The Algarve has excellent conditions for snorkeling
The Algarve is a great place to go snorkeling. With several beaches scattered from Cabo de São Vicente to Spain, the region presents perfect locations with warm and translucent waters ideal for a relaxed morning or afternoon snorkeling. Good weather with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, pleasant and mild temperatures, calm seas, reefs, underground caves and rock formations are some of the conditions gathered by the Algarve and make this a privileged area for snorkeling.
What is the best time of year to go snorkeling?
Summer - During the summer, the weather in the Algarve is at its best. The temperatures are constantly above 30ºC, allowing you to swim for two hours without feeling the cold, thus dispensing the use of the thermal suit. However, summer is also the high season of tourism in the Algarve. This means that most of the beaches are crowded with tourists, which in turn makes the water of the sea cloudier and that one has to be careful when swimming in order to avoid the other bathers.
Winter - In winter, sea water is cooler, making it imperative to use thermal wetsuits. During the winter there is also the disadvantage of the sea being more aggressive and with dangerous waves for bathers. Although there are days when the sea is calm, winter is perhaps the worst time of year to snorkel in the Algarve. It is not worth to book a holiday in the Algarve during the winter, with the aim of snorkeling.
Autumn / Spring - During the autumn and spring, the weather is warmer than during the winter, and there may even be days that look like a summer day. Depending on your tolerance for cold, it is possible to be in water for one or two hours without the use of thermal apparel. The sea also tends to be quieter and safer than in winter. Another advantage, this time in relation to summer, is the absence of tourists from the beaches, allowing you to snorkel at ease without being bothered.
Best beaches to do snorkeling in the Algarve
Martinhal Beach, Burgau Beach, Camilo Beach, Dona Ana Beach, Benagil Beach, Marinha Beach, Culatra Island, Tavira Island and many others.
There are snorkeling programs that allow those who do not know the places to get to know better the underwater beauties of the Algarve and observe, reefs, caves, fish in their habitat that will make your holiday in the Algarve an unforgettable experience.
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