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Porto and Douro Valley #1 Best Destination 2013 Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher, has named Porto and the Douro River Valley as the Top European Destination for 2013.

Once a sleepy riverside city best known for its fortified wines, Porto has emerged as a vibrant arts capital that's rightfully getting a lot of buzz as a great value destination,” said Andy Murdock, US Digital Editor.

Released for the first time, the Top 10 European Destinations list points out the “creative new outlook” and “festive ambience” of Porto and the Douro Valley with “cutting-edge exhibitions,” “street side concerts,” “big museums,” cultural spaces and “new restaurants."

The US Digital Editor also underlined the “picturesque region” of the Douro Valley, “covered in some of Portugal's most celebrated vineyards, with river cruises and scenic train rides for day-trippers.

For accommodation, the suggestion is The Yeatman Hotel:: “it is Porto's finest hotel, and its Michelin-starred restaurant is well worth a visit even if you don't stay the night.”

Porto and the Douro Valley are followed by Budapest, in Hungary (#2), Northern Iceland (#3), Cinque Terre, in Italy (#4), and Moravia, in Czech Republic (#5). The other destinations that are just starting to get the buzz according to Lonely Planet are Bern, in Switzerland (#6), Marseille, France, Croatia, Northern Ireland, and Copenhagen, Denmark (#10).

The Top 10 European Destination of 2013 by Lonely Planet highlights the destinations that are just starting to get the buzz right now, as well as overlooked places that are poised to be the next great traveler find, and the old favorites that have timely and fresh reasons to visit in 2013.

This is the first year of the Top 10 European Destinations list and it is compiled by the team of editors and authors in Lonely Planet's US and London offices.

SATA has connected North America with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 30 years. Connecting flights to Porto from Boston are available this summer. For more information and reservations, contact SATA at 800-762-9995 or visit www.sata.pt.

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