More than half Portuguese families now holidaying abroad

For the first time since 2010 more than half the number of Portuguese families taking holidays are opting to go abroad.

New figures released by Eurostat for 2016, and show that nationals are finally feeling they have “more available money”.

However, the percentage of Portuguese who still feel they do not have enough money to go on holidays is “much higher than the European average”, say reports.

At 47.2% of the population, it translates into 20% more than the average for Europe as a whole, and paints a massively different picture to that enjoyed in Nordic countries.

In Norway, for example, only 6% of the country feel too poor to take holidays. In Sweden the number increases to 8.2%, in Denmark it is 13.7% – and in neighbouring Spain it is only 30%.