Winter camping in Portugal



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  1. Weather
  2. Clothes to use for winter
  3. Activities to do during winter

Camping during winter in Portugal

Winter holidays in Portugal have many advantages, such as low prices for all the tourism activities, deserted beaches and not crowded restaurants. Many of our winter guests ask us: How cold it is when camping during winter in Portugal? What activities to do?

Here we will tell you some suggestions and the naked truth, letĀ“s go šŸ˜‰

sunste giril sitting


More pleasant weather is in the south of Portugal, Algarve. Here we have an average of 300 days of sun per year, warmer temperatures and less probability of rain. As north you go, the cooler it is. As well, the inland region tends to be cooler than the area near the ocean.

During the year in Algarve, water temperatures range between 16Ā°C and 24Ā°C, reaching the minimum in March. This makes the region a paradise for surfing (see here beaches for surf) or a quick bath during the hottest hours in the winter.

Tip: during the winter and sunny day, you can go to a beach that is sheltered by the cliffs from the wind, and there you will be able to go for a bath in the ocean and enjoy the sun with a bikini. Some sheltered tiny beaches:

  • Praia da Vigia, Albufeira, map here
  • Praia da Fontainhas, Carvoeiro, map here
  • Praia do Barranquinho, Carvoeiro, map here
  • Praia do Carvalho, Carvoeiro, map here
  • Praia do Submarino, Alvor, map here
  • Praia do Camilo, Lagos, map here

Clothes to use during winter camping

  • During the evening, for sitting outdoor use: warm jacket, warm trousers or 2 layers of sportive trousers, winter socks.
  • During the day: may have a luck be in t-shirt or even take a swim in the ocean and get a sunburn.
sunset winter camping

Activities to do during winter

  • Surf: Algarve and West Coast host perfect conditions for surfing during the winter with its warm water and sunny weather, for both professionals and beginner surfers. See here our list of beaches for surfing. You can rent with us surf equipment during the check-in.
  • Hiking: There are plenty of beautiful hiking trains along the coast, with stunning views, landscapes, inaccessible beaches, and caves. Tips: famous walking trail ā€œ7 hanging valleys trailā€ in Lagoa and see here other interesting trails on the West Coast.
  • Boat tours: dolphin watching, birth watching, tour along the coast to see caves. Search for it on TripAdvisor or Airbnb experience.
  • Wine tasting: tours in the wine cellar with vine testing. Our choice: Quinta da TĆ“r, see here; see other options e.g. in TripAdvisor here.
  • Driving from the beach to the beach
  • Try local food, enjoy it in restaurants or cook it by yourself. Our campervans have everything necessary for cooking, frying and even a bbq. Try local shrimps, fish, octopus and sea products. (see here a list of traditional Portuguese dishes).
  • Visit our traditional local markets for fruits, vegetables and fresh fish. Famous local markets:
    • OlhĆ£o: opened all days from 7h-13h, map here;
    • LoulĆ©: opened all days from 7h-13h, map here;
    • Faro: opened all days from 7h-13h, map here;
    • Faro fruit market Sunday morning 07h00-13h00, map here;
    • Find more markets in other towns by searching ā€œmercado municipalā€ on google maps.
  • Reading, listening your favourite content, practising yoga, drawing.
  • Visiting interesting places, castles and monuments of Portugal. Get some inspiration here with the Momondo guide.
cooking ocean camper

If you have any more tips about winter camping to add here, please, feel free to leave a comment or write to us.

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