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Portugal wins “Best Destination in Europe” for the third time and 24 other travel awards

Portugal won 25 awards at the World Travel Awards Ceremony last week, also known as the “Oscars of Tourism”, which was held on the Portuguese island Madeira for the first time. In addition to Portugal being named “Best Destination in Europe” once again, Madeira won the "Best Island Destination" award. Mountain-landscape-and-cityscape-in-madeira-portugal

Having received a total of 25 awards, Portugal was the big European winner of this year’s World Travel Awards, with distinctions including: "Best European Tourist Destination", "Best Destination for City Break," and "Best Cruise Port" (Lisbon), "Best Island Destination" (Madeira) and "Best Tourism Development Project" (Passadiços do Paiva). The awards ceremony took place on Madeira, at the also award-winning Belmond Reid’s Palace hotel.

Turismo de Portugal, the Portuguese tourism office, took home the "Best Official Tourism Organization" award. In 2018, Portugal had received 36 awards at the "Oscars of Tourism”, and was elected, for the second consecutive time, the "Best Destination in the World."

This year, Madeira was voted – for the sixth time – "Europe's Leading Island Destination" at the World Travel Awards. The Portuguese island was the winner in this category in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, making this the fourth consecutive victory. And Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, not only was named “Best City to Visit”, but it also won the award for "Best Cruise Port in Europe” for the 2nd year in a row.

The “European Responsible Tourism Award” was given to the Dark Sky Alqueva project. The Alqueva lake in Alentejo was awarded the "Starlight" certificate for its stunning night view of the starry sky, a result of having next to no light pollution around the area. Unsurprisingly, the Algarve won the title of "Best Beach Destination in Europe" for the sixth consecutive year.

The winners were selected and the awards were attributed following an online poll open to the general public and tourism professionals. The World Travel Awards began in 1993 to "recognize, reward and celebrate the excellence of all key sectors across the travel, tourism and hospitality industries." Currently, these awards are recognized as one of the most prestigious international awards in the sector.

All the prizes won by Portugal (25 in the European category plus 10 assigned within country):


Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2019 –  Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), Portugal

Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa 2019 – TAP Air Portugal

Europe’s Leading Airline to South America 2019 – TAP Air Portugal

Europe’s Leading In-flight Magazine 2019 – Up Magazine (TAP Air Portugal)

Europe’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2019 – Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive Beach & Spa Resort, Portugal

Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2019 – Algarve

Europe’s Leading Beach Resort 2019 – Hotel Quinta do Lago

Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 – Quinta da Bela Vista

Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel Operator 2019 – Amazing Evolution Management –

Europe’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 – EPIC SANA Lisbon Hotel

Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2019 – Lisbon

Europe’s Leading City Tourist Board 2019 – Turismo de Lisboa

Europe’s Leading Cruise Port 2019 – Porto de Cruzeiros de Lisboa

Europe’s Leading Design Hotel 2019 – 1908 Lisboa Hotel

Europe’s Leading Destination 2019 – Portugal

Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Resort 2019 – Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa

Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel & Villas 2019 – Vila Vita Parc

Europe’s Leading Luxury Lifestyle Resort 2019 – Conrad Algarve

Europe’s Leading MICE Hotel 2019 – EPIC SANA Lisbon Hotel

Europe’s Leading Resort Villas 2019 – Dunas Douradas Beach Club

Europe’s Leading River Cruise Company 2019 – DouroAzul

Europe’s Leading Tourism Development Project 2019 – Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark)

Europe’s Leading Tourist Board 2019 – Turismo de Portugal

Europe’s Most Romantic Resort 2019 – Monte Santo Resort

Europe’s Responsible Tourism Award 2019 – Dark Sky Alqueva (Portugal and Spain)


Portugal’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 – Pestana CR7 Funchal

Portugal’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 – Pestana Palace Lisboa

Portugal’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 – Europcar

Portugal’s Leading Conference Hotel 2019 – Pestana Cidadela Cascais

Portugal’s Leading Design Hotel 2019 – 1908 Lisbon Hotel

Portugal’s Leading Destination Management Company 2019 – Abreu DMC Portugal

Portugal’s Leading Family Resort 2019 – Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel

Portugal’s Leading Green Hotel 2019 – Galo Resort Hotels

Portugal’s Leading Hotel 2019 – Belmond Reid’s Palace (Madeira)

Portugal’s Leading Hotel Residences 2019 – Troia Design Hotel, a Blue and Green Hotel

Portugal’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 – Roof Garden Suite @ Conrad Algarve

Portugal’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2019 – Pestana CR7 Funchal

Portugal’s Leading Resort 2019 – Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa

Portugal’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 – Pine Hills Vilamoura

Portugal’s Leading Villa Resort 2019 – Sublime Comporta


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