Vilamoura: March Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||7 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||30 %|
|Chance of Rain||27 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||16 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||31 %|
Averages for Vilamoura in March
March marks the start of spring in Vilamoura, Portugal, and the temperatures start to rise in anticipation of the summer months. It’s the perfect time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds and stifling heat that summer brings with it.
Daily temperatures are around 14°C on average but, because it is nearing summer, they can rise to 18°C. Evenings are slightly cooler, and temperatures can drop to around 9°C – still warm enough to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. It’s worth packing a light jumper for the cooler evenings, but thin t-shirts and shorts will suffice for the day time. Remember to take some sun cream with you as the spring sun is still strong. If you’re visiting at the start of March, expect average high temperatures of 16°C which rise quickly to 20°C at the end of the month. Low temperatures at the start of the month sit at a chilly 8°C, rising to 11°C as the month comes to a close.
March in Vilamoura sees much less rainfall than January and February - almost half of the previous months’ rain - with around 39mm falling throughout the whole month. This makes the chance of rain unlikely, but it still might be worth packing an umbrella so you don’t get caught out.
Despite the warming temperatures in March, the sea temperature is still quite low at around 16°C thanks to the Atlantic currents, so it’s best to stick to the swimming pools unless you’re doing water sports or don’t mind a bit of a chilly dip. The coastal breeze is getting warmer at this time of year, but it still makes the sea choppy and unruly – not great for casual swimmers.
But not being able to swim isn’t an issue because there’s plenty more to do in Vilamoura. And, with 7 hours of sunshine per day during March (rising to 8 towards the end of the month), there’s plenty of time to explore all that the resort has to offer. Even after nightfall there’s still loads to do, and the rising evening temperatures mean you can stay outside for longer.
The humidity levels are around 70% on average during March and the air generally feels much warmer. March is the turning point between winter and summer, and the temperatures are very enjoyable with cool evenings – the perfect time to discover Vilamoura when it’s not as hot and busy as the summer months.
Things to do
The Family Golf Park is a great excursion for all the family. There are two 18-hole mini-golf courses based on Roman design, a children’s play area to keep the little ones busy, and terraces and gardens where you can simply enjoy the early spring sunshine.
Almacil Karting is a leisure hotspot, featuring a replica of the Brazil Jacarepagua Formula 1 racetrack, as well as buggy safaris, bungee trampolines, and mini boat rides for smaller members of the family.
March is the perfect time to partake in some golf, and the Oceanico Golf courses are the best in the area. Choose the Laguna, Millennium, Pinhal, or Old course, which all cater for budding golfers as well as those with a little more experience.
Oceanico Laguna Golf Course, Vilamoura.
For a cultural experience, head to the Igreja Matriz de São Lourenço in Almancil. It was built at the start of the 19th Century and is well-known for the blue and white azulejos (tiles) and crafted woodwork that cover the interior.
Hit the Beach
March in Vilamoura is certainly warmer than January and February in the resort, so going to the beach seems like an obvious thing to do. However, the sea temperatures are still quite low at this time of year. The water is great if you don’t mind a cool, refreshing dip but it is best avoided unless you’re doing water sports – of which there are many opportunities along the beach.
Praia de Poco Velho runs on from Praia da Rocha Baixinha, just down the coast from the centre of Vilamoura. It’s characterised by white sprawling sands and uninterrupted sea views. At this time of year, the lack of crowds and crisp sunshine make for the perfect winter walk. Alternatively, you can try your hand at kitesurfing or windsurfing at one of the designated points - plus you can wear a wetsuit to keep warm.
Where to Drink & Eat
Chez Carlos is one of the oldest restaurants in Vilamoura, serving a delicious menu of Mediterranean dishes, including freshly caught Lobster, seafood Cataplana Algarvian, and Algarve gazpacho. The restaurant also sells its own olive oil and salts.
Panito Mole is a pasteleria selling a huge range of sweet treats, from dry cakes, pastries, and desserts like cheesecake and traditional molotof, to savoury goods like croquetes and empadas.
Panito Mole bakery, Vilamoura.
Visit O’Neills Lounge Bar in the Marina for an Irish evening of fun. There’s regular live music and a well-equipped bar featuring a huge selection of spirits, like Campari, Tanqueray gin, and Martini, as well as an expansive cocktail menu with all the classics – Pina Colada anyone? If you get peckish there’s a food menu featuring traditional pub cuisine, like gammon and chips, sticky ribs, and bangers and mash.
Where to Stay
The Vila Gale is in a prime location close to Vilamoura Marina. It overlooks the beach and has an outdoor pool, a wellness area complete with Jacuzzi, Turkish baths, and a gym, tennis courts, and golfing facilities, as well as three on-site restaurants.
Eden Village is a block of apartments in the centre of Vilamoura. Every room has its own kitchenette and lounge area, and there is an outdoor pool, views across the beach, and nearby golf courses for guests to enjoy as well.
For a luxury stay, check into the Pestana Vila Sol, which is designed in a Mediterranean style. Here, there are numerous types of rooms, ranging from classic to the presidential suite, as well as rooms that overlook the stunning gardens outside. There are also three on-site restaurants, spa treatments, and an outdoor swimming pool for guests.
Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura.
The Residences de Victoria is a private, residential golfing accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool and views across the ocean. Guests have access to the facilities at the nearby Tivoli Victoria Hotel & Spa, the Tivoli Marina Hotel & Spa and Beach Club, as well as 5 championship golf courses.