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Autumn in the Algarve: what to do?

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Planning to go on a trip in the fall? These are the top 10 reasons to travel to the Algarve this autumn. In fall, you can benefit from fewer crowds and lower prices. The masses have left the beaches, however it is still excellent beach time. Find out more why autumn is a great season to discover the Algarve.

Autumn in the Algarve

1. Sunshine all day

In the fall, the weather is beautiful. From September to November, during the day, it is still no jacket season in the Algarve. In September the average maximum temperature is 29 degrees, 25 degrees in October and 20 degrees in November. The sea is colder than in summer, so swimming might not always be a great idea. However, these warm temperatures still make it possible to thoroughly enjoy the various stunning beaches. The best thing about travelling to the Algarve in the fall is that the nights are colder than in summer. We always love a good night sleep without air-conditioning.

Boat on the Beach in the Algarve

2. Hiking

The Algarve has some of the most beautiful walking trails in the world. You can walk along the spectacular coastline along impressive rock formations. Or you can explore the green Ria Formosa nature reserve. Or hike in the mountains of Monchique. Find out about all the different hiking trails.

Hiking near Ponta da Piedade in Lagos

3. Visit the vineyards during harvest season

The Algarve has beautiful wineries. September is harvest season. It is a great month to visit the vineyards. Take a guided tour in the Algarve and learn more about the wine making process. It is a beautiful sight to see the workers picking the grapes and at some wine estates, you even have the option to participate yourself.

Grape harvest season in Autumn

4. Fish market in Olhão

The sea is very important for the Algarve and fresh fish is the region’s best produce. In Olhão you can find the largest fish market of the Algarve. There are many different types of fish that you can buy at the market. It is a great sight to see the locals buying their sardines, octopus, clams and much more. The Olhão market consists of two beautiful buildings, which date from 1915. Around them, you can find several bars. It is best to visit the fish market on a Saturday.

Fish market in Olhão

5. Restaurants

Eating out in the Algarve is an absolute delight. In autumn, people in the Algarve still have dinner outside on the terraces. For example, in Olhão, the vibe at night is warm and happy. The restaurants all line up facing the river and the lights beautifully decorate the streets. In the Western Algarve, the lively towns of Albufeira, Lagos and Portimão are always full of people, as you can find many eating options. Last but not least, there are many excellent Michelin star restaurants in the Algarve, that are absolutely worth a try.

Restaurant in the Algarve

6. Golf

Golf is quite popular in the Algarve and the region has some of the best golf courses in Europe. There are more than 40 golf courses in the region. Each and every field is beautifully designed. The holes are catered for beginners to professionals. In fall, there is a great golf event that you can attend. From October 9-12 the Portugal Masters Golf Tournament is organized on the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura. This is considered to be one of the most important golf tournaments of Europe. The best players of the world will come to the Algarve and play to compete for the Masters Title.

Golf in the Algarve

7. Surfing

The Algarve has excellent conditions for surfing. In the west of the Algarve, the waves of the Atlantic Ocean are consistent, 365 days a year. In the fall, the Algarve is still a very popular destination for surfers. The west coast has one of the most beautiful beaches. The unspoiled nature here is beyond comparison.

Surfing in Autumn

8. Birdwatching

The Algarve has a very rich flora and fauna. In general, 395 bird species have been recorded in the region. Birdwatching is a great outdoor experience that especially in fall, is quite enjoyable, as the weather is not too hot. In autumn there is also a great birdwatching event in the Algarve that you can attend. From October 10-13 you can visit the Birdwatching Festival in Sagres. During this event you can participate in many activities, including boat tours, workshops, hikes, photography courses and dolphin watching.

Birdwatching in the Algarve

9. Biking

The Algarve is perfect to explore by bicycle. It is fun for both beginners and professionals. Biking in the Algarve takes you through beautiful landscapes and picturesque towns. The longest bike track is the Ecovia do Litoral. This route takes you along the coast from the east to the west and is 214 kilometres long. To complete the track, you need about 18 hours. Find out all the different bike tracks in the Algarve.

Biking near Cacela Velha

10. Better prices

The prices for accommodation and food in the Algarve are lower compared to other Mediterranean countries such as Spain, or Italy. During autumn, you will get even more value for money. Luxury hotels are significantly cheaper in autumn than in summer. It is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a wonderful stay in a world of abundance.

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