Booking.com takes into consideration millions of verified customer reviews to compile its annual list.
Excellent customer service is a key component of a great stay. And Booking.com has recently released its annual Traveler Review Awards, recognizing the destinations that offer the best traveler experience. The company looked into over 309 million verified customer reviews for accommodations in over 221 countries around the globe to compile its list of most welcoming cities in the world.
The winner is the quaint beachside town of Arraial d'Ajuda in Brazil's Bahia province. Sitting on a stretch of lush Atlantic coastline, dubbed the Discovery Coast, Arraial d'Ajuda is known as the ultimate beach town, with its wide sandy beaches backed by greenery and coconut trees.
"Travelers can enjoy beautiful architecture, with colorful houses scattered throughout the village and surrounding the historic church named Nossa Senhora d'Ajuda, one of the oldest Catholic churches in Brazil," Booking.com noted.
The town's main drag, Rua do Mucugê, has been awarded the moniker of Brazil's Most Charming Street and is a bustling stone-paved street with tons of restaurants, bars, inns, and shops.
Second on the list is Ermoupoli, Greece. This waterfront city is the administrative capital of Syros and the Cycladic islands and is worth exploring for its beautiful neoclassical architecture and pastel-hued buildings spilling down into the sea.
"Travelers can wander around the tiny streets and twisting alley lanes while enjoying some beautiful sights, including Miaouli Square, a historic marble square in the heart of Ermoupoli, and the city's town hall with its 15-meter staircase leading up to the building's main entrance," Booking.com recommended.
The bronze medal goes to Portugal's Viana do Castelo, north of Porto. The city's striking hilltop Santa Luiza Sanctuary basilica is one of its symbols and the best spot for panoramic views over the entire area. The city dates back centuries and has strong ties to Portugal's maritime discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries.
The fourth and fifth places on Booking.com's list of most welcoming cities go to Daylesford, Australia, famous for its mineral springs, and Grindelwald, Switzerland, which, at 3,300 feet above sea level, treats visitors to breathtaking Alpine scenery, and, in the summer, transforms into an excellent hiking destination for nature lovers.
The only U.S. destination on the list is Moab, Utah, which comes in sixth. The company described it as "a true outdoor enthusiast's paradise and the perfect place to discover a variety of landscapes that are among the most beautiful in the United States."
The medieval town of Uzès, in France's Provence region, Mexico's Mazatlán, a fantastic beach destination in Sinaloa, Jaisalmer in India, and the Japanese town of Fujikawaguchiko, located at the foot of Mount Fuji, round out the top 10 destinations.
You can read more about each city on booking.com.
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