What to do in the Algarve when it rains.

Updated: Oct 19

Even in the sunniest place in Europe it rains. When you're here to enjoy the sun it's not exactly what you hoped for. So what activities can you do when it rains?

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. Or an even better idea, get the spa to you! Have a look at jeanettetromp.com for the best (Aryvedic) massage you have ever had or arrange a yoga class with your family and friends with this wonderful lady. So treat yourself and enjoy some you-time!


Surf.

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!


Visit Monchique.

Another nice thing to do when it rains is to visit the beautiful town of Monique up in the hills. 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 if the weather allows a little, go on hike in this beautiful area.


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!


Ocean swim.

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


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.


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).