British government warns holidaymakers to Portugal about pickpockets, thefts and the underlying threat of terrorism

In what is meant to be a helpful notice, the British government is warning holidaymakers to Portugal about street crime, the dangers of walking ancient irrigation channels in Madeira and “the underlying threat of terrorism”, stressing nonetheless that of the 2.1 million visits to this country by British subjects every year “most are trouble free”. Terror attacks “although unlikely, could be indiscriminate” says the government’s travel advice site stressing that areas to watch are those “frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers”.

Portugal’s foreign travel advice was updated last week, and carries a section on road travel which shows that according to latest statistics, death rates in Portugal are more than twice the number of those registered in UK.