5 reasons why the Algarve is the Perfect Winter Holiday Destination
When most people think of the Algarve, they think of it during the peak summer months, when the sun is at its hottest, the beaches are lined with sunbathers and the resort towns are bustling with tourists who are making the most of the summer temperatures. However, what some don’t realise is that there are also some great benefits to choosing to visit the Algarve in winter.
The weather in the Algarve during winter months is very reasonable and considerably warmer than the likes of the UK and France. Expect maximum temperatures throughout the day of 16-18 degrees Celsius, with temperatures falling to 5-10 degrees Celsius in the evenings. If you are looking for a slightly warmer climate in which to spend Christmas, ring in the New Year or simply get away from the frost-bitten weather at home then the Algarve is a great choice.
Although not the most expensive destination to visit during peak months, there are some incredibly cheap deals on accommodation and flights to the Algarve in winter. Due to the slightly lower temperatures than other, more Southern destinations, you can benefit from great value for money with a winter holiday to the Algarve. Flights to Faro Airport, which is the airport that serves the Algarve region, are covered by low-cost airlines meaning that you can secure some very cheap tickets for travel from November through to February. However, it is important to note that flights will be more expensive closer to Christmas and New Year, so visiting during other winter months, booking well in advance or flying out a little earlier will save you some money.
As expected, the crowds of tourists lessen during the off-peak season in comparison to peak summer months, a fantastic opportunity to experience the Algarve at a much more relaxed pace and not have to battle the bustle of the crowds when sightseeing or doing activities. The smaller crowds also mean that it is a great time to properly immerse yourself in the Portuguese culture and pick up some tips from the locals.
All year round amenities
Over recent years, the popular destination has seen a rise in tourists flocking to the resort as they deem alternative North African countries as volatile and unsafe. As a result of this, many hotels and restaurants remain permanently open all year round, therefore, during winter months there is still plenty of choices when it comes to dining or drinking out. Although a little more timid in comparison to during summer months, the lively atmosphere in the Algarve still remains during winter, particularly in larger resort towns, such as Albufeira, Lagos, Praia da Rocha, and around Christmas time.
Portugal, and more specifically the Algarve, is renowned for being a great golfing holiday destination so if golfing is your thing, the cooler temperatures and the reduced outside of high season club fees make the Algarve in winter the perfect destination for golf.
Popular hiking trails, such as the hiking circuit in Lagos which spans from the top of Praia do Canavial to Praia dos Estudiantes, are much quieter during winter months. This particular height will take approximately three hours to complete when walking at a leisurely pace and there are some fantastic view, restaurants and secret passages leading you from the cliffs to the beaches along the way.
If you are visiting for New Year, head to Albufeira where they have a large firework display, an open-air concert, a great selection of bars and restaurants and a lively atmosphere.