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2014/02/12

Last day to vote for Madeira and Porto as European Best Destination 2014

For the 5th year running you are invited to select the European Best Destinations for 2014!
They are 20 tourist destinations selected and Portugal is running with two: Madeira and Porto. 
You don’t have to travel a long way to find the ideal holiday destination. There are endless reasons for visiting Madeira!
In addition to its stunning scenery and luxuriant mountains, this archipelago offers a mild climate all year round, a warm welcome, peace, safety and security which all together make your holidays unforgettable.
To really get to know Madeira, climb to the top of a mountain and enjoy fantastic, breathtaking views or follow the trails and paths in the Laurissilva Forest along more than 1,400 km of Levadas, in a unique encounter with the island’s soul.
Feel the energy flowing from the cosmopolitan ambiance of Funchal’s streets and purchase some souvenirs, like the famous Madeira embroidery, wine or wickerwork.
Take a tour around the island, stopping off on the way to admire the landscape or to enjoy a traditional gastronomic delicacy. For more energetic visitors there is scuba-diving, surfing, windsurfing or jet-skiing.
Romantics may prefer a wonderful sailboat trip along the coast to enjoy the sunset.
But to make this your dream holiday, you really must spend some time on the paradisiacal island of Porto Santo 40 km from Madeira, only 15 minutes by plane or 2h30 on ferry. Known as the “golden island”, Porto Santo is blessed with a 9 km fine, unpolluted sandy beach washed by a clear, calm sea - all you need for a perfect stay.

Discover these enchanted islands… happiness is so near!
Why voting for Porto?
Porto is one of Europe's oldest tourist destinations. Its wealth of monumental and artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city.

At any time of the day, 365 days of the year, Porto has a special charm for anyone visiting the city for the first time, as it does for those coming back for a second visit, to discover a city that is simultaneously modern and authentic.

In 1996, the historical centre of Porto was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The city unfolds along the river bank and the sea shore, to reveal charming vistas, inviting esplanades and all the pleasures of the outdoors, framed by its green spaces.

Setting out to discover Porto means bumping into surprise after surprise. Whilst maintaining its welcoming and conservative nature, the city is, at the same time, contemporary and creative. This can be seen in its streets, its architectures and its monuments, its museums, its leisure spaces, its esplanades and its shopping areas which run from the traditional to the modern and exclusive.

Events enliven the annual cultural and sporting calendars, culminating in ‘São João’, the city’s very own Feast.

At night, Porto turns into a new and different city, with entertainment and leisure opportunities that cater to all tastes and excitement that bubbles up to fill the streets with energy and cheerfulness.

There’s a wide offer of lodging ranges from well-known hotel chains, charming guesthouses, welcoming hostels and comfortable apartments.


As the main gateway to the North of Portugal and three other World Heritage Sites, Guimarães, Foz Côa and the Douro Valley, a whole world of experiences awaits the visitor. Each day can be quite unlike the day before – one day you might be in a World Heritage city centre, the next at the seaside or on a wine tasting trip up the Douro valley, or hiking through the National Park or exploring an important religious site, such as Fátima or Santiago de Compostela.
With such good motives it will be difficult to decide in which one to vote, but today is your last chance, so don´t wait any longer...make your decision and vote now!

No need to register, one click and your vote is in ;)

http://www.europeanbestdestinations.org/vote 
Source: European Best Destinations

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