Dublin, it’s good for your health! According to a new ranking of the healthiest cities in the world to visit, that is.
How would you guess Dublin ranks among the world’s cities when it comes to health? We’re happy to report that, according to a recent list, it’s in the top 25%.
Yes, despite all of the temptations of gourmet restaurants, top-notch baked goods, full Irish breakfasts, chicken fillet rolls, and expertly pulled pints, Dublin ranks 22nd on a new list of the world’s 100 healthiest cities for visitors, surpassing places like Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, and even Los Angeles.
A ranking performed by the travel site TravelSupermarket compared the number of parks, gyms, spas, yoga and pilates studios, health food shops and vegan-option restaurants in 100 cities around the world, in addition to analyzing hours of sunlight and the cost per night of a stay.
The healthiest city to visit, with an index score of 61.9 out of 100, was Paris. The City of Lights was followed in the rankings by Chiang Mai in Thailand, Barcelona, Pattaya (also in Thailand), and Vancouver in Canada. Ranking sixth, Miami was the first US city on the list.
Rounding out the very bottom of the list were Cancun in Mexico, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Artvin in Turkey, Marrakech in Morocco, and Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Dublin scored 22nd place thanks to an impressive tally of 62 spas, 58 health food shops, 33 parks/green spaces, and 528 restaurants with vegan options.
However, TravelSupermarket’s tally also seems to claim that there are only three gyms & fitness centers in all of Dublin, so we may want to take these rankings with a grain of salt. (Just one though, we’re trying to be healthy here).
“We are part of a generation that prioritizes health and wellness more than ever before - this means tourist destinations will have to consider tourists' needs and cater for the healthy lifestyles of travelers,” Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator at TravelSupermarket, said in a statement.
Dublin should keep up the good work!