What to do in the Algarve when it rains

Updated: Mar 3

Even in the sunniest place in Europe it rains. When you're in the Algarve to enjoy the sun, rain is not exactly what you hoped for. So what activities can you do when it rains? I've got you!

What to do in the Algarve when it rains
Massage by Jeanette

Have a spa day

The Algarve has many luxury spa's. Most of the resorts and hotels have their own spa that you can book to enjoy facilities and treatments. An even better idea, get the spa to you! Have a look at jeanettetromp.com for the best (Aryvedic) massage you have ever had! So treat yourself and enjoy some you-time!


Take a yoga class

Like the massage, you can also het the yoga to you. Jeanette is also an amazing yoga teacher who can come to your house when it's rainy (or not) and teach in the comfort of your home. You'll also find many yoga schools in the Algarve where you can book a class! A perfect activity when it rains in the Algarve.


Go surfing

You don't need sun to surf, you need waves! So thinking about maybe taking a lesson? Do it! Enjoy the ocean and the waves and hey, you're going to get wet anyway! If you're taking a lesson, don't worry - the surf schools won't cancel their lessons because of a little rain.


Visit Monchique

Another nice thing to do when it rains is to visit the beautiful town of Monique up in the mountains. Here you'll find the highest point of the Algarve at 900 meters where you can enjoy spectacular views on the Algarve's south and west coasts all the way to Cabo de São Vicente. Wander around the beautiful old town and enjoy the combination of beautiful nature, unique craftsmanship and well-being facilities.


Go shopping

Now I know I just recommended two outdoor activities to do when it rains... so here is another indoor one. 😉 The Algarve has some great shopping malls where you'll find everything you need. Portimão, Guia and Loule (with outlet) have some really nice ones!


Take an ocean swim

Okay, outdoor rain activity again. But if the temperate isn't too low and it's not stormy (very important) go for a swim in the ocean in the rain. It's so special!


Try a wine tasting

There are some great wineries in the Algarve. So enjoy a day of tasting local wine and good food at one of many wineries like Quinta dos Santos and (my favorite wine) Quinta do Canhoto.

Things to do in the Algarve when it rains
Wine tasting at Quinta do Canhoto, Albufeira


Visit potteries

Who doesn't love them? The typical traditional tiles called azulejos and colorful ceramics. They're not just to be found in Porto and Lissabon but also in the Algarve.

My favorite pottery is the Porches pottery. It's a traditional Portuguese pottery close to Carvoeiro and Benagil. Here you enter an oasis of Portuguese ceramics. Tiles, plates, wall decoration, tea pots and more is all to be found right here in this beautiful place. There is also a really cute little cafe next to the pottery where they have the best carrot cake I've ever had in my life! Perfect to sit inside and outside on the covered terrace and enjoy your espresso and bolo (cake).

Things to do in the Algarve when it rains
Porches Pottery