Weather in Albufeira in October

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 03.05.2024

While the sea might be a bit cooler than in the summer months, October is a great time to visit Albufeira. The weather begins to cool down from the summer heat this month, with pleasant temperatures ideal for exploring the town. Here's our guide to the weather in Albufeira in October.

Albufeira weather in October at a glance

  • October weather in Albufeira starts to cool down, with temperatures typically ranging from 16°C to 22°C (61°F to 72°F)
  • While still pleasant, expect more frequent rainfall compared to the summer months
  • Crowds dwindle in Albufeira during October as the peak tourist season comes to an end

Is October a good time to visit Albufeira?

October can be a good time to visit for those who want to wander the town as the weather starts to hint at autumn's arrival. The weather during this time tends to be for the most part mild in comparison to the intense heat of summer. 

October sits right in the middle of the shoulder season in Albufeira which means you can expect fewer tourists crowding the attractions and beaches. Plus, you can snag accommodation at more wallet-friendly prices. 

While there's still some sunshine to soak up, be prepared for occasional showers that have an opportunity to put a damper on outdoor plans. The chances of rain increase compared to the summer months — on average, Albufeira sees about 56mm in October, adding to the lush green scenery of the area.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that some businesses might start winding down their operations for the season, so plan your activities accordingly.

As for swimming —yes, you can still take a dip. The sea temperature might start to cool down a bit, but it's still pleasant for a refreshing splash for some.

Overall, October can be a great time to visit Albufeira, with mild weather, fewer crowds, and budget-friendly prices. Just remember to pack an umbrella and check ahead for any seasonal closures.

Average temperatures in Albufeira in October

As the summer season fades into autumn, Albufeira experiences mild and pleasant weather. Daytime highs drop to around 23°C (73°F), perfect for soaking up the sun or exploring the city. When night rolls around, temperatures cool further to about 15-16°C (59-61°F), so it's a good idea to have a light jacket handy if you're out after dark.

The sea in October remains relatively warm, with temperatures around 21°C (70°F). It might not be as toasty as in the peak summer months, but it's still pleasant for a dip or water activities.

Rainfall chances decrease compared to the winter, so you're less likely to get caught in a shower during your outdoor adventures.

Old town in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal © Shutterstock

Old Town in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal © Shutterstock

What about the crowds & costs?

October is considered shoulder season, so you'll find fewer tourists compared to July and August. This means beaches and attractions will be less crowded, making it a bit easier to enjoy.

Prices for hotels and rentals are generally lower than the peak summer months, but they can still vary depending on the exact location and type of accommodation. Many tours and activities are still available in October, and you might find some end-of-season discounts.

One benefit of visiting Albufeira in October is the pleasant weather, with warm temperatures still lingering and plenty of sunshine. October can still be great for beach days, though it might be a bit cooler for sunbathing compared to the peak summer months. As the month progresses, there may be more variability in weather, with occasional rain showers and cooler evenings.

If you don’t mind crowds and want a guaranteed sunny beach holiday, the months of July and August are great. Though more crowded, these months are popular for a reason.

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An evening view of Albufeira, Algarve region, Portugal

The weather in October in Albufeira is great for walking around town © Shutterstock

What to do and see in Albufeira in October?

The weather in Albufeira in October allows for plenty to do. For more inspiration for your next trip, see our list of the best things to do in Portugal

Albufeira Market

The Albufeira Market is a lively and bustling market located in the heart of Albufeira. It has been a hub of activity for centuries, dating back to the Moorish era when it served as a trading post for merchants.

This bustling market offers a feast for the senses with its colourful array of fresh produce, local crafts, and artisanal goods. Stroll through the stalls piled high with ripe fruits, aromatic spices, and handmade souvenirs. Don't miss the opportunity to sample some traditional Portuguese delicacies, such as freshly baked pastries or locally produced cheeses.

Park Aventura

For an adrenaline-fueled adventure, head to Park Aventura, where thrill-seekers of all ages can test their limits on a variety of outdoor activities. Park Aventura offers activities suitable for all ages and skill levels, making it a perfect destination for families and adrenaline junkies alike. 

Located amidst the lush greenery of Albufeira's countryside, this adventure park offers a wide range of attractions, including zip lines, treetop obstacle courses, and rock climbing walls. With options for both beginners and experienced adventurers, Park Aventura promises an unforgettable day of fun and excitement.

Albufeira, the Algarve, Portugal

Albufeira, the Algarve, Portugal  © Shutterstock

Go wine tasting at Quinta do Francês

Quinta do Francês is known for its dedication to producing high-quality wines that showcase the unique terroir of the Algarve region

Here you can sample a selection of fine wines produced on-site, including crisp whites, robust reds, and sweet fortified wines. Learn about the winemaking process from knowledgeable staff members and discover the unique characteristics of Algarve's terroir. Sit back and relax on the winery's terrace, overlooking the vineyards, as you experience Portugal's renowned wine culture.

Go horseback riding

Experience horseback riding at the Albufeira Riding Centre, a down-to-earth school operated by passionate horse lovers for horse lovers. Nestled in the serene countryside of rural Algarve, surrounded by orange groves and cork fields, this centre offers a variety of horse riding activities suitable for all ages and skill levels. 

This centre offers soft sand tracks, a perfect setting not far from the beach, as you embark on one of our many treks, riding lessons, Pony Club sessions, or Special Events held throughout the year. Whether you're a complete beginner or an advanced rider, there's something for everyone.

Take a sunset boat cruise

End your day in Albufeira with a memorable sunset boat cruise along the stunning coastline of the Algarve. You can book a sunset boat cruise through various tour operators in Albufeira. Look for companies offering sunset sailing tours or catamaran cruises. 

You can book a sunset boat cruise through companies like AlgarveExperience or Dream Wave Algarve. Sunset boat cruises typically last around 2-3 hours and may include complimentary drinks and snacks onboard. Most sunset boat cruises depart from Albufeira Marina. 

Visit Albufeira in different months 

Not sure when to go to Albufeira? See our guides to other months, or check out our guide to the best time to visit Portugal.

  • November: Feel the chill with temperatures dropping to 17°C, creating a calm atmosphere with fewer visitors.
  • December: Welcome the festive season with temps averaging 16°C, quieter ambiance and local holiday traditions to explore.
  • January: Enjoy mild temperatures around 15°C, perfect for strolling without the summer crowds.
  • February: Expect occasional rain showers and temperatures hovering near 14°C, creating cozy vibes in local spots.
  • March: Experience the onset of spring with comfortable temperatures reaching around 16°C, attracting fewer tourists for a laid-back ambiance.
  • April: Embrace the gentle warmth of 18°C as spring blossoms, with beaches starting to see more visitors but still offering tranquility.
  • May: Dive into sunny days with temperatures reaching 21°C, town buzzing with energy but not yet too crowded.
  • June: Soak up the sun with temperatures around 24°C, summer starting and beaches getting livelier, but still chill.
  • July: Feel the heat rising to 27°C, drawing crowds for nightlife and street buzz, marking peak tourist season.
  • August: Experience the hottest month, hitting 28°C, with lots of people enjoying the sun and water activities.
  • September: Enjoy a comfy transition into autumn, temps averaging 25°C, quieter vibe with fewer tourists.
Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 03.05.2024

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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