In the Algarve, winter tends to be a short season. Known for its sun, sea and sand, the Algarve is famous for its welcoming climate and this tempts visitors all year round. Many choose to book a holiday to the Algarve during the festive season, looking to enjoy a little winter sun. That said, the spring and summer remain the peak season, so if you’re planning to visit during the winter months, you can expect a more chilled out atmosphere.
Enjoying the peace and quiet
The fact that it tends to be a little quieter is one of the best things about the Algarve in the winter, as you’ll find a lack of queues and easy commutes await you. A comprehensive motorway system, a low traffic environment and cheap public transport makes exploring the Algarve during the winter months a doddle. Another plus point is that the Algarve’s hotels and restaurants tend to offer better deals, due to a smaller volume of tourists during the winter months.
It’s a little chillier during the winter months, but you can still expect it to be somewhere between 17-20°C in the shade during the daytime. In the evening, it gets colder and could even drop as low as 4° or 5°C. It can be rainy in the winter season too, but you can say goodbye to hailstorms and snow.
What to wear
If you’re thinking of paying a visit between November and February, you can expect sunny days and chilly nights. It’s likely you’ll be able to walk around in shorts and t-shirts during the day, but you’ll definitely need a jumper and jacket on hand for when the sun goes down. You should also be prepared for rain, and a light waterproof coat is the best choice for keeping yourself covered. Be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses and don’t be surprised if you’re wandering around in summer clothes while the locals are wrapped up in woollies,
Christmas in the Algarve
From the end of November, you’ll begin to see the first Christmas decorations begin to decorate the Algarve. From twinkling fairy lights in the palm trees along the water-front to the sight of Santas scooting around on mopeds, there’s plenty to get you in the festive spirit. Many of the resorts plan big events to celebrate so you’re sure to find plenty of parties to go along to, but don’t expect to see any snow in Portugal’s most clement region.
James writes for Skyscanner.net, a flight comparison site that compares flights to Faro and hundreds of other destinations worldwide.