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

Are you looking for a stunning vacation destination with beautiful hotels and vacation homes, great weather, and plenty of activities? Then head to The Algarve in May! This is one of the best months to visit this beautiful region, as the landscape is still green and lush, temperatures are perfect, and it's not too crowded.

In this post, I'll cover everything you need to know about The Algarve in May, from the weather, to what to pack, things to do, and where to stay.

The Algarve in May
Praia da Luz, Algarve

The weather in May

May is the perfect month to visit The Algarve if you're looking for reliably sunny weather. The warm sun and perfect temperatures, with an average of 22-24 degrees (feels much warmer during day time) Celsius, make it a great time to travel. It's not too hot, but definitely beach weather and mild enough for outdoor activities.


What to pack

The warm Algarve sun is very strong in May, so make sure to bring a good sunscreen. Although it can be quite warm during the day, remember to bring something warm for early mornings and evenings. Temperatures in May are lovely for having dinner outdoors, spending time at the beach, and wandering around old towns in the evenings. Still, bring a sweater and maybe even a light jacket to keep you warm later at night. With the warm daytime temperatures, don't forget to bring beachwear and explore the beautiful Algarve beaches. If you love hiking, bring some hiking shoes and enjoy stunning cliff hikes!

So don't forget: 😉

  • High protection sunscreen

  • Sweater or light jacket for evenings

  • Beach wear and summer clothes

  • Hiking shoes (or trail shoes) and/or equipment and outfits for any other sports you plan on doing.


Things to do in the Algarve in May
Praia de Vale Covo, Carvoeiro

Things to do in May

May is the perfect month to travel to The Algarve if you love the warm Algarve sun but want to avoid the hot 30+ temperatures in summer. It's warm enough for activities like exploring beaches, dinners on the terrace, and swimming, but still mild enough to enjoy activities like hiking, horse riding, bird watching, and climbing! If you love surfing or like to take a lesson, you'll also find some waves around in May, especially on the west coast of The Algarve.

Here are some of my favorite activities for May:

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.


The Algarve in May
Burgau, Algarve

Where to stay (area)

Where you'd like to stay in The Algarve all depends on what you want to get out of your trip. If you're interested in a beach holiday with lots of chilling at the beach and pool, we recommend you stay at the more central or eastern part of The Algarve. The Algarve is filled with idyllic beach towns on white sandy coves with crooked white-washed houses. You'll find tiny non-touristy towns towns like Burgau and Salema, and larger towns with many facilities and lively town centers like Lagos, Praia da Luz and Carvoeiro. If you like some peace and quiet for your holiday, you'll also find plenty of unspoiled, quiet, and peaceful towns in this beautiful region.

Check out our top recommendations for the most beautiful beach towns in The Algarve and the best area to stay.

Another great thing about staying in the Algarve in May are the prices! Prices in May are higher comparing to wintertime but accommodation is much cheaper then it is in high season (July - August)! It’s still possible to pick up a bargain Airbnb, hotel or stay at a surf house.


Beautiful hotels and places to stay

Have you not yet booked an accommodation for may? I've got you! I've actually written several blogs that are very useful if you're looking into the most beautiful part of the Algarve, beachfront hotels and beach towns! I've also written lists with my favorite luxury boutique hotels,  beautiful hotels in nature and places to stay on the beach! Check it out.

A few more recommendations:

Filha do Pisco

If you're looking for the perfect beach flat in the heart of a picturesque beach town, make sure to check out my place in Burgau! It's located 200 meters from the beach and a stone's throw away from restaurants and amenities.

Where to stay in the algarve in may
Filha do Pisco, Burgau

Casa Nook

Casa Nook in Sagres (and Arrifana) is a one of my faves. Its the perfect place if you if you like to combine surfing and remote working in a stylish environment.

Hotels in the Algarve in May _ Casa Nook
Casa Nook, Sagres

Caneiros Luxury Suites

Also one of my faves. This small boutique hotel is located on top of the stunning Algarve cliffs in-between the picturesque towns of Carvoeiro and Ferragudo.

Caneiros Luxury Suites, Ferragudo,  Algarve
Caneiros Luxury Suites, Ferragudo, Algarve

Vila Vita Parc

If you prefer luxury, privacy and lots of beach time, Vila Vita Parc is the place for you.

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa - for kids
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa



  • The weather in May is reliable and warm with average temperatures around 22-24 degrees.

  • Make sure to bring good sunscreen and clothes for warm day temperatures and slightly colder evenings.

  • May is a great time to visit if you love eating out, exploring beaches, climbing, hiking, surfing and other outdoor activities.

  • Prices in May are much cheaper comparing to high season!

May is a great time to visit The Algarve if you're looking for a fantastic vacation with stunning hotels


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