Algarve holidays proved popular over the Easter weekend and look set to attract further demand during the summer months, the regional tourism authority has revealed.
Nuno Aires, president of the local tourist board, told the Algarve Resident that an increase in visitor numbers during the Easter period represented an improvement from trends seen over the winter.
While the majority of tourists taking Algarve holidays for Easter were Spanish or Portuguese, the region is set to see visitors of a wider range of nationalities when the summer season gets underway.
"We are now expecting to feel the positive effects of the many new low-cost airline routes from Faro airport, which should see other nationalities coming to the Algarve for their holidays," Mr Aires said.
He added: "I am confident that our marketing campaigns for the Algarve will have a very positive outcome during 2010."
Britons considering an Algarve holiday this year have the option to book villas in Albufeira or Vilamoura, two resorts that are highly popular among foreign visitors.
Other destinations that welcome high numbers of tourists during the summer include Carvoeiro, Lagos and Boavista.
Posted by Corinne Moore