Portuguese American Journal

Award: Azores voted ‘Best Adventure Destination in the World’ – Dubai

The Azores are the “Best Adventure Destination in the World” according to the 2023 World Travel Awards described as a “true paradise for lovers of exciting and unforgettable experiences.”

The World Travel Awards, considered the “Oscars of Tourism”  were announced at a gala ceremony held on December 1st at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai. 

“This global recognition is the icing on the cake, after the Azores consecutively won, in the years 2020, 2021 and 2022, the title of Best Adventure Destination in Europe.” According to Luis Capdeville, Executive Director of Visit Azores.

“The Azores, by receiving this global distinction, assert themselves as an international icon on the tourist scene, offering a unique combination of activities and the emotion provided by their stunning landscapes,” he added.

Portugal as a country was named “Europe’s Leading Destination” by the prestigious World Travel Awards. The country won 17 awards in total—with regions such as the Algarve, Lisbon and Porto securing the top spot in a diverse range of categories.

Created in 1993, the World Travel Awards recognize the work developed in the area of ​​the tourist industry at a global level, to stimulate the competitiveness and quality of tourism

World Travel Awards ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry worldwide attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.

Most recently, the Azores were awarded the 2021 “Platinum Quality Coast Destination” an international award distinguishing coastal environmental quality for sustainable tourism.

The Platinum “Quality Coast” certification is the highest level global recognition award for the destination’s quality and management, based on criteria defined by Green Destinations.



The Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal composed of nine islands. The archipelago discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal. According to the latest US census over 1.3 million individuals of Portuguese descent live in the United States, the majority with roots in the Azores. It is estimated that over 20,000 US citizens live in Portugal.