August is the Algarve’s hottest and busiest month. It’s not only the hottest month for holidaymakers from Northern European countries like the UK, Ireland, and Germany, but it’s also the month when most Southern Europeans (like the Portuguese, Spanish, and Italians) get their holidays as well.
Reasons to visit the Algarve in August
- It’s warm: If it’s sunshine you’re after, you’ll find plenty of it on the Algarve in August. With temperatures reaching as high as 40 °C during heatwave years, it’s hotter than anyone needs. You’ll need to keep this in mind when you go to the beach: this not only means wearing plenty of sunscreen, but bringing a sun parasol and drinking plenty of water as well.
- There’s a lot on: This is the Algarve’s busiest month, which has its pros and cons. While it does mean more people on the beach and in the restaurants, it also means that there’s a good buzz and there’s plenty to see and do. This isn’t the case all the time: for most of winter, and even October and April, it’s not uncommon for businesses to be closed.
- It’s the only time you can visit: For many people, especially those with kids, August is the only month that it’s feasible for the whole family to take a trip together.
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What’s on in the Algarve in August?
Festa da Ria Formosa
Taste some of the best seafood on the Algarve, especially oysters. The event normally takes place in the evenings at Faro’s São Francisco Square between 19:00 and 01:00.
Portimão Sardine Festival
An important Algarvian festival that’s often missed by tourists, the annual sardine festival takes place every year in Portimão. This is a fantastic opportunity to see local Portuguese celebrate something that’s incredibly near and dear to them and to sample some great Portuguese cooking. Simply head to the Zona Ribeirinha (river front) and follow the smell of grilled sardines.
Olhão Festival do Marisco (Seafood Festival)
Another one for the seafood lover’s diary! Expect clams, shrimp, crayfish, lobster, crab and, of course, oysters!
Silves Medieval Festival
Travel back in time and discover what the Algarve was like during the medieval days, all set to the backdrop of Silves Castle. Expect knights, entertainers, good food, and a lot of belly dancers.
The Silves Medieval Festival normally takes place around mid August. For more information, including dates and times, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Fatacil, the festival of all things Algarvian, returns to the Municipal Festival Grounds of Lagoa. Expect stalls selling locally made products and traditional Portuguese food, live music, and farmers exhibiting their prize sheep and goats.
For a complete overview of all the events on the Algarve this year, check out the Algarve events guide.
Weather in the Algarve in August
August in the Algarve can be very hot. It’s not unknown for Algarve temperatures to reach 40 °C, an even a couple of degrees over.
Even when temperatures on the Algarve do reach as high as 40 °C, not everywhere on the Algarve is that warm. Those temperatures tend to be inland. Coastal towns (for example Albufeira and Carvoreiro) tend to be cooler, while the Algarve’s West Coast is often even cooler again. On average, you can expect temperatures of between 24 °C and 35 °C.
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