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.
The climate in the Algarve during October is gradually starting to decrease as the season starts to fall into Autumn. Therefore, the month is characterised by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs of 27°C in September decreasing to 23°C in October. The average temperature at this time of year stays around 19°C which is warm, however this is quite a lot cooler compared to August where average temperatures stay around 24°C.
Over the course of October the length of day has considerably decreased. From the start to the end of the month, the length of day reduces by 1:07 hours. Usually the shortest day of the month is October 31st with 10:41 hours of daylight and the longest day is at the beginning of the month on October 1st with 11:47 hours of daylight. If you were to compare this to August there is quite a significant decrease in daylight hours as expected, as August receives in total 12 to 14 hours of daylight.
The cloud cover in October is generally low. The median cloud cover ranges from a mostly clear 26% to 34% as the month approaches November. On average the clearest day is October 16th, as the sky is clear or mostly clear 52% of the time.
The whole of the Algarve receives on average 80mm of rainfall throughout the whole month, spread over 10 days out of 31, compared to July which receives just 10mm of rainfall throughout the month.
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.
Throughout October the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms and light rain. It is predicted that rainfall is most likely to occur at the end of the month from October 24th until October 31st.
- Porto de Mos Beach, Lagos
The relative humidity in October typically ranges from a mildly humid 54% to a very humid 94% over the course of the month. It is predicted to be most humid around October 25th where humidity levels can rise above 93%. Humidity levels tend to be higher during the autumn and winter months as they are usually lower when temperatures increase significantly in the summer months of June, July, August and September.
Across October, typical wind speeds usually fluctuate vary between a light to moderate breeze from 1 m/s to just 6 m/s, rarely exceeding 10 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s is likely to occur around October 28th when a maximum wind speed of 6 m/s is predicted. Furthermore, the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s occurs around October 2nd. At this time of the year the wind is most often coming from the west or north west.
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 extremely rare during October.
Even though the temperature in the Algarve is starting to cool down in October it is still a great time of year to visit. The temperatures can still hover around the mid 20’s at this time of year and on rare occasions can even exceed the mid 30’s. As many people have gone back to work or school the beaches are deserted and the climate is also appropriate for activities such as sightseeing, golf or water sports.
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.
- Adventure Park
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. In the past the competition has seen the likes of Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry and David Lynn win the title.
A great place to take the children is to the Santa Iria Fair in Faro, which usually takes place from October 18th to October 27th. This is a 400-year-old fair and returns every year to the Algarve. The fair boasts a carnival feel with rides and attractions for all ages including a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, boats and stalls. There are also many local businesses selling anything from Portuguese cuisine to handcrafted goods. The fair can be found at Parque de Sao Francisco, located southeast from the Faro marina.
The Partridge Fair takes place from October 13th until October 14th at the Pavilhao Jose Rosa Pereira in Mertim Longo, Alcoutim. The event offers a broad range of activities for all ages including archery, falconry demonstrations, gun dog shows and street performers. There are also a number of regional handicraft stalls as well as fresh food.
There are a number of gastronomic festivals in the Algarve during October. The Sweet Potato Festival, which takes place on the first weekend of the month in Aljezur, celebrates the importance of this delicious vegetable in the region. Also on show are a wide variety of local handicrafts, fresh seafood, cakes, bread, beverages and traditional Portuguese tractors.
Furthermore, the Almancil Gastronomy fortnight takes place every year from the first day in October for two weeks. The event aims at promoting the traditional and regional cuisine using local ingredients. The fair also features the participation of several local restaurants that offer a unique and traditional menu to go along with this popular gastronomic event.
It’s important to remember that the whole of Portugal celebrates Republic day on October 5th, commemorating the proclamation of the Portuguese First Republic in 1910. Therefore, this is a national public holiday and most shops and businesses are closed on this day.
- Portugal Masters Golf Tournament, Algarve
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.
- Traditional Portuguese cuisine
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.
- Ponta da Piedade Beach