Cape Town ranks third on The Telegraph Greatest Cities on Earth list!



In March The Telegraph announced that Cape Town is the greatest city in the world to visit right now. Last week it ranked Cape Town as the third greatest city on Earth, scoring 549 out of 810 points.

Utilising a list of 50 Top city contenders, its annual reader survey, and input from its Travel writers, it ranked the list of cities on a number of factors, including the number of museums, galleries, UNESCO heritage sites, Michelin restaurants,  5-star hotels, beaches, air cleanliness,  transport, tourist attractions, legalized same-gender marriage, and LGBTQ+ community safety. Additional points went to cities with a symphony orchestra, and a metro system.

Cape Town ‘The Greatest City in the World to visit right now’: Telegraph, March 2022!


Cape Town was beaten by Barcelona (588 points) in the Top spot (praised for its ‘relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food and the best cultural and design clout of almost any city in the cold north’), and Sydney (556 points, described as a ‘functional stress-free city’) in the second spot. Other top ten cities are Lisbon, Venice, Los Angeles, Dubai, London, Vancouver, and Florence.

Marrakesh is the only other African city on the Top 50 list, at number 50.

According to Cape Talk and Times Live, Cape Town achieved its high ranking on the basis of its geography and topography, as well as its beaches, sunshine hours, and Table Mountain. It was marked down on its ‘poor safety record’.

The Telegraph greatest cities on Earth list follows:

  1. Barcelona
  2. Sydney
  3. Cape Town
  4. Lisbon
  5. Venice
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Dubai
  8. London
  9. Vancouver
  10. Florence
  11. Stockholm
  12. Paris
  13. Seville
  14. San Francisco
  15. Melbourne
  16. Vienna
  17. Madrid
  18. Singapore
  19. Dubrovnik
  20. Beijing
  21. Tokyo
  22. Rome
  23. Berlin
  24. Dublin
  25. Istanbul
  26. Auckland
  27. Edinburgh
  28. Tel Aviv
  29. Havana
  30. Copenhagen
  31. New York City
  32. Rio de Janeiro
  33. Mexico City
  34. New Orleans
  35. Amsterdam
  36. Prague
  37. Bruges
  38. Toronto
  39. Buenos Aires
  40. Krakow
  41. Las Vegas
  42. Shanghai
  43. Hong Kong
  44. Budapest
  45. Chicago
  46. New Delhi
  47. Athens
  48. Bangkok
  49. Mumbai
  50. Marrakesh


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