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 warm season lasts from June 23rd to September 14th with an average daily high temperature above 26°C. The hottest day of the year usually happens in July, with an average high of 29°C likely to occur. The average temperature in June is usually 21°C but it is highly likely for temperatures to reach the late 20’s and around the 30°C at this time of year.
A freak heat wave hit Portugal from the end of June until mid-July in 2013. It was mainly the mainland which was affected but the Algarve also received slightly higher temperatures than on average.
The earliest sunrise of the year is at 6:11am on June 10th and the latest sunset is at 8:56 on June 30th. Compared to the month of December where the sun can set as early as 5:14pm on December 6th. The length of day varies significantly throughout the year, with the shortest day usually being December 21st with just 9:37 hours of daylight and the longest day being June 20th with over 14:43 hours of daylight.
- Dona Ana Beach
June is a very clear and dry month, there is a 6% average chance that precipitation will occur at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is likely to come in the form of moderate rain, drizzle, light or rain or thunderstorms, but these are likely to only occur for a short period of time, so there is nothing really to worry about.
The humidity at this time of year is relatively comfortable at just 41% to 65%, compared to the winter months which can become very humid, where humidity levels can reach an average maximum of 85%. Furthermore, the air is usually driest around July 12th, at which time the humidity usually drops below 50%, compared to January 3rd where humidity levels can exceed a staggering 94%, which is considered as very humid.
The dew point is a more accurate way to measure how comfortable a person will find the weather than the humidity levels, as it directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin. Over the year the dew point generally varies from a dry 5°C to a muggy 19°C or 22°C. The most comfortable parts of the year are between January 1st and July 13th, as the air feels neither too dry nor too muggy between these time periods. On average the dew point in June stays around the 15°C mark, which is relatively muggy.
Over the year the average wind speeds vary from 0 m/s to 8m/s – a calm to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 11 m/s (strong breeze). The average wind speed around June is only around 4 m/s, compared to April where the highest wind speeds usually occur at 8 m/s. At this time of year the wind is most often coming from the west and northwest.
The sea temperature during June averages about 19°C, which is swimmable, if rather cool, compared to August where the sea temperature on average is a positively warm 21°C. Therefore, this time of year is great for water sports such as surfing, kite boarding and wakeboarding.
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 Vilamoura Tennis 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.
- Golf Course Algarve
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.
‘Feira da Terra’ (Fair Earth) is a local produce market held in Aljezur on the first Saturday of every month from June to October. Expect to come across locally made soaps, jewellery, clothes and much more. The fair aims to contribute to the local cultural economy and maintain the local environment in a sustainable way.
Portugal’s National Day is celebrated annually on June 10th, not only in Portugal but also across the world. This date commemorates the death of Lis de Camoes, a significant figure in the history of Portugal.
Furthermore, there are a number of popular Saints Festivals across the Algarve celebrating St Anthony, St Peter and St John. The warm June nights in many of the towns and villages in the Algarve are filled with the delicious aromas of barbecues and grilled sardines. The locals often celebrate until the early hours of the morning, partying the night away.
Other popular events and festivals include the Handicrafts Fair in Alcoutim, the Cataplana Festival in Almancil, the “Pleasures of the Sea Festival” in Aljezur and the Portuguese Gastronomy week in Lagoa.
- Festival Med
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.
- Pub grub in the Algarve
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. This beach is particularly popular for tourists and locals who want to escape mass tourism. However, the area around here is pretty deserted, as there are no shops or toilets in close proximity.
Another option to think of is Tavira Island, which is located just south of the town of Tavira. Tavira boasts some of the most gorgeous beaches in the Algarve and a small number of them even cater towards naturists.
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. These set of apartments feature two outdoor swimming pools for children and adults as well as courtesy bus to the resort and beach of Porto de Mos.
- Algarve coastline