- 2015 World's Best
Hospitality and helpfulness reign at the planet’s friendliest cities. These are the 30 most congenial destinations, as selected by T+L readers.
1. Galway, Ireland
The World's 30 Friendliest Cities 2015
1. Galway, Ireland
“The hospitality and the humor of Ireland’s people makes it a perfect destination,” said one T+L reader. Another voter claimed Galway was home to the “friendliest people [they had] ever met.” So what does it take to come out as the friendliest city in the world? Galway won readers’ hearts with its festive nature, lively population, and musicality. Fiddlers and banjo-players, flautists and whistlers bang out traditional Irish reels on pedestrian streets and in all the pubs. And no wonder! It’s known countrywide (and beyond) as the “most Irish” city.
Every year, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on their favorite cities around the globe in our annual World’s Best Awards survey. While some are wooed by famed landmarks and ancient relics, or the sheer number of prized artworks preserved within a city's museums, others are won over by the people.
Friendliness, be it instinctual hospitality, or a warm smile at every storefront, does a lot to make a city more accessible to travelers. Like the U.S. cities that toped the charts in our annual America's Favorite Places survey and appeared on our Friendliest Cities in America list, these destinations—both far flung and near to home—know how to charm.
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People who are proud of their city, passionate about its culture, and invested in its future are eager to share that with visitors. Like voluntary tour guides, they're the first to point you in the right direction, share a little-known cafe home to the most spectacular local delicacy, or defend its proverbial walls in times of crisis or controversy.
Read on to learn more about the cities that ranked as the Friendliest on Earth: and what exactly it is that makes them so. Don't see the city you're looking for? Tell us on Facebook, on Twitter, or see if it landed on our World's Unfriendliest Cities list.