Portugal has been mentioned as a leading destination for vacation in many articles and placed in the top of various rankings. This year, the World Travel Awards distinguished the country with several awards in different sections.
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Portugal conquering hearts
2018 is definitely the year of Portugal as an unmissable touristic place. World Travel Awards awarded Lisbon as Europe’s Leading City Destination 2018 and Portugal as Europe’s Leading Destination 2018.
Also, it is the third time in a row that Lisbon receives the award of Europe’s Leading Cruise Port 2018 and many Portuguese resorts and hotels conquered a prize in World Travel Awards this year. Regarding places hidden in the countryside, Madeira Islands were awarded as Europe’s Leading Island Destination 2018 and Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark) as Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2018.
Lisbon: the chosen place for a visit and for the stay
Lisbon has been in the top of the last rankings as a city break for tourists. The Telegraph explains the main reasons why Lisbon is such a desired destination, considering its restaurants, gastronomy, architecture, street art and closeness to the beach. There are other curious facts about the city: it is one of the world’s oldest ones, it is marked by Portugal’s role in the Age of Discovery and it gets more sun than anywhere else in Europe.
However, Lisbon is just not a city for a quick visit. Very recently it became the home of some celebrities: Monica Belluci, Michael Fassbender and Christin Louboutin bought their apartments in the typical neighbourhood of Alfama while Madonna is in the city’s spotlight because of her struggle to buy her ideal Portuguese house.
What really matters when moving abroad
The living cost, the sun and the quality of life are surely crucial factors that bring so many foreigners to Portugal. Nevertheless, when choosing this country to visit or to settle, there are two essential factors that strongly influence this decision: it is a safe destination and it has one of the few good healthcare systems in the world, as stated by the World Health Organization’s Director-General.
World renowned personalities, a widely spoken language, modern infrastructures and a business friendly environment are some of the aspects that Huffington Post points out as the reasons of Portugal’s bright momentum.
The recent election of Portuguese António Guterres as United Nations General-Secretary is the most recent evidence contributing to increase the reputation of Portugal. As the article puts it: “Guterres’ ascension to the world stage provides an opportunity for Portugal to embrace and promote the shared values and leadership qualities he exemplifies”.
Portugal’s influence is also increasing on different areas. This year’s victory in the European Football Championship was a deserved reward for the country’s achievements in terms of football. The country has also many ambassadors in other fields as well, like the world renowned neuroscientist António Damásio, fado singer Mariza, chef José Avillez, among many others.
Furthermore, Portugal has been able to attract many international companies to its territory and it is seen as a technological advanced nation while Lisbon increases its reputation as a good start up ecosystem. This year, this city is hosting the prestigious Web Summit – “Europe’s Largest Technology Marketplace” that will receive renowned guest speakers and thousands of attendees from all over the world.
Best beach destination, best island destination and best cruise destination were some of the highlights for Portugal at this year’s “World Travel Awards” for the European region.
Every year, Portugal’s tourism offer gets more and more recognition. This time, the country got 23 awards at the “World Travel Awards”, a considerable increase comparing to last year’s 14 awards. Algarve gets the prize for “best beach destination” for the second year in a row, while competing against places like Cannes and Sardinia. Madeira reconquers the “best european islands” award, after having won in 2013 and 2014.
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Multiple Portuguese hotels received many distinctions such as, best beach resort, best all inclusive resort, most romantic resort, best boutique hotel, best family resort among many others with a total of 14 awards. Additionally, enterprise Douro Azul was awarded the prize for best river cruise company.
Members of InterNations, an international expat community, put Portugal among the top ten places to live by weather. But this country has much more to offer than the sunniest continental european capital.
Some countries value good weather more than others, but the majority has spoken: Portugal deserves the 10th place on the list, when it comes favourite places to live because of the weather conditions. Over 14 000 people living in 195 countries participated in the survey. Costa Rica, Cyprus and Greece make up the top three on the list.
Besides the weather, 62% of expats who participated in the survey rated their personal safety in Portugal as very good, which is 20 percentage points above the global average. Portugal also ranks third as the “Most Welcoming Countries” and fifth in “Quality of Life” and “Ease of Settling in” indexes.
If we are changing your view about Portugal for the better, you are not alone. International perception of Portugal is up for the third year in a row, according to a report by the consultant “On Strategy”. Economic potential and social context were the fields that registered a greater increase. As Portugal becomes a more and more known touristic destination, the reputation among foreigners tends to increase. Additionally, Portugal remains a stable and safe destination, while other typical destinations are facing some political instability or the threat of terrorism, as we have talked about before.