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Follow the Sun: Winter in the Algarve and Where to Stay

As northern European countries turn colder the Algarve transforms into a hidden gem of warmth and tranquility. Say hello to your dream winter stay in this stunning region! Nestled along Portugal's southern coast, the Algarve offers a serene ambiance, breathtaking landscapes, and a vibrant local culture that entices travelers all year round.

In this article, I'll tell you all about the secrets of the Algarve's winter charm, featuring inviting accommodations, the weather and exciting activities that promise an unforgettable experience. Read more about the ideal winter haven awaiting you in the Algarve. 👇

The algarve in winter - beach day in November
Analog photo of a beach day in December in the Algarve

The weather

Winter temperatures in the Algarve

The Algarve in winter is absolutely Wonderfull, especially if you're seeking an escape from chilly European temperatures. With average temperatures hovering around a pleasant 17/18 degrees and sunny days gracing the region, it's a perfect winter escape! Good to know: it feels much warmer during daytime! Believe it or not, I've experienced plenty of bikini days by the poolside with temperatures soaring to 23+ degrees in the midst of winter.

However, it's essential to keep in mind that there are colder days with rain and wind, so sunbathing on the beach with cocktails might not always be on the cards. But the weather is usually perfect for outdoor adventures (read more below).


Where to stay

The Algarve in winter can be a little quiet, especially the (smaller) 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. I personally love the more quiet times in the Algarve. You live outside during the day, go out for dinner in cozy Portuguese restaurants. If you love going out and trying bars and restaurants, I would recommend staying in one the following towns:

Hotels and accommodations in winter

I have plenty of hotel recommendations in general and you should definitely have a look at my 'where to stay' category via the button below. I've also highlighted some of my favorites for this winter for you already. 👇

1. Caneiros Luxury Suites

Nestled between the picturesque beach towns of Carvoeiro and Ferragudo, this luxury boutique hotel offers breathtaking views across beautiful valleys and the Atlantic Ocean. A true piece of paradise, it invites you to indulge in the very best of the Algarve.

I recommend this boutique luxury stay for its exquisite setting, ideal for coastal hikes and beach explorations. With nearby access to two cozy and picturesque beach towns, you'll have endless options for memorable experiences. Treat yourself to an unforgettable stay and discover the essence of the Algarve at its best!

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

2. Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

This 5 star luxury hotel has the absolute wow-effect! Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is a luxury oceanfront hotel that offers boutique accommodation in a turn-of-the-century historic building on the cliffs of the famous Praia da Rocha. The uniquely styled hotel has direct beach acces and incredible views across the vast Atlantic.

The hotels is located on the Portimão boulevard on side and on the beach on the other. A location I would not necessarily recommend in high season but one that is actually quite perfect in wintertime or any other time off-season. With direct beach acces, many restaurants and bars within walking distance, stunning views and smaller picturesque towns nearby, this place is perfect for a winter stay. Check it out, it's amazing!

 Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, Portimão, Algarve
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, Portimão, Algarve

3. White Shell Beach Villas

Simple, minimalistic, yet stylish and a stone throw away from the beach. This is what White Shell Beach Villas is all about. This eco-friendly resort is where you'll want to go for a relaxing and luxurious holiday by the sea with all the comfort you could wish for.

Enjoy the Algarves most beautiful beaches just under a 5 minute walk from the villas. With many lively towns within a short drive and the Algarve's best temperatures, you'll be sure to have a mesmerizing winter holiday. Trust me!

Oh and good to know: I would also recommend this hotel when traveling with your family. There is so much to do for all ages here!

White Shell Beach Villa's, Porches, Algarve
White Shell Beach Villa's, Porches, Algarve


Things to do in the Algarve in Winter

If you love the outdoors and adventure, you'll love this! Wintertime is perfect for all sorts of cool stuff: surfing, hiking, road trips, and exploring beautiful beaches! The Algarve is your playground! I've added some links down below to my favorite activities for your winter holiday this year!

The Algarve in Winter
Praia da Marinha, Algarve



The Algarve is the perfect winter escape, a hidden gem of warmth and tranquility. Discover the secrets of the Algarve winter charm with inviting accommodations and thrilling activities for an unforgettable escape. Enjoy average temperatures of 17/18 degrees, sunny days, and even bikini days by the poolside at 23+ degrees. Explore cute towns like Lagos, Praia da Luz, Carvoeiro, and more. Choose from luxurious getaways like Caneiros Luxury Suites or Bela Vista Hotel & Spa. For eco-friendly style, try White Shell Beach Villas. Embrace outdoor adventures like surfing, hiking, and beach explorations. Don't wait—book your Algarve winter holiday now and create unforgettable memories in this magical destination!


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