'Wonderful' spot named best beach destination in Europe – and it's not in Spain

The Atlantic hotspot is a tourist favourite and it’s little surprise to see it win ‘Best Beach Destination in Europe’ at the World Travel Awards. But which European beach area was voted best for British tourists?

The region’s tourism board has recently announced its plans to put more focus on off season tourism to the Algarve.

As a world class golfing destination, the Algarve has plenty to offer enthusiasts all year-round at one of its many courses.

British tourists can explore whitewashed fishing villages overlooking hidden beach coves with crystal waters.

The beaches south of the city of Lagos are some of the region’s most stunning areas and are overlooked by red limestone cliffs.


Praia de Falésia is one of the longest beaches in Portugal at almost seven kilometres with golden sands.

Surfers have plenty of waves to catch on the Algarve and will be spoilt for choice with the region’s many surfing beaches.

Intrepid explorers can discover the Algarve’s incredible rock formations which offer some great selfie opportunities.

Families should take a dolphin watching tour to catch a glimpse of the beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

Instagrammer, withklaudia, said: “Just another shot from my favourite place in Algarve.”

Another user, nextination, said: “A month ago I visited Algarve in Portugal for the very first time and I fell in love.”

João Fernandes, President of Algarve Tourism, said: “This award consolidates the perception of the differentiated quality of our destination’s offer compared to its main competitors.

“To the region’s natural beauty, the Algarve has known how to associate a set of experiences that transform the days of those who travel to this destination into surprising and emotional stays, and it is these value propositions that are being recognised and generating a growing interest among visitors and tourists.”

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