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Algarve - cold sea?

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supercalifragilicious · 28/04/2022 10:45

Can anyone tell me whether it's true that sea water is really cold in Algarve, even in mid August when it's super hot? I've heard from two people who thought this. Thinking of holidaying there this August but don't like the idea of not being able to swim in the sea.

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Janek · 28/04/2022 18:10

It's the Atlantic, not the Mediterranean. So it's as cold as the Atlantic. Swimming wouldn't be impossible, but it may be challenging!

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miltonj · 28/04/2022 18:11

I've swam in the algarve and don't remember it being particularly cold.

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dreamingofsun · 28/04/2022 21:10

East is much warmer than the west. Beaches are quite different in character as well - more long sandy beaches in the east without the dramatic cliffs you get in the west (or at least where we have stayed). You can still swim in the west but its not as warm as other places like greece and spain.

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Moaningturtle1 · 28/04/2022 21:12

It feels the same sea temp as Cornwall basically. You get used to it pretty quickly though! It’s beautiful there.

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JennysWell · 28/04/2022 21:14

Just Google it , you will get results like :
www.seatemperatu.re/europe/portugal/faro/when.html

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Twilightstarbright · 28/04/2022 21:30

Yup, colder than Nice or Majorca.

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supercalifragilicious · 29/04/2022 12:10

Thanks all!

@dreamingofsun may I ask where you stayed specifically? thank you

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dreamingofsun · 29/04/2022 12:36

hi supercalif, we have stayed in lagos twice. once mia praia (spelt wrong) beach and the other time near the beach with the cliffs - that was a good spot as you could also walk to a couple of other nice beaches. Like lagos, downside its a treck from the airport. Other time we stayed at cabanas - near tavira. I liked it as its got a cute little harbour with restaurants and you catch tiny boats across it to the beach which was long and quiet. Few streets back there were derelict houses which husband didnt like (this was about 10 years ago and may have changed). there also are a couple of nice resorts the airport side of lagos we visited that were a bit smaller that were also nice - sorry cant remember the names.

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dreamingofsun · 29/04/2022 12:39

i'd try and look at any accommodation on google map (the one where you see the actual place) before booking if you can, or get reviews. There were several half built shells of villas/apartment blocks when we went and personally i wouldnt have wanted to stay next to them. this was about 10 years or so ago when i think there was a recession so i imagine they have been finished since.

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