Just a heads up to anyone looking at booking a trip to the algarve, or anywhere in Portugal, next year.
There is already quite a demand for the peak summer weeks, which hasn't happened since 2008/9, plus new rental licensing laws which penalise owners who take too many bookings confused so I wouldn't expect too many bargains and late deals next year. Once owners have hit the threshold, a lot will just turn enquiries away rather than go into the next level of income
That's interesting, I'm not surprised really - it could also be that owners aren't going to bother letting in low rent periods, where margins are tight, and just taking bookings for the more expensive periods
It's not such a problem with the larger, high end villas, who will easily go over the limit - or with very small apartments who won't get near it, but it could be for the more expensive, popular apartments, and smaller, cheaper villas
Also, as part of the new rental licensing laws, owners/managers have to collect passport details for all clients and upload them onto the SEF website (bordel control/foreign office) so don't be surprised if you are asked for copies of your passports - it's totally legit and there are considerable fines for non-compliance
We usually come to the Algarve for the October school week but not this year. I couldn't understand why the Scottish flights were extortionate! It's the bleddy football - Faro is hosting the Gibralter-Scotland game so the airlines are cashing in