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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
If you want the chance to win a £1000 voucher for a Sykes Cottages holiday rental, you need to answer the following question:

The debate is hotting up in our office and now we want your votes: which is the world’s best city?

Plead your case for the world’s best city below and you’ll be entered into a draw to win the £1000 voucher.

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Competition closes 23:59 BST 30th June 2014. Full terms and conditions here: http://bit.ly/SykesTCs

Lottie Gross 03/06/14    General travel chat Link Report

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London, exciting, so much to see and do

Janet Bennett 03/06/14    Link Report

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San Francisco. It manages to feel like a big, bustling city and a cozy, friendly town at once. The coffee is good. The food is great. The parks are beautiful. It contains excellent record stores, music venues, and festivals. It is historically interesting. Locals tend to be friendly. Public transportation works. The hills make it one of the most intriguing cities. And people-watching is top-notch.

Ali 03/06/14    Link Report

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Copenhagen. So friendly and full of bikes

marmiterocks 04/06/14    Link Report

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Cape Town South Africa it has all you need 2 oceans a beautiful mountain and an amazing wine route.

franja 04/06/14    Link Report

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Vancouver! Vibrant and relaxed city that made us feel really welcome and at home

lucy 04/06/14    Link Report

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Granada-Spain. Mysterious, passionate, historic, vibrant, AND,free tapas with every drink in bars!

lecrinvalley 05/06/14    Link Report

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It may have its problems, but you won’t find a city as wild and as welcoming as Rio de Janeiro. Ignore the scaremongering that surrounds travel to the World Cup – riots are few and confined. The people are really friendly, the beaches amazing, the ocean captivating, and scenery like no other major city – it literally threads around and through mountains. Dance like crazy in Lapa, lap up a caipirinha at Copacabana and while away the hours in Santa Teresa. Someone take me back!

girlintheeast 05/06/14    Link Report

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The teeny tiny city of Anna Maria, Florida. Small but perfectly formed. No chain restaurants, small,local independent shops & the best beach & sunsets in the world. How many cities have that?

alisonknight123 05/06/14    Link Report

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Florence – stunningly beautiful, absolutely delicious food, amazing shops and a fantastic laid back Italian vibe!

hannahmass1 05/06/14    Link Report

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Shanghai is my favourite city in the world. The cost is very good considering it a major city. The Skyline is beautiful particularly with the Oriental Pearl Tower towering over the river. Public transport is excellent. The metro system is the easiest to navigate out of all the other cities I’ve been to. You only pay one price, no matter how far you need to travel & if you did make a mistake or change your mind, you don’t get charged. It is not expensive to take a taxi. You can get a a travel card to use on metro, buses and taxis. Food is inexpensive not to mention delicious and there are numerous restaurants on every street. People are lovely and will help you if you have any problems. The city is clean and has a mix of urban city feel with plenty of scenic parks, greenery and lakes. There are many tranquil temples to visit. Shopping is easy with multiple shopping malls and Undercover Markets. If you are from western countries and want to visit China; Shanghai is the best place to go first so you don’t have a massive culture shock. You will see Thai Chi in the morning and ballroom dancing in the afternoon.

Liane_Robinson 05/06/14    Link Report

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Prague is my favorite city in the world! Not only is it breathtakingly stunning, the history is engaging. I also love the food and cheap yummy beer!

nessie31 05/06/14    Link Report

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Amsterdam – it’s so open and welcoming to all people.

trishlee 05/06/14    Link Report

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San Sebastián, because it’s a beautiful place, with a fascinating and unique culture. It’s got amazing food and with the genius of tapas, it means you can try a little of everything and sample lots of different places, making sure not to miss out on anything! Also, what city can rival it’s stunningly beautiful beach?

dorodb 05/06/14    Link Report

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San Sebastián, because it’s a stunning place with a unique and fascinating culture. It’s got amazing food. The genius of their pintxos is that you can sample a little of everything, in several different locations, and so not missing out on anything! Also, what city can rival it’s stunningly beautiful beach?

dorodb 05/06/14    Link Report

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Hong Kong because it has the most amazing skyline

Conny Tam 06/06/14    Link Report

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Singapore, without a doubt!

Michael Huxley 06/06/14    Link Report

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Hey Michael – I knew Singapore would be your entry!

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Lottie Gross 06/06/14    Link Report

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Edinburgh is an incredibly beautiful city (especially when it’s sunny!), with a killer combination of a rich history, a great food and drink scene, and genuinely friendly people. Sport fans will love the rugby and football, too, and the surrounding beaches are lovely. It’s easily accessible and only a four-hour train journey from London, via a particularly scenic route. There’s even a tram – finally!

hgr-87 09/06/14    Link Report

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Oslo has everything you need in life and lets all the stuff you don’t need slide; large, progressive and diverse enough to offer plenty of arts, activities and entertainment, while small enough to cut out the long commutes and oppressive sense of a “concrete jungle” felt in larger cities. Venturing in to the suburbs there are scatterings of forest, lakes rivers and wildlife, keeping residents relaxed and in contact with nature. Fishing on the fjord, and island hopping in summer passes the long sunny days while a short trip on the super efficient public transport service can have you on the ski slopes in under half an hour during the winter. For those lucky enough to live there, Oslo offers a balanced, contented existence and a relaxed, cultured and inspiring visit for those who travel there.

moresbb 09/06/14    Link Report

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Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. Without question the most exciting and fast paced city in the world. You can do anything and everything all within one city. Perfect balance of culture and nightlife for any traveller.

worldbefore30 10/06/14    Link Report

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Paris – beautiful, inspiring, artisan, dynamic, cosmopolitan, varied, romantic and chockablock full of stunning views and places to visit. And the food is pretty amazing too. Gets our vote…

getoutandabout 10/06/14    Link Report

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Seattle! Liberal, great food, great coffee! Loads of characters living there, and easy access to mountains, beaches, parks, sports!!!

lizbro 11/06/14    Link Report

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New York City – I think this is the best city in the world, the city that never sleeps, with the bright lights and even bigger dreamers!!! I <3 NY

samanthahhunt 11/06/14    Link Report

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Galle City ,Sri Lanka..The coastal city with history , The Galle fort known as world famous UNESCO heritage site, culture , park , architecture ,people , market, harbor and many more. You will love to see this amazing city of Galle !

Chamara Prasad 12/06/14    Link Report

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If I could move to a city, it would be Paris. It’s sophicticated, beautiful, with great public transport and fab to walk around in.
It oozes culture and cool, beautiful people, language, markets; the city has a civilised love for great fresh food, open spaces and lovely cafes.
What a place!

christineds 12/06/14    Link Report

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Portland, Oregon, USA. Laid-back vibe, great independent music scene, amazing craft beer with breweries on every corner, fantastic food trucks, wonderful veggie food, and a buzzing cafe scene with quality coffee roasters. A very compact and walkable ‘green’ city with free public transport running in the centre, and lots of gorgeous green spaces. Fabulous festivals – beer and music – and quirky shops and markets, as well as a cool art scene. And the location is perfect, overlooked by snow-capped Mount Hood.

louiseh 12/06/14    Link Report

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No city compares to Venice. All of the buildings are old and beautiful; many are palaces. And where else are the roads made of water? It is unique.

Netty 12/06/14    Link Report

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It has to be Istanbul for its position between east & west, the diversity of architecture, the people, the markets and its special history. The food is great too!

Bils & Rye 13/06/14    Link Report

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Santiago, Chile. It’s close to everything you need. First off, the city itself is amazing. Surrounded by mountains and the Andes in the east, the views never disappoint. Santiago is extremely vibrant and it’s growing very quickly, there’s always something to do. The best part about Santiago is that it’s close to everything. In the winter, you can drive 45 minutes and go snowboarding in the Andes, and in the summer you can drive 1.5 hours and go surfing in amazing beaches. It’s halfway between the driest desert in the world filled with beautiful salt flats and mountains, and Patagonia, which is one of the most amazing places in the world. What else could you ask for?

Steph Bartley Biscupovic 16/06/14    Link Report

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Pondicherry, India. Fresh seafood, French patisserie, Indian heat, warming chai, coastal views and crumbling colonial architecture. It is the perfect fusion!

adamamirsmith 17/06/14    Link Report

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Moscow – half Europe, half Asia, and, like Russia, ‘an enigma wrapped in a mystery’.

delboy3 18/06/14    Link Report

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London – the vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis which has everything to offer: history, culture, parks, pubs, top quality night life, commerce and shopping, and its own trade mark Black Cabs!

rudling 18/06/14    Link Report

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I’d second you on this – I love London :)

Lottie Gross 18/06/14    Link Report

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Rio de Janeiro; which other city has beach, mountain and rainforest in one package?

LynneH 18/06/14    Link Report

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LONDON – it has to be London! A simply unique blend of the traditional, the historical, the modern, the elegant, the hip, the arty, the cutting edge, the charming, the skyscrapers, the Thames…You can’t help but love the buzz and hustle and bustle and the fact that it is a true melting pots of cultures.

Betsy Li 18/06/14    Link Report

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Bath – elegance, history, culture, lots of independent shops, and a huge variety of cafes & restaurants with friendly service

kirkby 18/06/14    Link Report

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Bath – elegance, history, culture, lots of independent shops, and a huge variety of cafes & restaurants with friendly service

kirkby 18/06/14    Link Report

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Valencia Spain is the city I’d like to put forward, it’s a great mixture of old and new with all the different quarters. Has loads of history to explore as well as all the new science’s. Does a lot for conservation within the gardens of Turia and has great wildlife conservation programs with the Bio-park and Oceanagraphic. Not forgetting it’s where Paella originated from, what more could you ask for a vibrant city with a beach…. bonus!

tracy 18/06/14    Link Report

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Munich
A great town to visit. Although being a city, Munich has kept the village characteristics and feel.
Great architectural features and beautiful old buildings and the different markets makes for a great atmosphere. Don’t miss the Rathaus Glockenspiel – the townhouse clock where you can see puppets moving at the midday strike. There are numerous parks to visit as well as great museums including the Deutsches Museum (Science museum). Visit the famous Hofbraeuhaus Beer distillery and enjoy a cold. one. You might be lucky enough to catch a game of FC Bayern Munich at the stadium. In the evening relax in the variety of restaurants and beer gardens and soak up the vibrant night life.
Last not least, if you can time your visit I would urge you to visit in October to see the famous Munich Octoberfest. A great fair of food, beer and fairground rides – don’t forget to eat your pretzel and get a gingerbread heart. Alternatively visit in December to see the great Christmas markets and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and burnt sugar almonds.

Susi Galley 19/06/14    Link Report

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Hong Kong – you have everything: mountains, sea, food, shopping, buzz, nightlight… it’s the city that never sleeps!

alexi 19/06/14    Link Report

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If cities are said to have either a male or female vibe, then Venice is all woman. An elegant Italian Princess dressed in regal palazzos trimmed with fanciful Venetian lace. She has got a lot to offer. You’ll have a personal Renaissance savoring her sumptuous variety of history and art. Gaze inside the romantic heart of Venice, the Doge’s Palace, where Casanova–the man notorious for capturing women’s affections–was himself held captive. Or simply get lost in blissful oblivion exploring the city’s magical labyrinth of fun twists and turns. A fantastical stroll in watery wanderlust.

Venice is a photographer’s eye-candy. Over every bridge and around each enchanting corner you find another sweet spot to savor. You can’t take your eyes off of her. But it’s when dusk approaches that the real seduction begins. Gothic palaces bathed in rose-tinted twilight reflect into dazzling canals like star fluid glittering thru the black-velvet night. That’s the allure of Venice. If you give her the chance, she’ll send you over the moon and under her spell.

Venice will always be the “Best City in the World”– She’ll charm the travel pants off you!

KateN 20/06/14    Link Report

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Amsterdam – everything is just a bike ride away. Love how easy it is to get around and bikes rule the road. Its open minded and one of my favourite places to take photos

Lainey 21/06/14    Link Report

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Barcelona! The most vibrant, unforgettable city with beautiful monuments, Gaudi’s works, great nightlife, great metro system, great football team and by the sea, it’s got it all

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Town and surrounding area are extremely diversified. Artists, writers and Indigenous peoples are all to be found here. Many fine restaurants with varied menus. The area is as scenic as you can get.

relmiss43 22/06/14    Link Report

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It must be Lisbon that is number one. Admire the view beside the water, then you oughta, take the old tram up the hill, where there’s a better view still. Lisbon is cool and pretty – definitely the best city.

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Sedona in Arizona. Surrounded by red rocks, making stunning scenery. The climate is warm. There is a beautiful arts and crafts village called Tlaquepaque, selling pottery by the Navajo Indians, landscape photography of the red rock features and the canyons in the nearby Grand Canyon amongst other crafts. A Catholic Church sits atop one of the red rock crags with huge windows behind the altar looking out over the deep red landscape, I don’t think there is a church with a better scenery. There is also the sunsets, I have never seen until then a more vivid red sunset; it was amazing. The wildlife is teeming when you wander around the desert countryside, deer, tarantula, snakes, humming bird, deer and elk were seen. So when visiting the Grand Canyon, make sure you visit Sedona too.

Andrew 22/06/14    Link Report

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New York
So good they named it twice, right? Out of all the cities I’ve been to this is the one I’m most itching to go back to. Frustratingly there is so much to see and do that after a week you feel like you’ve barely scratched the surface. Getting under that surface however is what makes New York special, whether that’s watching the world go by with a beer in the residential Lower East Side, mingling with the artisans around the cool art district of Dumbo or great eats and thrift shopping in hip Williamsburg.

The food is outstanding, shopping is world class and the choice is yours regarding nightlife, after all it’s the city that never sleeps. The main tourist sites and architecture are gargantuan, just walking around Manhattan feels like a movie set and if you are lucky you will stumble across one. Raining? New York boasts some of the best art galleries in the world.

A perfect day would include walking the ‘high line’, lunch in Chelsea market, a sunset stroll over Brooklyn Bridge and rooftop cocktails with the Empire State as a backdrop.

Surely a sign of a good city is one that beckons you back time and time again.
What’s not to like?

gavin burnett 23/06/14    Link Report

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No city compares with Venice. It’s beautiful and you don’t have to watch out for traffic running you down.

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Glasgow, as it is the largest City in Scotland and since the 1980s has set the bench mark on how to market itself in the UK. There is bags of culture to be seen and excellent cuisine to try, included Haggis and Neeps washed down with a dram of whisky. It is also a great stepping stone to reach the stunningly beautiful Highlands or the outlying Islands peppering its coast.

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Denver, Colorado – It’s got a little bit of everything from phenomenal hiking and skiing to a bustling nightlife and vibrant downtown community. With great local restaurants, museums, live music, and shopping, there’s never a lack of things to do. And for those interested in a little legal debauchery, of course there are wonderful local breweries and marijuana dispensaries. :)

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Manhattan, New York

Though the West Highlands of Scotland are surely one of the most glorious places on earth, the city that MUST be deemed “The World’s Best City” is the one and only isle of Manhattan!

It is a city that literally lives and breathes. Just walking down Madison Avenue or approaching Times Square at night is like stepping into history.

To experience the vibrancy, the kinetic energy, and the excitement is like no other place on earth! The City that Never Sleeps is also the city that never ceases to amaze!

One visit and you are a New Yorker for life. We ♥ New York!

melodyandrex 30/06/14    Link Report

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Chicago, cosmopolitan city with loads to see including some great architecture, and lakeside position makes it extra special.

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The weahter, cricket ground, modern art and drinking at a bar in the middle of the river!

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I would say Paris. Because it has all the modern conveniences..and also has the Arts and Culture of the Old World. If you want, you can have a contemporary day..and then step into the true Past in the evening. )

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Madrid- the city that never sleeps!

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Wells, in Somerset! A teeny tiny city with a lovely historical buildings, olde worlde shoppes, traditional pubs and inns and couple of decent hotels and restaurants. And of course an utterly Gobsmacking cathedral. All this and it’s nestled amongst some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Totally unique!

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MUMBAI-INDIA . Food . Culture . Sights . Sounds . Colour . Religions . Festivals . Wellness . Spa’s . Beach . Markets . Jewellery . Textiles . Medical . Medicine . Yoga . Ayurveda . Transport . Bollywood : Thats enuf to Xperience in atleast 1 lifetime .

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No question: Sevilla in Andalucia, Spain. Nowhere else on earth have I found so much charm and authenticity in one town. You’re sure to get lost wandering its maze of contorted cobblestone streets, but that’s exactly what you’ll want to do anyway — get lost in this place, and lose your sense of time as well. The dangerous part is when Sevilla takes hold of your heart with its Flamenco beats and tapitas and vino rojo and cathedrals and mosques and candlelit night processions and morning cafe con leche. It will make you do things like quit your hot-shot corporate job and fly 6000 miles just to get lost all over again for months at a time. And on your last day there, if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself bawling like a newborn, only to hear your cries echoed in a sudden downpour that finally breaks the scorch of summertime. What more to say — the place has my heart: soaked, seared and thumping like a big red zapato on a shiny wooden floor.

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Denver, Colorado! 300+ days of sun per year. Dry heat with no humidity. It’s 30 minutes to the Rocky Mountains where you can ski, hike, bike and do so much more, but down in Denver, the snow usually doesn’t stick for more than 72 hours. Also, they are really amping up the public transportation with the Denver Light Rail, and people LOVE to bike to work here (even in the winter!) It’s a very healthy city, with many people being very active, but we also have great craft breweries. More and more companies are moving their offices to Denver or opening satellite offices here.

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