The four most hospitable countries in the world are in Europe

2024-02-02 16:43:05 / MISTERE&KURIOZITETE ALFA PRESS

The four most hospitable countries in the world are in Europe

The world's most welcoming destinations for 2024 have been named and three of the top five are in Europe. Booking.com used more than 309 million customer reviews to compile the list. Destinations were ranked for hospitality, service and standards of accommodation, activities and transport companies such as car hire firms.

Winning locations have an above-average number of reviews praising their first-class hospitality and service.

The list of the world's most welcoming cities and regions comes from Booking.com's Traveler Review Awards. In total, 1.48 million awards were distributed to hotels, rental properties and transportation companies for 2024. Many of the countries with the highest number of award recipients were also in Europe. Italy had the most with 181,012, followed by Spain (125,611), France (124,361), Germany (86,910) and Great Britain (74,754). The top 10 is completed by Poland, Brazil, USA, Croatia and Portugal.

The list of the world's most welcoming cities is dominated by destinations in Europe with four out of 10 located on the continent. Arraial d'Ajuda in Brazil came out on top followed by Ermoupoli in Greece, Viana do Castelo in Portugal, Daylesford in Australia and then Grindelwald in Switzerland to complete the top five.

Explore the unique architecture in Ermoupoli, Greece

The capital of Syros, a Greek island in the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, Ermoupoli was the second most hospitable country in the world. It is unique compared to other Cycladic cities for its neoclassical architecture painted in fascinating pastel shades.

The charming seaside town of Viano do Castelo, Portugal

Just an hour from Porto Airport, Viano do Castelo comes in as the third most welcoming destination on Earth. Located on Portugal's Atlantic coast, it has a long maritime history which visitors can view on the Gil Eannes – a former hospital ship turned museum.

Breathtaking view of Grindelwald alpine, Switzerland

In the heart of the Swiss Alps, around 1,000 meters above sea level is Grindelwald – the fifth most welcoming destination on the list.

Imagine perfect landscapes in Uzes, France

In seventh place is Uzès, in the Occitanie region of southern France. This medieval destination has cobbled streets and the area's iconic historic charm.