11 Amazing Things to Do in Algarve Portugal in the Spring

Algarve Portugal in spring is one of the best seasons to travel to the busy Portuguese southern region. With a dashing 20-25 degrees at daytime and a lot less tourists than in the scorching summer months, spring is the ideal time of the year to go hiking, biking, surfing, and even exploring the beaches.

The sweet scent of orange blossom will infuse your nostrils when exploring the enchanting Algarve towns and cities, while the countryside is covered in delicate almond blossoms.

Spring in Algarve can surprise you with rainy days too, but don’t worry. There are plenty of indoor museums and cozy cafes to nestle up to wait out the rain.

Get ready to discover the many amazing activities you can do in Algarve in spring.

Things to do in Algarve Portugal in Spring

Ponta da Piedade

Ponta da Piedade is one of the most unique rock formations in western Algarve. Just a 10-minute drive from Lagos, you can admire a cluster of up to 100 meter tall rock formations towering from the glittering Atlantic Ocean below.

There is plenty of parking or you can walk half an hour to get there. Once at Ponta da Piedade, walk down the stairs to admire the rock formations at sea level and head to the viewpoint. But take care and do not go to close to the edges as the rock there is very insecure and slipping on loose rock can be fatal.

From Ponta da Piedade, you can also walk a breathtaking boardwalk on top of the cliffs with views to the staggering beaches below.

Go Dolphin Watching in Albufeira

One of the best things to do in the Algarve Portugal in spring is dolphin watching. In the summer months, this is one of the most popular day trips from Albufeira combined with the world-famous Benagil Cave. But in spring, you get the luxury of not competing with too many boats on the ocean.

While there is no guarantee to see wild dolphins, the guides on the dolphin watching tours know where to look for them, and the chances are good.

In the case you do not see dolphins, you will still be able to admire the breathtaking coastline with hidden sea caves and secret beaches.

Explore Benagil Cave

Benagil Cave is one of the most famous sea caves in Portugal and a must-see when in the Algarve. As one of the most visited sites on the coast, it is fantastic to go there in the spring when there are fewer tourists around. It is recommended to either go by kayak or standup paddleboard since that is the only way you can get inside the cave. Even though there are fewer tourists, it is best to go early in the morning if you want to take pictures without a lot of people in the cave.

There are also boat trips that can take you from any place on the Algarve to see Benagil Cave. However, they will only be able to take you to the entrance of the cave to get a peek inside as it it illegal to drop tourists off the boat into the cave.

Hike Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

The Seven Hanging Valley’s Trail is one of Portugal’s most beautiful hikes and spring in Algarve is the perfect time to go hiking.

The hike takes you across the golden cliffs watching over some of Algarve’s most unique coastal landscapes between Carvoeiro and Marinha beach. You will be passing sea carved arches, large sink holes, and mesmerizing beaches.

The entire hike takes about 6 hours and you will need to bring a lunch pack, good walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. If you are tough enough to go swimming, bring a towel and swimwear too, because the beaches you will pass are about the best you will see!

Go on a Road Trip

Going on a road trip in Algarve is a great way to see the most secluded places of the area and in spring it is not too hot or too cold. It is truly the best time to drive around to see almond blossoms covering the countryside when getting a little off the beaten track. Take advantage of having a car and head up to Monchique to hike in the lush, forested area, through vivid streams and rivers. This is the best times as everything is flowering, and vivid colors pop up everywhere.

Going on a road trip will also get you easily to places like the rock formations and caves of Algar Seco and small fisherman’s villages like Santa Luzia, which are otherwise more complicated to get to by public transport.

Take a Boat Trip Around the Barrier Islands

The barrier islands of Ria Formosa Natural Park make out one of the most unique areas of the Algarve. The five barrier islands protect a vast wasteland with sand dunes, tidal lagoons, and mudflats makes it an important geological spot and popular resting place for migrating birds.

A boat trip around the Islands is a great way of visiting a few of them, to learn more about the unique ecosystem that lives there, and to discover mesmerizing sand blown beaches.

The best place to go on a boat trip to multiple islands is the quaint town of Olhao. This is also a great, yet underrated place to base yourself in the Algarve where you can discover cool street art, get lost in the food market, and soak in mesmerizing sunsets from the harbor.

Spot Pink Flamingos

The main season to see flamingos in the Algarve is usually until March. That said, there are some there all year round. So spring gives you a good opportunity to see flocks of pink flamingos before the masses thin out

To see them easily, you can walk the Ludo Trail outside Faro, which is an easy hike of 2-3 hours taking you across the wetlands of Ria Formosa Natural Park through an area where the flamingos like to hang out.

Relax on the Beaches

Spring is the perfect time to relax on the beaches in Algarve Portugal. The temperatures are perfect and the crowds are missing which means you can have large stunning beaches, not quite to yourself, but still without too many people around. It’s a perfect time of the year to wander from beach to beach, discover hidden passageways linking to other beaches, and soak in the warm spring sun.

Beaches worth going to include the world-famed Marinha beach, which boasts tall rock formations and makes for a fairy tale setting, Camilo beach and Los Etudiantes beach in Lagos with their rock formation and the Roman bridge, and the stunning beaches on the west coast, like Arrifana beach and Monte Clerigo beach.

The beaches in Lagos can easily be reached by walking from the town, but the others require a car. You can also relax at the picturesque beach in Carvoeiro to be close to unique natural scenes like Algar seco.

Visit the Anchor Cemetery

On Tavira Island, you’ll see one of the most quirky attractions in the Algarve, an anchor cemetery. The island used to be a center for tuna fishing back in the days when the industry was thriving on the Algarve.

When the tuna fishing ceased, the fishermen left everything behind. At some point, someone has taken the effort to collect all the enormous, rusty anchors and line them up in the sand behind Barril Beach.

Spring is the best time to go as this place get crowded in the summer months. You can either take the little tourist train or walk along the train lines to get there.

Learn to Surf in Lagos

Spring in Algarve is also a great time to learn how to surf, and Lagos is the place to go. It is a good time because there are not so many other tourists around and surf classes can be smaller and more personal.

Whether you have tried surfing before but aren’t yet confident to go on your own or it is your first time trying it, you can be confident to find a surf instructor that will give you exactly what you need.

Walk the Cliffs of Sagres

Sagres is one of the most breathtaking places in the Algarve, and the spring weather makes it the perfect time to wander along the steep cliffs for astounding views.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the Sagres Fortress and the Cabo Sao Vincente Lighthouse when you are there. You can also witness dramatic beaches at the bottom of the cliffs and birds nesting on the cliff edges.

Especially sunset is wonderful in this area, and in spring, it is especially nice as the days start to get longer.

Reflections on Spring in Algarve Portugal

Spring in Algarve Portugal is no doubt one of the best times to visit the popular southern region. The weather is like no other place in Europe and still being the low season, it will make your experience unforgettable. Floral and fauna lovers won’t be able to resist blossoms and spring flowers everywhere and outdoor enthusiasts will never run out of incredible things to do.

 

Linn Haglund
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Linn writes at Amused by Algarve, a site dedicated to all things Algarve.