Barcelona coolest European city for Irish tourists

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The city of Barcelona in Spain has been voted the coolest city in Europe, a poll for Estrella Damm, a Barcelona beer brand, claims. The Catalan capital famous for its architecture and football team led by Lionel Messi got a 35 per cent “cool” ranking from a sample of “over 100 Irish people” when asked to name the European city they find most attractive.

Barcelona’s architecture was one of the main reasons Irish people love the home of Gaudi and Dali with a 47 per cent vote, while 40 per cent admit they love the city for its locals. The survey puts London in second place with 18 per cent and Paris third on 16 per cent.

The Irish are a wanderlust nation with 89 per cent of those polled saying they love to travel and visit new places. Just over half love immersing themselves in new cultures when travelling abroad and 53 per cent won’t get on a plane without a map or a trusty guidebook.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • When asked to describe what it is they love about Barcelona, 35 per cent said it was “cool”, a similar number said the city is “alive” and one in five describe it as “exciting”.
  • When describing the people of Barcelona, just 30 per cent said they were “friendly”.
  • When asked what comes to mind first  about Barcelona, 51 per cent said street art and Gaudi, 15 per cent said music, culture and nightlife and 13 per cent said FC Barcelona.
  • Some 44 per cent cited Basilica Sagrada Família as the top tourist attraction to visit, followed by FC Barca’s Estadio Camp Nou at 16 per cent and Park Güellat at 15 per cent.
  • Almost a third cited Salvador Dalí as the most desirable Barcelonian of all time, followed by footballers Gerard Pique at 12 per cent and Cesc Fabregas at 11 per cent.
  • About half would visit Barcelona with a partner, while 32 per cent would go with mates.

Estrella Damm is now marketed in Ireland on draught by Molson Coors.

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