Istanbul, a city that enchants with its rich history and vibrant culture, has won the hearts of the readers of Travel + Leisure travel magazine, taking first place in the prestigious list of ‘Top 15 European Cities‘ in the ‘Best of the World“. This prestigious ranking was determined by votes from readers of the New York-based magazine, who rated cities on tourist attractions, landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping and value proposition.
Istanbul shone in all categories, achieving an extraordinary average of “90.23”, which placed it first in the list of the best cities in Europe. Readers have praised the city for its many options and timeless beauty. Many have mentioned the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus as their favorite tourist destinations, praising their unique beauty and charm.
But it’s not just the city that has been honored in the “Best of the World” ranking. The Four Seasons hotel in Istanbul received top marks from readers, earning the title of World’s Best Hotel. This luxury property has impressed visitors with its impeccable service, prime location, and wonderful facilities.
Istanbul was followed in the rankings by other European cities of great charm. Florence, Rome, Lisbon, Porto, Seville, The Hague, San Sebastian, Prague, Barcelona, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Madrid, Bordeaux and Vienna have obtained prominent positions in the ranking, testifying to the incredible cultural and artistic diversity that Europe has to offer.
This recognition confirms what travelers from all over the world have known for a long time: Istanbul is one of the most extraordinary and exciting destinations in Europe. With its fusion of East and West, between tradition and modernity, Istanbul offers a unique experience that captivates and grabs the soul of those who visit it. From its majestic historic monuments to its bustling streets bustling with life, this city captures the imagination of all who set foot there.
For those who wish to immerse themselves in Istanbul’s thousand-year-old history, explore its architectural treasures and enjoy its delicious cuisine, this city continues to be a place of great inspiration and discovery. No wonder Istanbul took first place in the list of the best European cities. It is a place that enchants, fascinates and leaves an indelible mark on the heart of anyone who has the opportunity to visit it.
If you haven’t already, put Istanbul at the top of your bucket list. You will be welcomed with open arms by a city that offers a wealth of experiences and will leave you breathless at every turn. Istanbul truly deserves its title of Queen of Europe in Travel + Leisure’s “Best of the World” program.