Weather in Albufeira in September

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 03.05.2024

As the summer lingers into early autumn, Albufeira is known for warm temperatures that are great for visiting the beach. September marks the transition from the high season of summer to the shoulder season. Whether you're looking to soak up the last of the summer sun or explore the local markets, here's the weather in Albufeira in September.

Albufeira weather in September at a glance

  • September weather in Albufeira is warm and pleasant, with temperatures typically ranging from 20°C to 26°C (68°F to 79°F)
  • Rainfall remains minimal, and the region experiences sunny days with comfortable humidity levels
  • Crowds begin to decrease slightly in Albufeira during September compared to the peak summer months

Is September a good time to visit Albufeira?

September is one of our favourite times to visit Albufeira. This month marks a lovely transition from the peak summer heat to a more mild autumn climate. The weather is perfect for hitting the beach or exploring the sights. Even as the summer heat starts to ease off, September still brings plenty of sunshine. For those who love swimming, the sea remains warm and inviting in September, perfect for a refreshing dip or water activities.

This month falls within the shoulder season in Albufeira, striking a nice balance between the hustle and bustle of summer and the quieter winter months. With tourist numbers beginning to decline, you'll find fewer crowds at the beaches and attractions.

On average, Albufeira sees around 18mm of rainfall in September. While there might be occasional showers, they're usually short-lived and shouldn't put a damper on your travel plans.

Overall, September can be a fantastic time to visit Albufeira. You'll still get to enjoy the beauty of the region without dealing with the intense heat and congestion of the peak summer season. 

Average temperatures in Albufeira in September

As summer eases into autumn, Albufeira boasts warm and pleasant weather. Daytime highs average around 27°C (81°F), perfect for soaking up the sun or taking a dip in the sea. When the sun sets, temperatures cool slightly to about 18-19°C (64-66°F), so having a light jacket or sweater handy for the evenings is a good idea.

Speaking of the sea, in September, it's still invitingly warm with temperatures around 22°C (72°F), making it ideal for swimming or trying out water activities.

This month is all about sunny days and decreasing chances of rainfall compared to earlier in the summer. The weather in Albufeira in September is generally warm and pleasant and remains stable, which is great news if you’d like to spend your trip outdoors.

An evening view of Albufeira, Algarve region, Portugal

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

What about the crowds & costs?

September brings a gradual decrease in tourist traffic and crowds compared to the bustling peak summer months of July and August. 

While it remains moderately busy, especially at the start of the month, Albufeira starts to calm down as summer winds down. You'll still find some crowds, but popular attractions and beaches become more manageable.

In terms of costs, September is more wallet-friendly as well. Accommodation prices begin to drop as demand decreases, and you can often snag better deals on hotels and vacation rentals. Dining options may also become more affordable, and activities might even offer off-season discounts.

One great perk of visiting Albufeira in September is the pleasant weather. However, it's worth noting that as September progresses, some businesses and attractions may start closing for the offseason, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when planning your trip.

If you're seeking an even quieter (and cheaper) escape, the winter months (such as November or December) might be ideal. You’ll find less enjoyable weather but a more quiet atmosphere.

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 Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal © Shutterstock

 Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal © Shutterstock

What to do and see in Albufeira in September?

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

Visit the rock pools of Gale Beach

Gale Beach, located in the Algarve region near Albufeira, is renowned for its stunning coastline. One of the highlights of Gale Beach is the presence of rock pools, which are fascinating and unique features along this stretch of coastline.

These marine marvels, formed by centuries of tidal erosion, teem with life as the summer sun wanes. You can spend hours exploring these rock pools, which are home to a variety of marine creatures such as small fish, crabs, sea anemones, and colourful algae. It's a popular activity for families and nature enthusiasts, offering a glimpse into the diverse ecosystem of the Algarve's coastline.

Walk the trails of Praia da Falésia

The Praia da Falésia Trails offer a wonderful opportunity to explore the stunning coastline of the Algarve.

Praia da Falésia is famous for its towering red cliffs, which reach heights of up to 30 meters (98 feet) and provide stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. September's mild temperatures and clear skies create the perfect conditions for a hike along the cliff-edge path.

One of the most popular routes is the trail that leads down to Praia da Falésia itself, where hikers can descend the cliffs and reach the pristine beach below. 

Albufeira, the Algarve, Portugal

Albufeira, the Algarve, Portugal  © Shutterstock

Go winetasting at Adega do Cantor

The Adega do Cantor, which translates to "Singer's Winery," is a renowned winery located in the Algarve region of Portugal, near the town of Albufeira. Founded by legendary British singer Sir Cliff Richard, the winery is celebrated for its exquisite wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Algarve.

September marks the beginning of the grape harvest, infusing the air with the sweet aroma of ripening fruit. Join guided tours of the estate, where expert vintners share the intricacies of winemaking, from vineyard to cellar.

Festa do Pescador

The Festa do Pescador, or Fisherman's Festival, is a lively and colorful celebration held in the Algarve region of Portugal to honor the local fishing community and their traditions. This festival is a beloved event that brings together locals and visitors alike for a joyful gathering filled with music, dancing, food, and cultural activities.

One of the highlights of the festival is the abundance of delicious seafood dishes available for tasting. From freshly grilled sardines to octopus salad and seafood stew, there's a variety of mouthwatering dishes to sample, all prepared with the freshest catch of the day.

Gastronomy Festival

Satisfy your culinary cravings at Albufeira's Gastronomy Festival, which is dedicated to showcasing the rich culinary heritage of the area.

During the Gastronomy Festival, local restaurants, cafes, and food vendors come together to present an array of mouthwatering dishes that highlight the freshest ingredients and authentic flavors of the Algarve. 

Throughout the festival, there are often cooking demonstrations, workshops, and tastings led by local chefs and culinary experts.  Live music performances, cultural displays, and entertainment add to the festive ambiance.

Bring cash for purchasing food and drinks from the market stalls, and don't be afraid to ask vendors for recommendations on their specialties.

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.

  • October: Embrace mild autumn weather around 21°C, as crowds thin out, perfect for relaxed beach walks.
  • 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.
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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