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Condé Nast Traveler awards: Croatia is the 9th best country in the world, Dubrovnik 5th best small city

Lara Rasin
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Lara Rasin

Condé Nast Traveler's "Top 20 Countries in the World" is a list ranked by readers of the prestigious US-based publication. For the list, over 800,000 readers from both sides of the Atlantic submitted tens of thousands of ratings and reviews based on their own travel experiences.

Croatia 9th best country worldwide

This year, Croatia (with a score of 92.51/100) took 9th place!

Here are the countries joining Croatia in the 2021 "Top 20 Countries in the World":

  1. Portugal 94.1
  2. New Zealand 94.04
  3. Japan 93.82
  4. Morocco 93.41
  5. Sri Lanka 93.07
  6. Italy 92.9875
  7. Iceland 92.96
  8. Greece 92.71
  9. Croatia 92.51
  10. Turkey 92.415
  11. Norway 92.3
  12. Maldives 92.285
  13. Kenya 92.14
  14. Ireland 92.13
  15. Israel 92.05
  16. Australia 91.97
  17. Switzerland 91.84
  18. Indonesia 91.75
  19. Botswana 91.645
  20. Philippines 91.63

In 2020, Croatia didn't make the top 20, while in 2019, the country was 20th.

A win for Dubrovnik, too

Dubrovnik also made a Condé Nast Traveler reader's-choice list this year. The pretty city placed 5th among Condé Nast Traveler's "Best Small Cities in the World."

Here are Condé Nast Traveler's "Best Small Cities in the World" for 2021:

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2. San Sebastián, Spain
3. Salzburg, Austria
4. Siena, Italy
5. Dubrovnik, Croatia

For Dubrovnik, Condé Nast Traveler writes:

"Dubrovnik saw a massive spike in tourism after being featured as the filming location for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, and while you won’t find any mad kings (or queens) here in real life, the beauty of this city at the edge of the Adriatic is very real. Wander the limestone streets and walk along the ancient city walls, or take a short ferry ride to the island of Lokrum. Here, you can hike through the botanical garden, catch a glimpse of the wild peacocks, and climb to the top of an abandoned 11th-century monastery for stunning panoramic views."

6. Bruges, Belgium
7. Cambridge, United Kingdom
8. Reykjavik, Iceland
9. Galway, Ireland
10. Kralendijk, Bonaire

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