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Algarve and Lisbon Win World Travel Awards

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Lisbon has been chosen as the number one short break destination in Europe, beating eight other finalists - London, Madrid, Paris , Rome, Venice , Dublin and Istanbul.

For the third time Lisbon won the "Best Destination for City Breaks in Europe ' awarded by the World Travel Awards (WTA) the top awards scheme in the industry, frequently referred to as the ‘Travel Oscars.’

The award was presented to the Lisbon Tourism board at a gala event held in Antalya, Turkey.

According to the founder and president of the WTA, Graham Cooke, "Turismo de Lisboa has won the gold prize which shows to consumers the continued efforts undertaken in improving the tourism products and services of the city."

The Algarve was not left out as it received the award for the best European beach destination, ahead of Cannes (France), Corfu (Greece), Costa Smeralda (Sardinia), Marbella (Spain) and Oludeniz (Turkey).

The Algarve's Vila Joya again won the prize for the best boutique resort, the best luxury resort went to the Conrad Algarve, the best Golf resort went to Hotel Quinta do Lago, and the best villa resort was won by the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel.

The prizes are awarded according to the online votes of travel professionals worldwide. The beach award therefore is based on travel professionals’ views which are starting to be influenced by the growing publicity surrounding the oil and gas drilling set to take place next year not far offshore along the Algarve’s hitherto pristine coastline.

Oil rigs and tourism are not known successfully to go together and the Algarve economy will suffer if it is viewed primarily as as a beach destination with a likelihood of oil residues and drilling chemicals being released into the currently clean waters.

The first oil-covered seabird will cost millions in lost bookings.

Most visitors find are introduced to portuguese wine in the Algarve where they come on holiday to enjoy some sun, sea, golf and great food. Portuguese wines is still hard to find on the supermarkets in Europe and LoveYourTable.com is here to provide access in UK, Germany and rest of Europe to the tasty Portuguese wines be it, Vinho Verde, Alentejo or Douro wines. If you have not yet visited the Algarve then we would certainly recommend the following destinations:

Monte Gordo

Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lobo

Vilamoura

Olhos de Agua

Lagos

Sagres

All these are driving distant from Faro Airport where you can hire a car and experience the famous Portuguese tourist destination, the Algarve.


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