Portugal Weather Guide
Portugal is one of the warmest countries in Europe. Inland and the north are slightly cooler and damper than the south of the country. Thanks to the long, sunny days, the tourism season extends from spring to autumn and surfing conditions are good all year round. Pack your sunnies for the year-round sunshine too!
Season and Clothing
Summer: June to August
Summer is the perfect time to head to Portugal’s sandy white beaches, which cover more than 850 kilometres of coastline, as long as you don’t mind the crowds or paying full price.Top music festivals of summer include Primavera Sound Porto at the start of June, and Optimus Alive in Oeiras and Super Bock Super Rock in Sesimbra in July. If you’re heading to the north, take an umbrella for summer showers.
Autumn: September to November
The start of autumn is one of the best times to visit Portugal given the weather is still mint condition, but not too hot, and the crowds are easing. Beware that away from the major cities, some tourist attractions and facilities close from October and only open during Easter. A traditional festival and market, Feiras Novas, is held in Ponte de Lima during the second and third weekends of September. If you’re wandering around Lisbon, pack comfy flats to deal with the cobblestone paths.
Winter: December to February
Winter is the low season in Portugal, but it’s a great time to see the countryside and grab a bargain. There is some snow inland near the mountain borders. New Year’s Eve is a popular affair across the country complete with fireworks and the traditional New Year welcome of banging pots and pans. Bring scarves and winter woollies if you’re holidaying in the north.
Spring: March to May
Spring is a great time to visit everywhere in Portugal from the countryside in full bloom to the beach towns that are slowly awaking from winter hibernation. If you’re near any university at the start of May, you may notice students celebrating the end-of-academic year known as Queima das Fitas (burning of the ribbons). If you are visiting any religious sites, remember to dress conservatively and cover your shoulders.