Photography: José Guerra
The hotel reservations website Hotel.info and GlobalGrasshoper, an international portal for ‘independent travelers’, are electing the best holidays destination among the hamlets, villages and small towns of the European continent with a population of less than 100 thousand inhabitants.
The objective of this initiative is to elect the “Best Big-Time Small Destination” from among the places where the tourism for the masses still hasn’t arrived. This contest accounts for “52 small and scenic settlements”, where Portugal is represented by both Ericeira and Óbidos.
The competition is made through qualifying rounds in which two destinations will ‘battle’ among themselves for the next round. Ericeira’s opponent is the ‘baroque pearl of the baltic sea’, Narva, in Estonia.
The organization of the contest highlights the beaches and waves of Ericeira: “A paradise for surfers”. Besides that are also mentioned the “beautiful panoramic views” and the “best shellfish of the are”.
In addition to the Ericeira – Narva round, there are also in place additional voting ‘duels’, such as La Valeta (Malta) vs Lindos (Greece), Dubrovnik (Croatia) vs Toledo (Spain), Bodrum (Turkey) vs Ordino (Andorra) or Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs Sitges (Spain).
To vote on Ericeira as the Best Big-Time Small Destination in Europe, click here. The winner will be revealed by the 14th of February.
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