Things to do in the Algarve in May

May in the Algarve
Flowers in the Algarve

May in the Algarve

May is a wonderful time to visit the Algarve. The flowers are in full blossom, the climate is wonderful, and it’s just got warm enough to swim in the sea and lounge on the beautiful beaches that can be found all over the region. Algarve Housing like to share with you a few things to do in May in the Algarve.

There are plenty of things to do in the Algarve in May, so whether you are heading there as a family, or with a partner or a group of friends there really is something for everyone. Here is a selection of the best events taking place in the Algarve in May.

May in the Algarve
May in the Algarve

May Day, 1st of May

May Day takes place on the first of May and is a fantastic celebration where you’ll find lots going on all over the region. Here you can join in the fun by heading into the countryside along with the locals and enjoying a picnic lunch in the sunshine. Or, if you prefer to get into the hustle and bustle of it all, then head into the cities for a fiesta style atmosphere where you can enjoy street music, food and dancing.

The May Fair in Azinhal is an event not to miss and if you head to the picturesque village of Azinhal, you can soak up the atmosphere, stroll through the market stalls and sample local foods. In addition to this you’ll find beautiful examples of bobbin lace, basketwork, embroidery, tapestry and weaving of esparto grass – all perfect souvenirs to take home with you and remind you of your memorable trip.

May in the Algarve
Festa da Pinha Algarve

Festa da Pinha- Algarve

Festa da Pinha – this lovely festival celebrates the humble pine cone and takes place on the second of May to commemorate the coming of spring. Here witness men in traditional dress riding proudly through the streets on brightly decorated donkeys. Music is a core part of the festival and you’ll enjoy many bands playing as well as be able to watch the procession of burning torches and an excellent fireworks display.

May in the Algarve
Tavira seafood festival

Tavira sea food festival

“The Gastronomy of the Sea” -is a fun filled festival in Tavira held throughout the month of May where the local restaurants come together to bring you a wealth of culinary delights all inspired by the fresh seafood ingredients on their doorstep!

May in the Algarve
Sandsculpture festival Pera

Sand sculpture Festival- Pera

If you love arts and culture then the international sand sculpture festival at Pêra starts in May  and runs right through until  October. Here you can admire the beautiful sand sculptures created by talented artists. It is in fact known as the largest sand sculpture festival in the world and has been running since 2003!

Sounds of the Atlantic- Ferragudo

Sounds of the Atlantic – For those who love traditional and folk music the Sounds of the Atlantic is a celebration which they will not want to miss. Throughout the whole of May you can enjoy wonderful concerts that take place each night at the Centro de Congressos do Arade in Ferragudo. This is one for the party goers though as music doesn’t usually start until 10pm.

These fantastic events will leave you with lots to do on your holiday in the Algarve in May, so now all that’s left is to remember to bring the sun cream!

This article is brought to you by Algarve Housing, the Algarve villa rental company for better holidays in the Algarve.

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