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Algarve Voted ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Destination’ For 10th Time



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Portugal’s Algarve region has been voted ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Destination’ at the 2023 World Travel Awards for the tenth time. It is a world first as no other destination has won this prestigious award this many times.
The other top shortlisted beach destinations included Cannes, France; Corfu, Greece; Costa Navarino, Greece; Mallorca, Spain; Marbella, Spain; Porto Santo Island, Madeira; and Sardinia, Italy.
Speaking about winning the award, President of the Algarve Tourism Bureau André Gomes said in a statement reported by Breaking Travel News, “We are honoured and delighted to have won this award for the tenth time. It’s a real privilege for the region to have been recognised as Europe’s Leading Beach Destination, and to be making history this way.”
“The Algarve has beaches to suit all tastes. From long, sandy beaches protected by golden cliffs to small bays nestled between rocks, and the calm waters of the east coast beaches like Manta Rota and Altura, which are perfect for families,” Gomes said. “Meanwhile, the west coast beaches of Amado, Bordeira and Monte Clerigo have some of the most scenic and uncrowded in the country and are a go-to destination for surfers. There also famous beach resort towns such as Albufeira, Lagos and Vilamoura, all with fine beaches.”
“And complementing the beaches, we have a rich culture and tradition, with a long history of fishing, agriculture, crafts and gastronomy that has been shaped and influenced by its long Atlantic coastline, Moorish ancestry and sunny climate,” Gomes added.
Home to over 100 beaches, the region in Portugal has some of Europe’s most beautiful coastline, stretching over 200km.
The Algarve is home to 88 Blue Flag beaches. To qualify as a Blue Flag beach, stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.