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

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James Cave / Last Updated: May 20, 2020 / Posted in: The Algarve

October is one of the best times of year for low-cost trips to the Algarve. The high season crowds have all gone home, but the sun is still shining and there’s plenty going on.

Reasons to visit the Algarve in October

  • Most of the bars and restaurants are still open, so there’s lots of nightlife. Things start to wind down towards the end of the month in a lot of the coastal towns, and some places will close from November until around the start of March.
  • There are heaps of events in the Algarve during October. Most villages throw festivals to celebrate the harvest, and there are lots of foodie events on the calendar too.
  • Hotel prices are much lower than the summer and even September, yet the weather is still very pleasant. Car rental prices similarly drop which, combined with cheaper hotels, means you can have a great time in the Algarve for a lot less.
  • October temperatures are warm and pleasant, with an average of eight rainy days.

For cheap hotels in the Algarve, is always a good place to look. For car rental, comparison sites like are worth looking at. 

What’s on in the Algarve in October?

It’s harvest time, and the people of the Algarve are ready to party – as much as people in the Algarve party, anyway. If you’re visiting during October, these annual events are well worth popping into your itinerary.

Feira de Santa Iria, Faro

The city’s biggest festival takes place in the third week of October. It’s a religious festival dating back more than 400 years. Nowadays you can expect carnival rides (ferris wheels, carousels, bumper cars), live music and stalls selling local produce.

The Feira de Santa Iria usually takes place towards the end of October. For dates and more information, visit the event’s Facebook page

Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival

Taking place at Vila Vita Parc in Porches, the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival comprises of activities (including boat trips and excursions) and evenings of smooth jazz over dinner.

This event usually takes place in October. For more information and dates, visit

And that’s just what’s happening in October. Check out the month-to-month guide of what’s happening on the Algarve for a complete list of Algarve events. 

What’s the weather like in the Algarve in October?

The October climate is warm and mild. During the day the temperature can reach 23°C, and it only drops to 15°C during the night. Heatwaves are more likely at the start of the month, but temperatures of 30°C aren’t that common in October. There’s a 25% chance of rain, but with an average of eight wet days it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter showers.

Have you visited the Algarve in October? What did you think? Share your thoughts and opinions or ask a question below. 

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