The Best Time To Visit Portugal

If you're planning a trip to Portugal, you're in for a treat. This vibrant country offers stunning landscapes, rich culture, and delicious cuisine. But when is the best time to go? In this guide, we'll explore the best times to visit Portugal for fewer crowds, lower prices, good weather, and festivals. 

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Portugal's Main Tourism Seasons

Portugal's main tourism seasons fall into three main categories:

  • High Season: June through August
  • Shoulder Seasons: September to November and April to June
  • Low Season: December to April

Lisbon, PortugalSource: Unsplash

Best Time to Visit Portugal for Fewer Crowds

November to February

If you prefer exploring popular attractions without battling swarms of tourists, consider visiting Portugal during the low season. From November to February, you'll find fewer crowds and shorter queues at popular sites like the Belem Tower in Lisbon or the iconic Douro Valley in Porto. Not only will you have more space to enjoy these stunning places, but you'll also have a chance to immerse yourself in the authentic local culture without feeling rushed.

Best Time to Visit Portugal for Lower Prices

December to April

Traveling on a budget? The low season in Portugal is not only great for fewer crowds but also for lower prices. From accommodation and flights to dining and activities, you'll discover more affordable options without compromising the quality of your experience. Imagine sipping a glass of wine at a charming local restaurant in Porto or staying at cozy bed and breakfasts in the Algarve, all at a fraction of the cost you'd find during peak tourist season.

Algarve, Portugal

Best Time to Visit Portugal for Good Weather

March to May and September to October

Portugal boasts pleasant weather throughout the year, but if you're seeking warm temperatures and sunny days, the ideal time to visit is during the spring (March to May) or fall (September to October). The mild climate during these seasons provides comfortable conditions for exploring Portugal's outdoor wonders, such as strolling along the golden beaches of the Algarve or hiking through the picturesque vineyards of the Douro Valley. 

Best Time to Visit Portugal for a Beach Vacation

June to August

The summer months of June, July, and August are the peak season for beach lovers in Portugal. During this time, the sun shines brightly, and temperatures hover around the mid-20s to low 30s degrees Celsius, creating the perfect beach getaway. The famous Algarve region, with its picturesque coves and golden sandy beaches, is a top destination during this period. Just don't forget your sunscreen, a hat, and a beach umbrella!

Lisbon, Portugal

Best Time to Visit Portugal for Festivals


Portugal knows how to celebrate, and attending one of its vibrant festivals can be a highlight of your trip. If you wish to immerse yourself in the local culture, plan your visit around the Festas de Lisboa in June, where the streets of Lisbon come alive with music, traditional dances, and delicious food stalls. Another must-see is the Festa de São João in Porto, a lively festival with fireworks, street parties, and the tradition of hitting each other with plastic hammers (don't worry, it's all in good fun!). These festivals offer a wonderful opportunity to mingle with locals and experience the true spirit of Portugal.

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