Praia da Luz Weather May Averages, Portugal
What's the weather like in Praia de Luz in May
This is a great time to visit Praia da Luz in Portugal if you're in search of pleasant temperatures and sunshine, but don't want the crowds and heat that the summer months are known for.
During this time of year, the resort experiences similar weather to that of Vilamoura, with temperatures rising up to 20°C as an average high, before cooling down to a mild 13°C after sunset, as an average low temperature. The official average temperature for the month is 17°C, which is certainly mild and you should only need a light cardigan or jacket if you are heading off on a walk along the sea-front or out to explore the many nightlife options in the resort.
Portugal's coastal resorts are beginning to open up to tourism as the final month of spring arrives, especially towards the end of the month when you will see most hotels and restaurants fully open for business for the coming peak season months. Summer is certainly on the horizon in terms of sunshine hours too, as you can expect a huge 11 hours over the course of the month on average.
If you want to hit the beach too then there is further good news in terms of average water temperature! Whilst in the previous couple of months you would have shivered if you'd attempted to swim in the sea, you can now enjoy an average temperature of around 18°C, which although not tropical yet, and certainly not the best water temperature to come, it is more than possible to swim and enjoy water-sports now.
The trend you will see most of now is weather improving to such a degree that the average level of rain per month falls dramatically. The peak months see very little in the way of rain, and you can expect an average of 30mm of rain on average throughout the month of May, which will affect just 8 days to some degree or another, probably not even noticeably at all.
Praia de Luz Hotels for May
ApartHotel Vila Luz
The ApartHotel Vila Luz is a great choice for families and couples in May, thanks to its many on-site facilities, including two swimming pools, a games room, cocktail bar, and pool table. Kids are treated to activities and entertainment, and you can easily book excursions form the helpful front desk.
Alternatively, Oasis Beach offers comfortable and spacious apartments for a self-catering break, just 50m from the beach. Apartments are well stocked and full of all mod cons, and on-site facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, and kids' play area.
Porto Dona Maria Resort Apartments
Another top class choice is the Porto Dona Maria Resort Apartments. This establishment offers room only or self-catering basis, and is close to everything you could need. This is a very family friendly choice, so you can be assured of plentiful facilities on-site for your little ones to enjoy.
Praia de Luz Beaches in May
Praia da Luz beach is a fantastic place to spend the day splashing around and relaxing. This is a long sheltered bay of golden sand, with dramatic cliffs in the background. This is a very popular spot during the summer months, so heading here during the month of May means it won't be quite so busy, and you can enjoy the scenery and facilities a little easier. Shops, bars, and restaurants are within easy reach, and the palm-lined promenade is a wonderful place for a walk of an evening too.
Bars and Restaurants
A meal with a view is a definite must do when you visit Praia da Luz, and in that case you're more than spoilt for choice. Restaurante Fontenario has a stunning ocean view as the backdrop to your delicious Portuguese meal, with many traditional dishes on the menu, and large potions for your cash.
Alternatively, Barroca Restaurante is a great place to head with the kids, as it has a laid-back gastro-pub feel, with an a la carte menu on offer, although there is certainly something for all tastes too. The Black Angus steak is particularly popular here.
Pashmina is the place for the best Indian food in the resort, with a classy décor and a laid back atmosphere to enjoy.
Things to do in Praia de Luz in May
The May Fair
The May Fair in nearby Azinhal provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history and the people of the Algarve, whilst finding the ideal gift or souvenir to take home. Here you'll find a great selection of items for sale, including handmade lace, baskets, embroidery and tapestry.
Essential Fitness and Spa
If you're in need of some rest and relaxation, head to one of the spas in Praia da Luz, of which there are many. The Essential Fitness & Spa is one of the most popular in the area and offers a range of treatments, including aromatherapy, exfoliation and massages.
Now the weather is much improved and the sea is warming up, it's a great time to enjoy a few water-sports, or learn a new skill altogether. Beach Hut Watersports offer some fantastic tours to allow you to head out and enjoy these sports in the best settings available, with some truly scenic views on offer. This company have been in operation since the 1980s and have some very happy return customers every year. You can head out dolphin watching, sea bird watching, head off on a coastal tour, or try sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, and jet skiing, amongst many others.