The weather in April can be very unpredictable both in the Algarve and across the whole of Portugal. Although most weather reports don’t record a noticeable increase in rain, April is known for being a wet month. There’s even a Portuguese saying for it: em Abril águas mil (literally: in April, a thousand waters).
If you’re lucky with the weather, though, this is a great month to visit the Algarve. It’s the start of “the season” here which means many of the bars and restaurants that were closed for the winter are now open again. And, because it’s not that popular a month to visit, accommodation prices are a lot lower than what they will be in the summer.
Reasons to visit the Algarve in April
- The bars, restaurants, and resorts down by the coast are starting to swing into action but aren’t too crowded.
- Hotel prices are still low, even for those travelling during the Easter Break. Some hotels will be 50% what they would cost in July and August.
- The weather is warm and sunny but not scorching hot, so you can still enjoy a few hikes and rounds of golf if lounging on the beach isn’t your thing.
- You can expect eight or nine hours of that beautiful Algarve sunshine every day.
For cheap hotels in the Algarve, booking.com is always a good place to look. For car rental, comparison sites like rentalcars.com are worth looking at.
What’s on in the Algarve in April?
Festival of International Music (FIMA)
This annual music festival runs from March until May, with around 15-20 concerts of diverse music during that time. Check out the schedule before you head over on holiday and you might be able to add a little culture to your trip to the Algarve.
For more information, dates, and tickets, visit fima.com.pt/en
FIESA Sand Sculpture Festival
Fiesa, the giant sandcastle festival, takes place every year between March and October. The festival attracts artists from Portugal and all around the world, who travel to the Algarve to take part in the event.
The theme varies from year-to-year so, if you’ve been before, there’ll be something new to see.
For more information about FIESA, dates, and ticket prices, visit fiesa.org.
Festival Al-Buhera takes place in Albufeira. The festival features market stalls selling local produce such as food products, crafts, and locally-made alcohol as well as live music and food stalls.
Admission is free, and the festival usually takes place in the evenings towards the end of April. For more information can be found on Facebook.com/festivaldalbuhera
Liberation Day (25th April)
This public holiday celebrates a very special moment in Portuguese history, when Salazar’s Estado Novo dictatorship was overthrown on the 25th April 1974. The military coup was bloodless, and known as the Carnation Revolution. It brought nearly 50 years of the autocratic rule to an end.
In Albufeira, you can expect firework displays and street performances, and in Lagos, the day begins with canons and ends with a fireworks display. The biggest celebrations are normally to be found in Faro, where the celebrations start on the 24th and continue through the next day.
And that’s just the events happening in April. The month-by-month guide to Algarve events covers everything that’s happening throughout the year.
Weather in the Algarve in April
Temperatures are a modest 16 to 20°C, which is warm but not stifling. It can be wet at this time of year, but with an average of eight rainfall days during the entire month you’d have to be pretty unlucky if your holiday was a wash-out. We’d recommend bringing your jacket and a cardigan along for the evenings, as it still gets chilly once the sun goes down (and you’ll feel it a lot more if you’ve been lounging by the swimming pool all day).
Have you visited the Algarve in April? Would you recommend visiting at that time of year? Share your thoughts, tips, and reviews by leaving a comment below.