Visiting the Algarve in July

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July in the Algarve is one of the most popular summer months, where the region truly comes alive with the vibrant energy of the season. This is the time when tourists from all corners of the globe flock to the Algarve’s stunning beaches, charming towns, and cultural hotspots. With long, sun-drenched days, warm temperatures, and an array of exciting events and activities, July offers an exhilarating and unforgettable experience for visitors.

So, pack your sunscreen and sunglasses, and let’s dive into the sunny, summer delights of this picturesque region in southern Portugal.

Reasons to visit the Algarve in July

  • There’s a lot happening: In terms of events, July is one of the busiest months on the Algarve. If you’re the kind of person that likes there to be a lot of things to do when you visit a place, July is a good month to be in the Algarve.
  • July isn’t as busy as August: Although July is a popular month to visit the Algarve, it isn’t the most popular month to visit the Algarve: that’s August. July is that little bit less busy, meaning attractions and the beaches will be less crowded.
  • It’s hot: Although July is too hot for many people, some people really like the heat. July and August are the hottest months of the year on the Algarve, with daily temperatures usually in the early to mid-30s (Celsius).

What’s on in the Algarve in July?

Market of Cultures by Candlelight in Lagoa

An outdoor market that’s lit up by more than 12,000 candles, Mercado de Culturas à Luz das Velas is a beautiful event. As well as being very beautiful to look at, it’s also a fantastic place to buy locally made products, wine, and dine.

This event usually takes place at the start of July. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Salir do Tempo (Salir Medieval Festival)

Salir medieval festival is back. Expect archery, henna painting, stalls selling fabrics and spices, belly dancing, music, and more.

This event usually takes place in the second half of July in Salir, which is near Loulé. 

Festa da Ria Formosa

Seafood lovers rejoice! Faro’s Ria Formosa Festival offers the opportunity to try some of the best seafood on the Algarve.

The event normally takes place in Faro’s São Francisco Square towards the end of July. 

Loulé International Jazz Festival

Loulé International Jazz Festival is a popular event on the music lover’s calendar. Events take place on specific dates throughout July and often spill over into August.

For more information check out the Loulé International Jazz Festival Facebook page.

Sunset Secrets (Weekly on Thursdays)

Every year, during the month of July, the historical town of Silves hosts its weekly ‘Sunset Secrets’ event. Taking place at Silves Castle, Sunset Secrets is a cultural event centred around world music, belly dancing, food, and wine.

The event usually starts at 19:00 and finishes at around 23:00. Tickets cost €5 normally, or €2 for Silves residents.

Weather in the Algarve in July

July sizzles with heat on the Algarve, with an average daily temperature of around 29°C (84°F). However, it’s important to note that this is just an average, and during the hottest days, temperatures can soar into the mid to late 30s°C (mid to upper 90s°F).

If you plan to visit the Algarve in July, it’s crucial to take sensible precautions. Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water (wine’s water content doesn’t count, unfortunately), and make sure to apply generous amounts of sunscreen to protect your skin from the intense summer sun.

Have you visited the Algarve in July? Or, maybe you’re planning on visiting this July? Share your thoughts and questions by leaving a comment below. 

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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.

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