Green list deal alert: UK cities to Porto, Portugal from £26 return for summer travel

May 26, 2021

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Earlier this month, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the long-awaited traffic light system for leisure travel from 17 May. Each destination has been added to a green, amber or red list. The bad news is that most foreign destinations have, at this stage, landed on the amber or red lists, meaning you will have to quarantine on your return, either at home for amber destinations or in a managed hotel facility for red countries.

It’s not all bad news, though. Amongst the small list of green countries, where you will not be required to quarantine on your return to the United Kingdom, though note you still have to have two COVID-19 tests, was one of the best European options for a summer beach break: Portugal. This has long been a favourite for British travellers seeking a slightly different break from the usual bucket and spade hotspots like Spain, Turkey and Greece.

Even with so few options for a summer holiday right now, there are still great prices to be found to the picturesque Portuguese city of Porto.

“Start by wandering around Porto’s historic streets, admiring the faded tiles crumbling from the city’s buildings and sampling Portuguese tarts. Walking across the Dom Luis I bridge is a must, and make sure to cruise underneath on one of many boats offering one-hour cruises along the Douro.” explains TPG’s Lori Zaino who is a big fan of the city. “Port wine tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side of the towering bridge is ideal for an early happy hour. Take the cable car running along the wineries and the river’s edge for breathtaking views of the bridge and then hop from Sandemans to Calems and beyond, sipping tawnys, rubys and white ports along the way.”

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Ryanair will allow you to change the date of your flight up to two times at no cost for bookings made before 30 June, for travel before 31 October 2021, though a fare difference may apply.

It’s also worth considering making bookings on credit cards or with companies that are covered by ATOL or ABTA protection so that if the company goes bust before the trip, there is a route to recovering your money. Also, ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

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Airline: Ryanair
Routes: EDI/MAN/STN to OPO
Cost: £26+ return
Travel dates: June and July 2021

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Here are a couple of examples of what you can book:

Edinburgh (EDI) to Porto (OPO) for £26 return in June:

London Stansted (STN) to Porto (OPO) for £34 return in June:

London Stansted (STN) to Porto (OPO) for £34 return in July:

Manchester (MAN) to Porto (OPO) for £39 return in June:

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