Easter in the Algarve is Great for Residents and Tourists Alike
Easter is always one of the special holidays of the year for all, spring is arriving and it rings in the first real chance for families to get away, so why not have fun and spend it in the Algarve? This place offers everything you need for a great vacation: sun, sand, and sea and a great reception from the locals.
Easter Sunday is celebrated all over the world, but it’s not just a Christian holiday. It has evolved into an international family occasion, where people of all faiths and beliefs gather together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and more importantly the arrival of the Easter Bunny!
The Algarve is no different when it comes to family fun and holidays, here are some Easter activities perfect to celebrate this special day with your loved ones.
Let us take you to the land of Sun, Sand, Beaches, Fun Activities, and Relaxation, lets go to The Algarve.
Enjoy this Easter with lots going on to make your stay super joyous here in the Algarve, experience what this European paradise has to offer.
The Algarve— Make Your Perfect Easter Time Here For So Many Reasons.
A peaceful Easter vacation would be ideal in Portugal’s stunning Algarve region. There are plenty of things to do, the weather is now sunny and mild and spring is in the air.
With events planned in all the major towns and cities across the region, it promises to be an Easter to remember!
What you can expect for Easter in the Algarve
During Easter, the Algarve will be home to a multitude of events. The Easter Dance Camp in Quinta do Lago, the Feira do Folar in Santa Marcos da Serra, and the Festa da Me Soberana in Loulé and the Easter Old Flower Torch Festival in Sao Bras are some of the most well-known.
The weather in the Algarve at the moment is sunny and mild with daytime temperatures hitting a pleasant 20°C to 25°C. Get your bikini’s out it’s time to hit the beach! However, the evenings can get a little chilly, so it is always a good idea to go out in a lightweight jacket.
We recommend you reserve your Algarve hotels and activities well in advance as Easter is a busy time for tourists visiting the Algarve. As hotel rates are likely to be higher at this time of year, it may be worthwhile to shop around or reserve a package vacation.
A variety of religious and cultural traditions are used by Portuguese residents to celebrate Easter. The procession of the Holy Sepulchre, the blessing of the Easter eggs, and the consumption of customary Easter fare like folar (a type of sweet bread) and cabrito assado are a few of the most well-liked (roast kid).
Always Check for Flight Delays Before you Leave
At the time of writing, there are no planned strikes at the airports serving Faro. Checking the most recent information, though, is usually a smart idea before a trip.
There are reports of 2-hour delays at the channel crossings to France, due to Brexit of course and passport checks, if you are thinking of driving down so please be aware of this.
For the local Algarvians, traditional dishes are prepared to receive the priest such as bolas recheadas (a salty pastry filled with meat and Portuguese sausages), roasted lamb, normally a kid goat, and the traditional folar or pão-doce (a sweet yellow bread).
For Easter Friday the main dish on the menu is Bacalhau, the dried version of cod from Norway. Strangely enough, this is also served for Xmas dinner. So if you are a fish lover you are in for a treat!
However, the Algarve offers a wide variety of tasty native cuisine to suit all tastes. A few of the most well-liked foods are grilled fish (normally sardines), hog dishes, and the seafood stew cataplana. Enjoy a glass of the local wine they are great and very cheap.
Easter in the Algarve offers a variety of opportunities to attend church services. The Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday Mass, and Easter Monday Mass are a few of the most common celebrations. You may attend any of the religious events at some of the most scenic churches around. However, being a religious country the churches do get full before the service even starts, especially over the Easter period
Special News for Animal Lovers
On Easter Sunday Animal Rescue Algarve will be in Praca de Vale do Lobo! They are back with our events in Vale do Lobo next to Sandbanks Vale Do Lobo restaurant where we will be with some of our animals for adoption between 10:30 am and 2 pm, come visit us, enjoy the warm summer days, and who knows you might fall in love with one of our beautiful animals!
Wrapping up Our Easter Extravaganza
If you want a great venue and a family holiday break full of fun and frolic, the Algarve is the place to be. There are many excellent town squares, lovely beaches, and all sorts of entertainment for your whole family to enjoy. Enjoy the Algarve for an affordable holiday this Easter!
Who knows you may decide to make the Algarve your new home. We have a great choice of villas and apartments across the Algarve. Why not browse our property choice and find your dream home in the sun?
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