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The European nominees of the 24th World Travel Awards have been announced. These are the most sought after awards in the travel and tourism industry, with nominations alone being regarded as a significant achievement. 

Established in 1993, the awards acknowledge and celebrate the high levels of excellence across travel, tourism and hospitality. Let’s take a look at some of the categories and their nominees…

Europe’s Leading Cruise Port

Ports in Turkey, Denmark and England are all among the nominees for this year’s leading cruise port in Europe. Porto de Lisboa in Portugal claimed the top prize in 2016 and has made its way back into the list. Here are the 2017 nominees:

  • Copenhagen Malmo Port, Denmark
  • Port de Barcelona, Spain
  • Port of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Port of Antalya, Turkey
  • Port of Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Port of Marseille Fos, France
  • Port of Southampton, England
  • Port of Split, Croatia
  • Port of Venice, Italy
  • Porto de Lisboa, Portugal

Our Pick: Port de Barcelona 

As the fourth largest cruise port in the world and the gateway to one of Europe’s finest destinations, Port de Barcelona is a worthy nominee. With a 2000-year history, the port has been vital in the development of the Spanish city. The port and many of its main terminals are just a 15 minute walk from Barcelona’s centre and open the door to discovery and adventure for anyone exploring the Catalonian capital on a Mediterranean cruise

Europe’s Leading Beach Destination

Relaxing on the beach is high on the list of many holiday itineraries. The 2017 nominee list for the leading beach destination includes some of the most famous locations in Europe - from the white sands of Sardinia to Cannes’ star-studded coastline. Last year, voters chose Portugal’s Algarve as the winner. And who can blame them? Here are the nominees for 2017:

  • Cannes, France
  • Corfu, Greece
  • Majorca, Spain
  • Marbella, Spain
  • Oludeniz, Turkey
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • The Algarve, Portugal

Our Pick: Cannes, France

Cannes, France


Gleaming with glitz and glamour, Cannes is a luxurious cruise holiday destination. Famous for the Cannes Film Festival, celebrities and holidaymakers alike flock to Cannes for its boutique shops and exclusive restaurants lining the Riviera. Of course, it’s equally famous for the beautiful golden sand beaches and it’s easy to see why Cannes has made the list in this year’s World Travel Awards.

Europe’s Leading City Destination

A mix of sun-kissed Mediterranean cities and cultural capitals, this is perhaps the most competitive and diverse category at the awards. From the iconic waterways of Venice to the grand architecture of Moscow, choosing just one city European city destination is a difficult task. This year’s nominees are:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • London, England
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Paris, France
  • Rome, Italy
  • St Petersburg, Russia
  • Venice, Italy
  • Vienna, Austria

Our Pick: Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal


Lisbon is Portugal’s vibrant capital and among one of the most popular destinations for people looking to book a European cruise. Brimming with character, Lisbon offers holidaymakers a rich experience of Portuguese history and culture with its stunning architecture, food and sights. Although sometimes overlooked as a favoured city destination for the likes of Paris and Rome, Lisbon has definitely earned its place in this impressive list of nominees. 

Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination

And now the one you’ve all been waiting for… the Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination 2017 category! From ancient walled cities and waterfront beauties to modern metropolises, each of these destinations rightfully deserves their place in this esteemed competition. And the nominees are…

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Athens, Greece
  • Bodrum, Turkey
  • Cannes, France
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Edinburgh and the Forth, Scotland
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 
  • Venice, Italy 

Our Pick: Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Dubrovnik, Croatia


A UNESCO World Heritage site, Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most stunning walled cities in the world, let alone Europe. Bordered by the tranquil blue waters of the Adriatic, this Croatian capital offers visitors a charming pedestrian-only old town, beautiful beaches and incredible architecture. The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik” and described the city as “the pearl of the Adriatic.”  When you experience this magnificent city for yourself, you can’t help but agree wholeheartedly.

Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction

From World Heritage Sites to palaces, Europe is by no means short of fascinating tourist attractions. While this year’s list of nominees reveals some expected attractions such as La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Eiffel Tower, there are a few new additions too. Here’s the list of 2017 nominees:

  • Acropolis, Athens, Greece
  • Buckingham Palace, England
  • Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
  • La Sagrada Familia, Spain
  • Mary Rose Museum, England
  • Passadicos do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark)
  • Ribeira do Porto, Portugal
  • Spike Island, Ireland
  • The Eiffel Tower, France
  • The Roman Colosseum, Italy

Our Pick: The Acropolis of Athens

Athens, Greece


The Acropolis of Athens and its surrounding structures are universal symbols of Ancient Greece and remain the most complete monumental complex still in existence. The name of this ancient citadel, located on a rocky hill-top, derives from the Greek ‘Akro’ meaning high or extreme/extremity or edge and Polis meaning city. Although it was built back in the 5th Century BCE, it’s still Athens’ leading attraction.

Who Gets Your Vote?

Which of the destinations above are your favourites? Have your say by casting your vote over on the World Travel Awards website. Voting closes 6th August 2017 and the winners will be announced at the Europe Gala Ceremony in St Petersburg on 30th September 2017.

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