With so much to see and do, Autumn is the perfect time to visit the Algarve and enjoy all this region has to offer...
Although the Algarve is mostly known for its beautiful beaches and lively summer, more and more people have fallen in love with this beautiful region of Portugal during the “out of season” months.
During this time of the year, there are fewer crowds and the weather is as enjoyable as it gets, making this region the perfect spot to enjoy unique experiences.
Here are 10 reasons why visiting the Algarve in the Autumn is very worthwhile:
Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, the Algarve has mild temperatures all year long! During the Autumn and Winter months, you can count on an average maximum temperature of 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) as well as 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. This makes the Algarve perfect for enjoying the outdoors even if the shops have Christmas decorations in their windows!
The coastline colours are especially beautiful at this time of year, where you can book a boat trip to see the sunset. The autumn shades of yellow and orange on the rugged cliffs of the coast are simply breathtaking!
Amongst the many outdoor activities in the Algarve that are ideal during this time of the year, hiking is one of the favourites! And a perfect way of discovering this region’s magnificent fauna and flora.
If you prefer the beautiful trails along the coastline, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Guided tours will allow you to experience the natural beauty of the salt pans, marshes and pine woodlands of one of Portugal’s Seven Natural Wonders.
If you prefer mountains, let yourself be enchanted by the tranquility and beautiful landscape of Serra de Monchique. Here you’ll be invited to take in the fresh air, chirping of birds as well as countless species of wildflowers and trees, passing by streams, waterfalls, water mills, and distilleries of this region’s traditional and very famous medronho (arbutus-berry brandy).
During this season you can also participate in one of the Algarve’s fastest-growing outdoor activities: birdwatching. There are lots of birdwatching events in the Algarve in the Autumn and various spots that are ideal for catching a glimpse of Portugal’s richest avifauna region.
Seabirds, shorebirds, ducks, birds of prey as well as many others can be found here, especially in the natural park of Ria Formosa, Lagoa dos Salgados (a natural lagoon between Armacao de Pera and Praia da Gale) and in the mountain range of Monchique, where there are also various guided tours available to enjoy the blue skies and winter sun.
The months between September and June are the best to enjoy cycling in the Algarve because the temperatures are mild and the landscape is breathtaking.
The longest biking trail is called the Ecovia do Litoral, which is part of the EuroVelo European Atlantic Coast Route. This trail connects Vila Real de Santo Antonio (in eastern Algarve) to Sagres (at the extreme western tip of the Algarve), along 241 km that will take you along towns, cities, and beautiful landscapes of untouched nature.
The better temperatures for sightseeing also make meandering around the beautiful small villages of Algarve Portugal a pleasure at this time of the year.
From the toasted yellow of the sun on whitewashed walls to the brown and red leaves on the trees in the squares, the Algarve at this time of year has plenty of nooks and crannies to discover. Don’t miss the traditional fishing villages or the region’s unique architecture, with its detailed white chimneys that are an icon of Algarvian culture.
Charming small towns such as Sao Bras de Alportel, Paderne, Alte, Querenca, Silves, Tavira and Monchique are just some of our favourite places to lose track of time!
Health retreats are also a big thing in the Algarve during the autumn and winter months. You can choose from a wide variety of luxury hotels or resorts that offer health and wellness retreats in the Algarve. Programmes include spa treatments, hydrotherapy, and thalassotherapy, fitness, detox, weight loss, medical, or even yoga retreats.
Just simply walking along the coast and soaking up vitamin D is another healthy way of enjoying sunny Algarve!
If you prefer to relax with a golf club in your hand and your eyes on the green, Autumn is the perfect season to visit the golf courses of this beautiful region of Portugal. The Algarve offers the ideal conditions for golf and has been considered the best golf destination in the world several times.
If you enjoy watching golf tournaments, every year the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura organizes the Portugal Masters Golf Tournament during this season, one of the most popular events on the European Tour schedule that joins the best golf players in the world.
Autumn is also the perfect time to visit the vineyards in the Algarve as most of them close in December for the winter. With its exceptional south-facing location, warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, the Algarve has an excellent "terroir" for growing vines.
The Algarve Regional Wine is produced throughout the entire region and there are also four DOC wine regions (Lagos, Portimao, Lagoa and Tavira) where you can visit the vineyards, discover the different wines, eat fabulous traditional winter food and chill in the warmth of the “adegas”.
As with every Portuguese region, one of the main attractions the Algarve has to offer in the Autumn is its food.
Because the weather is still amazing for outdoor dining, you can count on delicious fresh fish and seafood in the many restaurants available along the coast, while enjoying a glass of delicious Portuguese wine and taking in the beautiful views.
However, if you’d like a taste of more seasonal cuisine, why not try more hearty dishes such as razor clams rice or one of many bean stews made from whelk, octopus or squid. These comfort foods are the perfect company for a colder or rainy day as they will warm your taste buds and your heart!
Last, but not least, the out of season months are a wonderful option to get more for your money! With more affordable prices, this is the perfect time to book your cheap Faro flight for out of season travel and enjoy a tranquil holiday in the Algarve. Whether just to travel and relax, or to visit those online properties you’ve been searching while dreaming of buying a property in Portugal… why wait?
With all the craziness around the world, this small haven of sunshine is the perfect getaway to kick back and enjoy life’s simple pleasures!
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