Visiting the Algarve in October

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Originally published in Sep 2016 & last updated on November 10, 2023
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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. The tourism season officially finishes on the last day of October, so pretty much all of the bars, restaurants, and other amenities will still be open.

With the possibility of still basking in warm sunshine and enjoying leisurely beach days, October is a delightful time to revel in outdoor activities, from invigorating hikes to serene moments by the sea, making it a season that beckons both adventure seekers and those yearning for relaxation in equal measure.

The weather is a little more of a gamble now compared to September. It can rain but often the weather is still warm enough to lie out on the beach.

Join us as we delve into the charms and opportunities that await those who choose to experience the Algarve during this captivating month.

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.

What to Pack

  1. Warm weather clothing: October days in the Algarve are usually warm and sunny, and you’ll probably want to wear t-shirts and maybe even shorts.
  2. Light jackets or sweaters: While the Algarve generally experiences mild temperatures in October, evenings and overcast days can bring cooler weather. Packing a light jacket or sweater allows you to layer for added warmth.
  3. Waterproof clothing: While the weather is often good in October, there can be a few wet days. Be sure to pack a raincoat or umbrella just in case.
  4. Sunscreen: Despite the height of the warm weather being over, the sun can still be potent during the day in the Algarve. Ensure you pack sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  5. Comfortable shoes: The Algarve is perfect for exploring on foot, with picturesque towns and villages waiting to be discovered. Pack comfortable and sturdy shoes suitable for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Avoid high heels, as Portugal’s cobblestone streets don’t pair well with them. Instead, opt for a comfortable pair of flat-soled shoes.
  6. Light layers: The weather in October is usually warm but can be changeable, with alternating sunshine and clouds throughout the day. To stay comfortable in varying conditions, bring along lightweight layers that you can easily add or remove layers as needed, particularly in the evening.

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 eagerly anticipated Feira de Santa Iria, which has been a tradition for over 500 years typically takes place in the second half of October at the Largo de São Francisco in Faro. This grand event, considered the largest and oldest fair in the Algarve, annually draws more than 200 thousand visitors with its vibrant mix of exhibitions, entertainment, taverns, crafts, gastronomy, and market stalls featuring traditional Algarve products.

Taking place at the picturesque Largo de São Francisco, overlooking the scenic Ria Formosa, the fair transforms the square into a vibrant tableau of colours and activities.

Here, visitors can explore myriad stalls, enjoy exciting rides, and indulge in various culinary delights, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Algarve. The fair also offers daily musical entertainment on the Palco Popular, located in the food court, from around 19:30 to 21:00. To enhance the visitor experience, the organisers have improved signage, added an ATM within the fairgrounds, and provide free parking at the Pontinha car park during the fair’s duration.

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

Oktoberfest at Vila Vita

The annual Oktoberfest beer festival brings the lively ambiance of German beer gardens to the Algarve, taking place at Vila Vita Biergarten in Porches. This vibrant event offers a delightful glimpse into Bavarian culture, featuring a fantastic selection of beers, delectable food, and live entertainment that consistently draws a large crowd of enthusiasts.

As you immerse yourself in the festivities, you’ll be charmed by the colorful murals depicting Bavarian scenes and the staff adorned in traditional costumes, enhancing the festival’s authentic atmosphere. The menu boasts mouthwatering Bavarian delicacies, including schnitzel, sausages, and the classic apfelstrudel.

Oktoberfest in the Algarve is not only a treat for your taste buds but also an excellent choice for those seeking free events in Portugal during October. Families are welcome, with a dedicated garden area where kids can play and enjoy the festivities. To ensure a delightful dining experience, it’s advisable to book your tables in advance and secure your spot at this lively celebration.

Oktoberfest normally takes place at the end of September and in the beginning of October.

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

In October, the climate in the Algarve is warm and mild, offering pleasant conditions for travelers. During the day, temperatures can reach approximately 23°C (73.4°F), while at night, they tend to drop to around 15°C (59°F). Although heatwaves are more probable at the beginning of the month, it’s relatively uncommon to experience temperatures as high as 30°C (86°F) in October.

Rainfall is a possibility, with about a 25% chance of encountering precipitation, but the average of eight wet days during the month means that the likelihood of encountering showers is relatively low.

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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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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