Dublin has been named the third best city in the world to visit next year by the travel guide, Lonely Planet.

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

Lonely Planet says that among the reasons that Dublin features so high on the list is the events planned for the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

"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," it said.

Dublin is beaten to top spot by Kotor in Montenegro, with Quito in Ecuador second.

Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe welcomed the announcement: "Having Dublin listed as Lonely Planet's third best city in the world for 2016 is fantastic news and will propel Dublin even further by encouraging a greater number of visitors to pay us a visit."