This Is The Most Welcoming Country in Europe

published Oct 9, 2022
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With air travel returning to pre-pandemic levels, it’s no surprise that plenty of Americans are ready to jet off on long-awaited European vacations. But for first-time international tourists in particular, where you choose to go matters. Thousands of miles from home, having locals who are willing to step in and help you out with any snags along the road can make all the difference. So, what’s the friendliest European country of them all?

Condé Nast Traveler recently polled readers on the topic for their 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards, in which ordinary people determined the best of the best in travel.

Their answer? Ireland! It’s hardly a surprise, given that numerous global reports have named the Irish as some of the most welcoming to visitors in the world.

If you’re itching for a trip to the Emerald Isle, Condé Nast Traveler recommends taking a jaunt to the lively streets of the capital city of Dublin. However, the publication also encourages readers to take advantage of the gorgeous natural beauty that lies outside the country’s major cities. From the Cliffs of Moher to the ancient volcanic columns of Giant’s Causeway, there’s plenty to explore if you’re willing to venture a bit deeper into the Irish countryside.

Still looking for travel inspiration? Here are the 10 friendliest countries in Europe, according to Condé Nast Traveler readers:

  1. Ireland
  2. Portugal
  3. Greece
  4. Iceland
  5. Finland
  6. Turkey
  7. Denmark
  8. Netherlands
  9. Italy
  10. Spain

Condé Nast Traveler also polled readers on the friendliest cities in Europe, where Ireland was decidedly less present. San Sebastián, Spain took first place, followed by Bruges, Belgium and Reykjavik, Iceland. 

Additionally, the publication’s readers helped rank the friendliest countries in the entire world, in case you’re looking to expand your travel horizons even further. First place went to French Polynesia, with Colombia following in second place. Other highlights included New Zealand, Thailand, and Costa Rica.