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Best Time to Visit Portugal in 2024 for beaches, hiking, wine tasting. Portugal Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Portugal

  • Optimal: May and September (pleasant weather, fewer crowds).
  • For beaches: June to August are ideal.
  • Other favorable months: April, October, and November.

Geography facts

  • Location: Southern Europe, Iberian Peninsula.
  • Area: 92,090 km² (land: 91,470 km², water: 620 km²).
  • Borders: Spain and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Landscape: Mountains in the north, rolling plains in the south. Highest point: Mount Pico at 2,351 meters.

Portugal’s varied landscape offers something for everyone, from the mountainous north to the rolling plains of the Alentejo region. The country’s Atlantic coastline is renowned for its stunning beaches and surf spots, while the interior boasts historic towns and scenic wine regions.

Climate

  • Coastal: Mediterranean (hot, dry summers; mild, rainy winters).
  • Interior: More continental, with greater temperature extremes.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Cool and rainy. Mountain areas can drop to 5°C (41°F).
  • Expected precipitation: 120 mm.
  • Plains and coastal regions: Average of 11°C (52°F) with 10-12 rainy days.
  • Sea temperature: 15°C (59°F).

February

  • Daytime temperatures: 12°C (54°F) to 15°C (59°F).
  • Average precipitation: 100 mm.
  • Rainy days: Typically 10-12.
  • Sea temperature: 15°C (59°F), not suitable for swimming.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

March

  • Predicted temperatures: Day at 16°C (61°F), Night at 8°C (46°F).
  • Rainfall: 80 mm.
  • Sea warms up to: 15°C (59°F) during the day.

April

  • Ideal for outdoor activities.
  • Daytime temperature: 19°C (66°F), Night: 10°C (50°F).
  • Rainfall: 60 mm.
  • Sea temperature: 16°C (61°F).

May

  • Perfect for visiting Lisbon and Porto.
  • Daytime temperature: 22°C (72°F), Night temperature: 13°C (55°F).
  • Sea temperature: 17°C (63°F); some tourists swim.
  • Note: Great for wine tasting in the Douro Valley.

June

  • Ideal beach holiday.
  • Day: 26°C (79°F), Night: 16°C (61°F).
  • Sea temperature: 19°C (66°F).
  • Minimal rain.
Portugal (c) www.voyageavecnous.fr

July

  • Peak tourism. Hot with Daytime peaks: 29°C (84°F), Night: 18°C (64°F).
  • Longest daylight: 15 hours.
  • Sea temperature: 20°C (68°F) to 21°C (70°F).
  • Maximum of 2-3 rainy days.

August

  • Hot and dry.
  • Daytime: 30°C (86°F), Night: 18°C (64°F).
  • Coastal areas: Cooler with sea breezes.
  • Sea temperature: 21°C (70°F).

September

  • Transition to autumn: Cooler, ideal for travel.
  • Day: 27°C (81°F), Night: 17°C (63°F).
  • Sea temperature: 20°C (68°F).
Portugal (c) wallpaperbat.com

October

  • Pleasant temperatures.
  • Daytime peaks: 23°C (73°F), Night drops: 14°C (57°F).
  • **Approximately 8 rainy days with 90 mm precipitation.
  • Sea remains warm: 19°C (66°F).

November

  • Cooler nights: 10°C (50°F).
  • Day ranges: 17°C (63°F) to 19°C (66°F).
  • Sea temperature: 17°C (63°F).
  • Rainy season starts: Around 12 rainy days, up to 100 mm precipitation.

December

  • Mix of sunny and rainy days.
  • Day: 14°C (57°F), Night: 8°C (46°F).
  • Sea temperature: 16°C (61°F), few swimmers.
  • Precipitation level: 120 mm, humidity up to 75%.
  • Note: For trips in December, waterproof footwear and umbrellas are advised.

Portugal is a versatile destination, perfect for beach holidays, cultural exploration, and scenic road trips. Whether you prefer the bustling cities or tranquil countryside, Portugal’s diverse regions cater to all tastes throughout the year.

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