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The Algarve in February: where to stay and what it's like

Updated: Dec 17, 2023

Dreaming of escaping winter's chill? The Algarve is one of Europe's sunniest spot, even in Febuary! Wintering in the Algarve is a personal favorite. Despite February being among the cooler and wetter months, I still recommend. Why? It's not just the low season prices. Let me tell you all about it. 👇


The Algarve in Februari
Praia da Marinha, Algarve

 

The weather and what to pack


February is the Algarve's coolest period, yet it boasts sunny days with temperatures averaging around 17-18 degrees. Sunny day time temperatyres are perfect for spening days outside in your t-shirt.


Packing essentials should include both beachwear for sunny intervals and warmer clothing like a jumper, light jacket, and maybe a beanie for cooler times and visiting the west coast. While the ocean might not be ideal for swimming due to the cooler temperatures, February is perfect for outdoor activities, especially surfing. The natural landscape, vibrant and lush from February through June, adds a unique allure.



February in the algarve
Carvoeiro, Algarve

 


Prime spots for the best February weather


For the warmest spots in February, head to the eastern or central Algarve. As you travel west, particularly around Sagres, expect cooler, windier conditions. The sweet spot for accommodations lies between the Spanish border and Salema. Seek out sheltered beaches like Praia dos Três Castelos for delightful beach moments away from the brisk winds.


To sum up, while February might not be the pinnacle of bikini beach vacations, it's a delightful time for outdoor enthusiasts seeking some sunshine.



 

Where to stay


A hidden gem in the Algarve in Febuary - unbeatable prices! It's the most budget friendly month, for not just flights but also hotels and other accomodations. Treat yourself to some luxury with great value for money!


Where to stay in the Algarve in January
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

1. Boutique beachfront hotels


Imagine the soothing sounds of the ocean waves right at your doorstep. The Algarve has an impressive array of boutique beachfront hotels. From the luxurious Vila Joya in Albufeira to the coastal elegance of Caneiros Luxury Suites in Ferragudo and the luxury haven of Vila Vita Parc in Porches, these hotels provide breathtaking views and high-end amenities, perfect for your February winter escape.



 

Where to stay in January: villa
Vila dos Piscos, Carvoeiro

2. Luxury villas and resorts


For a more secluded and spacious stay, think about renting a villa or staying at a resort. There are so many beautiful places like Carvoeiro and Quinta do Lago, providing the perfect secluded villa's or resorts with acces to everything you need.



 


Retreats in January
To the Sea Retreat, Carvoeiro

3. Serene retreats


Escape the daily hustle and (re)treat yourself by choosing for a retreat. Inland towns like Monchique offer charming guesthouses, beautiful yoga retreats and rustic cottages located amidst the mountains and picturesque landscapes. Places like Casa Modesta in Quatrim do Sul offer tranquility in the Algarve's natural beauty or check out this magical luxury yoga retreat in the beautiful Pine Cliffs resort.



 


Algarve places winter
Analog picture of Burgau

4. Pitoresque beach town accommodations


Enjoy the charm of Algarve's beach towns by staying in one of the bigger yet pitoresque villages in the Algarve. As the region tends to be quieter during this time, with several smaller towns and establishments closed, consider exploring these livelier destinations:






My personal hotel recommendations


Looking for the perfect place to stay? Make sure to check out my other blogs:


For rent in February
My beach flat in Burgau (200 meter from the beach) for rent


 

Getting around


To get around and discover the Algarve to the fullest, I highly recommend renting a car. Trough discover cars renting a car and comparing prices is super easy! Check out my personal favorite car rentals.




 

Summarizing the Algarve in February


  • The average temperature is around 17-18 degrees

  • Temperatures can feel much warmer during daytime but chilly in early mornings and evenings.

  • Bring clothes for all kinds of weather

  • Its great weather for outdoor activities

  • Look for sheltered beaches to enjoy a nice beach day

  • Stay anywhere in between the Spanish boarder and Salema for the best weather


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