The Algarve has the perfect climate. It is dry and sunny for most of the year with an annual average temperature of 82ᵒF in the summer and 54ᵒF during the winter. The long summer here lasts from May to September where temperatures range from 75ᵒF in early summer to a heady 89ᵒF in the mid-summer months of July and August. The climate, combined with miles of pristine beaches and calm seas, make the Algarve a perfect holiday or retirement destination. The Algarvean winter is short and clement. Most of the rain falls during this time but the sun still shines and temperatures never go below 45ᵒF. They vary between 65ᵒF during the day and 50ᵒF at night.
It is interesting to note that the East Algarve is slightly warmer and less windy than the west, mainly due to its secluded location away from the open Atlantic Ocean. The climate is mainly dry with some the rainfall in the winter months of November, December, January and February, but even in the winter the skies are blue and sharp with brilliant sunshine and amazing light quality. This could explain the Algarve´s year round popularity with ex pats and tourists alike, also making it a number one European retirement location.
(Whitewashed church in Tavira, Portugal, pictured.)