Top 10 Things to Do in the Rain
Here are our Top 10 Things to Do on rainy days in the Algarve.
Enjoy a long, leisurely lunch of hearty country style food. Head to the hills of Monchique, settle in by the fire of a local restaurant and feast on some great Portuguese food - homemade bread, smoked ham, slow cooked stews and local cheese. By the coast, watch the waves pound the beach from a cozy beach restaurant.
The Algarve is home to some great art galleries. ArtCatto in Loulé has some fabulous contemporary exhibitions and is housed in a beautiful traditional Portuguese town house. ArtCatto frequently hosts pop-up galleries and events at the nearby Conrad Algarve.
Each town and village in the Algarve has its own indoor market where fresh fish, meat and vegetables can be bought each day. Loulé market is one of the biggest and best. The building itself is interesting and colourful and on Saturdays, farmers from the surrounding areas descend on the town to sell their produce in a fantastic cacophony of sounds, smell, colours and tastes.
There are museums for all tastes in the Algarve. Great for all the family is the Museu de Portimão - known as the Sardine Museum. The whole town of Silves is a living museum, but the archeological museum here is packed with fascinating artifacts. São Brás de Alportel is home to a fabulous Ethnographic museum. If you prefer you can take a road trip and explore Roman Algarve. (Most public museums are closed on Mondays).
What better way to spend a rainy day than being pampered at a luxury spa? Most of the Algarve’s leading resorts have wonderful spas offering a huge range of treatments. Algarve Spa Week (in March and October each year) offers 50% discount on all treatments at participating spas.
If lying on the beach is not an option, why not explore the Algarve? Take a road trip inland to the hills, discovering villages and a gentle pace of life. Explore the wild coast of the Costa Vicentina. Or be adventurous and head towards the Alentejo, visiting the magnificent Herdade dos Grous – a working estate that produces the award winning wines and olive oil – and that offers luxury countryside retreats.
Treat yourself to delicious cakes, petit fours and teas. At the Conrad Algarve, high tea is served each day in the Lago Lounge. Delicate, delicious treats, plush sofas and pure comfort. High tea at Vila Vita Parc can be enjoyed at Café Bica or on the terrace of the Oasis Bar with fabulous views across the lush gardens.
Synonymous with the Algarve, handmade and hand painted pottery items are one of the best buys in the region. To see the traditional art in execution, visit Porches Pottery one of the most emblematic pottery centres in the Algarve.
Whatever about saving for a rainy day, whiling away a few wet hours at one of the Algarve casinos can be fun. Open from the afternoon until the early hours, there are slot machines galore as well as gaming rooms and a dinner and show each evening.
When it rains in the Algarve there is an en masse move to the shopping centres. The Forum Algarve in Faro and Algarve Shopping at Guia offer all the high street brands you would expect to see and multiscreen cinemas. Aqua Shopping at Portimão is home to the region’s only Primark. Take note – the shopping centres are open, so dodging the rain between shops in required.