Algarve Weather December Averages, Portugal

What's the Weather like in Algarve in December?

Decembers in the Algarve are usually much sunnier than over central and northern parts of Europe. The capital, Faro, has an average of 167 hours of bright sunshine, which is between five and six hours a day.

Christmas in Algarve

The relatively kind climate makes the region an attractive option for a December or Christmas destination for guests from colder location...

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    • Temperature Temperature 14°C 56°F
    • High Temperature Holiday Weather 17°C 63°F
    • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 9°C 48°F
    • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
    • Rainfall Rainfall 117 mm
    • Rainfall days Rainfall days 12 days
    • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 15°C 59°F

    Algarve Weather for December 2019

    What's the Weather like in Algarve in December?

    Decembers in the Algarve are usually much sunnier than over central and northern parts of Europe. The capital, Faro, has an average of 167 hours of bright sunshine, which is between five and six hours a day.

    Christmas in Algarve

    The relatively kind climate makes the region an attractive option for a December or Christmas destination for guests from colder locations. The past three years have enjoyed bright and sunny Christmas Days. 2018 was 14°C, 2017 was the same and 2016 was 13°C, But the high often peak at between 17-18°C

    Temperature

    Temperatures are generally mild, with an average maximum of 17°C and an average minimum of 10°C. Frosts are generally absent near the coastline although they occasionally crop up in the hillier northern parts of the region.

    Rain

    December is usually the wettest month of the year in the Algarve. However, the rain is often heavier and shorter-lived than is the norm in northern parts of Europe. On average it rains on 11 days out of a possible 31.

    High rainfall over a short period can occasionally trigger flooding problems. For example, in December 2010 there were floods on Christmas Day.

    Sea Temperature

    The mean sea temperature falls to around 15°C during December which means that it is not a great time of year to go swimming.

    Hotels for Algarve in December

    Quinta Jacintina Hotel

    Accommodation options in the Algarve are numerous and there are many good hotels to choose from. Those on a romantic Christmas break can consider the Quinta Jacintina Hotel, at Quinta Jacintina, Almancil, which is a boutique hotel and offers wedding planners and golf packages, among other attractions, so it is particularly good for couples preparing to tie the knot early the following year.

    Riu Palace Algarve

    The Riu Palace Algarve at Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira, offers good 4-star accommodation and is close to the nearby beach and has good dining options.

    Herdade da Corte

    A less expensive option is the Herdade da Corte hotel at Santa Catarina Da Fonte Do Bispo, Tavira, which contains a lounge bar, a swimming pool and a relaxed atmosphere.

    Velamar Hotel

    There are also some good budget options, including the three-star Velamar Hotel at Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira.

    Praia Village

    Self-catering accommodation options include Praia Village at Vilamoura.

    Beaches for December for Algarve

    Ilha de Culatra

    December is not one of the best times of year to head for the beaches at the Algarve, but nonetheless the beaches still have some attractions. The island of Ilha de Culatra, just off the coast from Olhao, contains a wide range of facilities including villages, a mini market, and fishing outlets, making it a good resort for many tastes.

    Praia la Luz

    On the mainland, the beach at Praia la Luz is close to a good range of restaurants and even a couple of supermarkets.

    Restaurants and Bars for Algarve in December

    Oiliveira Dourada

    There are many good restaurants available in the Algarve, catering for almost all tastes. High quality local cuisine is served at the Oiliveira Dourada restaurant at Sitio de Conseguinte, Vilamoura, which is a pleasant and relaxing family-run restaurant.

    II Cappuccino

    For those after a relatively light snack, high quality snacks are served at the Il Cappuccino café at R. Quinta da Correira, Albufeira, alongside a selection of main courses.

    Tunes Bar

    The Tunes Bar at Praca Miguel Bombarda 32, Albufeira, serves a variety of traditional pub food including cooked English breakfasts, and broadcasts sporting events.

    Roskos

    For those after a lively nightlife scene, Roskos at Rua Candido dos Reis N0 79, Lagos is well-established for its frequent musical entertainment, including funk, rhythm & blues and soul music.

    Things to Do in Algarve in December

    Fortress of Sagres

    Given the relatively unreliable weather in December, it is quite a good time of year to check out the region's landmarks, rather than lazing on the beach. The Fortress of Sagres at Sagres on the coast of the Algarve is impressively mainly for its views over the nearby bay and ocean, and features an exhibition centre and centre for visitors. There is not a lot left of the fortress itself, though what remains is quite impressive.

    Cerro da Villa

    The Cerro da Villa ruins are located in Villamoura, and date as far back as the 1st century. Again the ruins are quite limited, but the premises also contain a museum which boasts some Roman mosaics in the adjacent outdoor area.

    Alferce village

    Another good place to visit is the village of Alferce at Monchique. It has numerous medieval-style buildings, and Roman remains, and contains good views over the nearby mountains. These attractions give some insights into the sort of settlements that the Romans developed in the Algarve region.

    Quinto do Francees Estate Family

    The Algarve has some good wineries and shops to try out. The Quinto do Francees Estate Family located at Odelouca River Valley, Sitio da Dobra, Silves offers and showcases a large range of wines, it has 8.5 hectares of wineyards and also an in-house wine shop.  There are guided 15-20 minute tours showing the range of facilities that are on offer.  The winery is open from 0900-1200 and 1400-1730 on Mondays to Fridays although it is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.   

    Quinta dos Vales

    Another good option is Quinta dos Vales at Sitio dos Vales, Estombar. This site offers some sculpture gardens to explore, and displays of farm animals, and many of the exhibits are free.  They also offer golf and tennis and massage packages, among other attractions, and guided tours of the facilities, plus a farm shop and a web shop (where wines can be purchased online).

    December events in Algarve

    Natalis Christmas Fair

    4th December 2019 to 8th December 2019

    The Natalis Christmas Fair is dedicated to selling Christmas gifts and tasting the best Christmas delicacies. Includes vegan, candy and snacks areas as well as a Father Christmas square.

    Website:

    https://natalis.fil.pt/

    Religious holiday

    Christmas Day

    25th December 2019

    The Portuguese have their main Christmas celebrations on the 24th December where the family gather for a meal of Bacalhau (salted cod) and their traditional Christmas cake, Bolo Rei (king cake). The meal tends to finish very late followed by midnight mass. Christmas presents are then given out after the church service at midnight. Christmas Day is a more low-key affair in Portugal and similar to our Boxing Day. Christmas is still a national holiday, however, so if you are coming to the Algarve for Christmas make sure you book a restaurant for your Christmas meal. Most of the hotels offer fantastic Christmas fare for lunch and dinner.

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