Website Globe Spots, awarded Portugal with the Top of the Top 10 countries fo 2013. Here´s how they decribe it:
"Portugal oozes 'old European charm'. Medieval towns and historical quarters are full of squares, churches and monasteries. Narrow lanes are flanked by old skew houses with crooked balconies draped in drying laundry. Here, neighbours still share the latest gossip or discuss politics from their windows. Pastry shops and taverns are found in such abundance it makes you wonder whether the Portuguese eat at home at all. The pace is soothingly slow and any day seems to be a good day for a drink. Chances are that after a few days in Portugal, you'll find yourself sitting in a small square with a glass of tawny port in your hand, no matter whether you previously liked the stuff or not. It's just one of those things Portugal does to you."
20 selected towns were competing for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2012. After a three weeks’ period of online voting Porto is elected the Best European Destination 2012 and wins the title ahead of 19 big european cities.
Lisbon, the Portuguese Capital, was awarded the 8th place.
Academicians, friends and finalists gathered at Covent Garden's Grand Connaught Rooms on Friday 11 November 2011 to hear who had triumphed in the 2012 Urbanism Awards.
Following a summer of assessment visits, the Academy's members were invited to vote according to reports written by teams of Academicians.
The Academy of Urbanism, an independent group that brings together experts from areas related to urban planning in Britain and Ireland, decided to give Lisbon, The European City of the Year 2012 award. It was voted by about 500 academics, distinguishing a set of best urban planning practices...
My name is Mica Nazare and I am a Licensed, Official Tour Guide specialized in Lisbon and Portugal. I speak four languages (English, French, Spanish and Italian) and have been a Tour Guide for more than 25 years.
As a Professional Tour Guide, I can help you on making your visit to Portugal, a long lasting memory, way beyond a simple city guide book.
Here is a list of services I may provide:
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