Algarve climate

The Algarve enjoys one of the most stable climates in the world with its moderate and kind weather influenced by both the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas and its proximity to North Africa.

With an annual average of 3000 sunshine hours and over 300 days of sun a year, the Algarve is one of Europe’s sunniest places.
During the spring and autumn months from March to October the temperatures in Algarve average a pleasant 18°C to 19°C and this is accompanied with plenty of sunshine.

The winter from November to February remains moderate and mild with bright sunny days and the temperature during this period stands around 15°C..

Spring

Spring is the best time to visit Algarve. During this season temperatures climbs and sun returns in the skies for some more hours. Spring usually start in March and lasts till late May. Both night time and ocean temperature remains cool.

As winter ends and spring begins, the almond blossom leaves us, but is replaced by a spectacular display of wild flowers.

Summer

In Algarve summer begins in June and lasts till September. The season is full of sunshine and heat. The average high temperature remains pleasant and stands at mid 20s, which climbs gradually and stays at 28ºC and in July and August, however in the peak months daytime temperatures can rise up into the mid 30s. Night time temperatures rarely go below 20ºC. In September the temperature gets back down to 26ºC.

Throughout the season, the Algarve receives more than ten hours sunshine each day. However, cooling sea breezes help to take the edge off the heat as do the moderately low humidity levels all through the summer.

Autumn

Autumn, which comes for October and November in Algarve, is great time to visit. During autumn the weather of the city remains very warm. The maximum average temperature climbs to 22ºC in October and falls to 19ºC in November.

However, the night time temperature brings cold with the average low of 13ºC. The sunshine levels fall fast during autumn in Algarve.

Winter

Winter comes in December and continues its journey until February. It’s mild in the Algarve with a regular high temperature of 16ºC in December and February. However, the temperature drops a bit in January and stands at 15ºC in January. Rainfall occurs, but it is infrequent, shorter.

Towards the end of winter the almond blossom arrives, a dense and beautiful carpet. Many areas look like they have a covering of snow.

The legend of the almond blossom

Many centuries ago in the opulent capital of the Al-Gharb, the city of Xelbe (the future Silves), there reigned a young prince and valiant warrior, Ibn-Almindin, who was a lover of the arts and beauty. The city was prosperous and well protected, a safe port for the commerce that sailed up the River Arade, coming from North Africa. Ibn-Almindin would often leave the city with his soldiers to ward off would-be invaders. On one of these sorties he commandeered a boat from Northern Europe, sailed by light-skinned men with fair hair. A blonde princess with eye the colour of the sky was with them. Almindin was seduced by such beauty and ordered magnificent quarters to be prepared for Gilda, the princess, who was also head over heels with the dark prince with the black and intense eyes.

They lived happily for some time, until one day Gilda was overcome by immense sadness. This melancholy seemed never-ending and the young husband knew not what to do. He asked for advice from an old man who told him that the princess was feeling nostalgic for snow and he could solve the problem if he ordered the planting of lots of almond trees. When they blossomed with their white flowers, they looked like snow. The next spring the Moorish prince took Gilda to the window of the palace, and when she saw the stunning landscape, white as if covered by a carpet of snow, the princess felt her strength return.

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