CLIMATE AND HOLIDAY INFORMATION
Algarve Weather and Climate
The Portuguese region of Algarve is well renowned for its
beautiful weather and fantastic climate. Algarve is located in the southern
region of Portugal's mainland. With temperatures reaching highs of 25°C (77 °F) in
winter and 48 °C (118 °F) in summer, Algarve makes the perfect holiday
destination. With the Atlantic to the west and the Mediterranean to the east,
destinations such as the Algarve which are on the east coast tend to be warmer
and drier. For an idea of the current weather conditions in Algarve take a look at latest Algarve weather updates.
During the winter months, Algarve's climate is very mild and
temperatures do not commonly fall below 0°C, with the exception of the winter
of 2008/2009, when the weather was exceptionally cold and wet. There is usually around six hours of sunshine
per day in Algarve in winter, with short showers/thunderstorms.
The summer months grant Algarve its reputation as one of the
sunniest destinations in Europe. It provides an average of 12 hours of sunshine
per day with little or no rain. The humidity levels tend to be low, and the
cool breeze takes the edge of the soaring heat. Night time temperatures rarely
drop below 20°C, providing a comfortable
evening. Here's a full climate profile for Algarve, with historical monthly averages.
Algarve Holiday and Tourist Information
The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination and the
third richest region in Portugal, making it a sought after holiday location in Europe. The
attraction to Algarve is the beautiful beaches, Mediterranean
climate, fine cuisine and relatively low costs; Not to mention the
array of resorts for tourists to choose from. It suits all types of
individuals; from those seeking the busy nightlife of Lagos, to those
retreating to the relaxed, secluded areas such as Sagres, there's something for
everyone. Furthermore, the northern region has been found popular for religious
tourism, for example the shrine dedicated to the patron saint of Loulé,
which attracts thousands of Catholic pilgrims to the city each year.
The region’s administrative centre, international airport
and public university are all based in the city of Faro.
Algarve Tourist Attractions
The Algarve has an impressive
number of Lighthouses and view-points, some of which still operate after
centuries of continuous service. One of which is worth visiting is the Cabo de
S. Vicente Lighthouse, which is located at the West-most point of Sagres. It is one of Europe’s largest lighthouses and a
famous attraction to the town.
The Ria Formosa is a range of canals, islands,
marshes and barrier islands, stretching 60 kilometres along the Algarve coastline.
Tourists can visit the Environmental
Education Centre of Marim, to find out about the most suitable hiking trails
and observatories (to source the best viewing points for various species). The
park also organizes guided boat tours.
The Ria Formosa Islands are a
perfect getaway for holiday goers seeking to relax on stunning beaches. From
East to West, there is a succession of beautiful places like Faro Islands,
Barreta, Culatra, Armona and Tavira, with long sand coasts. The icing on the cake is the
white village named Cacela Velha, which has a remarkable heritage worth
exploring. Climb the fortress, and enjoy the breathtaking landscape. There
is also a variety of Theme Parks to choose from to keep the children
Fiesa, is an exhibition of sand sculptures held by
Prosandart since 2003 in Pêra.
This is considered to be the largest sand sculpture festival in the world,
where every year a group of talented sculptors from all round the world,
display their talents.
Zoomarine is a unique experience for both adults and
children, into the mysteries to marine life. It is located in Guia,
close to Albufeira. Here you will be entertained by presentations featuring dolphins,
seals and tropical birds. Not to mention an aquarium hosting sharks, various
habitats, attractions and amusements for all to enjoy. Adults €27; children
under 3ft 3in are free; taller children €18.
Algarve's water parks are a must see. Fun for all ages, and
a great day out. The three main ones are:
Aqualand, which is one of Portugal’s biggest water parks,
displays attractions for all ages such as the Kamikaze, Crazy Race, Banzai and
Mini Park. Admission €22 per adult; €16 aged three-twelve; under threes free.
Hotel, which is located in Quarteira,
is popular for thrill seekers who take on its 50ft-high snake slide. Admission
€27 per adult; €18 aged five to ten; under fives free.
Slide & Splash, situated in Estombar, is spread over
a large plot of seven hectares. Highlights, which draw in the crowds include the
Tornado and the Turbulent River. Admission €24.50; €18 aged five-ten; under
Algarve Golf Courses
Portugal’s southwest coast of Algarve features superb golf
courses. With over 300 days of sunny weather, this is an ideal resort for those
in search of great courses. The coastline has over 25 courses, all of which are
within one and a half hours drive from the Faro International Airport.