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Lisbon Leading City Break Destination for 2013


Last 31st August, the World Travel Awards named Lisbon, Portugal as Europe's Leading City Break Destination for 2013. The city also earned the recognition in 2009 and 2010, and beat out notable cities like Dublin, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Venice to take the title for the third time.

Lisbon Named Leading City Break Destination for 2013It is the third time in five years that this trendy city has received the accolade. The World Travel Awards, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year and is considered to be the “Oscars” of global tourism, was attended by many prominent figures in the global travel industry.

The Portuguese capital is famed for its reliably pleasant climate, its coastal location, and its rich culture and history. It also possesses the best price-quality ratio of any city in Europe, and was recognised by the Post Office’s City Costs Barometer as the most affordable city break destination in the Eurozone earlier this year.

“We are thrilled to see Lisbon taking its rightful place as the top city break destination in Europe,” said Paula Oliveira, executive director at Turismo de Lisboa.

Portugal’s national capital, Lisbon, boasts one of the longest histories, warmest climates and bustling nightlife of any major European city alongside its dramatic location sprawled along seven hills overlooking the river Tagus and Portugal’s west coast. Famed for its year round sunshine and beauty, Lisbon’s grand architecture dazzles and its old-world charm mingles with chic streets, galleries, lively nightlife and a centre which gives way to sandy beaches just minutes away. It also one of the most affordable capitals in Europe, perfect for a captivating city break or short haul escape.

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