September is one of the best summer months for visiting the Algarve. It’s still warm, and it’s a much more tolerable warm than the stifling temperatures of July and August.
September is also considerably quieter on the Algarve, and everything has calmed down after the busy month of August.
Reasons to visit the Algarve in September
It’s the quietest summer month. While July and August see the Algarve’s population swell from visiting tourists, by September the Algarve is comparably quiet again. It’s still busy, and all of the restaurants and businesses will be open, but nowhere near what it was in the previous 2 months.
It’s still warm. Algarve temperatures in September usually sit somewhere around 30 ° C, dropping to the late and mid-twenties as the month goes on. This is definitely warm enough for lying on the beach, and much more bearable than the July and August temperatures (which often top 40 ° C).
If you want to take part in any activities like walking, golf, or just sight-seeing, this is a much better temperature to do it in.
Accommodation and other expenses are slightly cheaper. From Mid-July until Mid-September, prices for accommodation, car hire, flights, and other travel expenses are usually at their highest. However, from around mid-September onward, you should start to see a drop in prices.
What’s on in the Algarve in September
Festas do Pescador (1st September – 3rd September)
Festas do Pescador (Festival of the Fishermen) takes place every year in Albufeira, paying tribute to the fishing community of the region. Expect plenty of seafood – a chance to experience the Algarve’s wonderful gastronomy – and live music.
Festa de Alcoutim (8th September – 10th September)
Festa de Alcoutim (Alcoutin Festival) is an annual festival that comprises live music, fireworks, and live entertainment.
(The BPM Festival September 14th September – 17th September)
Coming to Europe for the first time in 2017, the BPM Festival is a dance music festival that showcases some of the best names and rising talent in the world of dance music. The event takes place across several venues in Portimão and Lagoa, with more than 170 acts expected to take part. More information at BMPFestival.com
Festa Tradicional de Martim Longo (1st weekend in September)
A traditional festival with live music, food stalls, crafts, workshops, and traditional dances.
Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival (26th September – 1st October)
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. More info at smoothjazzfestival.de.
Weather in the Algarve in September
Expect temperatures of around 30 ° C, particularly closer to the beginning of the month. By the end of the month, temperatures usually drop to somewhere between 20 and 25 ° C.