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More 'European Bests' in Spain: Cultural, Art Nouveau, 'Green', and Family Holiday
Sunday, August 14, 2022 @ 7:37 PM

ONE THING is for everyone who visits your town, province or country to tell everyone else how wonderful it is and to give it lots of stars on TripAdvisor, but quite another is when the European Union itself endorses a destination and even pays you handsomely just because you're good.

Palace of the Baron of Quadras (Palau del Baró de Quadras), an excellent example of Barcelona's Art Nouveau architecture (photo: Amadalvarez/Wikimedia Commons)

Founded in Brussels in 2009 in conjunction with the European Commission's EDEN (European Destination of Excellence Network), an extensive, exhaustive portal covering destinations all over the continent – not just in the EU – viewed annually for holiday inspiration by over six million people, publishes rankings by year and permanent ones by category, most through public votes from those who have experienced the places mentioned in person, and some through official criteria set down by the 27-country bloc.

European Best Destinations ( gets around half a million votes per category, and those which make the annual lists get free publicity in the world's top glossy magazines and search engines.

More modernist architecture in Barcelona - the Casa Fuster, now a hotel and restaurant (photo: Jaume Meneses/Wikimedia Commons)

The crème of rankings, the European Best Destination 2022, was won this year by the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, whilst Spain came in at number two with Costa del Sol holiday hotspot Marbella, which also featured top in the Most Exclusive European Destination 2022 poll.

And European Best Beaches 2022 had five Spanish locations among the 22 most-voted.

Other lists are more or less fixed, such as 'Best Blue Water Destinations' and 'Best Sustainable Destinations', where three parts of Spain appeared between the two.



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