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Dublin named on top-10-cities-to-visit list

Dublin has made it onto a list of the world's top 10 cities to visit in 2016.

The capital is described as a location that "pulsates with youthful vibrancy".

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel publication named Dublin as its number three city to visit next year.

One of the reasons that Dublin features on the list for next year is the 22 million euro celebrations marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising rebellion.

The city was also heralded for its youthful spirit.

"Over 40% of the population is estimated to be under 30 and the place pulsates with youthful vibrancy, optimism and creativity," according to Lonely Planet.

"No longer a dirty auld town, Dublin has a healthy hue - with people embracing its inner green spaces and exploring the wild outdoor arenas along the coast and 'beyond the pale'."

Kotor in Montenegro took the number one spot because it offers a "picture-perfect visage from virtually every angle".

The list was compiled by Lonely Planet's experts based on exciting recent developments, destinations that have "a lot of buzz" and w hat special events are taking place next year.

The full list of cities to visit in 2016 is:

1. Kotor, Montenegro

2. Quito, Ecuador

3, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

4. George Town, Malaysia

5. Rotterdam, Holland

6. Mumbai, India

7. Fremantle, Australia

8. Manchester, UK

9. Nashville, USA

10. Rome, Italy

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