Visiting the Algarve in March

Although winter is almost over, the cheap flights and accommodation prices found in the Algarve at this time of year make March a fantastic time to take a break to the Algarve.

Reasons to visit the Algarve in March

  • March is typically the last out-of-season month, and from April the Algarve will start to get busy again. If you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday, this is a great time to visit.
  • The Algarve is waking up. April is really when the tourists start to arrive, and so restaurants, shops, and hotels that have been closed for the winter months usually begin opening again in March.
  • Spring is a great time for families to visit the Algarve as the weather is mild, but not too warm. It’s also when flights and accommodation are typically at their cheapest, allowing you to get the best family holiday for the lowest possible price.
  • Of course, it isn’t just families that enjoy a bargain. Everyone can take advantage of the cheaper accommodation prices at this time of year. We found one week in a seaview apartment in Praia da Rocha for €140 (Friday March 10th – Friday March 17th). That’s just €20 per night, and it had capacity for up to 4 people.
  • It’s also a great time to grab a bargain on luxury accommodation. One week in the 5* Conrad Algarve (Friday March 10th – Friday March 17th) costs €1,303, a fraction of the €4,000 a week you can expect to pay in August.

What’s on in the Algarve in March?

Feira dos Enchidos, Monchique (sausage festival)

Every year Monchique hosts its annual sausage fest, usually taking place in the first weekend of March. The festival showcases all things sausage, from traditional recipes to modern takes on cooking sausages.

FIESA – International Sand Sculpture Festival, Pêra

Running from March until October, FIESA is one of the Algarve’s main events. Every year, around 60 artists from all over the world travel to Pêra to build giant sand sculptures out of 35,000 tons of sand. The sculptures are all based on that year’s theme, and previous themes have included music, the animal kingdom, Hollywood movies and characters, and mythology.

Carnival, Loulé

Depending on when Easter falls, Carnival takes place in either February or March. It’s a three-day event that features a parade with themed floats, dancing, and plenty of street food. If you can’t make it all the way to Rio de Janeiro, then come to Loulé instead.

Scenes from Loule Carnival 2014

Algarve Cup

The Algarve Cup is one of the most prestigious events in women’s football, and it takes places every year in the Algarve in March. National teams from all over the world, including Canada, Denmark, Russia, Spain, and Japan, take part.

Weather in the Algarve in March

The average daily temperature is 15°C, a 2° temperature increase on February’s average daily temperature. For most visitors, particularly those from the North of Europe and America, this is an improvement and so well worth visiting for that essential Vitamin D. And although it’s warm, it’s not too warm: It’s ideal weather for walking. Rainfall should be minimal as well, with March typically getting an average of only 6 rainfall days per month.

*Prices correct at time of writing.

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