The Algarve has once again been nominated in the category for Europeâ€™s Best Beach Destination.
According to the final list of nominees released by the World Travel Awards, widely considered as the Oscars of tourism, the Algarve is joined by the usual suspects of Cannes (France), Corfu (Greece), Mallorca and Marbella (Spain), Sardinia (Italy) and Oludeniz in Turkey. Voting will take place online until the 26 July and is open to the public via worldtravelawards.com/vote.
The Algarve has previously won the award in 2012 and 2013.
In last yearâ€™s World Travel Awards Portugal almost doubled the number of gongs it took, moving up from nine in 2013 to sixteen in 2014. Portugal was in 2014 nominated for an award in 40 different categories and won 16 of them, including Europeâ€™s Leading Cruise Destination and Leading Cruise Port, both of which were scooped by Lisbon. Madeira took the title of best holiday islands, while national flag-carrier TAP was awarded a gong for the European airline with the best connections to Africa and South America.
Portugalâ€™s national tourist board Turismo de Portugal won Europeâ€™s Leading Tourist Board category.
The Algarve took more than half of the gongs with nine of Portugalâ€™s sixteen prestigious trophies going to that region, five of them in European categories, and four accolades at a national level.
In this yearâ€™s nominations, 71 are from Portugal, with 44 of these in the Algarve,