PORTUGAL’S cosmopolitan capital has been named Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2013 at the prestigious World Travel Awards.
The revered award was presented to Turismo de Lisboa at a gala in Antalya, Turkey on 31 August.
It is the third time in five years that this trendy city has received the accolade. The World Travel Awards, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year and is considered to be the “Oscars” of global tourism, was attended by many prominent figures in the global travel industry.
The Portuguese capital is famed for its reliably pleasant climate, its coastal location, and its rich culture and history. It also possesses the best price-quality ratio of any city in Europe, and was recognised by the Post Office’s City Costs Barometer as the most affordable city break destination in the Eurozone earlier this year.
“We are thrilled to see Lisbon taking its rightful place as the top city break destination in Europe,” said Paula Oliveira, executive director at Turismo de Lisboa.
“The outcome of these Awards marks the achievement and commitment of all Turismo de Lisboa staff and its members to deliver the highest tourism standards at all times, in order to provide a truly memorable city break for new and returning visitors.”