January Weather Averages for Algarve

What's the weather like in the Algarve in January

Temperature 

January is the coldest month of the year, but is usually a mild month at the Algarve, and it is usually mildest near the Mediterranean coast, and coolest in the hillier northern parts of the region. At the capital, Faro, the long-term average maximum temperature is 16°C, while the temperature typically falls to 8°C overnight. Temperatures drop below freezing on very rare occasions, but for...

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  • Temperature Temperature 12°C 54°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 16°C 61°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 6°C 43°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 85 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 9 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 14°C 57°F

January Daily Averages for Algarve

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 14 15 14 14 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 13 14 13 13 12 12 14 13 12 13 13 13 13 14 14 12 12 12 12 12
°F 57 59 57 57 55 55 57 57 57 57 57 55 57 55 55 54 54 57 55 54 55 55 55 55 57 57 54 54 54 54 54

What's the weather like in the Algarve in January

Temperature 

January is the coldest month of the year, but is usually a mild month at the Algarve, and it is usually mildest near the Mediterranean coast, and coolest in the hillier northern parts of the region. At the capital, Faro, the long-term average maximum temperature is 16°C, while the temperature typically falls to 8°C overnight. Temperatures drop below freezing on very rare occasions, but for the most part the winter months tend to be frost-free.

Rainfall and Sunshine Hours 

The proximity to the Atlantic means that rain crops up from time to time during January, particularly when low pressure systems track further south than usual, although there are usually significant fine spells too, and the daily weather can vary significantly from one week to the next. At Faro the average January rainfall is 59mm, falling on an average of 12 days out of 31. Despite the fairly frequent rain, sunshine totals are somewhat higher than in central and northern parts of Europe, with an average of just over 170 hours per January, which equates to between 5 and 6 hours per day, which is just under 60 percent of the possible total.

Average Sea Temperature 

January is, however, not a good time of year to go swimming in the region because the average sea temperature comes in at a chilly 14°C.

Winds and Weather Hazards

Severe weather events are rare in the Algarve during January, but on rare occasions when the jet stream is further south than usual, deep low pressure systems can bring heavy rain, localised flooding and strong winds. On the 19th January 2013 a deep depression brought wind gusts of up to 80mph which led to some structural damage and considerable travel disruption.

Algarve Hotels in January

ApartHotel Sagres Time

Accommodation options in the Algarve are many and varied, and there are numerous high-quality options. For those with a large budget, Aparthotel Sagres Time at Rua de Taipa, Sagres has is recommended for its overall quality of service and facilities, and luxury apartments. The hotel is usually quiet at this time of year, though the large outdoor swimming pool may be on the cool side.

The Real Marina Hotel & Spa

The Real Marina Hotel & Spa at Olhao is relatively inexpensive for a 5-star hotel, and contains good accommodation and an on-site bar and restaurant, and it also offers golf facilities. For those who do not fancy eating at the restaurant, there are numerous good restaurants in the local area.

Velamar Hotel

The three-star Velamar Hotel at Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira is of higher quality than its three-star rating would suggest, and it offers a range of good facilities including a swimming pool, a bar and restaurants, at low prices.

Estalgem do Guadiana

Those on a budget can also consider the Estalgem do Guadiana hotel, at Avenida de Espanha, Alcoutim. There are also numerous self-catering options, including Quinta das Palmeiras in the Lagos area.

Algarve Beach for January

The Algarve also contains numerous beautiful beaches, although January is rarely a good time of year to try sunbathing or swimming. Holidaymakers can consider Praia Gale, 4 kilometres west of Albufeira, which has a range of reasonable restaurants nearby, and Meia Praia at Lagos is a large and popular beach which has a range of restaurants and also opportunities for boat hire and water sports.

Bars and Restaurants

Restaurante Malveiro

There are many restaurants in the Algarve region. For local cuisine, the Restaurante Malveiro at Vale de Eguas, Almancil, is very well-received by visitors and serves a wide range of locally-sourced wines as well as some classic Portuguese cuisine. For a European and British themed restaurant, a good choice is The International Cafe at Rua Antonio Barbosa Viana, Lagos, which is particularly popular for its Sunday roast dinners.

The Sports Cafe

The Sports Cafe at Rua Frederico Ramos Mendes, Alvor, Portimao provides numerous TV screens broadcasting major sporting events- particularly useful for those who are concerned about missing important matches while they are away on holiday. It also serves cocktails and pub meals and has entertainment including karaoke during the evenings.

Hamburgueria Casavostra

Hamburgueria Casavostra - Casavostra Burger & Bistro at Av. 5 Outubro no. 360, Almancil, serves pub food, and the burgers are particularly popular with customers.

Things to do in the Algarve in January

Silves Castle

There are plenty of good sites of architectural and historic interest in the Algarve. Silves Castle at Silves is a popular site with spectacular ruins around the outside, and good views of Silves from the inside, and there is also a museum contained within the castle.

Old Town Faro

In the city of Faro lies Old Town Faro  which contains medieval-style buildings, an impressive cathedral and a central square, which is worth checking out.

Faro Archaeological Museum

January is also a good time of year to check out the various museums in the Algarve region. The region's capital, Faro, houses the Faro Archaeological Museum which has Roman, Medieval and Manueline exhibits. There is an impressive Roman floor mosaic, and there are numerous paintings to sample, including paintings based on old Portuguese folk tales.

Museum of Portimao

A good alternative is the Museum of Portimao at Zona Ribeirinha, Portimao. This museum is especially popular with visitors, housed in a former fish canning factory. There are numerous exhibits covering the history of the location and the fish canning industry, and displays of the old machinery. There are also displays of other local attractions such as Portuguese guitars. Many of the exhibits do not have English translations, but most should be readily understandable.

Alcoutim Castle and Archaeological Museum

Alcoutim Castle and Archaeological Museum at Alcoutim has an indoor exhibition showing excavations and artefacts, and the castle boasts good views of the surrounding area.

Centro Ciencia Viva de Lagos

For the benefit of children, a more "interactive" museum is the Centro Ciencia Viva de Lagos at Rua Dr. Faria e Silva, Lagos, which has varied exhibits and some good views around the premises, and also a couple of children's playgrounds.

January events in Algarve

Festival

Festival of Sausages and Saints

31st January 2019

The Festival of Sausages and Saints takes place at the village of Querença, near Loulé, each January. It honours Sao Luis who is the patron saint of animals, and there are special displays of sausages which you can try and buy from 11am onward, as well as a religious procession goes through the village at 3pm.

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