Temperatures: Summers are generally hot and dry with temperatures averaging between the mid and late 20s (°C).
When’s the best time to go?
Rich history, medieval castles, delicious food and stunning scenery all come together to make Portugal a must-visit holiday destination for families and couples. But when is the best time of year to plan your trip? Our Portugal travel advice will help you decide.
Regardless of which part of the country you visit, summers here are generally hot, while winters are a little cooler, with snow in the mountains. Generally speaking, the weather is always a few degrees warmer in the south, with a yearly average temperature of 18°C. In the middle of the country, summer temperatures can really start to climb, with an average of 35-40°C. On the coast, the sea breeze takes the edge off the heat and you’re more likely to see a maximum of 35°C in July and August, which makes for fantastic beach weather.
You’ll find Portugal is less busy and flights and accommodation are more affordable outside the summer months, with late spring and late autumn both popular times of year to visit. The sea here is at its warmest from July to September, something to bear in mind if you’re planning on snorkelling, swimming or trying your hand at some watersports.
Even in the winter months, temperatures rarely fall below 5°C and the average temperature is around 10°C. There can be rainy days, so pack some warmer clothes as well as a waterproof jacket. This is still an ideal time of year for a winter break to enjoy some sightseeing, shopping and dining out, especially if you prefer things a little quieter and less crowded.