27 April 2014
Social town is a term used to refer to a city that aside from being attractive to tourists, is also known for their inhabitants’ ability to make visitors feel as if they are home and comfortable.
Sevilla, Granada, Almuñecar (Granada), Marbella (Málaga) and Linares (Jaén) are the Andalusian towns that rank among the top fifty most social towns worldwide for travelers. A social town is described as that which aside from being attractive to tourists, is also noted for its citizens efforts to make visitors feel just right at home.
First in the ranking are Paris, Cancún and Madrid, but among the top ten most social cities, one can find Zaragoza, Barcelona, Rome or London. Aside from the Andalusian towns already mentioned, other Spanish towns are also listed, such as Alicante, Benidorm and Javea as well as towns that are not normally visited by international tourists, such as Sliema or La Valeta (Malta), Leh (India), Agia Napa and Limassol (Cyprus) among others. As for the most social countries worldwide, the ranking starts with top dog Spain, followed by France and Brazil and Italy, México, Greece, United States, Denmark and Malta. All of these are places that transfer that homely feeling to the tourist.
This ranking was an initiative started by minube, launched to get to know the most active towns and countries worldwide on the Internet and to promote their touristic value. In its first edition, it has given awards to the three best destination photos, awarded to Viajes and Fotografía for their “Surfer’s Sunset at Montañita” (Ecuador), Massimo Strazeri for his “Canyonlands National Park” (United States) and David Byron for “South Luangwa National Park” (Zambia).