BARGAIN holidays to Portugal can still be found for as little as £220pp over the summer, despite demand soaring.
The green list country is nowhere near fully booked, with plenty of deals still to be found on breaks in the Algarve, Lisbon and Madeira.
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Grant Shapps announced on May 7 the long-awaited list of where Brits can go on holiday without having to quarantine on their return.
Portugal was on the green list, along with 12 other destinations, including Gibraltar, Israel and Iceland.
Despite the strong demand, many tour operators have still slashed the prices of holidays in the fight for Brit holidaymakers.
It means that those keen to jet off to Portugal in June or July can snag a bargain. Here are some of the best deals:
- British Airways Holidays Algarve 7-night June holidays from £455pp
- Travel Republic Madeira 7-night July holidays from £220pp
- TUI Algarve holidays from £287pp
- TUI Caerro da Marina Hotel, Albufeira, Algarve 4-nights June from £358pp
- Jet2 Holidays Vilamoura Golf apartments, Algarve 7-nights July from £399pp
- Jet 2 Holidays – Auramar Beach Hotel Algarve 7-nights July all-inclusive from £699pp
- Easyjet Holidays Mirachoro II apartments, Praia da Rocha, Algarve June 7-nights from £274pp
- Easyjet Holidays Alvor Baia all-inclusive, Algarve June 7-nights from £599pp
- Thomas Cook Paraiso Albufeira apartments, Algarve July 7-nights from £386pp
- Easyjet Holidays Lutecia Smart Design Hotel, Lisbon June 3-nights from £219pp
- Easyjet Holidays Girrasol Suite Hotel, Madeira June 7-nights from £399pp
- TUI Madeira Holidays June from £315pp
- TUI Four Views Monumental Hotel, Madeira 4-nights June from £375pp
- Jet2 Holidays Madeira Pestana Village Hotel July 7-nights from £457pp
- Thomas Cook Allegro Madeira Hotel, Madeira July 7-nights from £399pp
- TUI all-inclusive Porto Santo September 7-nights from £665pp
Since the announcement, holiday companies have reported a bookings surge, including Thomas Cook, who said that holidays to Portugal had soared by 250 per cent compared with a week earlier.
The government’s publication of its traffic light system has sparked a scramble for flights and hotel bookings – with Brits now allowed to travel abroad for the first time this year.
Brits won't have to quarantine on their return from green list countries, but will still need a negative Covid test before returning to the UK, and one on day two.
This week’s best deals on holidays abroad
- Portugal holidays to book from £131pp now Brit tourists can travel to country
- Get Universal Orlando theme park tickets for adults at kids’ prices
- Gibraltar holidays from £105pp as country makes UK green list
- Cheap Portugal villa holidays and all inclusive hotels
- Flights for Portugal in June from £10
- TUI launches summer sale with £50 off Portugal hols or £100 off Greece & Malta
Online searches for Portugal, which has one of Europe’s lowest infection rates, have risen by 115 per cent.
Gibraltar, which is also on the green list, has seen bookings double.
Brit tourist favourites France, Greece and Spain are not yet on the green list, meaning Brits will have to wait until at least June 7 to find if they can go on holiday there this summer.
Despite this, up to 100,000 Brits are expected to travel to Spain this week against government advice after the country opened to UK travellers without quarantine and tests.
If you're looking for more foreign holiday inspiration, we've found cheap all inclusive holidays for this summer and there are many cheap package holidays.
For breaks in the UK, holiday parks are offering huge bargains and we've found the best UK holiday parks with children’s entertainment and the best holiday parks with outdoor pools.
We've also rounded up great deals in the UK's warmest places and found the best kid-friendly beaches and England's best family-friendly seaside towns.
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