Visit The Algarve This October Half-Term 

An October half-term break is the perfect excuse for some late season sun with the family, so get ready to swap golden leaves for golden beaches in the Algarve, Portugal.

The crowds of high season have retreated, leaving behind tranquil beaches, quiet restaurants, and calm roads. With several family-friendly coastal towns to choose from (including Lagos, Vilamoura, and Albufeira), visiting the Algarve in October is the perfect time to unwind, soak up the natural beauty, and create lasting memories. 

So if you’re seeking a much needed October half-term escape, look no further. Here at The Villa Agency, we’re excited to share why the Algarve should be your top pick for an autumn getaway.

Perfect In-Villa Features:

Before we dive into the plethora of activities waiting to be explored, let’s talk about the joys of staying in one of our fabulous family-friendly villas. Many of our properties come with heated pools, a warm embrace during the cooler months. Additionally, gated pools offer peace of mind if you’re travelling with little explorers. Many of our villas are equipped with BBQ facilities, perfect for sizzling up a delicious alfresco meal or preparing a beachside picnic. And that’s not all – some of our villas even have games rooms to ensure that days spent inside your villa are as exciting as those spent outside. 

Discover some of our family-friendly villas in the Algarve here. 

Terras Altas


One of our most popular villas has just become available for 21-28th October! With pool heating, a gated pool, BBQ, and table tennis, it’s perfect for families. Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 8


Casa Jacaranda


Close to Olhos d’Agua and within a few minutes walk of a beautiful beach, shops and some good restaurants, Casa Jacaranda is in a wonderful location and is ideal for those not wishing to hire a car. Bedrooms 3 | Sleeps 6

Casa dos Cara

Praia da Luz

A lovely villa set into the hillside behind the village of Praia da Luz, with spectacular views to the sea. The villa is a ten minute walk to the village centre and only slightly further to the beach. Bedrooms 3 | Sleeps 6


Vista Salema


A charming, quirky and much loved second home in Salema which is also one of our most ‘eco friendly’ properties. Salema is virtually fossil fuel free with solar electricity and hot water and solar pool heating. Bedrooms 4 | Sleeps 9

Casa do Alma


In an elevated position on the top of a hill at Malhao this villa is in the unspoilt Boliqueime countryside and is a luxurious property overlooking the Algarve coast, with panoramic views to the sea. Casa do Alma is set on a large plot and the spacious villa is surrounded by beautifully kept gardens and lawns. Bedrooms 6 | Sleeps 12

Algarve Weather in October:

The Algarve is renowned for its sunny weather, and October doesn’t disappoint. Days are comfortably warm, with an average daily maximum of 24°C and a minimum of 18°C. While daytime outings are a pleasure, we recommend packing a light jacket or long sleeves for the cooler evenings. 

The pleasant climate in October makes it an ideal time for families with young children to explore the Algarve. Beaches and popular tourist spots, such as water parks, are quieter, allowing you to craft your itinerary with ease. 

Need a hand planning your perfect Algarve adventure? We have a number of holiday guides over on our blog to help you plan your trip, or get in touch with our friendly team who will happily recommend the best spots to visit.

Activities in the Algarve:

The Algarve offers an array of family-friendly activities in its charming towns like Lagos, Vilamoura, and more.

  • Lagos: Explore the charming town of Lagos, known for its stunning cliffs, pretty beaches, and a historic city centre. Don’t miss a boat tour to discover the iconic grottos and caves along the coastline. Read about the best family-friendly activities in Lagos in our blog.
  • Vilamoura: Vilamoura is a family paradise with a beautiful marina, water sports, and numerous golf courses. Explore the vibrant beaches, dine at waterfront restaurants, and enjoy fun-filled days at Aquashow Park. Find more family-friendly activities in Vilamoura in our blog.
  • Vale do Lobo: This luxurious resort area boasts pristine beaches, a renowned golf course, and a tennis academy. The whole family can enjoy water sports, horseback riding, and scenic hikes in the nearby Ria Formosa Natural Park. Read our family-friendly activities in Vale do Lobo blog to discover more.
  • Carvoeiro: This picturesque coastal village offers a perfect blend of scenic beauty, cultural heritage, and a range of activities for visitors of all ages. Our blog about family-friendly activities in Carvoeiro may help you.

As October rolls around, many restaurants and bars remain open until November, offering budget-friendly seasonal menus. The region comes alive with the harvest season festivities, and in Faro, the Feira de Santa Iria, a 400-year-old religious festival, offers live music, stalls, fairground rides, and a sense of celebration that’s truly contagious.

For golf enthusiasts, October is the perfect time to hit the courses with affordable green fees and comfortable temperatures. Discover the top golf courses in and around Vale do Lobo in our dedicated blog.

To ensure your holiday in the Algarve runs smoothly, why not take a look at our top tips for travelling with children to ensure you have a wonderful family holiday?

Ready to Book?

If the Algarve has piqued your interest for an October half-term getaway, The Villa Agency has you covered. We offer a range of family-friendly villas with great availability for the autumn season. We can also help with car hire, flights, and transfers to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible.