Athens is the seventh Best European Destination for 2018, according to votes compiled by the European Best Destinations (EBD) organization.
Twenty selected destinations competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2018 from January 20. After a three weeks’ period of online voting, Wroclaw in Poland won the title of Best European Destination with 41,148 votes out of a total of 320,793 votes from 162 countries.
Bilbao, Colmar, Hvar, Riga, Milan, Athens, Budapest, Lisbon, Bohinj, Prague, Kotor, Paris, Vienna and Amsterdam are also among travelers’ favorite destinations for a holiday or city-trip in 2018.
Athens: An unmissable destination
Dropping from fourth place last year, the Greek capital received 19,424 votes and made the European Best Destinations 2018 top 10.
“Athens remains like Milan an unmissable destination. It is in the top 10 destinations every year and all year through it attracts European travelers in search of their roots but also travelers from all over the world,” the EBD noted for Athens.
“The city is historic and is the cradle of European philosophy. Athens is both steeped in history and focused on modernity and tomorrow’s cultural and economic issues. Travelers love its architecture, the district of Plaka, monuments, gastronomy, trendy shops but also its nightlife; its proximity to the sea (15 minutes away from downtown) makes it very attractive too. Most travelers appreciate the inhabitants of Athens who share, heart on hand, their gastronomical and touristic treasures.”
The top 15 destinations will be promoted to millions of travellers as the most trendy destinations to visit in 2017, on the Best European Destinations website, the first site dedicated to the promotion of tourism in Europe.
EBD is a European organization based in Brussels and developed to promote culture and tourism in Europe.