New per night tourist tax in hotspot for everyone over age of 12

People travelling to Portugal are facing bigger charges for holidays
People travelling to Portugal are facing bigger charges for their holidays -Credit:Getty

A new tourist tax has now been brought in one of the most beautiful parts of Portugal, the municipality has announced - including people staying in caravans and camping. In a press statement the Algarve has said that all tourists will have to pay an all-year-round tourist tax for overnight stays for each person over the age of 12.

In a press release, the municipality announced the new measure, pointing out that the generated revenue will be allocated to improve the tourism infrastructure at a local level. It said: “In a municipality where tourism plays a fundamental role in the economy and where growing tourist demand has led to increased pressure on equipment, municipal infrastructures, urban and natural space, this tax represents a new source of financing that, in a complementary logic, will allow improvements to be made to municipal public and private assets, the provision of public information and support services for tourists and cultural and recreational services in the city.”

The tourist tax in the municipality which is home to tourist hotspots including Praia do Carvoeiro, Ferragudo, and Porches will be €1 per night in the low season (between November 1st and March 31st) ) and €2 per night in high season (between April 1st and October 31st), up to a maximum of seven consecutive nights charged to all guests, aged 13 (thirteen) years or over.

The Lagoa Municipal Tourist Tax, which requires tourists to pay fees for nightly stays at all accommodation facilities, will also apply to the Algarve, which is Portugal’s leading tourist destination.

The tourist tax will cost €1 between November and March, which is described as low-season. During the high season, which represents the months between April and October, tourists will pay €2 per overnight stay.

It applies to anyone staying in hotels, apartment hotels, inns, tourist villages, tourist apartments, tourist complexes (resorts), residential tourism enterprises, rural tourism enterprises, parks camping and caravanning and local accommodation (house, apartment, accommodation establishments, as well as hostels).

There are exemptions to the tax, including guests aged up to 12 (twelve) years old, inclusive; guests with disabilities, with a disability equal to or greater than 60%; national and foreign students who enter the University of Algarve and who use tourist resorts and local accommodation establishments at the beginning of each academic year, up to a maximum of 60 (sixty) consecutive days; guests, whose stay is motivated by treatment from a doctor, extending to a companion; and guests whose stay is the subject of a proven offer by a tourist enterprise or local accommodation establishment.

The fee is collected, as well as subsequently delivered to the Municipality of Lagoa, by tourist establishments on an electronic platform created by the municipality for this purpose.