Cheap flights to Algarve

Jun 29 — Jul 61
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Which day is cheapest to fly to Algarve?

At the moment, Monday is the most economical day to take a flight to Algarve. Thursday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Algarve?

To get the best value, try booking a flight at noon when visiting Algarve. Generally the prices will increase for flights in the morning as these tend to have higher demand.

The beaches of the Algarve are legendary. These soft, sandy stretches are lapped by sparkling Atlantic waves and punctuated by red, rocky outcrops that were made for climbing, exploring and rockpooling. Add in the glorious Mediterranean climate, the fantastic cuisine and the friendly – and family-oriented Portuguese – and it’s little wonder why so many families around Europe take cheap flights to the Algarve as often as school term times  allow.

Faro Airport is the gateway to this part of Portugal. The centre of the Algarve is considered best for families and those who’d like to play a round (or 20) of golf. Popular resorts include Vilamoura, Albufeira and Portimao.

The east – popular spots include Tavira and Olhao – is best for couples holidays.

The west is wild and is best suited to independent travellers. There are some fantastic towns in this corner of Portugal such as Sagres, Luz, Alvor and Lagos. When you get to historic Cape St. Vincent you’re at the most southwestern point of Europe.

Algarve climate

The climate is Mediterranean. Summers are hot – reaching 30 degrees or hotter in July and August – and winters are blissfully mild. Most of the rain falls between October and January.

When is the best time to fly to Algarve?

Peak season:

The Algarve is popular year-round with spikes in visitors during the European school holidays. July and August, mid-to-late October, Easter and early June are among the busiest times.

Off season:

November and January/February are low-season times when flight prices and hotel rates are lower. This is the rainest and coolest time of year though.

Getting around Algarve

There are buses connecting the towns of the Algarve but for maximum independence, renting a car is your best bet. 

What is good to know if travelling to Algarve?

  • Faro is set on the Formosa Lagoon, with endless islands of sand and long stretches of beach. 
  • Tavira is a beautiful old town well worth visiting and the journey there is also pleasant – passing orange and fig groves.
  • Vilamoura has some of the best golf courses in Europe.
  • Surfing is fantastic in the west.
  • The forests around Monchique (chestnut and almond) offer great walking and trekking opportunities.
  • For boat trips and scuba diving, make for the protected grottos of the central part of the coast.
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