Dillon

October 22, 2020 at 12:26pm

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Galway and Dublin have been named the top two friendliest cities in Europe. 

Are we all that surprised? Galway and Dublin have been named by popular travel publisher CN Traveller as the two friendliest cities in Europe.

The list included cities all over Europe who were recognised for being places with "the smiliest, most welcoming people, as voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveller in the Readers' Choice Awards 2020".

And Galway took the top spot with Dublin only falling slightly behind in second place. Both Irish cities beat out other locations such as Vallette in Malta, Oporto and Lisbon in Portugal, Bologna in Italy, Edinburgh, Reykjavik, Athens and Helsinki for the top two spots.

The publication also named Galway as Ireland's most exciting foodie destination and described it as "more boho and leftfield than Dublin and Cork, a place that draws buskers and artists, dreamers and schemers like a magnetic force."

"Lately, it has also become a fizzing foodie hub, with a community as tight-knit as a village, so that finding one person who’s doing something interesting will lead you, as if following a trail of breadcrumbs, to someone else equally fascinating," they add.

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