Algarve: April Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||36 %|
|Rainfall days||8 days|
|Chance of Rain||19 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||10 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||28 %|
Averages for Algarve in April
April is a good time to visit the Algarve for those who prefer modest warmth. At Faro close to the Mediterranean coastline, the long-term average maximum temperature is 20°C, while the temperature falls just below 12°C during an average night, and frosts are entirely absent.
Throughout the month of April the average temperature is 16°C and the average low temperature is just 11°C. There are many days which only require a T-shirt and shorts, but it still wise to bring along a light coat and trousers incase there are any cool evenings.
With an average of 252 hours of bright sunshine at Faro, typical daily sunshine durations in the Algarve are in the range of eight to nine hours – compared to January and February, which recieve on average just five to six hours of sunshine per day, with the most reliably sunny weather generally found near the Mediterranean coast.
Aprils tend to be quite dry, although rain does crop up on occasion and can be fairly heavy and thundery when it does arrive. The average April rainfall at Faro is 39mm, and rain falls on an average of eight to 10 days per April, and there are usually significant dry sunny spells in between the infrequent wet ones.
Precipitation is most likely to occur during 28% of the days throughout April. Over the entire year in the Algarve, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, light rain, thunderstorms and drizzle, but in April it tends to be mostly light rain and drizzle.
Throughout April the skies are mostly clear at about 30%. The clearest part of the year usually begins around June 3rd, which is around 21% and drops down to just 2% during the end of July into August, which is considered as extremely clear on most days.
Over the course of the year in the Algarve wind speeds tend to vary from 0m/s to 8m/s, which is a calm to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 11 m/s. The average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs during early April, wind speeds can reach a maximum of 8 m/s, but this is still considered as just a moderate breeze. At this time of year the wind is often coming from a north-westerly direction.
In April the humidity levels are gradually starting to decrease. In this month the average humidity is around 65% to 75%, compared to December, where humidity levels can reach 85%. Bare in mind the humidity levels tend to rise once the overall temperature starts to decrease.
The most comfortable periods in the year are between January 1st and July 13th, where the air feels neither too dry nor too muggy during this stretch of time. As April is in the middle you can expect a comfortable warm temperature while staying in the Algarve.
The sea temperature off the coastline starts to creep up at this time of year, but averages only 16°C during April, which is rather chilly for swimming in. However, if you were to compare the temperature to July there is not a great contrast as the sea temperature gradually rises and averages at about 20°C.
This time of year is appropriate for a variety of activities including hiking, cycling, horse riding, golf, surfing and sightseeing.
- Praia Amoreira Beach
Things to do
Those into walking and hiking can consider the scenic Alvor Boardwalk at Alvor, Portimao, which is well-received by most tourists, boasting spectacular views along the sea front and also leads to numerous good restaurants.
Magic Moments: Photo Walks & Photo Sessions at Sagres is primarily a photography company, but also offers a wide range of walks with an emphasis on finding good locations to take photographs, and also has sessions for sports and water activities, so this company covers a wide range of interests.
Algarve by Segway is one of the most well-received tour operators, and offers birdwatching trips to Ria Formosa, cultural trips around Faro, sunset trips to Faro Island, and themed tours for weddings and birthday parties. For a comprehensive guide to the main walks and trails in the Algarve, visitors can check out the online booklet, Trails in the Algarve.
There are also some good entertainment parks in the Algarve, and with the weather being reliably dry and sunny at this time of year, water parks are a good way to cool off and have fun. Aqualand at Sitio das Areias - Apartado 11, Alcantarilha offers rapids, a crazy leap, a helter-skelter-style “crazy race” and a mega slide, among other attractions.
The other two main choices are Slide & Splash, which boasts a helter-skelter and reptile shows and a “tornado” slide, and Aquashow Park, which boasts a water roller-coaster. While the water-based entertainment at all three parks is mostly highly rated by customers, note that the dining facilities receive mixed reviews, so it may be worth bringing your own lunch.
- Waterpark in the Algarve
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants available in the Algarve, catering for almost all tastes. Fans of Indian restaurants can consider Saffron at Praia da Luz, Luz, which is particularly good for tandoori and also has an outdoor patio area overlooking the sea.
For those after a relatively light snack, high quality snacks are served at the Il Cappuccino café at R. Quinta da Correira, Albufeira, alongside a selection of main courses.
For pub and nightlife entertainment, Angelus Bar is a highly-rated beach-side bar, which serves good pub meals and also has regular karaoke and quiz nights. Roskos at Rua Candido dos Reis N0 79, Lagos is well-established for its frequent musical entertainment, including funk, rhythm & blues and soul music.
- Fish and Chips found in the Algarve
Hit the beach
April is quite a good time of year to hit the beach, since the beaches are not generally as popular as during the summer months, but during fine spells the weather can be quite conducive for sunbathing and relaxation. Ilha de Culatra is an island situated off Olhao and contains a wide range of facilities including villages, a mini market, fishing outlets, and pleasant beaches for sunbathing.
On the Portuguese mainland, Praia de Amoreira near Aljezur is close to a good restaurant, and children are likely to be kept entertained due to numerous rock pools along the beach. On the other hand if you want a safe, sheltered beach you may want to try Praia de Falesia, which gets its name from the gouged red cliffs that form a backdrop to the beach. These large cliffs act as a barrier against any northern winds during the season, which makes it ideal for those who want to sunbathe on a hot day.
Where to stay
Accommodation options in the Algarve are numerous and there are many good hotels to choose from. Those with large budgets can consider Four Seasons Fairways at Quinto do Lago, which has numerous luxury villas which are available for rent, and a clubhouse with numerous sporting facilities and a restaurant, and on-site golf facilities, which are provided at a discount for those who rent one of the villas.
Memmo Baleeira Hotel at Sagres has high-quality accommodation and facilities and is particularly recommended to those who would like to try surfing, as there are surfing facilities nearby. A less expensive option is the Herdade da Corte hotel at Santa Catarina Da Fonte Do Bispo, Tavira, which contains a lounge bar, a swimming pool and a relaxed atmosphere.
There are also some good budget options, including the three-star Velamar Hotel at Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira, which features a restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool. Self-catering accommodation options include the modern Praia Village at Vilamoura. This modern apartment is located in a quiet residential area and can sleep up to four people in two air-conditioned bedrooms.
- Alvor Beach Algarve
April events in Algarve
1st April 2015 to 30th April 2015
Folar Fairs take place throughout the whole of the Algarve during April, especially in Alte, Alvor and Albufeira, when various resorts and towns put on live entertainment and food stalls selling traditional Folar Cakes - a special Easter cake with hard boiled eggs baked into it.
Portugal’s Carnival of Luxury
23rd April 2015 to 27th April 2015
Toward the end of April, the Algarve hosts Portugal’s Carnival of Luxury - the ultimate lifestyle fair. This is a five-day event takes place in the Arade Congress Centre, found near Portimao, and features some of the world’s most luxurious goods, lavish entertainment, exclusive Haute Couture fashion shows and a grand finale gala dinner.
Sovereign Mother Festival
5th April 2015
The Sovereign Mother Festival is the biggest festival in the south of Portugal, held each Easter in Loule. During this festival, special masses take place at the parishes of São Sebastião and São Clemente and a religious procession works its way through the resort, during which a statue of the Sovereign Mother is carried throughout the streets.
Flower Torches Festival
5th April 2015
The Flower Torches Festival takes place each year in São Brás de Alportel on Easter Sunday. During this event, locals line up either side of the street from around 9.30am, holding huge bouquets of flowers, whilst a local priest walks down the middle of the street with an even larger bouquet of flowers. The Flower Torches Festival is a happy event, held in honour of Resurrection Day.
25th April 2015
Liberation Day is celebrated throughout most major towns, cities and tourist resorts across the Algarve to commemorate the Carnation revolution. The biggest events take place in Albufeira and include firework displays, music concerts and dancing. This day is a national holiday, so expect most banks, shops and supermarkets to be closed.