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Best Time to Visit Portugal

When is the best time to visit Portugal?

Best Time to Visit PortugalIn this guide, we will give you more information on when to visit Portugal. We will provide you an overview of what to expect. After you read this article, it will be challenging to decide when to visit Portugal, because this country has so much to offer throughout the year that there is no wrong time to come.

What is the best month to visit Portugal?

The best time to visit Portugal is either from March to May or September to October, because the weather is still warm, flight rates are cheaper, and there are fewer crowds than in summer. In those months, you might also be able to squeeze in a few beach days.
If you like to travel during the winter, buy your flight either from January and February. The flight rates are half-price!

What is the rainy season in Portugal?

November or December signals the start of Portugal’s rainy season.
The rainy season finishes in April.
Winter, from December to February, is mild on the coast, even in the northern part, since the average temperature in January is around 9 °C (48 °F) in Porto and 11 °C (52 °F) in Lisbon.
In winter, there are periods of good weather when the Azores Anticyclone settles in the country. For example, last February 27th (2019) was 22º C in Porto! But there are also waves of bad weather, with rain and wind. The same situation happened last November 26th (2020) was 24º C in Braga!

What month is hot in Portugal?

August is the hottest. Especially inland, such as the Douro Valley or Alentejo, temperatures can soar into the high 30ºs or even 40ºs (Celsius).

What is the best time to visit Portugal for beach breaks?

small lighthouse in portugalFrom June to August are busy times of the year in Portugal, with beaches and resorts often crowded.
September and October often are the best time to go to Algarve and Alentejo as sea temperatures are still warm and beaches are a lot less crowded.

When is the best time to visit Sintra, Portugal?

If you are planning to visit Sintra, avoid Monday! Reason: you can’t visit museums and castles on Monday in Lisbon, they are closed. But the palaces, museums, and castles are open on Monday in Sintra. Travelers prefer to visit this city. Conclusion: queues and traffic in Sintra, a nightmare!

Best time to visit Portugal for surf in Nazare

When can I see big waves in Nazare? The Big Waves season in Nazare is between October and March (winter season in Portugal). Waves there can reach heights of up to 70 to 100 feet on the face, at which point they weigh 1,000 tons. So, that is not for everybody! Nazare is tucked into a far corner of Europe, just two hours north of Lisbon is one of Portugal’s loveliest beach towns.

Another destination for summer surfing in Portugal: Peniche, Ericeira, Povoa de Varzim, Figueira da Foz, Praia do Guincho, Zambujeira do Mar, Odeceixe, Aljezur, and Carrapateira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon is one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Download our free e-book online.

When is the best time to visit Porto, Portugal?

Porto may not see as much sun as the south, especially in the winter. However, that doesn’t detract from this historical part of Portugal. We recommend the fall and spring season as the best times to visit Porto.

Things to do in Porto, Portugal

The Top Things To See and Do in Porto. Download our free e-book online.

Things to do in Braga, Portugal

Read Essential Tips for Your First Trip to Braga, Portugal.

Best Events, Festivals, and Holidays in Portugal

Music Festival

If you like music festivals, Portugal is your destination! Here you have a resume for the next festival in Portugal.

  • Nos Primavera Sound – Porto – June 2021
  • Rock in Rio Lisboa – June 2021
  • Sumol Summer Fest – Ericeira – July 2021
  • EDP Cool Jazz – Cascais – July 2021
  • Rolling Loud Portugal – Hip Hop – Praia da Rocha / Algarve – July 2021
  • Nos Alive – Oeiras – July 2021
  • RFM Somnii – Figueira da Foz – July 2021
  • Super Bock Super Rock – Meco – July 2021
  • Meo Marés Vivas – Vila Nova de Gaia – July 2021
  • Neopop Festival – Eletronic Music – Viana do Castelo – August 2021
  • Vodafone Paredes de Coura – August 2021
  • Meo Sudoeste – Zambujeira do Mar – August 2021
  • EDP Vilar de Mouros – August 2021
  • Noite Branca Braga (White Night) – September 2021
  • Music Days in Belem – Lisbon – April
  • Serralves Em Festa – June – Porto

Wine & Gastronomy

  • International Chocolate and Pastry Festival – Obidos
  • Porto Beer Fest
  • Brew! Coimbra – Beer Fest – September 2021
  • Enophilo Wine Fest – 2021 Lisboa
  • Essencia do Vinho – Wine – Porto – February 2021
  • Adegga Wine Market Porto – April 2021
  • Wine & Music Valley – Lamego – September 2021
  • Vinho Verde Fest – Braga – July 2021
  • Adegga Wine Market Lisboa – December 2021
  • Lisbon Fish & Flavors – April


  • Holy Week in Braga
  • Saint Antony in Lisbon
  • Saint John in Porto
  • Saint John in Braga
  • Obidos Vila Natal (Christmas Village)
  • May 13th and October 13th – Marian Apparitions – Fatima Pilgrimage

Responsible Tourism in Portugal

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Portugal with Kids

Learn our advice for families to explore Lisbon, Porto, and beyond. See our suggestions for Best Family Vacation in Portugal!

How to plan your walking holiday in Portugal

Learn what to expect from a Hiking holiday in Portugal as well as where to stay.

Tours in Portugal Go Private

Book online and customize your vacation, adding more tour services. We confirm private tours in Portugal in 48 hours. Eco Trilha can create a private group travel experience based on pre-set itineraries or customized to its needs. Our self-guided tours are always an exclusive service for your group! See our itinerary for the best Portugal summer vacation from Lisbon to Porto.
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