Portugal’s downgrade to the amber list has seen average prices for holidays plunge by nearly two-thirds. Package prices have slumped 64% says price comparison site TravelSupermarket. More about Portugal holidays 2021 find out below.
It says seven-night family package holidays during school holidays are up for grabs for as little as £180 per person but bargain hunters will have to self-isolate on their return.
There are no viable major summer hotspots on the quarantine-free green list.
The biggest savings compared with 2019 prices are on Gran Canaria (25% cheaper), but prices are also reduced on Tenerife (23%), Lanzarote (15%) and Fuerteventura (12%).
Prices for trips to another amber destination, the Greek island of Corfu, are down 20% on pre-pandemic levels.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) does not advise against travel to any of these destinations.
However, the Government is urging people to avoid holidays to amber locations.
Emma Coulthurst of TravelSupermarket said before the pandemic it would have been “fairly hard” to find a seven-night package holiday during the summer school holidays from less than £300 per person, but “the industry has many holidays to sell”.
She went on: “Prices are often the most expensive at the start of the school holidays as people are itching to get away as soon as they can.
“This year, they are some of the cheapest due to the current confusion and chaos over how the traffic light system is implemented.”
The decision to move Portugal from green to amber, and not make any additions to the green list, led to a furious reaction from the travel industry. portugal holidays