The weather in the winter season (from November) is perfect to discover the charm of the beautiful villages the Algarve has to offer. Travelling in winter has many perks means less crowds, breathtaking landscapes and a more unique experience.
Faro is an ideal destination for visitors who wish to discover the “real” side of Portugal as the village offers history and culture that is set in a relaxing environment. The town boasts many historic monuments and buildings, while the pleasant shopping zone is lined with open-air cafes and various shops.
From Faro you can also easily reach the Ria Formosa national park; a place that offers a beautiful scenery, however only a few visitors find.
The Algarve’s beaches may also be enjoyed in the winter season. Many of them are not only known for their fantastic infinite white sand and blue cool waters, but also for their seaside restaurants, offering a great gastronomic experience. Even though some of the restaurants and bars may shorten their opening hours during the winter season, there are still plenty to choose from. A benefit is that the staff, as being in the off-season, is not so busy and will often enjoy telling visitors about their local area. Especially Portimão is attractive for its beaches which can also be discovered during sunny winter days.
For those who like to discover the Algarve’s nightlife, should visit Albufeira. In the charming little streets of the old fishing village, you can not only find various restaurants, but also many lounges or themed bars where among locals many visitors have already spend incredible evenings
Even from October, it is possible to opt for coastal tours, dolphin watching excursions, breathtaking Cave explorations, Segway or bike tours. Also, you should explore the local arts and crafts during all seasons and have a look at the potteries for which the Algarve is known for.
Highly recommended are also hiking tours that are really pleasant to do during the winter season. Especially Lagos is famous for offering the best hiking trails. Take advantage of breathtaking views and the many cliffs present in the region and enjoy the countryside that, after the dry summer season, will have started to ‘green up’ again by then. It's also migration time for a lot of birds and there are plenty of places to watch them from.
Last but not least: for all the golf players Algarve offers great golf courses, which are open all year round.
Sightseeing: Acro da Vila, Milreu, Lagos da Ponta da Piedade, Cabo de Roca, Forte da Ponta da Bandeira.