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Porto elected best European destination 2014


Two years after the city was chosen as best European destination, Porto won again the Best European Destination competition promoted by the European Consumers Choice, beating 19 competitors destinations, including Madeira, ranked 6th in the ranking.

Porto Best European destination 2014In the top 5 of the largest exhibition of e-tourism Europe preferences are followed Zagreb, Vienna, and Budapest Nicosia. The Invicta succeeds Istanbul, especially in the EBD website organization, based in Brussels that “Porto is exceptional.”

History, architecture, culture, cuisine and commerce are some of the things pointed out to visit the city. The “sumptuous” Palácio da Bolsa and the Foundation and the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art are listed as must-see places to visit in.

Porto is exceptional in many ways. Elected Best European Destination 2014 by the european citizens, Porto, the “Cidade Invicta” (unvanquished city) is history, is architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries.

Porto has all the charm of towns which happily cohabit with their river. You can stroll along the River Douro (river of gold) in the Ribeira, fly over it by helicopter or discover Porto ‘s architecture, its amazing landscapes and magnificent bridges by taking a cruise on this majestic river. Porto is also a sea city and in the briefest of time a tram will bring you to Foz do Douro’s gentle beaches face to face with the Atlantic.

Porto knows how to make you feel welcome; very likely it will conquer your heart and leave a long lasting impression. You will find it hard to leave.

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Algarve Chocolate Fair


Scores of visitors from around the Algarve made their way to the 4th Chocolate Fair held last weekend at the Loulé Municipal Market, and it did not disappoint.

Algarve Car Hire - Algarve Chocolate FairChocolate-lovers from near and far were delighted with the 17 different stands showcasing their wares, which ranged from crèpes to bonbons, cupcakes to chocolate fountains, hot drinks to new novelties such as chocolate sushi.

Among the many exhibitors were local sweet-makers as well as two schools taking part in the event, Loulé Secondary School and the Algarve Hotel School.

Given the response to this year’s Chocolate Fair the organisers have already said that it will be back in 2015.

The fair also aims to promote local, regional and national products while stressing nutritional characteristics, culinary versatility, and the touristic potential of chocolate.

Multiple stands set up at the municipal market will once again be selling everything from sweets to fondues and hot drinks, giving everyone a perfect excuse for a delicious Valentine’s Day present.

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