The initiative aims to showcase the best of what each Portuguese region has to offer
The Algarve has brought home 13 accolades from the ‘Prémio Cinco Estrelas Regiões’ awards.
Held for the fifth year, the initiative aims to showcase and give a five-star status to the best of what each Portuguese region has to offer in several categories including food, natural resources, monuments and heritage.
“The beauty and richness of the Algarve landscapes, the quality and excellence of its tourist attractions and local businesses took centre stage with 13 winners,” organisers said in a statement.
Estói (Faro) was awarded in the category of ‘Villages and Towns’ while the Cataplana Algarvia – a regional stew cooked in a clam-shaped copper pot – was selected in the ‘Traditional Portuguese Cuisine’ category.
The stunning castle of Silves received five-star status in the ‘National Monuments’ category, while the town’s oranges were recognised in the ‘Traditional Portuguese Products’ category.
Praia da Rocha, the Ria Formosa Natural Park and Monchique were also awarded in the categories of ‘Beach’, ‘Reserves, Landscapes, Dams’ and ‘Mountains’, respectively.
Several businesses in the Algarve also received awards: Zoomarine (Theme Park); My Nanny (Babysitting); Forum Algarve (Shopping Centres); Alinea Premium Oral Care (Dental Clinics); Condoarade (Condominium Administration); and Cars and Cars (Used Car Stands).
This year, around 425,000 Portuguese consumers took part in the voting.