ABTA – Portugal on Best Holiday Destination List 2014By Kerstin Buechner Dias • Jan 17th, 2014 • Category: Portugal
Portugal was considered by ABTA – British Travel Association, to be one of the best holiday destinations in their 2014 Travel Trends report, which was developed together with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The report predicts cautious optimism in the holiday market for the year ahead with consumers continuing to holiday and planning to spend more than they did in 2013. It also reveals that value for money will remain a priority for many and that package holidays will perform well again in 2014. As well as market trends, ABTA’s 2014 Travel Trends Report highlights destinations to watch for the coming year.
The report confirms that “British holidaymakers have always loved Portugal and in 2013 visitor numbers were up by over 8%. With new direct flights in 2014 to the main cities Lisbon and Oporto, savvy holidaymakers will be heading off to these two beautiful and historic towns for a city break with a difference. The Algarve has a year round good climate and remains the main draw for UK holidaymakers, with surfers and more adventurous holidaymakers heading for the big waves and dramatic coves of Europe’s most south westerly point Sagres. In 2014 discerning holidaymakers will be heading to the “Alentejo” an area of outstanding natural beauty with Eucalyptus forests criss-crossed by rivers, cork and olive groves as well as the UNESCO World Heritage site university town of Coimbra and the mysterious Templar town, Tomar. Food lovers are also in for a treat. Portuguese food is amongst the best and most underrated in Europe, with marinated meats and fresh grilled fish washed down with delicious young white wine, vinho verde, followed by pasteis de nata, a delicious, light, custard tart.”