Now that the high season is definitely over, the huge crowds of Summer have left Algarve. Now it’s time to discover what the region has to offer during the beautiful season of Autumn. You still have mostly sunny days and average temperatures above 20 ºC. Check out these four suggestions.
Summer is too hot for hiking in Algarve. Autumn and Spring are perfect for that, as you get sunny days and warm temperatures (neither too hot nor too chilly). Choose between the Ria Formosa or the Costa Vicentina natural reserves, the heights of Monchique or the longitudinal Via Algarviana (“Algarvian Way”).
October’s final weekend held the Portugal Masters of golf, as usually. Near the end of the golf season, the Portugal Masters stress out both the excellency of Vilamoura (and the Algarve region) for golfing and the fact that the Autumn is a great time to play, over here.
The above mentioned natural reserves are great places to watch travelling, migratory birds during this season. In the Southeast, there is also the Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António Marsh Natural Reserve, between the sea and Guadiana river final miles.
Landscape of Sagres and St. Vincent capes
The Sagres cape is also a great place for birdwatching and offers an inspiring landscape. The southwesternmost point of Europe is made of very high vertical cliffs over the ocean. No wonder the ancient Romans called this place sacrus, or “sacred” (hence, “Sagres” in Portuguese).
Neighbouring St. Vincent Cape is similar. If you’re up to history, this was to the place of a significant victory of the Royal Navy over a Spanish “armada” in 1797, during the Revolutionary Wars. According to a specialist of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Battle of Cape St. Vincent is where Nelson “made his name”.