Awards come thick and fast for the Algarve, voted best in Europe for golf and beaches

The Algarve proved it is still a firm favourite with international holidaymakers by scooping a host of awards at the European stage of the prestigious World Travel Awards, held in the Turkish resort of Antalya in the first week of September.

The Algarve was crowned Europe’s Leading Golf Destination as well as Europe’s Leading Beach Destination, while a number of Portuguese resorts picked up prizes too. Vila Joya won the award for Europe’s Leading Boutique Resort, The Vine Hotel won Europe’s Leading Design Hotel, Quinta do Lago won Europe’s Leading Golf Resort, Martinhal Beach Resort was winner of Europe’s Leading Villa Resort and Conrad Algarve was winner of the Leading Luxury Resort category. A further ten awards were made to Portuguese resorts on a national level.

Meanwhile, Lisbon picked up the title of Europe’s Leading City Break Destination and Portuguese Madeira was named Europe’s Leading Island Destination.

Portugal will wait to see how well it does in the International World Travel Awards, when it will go head to head with destinations across other continents. This event takes place on December 12 in New Delhi, India. Last year Portugal won three awards and has high hopes for the 2013 event, after doing so well in the European stage.

The World Travel Awards, regarded as the ‘Oscars of the Travel Industry’ celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those companies and organisations that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service.

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