Weather Averages for Algarve in October
Averages for Algarve in October
Octobers in the Algarve region are usually warm, with an average daytime maximum temperature of 23°C at the capital of the Algarve, Faro, and an average overnight minimum temperature of 15°C. Temperatures above 30°C are occasionally reported early in the month but generally speaking heatwaves in October are unusual events.
Rainfall becomes more frequent in the Algarve as autumn progresses, and a typical October in Faro will have 60mm of rain, spread over 9 days with measurable rainfall, though this implies that during a typical holiday it will rain on less than one day in three.
There are 226 hours of bright sunshine at Faro on average during October, which is an average of just over seven hours per day. The mean sea temperature starts to cool off at this time of year but the fall in sea temperatures lags behind that of the land temperatures, so the sea temperature still averages a relatively warm 19°C during October. Severe weather events are rare during October.
Things to do
October is quite a good time of year to try out one of the Algarve’s many adventure parks. The Parque Aventura, located at Estrada de Santa Eulalia, Albufeira is a challenging course, which includes navigating between trees on ascenders, rope bridges, skateboards and more. For those who find the idea of such a course quite daunting, the complex offers a good alternative in the form of a 2500 square metre paintballing arena.
Two of the main zoos in the region also provide adventure parks. Zoomarine Algarve at Guia, Albufeira contains an amusement park, an aquarium and a limited number of rides, though its main attraction is more the range of animal-related exhibitions that it offers, including presentations of sea lions. The adventure park facilities at Krazy World Zoo at Lagoa de Viseu, Algôz are tailored more towards children, and include exhibitions of animals, bouncy castles and mini golf.
Those into go-karting are also quite well catered for at the Algarve. There are karting facilities at Algarve Racing at Mexilhoeira Grande, Portimao, ranging from 15-minute trial sessions to organised kart racing events, and the options cater for adults and older children, and also the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Both race tracks also offer opportunities to watch motor racing and be taken out for a ride in a Touring Car.
The main alternative for karting enthusiasts is the Algarve Indoor Kart Centre at Ria Shopping, Olhao. Karts are available for rental, and the centre is the largest in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe.
Dates for the diary
There are many festivals and events in the Algarve during the month of October. The AgroExpo festival in Vila do Bispo boasts a wide range of exhibitions, and also musical entertainment on four consecutive nights. Handicrafts and livestock farming are particularly prominent among the main exhibits and fairs. Those who are into golf can purchase tickets for the Portugal Masters golf tournament at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club, Vilamoura, which is held in October each year and sees some of the world’s top golfers compete against each other.
Where to eat & drink
Restaurants in the Algarve are many and varied, and there are options catering for most tastes. For local cuisine, Agua na Boca in Salema sells a range of high-quality Portuguese food, though bear in mind that it is closed on Wednesdays and that advance booking is recommended. Restaurante No Patio, situated at Vau, Alvor, Portimao, is a good option for a general range of high-quality European cuisine.
For British-style pub entertainment, the Joker Bar at Rua Goncalo Velho, Quarteira also serves British-style pub/bar meals of a high quality, including traditional Sunday dinners, and also offers sports broadcasts and free wi-fi, and the Chill Out Bar at Rua Da Barca, Alvor, Portimao features karaoke nights and pub food.
Hit the beach
October can be a good time of year to visit the beach during fine spells, as the weather during these is often warm and sunny, but bear in mind that it can sometimes be rather wet at this time of year. The Ponta de Piedade, near Lagos, contains some good wildlife, hidden beaches and coves, and some spectacular cliff formations, making it a good place for both relaxation and exploration, and there is also a restaurant nearby.
It is also worth taking a trip to Tavira Island, a blue flag beach resort which contains villages and a restaurant, again satisfying both relaxation and exploration desires.
Where to stay
The accommodation options to choose from in the Algarve are many and varied. The Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel at Urbanizacao Quinta do Martinhal, Sagres, is the ideal outlet for a special occasion or romantic retreat, offering high-quality five-star accommodation, a spa and also offering easy access to the nearest beach.
Porto Bay Falesia at Quinta do Milharo, Albufeira is another good beach option which offers good 4-star accommodation. For an all-inclusive holiday option, the Adriana Beach Club Resort at Olhos de Agua, Albufeira is a good beach resort.
Those on a tight budget can consider the three-star Velamar Hotel at Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira. which offers a range of good facilities including a swimming pool, a bar and restaurants, at low prices. Self-catering options include the Vilabaranca Apartments at Torraltinha.