The Algarve’s climate is Mediterranean. Temperatures reach 30 C (86 F) or higher in July and August, and the weather typically stays mild between October and January, though most of the rain also falls during these months.
When to fly to Algarve
The Algarve is popular year round with spikes in visitors during the European school holidays. July and August, mid-to-late October, Easter and early June are among the busiest times.
November and January through February are low-season times when flight prices and hotel rates are more affordable. This is also the rainiest and coolest time of year, though.
Getting around Algarve
There are buses connecting the towns of the Algarve but for maximum independence, renting a car is your best bet. Faro Airport is the gateway to the area and is located just 4 km (2.5 miles) from the capital city of Faro.
Algarve insider information
- Faro is set on the Formosa Lagoon, with endless islands of sand and long stretches of beach.
- Tavira is a beautiful old town well worth visiting. Getting there is a pleasant journey, too, with plenty of orange and fig groves to see along the way.
- Vilamoura has some of the best golf courses in Europe.
- The surfing is fantastic in the western are of the region.
- The chestnut and almond forests around Monchique offer great walking and trekking opportunities.
- For the best boat trips and scuba diving, head for the protected grottos along the central coast.