Weather Averages for Algarve in June
Averages for Algarve in June
June is when the summer heat and drought kick in across the Algarve region, with an average of only 4mm of rain at the region’s capital, Faro. On average there are only 4 days per June with measurable rainfall. On the very rare occasions that it rains, the rain is generally heavy, thundery and short-lived.
At the region’s capital, Faro, the daytime temperature reaches an average high of 26°C, while the temperature falls to 17°C during an average night. Although these temperatures should not be too high for most people, aided by low humidity, it can occasionally get much hotter, and temperatures in excess of 35°C have been observed on rare occasions.
June is a reliably sunny month, especially near the Mediterranean coastline. Faro has an average of 333 hours of bright sunshine during June, which is just over 11 hours per day. The sea temperature during June averages about 19°C, which is swimmable, if rather cool.
Things to do
June is a good time of year to try a trip around the Algarve on a buggy or quad bike. There are numerous good quad biking trip operators in the Algarve, including QuadVentura, Rooster Quad Day Tours (based at Santa Barbara de Nexe, Faro) and Hugo’s Quad Bike Adventure, which provides free transport from Albufeira. All three offer a wide range of quad biking tours that are well-received by customers, though note that drivers of quad bikes will need to possess and bring a full driving licence.
For those who would prefer to tour the Algarve countryside in buggies, rather than quad bikes, a good option is Bulldog Buggies, based in Silves, which offers a similar range of tours to QuadVentura, but using 500cc buggies.
There are some good sporting centres in the Algarve. For golfers who fancy something a bit different, the Balaia Golf Village at Sitio da Balaia, Apartado 917, Albufeira has a range of sporting facilities in addition to a challenging 9-hole golf course and driving range. There is a gym, a pool, jacuzzi, steam room, 4 tennis courts, and chipping and putting areas, and attractive surroundings (the nearby beaches are just 400km away) so there should be something to cater for most tastes. The main downside of this golf village is that some of the activities can be expensive for outsiders (i.e. those not using the resort for accommodation).
The Vilamouratenis Centre is another good sporting centre to try, located at Avenida Engenheiro Joao Meireles, Vilamoura. It is primarily a tennis resort, but also is ideally placed for good access to the various golf courses in Vilamoura. There is an on-site restaurant with outdoor areas, a play area oriented towards children, and various mini tennis courts too.
Dates for the diary
June features the fish stew festival in Armação de Pêra, in which restaurants specially prepare a fish dish that is commonly associated with Portuguese seaside resorts, consisting of layers of fish (or shellfish) with onions, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, and is popular with both residents and visitors.
Festival Med is held annually in June in Loute, over two nights, and features a range of musical performances, which include reggae, blues, classical and chamber music.
Where to eat & drink
Restaurants are numerous in the Algarve, and there are options catering for a large majority of tastes, many of which are also reasonably priced. For a British-style option, the Hamburgueria Casavostra - Casavostra Burger & Bistro at Av. 5 Outubro no. 360, Almancil sells a range of snacks and pub food, and is particularly well-regarded for its burgers. There are some good Asian-themed restaurants including Zu Yi, situated at Marina Plaza, Vilamoura, which is a Chinese restaurant which offers good views over the sea.
The Albufeira Old Town contains numerous bars, some of which sell wines and cocktails, and some of which have TVs that show coverage of major sporting events. Many of the bars also offer musical entertainment during the evenings, including karaoke sessions. While many of the bars shut during the winter months, during June most, if not all, of the bars should be open.
For those after a beach bar, Oura Bar at Albufeira is also recommended for relatively cheap drinks and a sea front location.
Hit the beach
June is quite a good time of year to head for the beach in the Algarve, as the weather is very reliable, while not quite as hot as in July and August, while the main influx of tourists does not happen until July and August. Meia Praia at Lagos is a large beach which offers water sports opportunities and is also adjacent to numerous restaurants, so it should serve a wide range of tastes, and it is also a blue flag beach.
Praia de Amoreira near Aljezur, is good for surfing and fishing, although fishing is restricted on some days of the week.
Where to stay
There are many good accommodation options in the Algarve. A luxurious option is the Aparthotel Sagres Time at Rua de Taipa, Sagres, which has many impressive apartments. The 5-star Lake Spa Resort at Avenida Cerro da Vila, Vilamoura offers a range of recreational facilities, and is particularly handy for the various golf courses around Vilamoura, and it also offers a buffet breakfast.
Good budget options include the Hotel Zodiaco, at Fonte Nova, Quarteira, and the Estalgem do Guadiana hotel, at Avenida de Espanha, Alcoutim, which also has an attractive swimming pool area with surrounding palm trees. Those after a good self-catering option can choose the Vilabaranca Apartments at Torraltinha, Lagos.