When to visit the Algarve

The Algarve is truly a year round destination. Spring and summer is long and winter is short but mild.

This is the region in Portugal with the best climate. Whilst there is snow and negative temperatures in the northern areas of the country, in the Algarve the sun beds wait for you. Winter is also the best time of the year to find ‘out of season’ inexpensive accommodation. Winter starts on the 21st of December and ends on the 19th of March.

Summer (21st of June to the 21st of September) is the high season par excellence and also the most crowded time of the year. Tourists eager for a sun tan head for the golden sands of the many splendid beaches.

Spring and autumn open and close the bathing season and are usually warm enough to take you to the beach if you get tired of exploring the many other enchantments the Algarve has to offer.

For a look at the annual climate see our 'Weather Chart'.

Each season has its advantages. The golf courses are open all year round, so it is up to you to decide if you prefer to play during the warmer months of July and August, or the cooler sunny months of April through to the end of October. The Algarve’s beaches may also be enjoyed throughout the year. Many are not only known for their fantastic infinite white sand and blue cool waters, but also for their seaside restaurants, offering a great gastronomic experience. Explore the local arts and crafts during all seasons. The Algarve is famous mainly for pottery, which can prove to be an extremely interesting experience.

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