Dublin voted friendliest city


Dublin is the friendliest city in Europe, a new survey by travel website TripAdvisor has found.

This is the second year running that Dublin has taken the honour, with Paris named least friendly city.

“Dublin is well worth a visit – the locals were so warm and friendly and made me so welcome,” said one TripAdvisor reviewer.

According to the survey of almost 2,400 travellers, London is the dirtiest city in Europe, home to the worst-dressed people and the most expensive. The capital also has the worst food.

It was the second-year running that London had been voted the dirtiest European city.

The UK capital took the unwanted accolade by a huge margin, with 36 per cent reckoning London was the dirtiest — well ahead of Paris in second place with 9 per cent.

However, the French capital did not come off any better, with travellers saying it was overrated and the second-most expensive.

But both popular destinations redeemed themselves in the online poll, with Paris voted as having the best cuisine and best-dressed people, while London was seen as having the best nightlife, best public parks and most free attractions.

"Europe's capital cities all have their highs and lows, but no other continent offers travellers' such a wealth of culture and sights within such short distances," TripAdvisor spokesman Luke Fredberg said.

"The warm welcome that travellers receive in Dublin makes the city a great choice for holiday-makers seeking both fantastic sights and friendly locals."

Venice beat both Paris and Rome as Europe's most romantic destination, but it was also voted the third-most expensive, after Paris and London.

The health-conscious may prefer Denmark's Copenhagen, voted the Europe's cleanest city.

Prague was picked as the best bargain destination, while people seeking visual treats should head for Spain's Barcelona, but avoid Warsaw in Poland, which were seen as the cities with the best and worst architecture respectively.

And the most boring city? Travellers voted for the Belgian capital Brussels, with Switzerland's Zurich a close-runner up.

Additional reporting: Reuters, PA