Two Irish cities have been named among the top ten friendliest cities in the world by readers of an award winning travel magazine.
Ireland was only beaten by the USA in terms of number of friendly cities in the top ten. Four US cities made the list, including Charleston, South Carolina, which came in at number one.
The list was compiled by Condé Nast Traveler magazine who surveyed 128,000 readers in order to reach their results.
The ten friendliest cities in the world
1 – Charleston, South Carolina
2 – Sydney, Australia
3 – Dublin, Ireland
4 – Queenstown, New Zealand
5 – Park City, Utah
6 – Galway, Ireland
7 – Savannah, Georgia
8 – Krakow, Poland
9 – Bruges, Belgium
10 – Nashville, Tennessee
The people of Dublin were praised by readers of the travel bible. One reader said: “The people make the place here.”
Another said: “We had the best recommendations on where to go and what to see from the locals. Better than any guide book.”
Dublin pubs are a must visit attraction for many tourists, who love to mingle with the locals over a few pints.
One reader said: “I’ve never been somewhere with friendlier drinkers.”
Galway was praised for its live music, food and pubs. Condé Nast Traveler said: “Just look at this city – it’s hard not to be charmed.”
One reader said: “These are the friendliest people I have ever met.”
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland 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 our cities, and the island of Ireland, such a great choice for a short break or holiday.”