Weather Averages for Algarve in February
Averages for Algarve in February
On average, February is slightly warmer than January at the Algarve, and it is usually mildest near the Mediterranean coast, while the hillier parts of the north of the region tend to be colder. At the capital, Faro, the long-term average maximum temperature is 17°C, while the typical overnight minimum temperatures is a mild 9°C overnight. On very rare occasions, temperatures just below freezing have been observed, but for a large majority of the time the weather is frost-free.
The weather is often quite changeable during February and rain crops up from time to time, particularly when the jet stream tracks to the south of its usual position. Some weeks are largely dry and sunny while others feature plentiful rainfall. At Faro there is an average of 52mm of rainfall during February, falling on an average total of 13 days.
Despite the fairly frequent rain, sunshine totals are somewhat higher than in central and northern parts of Europe, with an average of 165 hours of bright sunshine per February. This is an average of just under six hours per day, which is well over half of the possible total.
The sea temperature off the coastline averages 14°C at this time of year, so it is not a good time of year for holidaymakers who would like to swim in the water off the resort’s many beaches.
Severe weather events are rare in the Algarve during February, but on rare occasions when the jet stream is further south than usual, deep low pressure systems can bring heavy rain, localised flooding and strong winds. The winter of 2009/10 was unusually wet in southern Portugal, including the Algarve region, with a combination of heavy rain belts, thunderstorms, and occasionally strong winds. In contrast, there were problems with drought in 2012 following a very dry winter.
Things to do
The Algarve hosts a few good zoos, and a good option is the Zoomarine Algarve at Guia, Albufeira . It contains a large range of animal-related exhibitions and also contains an amusement park, and has an aquarium and swimming pool. The most popular attractions of this zoo are the various animal-related exhibitions, which include presentations of dolphins, seals and sea lions, which will keep both adults and children entertained.
Zoo Lagos at Barão de S.João, Lagos is also worth considering, which offers a wide range of animal displays, including over 120 animal species, although it has a reputation for being expensive. Krazy World Zoo at Lagoa de Viseu, Algôz is tailored more towards children, offering many exhibitions of animals, bouncy castles, mini golf and swimming pools.
The Algarve boasts some spectacular churches and sites of architectural interest. St Lawrence’s Church at Rua da Igreja, Sao Lourenco, Almancil has impressive architecture and carvings, and offers a range of church services for those who are interested in religion or just want to see how mass operates within the church.
The Church of St. Anthony at Rua General Alberto da Silveira, Lagos boasts a museum as well as some impressive architecture in the interior. The main downside of these two churches is that photographs are not permitted, though good photos are already available on the internet.
For those after art galleries, Casa das Portas is an attractive art gallery located at Rua Dr Augusto Silva Carvalho, Tavira, which includes a spectacular, if expensive, shop, and a flower park, while Alcoutim Castle and Archaeological Museum at Alcoutim has an indoor exhibition showing excavations and artefacts.
Dates for the diary
Shrove Tuesday usually features carnivals in the Algarve region, particularly in Loute in the central Algarve, but most towns and villages have their own celebrations which can be quite colourful.
The Vota ao Algarve is held during February, as part of the European professional cycling season. The specific dates and locations vary from year to year, but the peloton usually passes through most of the major tourist resorts.
Where to eat & drink
The Algarve has a large selection of good restaurants. Those into Japanese cuisine can try Fuji at Santa Eulalia, Albufeira, which serves sushi, sashmi, tempura and sukiyaki, all to a high standard. It is closed for lunch on Mondays and Thursdays but is open at other times. Alternatively, the Tavira Lounge serves a variety of food which will cater for most tastes- there is good range of snacks, bar meals, Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine, and tapas, while free wi-fi is also provided.
For bars and nightlife, the Mourisco Cocktail Bar at Alvor, Portimao, offers an impressive range of cocktails to try out, while on evenings, a resident DJ frequently produces musical entertainment. There are some good nightclubs in the region including Kiss Club at rua Vasco da Gama, Albufeira, which plays music through the night and has a good disco area.
Hit the beach
February is not usually a good time of year for sunbathing but the weather is often pleasant enough nonetheless to make beach trips feasible. Praia la Luz is a pleasant beach which is also adjacent to some restaurants and supermarkets, while Camilo Beach at Costa D'oiro, Lagos, has an attractive restaurant nearby and, while it can get very busy in the summer months, it is usually quiet at this time of year.
Where to stay
Accommodation options in the Algarve are many and varied. Those with a lot of cash to spare can consider the Hotel Belavista da Luz at Praia da Luz, Luz, which is close to the Praia la Luz beach and offers golf packages.
The Porto Bay Falesia at Quinta do Milharo, Albufeira offers good 4-star accommodation and is also close to a nearby beach. For a quiet resort with a spa pool, a good option is the Villa Monte Resort at Sitio Dos Calicos, Moncarapacho.
Duas Quintas at Santo Estevao, Silves is a relaxing B&B option which is situated at an old farmhouse, with a scenic outdoor swimming pool. It is possible to stay at an apartment or at the main B&B. For those who would rather go self-catering, there are various good options, including the Charming Villa in Albufeira.