The Algarve in Winter.

Updated: Oct 2

Wondering if the 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.

Winter in the Algarve, Portugal

Wether the Algarve is the right place for you in winter 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.


Weather.

Depends on where you're coming from but if you're like a cold north Western 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 honestly also had many poolside bikini days in the middle of winter here. However there can be 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 to travel to the Algarve 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 coast to the west coast. The more south east you go, the better the weather. I would recommend staying anywhere between Tavira and Salema as Sagres can already be really windy, cold and quiet in winter.


People.

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.


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 like hiking, playing golf, wildlife boats tours and exploring old towns and beaches.


Read more about what to do in the Algarve here.

Winter in the Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve in Winter, Carvoeiro