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Panoramic view of Alfama quarter, Lisbon, Portugal

When is the best time to visit Portugal?

The best time to visit Portugal is in spring (March-May), when the country is in bloom and waking after the winter. You could also go in fall (between September and October) when the sun is still shining, the weather is warm, and many of the crowds have dispersed.

Summer (June-August) can get very hot, particularly in central Portugal. Large numbers of Portuguese head to the beach during this period, when the water temperatures are warmer than usual. Visitors are drawn by the sunny and inviting southern European climate.

The winters, though colder, still offer a good amount of sun. While many beach resorts wind down at this time, it can still be a good time to explore the cities and inland areas.

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I think Portugal is prettiest in September, when the changing of the seasons sweeps over the countryside. The vineyards are particularly lovely, the foliage shifting from green to yellows and reds and even purple. It’s also a good time to visit wineries because you can actually see the process, starting with the harvest. Summer’s high heat lessens to a comfortable temperature and the crowds start to thin out, too.

Cara, Italy, Spain & Portugal Specialist

Portugal Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Algarve 15°C 97mm 16°C 68mm 18°C 54mm 19°C 41mm 22°C 30mm 25°C 17mm 29°C 2mm 29°C 3mm 27°C 16mm 23°C 54mm 19°C 83mm 16°C 100mm
The Azores 15°C 125mm 14°C 110mm 15°C 96mm 16°C 72mm 17°C 59mm 20°C 51mm 22°C 40mm 24°C 55mm 22°C 90mm 19°C 108mm 17°C 122mm 15°C 124mm
Belém 14°C 119mm 15°C 118mm 17°C 75mm 19°C 69mm 21°C 44mm 24°C 25mm 27°C 7mm 27°C 7mm 26°C 30mm 22°C 86mm 17°C 119mm 15°C 116mm
Coimbra 14°C 136mm 15°C 138mm 17°C 87mm 19°C 89mm 22°C 74mm 25°C 46mm 28°C 11mm 28°C 12mm 27°C 48mm 22°C 104mm 17°C 127mm 14°C 132mm
Douro Valley 9°C 193mm 10°C 188mm 12°C 123mm 14°C 115mm 17°C 97mm 22°C 64mm 25°C 25mm 25°C 22mm 23°C 67mm 17°C 146mm 12°C 173mm 10°C 194mm
Lisbon 15°C 109mm 16°C 110mm 18°C 68mm 19°C 64mm 22°C 39mm 25°C 21mm 28°C 4mm 28°C 5mm 27°C 26mm 23°C 80mm 18°C 111mm 15°C 106mm
Porto 14°C 168mm 14°C 167mm 16°C 112mm 18°C 108mm 20°C 86mm 23°C 53mm 25°C 15mm 25°C 20mm 24°C 62mm 21°C 129mm 17°C 146mm 14°C 171mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Portugal

Torre de Belém, Belém

Visiting Portugal in January - February

Portugal’s temperate climate means that any time of year is relatively comfortable for a visit. Although January and February will be a bit cooler and potentially wetter than the rest of the year, you can still experience some sun and take advantage of the thinner crowds.

Events & Festivals

  • Carnival (February): Brazil’s Carnival celebrations can be traced back to Portugal; various cities celebrate slightly differently, but the festivities nearly always include vibrant costumes and elaborate parades.
  • Dia de Reis, or Three Kings’ Day, (6th January): groups of carolers sing from house to house at the time when Portuguese children traditionally receive gifts (from the kings rather than Santa).

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