Last weekend, we reported that famous international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler and its readers had voted Dublin the second friendliest city on the world.
A much more influential and powerful voice has now spoken, however—the voice of the Internet—and Twitter users have ranked the Emerald Isle’s capital city as the number one friendliest place in the world.
Not only is Dublin the most likely place on Earth to find a helping hand and a person with a smile on their face, but Ireland as a whole was also frequently mentioned as one of the most enjoyable places to visit.
Users of the popular social media site had nothing but praise for Dublin’s fair city and heaped positive vibes on their welcoming people, also voting it the second most enjoyable destination in the world just behind the French resort of Nice.
Farewell Dublin, you've lived up to all our expectations - great food, friendly locals and so much history to absorb. Can't wait to return!
— Signe Johansen (@SigneSJohansen) September 1, 2014
Ireland is even better than I could have imagined!! Live music at the pubs, friendly locals and so much here to go explore! #Dublin
— MaryAnnGibney (@HeyHeyM_A) July 29, 2013
In another win for Irish tourism, already pulling in massive numbers of visitors just over half way through the year, Ireland also came in at fifth place as the most enjoyable country to visit on vacation, coming in behind Spain, the UK, Italy and Thailand.
The results were compiled by ebookers.com who sifted through thousands and thousands of tweets to discover who was having the best time on holiday and where. The site waded through the massive amounts of tourists’ tweets looking for phrases such as “beautiful sunset”, “amazing views”, “delicious food”, “great weather” and “friendly locals”. We doubt that they found many “great weather” tweets to be fair.
Surprisingly, New York was beaten off the top spot for most amazing views by the beautiful Mexican resort of Cancun.
The city of Dubrovnik came on top for the foodies, beating out Paris as the best destination for food lovers.
The Twitter rankings are just another positive story to add to the accolades awarded on Ireland and Irish tourism this week.
Six of Ireland’s best tourist spots were also added to Lonely Planet’s 500 worldwide must-see spots earlier this week, including The Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim (the highest ranked in 103rd place), the Cliffs of Moher, Brú na Bóinne (including Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth), the Titanic Centre in Belfast, the Rock of Cashel and Trinity College Dublin.
Where do you think is the friendliest place in Ireland? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.