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Algarve in July: Events & Festivals, Holidays, & Weather Guide

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There’s plenty happening on the Algarve in July. If you’re looking for things to see and do, it’s a fantastic month to visit.

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).

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 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.

Alameda Beer Festival in Faro

With more than 100 different types of beer to try, Faro’s Alameda Beer Festival is a popular event. Entry is free, and the event usually takes place at Jardim da Alameda from around 17:00 onward.

This event usually takes place at the start of July. More information, including dates, can be found on 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.

Arrifana Sunset Fest

Arrifana Sunset Fest is a small music festival that takes place at Arrifana fishing harbour, near Aljezur. Expect reggae music from Portuguese bands, and partying until the early hours of the following morning.

The event normally takes place at the end of July. For more information visit arrifanasunsetfest.com

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.

For more events and local festivals, check out the month-by-month guide to Algarve events.

Weather in the Algarve in July

July is a hot month on the Algarve. The average daily temperature is around 29 °C. This is an average, of course, which means that temperatures can hit the mid and even late 30s.

If you’re visiting the Algarve in July, be sensible e.g. drink plenty of water (the water content in wine doesn’t count) and wear plenty of sunscreen.

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. 

Last updated in November 2018.
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