A 2023 survey reveals which European coastal cities are Brits’ favourites, and the outcomes won’t be what you’d anticipate.
On the subject of sun-drenched European escapes, UK residents are traditionally fairly predictable. The likes of Barcelona, Venice and Malaga are often hottest, with varied Greek islands dotted in between.
Nonetheless, a current survey by client organisation Which? has revealed that tendencies are altering.
Whereas Spanish, Italian and Greek cities nonetheless made up the majority of the most well-liked locations, the same old suspects weren’t as dominant as anticipated.
Which European seaside escape is hottest with British vacationers?
Over 3,500 holidaymakers have been requested to fee their journeys to 44 completely different coastal cities throughout Europe.
The locations have been rated in 12 completely different classes: the city’s seaside, seafront or marina, foods and drinks, lodging, vacationer sights, attractiveness, procuring, leisure, peace and quiet, security, friendliness and worth for cash.
Voters scored the locations out of 5 for every, leading to an total proportion rating that decided essentially the most – and least – in style places.
Shunning San Sebastian, Alicante and even ever-desirable Barcelona, travellers voted Spain’s third largest metropolis, Valencia, the winner.
Incomes a 91 per cent vacation spot rating, town obtained 5 stars in eight of the 12 classes, together with the ‘seaside’ part – maybe not so stunning seeing because the metropol boasts three separate sandy stretches in the midst of city, and lots of others every means alongside the shoreline.
In keeping with Which? travellers have been thrilled with, “the standard of [Valencia’s] vacationer sights, procuring, friendliness and attractiveness,” proving that town’s 34 museums, burgeoning gastronomic scene and beneficiant aquarium (the biggest in Europe) reside as much as their hype.
Most notably although, it scored full marks within the ‘worth for cash’ and ‘peace and quiet’ classes, maybe pointing to a shift in holidaymaker’s views in these post-Covid, economically unstable instances.
Have been there any surprises?
Whereas in style names comparable to Malaga, Dubrovnik and Barcelona nonetheless ranked extremely, they weren’t as dominant as in earlier years.
The highest 10 spots have been fully the area of Italy, Greece and Spain. Porto and Venice tied for second place with 88 per cent, with the latter receiving reward for its ‘magical views’ however (unsurprisingly) fewer accolades for worth for cash.
Tavira in Portugal was fourth, Pollenca in Spain fifth, and Chania and Rhodes in Greece sixth and seventh. Syracuse, Italy, beat Barcelona to eighth place and Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, got here in tenth.
Mykonos in Greece sat on the backside of the pile with a rating of simply 58 per cent. The social gathering island was saved firm by Fuengirola, Spain; Portimao, Portugal; and Naples and Catania, Italy.
Which? editor Rory Boland admitted that there have been a number of stunning additions to the listing. “Among the highest-rated spots like Nerja and Estepona have a extra laid-back ambiance in comparison with Fuengirola,” all in Spain, he defined, exhibiting that the ‘peace and quiet’ class held appreciable sway within the scores this 12 months.