The Algarve in Winter

Updated: Mar 17

Wondering if winter is the right time of year to visit the Algarve? Well I've got you! Here is all you need to know about the Algarve in winter.

The Algarve, Portugal in winter
A Winter sunset in Carvoeiro

Wether the Algarve is the right place for you in winter all depends on what you want to get out of your trip. Personally I'm a great fan of the Algarve in winter. Let me tell you why.


Depends on where you're coming from, but if you're from a cold (European) country like me, the Algarve in winter is absolutely great! Temperatures around 18 degrees and mostly sunny days make this a perfect winter escape. I've also had many poolside bikini days with 23+ temperatures in the middle of winter here. However there are significantly colder days with rain and wind. So if your goal is tanning on the beach with a cocktail, this might not be the best time for you to go. It's a great time if you're into outdoor activities like surfing, hiking, bird watching and exploring new beaches.

Very important to keep in mind: the weather changes drastically ones you go around the corner from the south to the west coast. The more south east you go, the better the weather usually gets. I would recommend staying anywhere between Tavira and Salema as Sagres can already be really windy, cold and quiet in winter.


The Algarve in winter can be really quiet. Especially in the beach towns that run on tourists in summer. Some restaurants and bars are closed and there are not too many people around. This makes the towns less lively.

What to do

If you're an outdoor person like me, the Algarve in winter is perfect. The surf is at its best and the weather is great for outdoor activities. Think of activities like:

  • Hiking

  • Playing golf

  • Wildlife watching

  • Boats tours

  • Visiting old towns and potteries

  • Explore beaches

The Algarve in Winter
Porches Pottery

Read more about what to do in the Algarve here.