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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.

Geoff, Spain & Portugal Specialist

Portugal Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Lisbon 15°C 102mm 16°C 93mm 18°C 74mm 19°C 54mm 22°C 42mm 25°C 20mm 27°C 3mm 28°C 5mm 26°C 23mm 23°C 71mm 18°C 107mm 15°C 106mm
Porto 25°C 93mm 24°C 84mm 23°C 134mm 20°C 103mm 17°C 115mm 15°C 137mm 14°C 121mm 15°C 145mm 17°C 119mm 19°C 103mm 21°C 104mm 23°C 128mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Portugal

Vineyards, Évora

Visiting Portugal in September - October

September and October are two of the best months to visit Portugal. The weather is still warm and pleasant, and the temperatures are much more manageable for sightseeing or hiking. It’s also a wonderful time to visit many of Portugal’s wineries with the grape harvest in full swing. The beaches are also much quieter.

Events & Festivals

  • Fatima Pilgrimage (13th October): pilgrims return to the site of the reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, to mark the last of the six claimed sightings by the three shepherd children.

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