Recently, Portugal has won plenty of different types of best-tourist-destination awards, and now also statistics reward the good fortune of this southern European country. Algarve, the province on the south coast, is the most low-cost European region to stay in during a vacation.
The British 2017 Post Office Holiday Money Report rates Portugal’s Algarve province the cheapest travel destination in Europe, Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach the second and Costa del Sol in Andalusia, Spain the third.
The comparison took into account 44 destinations in Europe, which means it is definitely possible to find even more affordable places to travel to, but if major tourist destinations are considered, the top three is Algarve, Sunny Beach and Costa del Sol.
If you don’t know why Portugal’s South Coast is such a popular destination, a travel guide to Algarve shows you around the beaches, villages, mountains, castles and national parks.
An annual travel industry event for professionals, The World Travel Awards, let members vote for the best destinations and service providers. The big winner of the awards in 2017 was Portugal. For instance, these categories were dominated by the country:
The Best European Destination: Portugal
The Best Beach Destination in Europe: Algarve, Portugal
Perhaps the Algarve travel guidebook has some answers why people like to visit Portugal’s south coast? According to the book, the reason is a perfect combination of sunny climate around the year, relatively new tourism infrastructure without overbuilding or overcrowding, varying coastline, exciting history between North Africa and Europe, and perfect environment for outdoor activities.