Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe with almost exactly the same borders since 1297, yet until recently was left off the radar of many travellers and tourists who favoured France and Italy. Times are changing and Portugal, known for lovely beaches and delicious food, is finally being recognised for a top destination and lifestyle, most recently taking the "Best European Country Award". Chosen by USA Today and 10Best readers, Portugal, "secured the lion's share of votes".
"Portugal has apparently stolen the hearts of our readers." the newspaper reported. "Portugal is less iconic than other well-known countries, but it offers a wealth of opportunities to travellers: charming villages, great food, fascinating regional music, cultural opportunities, a beautiful coastline and even world-class surfing. "
The full list of winners in the 'Best European Country' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice is as follows:
5. United Kingdom
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