Algarve booked up for Easter, say tourism officials

The Algarve will be “almost fully booked” for Easter, with tourism bosses suggesting hotels will be “near 100%” of their capacity.

Many Portuguese will likely take advantage of Easter being celebrated in April. In other words, they can enjoy an extended holiday thanks to the national holidays celebrated on Thursday, April 25 and Wednesday, May 1.

And making the Algarve even more attractive for an Easter getaway are the forecasts of sunny weather for the Easter weekend.

As Algarve’s hotel association boss Elidérico Viegas explains: “Our forecasts are similar to last year’s.

“We expect a drop in the number of British holidaymakers – as has been the case in the last two years and since January – but an increase in national guests,” he told Lusa news agency.

Viegas also said that the Algarve is expecting an increase in visitors from markets that “on their own” do not represent a large chunk of the region’s holidaymakers, but “all together help attenuate the shrinking British market due to Brexit and the devaluation of the pound”.

Algarve tourism boss João Fernandes also has “high expectations” for this Easter because the weather “will likely be pleasant” and the domestic market will be able to enjoy a “mini-holiday”.

He also shined the spotlight on the many events that will be taking place this month, such as the Tochas Floridas festival in São Brás de Alportel and the Ameixial Walking Festival in Loulé.

“Apart from the nice weather and the natural resources we are known for, we also have a fantastic entertainment programme and many outdoor activities,” the tourism chief said.

Visitors can enjoy walks, bike rides, dolphin watching boat trips, skydiving at the Alvor aerodrome and go-karting at the Portimão racetrack, he said.

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