New study reveals Dubrovnik is the 2nd best city break destination in the world
- by croatiaweek
- in Travel
A study by Compare the Market has ranked the 35 major coastal cities in the world on factors such as the number of things to do, restaurants, beaches, Instagram posts, safety and average annual temperatures, to reveal the best coastal city break destinations across the world.
In first place is Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a coastal city break score of 8.13.
“Dubai is the ultimate destination for a combination of both city and beach and it is also home to some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The city topped the charts for the average annual temperature at 27.6ºC and for the average annual rainfall at only 160mm,” the study revealed.
Dubrovnik ranks in joint second place with Valencia, Spain with a coastal city break score of 6.25.
“The city located on the Adriatic Sea is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ranks top for the number of things to see and do (2,674 activities per 100,000 people) and for the availability of restaurants too (1,487 per 100,000 people).”
Dubrovnik also ranked first for things to do and for restaurants.
“If you’ve had enough of beaches and want to do some city exploring, the coastal destination with the highest concentration of things to do is Dubrovnik, Croatia. The walled Old Town holds many landmarks and well-preserved buildings for tourists to see, including the baroque St. Blaise Church, Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace.
Sometimes the food can be the best part about travelling, and coastal destinations are no different, often serving up local seafood dishes. Again, it’s Dubrovnik that excels here, boasting the most restaurants per person and everything from fresh local seafood to high-end fine dining establishments,” the study pointed out.
Hong Kong ranked in first place for the coastal city with the most beaches, with 41 beaches around the city. The most Instagrammable coastal city is Istanbul, Turkey with a yearly average of 122.9 million Instagram posts.
In regards to safety, San Sebastián, Spain is the safest coastal city in our rankings with a safety score of 85.22 out of 100.
35 different coastal cities from around the world were analysed on the following factors, giving each one a normalised score out of 10 for each factor, before taking an overall average across each of the scores.
– Beaches listed on Tripadvisor as of February 15th, 2021
– Things to do listed on Tripadvisor per 100,000 population as of February 15th, 2021 (population sourced from City Population)
– Restaurants listed on Tripadvisor per 100,000 population as of February 15th, 2021 (population sourced from City Population)
– Average annual temperature, rainfall and sea temperature, all sourced from Holiday-Weather.com
– The number of posts on Instagram that mention the city using hashtags, as of February 15th, 2021
– Safety score out of 100, sourced from Numbeo