Portugal is now fully “open” and with daytime temperatures sitting around 32ºC it seems that summer has finally arrived.
It is believed that June, July and August this year will be hotter than normal, by at least 2ºC. So, with the Portuguese due to take their annual holidays during July and August along with visitors from abroad, it is expected that Algarve will have a busy few months.
Beaches opened officially last weekend, May 15, although most municipalities will open a month later on June 12.
This means that the majority of beaches will only have lifeguards from mid-June until October 15, when the season ends.
Visitors are now able to enjoy their holiday with restaurants, cafés and shops all open.
Current rules regarding Covid-19
There are of course basic rules to follow that may well be different to those in visitors’ own countries. It is mandatory to wear a facemark outdoors in crowded areas plus inside buildings, restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas etc.
Restrictions are again in force on the beaches this year. Those working on the beaches have to wear masks at all times however, beachgoers only need to do so when walking on and off the beach, when using the boardwalks, when accessing beach restaurants/cafés and also public toilets.
The traffic light system will also be in use. A green light will be used to show that a beach is at less than half its capacity, an amber light for a beach between 50% and 90% and a red light for beaches above 90%.
Beach games cannot be played but other sports, such as windsurfing, are allowed.
For a more complete guide on current rules (May 19) click here.
Events have started with Saturday night concerts in churches found in Albufeira’s municipality, until mid-June.
This Saturday sees a contemporary dance performance at Lagos’ cultural centre and the Vilamoura Marina International Boat Show returns this year from June 5-13 with free entrance.
For the first time there will be an area at the boat show dedicated to lifestyle with décor and fashion items to be included.
So, summer is here and Algarve is ready to greet those who want to enjoy all it has to offer.
For up-to-date information on current measures regarding Covid-19 contact us here.