While Portugal is known for its year-round sunny Mediterranean climate, there are seasonal variations. Temperatures in northern destinations like Braganca sometimes dipping below freezing. For those seeking a vacation focused on the sun and the sand, the cooler months of the year, November through February are best avoided. March and April tend to be quite rainy. But by the time May rolls around, the weather is often idyllic. Between June and September, the golden beaches are the place to be, with balmy 85-degree temperatures and a slight ocean breeze. This is the busy season, but it’s also the time to enjoy lively festivals. By the time fall arrives, the tourists begin to depart, and sightseeing is more enjoyable with the streets less crowded and the weather pleasant.
To help you decide when to plan your visit to Portugal, we’ll take a more in-depth look at what it’s like in every season.