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  • Best European cities for tourists are determined

    Apr 03, 2013, 08:50
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    The best European destination 2013 became Istanbul, Turkey. Second and third in the list are capitals of Portugal and Austria respectively.

    European Best Destinations awards is a non-commercial project with headquarters in Brussels, aimed to determine traveler's priorities and promote culture and tourism in European cities.

    The list of nominees is usually comprised based on statistical data of Eurostat and after that Internet users cast their votes to destinations they like. Under the terms of awards, one and the same city is unable to head the list two years in a row. The winner of 2010 was pronounced Lisbon, of 2011 – Copenhagen and of the last year – second-largest city in Portugal, Porto.

    Istanbul took part in a contest for the first time this year, but managed to earn majority of votes at once. There are also such cities in the Top 10 as Barcelona, Amsterdam, Madrid, Valletta, Nice, Milan and Stockholm. In general, twenty European cities take part in this contest.

    It is interesting that Paris – the world's most visited city – being in the list of nominees, haven't received enough votes to hit the top ten.

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