Portugal is a popular holiday destination, boasting over 1000km of coastline, with its only neighbour being Spain. It is a Southern European country, with a culture influenced by its ocean-side location. With a national dish named ‘Bacalhau’ (dried and salted cod), it is a good job it is also the world’s eighth largest producer of wine, something to wash the Bacalhau down with!
Best time to visit
Portugal offers more than enough sights and attractions to fill your holiday; from exploring and hiking across undisturbed tracks, to soaking up the sun whilst relaxing on one of the many beaches. Ideal for an adventure packed experience; whilst also perfect for a relaxed break away, it is worth looking into the countries weather before deciding on the time of year you’d like to visit.
Between June and September expect sun sun and more sun, and this applies to the whole country. In particular July and August sees the most holiday makers, with resorts reaching their peak. It is worth noting that during this period it is too hot to do much exploring and hiking.
If you are planning to explore, hike or visit the towns and archaeological sights, plan your visit for May or October. November through to March may see periods of rainfall, but this doesn’t mean there is no sunshine to enjoy. Many people visit central Portugal during these winter months as the temperatures are a little cooler; whereas in the South especially in coastal areas, the temperatures are slightly milder. The North of the country can get quite cold. It is not uncommon for the inlands to have snow along the mountains border areas.
We’ve touched upon the varying weathers, but you are still unsure as to the best time of year to plan your visit…..
A popular time of year to plan your visit is during the spring, which begins in February. Arrays of beautiful wild flowers adorn the hillsides, with almond blossom lighting up the countryside’s.
Alternatively, opt for a break in early autumn, which begins in October. The weather is still warm, and the hustle of the main summer visitors has dispersed. The stunning beaches and the sea are still warm enough to enjoy a splash, though the official swimming season only lasts from June to mid-September, so outdoor pools and beach facilities will be closed.
1. The centre and south regions of Portugal get over 3000 sunshine hours every year.
2. Spring and Autumn sees temperature averages around 20 degrees
3. May sees the wildflowers in bloom, a truly delightful sight if meandering through the hills and countryside.
4. Mid-winter sees 4 to 6 hours of sun a day, although you may wake to a light early morning frost.
5. Thrill seeking snow lovers should head to the Serra de Estrela, which is snow-capped from October to May.
6. North of Lisbon (the capital) can be rainy between November and March, though temperatures do remain mild.