Praia da Luz Weather December Averages, Portugal
What's the weather like in Praia da Luz in December
One word which could be used to sum up the weather in Praia da Luz in December is 'wet'! This is the wettest month of the year in the resort, and experiences an average rainfall level of 102mm throughout the month, which affects 11 days to a certain degree. Throughout this time, downpours can be heavy, and they can be prolonged, however you will also know well in advance through checking up to date forecasts ahead of time. When the weather is dry, this is a wonderful time to explore the resort and the surrounding area, including the town of Lagos.
The average temperature throughout the month is around the 14°C mark, which can rise to 16°C as an average high temperature, before dropping to a rather chilly 11°C during the evening hours. You will certainly notice the temperature drop around the 5pm mark, so if you are out for a full day, remember to take a jacket with you for the late afternoon and early evening time.
Despite the chillier temperatures, the resort is still warmer during this time of year than many other places in the same region, and certainly warmer than the UK at this time, which is in the midst of a dark winter period. The sun shines for around 5 hours per day during the month, showing you that the resort experiences less in the way of day light at this time of year; despite that, the sun that does shine will be very bright indeed!
Beach time is almost out of the question until the warmer months arrive again, with an average sea temperature of around 15°C, which will make swimming and water-sports a rather chilly business! Activities at this time of year tend to be more about exploring the region and its many aspects, and there is certainly plenty to keep visitors occupied.
Praia da Luz Hotels for December
St. James by Luz Management Services
December's quieter time is perfect for exploring, and the Algarve region is quite compact, so you can easily adapt your accommodation accordingly, and travel to and from different places. St James by Luz Management Services is a fantastic choice, between Praia da Luz and Albufeira. The views of the ocean are simply amazing, and the private complex feel gives you a shared outdoor pool and private parking, with all mod cons you could need.
Sao Rafael Atlantico
Sao Rafael Atlantico is located in Albufeira, about half an hour's drive away, and the huge swimming pool, set in beautiful green gardens, is a major bonus on the looks side of things. This is quite a modern and up-market choice, with comfortable and cozy décor, and rooms all open out onto private terraces.
Casa Silver Luz
Casa Silver, Luz is a holiday home choice, which offers a one bedroomed accommodation choice with a stunning sea view, and everything you could need for your winter break.
Bars and Restaurants
For party time on the Algarve, there is no end of nightly entertainment. Stop by Kelly's on Monday for Fred's Fun Quiz, or Junction 17 for Tuesday Karaoke. There are pool competitions galore at Rio's, and jazz lunch at Fortaleza.
Beats and Burritos
If you're in Lagos and you fancy food on the go, check out Beats & Burritos, where you can grab cheap food with major quality. Alternatively, if you're in Albufeira for the day, check out Restaurante A Ruina, with fantastic views no matter what the month, and a large range of freshly caught seafood dishes.
Things to do in Praia da Luz in December
Loul Mountain Fair
The Loul Mountain Fair is one of the most popular events that takes place in December, which is held so people can discover more about the diversity and popular culture of parishes in the area. During this fair, visitors get an insight into local handicrafts, food and Algarve traditions. The quieter time of year is a great time to explore, as we've mentioned, but attending an event like this will allow you to mingle with locals and see some of the more authentic side of the area.
Go Karting Algarve
If you feel the need for a spot of adrenaline, then enjoy racing against friends or family in a speedy competition at the Go Karting Algarve course. The 760-metre course is modelled on the Jacarepagua Formula 1 circuit in Brazil and provides hours of fun for a small price perfect for a cooler day, so simply wrap up warm.
Albufeira Horse Riding
Alternatively, Albufeira is only half an hour away, and you can easily head there on the local bus and explore the town. Albufeira is much like Praia da Luz, in that it closes down in part during the winter months, however it is slightly larger, so there is a little more to see. A stroll along Armacao de Pera Beach is like stepping back in time, and on warmer, dry days you can head off on a horseback riding tour of the area, with Albufeira Riding Centre. The centre offer countryside rides for very little cost, and the kids will love this if you are travelling as a family.