Autumn has so much to offer on the Algarve

With the Summer coming to a close, the Portuguese are renowned for celebrating the end of the season in style with Noite Branca (White Night). Recently we were lucky enough to join in the festivities of this annual event which sees the whole central area of Loule turned into one big street party. From the market through to the old town, white couches are set out in the streets and beautiful white decorations adorn the shops and restaurants.

Fantastic purple and pink lighting bounces off the white backdrop of Loule town, where even the dress code is strictly white. Street performers, jugglers, fire eaters and clowns join musicians and dancers to entertain the crowds whilst bands and DJs perform on the stages dotted around the main squares. The shops and restaurants all take part in the festivities with many staying open until the early hours of the morning. This fantastic celebration brings together thousands of people on the last Saturday of the season and it always promises to be a truly magical night!

There’s still plenty to celebrate about Autumn on the Algarve and in fact we love this time of year. It’s the perfect time to visit as the resort and facilities are still all open but the region starts to feel less busy. The day time still sees plenty of warm sunshine but it is slightly cooler at night, and the beaches and pools are still a lovely temperature for swimming!

The sea temperature is generally cooler due to the deep ocean currents of the Atlantic but very refreshing with plenty of opportunity for wind surfing, kite surfing and water sports at the beach. Day trips to Lagos, Tavira, Faro and Silves are great fun and easy to do even with young children in tow. Vilamoura Marina is still as lively as ever and the ideal place to catch a boat trip to visit the caves. We recommend taking an early morning trip to make the most of the day!

Popular attractions including Zoo Marine and the splash parks are all open until the end of October so if you are planning a last minute trip there’s still plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. For something a little different, the renowned international sand sculpture festival also continues right through until October in the town of Pera, where visitors flock to see the many sculptures on display.

If darker nights and frosty mornings aren’t for you just yet and you have a few free days left in your calendar come and visit us here on the Algarve. Spend relaxing Autumn days with The Real Algarve and make the most of the fabulous weather!

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