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World Travel Awards – the leading authority that recognises and rewards excellence in travel and tourism – has revealed its Europe 2021 winners.

The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.

Graham Cooke, Founder, World Travel Awards, says: “Our winners represent the very best of the Europe’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. They are all playing starring roles in leading the travel and tourism recovery.”

Let's explore top holiday destinations of the World Travel Awards 2021

1.Azores Islands, Portugal

2.Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, Greece

3.St Petersburg, Russia

4.Azerbaijan

5.Batumi, Georgia

6.Moscow, Russia

Let's see what awards these destinations have won

1.Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination: Azores Islands

An archipelago far off the coast of Portugal, the Azores Islands have won the award for best adventure tourism destination two years in a row.

Not only that, the Azores Islands were also nominated for a whole host of other exciting awards, including: Leading Dive Destination, Responsible Tourism Award, and Leading Island Destination.

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In 2020, Azores is the safest, most surprising, and comfortable destination. In this new reality we’re in these 9 islands distinguish themselves by the security they offer: all visitors are tested before entering (tests can be made on their own country/region), preventing the spread of Coronavirus. In addition, this destination offers the safe distance that visitors need, many outdoor activities that are everything we want after being confined for so long, and the peace we need in such troubled times.

Top 10 Places To Visit In Azores

1. European safest destination 2020

2. The first archipelago in the world to be certified as a sustainable touristic destination

3. Destination distinguished with all the classifications awarded by UNESCO

4. Multi-destination offer, to explore at any time of the year

5. One of the best destinations for diving

6. Five centuries of history and tradition

7. One of the best destinations for land, air and sea adventures

8. Architecture, art and culture

9. Azorean Hospitality

10. Unique gastronomy, with high quality and organic products

2.Europe's Leading Beach Resort: Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, Greece

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Also the winner for Leading Luxury Villa Resort, the Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas in Crete, Greece is the ideal getaway for those with a taste for the good life.

Situated in peaceful gardens, close to the traditional fishing village of Elounda, the five-star Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, a Leading Hotel of the World, boasts one of Greece’s most enchanting settings. It also offers an extraordinary choice of accommodation, from Luxury Rooms or Suites for families, to the newly introduced Waterfront Dreamline Villas, offering private heated pools and large terraces with direct sea access, and the Yachting Villas with their own heated pools, hydro-massage, home cinema and direct access to the sea.

All showcase Greek-influenced décor, handmade furniture, luxurious marble bathrooms − plus a private terrace overlooking the natural kaleidoscope of colours, with magnificent views across Mirabello Bay to the small neighbouring island of Spinalonga.

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Kefalonia, Greece

On the 7th position, with 36,551 votes, Kefalonia was voted among the 10 best destinations to visit in Europe. Kefalonia is an island in the Ionian Sea, west of mainland Greece. It’s marked by sandy coves and dry rugged landscapes. Its capital, Argostoli, is built on a hillside overlooking a narrow harbor. Kefalonia’s indented coastline is made up of limestone cliffs, bays and short strips of white sand, like Myrtos Beach in the north.

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3.Europe's Leading City Break Destination: St Petersburg, Russia

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Russia’s second city, St Petersburg is the perfect place to bite into a slice of Soviet history with a tasty portion of beef stroganoff on the side.

Moscow might be Russia's most modern, cosmopolitan city, but St. Petersburg is the cultural and historical heart of the country. Home to the Hermitage, one of the largest and most stunning art museums in the world, surrounded by canals, and home to beautiful white nights (when the sun never sets in summer), St. Petersburg is regal and inspiring.

First-time visitors should start at the Hermitage Museum-a museum so large, it is literally impossible to see it all in one day-and the beautiful Nevsky Avenue, flanked by opulent restaurants, churches, and palaces, and a great place for people watching. The Peterhof Palace Complex requires a day trip out of town, but it's a must-see and one of the highlights of a trip to St. Petersburg.Other top sites include the Church of the Spilled Blood and a trip to Pushkinskaya 10, a squat for the city’s independent artists.

Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter and Paul Fortress was originally a fortified area meant to protect the state from foreign attacks. It was constructed in 1703 and then extended and modified for the following four decades. While the fortress never saw any actual combat, it still has a dark story behind it, as it served as a prison and execution quarters during the Bolshevik revolution in the early 20th century. Today, it's part of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg.

Within the walls of the fortress and surrounded by beautiful gardens and stone paths, there are several buildings. Perhaps the best known is the 18th-century Peter and Paul Cathedral, the final resting place of Russian czars. Prison cells, a city museum, and the Saint Petersburg Mint building (founded in 1724 to manufacture coins and still in operation) are also located within the walls of the fortress.

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4.Europe's Leading Cultural Destination: Azerbaijan

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Bordering the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan is a melting pot of the two continents it straddles; Europe and Asia.

An ex-Soviet and Muslim country, you will find a blend of Islamic culture and the remnants of the country’s time under USSR rule. That means delicious tea and a shot of vodka on the side.

The capital, Baku, now even hosts an annual Formula 1 race for any adrenaline junkies wanting a front seat for the fastest cars on earth.

While taking in the panoramic mountain view, you can enjoy the natural surroundings, safe in the knowledge that the hotel is fully sustainable and climate neutral.

Not only do they generate their own power through a combined heat and power plant fed from their sustainable forest, all their food is locally sourced too. Including their very own cattle ranch, with delicious meals prepared by crack chef de cuisine Markus Auer.

5. Europe’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination: Batumi, Georgia

Batumi is one of the best and most famous Georgian resort cities. This international city is a sunny personification of modern Georgia. Most of your holidays here you will definitely spend on hot sandy beaches. The city’s main beach Batumi Beach – a very crowded place in summer. Nevertheless, there is good infrastructure, many cafés and restaurants, water sports stations.

For those who prefer a secluded beach vacation, it makes sense to go to the southern suburbs of Batumi – Gonio and Kvariati beaches.

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Among the popular beach discos in the open air – “Tarabua”, “Prozac” and “Coordinates 41/41” – all on Batumi Beach.

Accommodation in Batumi is generally offered by small family hotels and guest houses where tourists are provided with minimum set of hotel service. But even the most demanding travelers accustomed to the highest standards can choose from several five-star hotels, including the Sheraton and Intourist.

The western, coastal Georgia pleases guests with a variety of fish cuisine, an abundance of vegetables, herbs and fruits as well as dairy products and all sorts of sauces and tapas. The restaurants are located along the waterfront of Batumi, all of the above is presented in abundance. Actually, you can taste not only local cuisine, but also “common Georgian” specialties such as barbecue, lobio, kutaby, Satsivi etc.

6.Europe’s Leading City Destination: Moscow

Moscow is one of Europe's most enigmatic destinations, home to a fascinating history and colorful, awe-inspiring architecture you won't find anywhere else in the world. Moscow might be one of the most populous cities in the world at over 11 million inhabitants, but this hasn't changed its strong cultural and social traditions. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Red Square or the banks of the Moskva River early in the morning, and it's hard to tell what century you're in.

Tsarist architecture, must-see churches, and glamorous shopping opportunities blend together for a visual experience you won't forget. For ideas on what to see and do while visiting Russia, here's our list of top tourist attractions in Moscow.

Moscow's most recognizable structure is without a doubt the Kremlin, a 15th-century fortified complex that covers an area of 275,000 square meters surrounded by walls built in the 1400s. The Grand Kremlin Palace-which has over 700 rooms-was once home to the Tsar family and is now the official residence of the president of the Russian Federation, although most heads of state choose to reside elsewhere.
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The massive complex also includes many other buildings, some of which are open to the public and can be visited regularly. Aside from three cathedrals (including one where the Tsars were once crowned) and a number of towers, the Kremlin is also home to the Armory building, a museum holding everything from the royal crown and imperial carriages to the ivory throne of Ivan the Terrible and Fabergé eggs.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

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