Why the Algarve is a Brilliant Winter Sun Destination

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Fisherman's Beach in Albufeira in the Algarve

The Algarve is one of our top destinations for summer holidays, but it’s becoming increasingly popular for those who want a slightly warmer climate when Ireland is in the throes of winter.

But why is it becoming such a popular winter sun destination? These are our top 5 reasons…

1. Mild Climate

Not everyone loves the cold and the shorter days that winter brings. The Algarve, while only a short flight away, rewinds the weather by a few months. The average temperature in the Algarve in winter is around 19°C, which is twice as warm as Dublin. Not only that, there’s also around 2 extra hours of daylight.

2. Amazing Value

The Algarve offers great value in winter because it has to compete with the Canary Islands, which are at their busiest in winter. You’ll find 5* accommodation for a fraction of the price it would be in the peak summer season. You’ll also find that some tours and attractions offer discounted rates, saving you a few extra euro!

3. Affordable Dining

Not only is the accommodation great value, but it’s an affordable destination when you get there. Food and drink are very reasonably priced and if you’re a fan of seafood, you won’t be disappointed.

Restaurants in the Algarve are good value for the quality of food on offer with fresh seafood and cataplanas being a staple on all menus.

If you’re self-catering, the larger supermarkets offer fantastic value for groceries and an Aldi/Lidl is never too far away.

4. Spa Days

If it’s a bit cloudy out or if there’s a breeze, most hotels have fantastic on-site spa facilities so you can make the most of cooler days to pamper yourself. From a selection of treatments rooms and heated indoor pools to full thalassotherapy pools, the spas on offer throughout the Algarve make for a very relaxing few hours during your holiday.

5. Fewer Crowds

As it’s off-peak, most towns in the Algarve will be noticeably quieter than during the summer. There’ll be more space to explore the towns, more space for walks on the beach and a greater feeling of relaxation. You’ll get the real local experience!

If you’re thinking of treating yourself to a winter break in the Algarve is for you, then we plenty of options for you!

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  • Looking for a holiday in November, would the Algarve still be an option? Does a lot of restaurants and attractions shut down for these months. Would hate to go somewhere too quiet.


    • Hi Rosaleen,

      Yes, the Algarve would definitely be an option!

      It would be quieter than during the peak season, but towns like Albufeira, Lagos and Olhao are very popular for winter breaks. Albufeira and Lagos would still have a lively atmosphere as most restaurants and bars stay open year-round. You could also visit Olhao, which is a working fishing town so it would be busy with the local Portuguese.

      Some attractions like Zoomarine, Slide&Splash and Aqualand close from the start of November and some boat excursion may not be on. There’s still plenty to do with day trips to different towns, jeep safaris, wine tasting, bike tours, etc. It’s a great chance to do excursions that it would be too warm to do during the peak season.

      Kind regards,


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