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Portugal surges in popularity for holidaying Brits

Faro beachFigures released by agencies in Portugal show the nation is fast becoming a favourite with UK holidaymakers. Both TheMoveChannel and Portugal News Online say accommodation occupancy rates are at an all time high and Brits make up a significant portion of the international arrivals.

They say the statistics show people from the UK have made up one of the largest groups of overseas visitors in 2017. News Online quoted figures collated by internet holiday consolidator Holidu.

According to Holidu, the numbers of British and Spanish visitors are the two biggest groups while increasing numbers of French and German visitors have also visited this year. Holidu claimed average holiday accommodation occupancy rates in Portugal last month were 96 per cent.

In the popular southern resort zone, the Algarve, rates were even higher and topped the 98 per cent mark. The Algarve attracts with world-class beaches, a profusion of golf courses and the ethereal delights of Faro.

Lisbon is also a delight for tourists and boasts a collection of draws ranging from Sao Jorge Castle and Belem Tower to the exciting Bairro Alto quarter and the Berardo Art Museum. Holiday lets and hotels in Lisbon saw significant spikes in demand over the first eight months of this year.

Skyscanner says searches for flights from the UK to Portugal for the first months of next summer have increased by 500 per cent when compared to the same months for this past summer. The flight consolidator says Brits need to act quickly as all the bargains on flights to Lisbon and Faro will have been snapped up.

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