Algarve travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: During the summer, it can get as hot as 28 (°C) but are normally around 24 (°C). Winters are mild with lows of 12 (°C).

Best time to visit: Algarve holidays are best in the summer, but the warm weather means it’s still worth visiting any time of year.

For the best beach weather, book your holiday for the summer months of July and August. Hit the nearby water parks or relax on the beach as you enjoy high temperatures of 28 (°C). In the evening, the temperature rarely falls below 20 (ºC), so you can try some traditional Portuguese food outside by the seafront or marina. During springtime, the weather’s cooler but still warm and there’s little rain. Autumn and winter may be the wetter seasons, but the weather is still pleasant, with temperatures rarely dropping below (15°C).

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The Algarve is best for…

Sun-seekers: There are some spectacular stretches of sand on the coast. From family-friendly paddling to water sports and total relaxation, you’ll find a beach in the Algarve to match your needs.

Animal lovers: See all the sea life at the excellent Zoomarine attraction, go wild dolphin spotting on a boat trip, or bird watch on a nature hike.

Families: Build sandcastles on the beach, make a splash at one of the exciting water parks, and visit the children’s petting zoo at Lagos zoo.

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Fast facts

Language: People in the Algarve speak Portuguese.

Currency: You’ll need Euros (€) for your holiday.

Local time: The Algarve is the same as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Faro Airport. Transfers to the Algarve take 30 minutes (Vilamoura), 45 minutes (Carvoeiro), 1 hour (Albufiera, Praia da Rocha) and 1.5 hours (Alvor and Lagos). 

Flight time from the UK: The Algarve flight time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. 

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at http://www.visitalgarve.pt/default.aspx.

Holiday destinations related to Algarve:

  • Albufeira
  • Alvor
  • Carvoeiro
  • Lagos
  • Praia Da Rocha
  • Vilamoura
  • Getting around

    By hire car: Explore at your own pace and pick up a rental car as soon as you land at Faro Airport. Take a scenic route along the coastline, or head inland to make brief stops in pretty towns and village filled with whitewashed houses.

    By taxi: You’ll be able pre-book or, in some places, hop in a cab at a taxi rank to take you to nearby resorts, towns and attractions. Some taxi fares go up between midnight to 6am, and you’ll be charged extra for any luggage you have.

    Events

    Carnival time: Head to Loulé in February and take in all the spectacular sights at one of the oldest carnivals in Portugal. Colourful floats and dancers in extravagant costumes make up the parade, as it winds its way through the town’s streets. Expect non-stop music, food stalls and plenty of dancing.

    For sandcastle lovers: Visit Pêra and see all the hand-sculpted works of sand art at the International Sand Sculpture Festival FIESA. The largest sand sculpture festival in the world, over 30,000 tons of sand is used to create impressive sand creations every year. There’s even a space for kids to create their very own sand masterpieces too.

    History buffs: In August, get a glimpse into what life was like in the Middle Ages at Castro Marim’s Medieval Festival. The Medieval Fair in Silves has historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, and children’s storytelling.

    Food festivals: Foodies won’t want to miss the Seafood Festival in Olhão or the Sardine Festival in Portimão, which both take place in August. Most villages along the coast celebrate their own sardine festival, but the best and most famous is in Portimão. Thousands visit the fishing town for the traditional delicacy of sardinhas assadas and there’s even market stalls, fireworks and live music to keep you entertained once you’ve eaten.

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to the Algarve, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/safety-and-security