Tourism Ireland has welcomed Galway being crowned the Friendliest City in Europe by a prestigious travel magazine, calling it a “well deserved accolade” for the City o the Tribes.
Galway was voted the Friendliest City in Europe by readers of Condé Nast Traveller, which praises Galway as an incredible modern foodie destination.
In topping the list, Galway came in ahead of world renowned European destinations including Lisbon, Athens, and Bologna, and just edged out Dublin for the number one position.
Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am delighted to see that Galway has been voted the friendliest city in Europe, in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2020.
“It is another well-deserved accolade for the city. In what has been a devastating year for travel and tourism, this is some good news – reminding people everywhere that, when the time is right, Galway and Ireland are a great choice for a holiday.”
“Once this crisis is past and Ireland is open again to international visitors, we in Tourism Ireland will be ready to roll out an extensive recovery kick-start programme and to play our part in delivering a sustainable recovery for the long-term future of our industry.”
The top ten friendliest cities in Europe, according to the 2020 Condé Nast Traveller survey, are:
- Valletta, Malta
- Oporto, Portugal
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Bologna, Italy
- Edinburgh, UK
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Athens, Greece
- Helsinki, Finland