Albufeira is Portugal’s rising star as a tourist destination with a typical, Mediterranean climate accentuating the beauty of this Algarve city for visitors.
Albufeira's mild, wet winters are a contrast to its hot and dry summer season when temperatures can reach 29 °C.
Albufeira’s coastal location brings with it gentle sea breezes and temperatures can range between 8 °C and 28 °C across the year.
Visitors in winter will be pleased to hear that temperatures rarely drop below 4 °C.
Albufeira weather averages and climate information
When is the best time to go to Albufeira?
The cool autumn months are a great time to take part in some sightseeing around Albufeira’s Old Town and those heading to the city in August or September will enjoy the lively atmosphere.
However beach lovers will almost certainly want to visit in the summer months when Albufeira’s golden sands see countless hours of sunshine and very warm temperatures.
Those who are set on swimming in the waters of the Atlantic will certainly want to avoid Albufeira in the winter, as temperatures both in and out of the water drop.
Albufeira’s climate in the spring is usually warm, with little rainfall (although holidaymakers in April may find an occasional need for an umbrella or raincoat).
The days grow gradually longer through the spring months and visitors to the coastal city can expect between 7 and 9 hours of sunshine each day during their trip to the city – a perfect amount of time to explore the Algarve, inland of Albufeira.
Average temperatures ranging from 20 °C to 23 °C are not uncommon at this time of year, though in the evenings a cooling sea breeze may leave visitors feeling a little chilly.
Albufeira’s summer, sees temperatures climb steeply to highs of 33°C in July with average temperatures of 26°C to 29°C and rainfall as low as 1mm dominating the forecasts for the summer seasons. Albufeira’s beaches stretch over 30km with warm ocean water from the Atlantic allowing visitors to bathe in both water and sun over long days with around 11 or 12 hours of sunlight covering the city. Summer evening temperatures can drop to around 16°C, offering visitors welcome relief from the heat of the daytime.
Holidaymakers seeking a cooler climate should enjoy Albufeira’s autumn weather. The days tire more quickly than in the summer months with around 9 hours per day in the early autumn, reducing to around 6 hours in November. Rainfall returns to the region in September, bringing with it around 26mm, although, by November, visitors can expect more frequent downpours with Albufeira’s average rainfall in this month at 81mm.
Short, cool days are characteristic of the winter in Albufeira with the Atlantic breeze adding an extra chill. Those exploring the area may find more warmth inland. Temperatures are much higher than British visitors may be used to for the time of year, with a mild range of between 16°C and 17°C across Albufeira’s winter months. Whilst the sun might bring some warmth to the area, the short days (typically around 5 or 6 hours of sunlight) are often lined with rainfall, particularly in December where Albufeira experiences an average of 96mm of rain.
Albufeira tourist information
Albufeira has a rich history having been occupied since the Neolithic and Bronze ages. The Romans were responsible for industry developing in the area like mining and agriculture, and there are still roads used today that were built by them.
From the 19th century the area began to produce its own wine, and export fish and dried fruits. Today its main industry is tourism which started to take off in the 1960s, now making Albufeira one of the most popular places to go on holiday to in Europe.
Albufeira experiences a typically Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers. During July, average maximum temperatures reach 29 °C and a typical 12 hours of sunshine is experienced.
The city holds events regularly through the year like the Jazz Festival in September, the Chicken Festival and the Sardine Festival in August. Albufeira also hosts many open-air events including concerts which showcase many different types of music. For those that like a night out there is The Strip which is home to many pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Albufeira is a city of sport and has its own stadium where visitors can watch a football match or even buy tickets to open-air music concerts. Rugby and cricket are also popular here, or if you prefer to get wet then give water sports a try; you can learn how to sail or surf!
Discover all about the city's history at the Albufeira Municipal Archaeological Museum, go on one of the Albufeira cave tours or take a trip out on a boat for a spot of dolphin watching. If you are travelling a little further afield, 10 km from Albufeira in Guia you will come across the Zoomarine Algarve marine life theme park, which has sea lion shows and bird of prey demonstrations.