Five reasons to visit the Algarve

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What is the new normal in the Algarve?

Keep a social distance of 2 meters, wear face masks in a public area, and hygiene like wash your hands regularly.

On daily bases, people ask me how is it to be in the Algarve? To me, it is still heaven! The new normal does not really affect me. You can still go to the beach (plenty of sun lounges to choose from), bars and restaurants are open. Make sure you always have a face mask with you, as when you enter a restaurant, you need to wear a face mask. Once you sit down, you can take it off and enjoy the lovely food and drinks. The sunsets are still stunningly beautiful, the temperature nice, the beaches sandy, and the seawater refreshing!

In March this year, I wrote the article below, but at the same time, the coronavirus hit Europe! It was not a good idea to promote the Algarve. But it is August now, and the Algarve is safe and clean, and with respect to the new normal, we can handle Covid-19 in Portugal! Algarve Housing like to remind you why to visit the Algarve!

Carnival in the Algarve 1-5 March


Carnival in the Algarve

This year Carnival in the Algarve is in March. A traditional and colourful event not to be missed. Most towns has the traditional celebrations with colourful parades and samba music in the streets. The best and largest is in Loule, but smaller towns like Messines, Alte, Moncarapacho, they all celebrate carnival. It is hard to miss this nice yearly event in Portugal. This article of Algarve Housing, will tell you all about Carnival in the Algarve, the carnival programme, other things to do in March and a private paradise in the Algarve.

Weather in the Algarve

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Weather in the Algarve

“What is the weather in the Algarve in January (or any other month) like?” is one of the many questions people often ask me. As you know, weather is unpredictable, that is a fact, but Algarve Housing likes to give you a guideline what you can expect of the weather in the Algarve in the four seasons of the year.


The summer is over, the first rain has arrived and we can finally feel a little sniff of autumn. And for those who cannot stand the heat of the summer, this is the best period to consider a holiday in Portugal, until sometime in spring.

Top 10 Beaches of the Algarve

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With more than 150 beaches Algarve in all colors and shapes to choose from, we can rightly say that the Algarve is the perfect beach destination.

It’s mighty hard to pick the most beautiful ones, since they all have their share of charms and it is of course subjective, so we’ve tried to make a nice mix of those we think stand out, each in their own way.

Whether you are on holiday in the Algarve or planning your holiday to the Algarve, Algarve Housing made a top 10 of beaches Algarve for YOU!!!

Top 10 Beaches Algarve:

East Algarve

East algarve portugal

We can roughly divide the Algarve Portugal into 3 parts: West, Central and East. Today, Algarve Housing, would like to inform you about the Eastern Algarve.

The Eastern Algarve is maybe the least explored part of Southern Portugal, making it a very attractive region to explore. It harbors some very fine beaches, a lot of which are only accessible by boat, giving them that extra touch of adventure. The water is often warmer and calmer, making it an ideal destination for families with small children.

Summer Festivals Algarve

Festivals Algarve

Algarve Summer Festivals 2018

Summer in the Algarve is coming up, together with many, many festivals Algarve.

Algarve Housing made a list for you, so you will not miss any festival in the Algarve summer 2018.  Together with a nice villa in the Algarve, and your holiday in Portugal is complete!

14 June the Worldcup Football 2018 start! Portugal won 2 years ago the European Cup, that was a big street party! What will happen this year? Ronaldo and his team are playing their first game on Friday 15 June 18 pm against Spain, I think they need support!

April in the Algarve

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orange blossom


I wish I could share smells with you! I just came back of the Silves area, which is famous of the orange orchards, which means this time of the year orange blossom, which means overwhelming nice smells. The scent of orange blossom is indescribable, so you MUST come and experience this. We have some nice spring offers! DO NOT MISS THIS!!! Do not miss April in the Algarve!

Easter in the Algarve

Spring in the Algarve

spring in the Algarve

Spring in the Algarve

While up north, in March, Winter has still no intention of making place for its successor, spring in the Algarve, has already installed herself comfortably on the throne.

After the almond trees gave the start signal with their delicate white blossom, one tree after the other follows their footsteps in an explosion of colors and scents, as if exposing their assets in a glorious beauty contest.

March in the Algarve

March in the Algarve
Flowers in March

March in the Algarve

Although the weather is stormy and rainy, spring is in the air! I have seen the first poppy’s and some other flowers start to bloom, next to the birds giving big live concerts! Lovely! This time of the year is so nice, as temperatures are mild, ideal to explore the Algarve by foot, or bicycle. March is also still low season for the rental market, so take you chance, and rent a nice villa in the Algarve in March! Algarve Housing like to share with you a few things to do in March in the Algarve:

February in the Algarve

February in the Algarve

Carnival algarve

Cannot believe it is already February! Time flies…. February in the Algarve, meaning Carnival in the Algarve. The Portuguese (and Dutch) say Carnaval… plus the orange blossom will start, meaning lovely smells, plus the almond blossom is full on… so nice, nice, nice time of the year!!! Plus Valentine’s day! Take your love for a romantic dinner! Plenty of choice in the Algarve!

December in the Algarve

December in the Algarve
December in the Algarve

December in the Algarve, for an enjoyable, alternative Christmas holiday destination in Portugal. The winter months were typically the low tourist season for Algarve but over the last few years the Christmas holiday season has become more popular, as many of the North African winter sun destination have become unsafe due to political instability or terrorism.

The increase of visitors to the Algarve means that there are more hotels and restaurants open and there is a livelier atmosphere in the larger towns, like Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos…. Algarve Housing like to update you, and share with you some things to do in December in the Algarve.

weather algarve
weather algarve

October in the Algarve!


October in the Algarve


October in the Algarve, the weather can still be nice, but it is a bit of a risk, so bring some warmer clothes with you, as evenings get more chilly. If you lucky you still can sunbathing during the day! Beaches are less crowded, but bars and restaurants are still open, plus cheap deals for rentals! Ideal for your half term holidays!

Algarve Housing, villa rentals Algarve, found a variety of things to do in October in the Algarve, we mention a few, please read below. Have fun, and enjoy the October Algarve, and extend your summer with one of the nice villas we rent!

Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Assumption of Mary
Assumption of Mary

On 15 August, many parts of Europe celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, as well in the Algarve Portugal. It is a national Holiday, most shops and public places are closed on this holiday in Portugal.

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is a very important day in the Catholic religion. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ.

The Assumption Of Mary is a feast day that is celebrated on August 15th every year. This feast day commemorates Mary’s death and her assumption into heaven. Because it commemorates this sacred occasion – which is viewed by many as Mary’s divine birthday – it is not only a Holy Day of Obligation, but is one of the most important Marian feasts.

Spring in the Algarve

spring in the Algarve
Flowers Algarve

Spring in the Algarve

Your body and head continues to be asking to get a break, a respite from the pressures of work, the requirements of family obligations, as well as the status of living the busy city lifestyle, and little sunny days. Thinking of some warmth and sun, thinking of spring in the Algarve? You searched the internet, asked around, as well as lastly made up your head and that’s you are going to have your holiday in Algarve, in the appealing Iberian nation of Portugal. If you did your research well, you have more than probably get a rough outline of your Algarve itinerary. If you aren’t yet bursting with thoughts and plans, I am going to make some useful suggestions anyways on the top 5 best things to do during a spring in Algarve! Apart form things to do during spring in the Algarve, I must mentioin the nature is at its best, loads of flowers and sweet smell everywhere….

Algarve Housing get you some ideas, together with one of the unique villas we rent, this can all add up to a perfect holiday in the Algarve.

Walking as well as Sightseeing – As temperatures are not red hot during spring in the Algarve, walking and sightseeing is ideal!

Algarve is a multicultural with the right mix of country qualities mixed in, making a kind of a surreal surroundings perfect for somebody who’d like to get from all of it, even for only several days. Algarve is modern and rural in the same time, in addition, it has a rich tradition and history. You will definitely be a witness to this should you go throughout the backstreets and investigate the Algarve on foot. Visit the Museu Regional in Lagos as well as the Archaeological Museum in Faro to get a blast to the previous encounter.

golf in the Algarve
Golf courses Algarve

Golf in the Algarve

Golfing – Algarve has a number of the world best golf courses like superb Old Course in Vilamoura or the celebrated Royal Course in Vale de Lobo. A golfer may have the option from 9 holes to 18 hole courses of the more than 30 golf courses scattered around the Algarve terrain. During spring in the Algarve, paying golf is very popular, make sure you arrange your tee time upfront!

The southern area of Portugal has a perfect climate for golf, warm and dry climate, and the primary season is from late fall to late spring. The landscape can be exemplary, grasslands to coastlines, proving to be a little of the challenge, but still a very gratifying game.


Ikea in the Algarve
Ikea in the Algarve

Shopping – would you love shopping in another country? It is terrific way to enjoy and look into the culture and custom of Portugal and Algarve, particularly. You will surely find great deals in the shopping districts of Portimao, Loule, as well as Quarteira. You’ll locate everything from souvenirs, bags, shoes, garments, trinkets, components, and the list goes on. And new to the Algarve, the opening of IKEA near Loule, 30 March!!!!

Stand up paddling Algarve
Stand up paddling Algarve


With a beautiful shoreline, the Algarve holiday destination has a lot of things to provide for water sport enthusiasts. You can try your hand, and legs, at windsurfing or stand up paddling or ultimately encounter the wonders of the under water world by diving into the thriving marine life as well as the legacy of Algarve sunken past. Also the dolphins like the spring in the Algarve, as with a short drive in a speedy dinghy you will find them.

This article is brought to you by Algarve Housing, the rental company for beter holidays in the Algarve, with a wide selection of unique villas in the Algarve Portugal.

Warm regards,


Algarve Housing


Carnival in the Algarve 25-28 February

Carnival in the Algarve
Carnival Algarve

A visit to the Algarve in February makes for a fantastic holiday, plus you can enjoy Carnival in the Algarve. This time of year is considered ‘out of season’. However there are many advantages visiting the Algarve in February during these quieter periods.

The weather is still warm and pleasant (around 18-20 degrees) which means you can still enjoy the areas stunning coastline, take walks on the beautiful beaches, go on a boat trip and hike around the area to admire the breath-taking landscapes, flora and fauna that are blossoming at this time of year.

For playing golf, it is one of the best times of the year, pick your choice of one of the many renowned golf courses of the Algarve, considered the best of Europe!

Luxury villas Ferragudo in the Algarve


Luxury villa Caneiros
Casa Caneiros

Algarve Housing like to present two luxury villas in the Algarve, both near Ferragudo, each luxury villa is unique on its own.

Casa Caneiros, a top luxury villa, walking distance to popular Caneiros beach, 5 minutes drive to picturesque Ferragudo.

Why top luxury and unique?

Private pool, heated (optional), high standard furnitures, aswell as inside as outside. Private jacuzzi with ocean views, air-conditioning thru-out, private parking, private large pool, unspoilt countryside views. Sleeps 8 guests, plus 2 extra guests (sofa bed).

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Casa Caneiros covered terrace

Relax in the shade and read a book at the covered terrace, or have a refreshing dip in the large private pool of the luxury villa Casa Caneiros.

Luxury villa Ferragudo
Luxury villa Ferragudo

Villa Ferragudo, another luxury villa, walking distance to Ferragudo and Praia Grande. Recently refurbished to the highest standards. Comfortably sleeps 10 over 5 bedrooms, plus 2 extra guests (sofa bed).

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Villa Ferragudo, private pool

The luxury villa has air-conditioning in every room, well equipped kitchen, table tennis table, ample sun lounges to work on your sun teint, and a covered terrace to have al fresco lunches and dinners.

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Covered terrace Villa Ferragudo

Ferragudo is a small picturesque village in the Algarve, located at the river Arade, close to Portimao, Lagos and Carvoeiro. Praia Grande is the main beach with 4 beach bars and restaurants where you can have nice meals, drinks and often you will be entertained by live music. How romantic, zipping on your coctail, watching the sun set, listening to some live music.

The village Ferragudo has a main square with various terraces and restaurants, and a few shops, local super markets and lots of entertainment in the summer months.

More information, pictures and prices, you can find on the web pages of Casa Caneiros and Villa Ferragudo.

Book your paradise in the Algarve now, contact me for any further information.

Have a great Christmas,


Algarve Housing


Things to do in December in the Algarve

December in the Algarve, Christmas
Christmas in the Algarve

The Algarve is the beautiful southern coastline of Portugal and the region makes for an enjoyable, alternative Christmas holiday destination. The winter months were typically the low tourist season for Algarve but over the last few years the Christmas holiday season has become more popular, as many of the North African winter sun destination have become unsafe due to political instability or terrorism.

The increase of visitors to the Algarve means that there are more hotels and restaurants open and there is a livelier atmosphere in the larger towns, like Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos….

Weather in December

December in the Algarve, weather
Weather in December

You can say unpredictable, but mild. It can be sunny during the day, and you can even sunbath, but it can also be rainy and windy!