In the tourist resorts along The Algarve, dress is far more casual than in the cities. Shorts, t-shirts and camisoles are perfectly acceptable here.
Smart jeans are very popular with locals, especially the younger generations. However in the height of the summer you may find them just too hot to wear, and opting for shorts and natural fabrics such as cotton and linen will be more comfortable.
Pack plenty of swimwear for the beach or pool, but add in a cover-up for when you are away from there.
Opt for smart-casual wear if dining out in nice restaurants, or anywhere away from the tourist scene. The town of Vilamoura has some smart venues catering to the luxury yacht owners who moor up in the marina.
Take your heels, but save them for evening dining or nightclubbing.
A pashmina is a versatile item that will dress up any outfit.
If you are going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs – your pashmina can come in handy for this too.
Clothing Tips for Men
There are no specific things to bring to your attention; check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.
Pack for the Weather
Most people head to The Algarve for the beaches of course, and hot summer temperatures last right through May, June, July, August, September and October. Make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
December and January can be cool and wet so pack a lightweight raincoat and travel umbrella, plus some warmer layers for early morning and evenings.
Bear in mind that whilst the winter months may feel warmer than you are used to at home, they won't feel that way to the locals. Pack warmer clothes and shoes if you want to fit in with them.
Dressing in layers will help you cope with any temperature changes.
We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂 Download for iPad/iPhone or Android
Other Things To Pack
If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your daytime essentials.
Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee – it protects against loss, theft and damage.
If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack- it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Shoes and cork products are great buys in Portugal, as of course are wine and olive oil – but you will need to pack these liquids in checked-in luggage unless you buy at the airport duty-free.