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.
What's in this blog?👇
What to pack
Things to do
Where to stay (area) Beautiful hotels and places to stay
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 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:
Book a surf lesson on the stunning west coast (from Lagos) - click here!
Book a surf lesson on the south coast (Albufeira) - click here!
Check out my fave hikes in the Algarve - click here!
Go coasteering! - click here! (really, check this one out!)
Check out my fave beaches - click here!
Go horse back riding - click here!
See beautiful Algarve wine estates - click here!
Check out the stunning Algarve coast by boat - Click here!
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.
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:
If you're looking for the perfect beach flat in the heart of a picturesque beach town, make sure to check out our place in Burgau! It's located 200 meters from the beach and a stone's throw away from restaurants and amenities.
200 meters walk from beach
Brand new boutique apartment building (2022)
Located in the heart of the town
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