Croatia: Dubrovnik Ranked in 12 Position in Readers’ Choice Awards

The Croatian city of Dubrovnik has been ranked in the 12th position in the Readers’ Choice Awards in terms of the friendliest cities in Europe for this year.

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Dubrovnik has been considered one of the friendliest cities in Europe by the world’s leading travel magazine, taking into account several factors such as the architecture, history, and art scene, reports.

“On the southern coast of Croatia, stacking up the mountains from the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik can often be overlooked in favor of its glamorous sibling, Split. However, the city, with its old town fringed by 16th-century stone walls and ever-welcoming citizens, merits a visit in and of its own. Pedestrianized shopping streets, Baroque architecture), and, of course, the glistening azure sea backdrop, help to cast an ethereal feel across the municipality,” Condé Nast Traveler pointed out in this regard.

Croatia has had successful tourism during the peak summer season, with a total of 91 per cent of arrivals and 96 per cent of overnight stays of pre-pandemic levels reached so far this year.

The data provided by the eVisitor system revealed that a total of 15 million international visitors reached the country for a period from January until August this year, spending over 86.6 million nights in the Balkan country.

At the same time, the Balkan country announced that it welcomed a total of 1,426,514 international tourists from Austria alone since the beginning of this year and a total of 7,769,322 overnight stays so far.

According to the ranking, the following cities in Europe occupy the first position, taking into account the factors mentioned above:

  • Athens, Greece
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Bruges, Belgium
  • San Sebastian, Spain

“Famous for its Basque cuisine and as the home of the pintxo (Basque for ‘spike’ and referring to an appetizer similar to tapas, often enjoyed as a meal strung between three or four pintxo bars), San Sebastián’s charm will be already well-known by foodies. However, its people – perhaps somewhat eclipsed by their impeccable taste buds – are, according to our readers, the friendliest in Europe,” Condé Nast Traveler pointed out about San Sebastian, Spain.

As for Bruges, Belgium, which has been ranked in the second position, the travel magazine described “the capital of West Flanders in Belgium treats all who visit to a large port, the opportunity for leisurely exploration by water and cobbled streets clad with chocolate shops,” as well as chocolate box shops and a friendly atmosphere.