Thanks to the Atlantic Ocean and its influence on the Portuguese climate, our weather is temperate but mild and wet in winters.
The coastal towns are especially windy and they may be colder at night, but they promise you lovely and warm days from January to December.
Despite the sunshine, each Portuguese region has slight differences in their temperatures and here is a titbit for you to be aware and ready for every season in each region.
In the north, winters may be a little bit colder than in the other regions, but the spring and summer days are simply fabulous. Fields and mountains raise their colours to people elsewhere and locals love to hang out with friends and prepare some delicious picnics.
Especially inland, there isn’t any influence of the sea, so there is practically no wind throughout the year and in some higher places there might be snowfall, like in Gerês or Serra da Estrela.
Central Portugal and Lisbon
Lisbon is not only the best destination in the entire world, but it is also where tourists love spending most of their days, no matter the season. In fact, this amazing city has so much to offer and the weather is incredibly inviting for mostly everything.
Milder winters and hot summer days make Lisbon one of the most interesting cities to visit. There isn’t a lot of rain during winter and you may expect days with an average of 11ºC. Here, the sea influence turns the days into something even more pleasant and enjoyable. In central Portugal, mostly inland, summer days are very hot, like Santarem or Guarda, and winters are cold, but not nearly as cold as in the North.
Thanks to the influence of the heat waves from Africa, Alentejo is considered the hottest region in Portugal and hosting inviting sandy beaches with clear waters for you to have a good time.
Inland cities like Beja and Évora are especially hot in summer, but during winter, cold waves may be a little bit extreme.
The best destination for summer holidays has its weather influenced by the winds that come from Africa.
The Mediterranean climate in cities like Portimão, Lagos, or Albufeira, make of Algarve the most inviting region for our tourists and that is also why most of them choose to spend a long period of time here during their holidays in Portugal or decide to stay here for good.
The Azores and Madeira
Mild temperatures and rain are inherent features of the Azores. In fact, the rain in this island transforms the landscapes into beautiful green valleys and mountains.
On Madeira Island there is a different panorama. The latitude gives origin to a splendid subtropical weather. The weather in Madeira doesn't change too much during the year and tourists may expect an average climate of about 25ºC.
A Special Tour
From North to South tourists should know that the climate in Portugal is inviting and each season brings life to new flowers, greener landscapes, nice walks on the beach, or a romantic getaway in our inland cities. Your next travel to Portugal must include this tour and here is why.
This four-day tour is a wonderful excuse for you to take the most out of the South. With the Southern Portugal Tour you will start by visiting the Alentejo region and there is a special stop in Evora on the first day. UNESCO classifies Evora as a World Heritage Site and it is rich in History and impressive monuments.
On the second day and driving southward, there are other cities in our plans like Beja, Silves and Lagos. These last two cities in Algarve have beautiful hills and the golden sands on the beaches will melt your heart.
On the next day, there are other impressive viewpoints such as Ponta da Piedade, the fishing port of Sagres, and the cliffs of Saint Vincent Cape.
On the last day, there is a travel along the coast and the return journey to Lisbon will take you to Setubal, the Portuguese sardine industry, with a stop in the Arrabida mountain, a preserved area as Natural Park, and in the Troia Peninsula.
So if you are the kind of tourist that enjoys very good summer days, you should come to Portugal from June to September. However, if the moderate climate is what attracts you more, you may want to come during Spring and Autumn seasons. Nevertheless, winter days are also great because there aren’t a lot of rainy days and it is always nice especially in the South.