In 2017, then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK would never turn its back on Portugal, but with the pound still weaker than before the Brexit referendum, some British travellers are turning to cheaper destinations outside the Euro region.

According to Portugal’s National Statistics Institute, the number of overnight stays by British tourists fell 5.4% in 2018 compared with the previous year.

The collapse of Thomas Cook didn’t help, and Portugal’s biggest hotel operator Pestana saw a drop in UK visitors of 7% in 2017-2018 season and about 3% in 2018-2019.

The country has however attracted a growing number of visitors from North America, France, Spain and Brazil.

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