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Athens is second best destination in europe

Athens reached second place among 15 other cities on a list of best tourist destinations in Europe for 2016, in an online voting conducted by the European Best Destination Site. Voting went on for a period of three weeks reaching a total of 288,992 travelers from 179 different countries and Athens got a total of 46,052 votes. It should be noted, that in last years vote, Athens had reached third place. The European organization "European Best Destinations", based in Brussels, whose sole purpose is the promotion of culture and tourism in Europe, works alongside with the biggest tour operators in Europe covering 355 destinations and 2.5 million people visit their site annually.

On the occasion of the announcement of this year’s vote, the European Best Destination Site noted the following concerning Athens:
“Birthplace of philosophy, democracy and drama, the city of Athens is not only an open-air museum of world-class cultural heritage attractions but also a contemporary metropolis with an urban personality. Named after the most benevolent Greek Goddess, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and inspiration, Athens has always been at the cultural fore. With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens merges the past with the present in the most slender way! A city of paradoxes and great contrasts, in the country that first invented the courtesy and generosity towards people who are far from their home, hospitality (xenia). An intellectual beacon of the ancient world with spectacular Mediterranean landscapes bathed in the renowned light, Athens is a sophisticated cosmopolitan hub with delicious gastronomic delights, electrifying nightlife, creative vibes and a booming art scene. From the iconic Acropolis, rising above the city, to charming up and coming neighborhoods and contemporary art galleries, the city of Classic Marathon and Olympic Games is a majestically quirky clash of past and present. One of the world's oldest cities with a recorded history of 3,500 years, the Greek capital is constantly undergoing urban renewals to keep up with the evolution of time. Athens lives up to all the hype!”

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