Condé Nast Traveler readers have chosen Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, as their second favorite and the city to watch out for, right after the famous city of Istanbul.
Condé Nast Traveler, the National Magazine’s 25-award winning luxury travel and lifestyle magazine, noted that European locations also fill the remaining spots on the list, TheSchengen.com reports.
The 34th Annual Reader’s Awards counted more than 800,000 readers from all over the world, who filled out a form with choices of different criteria and at multiple levels. For destinations to qualify for the position, they must have a high-quality gastronomic scene, smart hotels, friendly locals, and attractive historical heritage sites, among others.
Furthermore, readers’ votes determine the ranking each year; Thus, the best European destination for 2021 includes the following:
Istanbul (Turkey) Porto (Portugal) San Sebastian (Spain) Salzburg (Austria) Siena (Italy) Dubrovnik (Croatia) Bruges (Belgium) Reykjavik (Iceland) Galway (Ireland)
However, Istanbul ranked first with a slight difference of 0.89 points compared to Porto which scored 92.78 points respectively. Moreover, Portugal was listed as the best country destination globally, in a ranking published earlier this month.
Despite being a popular tourist spot for leisure, Portugal is also a safe country to travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the classification of TheSchengen.com previously published, Lisbon is an ideal destination for those who have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as the following list indicates:
Comirnaty Spikevax (formerly COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine) Vaxzevria (formerly COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) COVID-19 Janssen Vaccine
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A vaccination, cure, or COVID test certificate is required from both tourists and locals to present in order to enter cultural, tourism, or sporting events of more than 500 indoors or 1,000 attendees for outdoor activities.
“Restaurants, cafes and pastry shops with no restrictions on opening and closing hours until 2 am. Limited to groups of 8 people inside and 15 people on the terrace,” notes Portugal Visit Portal.
Moreover, like other EU member states, Portugal has joined the EUDCC portal, which means that all EU COVID-19 digital certificate holders can freely visit the country and its tourist sites this fall, despite it being in the midst of the pandemic.
The Portuguese government also recognizes vaccination and recovery certificates issued by health authorities in third countries, making the country more friendly in terms of safe entry rules for COVID-19.