Portugal voted Best European destination for the third consecutive year

Portugal was voted Best European Tourist Destination for the third consecutive year by the World Travel Awards, at a ceremony held on 8th June in Madeira.

Since 2017 that Portugal has been receiving this distinction. In 2019, the destination competed against Austria, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

In total, Portugal received 39 awards (three more than in 2018). In addition to the Best European Destination Award, Lisbon won Europe's Leading City Break Destination and Europe's Leading Cruise Port 2019, Madeira was voted Europe's Leading Island Destination, Passadiços do Paiva (Paiva Walkways) won Europe's Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction and Dark Sky Alqueva received the Europe's Responsible Tourism Award. Tourism of Portugal also received the award for Europe's Leading Tourist Board.

According to Deputy Minister of Economy Pedro Siza Vieira, "it is a great pleasure to receive the Oscars for Best European Destination for the third consecutive year. In recent years, Portugal has assumed itself as a must-see and irresistible destination, and the fact that we have won this distinction in a row shows that our strategy is right, rewarding and consistent. It is particularly rewarding to see that, after being voted Europe's Most Sustainable Destination in March, we continue to win sustainability awards, as we have with Paiva Walkways and Dark Sky Alqueva. We are getting closer to being the most sustainable destination in the world."


Photo: José Mendes

Tags: World Travel Awards, Madeira