The Algarve in southern Portugal has won ‘World’s Leading Beach Destination 2020’ at the World Travel Awards, shortly after winning ‘Leading Beach Destination in Europe 2020’ for the seventh time.
João Fernandes, President of Algarve Tourism says: “The award means a lot to us, especially after such a difficult year. To win the trust and recognition of travellers from around the world is very rewarding. We have worked hard on implanting new health and safety protocols to make visitors feel safe ths year.
“In the Algarve we are blessed with a great diversity of beautiful beaches – from expansive stretches of sand on deserted islands to small coves surrounded by cliffs. We are proud to have 87 blue flag beaches and our excellent facilities such as beach cafes, restaurants, help points, life guards and water sports operators all contribute to a great beach experience.
“Whilst many visitors come to the Algarve for the beaches they are also able to enjoy our many golf courses, nature parks, cultural and historical sites and our incredible seafood.”
Graham E. Cooke, Founder of World Travel Awards comments: “Despite the incredible challenges faced by our industry over the course of 2020, I am pleased to report that this year’s World Travel Awards programme saw record voting numbers from the all-important tourism consumer. This shows that the hunger for travel and tourism has never been as keen, offering fortitude and encouragement to us all.”
Notes to Editor:
Known for its promise of more than 300 days of sun per year, the region is home to authentic gastronomy and a range of outdoor activities from surfing to cycling, walking, and birdwatching that attracts thrill seekers, nature lovers alike. The Algarve’s 16 municipalities offer traditional and distinct experiences that allow for visitors to discover its rich heritage as a region.