Everyone who recently visited Portugal must have felt it’s new vibe. It’s almost as if it awoke from a long rejuvenating sleep, presenting itself to the world in a more attractive shape since the end of the recession in 2013.
Hidden behind the big neighbour Spain for decades, Portugal suddenly overcame its unpopularity and became a hotspot for both visitors and investors. For its inhabitants this certainly did not come as a surprise as we have been asking ourselves for a long time why its varied natural beauty, superb gastronomy, welcoming people and rich cultural heritage have not been enough to convince many people to explore this country. After being awarded Europe’s Leading Golf Destination in 2012, World’s Leading Golf Destination in 2013, Europe’s Leading Beach Destination in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and Europe’s and World’s Leading Destination in 2017 at the World Travel Awards and after registering new records in property sales and tourist arrivals in 2017, Portugal ranked third in Lonely Planet’s category Ten countries you need to visit in 2018, behind Chile and South Corea.
I look forward seeing you in the Algarve!