So, where to go now in Portugal?
The island of Madeira will see five new hotels add 790+ new rooms in 2019
Put Portugal on your “must-see-list”
According to Condé Nast Traveler, the Monte Palace high above the city, is one the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. Alongside the flowers inspired by them, the island is known for its embroidery. Unique, handmade pieces come form a team effort that includes designers, perforators and skilled embroiderers.
Madeira’s volcanic nature is playing host to new outdoors adventures that fit right in: Mountain biking– for example. Madeira has some impressive mountains, that until recently were not on many cyclists’ radar. Madeira has excellent dirt roads and paths to be explored on 2 wheels, with some very dramatic vistas to discover. Today, more visitors are seeing the island in this new and exhilarating way, with new packages, races and outfitters popping up to meet the demand. Other activities include canyoning, surfing, yoga, and boat and wine tours.
Azores Airlines new Porto service is a weekly flight from Boston Logan, with a brief stop in the Azores (Terceira) every Wednesday.
Turismo de Portugal highlights the strategic position of Portugal in the EU market and the value of the Portuguese language to access markets within the Portuguese-speaking world. The projections are that by the end of the year, the country will have a 2.2% GDP growth, with 1.8% of it coming from the tourism sector.
The World Travel Awards awarded a total of 16 prizes to Portugal, a record result, up significantly from seven awards last year and four in 2016. In June, Portugal was also named Best Tourist Destination in Europe for the second consecutive year.
The Portuguese island recognized at the 2018 World Travel Awards • Madeira was awarded ‘Best Island Destination’ at the 2018 World Travel Awards (WTA) held in Lisbon on December 1st. • The island was selected out of 18 competing islands around the globe • This accolade follows Discover Madeira winning ‘Europe’s Leading Island Destination’ in 2017
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