Weather Averages for Albufeira in December
Averages for Albufeira in December
December is the wettest time of the year to visit Albufeira, Portugal, when the resort experiences an average of 99mm of rainfall across 14 days, so be sure to pack some waterproof clothing for your holiday. In spite of the high rainfall, Albufeira still enjoys an average of five hours of sunshine each day, alongside an average sea temperature of 17°C. The average temperature is a cool 13°C, created by highs of up to 16°C and lows of 9°C.
Dates for the diary
The month of December is dedicated to Christmas, when the resort comes alive with festive celebrations. Special masses are held at the churches throughout the resort and there are many Christmas markets, festive processions and musical concerts. Keep an eye out for posters advertising specific dates and venues of the events.
Albufeira is one of the best places in Portugal to spend New Year’s Eve. In most of the town plazas and on many of the beaches you’ll find grand parties taking place with musical concerts and dances. Locals always ring in the New Year with fantastic firework displays after midnight which are always a delight to watch.
Things to do
If you do get some bright and warm weather, take advantage of it and enjoy a round of golf at CS Salgados Golf Course. Suitable for everyone from first timers to experienced golfers, this course is open to the elements with several water hazards and very little vegetations. There are loads of extra facilities and services to enjoy, such as restaurant, bar, pro shop, changing rooms, driving range, chipping green, putting green, bunker area, golf school and equipment rental.
A Zebra Safari is a fantastic way to explore the resort, without tiring yourself out. This company offers a variety of itineraries, including half-day and full-day tours, Jeep and boat combination safaris and excursions which include a trip to the Aquashow water park. Ideal for the whole family to enjoy, these tours introduce you to some of Albufeira’s hidden gems and allow you to get to know some of the local farmers, wine makers and bee keepers of the region.
Hit the beach
Praia do Peneco is a great place to spend the day whilst soaking up some rays. Lined by a wealth of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, this golden sand bay has clear and clean waters which are perfect for swimming or splashing about in the waves. There are loads of amenities here for visitors to enjoy, such as sun loungers, shades, lifeguards, bar, restaurant, water sports, toilets and parking nearby.
Water sport enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to ride the waves at Praia da Rocha Baixinha. This Blue Flag beach offers plenty of facilities, including sun beds, parasols, bar, restaurant, lifeguards, toilets and showers, as well as a fantastic range of water sports to enjoy. The clear sea is usually quite calm, providing the ideal conditions for swimming and snorkelling.
Where to eat & drink
For traditional British pub grub, head to The Cockerel Country Kitchen, where reservations are a must due to the establishment’s small size. Here you’ll be presented with a menu full of popular dishes like Black Angus steak pie, BBQ ribs and battered cod. If you like to end your meal with a coffee, you’ll be happy to hear that this eatery regularly offers 2x1 deals on Irish coffees.
One of the most popular restaurants in the area, The Blue Sky serves a top selection of dishes at affordable prices. With such a fantastic range of rustic Portuguese meals on offer – including lasagne, steak, kebabs, fish and vegetarian dishes – there is bound to be something to suit everyone.
Situated close to the Old Town square, Tunes Bar is the ideal bar for sports fans. This British-owned establishment enjoys plenty of sunshine during the day, making it a great place to work on your tan whilst enjoying a drink. There are several large screen TVs inside the bar which show Sky Sports throughout the day.
Spirit Lounge is a beachfront cocktail bar, ideal for those who want to enjoy a pre- or post-dinner drink whilst chilling out. You’ll find a vast array of drinks behind the bar, including various wines, beers, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks. The perfect place to watch the world go by, Spirit Lounge also provides free WiFi for all its customers.
Where to stay
Families and couples who want to spend a lot of time at the beach during their holiday should check out Hotel Maritur. Located just 300m away from Sao Rafael beach, this complex offers a number of single units, double rooms and suites, each of which comes with great views. There are loads of onsite amenities to enjoy, including bar, restaurant, swimming pools, tennis court and fitness zone.
Golfers looking for accommodation close to the course should consider staying at Balaia Golf Resort. Only a stone’s throw away from the course, this hotel offers a fantastic range of accommodation, with something to suit all budgets and group sizes. The list of facilities is comprehensive and includes swimming pools, bars, restaurants, playground, WiFi access and free parking.
Algarve Gardens are ideally located, surrounded by lush gardens and just a short walk away from the beach. Here accommodation comes in the form of apartments, one-bedroom bungalows and two-bedroom bungalows, ensuring something to suit everyone. Onsite amenities are numerous and include swimming pools, tennis courts, restaurant, bar, mini market and sports facilities.
When it comes to self-catering accommodation, Monica Isabel Beach Club is a great choice. This three-star club features studios and apartments, each of which comes with a fully-equipped kitchen. There is a wealth of facilities to enjoy, including 24-hour reception, free parking, free WiFi access, swimming pool and gym.
Couples and families searching for budget accommodation in Albufeira should take a look at Hotel Mansao Bertolina. Located in the centre of the resort, this complex offers 12 air-conditioned guest rooms, all of which are comfortable and spacious. There is a handful of amenities available, including bar-lounge and swimming pool, with several shops, bars, restaurants and cafes in the area.