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The “Top 25 Cities in the World” list had refreshingly surprising additions and rankings — Paris came in at a lowly 22 while Bruges and Cape Town tied for 11th place.

Budapest and Florence tied for second, while the very top spot was seized by the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, which took the crown from last year’s favorite of Charleston, South Carolina (which was tied for fifth this year).

Italy snapped up five of the top 25 cities, while Spain managed to take three.

Despite its slide in the global rankings, Charleston was still voted the top city in the United States for the third year in a row, for its “sand, sun, history, good food and friendly people.”

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In the “Top 100 Hotels and Resorts in the World” category, La Residence in South Africa and Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand tied for first place, while Virgin America was named the No. 1 airline in the United States. Singapore Airlines came in first for international airlines.

Here’s a small selection of the rankings.

Top cities in the world

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico2.= Budapest, Hungary

2.= Florence, Italy

4. Salzburg, Austria

5.= Charleston, South Carolina, United States

5.= San Sebastián, Spain

7. Vienna, Austria

8. Rome

9. Siena, Italy

10. Québec City

11.= Cape Town, South Africa

11.= Bruges, Belgium

13. Vancouver, Canada

14. Kyoto, Japan15.= Prague, Czech Republic

15.= Kraków, Poland

17.= Victoria, Canada

17.= Sydney

17.= Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

20.= Seville, Spain

20.= Beirut, Lebanon

22.= Paris

22.= Melbourne, Australia

24.= Venice, Italy

24.= Barcelona, Spain

 

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