Athens tops Europe’s ‘best smelling city’ list


A recent study has revealed the capital city of Greece, Athens, has been crowned the “Best Smelling” city in Europe.

The study, undertaken by UK company Haypp, analysed 30 major urban cities and factored in things including the amount of flower shops, bakeries, and perfumeries around Athens.

The Greek city received a score of 8.3 out of 10 for its smell.

Flower shops of Syntagma Square
A flower shop in Syntagma Square, Athens. Photo: Press Office of the PM of the Hellenic Republic.

According to the study, Athens received this ranking due to its cleanliness EPI (environmental performance index) score.

“Known for its lively street markets and food culture, the aroma of fresh produce, herbs, and traditional Greek cuisine permeates the Athenian air, creating an unforgettable scent experience,” the study said.

Despite concerns from locals about cleanliness and air quality, Athens came out on top, beating out cities like Paris and Zurich. The study further highlights Athens’ ongoing efforts to address cleanliness and air pollution.

The cities that made the top ten include:

  1. Athens
  2. Paris
  3. Zurich
  4. Dublin
  5. Luxembourg
  6. Nicosia
  7. Copenhagen
  8. Bucharest
  9. Valletta
  10. Amsterdam




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