What to do in the Algarve in Winter

Cliff house Giant Camera (Photo credit: davidyuweb)

Escape the bad weather and enjoy beautiful days in the warm sun. In the Algarve there are 3 seasons, a winter one would wait in vain. Of course, then here are not 40 degrees and more, but with considerably more than 300 sunny days per year can be seen here throughout the year, people in the clear waters of the Atlantic swim.
Although the winter in the Algarve may bring some rain from time to time, but in between there are wonderful weeks with sunshine and pleasant temperatures. Long walks above or along the legendary coasts, stroll in the colorful small towns, visiting the colorful markets and a soft, southern light offer a welcome contrast to the cold and gray time in Central Europe.


Forest of cork oaks in the south of Portugal (Algarve) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In December, the orange harvest begins in the fields and the delicious fruits for „little ” money to be on the streets again offered. Portugal was, according to British studies, in 2011 the cheapest country in the euro zone. During Advent, the shops decorate their expenses and loving Christmas and ‘s Eve is celebrated just like in the rest of Europe. Thus, at the turn of wild flowers begin to bloom in the fields and in January, the almond bloom begins which alone is worth the trip. Culinary compromises you really need not go into here, if needed you can get just about anything you are used to at home, whether you want to prepare it yourself or want to indulge in one of the countless restaurants.
Excursions to and cliffs


A trip into the hinterland was definitely worth it, maybe to the north in the region of Monchique , or situated on the cliffs to the west. A varied landscape is here. Every now and then, a garden with olive trees, between particularly impressive gnarled cork oaks, which provide the basic material for one of the most important industries in Portugal. The bark of this evergreen species of oak is a universal natural product. It must first pass 20 years before a part of the tree is first peeled. May then be harvested after nine years at the earliest, so says the law. The „tiradores „ (Peeler) slots with the ax on the pieces to be removed. A bone work, especially as the cork harvest is possible only in the summer, because it can at this time, peels the bark easiest. The nitrogen-filled cells give the cork excellent properties as insulating material. It does not burn and does not conduct electricity. Migrates a cork in the neck of a bottle, this is the highest award for him. Only when the volume of its pores is capable of bottleneck seal like a suction cup, a wine can be stored safely. Unfortunately, displace cheap plastic caps and crown caps more and more the real cork bark. The Museu da Cortica in the Fábrica do Inglês in Silves provides insight into the production and processing of this typical Portuguese natural substance.


Just in winter, a view of the breakwater in front of the cliffs is worth something north of Sagres in . Driven by distant Atlantic storms break huge waves on the . Even the curious angler standing up on the edge of refuge. The detour via the gravel road through the park was worth it. Repeatedly suppressed by the sun between the clouds shredded by the wind. Half an hour later in a sheltered bay to the south: The sky is deep blue; the water is flat as a table. Here the anglers carefree do their work. If tonight is fried fish with their families on the menu, or is, everything sold on the markets?
The year in the Algarve is slightly unstable weather expected with temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees. Only the nights are cooler.



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