Dublin has been named the friendliest city in Europe and the second most friendly in the world by an American travel magazine.
The survey was conducted by Condé Nast Traveler who invited readers to vote and leave comments about their favourite cities.
Ireland’s capital fared very well, coming second only to Sydney, Australia. There were plenty of compliments for Dublin in the readers’ comments.
One person described Dublin as the ‘new Barcelona, without the sunstroke.’
Other comments included: “The Irish are so much fun.”
“The people make the place”
“Pubs and restaurants filled with locals and tourists alike, coming together to celebrate life.”
“Best hidden gem is Marsh’s Library, smaller than the one at Trinity but more accessible.”
“There’s always a smiling face to talk to.”
“I’ve never been somewhere with friendlier drinkers.”
A handy piece of advice for visitors to the Guinness Storehouse: “Ditch the crowded tour at Guinness and go directly to the bar at the top.”
The news delighted the Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons who said: “Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points. It is the warm welcome and the ‘craic’ here that resonates with our overseas visitors and makes Dublin and Ireland such a great choice for a short break or holiday.
“With world-class events like the upcoming Dublin Theatre Festival and Bram Stoker Festival, as well as the city’s rich heritage and culture, wonderful food and accommodation choices, Dublin is set to welcome many more overseas visitors this year, coming to experience all that this great city has to offer.”
Here is the top 10
1. Sydney, Australia
2. Dublin, Ireland
3. Queenstown, New Zealand
4. Kraków, Poland
5. Bruges, Belgium
6. Edinburgh, Scotland
7. Kyoto, Japan
8. Budapest, Hungary
9. Auckland, New Zealand
10. Reykjavik, Iceland