Galway and Dublin voted the top two friendliest cities in Europe

Galway and Dublin have been voted the top two "friendliest cities in Europe" by Cond Nast Traveller readers.

The two Irish cities came out on top - with Galway coming in first place and Dublin in second - were deemed the friendliest places in Europe by those who participated in the annual Cond Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards survey.

More than 100,000 readers responded to the travel magazine's reader survey of favorite cities, hotels, resorts, islands, airlines, cruise lines, future travel destinations and opinions of the world's friendliest cities.

The top 10 friendliest cities in Europe, according to Cond Nast readers, are as follows:

  1. Galway, Ireland

  2. Dublin, Ireland

  3. Valletta, Malta

  4. Oporto. Portugal

  5. Lisbon, Portugal

  6. Bologna, Italy

  7. Edinburgh, Scotland

  8. Reykjavik, Iceland

  9. Athens, Greece

  10. Helsinki, Finland

Welcoming the news, Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons stated: "I am delighted to see that two of our cities feature in the prestigious Cond 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."

Last year, Cond Nast Traveller hailed Galway as one of the Best Holiday Destinations for 2020.

The prestigious luxury travel magazine released their top 15 holiday destinations for 2020 last November, with Galway - the European Capital of Culture for 2020 - making the cut at number 14.

Describing why visitors should flock to the west-coast city, Cond Nast Traveller wrote: "With its glut of traditional pubs spilling out jaunty bodhrn and fiddle music, the bohemian city has spent 2019 testing new community heritage and arts projects, such as pop-up culture cafs and funambulism (tightrope-walking) workshops.

"But the best is yet to come in 2020, with some terrific events being rolled out across Galway's pubs, hubs and beaches, including new artworks by David Best (of Burning Man fame) and a series of intimate readings of HomersOdyssey(using Emily Wilsons English translation, the first by a woman) on Galways blustery beaches. Margaret Atwood will also take part in the citys International Womens Day celebrations in March."