Home to dazzling beaches, rocky cliffs and a laid-back way of life, the Algarve is the perfect location for holidaymakers who want to relax, see the sights and take in a spot of Portuguese culture.
For many people, September and October are the perfect months to visit the Algarve; by then, the summer heat is starting to ease off (although not too much) and the crowds have started to thin out, making exploring, shopping and getting around a little more leisurely.
Peak season may be drawing to a close – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of events to enjoy during your stay.
The Portugal Masters
If you’re a golf fan, don’t miss The Portugal Masters, which takes place at the Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, from 20-23 September. With a host of international players lined up, including Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Alex Noren, it promises to be an exciting few days.
An autumn stay in the Algarve is also a good opportunity to tee off at this stunning Golf Course, designed by the world-famous US golfer Arnold Palmer. With its lakes, sand bunkers and waterfalls, the course is a must for anyone looking to test their skills.
All you can eat cockles
Sample the region’s delicious seafood at the 16th Cockle Festival, held 8-9 September.
The event takes place in the Figueira Sports Complex in the Algarve’s second largest city, Portimão – an historic town known for its old quarter, beautiful architecture and fishing trade.
Offering up an extensive menu of cockles, served in more ways than you can imagine, you can be sure that everything you taste is fresh and locally sourced – a real treat for seafood lovers. Fill your stomachs with the likes of cockle dough and cockle patties and then dance into the night with the help of local musicians.
A city of sand
Admire the works of international artists as they carve their sculptures in the sands of Pêra during the International Sand Sculptures Festival, FIESA. This festival runs for most of the year but closes for the winter on 10 November, so make sure you visit to avoid disappointment.
The festival spans 15,000 square metres, and gives artists from around the world the chance to showcase their unique skills and craftsmanship as they work on themes such as classic sculptures, dance, and modern day movies. At night, the sculptures take on new life as the ‘city’ is illuminated with coloured lights and live musical performances.
Alongside the beautiful works of art, the festival includes a regular schedule of workshops for the kids to get involved. These include demonstrations of how the sculptures are made, a fish spa to help you relax in peace, and a gourmet hamburger bar.
Sagres Birdwatching festival
The cooler heat of October is the crossing point for migratory birds in Portugal - which calls for a huge festival in the parish of Sagres 4-7 October.
From boat trips and workshops on the local environment, to guided hikes and horse rides, the Sagres Birdwatching Festival will open up over 160 activities and local discounts for restaurants and shops to celebrate the annual migration.
If you’re planning a trip to the Algarve this September, take a look at our stunning portfolio of Algarve villas.