Changing holiday trends

Dear Editor,

There has been much speculation on the true effect of the A22 tolls on business in the Algarve.

This year for a change we spent Christmas in Monte Gordo and compared to five years ago, when it was like a morgue, the town was absolutely bustling with mainly Dutch and Spanish visitors plus a sprinkling of British. The same applied to Vila Real, and Ayamonte over the border, was positively busy.

Whilst having a drink in Castro Marim, we observed the traffic and noted approximately 90% turning off the A22 on to the N125.

Could this be the reason it is now Carvoeiro, Armação and other resorts further west are now like the aforementioned morgue?

Roy Carpenter