Algarve success

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Over the weekend, the World Travel awards were given out.

Praia da Falésia which is between Albufeira and Vilamoura in the Algarve

For one destination, the event must have seemed a little blasé. The reason? For the 6th time, the Algarve in Portugal has won the title, ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Destination’

 It is a world first as no other destination has won it so many times. 

Given the huge array of beaches in Europe and the  number that have achieved Blue Flag or similar status, the achievement by the Algarve is remarkable.

No wonder then that João Fernandes, President of Algarve Tourism Bureau, said: “We are delighted to win the award for the sixth time, and to make history in this way.” Who wouldn’t be?

As Fernandes said, “The Algarve is blessed with a wide variety of beaches from small secluded bays to sweeping expanses of white sand. The calmer beaches are perfect for younger children who love to pick clams in the wet sand, or play in the small waves, whilst older children adore all the watersports on offer such as surfing and bodyboards. And parents appreciate the great restaurants on the beaches, medical help points and serviced sunbeds.”

That variance and the infrastructure available for those who use the beaches must surely have contributed to the win

The Algarve in Portugal has over 100 beaches, 88 of which are Blue Flag beaches and the coastline stretches across 200 kilometres.

Over the year’s we have highlighted some of the beaches and not just those, for example, around one of the most popular destination for Britons – Albufeira. Don’t think that all beaches are on the coastline. Praia Fluvial de Pego Fundo is a river beach some seventy minutes by car from the airport in Faro. As such it is a popular beach for youngsters you are put off by crashing waves. Consequently parents prefer the safety of the quiet waters.

That the Algarve offers a combination of both sea and river beaches must also have contributed to their awards’ success.

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