The country comes third in the Lonely Planet ranking. This is just another of many international recognitions portraying Portugal as a desirable tourism destination.
Already thinking about where to go next year? Lonely Planet, reknown worldwide for its travel guide books, places Portugal in third place in the top ten countries to visit next year. Last year, Lonely Planet had already featured Azores as one of the must visit regions for 2017.
The largest travel guide books publisher describes Portugal as “a dynamic center for art, culture and cuisine” along with the countries natural wonders, such as over 300 Blue Flag beaches and biosphere reserves. Check the full ranking
An established and awarded destination
This recognition comes after multiple others throughout the last few years and emphasizes the international appraisal of the country potential. Last month, at the World Travel Awards, Portugal got 37 “tourism oscars”. It was the most awarded country in Europe, gathering nearly 30% of the awards, including the prestigious Europe’s Leading destination along with the Leading Beach destination – the Algarve and Leading Cruise Port – Porto de Lisboa.
Azores, the common name for the group of nine volcanic islands and the highest mountain in Portugal will surely leave anyone impressed. The never ending green landscapes, beautiful lakes, and vulcanoes have granted them the title of most beautiful landscape. Perfect for nature lover travelers.
Alentejo features among Lonely Planet’s top 10 places to visit in 2017. “Looming clifftop castles, rugged coastlines and a treasure chest of culinary wonders: Portugal’s Alentejo has magnetic allure.” That’s how the Lonely Planet describes the region, adding to the list the different Unesco World Heritage sites in this area, the rolling vineyards and mediaeval village centers.
Lisbon has become very attractive for foreigners looking to run their businesses or just resettle. The Guardian explores examples of the city’s recovery after the economic crisis.
According to this article by the Guardian, Lisbon is a city “of old-fashioned dignity, of arcades and ocean breezes, of the yellow, timber-lined streetcars that get into the tourist pictures, of classical facades maintaining their equilibrium over steep slopes, of delectable cake shops and family-owned seafood restaurants.”
It is described as cosmopolitan city that brings details from other cities together. Trendy co-working spaces set up in repurposed shipping containers and buses, like Village Underground, with cultural events at the workspace, is one of the examples given that resembles the reality of London. Then, there is the bridge that looks like the Golden Gate one in San Francisco and the city’s own Christ statue that recalls Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Lisbon’s safety is also mentioned in the article, along with being a liberal, open minded and “pro-enterprise” city. Those aspects and the fact that it is much cheaper when compared to London makes it an attractive place for “young creative exiles from the British capital” at a time when the Brexit is still characterized by uncertainty. Additionally, since last year and, at least, until 2018, Lisbon is the host city of the Web Summit, “the largest tech conference in the world”, which emphasizes the city’s innovative side.
Portugal as a whole is more and more attractive to tourists, foreign professionals looking to move and individuals looking to retire abroad. Even during the so-called “low season” of tourism, the numbers of visitors have been continuously increasing, not only in Lisbon but also in other regions like the North region and the Azores islands.
The article emphasizes the city of Lisbon, which is becoming more and more trendy, not only as a place to visit but also live and retire. Algarve, the Minho region and the lesser-known yet fancy Comporta are also highlighted.
The number of tourists visiting Portugal has been increasing for 4 years in a row. One of the highest growth rates is registered among American tourists. Portuguese airlines company TAP has 23 flights per week to the USA, three times more than last year. Additionally, this month TAP has been nominated as the best European company flying to this country by Global Traveler magazine.
To sum up, as Huffington Post puts it “Portugal, the destination of your most stunningly beautiful dreams.”
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