Lisbon short breakLisbon, the cosmopolitan and fascinating capital of Portugal, has been named Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2013. The city triumphed at the prestigious World Travel Awards which are considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of tourism.

The esteemed World Travel Award was presented to Turismo de Lisboa at a gala in Turkey on 31st August 2013. The award victory was witnessed by some of the most prominent figures in the global travel industry, including key decision makers, chief figure heads and the leading trade and consumer media.

This latest win marks the third time Lisbon has been recognised as Europe’s Leading City Break Destination in the Awards over the last five years. The Portuguese capital is famed for its year-round pleasant climate, rich culture and beaches located just 20 minutes from the city centre, plus a price-quality ratio unrivalled anywhere else in Europe. In fact, Lisbon was named the most affordable city break destination in the Eurozone earlier this year, according to the Post Office’s 2013 City Costs Barometer.

“We are thrilled to see Lisbon taking its rightful place as the top city break destination in Europe,” comments Paula Oliveira, executive director at Turismo de Lisboa. “The outcome of these Awards marks the achievement and commitment of all Turismo de Lisboa staff and its members to deliver the highest tourism standards at all times, in order to provide a truly memorable city break for new and returning visitors.”

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards honour and reward excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Now in its 20th year, the awards programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in its field, with noted travel companies and regional tourist boards competing to receive the ultimate accolade in the travel and tourism arena. The winners are determined by an online vote cast by hundreds of travel professionals and consumers around the world.