If you are heading to Carvoeiro, you are probably planning a holiday that’s focused around blue skies and sunshine. Though this is likely to be the case, there is always the risk of rain. It doesn’t rain often in Carvoeiro, let alone during the summer months, but that’s not to say that a rainy day is completely out of the question. If you are faced with a rainy day, it’s a good idea to have a few ideas up your sleeve. There are a lot of options, but we have focused our attention on the main five.
5 Things You Can Do When It’s Raining in Carvoeiro
A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that there isn’t a lot to do when it rains in Carvoeiro, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is actually a lot you can do when there’s bad weather in the Algarve, a lot of which is located close to Carvoeiro. Though you won’t want to head to the beach or spend the day at the pool, that doesn’t mean you can’t have an enjoyable day elsewhere.
- Make the Most of Your Accommodation – As you will have spent a fair amount of your holiday budget on your accommodation, why not use a rainy day to make the most of it? If you are staying in a hotel in Carvoeiro, a rainy day is the ideal time to explore everything that the hotel has to offer. A lot of larger hotels have spas, kids clubs, restaurants and entertainment. Instead of missing out on the sunshine and seeing what’s going on, you can use a rainy day. If you are staying in a private apartment or villa, a rainy day is the perfect time to have a ‘down’ day. You can sit back, relax and regroup after what’s sure to have been a busy few days.
- Go on a Shopping Spree – A lot of people try to avoid shopping on holiday, thinking that it’s something they can do at home. Though this is true, it’s one of the best things to do on a rainy day in Carvoeiro. There are a number of shopping centres to hide away in, as well as local shops and souvenir shops dotted around. Carvoeiro. You could also check out Algarve Shopping in Guia or Aqua in Portimão. Both of these shopping centres have a mixture of local and Portuguese shops, as well as international designers and brands.
- Visit an Art Gallery – When the skies open and you want to spend a few hours inside – hoping that, by that time, the rain will have passed – you can’t go wrong with a trip to an art gallery. There are a handful of art galleries to choose from in the areas surrounding Carvoeiro, but Arte Algarve is by far one of the best. It’s located in an old winery in Lagoa, and it’s the ideal place for art lovers who want something to do on a rainy day. It’s the largest art gallery of its kind in Portugal, and the focus is on affordable art. Though you don’t have to buy any of the artwork, they are all for sale.
- Hide Out in the Cinema – You might be someone who heads to the cinema on a rainy day at home, so why not do something similar on a rainy day in Carvoeiro? There are a lot of Portuguese films that are not dubbed and they have subtitles instead, meaning you can head to the cinema and enjoy a film even though it’s in a different language. You don’t need to know Portuguese to enjoy the latest film releases. There are a lot of cinemas around, such as the multiplex at Algarve Shopping.
- Check Out Portimão Museum – Instead of sitting around and waiting for the bad weather to pass, you could use a rainy day to learn something new about the place you are visiting. Portimão Museum offers a look into the history and culture of the Algarve, as well as Portugal as a whole. There are a few different areas within the museum, so there is something that will appeal to everyone. From the history of the sardine industry to the history of the Algarve, Portimão Museum covers a lot. If you are lucky, you’ll visit on a day that Portimão Museum has a pop up exhibition or gallery open to visitors.
If you don’t fancy a day at the museum or a trip to a gallery, you could also use a rainy day to explore some of the local restaurants and cafes. Not only does this keep you out of the rain and hidden away somewhere dry, but it gives you the chance to try the local cuisine and local dishes. When you are busy on holiday, you might not have a chance to try everything that you would like to try. When it’s raining, you can dedicate yourself to sampling delicious food without having to sacrifice time elsewhere.
There is no need to feel disappointed if you wake up one morning in Carvoeiro and it’s pouring with rain. Instead of seeing it as a wasted holiday day and a day away from the sun, think of it as a good opportunity to see a different side of Carvoeiro.
As you can see from the examples given above, there is no shortage of things to see and do when there’s bad weather in Carvoeiro. To ensure you make the most of your holiday, don’t simply consider a rainy day a ‘write off’ as this doesn’t need to be the case. Instead, think of it as the perfect time to do something you wouldn’t usually do on holiday.