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Athens: The Second Best European Destination for 2016

Athens was considered the second Best European Destination for 2016. Twenty selected destinations had competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2016. Voting ended on February 10 and out of more than 288,000 votes in total, Zadar in Croatia received 57,600 and was elected Best European Destination 2016 and won the prestigious title.


Athens received over 46,000 online votes.

“From the iconic Acropolis, rising above the city, to charming up and coming neighborhoods and contemporary art galleries, the city of Classic Marathon and Olympic Games is a majestically quirky clash of past and present”, a brief description of Athens reads, posted on the European Best Destinations’ website.

“One of the world’s oldest cities with a recorded history of 3,500 years, the Greek capital is constantly undergoing urban renewals to keep up with the evolution of time. Athens lives up to all the hype!”

Last year Athens came in third place in the prestigious electronic pool for best European destination.

Top 10 European best destinations 2016

  1. Zadar
  2. Athens
  3. Plovdiv
  4. Nantes
  5. The Azores Islands
  6. Paris
  7. Novi Sad
  8. Brussels
  9. Kotor
  10. Milan

European Best Destinations is a Brussels-based organisation aimed at promoting culture and tourism in Europe. In partnership with the participating tourism offices and the EDEN Network, it promotes a better understanding of the wealth, diversity and quality of European destinations.

Since 2009, European Best Destinations has been working with major tourism offices in Europe to reward and highlight the most visited destinations via its website and social networks.

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