Ireland’s Galway, Dublin and Cork have been voted the friendliest cities in the world by readers of Travel and Leisure magazine. The three cities made made it into the top four in the world in the magazine’s annual reader survey with Galway in first place, Dublin 3rd and Cork 4th.
Readers of US travel bible Travel + Leisure magazine have named Galway the world’s friendliest city. The three Irish cities dominate the prestigious, New York-based magazine’s list of destinations “that know how to charm”. And the praise was fulsome – all “verdant hills”, “gregarious nature” and “the friendliest people we ever met.” See for yourself below.
The World’s 10 Friendliest Cities
2. Charleston, South Carolina
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
6. Auckland, New Zealand
7. Melbourne, Australia
8. Sydney, Australia
9. Edinburgh, Scotland
10. Savannah, Georgia
“The hospitality and the humour of Ireland’s people makes it a perfect destination,” one Travel + Leisure reader said.
Dublin got this write-up: “The people of Dublin’s confident, cosmopolitan, and gregarious nature is best experienced at the din the new Hipster Triangle, where creative locals indulge in “only-in-Ireland” ice cream flavours at Murphy’s (think toasted Irish oats and brown bread made with milk from Kerry cows) and dig in to Jo’Burger. Here, picnic tables fill up during lunch hour with jars of house-made, grown-up lemonade and Charolais burgers.”
It would appear that Good old Ireland is one Friendly Place (but we all knew that!) – Travel and Leisure Magazine… http://t.co/9HqBKSe4rX
— Martin Fennelly (@MartinFennelly) August 29, 2015
Of Cork, the magazine says: “In the country’s largest county, verdant hills bloom with wildflowers, rivers run through ruins, and courteous locals welcome visitors with open arms. If, despite being surrounded by some of the friendliest people in the world, you still need a break from socializing, take to the new Wild Atlantic way: a scenic driving route stretching 1,500 miles along the coast.”
Galway is the worlds friendliest city! That's according to readers of Travel and Leisure magazine. Well done Galway. http://t.co/WwzlncbucO
— Niall Gibbons (@NiallGibbons) August 28, 2015
And top-of-the-list Galway was thus-praised: “The hospitality and the humor of Ireland’s people makes it a perfect destination,” said one T+L reader. Another voter claimed Galway was home to the “friendliest people [they had] ever met.” So what does it take to come out as the friendliest city in the world? Galway won readers’ hearts with its festive nature, lively population, and musicality. Fiddlers and banjo-players, flautists and whistlers bang out traditional Irish reels on pedestrian streets and in all the pubs. And no wonder! It’s known countrywide (and beyond) as the “most Irish” city.”
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