RIGA - The European Best Destinations (EBD) organization has released its list of the 20 trendiest places, selected from over 500, to be awarded the title of "Best European Destinations 2024".
Riga is ranked sixth on the list.
The EBD list is based on the vote of more than one million travelers from 172 countries.
With a record number of votes, Marbella, Spain, lands at the top of the list, the first time that a Spanish destination takes first place in the ranking
Marbella is followed by Monaco, Malta, Geneva and Batumi (Georgia) in the first five places.
Riga is ranked sixth, with EBD saying the city is the perfect destination for a city break on a human scale, with events throughout the year, shopping, gastronomy, nature, art nouveau architecture.
The most cosmopolitan of the Baltic capitals, Riga, is a modern city with a historical heart. Riga's Old historical town center has UNESCO World Heritage status with its winding paths and well-hidden streets surrounded by Romanticism, Gothic and Baroque testimonials alongside the views of the modern city, said EBD.
Working since 2009 to promote sustainable tourism, and in partnership with some 500 tourism offices in Europe and the European Commission's EDEN Network, (Awarded Sustainable Destinations), EBD also organizes other tourism competitions in Europe, including Best European Christmas Markets, Best European Beaches, Most Romantic destinations and Best European Ski Resorts.