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What to do in the Algarve in bad weather


The Algarve is known for its Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Average temperatures in summer reach around 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, while in winter they range between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. The number of sunny days in the region is high, with an average of over 300 sunny days per year. However, it is always good to be prepared for periods of rain or overcast weather, especially in the fall and winter. While the Algarve's climate is often ideal for beach vacations, it's important to remember that the weather can change at any time.


There are several activities to do in the Algarve even when the weather is rainy or cloudy

  1. Visit the archaeological museum of Albufeira (MusA) - Rua dos Represas, Albufeira. Tél. : +351 289 591 923.

  2. Discover Slide & Splash Water Park- Estrada Nacional 125, Lagoa. Tél. : +351 282 340 140. Website : www.slidesplash.pt

  3. Relax at the spa The Algarve is a popular vacation spot in Portugal, and there are many spas in the area that offer a variety of wellness services, such as massages, facials, whirlpools and thermal pools. Some of the best spas in the Algarve are located in luxury hotels, such as the Tivoli Marina Portimão and the Conrad Algarve. There are also independent spas in the region that offer high-end wellness experiences.

  4. Playing golf The Algarve is considered one of the best places to play golf in Europe. It offers a variety of world-class golf courses, as well as favorable weather conditions throughout the year.The Algarve has many renowned golf courses, such as the championship Vilamoura Old Course, the Quinta do Lago North Course and the Vale do Lobo Royal Course. Each of them offers a challenge for golfers of all levels, as well as panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding landscape. In addition to the golf courses, the Algarve also offers a variety of instructional centers for beginners and more experienced players, as well as equipment rental options and tournaments for the more competitive golfer.

  5. Visit the Museum of the History of Portimão - Praça 5 de Outubro, Portimão. Tél. : +351 282 405 700. Website : www.museudahistoriadeportimao.pt

  6. Attend a concert at Teatro Lethes - Rua 5 de Outubro, Portimão. Tél. : +351 282 400 800. Website : www.teatro-lethes.com

  7. Walk in the botanical gardens of Silves - Rua das Alfarrobeiras, Silves. Tél. : +351 282 440 330. Website : www.jardinsbotanicosdesilves.pt

  8. Visit the castle of Silves - Rua da Porta da Vila, Silves. Tél. : +351 282 440 074. Website : www.cm-silves.pt

  9. Explore the Ria Formosa National Park - Fuzeta. Tél. : +351 289 800 600. Website : www.pnr-formosa.pt

  10. Discover the historical village of Monchique - Monchique. Tél. : +351 282 240 141. Website : www.cm-monchique.pt

  11. Visit the Lagos Sea Museum - Praça Gil Eanes, Lagos. Tél. : +351 282 762 470. Website : www.museudomar.pt

  12. Participate in a pottery workshop at the Silves pottery - Rua das Alfarrobeiras, Silves. Tél. : +351 282 440 330. Website : www.jardinsbotanicosdesilves.pt

  13. Walk in the gardens of the Baía de Lagos - Rua do Ramalho Ortigão, Lagos. Tél. : +351 282 763 710. Website : ww.jardinsdalagoonline.com

  14. Visit the Zoomarine animal park - Guia. - EN 125, Guia, Tél : +351 289 599 200 Website : ww.zoomarine.pt












But also :


Aquashow Indoor  Quarteira

First indoor park on the Iberian Peninsula

Slide, spa, cold bath, Turkish bath, sauna, whirlpool, Jacuzzi, massages

Circuit with obstacles above the park's pools and slides

An area for younger visitors, with trampolines, tunnels, bridges, slides, climbing walls, etc.


Wine tasting

There are numerous wine cellars dotted around the Algarve hills north and west of Albufeira. Most are within easy reach and less than an hour's drive from the city, but it's best to book an organised tour, which usually takes in historic towns like Silves while allowing you to sample as much of the good stuff as you like.

There is a long tradition of winemaking in southern Portugal. Lush, fertile farmland, rolling green hills and a microclimate fed by Atlantic trade winds are ideal conditions for excellent vineyards throughout the region. The Lagoa region, sandwiched between Albufeira and Portimao, is an AOC, and there is no shortage of wineries to visit and taste these wines.

Here are a few wine-tasting addresses around Albufeira, in the Algarve:

Adega do Cantor: Located a few kilometres west of Albufeira, this winery belongs to producer Sir Cliff Richard. They offer guided tours and tastings of award-winning wines.

Address: Sitio do Arrepiado Velho, Poço Barreto, Albufeira

Quinta do Francês: This family-run winery offers guided tours of their vineyard and cellar, followed by tastings of their locally-produced wines.

Address: Sítio das Vendas, Paderne, Albufeira

Adega do Cantinho: A small, intimate wine cellar offering tastings of regional wines accompanied by local products such as cheeses and charcuterie.

Address: Rua da Cabine, Ferreiras, Albufeira

Herdade dos Pimentéis: This winery offers guided tours of its vineyard and cellar, followed by tastings of fine wines and light snacks.

Address: Estrada de Ferreiras, Albufeira

Don't forget to check opening times and book in advance if necessary, as some establishments may have different policies depending on the season and availability. Enjoy your meal!


Art gallery Pintor Samora Barros

The Pintor Samora Barros art gallery takes its name from the illustrious Albufeira artist Samora Barros, nicknamed "the painter of the Algarve". Housed in a historic building that served as a power station in the early twentieth century, it now stands, dazzlingly white, in the heart of the labyrinthine streets of the old town.

This local gallery exhibits an eclectic mix of works, ranging from the creations of established artists to emerging talents from Albufeira and the Algarve. Its collection is regularly renewed, promising a unique experience every time you visit. Whether you discover avant-garde graffiti frescoes, stone sculptures or Dadaist canvases, each work is an invitation to reflect, capable of leaving an unforgettable mark on your holiday.

Address: Tv Candido dos Reis, 2, 8200-064 Albufeira, Portugal

Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 09:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:30 (closed on Sundays)

Telephone number: +351 289 542 867


Travelling by train

Discover the Algarve by rail: let yourself be carried away by a railway line that runs majestically through the heart of this enchanting region. Stop off in Albufeira, where the local station awaits you just 15 minutes' drive north of the old town, in the charming suburb of Ferreiras.

Regular trains leave from this station, weaving a rail network that connects neighbouring towns such as Tavira and Lagos, as well as destinations further afield. But it's not just the means of transport that makes the journey memorable; it's the experience itself that becomes a real attraction.

When you look out of the train window, a breathtaking landscape flashes before your eyes. The rolling hills of the Algarvian hinterland come into view, punctuated by charming whitewashed villas, creating a picturesque image that looks straight out of a postcard. Near Tunes, picture-postcard landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see, with lush green meadows dotted with fragrant pine trees and wild orchids, creating a picture of undeniable beauty.

And what about the chance to visit Vila Real de Santo Antonio, the picturesque town that straddles the border with Spain? The excitement of crossing borders and discovering a new culture adds a unique dimension to this rail adventure.


Visit the potteries of Porches

In the heart of the charming village of Porches, nestled in the gentle hills of Portugal, lies the craft workshop of the famous Porches pottery, a veritable institution that has been perpetuating the traditional art of Portuguese ceramics for over fifty years. With an unshakeable passion for their craft, the Porches pottery artisans handcraft unique pieces steeped in the region's artistic heritage, where ancient Greek, Celtic and Moorish motifs blend harmoniously.

As soon as you walk through the doors of their vast workshop/warehouse, you are transported into a world where craftsmanship and tradition meet. You can watch local craftsmen at work, skilfully employing intricate painting techniques to create stunningly patterned tiles and vases that are a living testimony to the region's history and culture.

If you fancy taking some of this art home with you, the on-site shop is full of ceramic treasures, including popular Azulejo tiles, perfect for adding a touch of authenticity to your home.

After a fascinating tour of the studio, take time to relax and enjoy an invigorating coffee or a delicious lunch at Café Bar Bacchus, adjacent to Porches Pottery. Here you'll find a friendly atmosphere and affordable prices, perfect for prolonging your immersion in local culture.

If you'd like to soak up the atmosphere at the Porches pottery and discover the ancient art of Portuguese ceramics, head for the EN125 road in Porches. The workshop is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm (closed on Sundays). For more information or to book your visit, please contact the Porches pottery team on +351 282 352 858.


Bowling

Discover a unique bowling experience in the heart of Albufeira's beautiful marina, where family fun takes on a whole new dimension. Hot Shot Bowling welcomes you to a picturesque setting, right next to sparkling yachts and charming quayside bars.

Immerse yourself in a vibrant retro vibe from the moment you walk through the doors, where neon lights and flashy pink carpets immerse you in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. Every detail, right down to the decorative marble, contributes to the unique aesthetic of this venue.

With seven tracks available, you'll have plenty of space to challenge your friends and family to a spirited game. Electronic scoreboards make keeping track of performance easy and fun, while comfortable seating lets you relax between throws.

And why not round off your game with a refreshing drink or a tasty snack? Hot Shot Bowling's well-stocked bar offers a wide range of drinks to accompany your game, and you can also enjoy tasty snacks for an additional charge.

Hot Shot Bowling can be found at R Marina de Albufeira, 1B, 8200-371 Albufeira, Portugal. Opening hours are Thursdays from 12pm to 8pm, Fridays to Sundays from 12pm to 10pm, and Mondays from 12pm to 8pm. Please note that the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact them on +351 289 543 163. Come and enjoy some fun and conviviality at Hot Shot Bowling, where every game promises unforgettable memories with family and friends.


Cinemas

When considering a trip to the cinema in the Algarve, you may initially hesitate. However, for English and Portuguese speakers, it can be an excellent entertainment option.

In this region, you'll find a variety of independent cinemas and multiplexes. However, if you prefer to enjoy a film in English, it's a good idea to head for one of the multiplex cinemas dotted around the Algarve.

To guarantee your experience in the original version with Portuguese subtitles, look out for films marked with the abbreviation "VO". Generally, most films are subtitled in Portuguese, with the exception of productions aimed at children, which may be screened in Portuguese or sometimes in their original version later in the evening.

In Portimão, for example, the multiplex cinema in the Continente shopping centre is an ideal choice. Nestling between the entrance to Portimão and Praia da Rocha, it offers easy access and a selection of films in English. Similarly, the Algarve de Guia shopping centre near Albufeira houses another multiplex cinema on the first floor, offering a varied cinematic experience.

If you're in Faro, you can also visit the cinema in the Forum Algarve shopping centre, which has a multitude of films on its screens. In addition, the new Mar shopping centre, between Faro and Loulé, offers a similar cinematic experience with an extensive selection of films in English.

Finally, in the east of the Algarve, film buffs can head to the Gran Plaza shopping centre in Tavira, where several screens show a diverse range of films, including screenings in English.

All in all, a visit to the cinema in the Algarve can be a rewarding experience, especially if you're looking for films in English or Portuguese for your entertainment. So why not let yourself be tempted by this cinematic adventure on your next trip to this magnificent region of Portugal?

Here is a list of cinemas in the Algarve:

  1. Cinemas NOS AlgarveShopping - Albufeira Adresse : AlgarveShopping, Estrada Nacional 125, Guia, 8200-417 Albufeira

  2. Cinemas NOS MAR Shopping Algarve - Loulé Adresse : MAR Shopping Algarve, Estrada Nacional 125, Loulé

  3. Cineplace Algarve - Portimão Adresse : Aqua Portimão, Lugar de Barca do Rego, 8500-337 Portimão

  4. Cineplace Tavira Adresse : Gran Plaza Tavira, Estrada Nacional 125, 8800-053 Tavira

  5. Cineplace Faro Adresse : Fórum Algarve, Estrada Nacional 125, Montenegro, 8005-145 Faro

  6. Cinemas NOS Forum Algarve - Faro Adresse : Forum Algarve, Estrada Nacional 125, Montenegro, 8005-145 Faro

  7. Teatro Mascarenhas Gregório - Silves Adresse : Rua da Porta de Loulé, 8300-139 Silves

  8. Cine-Teatro Louletano - Loulé Adresse : Rua José da Costa Mealha, 8100-500 Loulé


Making a casino

The casino establishments in the Algarve embody the very essence of luxury entertainment in this region of Portugal. In a country where gambling is generally prohibited, with the exception of the lottery and casinos, the casinos of the Algarve stand as oases of pleasure for those seeking a glamorous and exciting experience.

The casinos of the Algarve open their doors to all those in search of a thrilling adventure. With gaming tables, slot-filled rooms and magnificent gala halls, these establishments invite you to enjoy an exquisite meal while being dazzled by breathtaking shows, all year round.

In this sunny region of Portugal, three casinos stand out in particular. The first, in Praia da Rocha, near Portimão, is the Hotel Algarve Casino. Next, the Casino de Vilamoura, ideally nestled right next to the Vilamoura marina, attracts visitors looking for an unforgettable gaming experience. Finally, in the eastern Algarve, the Casino Monte Gordo captivates with its enchanting atmosphere.

Open from 3pm or 4pm, depending on the day of the week, these casinos offer a comfortable haven even for non-gamblers. It's the perfect place to watch the world bustle around the games of chance, while enjoying the refined and relaxed atmosphere.

If the skies are cloudy and the rain threatens to spoil your Algarve plans, why not head to one of these casinos? You'll discover a wide range of games, including roulette, craps, slots and poker. What's more, dinner shows, special events and dance performances enhance the experience, guaranteeing lasting memories, whatever the weather outside.

For more information, you can contact the casinos directly or visit their official websites.


Shopping in shopping centres

When the weather turns nasty in the Algarve, what better way to spend a pleasant day than in one of the many shopping centres dotted around the region?

In recent years, the Algarve has seen a multitude of shopping centres and boutiques spring up, making Portimão a major centre of attraction, thanks in particular to the advent of Aqua Shopping. This complex is home to top names such as Primark and H&M, offering visitors a shopping experience unrivalled in this part of the country.

Right next door to Aqua Shopping in Portimão is the Portimão Shopping Centre, home to well-known brands such as C&A, Worten, Casa and many more. Also in the same area is the Intermarché shopping centre, home to brands such as Sports Direct and other department stores specialising in home improvements, sport and much more.

Guia, close to Albufeira, is home to another major enclave of shopping centres. Just a short walk from Zoomarine Park, you'll find Algarve Shopping, offering a vast choice of shops including a huge Zara, a variety of restaurants and many other well-known shops. Also on the main road is a shopping centre with a Nike factory outlet, a British supermarket, and above the EN125, a large Makro, Leroy Merlin and Sports Direct.

In Faro, the Forum Algarve is the ideal place for shopping enthusiasts, even offering an ice rink in winter to keep young and old entertained. To the east of Faro, you'll find Ria Shopping in Olhão and Gran Plaza in Tavira, which offers stunning views of the surrounding salt marshes.

The latest shopping centre is Mar Shopping, located between Loulé and Faro. This complex is divided into three distinct parts: a gigantic Ikea (where you can try the famous meatballs!), a covered shopping centre, and the Design Outlet. Of course, Ikea and the covered area will be preferable on rainy days, but the Design Outlet may well tempt you with its discounts of up to 70% off.

Although the Algarve's town centres are full of luxury boutiques and charming little shops, if you're looking for a refuge from the elements, the region's shopping centres will welcome you with open arms. And for more information, don't hesitate to visit their websites or give them a call to plan your Algarve shopping trip.


Go-karting

Turn a rainy day into a thrilling adventure! Why not defy the weather by testing your driving skills in an exciting racing atmosphere? Get caught up in the adrenaline rush as you manoeuvre through each tight bend on the Marina d'Albufeira's indoor karting track.

Whether you're a beginner looking to improve your driving skills or a seasoned driver looking for a new challenge, our karting track offers the excitement and thrill you need. With tight bends, fast straights and technical corners, every lap is a new opportunity to push your limits.


Going to the pool

Looking for an aquatic getaway in the pouring rain? Why not opt for a relaxing swimming experience in a heated indoor pool? There's nothing quite like soaking in warm waters while listening to the soothing melody of rain gently drumming on the roof. It's a hugely rewarding sensation, bringing peace of mind and total relaxation.

In the Algarve, you can take advantage of public swimming pools. For a small fee of around €3 per adult and €1.80 for children aged between 3 and 11, you can access these aquatic oases. Just make sure you have your swimming costume and a swimming cap. If you don't have one, don't worry, you can buy one at reception.

Public swimming pools are dotted all over the Algarve, giving you plenty of options. Whether you're in Portimao, Faro, Loulé, Olhão or Tavira, you're sure to find a pool nearby to satisfy your desire to swim. Olhão's pools are unique in that they use salt water, providing a refreshingly different experience.

Of course, as with any public swimming pool, there are busier times of the day due to classes and regular activities. However, even at these busier times, there's always an area reserved for occasional visitors looking to relax in the water.

For more information on opening times, prices and special facilities, you can contact the individual pools or visit their official websites. So why wait? Let yourself be carried away by the pleasure of swimming in the rain in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.


Finally, if you haven't found what you're looking for in the list above, think of the restaurants, 4X4 outings, or nothing like a good board or card game!



Average temperatures in 2022

January: on average 15°C

February: average 16°C

March: on average, 17°C

April: average of 19°C

May: average 21°C

June: average 24°C

July: average 26°C

August: average 27°C

September: average 26°C

October: average 24°C

November: average 20°C

December: average of 17°C






Average number of rainy days in recent years

January: 10 days of rain

February: 10 days of rain

March: 8 days of rain

April: 5 days of rain

May: 3 days of rain

June: 2 rainy days

July: 2 days of rain

August: 2 rainy days

September: 3 days of rain

October: 5 days of rain

November: 7 days of rain

December: 9 days of rain.

That is 66 days of rain (are counted the days from one hour minimum)



Note that these figures are estimates and may vary depending on weather conditions. It is always recommended to check the local weather forecast for a more accurate picture of the situation.


For weather information in the Algarve, you can consult the following websites

You can also use the GPS coordinates to get a weather forecast for a specific area in Algarve. GPS coordinates can be found on Google Maps or other navigation applications.

Simply enter the GPS coordinates on an online weather site to get the forecast for that specific area.


Otherwise, you can also

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  • Read a book or watch a movie.

  • Listen to music or radio.

  • Playing video games or board games.

  • Cooking or baking.

  • Taking up a creative hobby, such as painting or crafting.

  • Taking a hot bath or massage.

  • Organizing your work or personal space.

  • Calling friends or family to talk.

  • Taking an umbrella for a walk or a drive.

  • Relax and take a nap.









"Rain in the Algarve is a fundamental element for the life and beauty of this region of Portugal. It is a caress to the skin of the inhabitants, a comfort that brings coolness in a generally hot and dry climate. It is also a blessing to the land, stimulating the growth of plants and trees, nourishing the soil and allowing crops to flourish. It brings life to everything around it, turning parched landscapes into thriving gardens. It is a gift of nature that we must appreciate and protect for future generations."


Philippe

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