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 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:
- Cape Town
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Tel Aviv
- New York City
- Rio de Janeiro
- Mexico City
- New Orleans
- Buenos Aires
- Las Vegas
- Hong Kong
- New Delhi
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