Algarve Weather March Averages, Portugal
- Temperature 14.5°C 58°F
- High Temperature 21°C 70°F
- Low Temperature 9°C 48°F
- Day Temperature 15.1°C 59°F
- Night Temperature 13.8°C 57°F
- Sunshine Hours 7 hours
- Rainfall 39.6 mm
- Rainfall Days 6 days
- Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F
What's the Weather Like in The Algarve in March?
Is March A Good Time To Go To The Algarve?
Is It Warm In The Algarve In March?
During March, the Meditteranean climate heats up as spring breaks through. The maximum temperature averages out at a pleasant 19°C, while the temperature falls, on average to around 10.5°C at night.
Does It Rain In The Algarve In March?
Rain is less frequent in March than in previous months but still crops up from time to time, mainly when the jet stream tracks further south than usual. The average March rainfall at Faro is 39mm and is spread over an average of nine days out of a possible 31.
How Much Sunshine Does The Algarve Get In March
March has an average of seven hours of sunshine a day, therefore you can see how the sunshine hours are starting to gradually increase up until a peak of 12 hours per day in August.
Is The Algarve WIndy In March?
Throughout March, wind speeds are generally low with calm and gentle breezes. The wind direction is mostly ten coming from the west followed by the north-west.
How Warm Is The Sea In The Algarve In March?
The sea temperature off the coastline averages around 15°C to 16°C at this time of year, so it's a bit too chilly for a swim in March.
What Activities Are There In The Algarve In March?
If you don't fancy swimming in the cold sea there are plenty of other activities holidaymakers can take part in. These include golf, horse riding and sightseeing, as the temperatures around March are comfortable enough to walk around and take in the stunning Portuguese scenery.
Hotels for Algarve in March
Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel
There are numerous good accommodation options in the Algarve. 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.
Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel
Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel is a luxurious 4-star boutique located at Quatro Estrados, Lagos, offering good bed and breakfast and also a special weekly evening meal for those who fancy special occasion dining at a bed and breakfast outlet.
Estrela da Luz
A good value 4-star option is Estrela da Luz at Praia da Luz, which contains a restaurant, a jacuzzi, and a gym, among other facilities.
Those on a tight budget can consider the Hotel Zodiaco, at Fonte Nova, Quarteira, which offers good bed and breakfast deals.
Verandas de Carteia
Self-catering options in the Algarve are numerous, such as the Verandas de Carteia at Quarteira, which is a fully air-conditioned two-bedroom apartment that also boasts a shared outdoor swimming pool.
Beaches for March for Algarve
As the weather warms up during the spring months, March is a more attractive time of year to hit the beach than the winter months, and it is prior to when the main crowds arrive in the summer, though the weather is still not always reliable enough to enable a relaxing beach stay.
It is worth paying a visit to Tavira Island, which is part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve and also has plenty of facilities including numerous restaurants.
Meia Praia at Lagos is a large and popular Blue Flag beach which also houses numerous restaurants, and offers water sports opportunities.
Praia de Odeceixe
This time of year is great for water sports such as surfing. Praia de Odeceixe at Estrada da Praia boasts an excellent surf school, and the Atlantic Ocean at this time of year can get quite choppy, which makes it an ideal spot for surfing.
Similarly, Arrifana Beach, which is also a recognised Blue Flag Beach, is located to the north west of the Algarve. This golden beach is ideal for water sports and is protected from the strong winds by the surrounding large cliffs.
Restaurants and Bars for Algarve in March
Johnny Hooper's Saxophone Bistro
There are many good restaurants to choose from in the Algarve. Johnny Hooper's Saxophone Bistro at Rua Almeida Garrett, Areias de S. Joao, Albufeira offers grills and traditional European cuisine and the owner of the restaurant frequently plays the saxophone, offering musical entertainment.
Aventura Wine and Cocktail Bar
The Aventura Wine and Cocktail Bar at Rua Dos Pescadores, No 80, Salema offers good views from within the premises, and the international cuisine options are many and varied and of high quality. It is also a good restaurant for trying out a variety of wines and cocktails.
The Lounge Bar at Rua do Castelo 23, Alvor, Portimao, offers a range of high-quality and reasonably-priced pub food and broadcasts sporting events on TV screens around the bar, making it a useful outlet for those who would rather not miss significant matches while away on holiday.
For musical entertainment on evenings and overnight, Michael's Bar, situated at Rossio Grande, Alvor, Portimao, has frequent live music nights as well as karaoke sessions.
Things to Do in Algarve in March
Holistic Riding Centre
Fans of horses and horse riding are quite well catered for in the Algarve. The Holistic Riding Centre in Monte Velho, near the Bordeira and Armado beaches, is particularly well-rated by customers, and offers horse-riding lessons and trail rides, courses and workshops, as well as courses to help with treating horses responsibly.
Albufeira Riding Centre
The Albufeira Riding Centre at Vale Navio is also worth considering, which offers a pony club, riding lessons, and also all-inclusive holiday packages, for the benefit of those who would like a horse riding-themed holiday to the Algarve.
Monte Da Ribeira
The Monte Da Ribeira at Aldeia de Tor is also good, and offers guided horse-riding trips through the Algarve countryside.
Cerro da Villa
There are also numerous good historic sites in the Algarve and scenic hotspots. For example, the Cerro da Villa ruins are located in Villamoura and date as far back as the 1st century. There is a museum with some Roman mosaics in an adjacent outdoor area, alongside other attractions.
Fortress of Sagres
The Fortress of Sagres at Sagres on the coast of the Algarve is one of the most impressive historical buildings in the whole of the region. The fortress boasts stunning panoramic views and on a clear day you may be lucky enough to see out all the way to the inlet of Mareta and Sao Vincente Cape. If the weather is favourable for outdoor activities, you may also catch some local fishermen fishing around the nearby coastline.
The Camera Obscura at the Tower of Tavira gives a very good view of the town of Tamira. Guides demonstrate the laws of optics, as explored in the famous paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, and show panoramic views of the area. Considering that the month of March is relatively clear you are highly likely to experience some stunning sights.
March events in Algarve
7th March 2020 to 8th March 2020
The traditional Sausage Fair takes place each March in Monchique This event focuses on traditional cured sausage recipes, which are made from â€˜carne de porco pretoâ€™, otherwise known as â€˜black pig.â€™ There will of course be plenty of opportunities to taste the sausages and discover how they are made by the locals. Apart from the sausages on display, there are also a number of craft stalls and musicians to keep you entertained.
Feira do Pao Quente e Quejilo Fesco
8th March 2020
The Festival of Hot Bread and Fresh Cheese (Feira do Pao Quente e Quejilo Fesco) takes place in Vaquerios every year, celebrating the finest local breads and cheeses, alongside live entertainment.