Galway has been voted the fifth friendliest city in the world by readers of the Conde Nast Traveler.
People noted that when they come to Galway locals “Instantly make you feel welcomed”.
The iconic travel magazine said that anyone who passes through Galway finds themselves, “sticking close to the cobblestoned streets and ancient architecture for at least a day or two,” even if they hadn’t meant to.
Tourists are advised to spend their days getting an eyefull of Galway’s historic sights like the Spanish Arch and the Claddagh.
While “nights are reserved for sipping Guinness with the friendly crowds.”
Also noted was Galway’s proximity to Connemara and the Aran Islands, world renowned destinations for international tourists visiting Ireland.
Ireland lived up to its reputation for hospitality this year, staking three spots in the top ten of the Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
Cork was voted the third friendliest city in the world, an “intimate” city where you can sit in a pub or beer garden and “enjoy the outdoors while sharing a table with friendly locals.”
And Dublin claimed 8th place with a bustling nightlife, leisurely strolls through St. Stephen’s Green, and plenty of pubs where tourists and locals swap life stories.
The friendliest city in the world according to the 2018 survey was San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, retaining its number one spot from last year.
This old Spanish colonial town was admired for its great shopping, a fantastic collection of restaurants, and a vibrant musical community.
Hundreds of Thousands of readers of the Conde Nast Traveler took part in this year’s survey that asked readers what made them feel welcome in a city. Was it easy to navigate? Were the local friendly?
Ireland has always had a reputation for welcoming visitors to our shores, and the recurring thing that everyone says about Galway and other Irish cities is how they were met with open arms and a bit of craic.
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