Where Do You Want To Go: Italy, France, Germany… or Portugal?

*This article was originally posted in Victoria News’s Lifestyle section

So, where do Americans love to travel to most?

You might imagine Italy. Or Paris… because everyone loves France. Perhaps London, England. Even Spain might get some love.

But in a USA Today poll, Portugal received top marks from the magazine’s readers and was voted 2014’s ‘Best European Country’ to travel to.

“Much underrated Portugal has all the trappings of a pretty European country: cobbled villages beneath the shadows of medieval castles, sun-kissed beaches, a delectable culinary tradition and plenty of history to explore,” writes USA Today.

“Whether swimming in the turquoise waters of the Algarve, sipping a glass of port at a Porto cafe or listening to the melancholy lament of a fadista in Lisbon, Portugal’s understated beauty becomes obvious.”

View the poll’s Top 10 below:

(Photos via Wikimedia Commons)

1. Portugal

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

2. Italy

Rome, Italy (Photo: Kolby Solinsky)
Rome, Italy (Photo: Kolby Solinsky)

3. Austria

Vienna Austria
Photo: Kolby Solinsky

4. Germany

Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany (Photo: Kolby Solinsky)
Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany (Photo: Kolby Solinsky)

5. United Kingdom

London, England (Photo: Kolby Solinsky)
London, England (Photo: Kolby Solinsky)

6. Spain

Madrid Vista_Fotor
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

7. Ireland

Temple Bar in Dublin
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

8. France

Paris, France (Photo: Kolby Solinsky)
Paris, France (Photo: Kolby Solinsky)

9. Iceland

Iceland Fjord_Fotor
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

10. Switzerland

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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