By David O’Connor
Galway has been voted as the friendliest city in Europe by the Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020.
Galway edged out other major European cities such as Athens (10th), Edinburgh (7th), and compatriot Dublin (2nd).
Condé Nast Traveller defined the locations as “the places with the smiliest, most welcoming people.”
It is a great achievement for Galway as the awards are voted for by hundreds of thousands of readers, most of whom are travel enthusiasts.
“Our annual travel awards are the biggest and most influential in the business,” said Condé Nast Traveller.
The City of Tribes has received international recognition from the travel community before. In 2019, Lonely Planet listed Galway in the top 10 cities to visit in 2020.
“Galway is arguably Ireland’s most engaging city… (where) brightly painted pubs heave with live music… cafés offer front-row seats to watch buskers perform,” said Lonely Planet.
This is not the first time that Condé Nast Traveller has given Galway city high praise. A 2018 article highlighted what the city has to offer.
“(Galway’s) a place that draws buskers and artists, dreamers and schemers like a magnetic force… it has also become a fizzing foodie hub, with a community as tight-knit as a village,” said Condé Nast Traveller.
In a time where the tourism industry has been decimated, travel awards offers encouragement for the near future.