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22 Oct 2020

Tourism Ireland welcomes news that Galway and Dublin are voted friendliest cities in Europe – by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine

Two Irish cities – Galway and Dublin – have topped the list of the ‘top ten friendliest cities in Europe’ in the annual reader survey of Condé Nast Traveller, a major travel magazine. Galway is in first position, with Dublin coming in second. 

Every year, Condé Nast Traveller asks its readers to decide on their favourite cities around the globe, in its Readers’ Choice Awards survey. The magazine has unveiled the results of its 2020 survey – taken by hundreds of thousands of its readers – including its list of Europe’s friendliest cities. To view the results, click here.

Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am delighted to see that two of our cities feature in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2020. It is another well-deserved accolade for Galway and Dublin. 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, the island of Ireland is 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:
  1. Galway
  2. Dublin
  3. Valletta, Malta
  4. Oporto, Portugal
  5. Lisbon, Portugal
  6. Bologna, Italy
  7. Edinburgh, UK
  8. Reykjavik, Iceland
  9. Athens, Greece
  10. Helsinki, Finland 

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • In 2019, we welcomed almost 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €5.8 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 23+ million visitors in 2019.