Portugal: another year being awarded by World Travel Awards

This year, Portugal has won another important award: it was elected for the third time in a row as the Best Touristic Destiny in Europe by the World Travel Awards. In the last year (2018), the country received 36 awards by World Travel Awards, this year a total of 39 went to Portugal. Read the full article to know the more important awards that the country won this year.

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Portugal: Europe’s Leading Destination 2019

Since 2008, Portugal has been acquiring distinctions from World Travel Awards in various categories. This year, it was considered Europe’s Leading Destination and Europe’s Leading Tourist Board. It is not the first time that the country receives these awards and it was already recognized as Europe’s Leading Golf Destination. The Algarve, in the south of Portugal, was always a touristic destination, specially for English people, but lately, Lisbon and Oporto have been the centre of attention for welcoming foreigners from all over the world. The main reasons for this popularity might be its pleasant weather, the 3000 sun hours per year, the 850 km of beaches bathed by the Atlantic sea, and the fact that is a place located near several European capitals.

Lisbon: Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2019

In the words of HuffPost, “Lisbon is becoming more and more popular as a travel destination and for good reasons – it’s cheap, it has nice weather, great people, delicious food and lots of things to see and do.” It’s easy to find many articles highlighting Lisbon as the ideal place for living and visiting. Lonely Planet describes it as a city with Gothic grit and glamour. The article also enhances the trademark seven hills that are spread across the cityscape like lofty guardians of colour and history, which are so well appreciated by tourists. As well, the collection of terraces known as “miradouros” (viewpoints), a web of views over Lisbon, the Tejo river and beyond, is another city’s famous attraction. World Travel Awards has been awarding Lisbon in several categories, this year the city was considered Europe’s Leading City Break Destination and Europe’s Leading City Tourist Board.

Passadiços do Paiva: Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2019

Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), located on the left bank of the Paiva River, in Arouca municipality, in the north of Portugal, was awarded this year Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction and Europe’s Leading Tourism Development Project. It is not the first time that the geopark receives an award from World Travel Awards: the place where visitors enjoy a journey embracing biology, geology and archaeology has been awarded since 2016. The park is an ideal option for nature lovers, it is a long walkway composed of 8 km, surrounded by natural landscapes with brave waters downhills, quartz crystals and endangered species in Europe.

The Algarve: Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2019

Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), located on the left bank of the Paiva River, in Arouca municipality, in the north of Portugal, was awarded this year Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction and Europe’s Leading Tourism Development Project. It is not the first time that the geopark receives an award from World Travel Awards: the place where visitors enjoy a journey embracing biology, geology and archaeology has been awarded since 2016. The park is an ideal option for nature lovers, it is a long walkway composed of 8 km, surrounded by natural landscapes with brave waters downhills, quartz crystals and endangered species in Europe.

Madeira Islands: Europe’s Leading Island Destination 2019

It is the seventh year in a row that Madeira Islands are awarded by World Travel Awards, being considered, in some years, the World’s Leading Island Destination. This year, the archipelago was awarded Europe’s Leading Island Destination. The paradisiac islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, 700 km far away from the African coast’s East and 450 km far away from the North of Canarias Islands, which makes this archipelago the southernmost location in Portugal. The most famous islands’ attractions are the tours to watch dolphins, the dive practicing, the walking to see watch the falls, and the biggest variety of parks and gardens.

Lonely Planet: Portugal among the top destinations for 2018

The country comes third in the Lonely Planet ranking. This is just another of many international recognitions portraying Portugal as a desirable tourism destination.

Cascais, Portugal
Cascais, Portugal
Related: Portugal is the country to go in 2017

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

a map of Portugal displaying the awards won at the World Travel awards
Related: Portugal receives 23 “World Travel Awards” – 2016

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.

 

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What to visit in Portugal this summer

Portugal goes beyond Lisbon, Porto and Algarve. During the last few weeks regions like Alentejo, the Azores and Setúbal have hit the spotlight as well.

Praia dos Galapinhos, Setúbal and Azores

After the city of Oporto was nominated “Best European Destination” , another two distinctions come from the renowned website: Praia dos Galapinhos was elected the most beautiful beach in Europe and the Azores won the category of Best Landscapes.

Praia dos Galapinhos is located in Setúbal, south of Lisbon. Crystal blue water and white sand, sided by green nature. What’s there not to like? The website recommends you to visit not ony this beach but admire all those located in the Nature Park of Setúbal.

Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Azores

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 region

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.

 

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Portugal receives 23 “World Travel Awards”

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.

Check the image for the highlights:

a map of Portugal displaying the awards won at the World Travel awards

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.

These awards come after multiple recognitions, as Portugal continues to increase its reputation as a trendy and safe travel destination.  The number of visitors continue to increase, as well as Portugal’s readiness to receive more people. If like many others, you are planning to visit or even move to Portugal, let us take care of your healthcare needs. We offer a full booking service, tailored to your needs. Visit our website  or contact us. 

 

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Top 7 must-play golf courses in Portugal

The Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) has recently named the seven best golf courses in Portugal for a weeklong golf trip.

After being awarded World’s best golf destination in the end of 2014, Portugal is on the hype for golf lovers. Golf courses around the country are preparing for one of its best years in terms of number of golfers and matches, with many courses being renovated.

PGA has recently named the seven best golf courses in Portugal for both professionals and amateurs. Here’s what they say about Portugal:

Some of us just aren’t inclined to walk links golf courses or battle the unpredictable weather elements. In fact, there’s no shame in admitting that you love to smoke cigars, ride in a cart and soak up the vitamin D while playing golf.  Known more for its beautiful beaches, ideal climate and relaxed lifestyle, Portugal is a fantastic place to spend a weeklong golf vacation. 

The ideal trip would begin in the exciting city of Lisbon. Here you’ll find the San Francisco of Europe, with hills, white cobblestone streets and a massive castle overlooking the old town. The second part of your tour would be on the beautiful Algarve coast, where you’ll enjoy fresh seafood prepared to perfection, swim through spectacular rock formations in crystal-clear waters and play golf at postcard-beautiful golf courses.

Penha Longa, Atlantic course and Oitavos Dunes near Lisbon are two of the seven courses highlighted. Penha Longa has centuries-old aqueduct around the course making it a “phenomenal experience”. Oitavos Dunes was rated by Golf Magazine as one of the top 100 courses in the world and is a “perfectly natural golf course”. To learn more about the other golf courses, located in the Algarve, please read PGA article here.

Golfers can enjoy the sunny weather in Portugal, soaking up in vitamin D and improving their overall health condition, almost 300 days per year. Playing golf can be beneficial for both mind and body of players of all ages and genders. A golf player burns about 200 calories per hour while playing.

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Discover the Michelin star restaurants in Portugal 2015

The Michelin guide for restaurants distinguishes the best chefs and sets the standard for an exquisite, luxury meal anywhere in the world.

In the end of every year, Michelin releases the guide for hotels and restaurants to the following year so that travelers and food lovers can prepare their trips and pick their favorite restaurants. Portugal is no exception and the guide this year awarded 17 starts to 14 Portuguese restaurants.

In the words of Michael Ellis, International Director of the Michelin guides, this years’ guide “perfectly highlights the diversity, the renewal and the creativity of Spanish and Portuguese chefs, who have brought their distinct personalities to the kitchen with innovative, original and unique creations”.

Three restaurants received new stars: one restaurant achieved the two star classification and two restaurants were awarded one star. Chef Jose Avillez received the second star for his restaurant Belcanto in Lisbon. Belcanto and Vila Joya are now the only two Michelin star restaurants in Portugal. Concerning one star restaurants there are two new restaurants:

In this year’s edition, Portugal has two new one-starred restaurants. At São Gabriel in Almancil-Faro, Leonel Pereira places flavor at the center of an innovative cuisine that remains rooted in local traditional cooking. At Pedro Lemos in Porto, the chef who lends his name to the restaurant offers his own interpretation of Portuguese cuisine, with a harmonious combination of tradition and creativity.”

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