Traditionally the Algarve has been a summer holiday destination however, thanks to more people discovering the region “out of season”, the Algarve is experiencing a prolonged tourist season which is benefiting both visitors and businesses.
It used to be the case that Algarve businesses could only reply upon the most popular months of June, July and August to be able to make the most of the tourist trade in the region but thanks to a combination of factors, this is a thing of the past – and something everyone is enjoying!
With tourism being the backbone for many Algarve businesses, the increase in tourism throughout the year has been greatly welcomed and has also helped to contribute to a boost in the economy, not only on a regional level but also on a national one too. In recent years the Portuguese economy has experienced a considerable recovery and all indicators point to a very positive future, particularly within tourism.
The trend sees visitor numbers increasing in the Algarve and not only are people choosing to come during the autumn, spring and now into the winter, they are also able to enjoy more events, activities and facilities for longer than ever before.
The Algarve boasts some 300 days of sunshine each year which means that throughout the year you can be sure of some blue skies, and this year we have seen the warm weather extend way beyond the summer months.
The fantastic out of season weather in this southerly region of Europe means that we are able to enjoy the great outdoors for far longer than our northern European friends and the many events and Algarve attractions reflect this al fresco lifestyle.
To keep up with the increase in demand into the autumn and winter months in the Algarve many of the local attractions have extended opening hours including several of the boat trip companies who will this year be operating Algarve boat tours and excursions all year instead of closing as usual at the end of October.
The Zoomarine family theme park in Guia have also decided to open their doors for longer in 2017 and will now be open until November 26th, although with altered opening times compared to the summer months – so it is well worth checking the Zoomarine schedule before heading off for the day. Zoomarine is an ideal place to visit outside the summer season as you can enjoy all of the shows without the crowds, while waiting times for the rides are also massively reduced.
Water park fans will be pleased to know that the Slide & Splash park in Lagoa will be staying open this year until 3rd November and again you can enjoy this great Algarve family attraction at this time of the year without the queues – meaning you can get on many more rides during a single day as long as you have the energy!
As usual both Krazy World and Lagos Zoo are open throughout the year for families looking for a great day out, it is however always important to check their festive closing hours and for days during the low season they may be closed. Lagos Zoo is also the home of the magical Natalandia, a Christmas themed area of the park complete with fake snow, Santa and even some reindeer for good measure.
For decades golfers have been coming to the Algarve in the autumn and winter to make the most of the mild weather to play on the top courses across the region and there really is no better time to enjoy a round or two. Vilamoura and the Golden Triangle areas of Almancil, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo are traditional golfing hotspots, but increasingly golfers are choosing areas such as Carvoeiro in the central region or Lagos to the west and Tavira to the east for an Algarve golfing break.
With more and more people choosing the Algarve for a spot of winter sun then it is no surprise that many more restaurants and bars are remaining open during this time of the year. Gone are the days when the Algarve effectively “closed” for the winter and instead you can now find some great deals for accommodation in exceptional hotels for far less than during the height of the summer.
To further boost the Algarve offering a programme of events “Algarve 365” has also been launched with cultural, musical, dance and other events taking place every month of the year across the region and designed to offer something for every member of the family to enjoy – either as a resident or a visitor.
The Algarve is far more than just a summer destination and it looks like many more people are now discovering the benefits of winter sun in the Algarve.