Portugal awarded again Europe's Leading Destination in the World Travel Awards, Europe's 2019 Ceremony

The 26th edition of the European World Travel Awards for 2019 was held in Madeira, at Belmond Reid's Palace, last 8th of June 2019, and Portugal won 27 European awards, plus 15 in the country category/Portugal, making a total of 42 awards.

Portugal was rated “Europe’s Leading Destination” and Lisbon Europe’s Leading City Break Destination” for the third year in a row. Lisbon was also considered “Europe’s Leading Cruise Port” for the fourth time in a row. For the sixth time the Algarve was chosen as the “Leading Beach Destination”, an award it has already won in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, such as Madeira that was chosen as the “Europe’s Leading Island destination”, an award it has already won in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 
To these distinctions, we can add that of the Institute of Tourism of Portugal, deemed to be “Europe’s Leading Tourist Board". It should be noted that in 2019 Portugal was represented with more than 140 nominations, in 70 different categories. 
These were the 27 awards attributed to Portugal:
Europe's Leading Tourist Board 2019

Europe's Leading Destination 2019

Europe's Leading Beach Destination 2019
Europe's Leading Island Destination 2019

Europe's Leading City Break Destination 2019
Europe's Leading Cruise Port 2019

Europe's Leading City Tourist Board 2019
Europe's Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2019

Europe's Leading Tourism Development Project 2019

Europe's Responsible Tourism Award 2019
Europe's Leading Airline to South America 2019

Europe's Leading Airline to Africa 2019

Europe's Leading Inflight Magazine 2019

Europe's Leading River Cruise Company 2019

Europe's Leading Business Hotel 2019

Europe's Leading MICE Hotel 2019
Europe's Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Beach Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Design Hotel 2019

Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel 2019
Europe's Leading Lifestyle Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Luxury Hotel & Villas 2019

Europe's Leading Resort Villas 2019

Europe's Most Romantic Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Island Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Luxury Lifestyle Resort 2019
Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel Operator 2019

Besides the Europe awards, Portugal also won 15 awards in the country category/Portugal, here is the list:
Portugal's Leading Boutique Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Business Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Conference Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Car Rental Company 2019

Portugal's Leading Family Resort 2019

Portugal's Leading Design Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Destination Management Company 2019

Portugal's Leading Green Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Hotel Residences 2019

Portugal's Leading Hotel Suite 2019

Portugal's Leading Resort 2019

Portugal's Leading Serviced Apartments 2019

Portugal's Leading Villa Resort 2019

Created in 1993, the World Travel Awards recognition the work done in the area of the tourist industry worldwide in order to stimulate competitiveness and quality in tourism. The nominees are selected on a worldwide scale by thousands of industry sector professionals who choose their favorites every year.


Algarve events guide for June 2019

Going to the Algarve
 during the month of June?
So d
iscover here what’s happening in the Algarve region.

The Algarve is known for its beachesnatural landscapes, bars and golf courses. And for its restaurants, hotels, monuments, and of course, for entertainment.
The offer of entertainment destination is diversified and includes events of public and private partners that invite you to enjoy emotions and traditions, sounds and regional flavors, that the Algarve Tourism organizes in this guide leaflet.

Find more information about the Algarve at:Algarve Region
Algarve Map

June 2019 "Follow Me": Lisbon monthly tourist Guide for visitors

Before you visit Lisbon, check "Follow me Lisboa" and discover what´s happening in the Lisboa region during the month of June. "Follow Me Lisboa" is a monthly tourist Guide for visitors.

A bilingual guide in Spanish/English, and in Portuguese/French, it is a pocket-sized publication containing the main cultural and other events to interest to the tourist and a complete itinerary to museums, monuments, parks, gardens, hotels and restaurants.

Find more about Lisboa region at:
- Brochure "Lisbon City Breaks"
- Brochure Lisbon: " A whole world to explore"

10 things to do and to see in Lisbon 


It´s starts today the Regatta of Portugal: May 30 to June 2, Lisbon

The Regatta of Portugal is back for another edition and will transform the Tagus into a great spectacle aboard the fast and agile trimarans Diam 24, the iconic boats of the "Tour de France à la Voile" competition.

National and international sailors will compete daily from 5:00 p.m., ending at sunset, always accompanied by good music and lots of animation, from the floating stage. 

Get ready because the party won't stop.

RdP Promo 2019_20s_ HD@H.264 from Regata de Portugal on Vimeo.

Every day, after sunset, it will be time to celebrate the Popular Saints in the one that promises to be the best "Arraial" of the River Tagus.

The Douro historical train returns between June and October 2019

Travelling on the Douro Historical Train is like travelling back in time. 

In a route along the Douro River, the steam locomotive and the five historical carriages run the distance between Régua and Tua, on a unique trip to the past through the beautiful landscape, which is classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.

One-day programme leaving Régua at 15:23 and returning at 18:32 with a stop at Pinhão, and then on to Tua and back. On-board entertainment with regional singers and musicians and a toast with a glass of Porto Ferreira. You can also try the Régua candies, a tradition for those who visit this region of Portugal.
You can just buy the Douro Historical Train journey, or you can choose to buy a Combined Package, which includes a return trip from anywhere in the country on Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, Regional and Oporto urban trains.
+ info:
Dates and times for the 2019 edition:
- Saturdays, between June 1 and October 26, 2019;
Thursday (public holiday), August 15, 2019.
Outward: Régua 15:23 > Tua 16:34;
Return: Tua 17:10 > Régua 18:32.

Douro Historical Train (Régua - Tua)

Includes: Douro Historical Train for the journey Régua/Tua and back.
  • Adult €42,50
  • Children €19 (4 to 12 years old inclusive)

- Packs (Historical train + journeys all over the country – return) : Please check the prices on the CP website here.

Information and bookings
Find more information at:
Source: CP website

Any plans for the weekend? We'll help you: go to Porto and attend Serralves em Festa 2019

From May 31 to June 2,  visit Porto and take part in one of the biggest contemporary arts festivals, that offers activities for all ages and for the whole family. 

During a non stop 50-hour period in May/June, Serralves em Festa presents hundreds of artists, in a wide array of activities in the fields of music, opera, dance, performance, theatre, new circus, literature, cinema, video, photography, workshops, guided visits and exhibitions.

The festivities aren’t confined to the premises of Serralves - they extend beyond the Foundation’s walls and inundate the streets of Oporto’s Baixa zone with street theatre, music and lively entertainment. 

Don’t miss it!

Find more information at:


Monocle released its annual Travel Top 50 Awards: Portugal and Portuguese companies collect 6 prizes

Monocle has just released its annual Travel Top 50 Awards, published in their travel magazine "The Escapist".
hashtagPortugal and hashtagPortuguese companies collect 6 prizes:

  • Claus Porto has "The Amenities we want more of"
  • TAP Air Portugal has the "Most handsome crew
  • São Lourenço do Barrocal is the "Top southwest Europe switch-off"
  • Belmond Reid's Palace has the "No-nonsense room award"
  • Ritz Four Seasons Lisboa has one of the "Best buffets"
  • Madeira is "Europe’s most underrated short-haul weekender"
  • Lisbon Airport is the "Most conveniently located long-haul hub"

Congratulations, everyone ;)

You can check the full list here.

Source: Monocle