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Austria is the country in all of Europe with the most trips made by tourists. Shortly after comes Portugal

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European mobility app FREE NOW has assessed tens of millions of trips made in Europe since 2020 to identify the most popular travel destinations.

Thanks to this research, it has been possible to prove that Portugal, due to its climate, its gastronomy and its monuments, continues to be one of the favorite destinations in all of Europe.

Portugal is the second most popular travel destination in Europe, just behind Austria, as both countries have a particularly high percentage of tourists traveling, at 18% and 39% respectively.

The Portuguese market is followed by Italy which holds 10%. On the other hand, the lowest rated countries in the ranking are Poland, Ireland and Germany.

Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, the year 2021 presented a huge recession in the percentage of tourism in Portugal. However, in Portugal, January and February saw a monthly increase of 30% and 48%, respectively. With a slight drop between March and May, the month of June once again posted growth of 23%.

Based on the analysis of 2020 data to date, the peak of travel in 2022 can be expected for August in Europe if there are no new travel restrictions. In a comparison between the Portuguese cities where FREE NOW operates, Faro is the city with the highest share of trips made by tourists since 2020, showing constant growth and a current rate of 29%.

In Portugal, the second place is occupied by Lisbon, with 12%, followed by Porto, with 10%. At European level, Faro is the second most popular city, after Vienna.

Southern Europe turns out to be one of the favorite destinations for tourists: the luxurious cinema city of Cannes, the city of Naples, the third most populous metropolis in Italy, the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, the city Invicta from Porto and the capital of Andalusia, Seville are among the most popular this summer.

Despite an average of over 120 rainy days a year, Salzburg, Edinburgh and Manchester are the top northern European cities in the top ten summer destinations, thanks to their distinctive architecture, pubs and famous sports teams.

Multi-mobility trips in Europe, with a particular focus on Faro, are booming since this summer, 37% of trips made by taxi, TVDE or scooter were booked by tourists via FREE NOW.

The remaining Portuguese cities with FREE NOW activity, Lisbon and Porto, occupy the seventh and ninth places respectively at European level.

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