Saturday, 19th June 2021

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Olé! Viva Barcelona!

Olé! Viva Barcelona!

At the sixth Telegraph Travel Awards, presented by Angus Deayton at a ceremony in London last month, readers voted Barcelona Best Foreign City - dethroning Paris after a five-year reign.

Some 26,000 readers of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph were surveyed by NOP World, the market research company. They were asked to record the highs and lows of their holidays over the past two years.

The awards are based on the biggest annual poll of the British travelling public and have become a trusted indicator of excellence amongst consumers.

Despite the fact that France was the most visited country - 56 per cent of respondents had been there in the past two years - Italy retained the award for Favourite Holiday Destination for the fourth year running. France was ranked sixth Least Favourite Holiday Destination. Ibiza was ranked worst, followed by Malta, Belgium, the Canaries and Tunisia.


In a further blow to Gallic pride, Meribel was voted Most Disappointing Ski Resort and Air France was the third Most Disappointing Scheduled Airline, behind BWIA West Indies Airways and Egypt Air.
The Dubai-based airline Emirates won the award for Best Airline for the fourth time in six years, while the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, also in Dubai, won the award for Best Foreign Resort Hotel.

Changi Airport in Singapore was named Best Airport for the fifth year running and the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok won the Best Foreign City Hotel Category. On the home front, London was voted Best British City for the sixth straight year and the Savoy Best British Hotel for the third time. The new low-cost airline Bmibaby, based at East Midlands Airport near Nottingham, beat larger airlines such as Go, EasyJet and Ryanair to be Best Low-Cost Airline. Ryanair was deemed Most Disappointing Low-Cost Airline for the second year running. And of the 10 airports ranked best in the world this year, six were in Britain: Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Stansted and Newcastle.

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