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Planning to spend Christmas and New Year in the Algarve?

Known for its 300 of sunlight, the Algarve is a great spot for summer holidays. But when the sun is not shining, it is also the perfect opportunity to discover Algarve’s indoors attractions. We leave you with a list of the top things to do when it’s raining in the Algarve. Come along!

Planning to spend Christmas and New Year in the Algarve?

Top things to do when it’s raining in the Algarve

The Algarve is a haven of mellow beaches and golf courses, but it is also well prepared for festive celebrations like Christmas and New Year. A lot of exciting activities take place here, so you can attend cultural traditions and spectacular feasts. You're not going to be short for amazing restaurants with fantastic Christmas dinner menus either. And in Albufeira, the New Year is celebrated in style, too!

Stroll around the Christmas Village in Loulé

Between 6 to 29 December, have some holiday fun at Aldeias dos Sonhos (Dreams Village) in Loulé! Considered one of the biggest Christmas villages in southern Portugal, it features plenty of events for children and adults, exhibits, music shows, and a number of local food and drinks, of course. More info here.

Christmas Lunches and Dinners

Check the special Christmas meals that these spaces are organizing exclusively for you:

  • Special dinner at Saudades Restaurant & Bar, followed by a cocktail party. See here.
  • Vegan dinner hosted by Quinta da Calma in their Gaiasol Vegetarian canteen. See here.
  • Lunch at Spikes Restaurant. See here.
  • Simply Tapas e Vinho is the perfect spot to celebrate Christmas together with family and friends. See the full menu here.

If you would like to see around the Algarve throughout your Christmas stay, we will be available! Book your private driver here.

New Year’s Eve in the Golden Triangle

There are galore celebrations throughout the Algarve on New Year's Eve with open-air concerts and plenty of fireworks. You have a variety of choices for a great night out in the region of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago.

Vale do Lobo

The Backyard Bar near Vale do Lobo invites you to enter the new decade by raising a large glass of fizz. There’s also a gourmet buffet, sparkling drinks and live entertainment here!

Monty is also one of the most well-known spots around for its New Year’s Eve party. Enjoy the varied menu here and the cocktails, fireworks and great music from the DJs! See here.

Quinta do Lago

Start the new decade in Quinta do Lado, with fantastic food, music and celebration! This New Year’s Eve will be one to recall for the gourmet feast at Bovino Steakhouse, sublime fine dining at Casa Velha and all your foodie favourites at Dano’s, plus live music and fireworks at all three events. PAT can drive you around all three parties! 

Party in Downtown!

Live set in Quarteira at Praça do Mar for a typical night of live music and entertainment. The popular party's top star will be the Portuguese artist Aurea. This event is free and will start at 9.30pm. More information here.

You can also join the crowd in Albufeira at Fishermen’s beach, for live entertainment, music and fireworks!

Note: Most of the restaurants will be closed on December 24th, however on the 25th many will be open for business. We advise booking these in advance.

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