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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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Portugal Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Algarve 59°F 4" 61°F 3" 64°F 2" 66°F 2" 72°F 1" 77°F 1" 84°F 0" 84°F 0" 81°F 1" 73°F 2" 66°F 3" 61°F 4"
The Azores 59°F 5" 57°F 4" 59°F 4" 61°F 3" 63°F 2" 68°F 2" 72°F 2" 75°F 2" 72°F 4" 66°F 4" 63°F 5" 59°F 5"
Belém 57°F 5" 59°F 5" 63°F 3" 66°F 3" 70°F 2" 75°F 1" 81°F 0" 81°F 0" 79°F 1" 72°F 3" 63°F 5" 59°F 5"
Coimbra 57°F 5" 59°F 5" 63°F 3" 66°F 4" 72°F 3" 77°F 2" 82°F 0" 82°F 0" 81°F 2" 72°F 4" 63°F 5" 57°F 5"
Douro Valley 48°F 8" 50°F 7" 54°F 5" 57°F 5" 63°F 4" 72°F 3" 77°F 1" 77°F 1" 73°F 3" 63°F 6" 54°F 7" 50°F 8"
Lisbon 59°F 4" 61°F 4" 64°F 3" 66°F 3" 72°F 2" 77°F 1" 82°F 0" 82°F 0" 81°F 1" 73°F 3" 64°F 4" 59°F 4"
Porto 57°F 7" 57°F 7" 61°F 4" 64°F 4" 68°F 3" 73°F 2" 77°F 1" 77°F 1" 75°F 2" 70°F 5" 63°F 6" 57°F 7"

Month-by-month guide to traveling 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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