Fodor’s guide sends tourists to the ‘Best of Europe’

Fodor’s, the print and online publisher of travel books, has released the results of its first-ever “Best of Europe” survey. Avid travelers to Europe – they averaged visits to 3.5 countries and 7.1 cities per person in the last two years – ranked destinations in 18 categories.

Among the results:

Iceland led the list of top hot spots, followed by Dublin, Ireland, and the Greek island of Crete.

Spain was voted best-value vacation, followed by Austria and Ireland.

Florence, Italy, topped the list of “best places to visit for art and culture,” followed by Cambridge, England, and Cordoba, Spain.

St. Andrews, Scotland, was voted “best destination to visit with your family,” followed by southwest Ireland and Iceland.

The Burgundy region of France topped the roster of “best places to visit for food and wine,” followed by the southern French region of Provence, and Paris.

The Champagne region of France ranked first as “most romantic place in Europe,” followed by Italy’s Lake Como and Venice, Italy.

Tops for spring trips this year? The voters picked France, followed by England and Italy.

Milan and Florence, Italy, were named best for shopping. Rome came in third.

For friendliest places? The Irish counties of Cork, Kerry and Limerick led the list. St. Andrews, Scotland, came in second, followed by the mountainous Dolomites region of northeast Italy.

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