Greece’s capital Athens has been voted as the second-best destination for 2020 by the European Best Destinations (EDB) competition. In 2019, Athens had been voted into 12th place.
The competition was held for the 11th consecutive year by the Brussels-based organisation European Best Destinations (EBD), in collaboration with Europe’s leading tourist agencies.
EDB reported that 179 countries voted and out of a total of 600,000 votes received in total, Athens received 104,639 votes. The French town Colmar ranked first with 179,723 votes. Tbilisi in Georgia came third, followed by Vienna and Cascais.
EDB described Athens with the following words:
Trendier than ever, Athens is a city in constant evolution. Tradition meets modernity in museums and shops, restaurants and bars in Athens. Along with Rome, Athens is the cradle of our civilizations; it is an incredibly dynamic, lively, sparkling open-air museum.
With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens merges the past with the present effortlessly. A city of paradoxes and great contrasts, in the country that first invented the courtesy and generosity towards people who are far from their home, hospitality (xenia).
An intellectual beacon of the ancient world with spectacular Mediterranean landscapes bathed in the famous light, Athens is a sophisticated cosmopolitan hub with delicious gastronomic delights, electrifying nightlife, creative vibes and a booming art scene.
Athens competed against 19 popular European cities: Menorca, Spain; Bydgoszcz, Poland; Sibiu, Romania; Vienna Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Cascais, Portugal; Namur, Belgium; Reykjavic, Iceland; Rochefort Ocean, France; Cork, Ireland; Heviz, Hungary; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Tbilisi, Georgia; Rijeka, Croatia; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; and Colmar, France.
European Best Destinations 2020
The European Best Destinations platform promotes culture and tourism in Europe and has partnered since 2009 with major tourism agencies in Europe to reward and promote the most popular destinations.
The cities voted the best in Europe receive promotion by the European Best Destinations 2020 in international media and social media.
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