When is the best time to go to Portugal?

When is the best time to go to Portugal? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Portugal, the weather is good everywhere in May, June, July, August, September and October
  • The best months to go to Lisbon are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Lisbon are July, August and September, and the coldest months are January, February, March and December
  • The rainiest months in this city are October, November and December
  • The cities with the best climate are Lisbon, Albufeira, Faro (Algarve), Lagos, Cascais, Portimao, Sines, Sintra, Altura and Carvoeiro, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Lisbon are May, June, July, August, September, October and November

Where and when to go based on the weather?

Sines, Evora, Beja...

May, June, July, August, September and October
70°F to 97°F°C
0 to 5 days
65°F to 70°F
April and November
59°F to 70°F°C
2 to 6 days
63°F to 67°F
January, February, March and December
54°F to 67°F°C
1 to 6 days
61°F to 63°F

Faro (Algarve), Albufeira, Lagos...

May, June, July, August, September and October
67°F to 85°F°C
0 to 5 days
67°F to 74°F
January, February, March, April, November and December
58°F to 67°F°C
1 to 6 days
61°F to 68°F

Central Portugal
Lisbon, Aveiro, Coimbra...

June, July, August and September
70°F to 94°F°C
0 to 4 days
65°F to 68°F
March, April, May, October and November
54°F to 77°F°C
3 to 10 days
58°F to 68°F
January, February and December
49°F to 63°F°C
3 to 10 days
58°F to 63°F

Northern Portugal
Porto, Viana do Castelo, Amarante...

June, July, August and September
70°F to 88°F°C
1 to 5 days
65°F to 67°F
March, April, May and October
58°F to 74°F°C
5 to 9 days
58°F to 65°F
January, February, November and December
49°F to 63°F°C
5 to 13 days
58°F to 65°F

Best time to travel to Portugal by cities

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Temperatures and rainfall in Portugal

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Portugal and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Lisbon, Albufeira, Aveiro, Coimbra and Faro (Algarve), as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Portugal

Find out when Portugal has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Portugal

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, November and December. The number of visitors to Portugal is high in: May, June, July, August, September and October.

  • Very low season in Portugal: January, February, March, November and December.
  • Low season in Portugal: April.
  • High season in Portugal: May, June, July, September and October.
  • Peak season in Portugal: August.

Figure: Visitor index for Portugal month by month

Average price for flights to Portugal

A return flight between New York City and Lisbon is generally cheaper if you go in january ($ 591 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 373 more for your airline ticket to Lisbon if you go in july.

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Where to go in Portugal?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Faro (Algarve)61°F61°F63°F67°F72°F76°F81°F83°F79°F74°F67°F63°F
Viana do Castelo56°F58°F61°F63°F67°F70°F74°F76°F74°F70°F61°F58°F
Praia de Mira58°F59°F63°F67°F72°F77°F81°F83°F81°F74°F63°F59°F


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Is this weather information for Portugal reliable?

Climate data for Portugal has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Portugal allows us to determine the average for each month in Lisbon, Albufeira, Aveiro, Coimbra, Faro (Algarve), Fatima, Lagos, Porto, and 113 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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