What’s the weather like in Portugal in March?
Portugal’s mainland Europe’s furthest west country, sitting on the Iberian Peninsula surrounded by neighbouring Spain and the North Atlantic Ocean. It has a lovely climate that’s warming up in March as spring gets going. Temperatures rise all around the country and rain reduces after the wetter months of the year.
There’s different weather across Portugal, with the south enjoying quite a typical Mediterranean climate, and things are warmed up by the Gulf Stream further up the west coast. Places inland tend to get higher temperatures as coastal locations are cooled by breezes, while popular Madeira’s off the northwest coast of Africa; it has a subtropical climate and hotter weather than mainland Portugal.
Capital city Lisbon gives a good idea of the weather across Portugal, and has an average high temperature of 19ºC in March. You should be fine in shorts and t-shirt during the day but bring some warmer clothes for the evenings as things get quite cool at night. The typical sea temperature’s 16ºC, while humidity’s low and expected rainfall’s 68mm over 13 rainy days. You can expect 12 hours of daylight with seven hours of sunshine each day, UV levels will be moderate and sunset’s at 6.30pm
Things to Do
Portugal’s beaches are more popular in March as the weather gets better, and you’ll find some of the best in the beautiful Algarve region. Golf’s very popular here, and conditions are perfect for a round on a dry March day. Portugal’s known for its great surfing, the best waves arrive over winter but the surf’s up all year round.