If you’re wondering where to find a bit of February sun, the Algarve is a fantastic choice. Mild weather, peace and quiet… what more could you ask from a winter holiday?
Reasons to visit the Algarve in February
- With around 6 hours of sunshine each day, it’s a great choice if you’re suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which can lead to lead to mild depression and anxiety.
- It’s still the low season, so you can enjoy endless stretches of Europe’s most beautiful beaches all to yourself. And with daytime temperatures reaching 18°C, it’ll be shorts and T-shirts all the way.
- Temperatures are warm, but not el scorchio. Now is a good time to go if you fancy a round of golf, a hike along a section of the Via Algarviana, or a lazy day tasting the produce at one of the region’s exciting new wineries.
- Accommodation is cheap. We found one week at the Albufeira Sol Hotel and Spa for €224 on Booking.com (Fri 10th-Fri 17th Feb), while the same room costs around €1,086 in August (Fri 11th-Fri 18th Aug).*
- There’s quite a bit going on. People are getting back into gear after their Christmas break, and are preparing for the shoulder season which starts next month.
What’s on in the Algarve in February?
Volta ao Algarve
Participants cover more than 690 kilometres in Volta ao Algarve, the region’s biggest bicycle race. If you’re not around to watch the cyclists go by, you can watch from home on Eurosport or ITV4.
Note that if Easter is late this event will take place in March.
Who needs Rio de Janeiro? The Algarve’s oldest carnival has a fantastic atmosphere, too. The three day event takes place over Shrove Tuesday and features plenty of dancing, street food and a parade with themed floats. Some can be quite political, so we’re excited to see what’s on display after Brexit and Trump.
Al Mutamid Music Festival
This world music festival is named after Muhammad Al-Mutamid, the 11th Century ruler of the taifa of Seville. Concerts are held across the region and have a real Moorish flavour. There are acts from North Africa, the Middle East, and Andalusia. A great way to get a bit of culture during your trip.
Culture vultures should keep an eye on this initiative from the Portuguese tourist board to transform the Algarve into a year round destination. 2016-2017 is its first year, and you can take a gander at the brochure over on Visit Portugal’s website. Live music, opera, dance and visual art showcases are some of the exciting events on offer this month.
Weather in the Algarve in February
The average daytime temperature is 13°C, although it can rise up to (and beyond) 18°C. There are only five days of rainfall on average for the whole month, so you’d have to be pretty unlucky to arrive during a week with poor weather. It’s generally warmer down by the coast, although we wouldn’t recommend swimming in the sea (a chilly 14°C at this time of year). Sunshine is bright, and you can expect six hours of it a day on average.
*Prices correct at time of writing (23rd January 2016).