Portugal Weather - Best time to visit Portugal

Weather in Portugal

Holidays to Portugal are the promise of sandy beaches, rich history and world class cuisine. Whether you’re after a beach holiday or a city break, the weather in Portugal is pleasant all year round, even in the winter months. Portugal holidays bring a Mediterranean climate and plenty of things to do. 

Portugal weather by month

Portugal has a Mediterranean climate which means the country is typically sunny throughout most of the year. Here’s our month-by-month guide to the average weather and climate in Portugal.

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Frequently asked questions

Best time to visit Portugal?

The best time to visit depends on what you want to get out of your luxury holiday in Portugal. Early and late summer is the best time for sightseeing with warm temperatures and less crowds. If you’re looking for sunny family holidays in Portugal, then the summer months are sure to delight with watersports galore. 

Best time for beaches in Portugal?

The best time to visit the beaches in Portugal is during the summer months. The sea starts warming up from May and stays perfect for swimming from June to August. when temperatures are higher. 

Best time for sightseeing in Portugal?

The best time for sightseeing in Portugal is during spring (April to June) and then later in the year (September to October) when the weather is still pleasant but popular attractions are less crowded. 

Is Portugal hot all year round?

Though it sits on the Atlantic coast, Portugal has a Mediterranean climate and is one of the sunniest destinations in Europe, so it stays warm for the majority of the year. The hottest months are July and August, when temperatures can average 29˚C. The coolest month is January with an average temperature of 13˚C. 

Does it rain in Portugal?

With a Mediterranean climate, Portugal doesn’t experience a lot of rain throughout the year, especially in the south of the country. The driest month is July with 3mm of rainfall and the wettest month is November with 87mm of rain.   

Best time for quieter holidays in Portugal?

The best time for a quieter holiday in Portugal is spring or autumn when there are less crowds, but the weather is still warm and pleasant. During this time, you can enjoy the beauty of Portugal all to yourself.

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Add a touch of luxury with Sovereign

Are you ready to start planning your luxury Portugal getaway? Take a look at our luxury hotels in Portugal below. 

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, Vilamoura
  • 5-star contemporary resort sat on the edge of an exquisite golf course
  • A wide range of dining experiences, including traditional Portuguese cuisine
  • Adults only areas for moments of relaxation
  • Exciting kids club and babysitting 24 hours a day for families
  • Indulgent spa combining Mediterranean therapies with Thai techniques
Les Suites at The Cliff Bay, Funchal
  • Exclusive five-star all-suite hotel in Madeira with a fantastic location 
  • Idyllic setting with access to all of The Cliff Bay hotel facilities 
  • Elegant suites and a new dining concept
Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection, Villamoura, Portugal  FAOAKPhoto shoot June 08-13, 2023
Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection, Vilamoura
  • Set in the Algarve, the resort is just five minutes from Vilamoura and its marina
  • Enjoy a salt-water lake and three pools, including an adults only sunbathing area
  • The hotel is perfect for families, with family suites available
  • Benefit from the hotels proximity to award-winning golf courses and Domes' Golf Concierge service
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