Portugal has long been a favourite with sun worshippers thanks to its beautiful beaches, which lie along a coastline filled with sublime scenery and imposing cliffs. Plus, Portugal's warm and sunny climate, and mild winters, make it good choice for sun seekers all year round. Although, if you head to the northwest, you will find the weather to be milder and damper, so it would be wise to bring an umbrella.
However, don't despair, summer temperatures in the Algarve can top 30°C, and climb even higher in the Alentejo and Alto Douro, with temperatures recorded as high as 47°C in the Alentejo.
More than just a pretty backdrop, Portugal's dazzling scenery sets the stage for some great outdoor adventure too, with horse riding and big-game fishing being two activities that fully embrace the idyllic coastal settings Portugal has to offer. Furthermore, why not try your hand at one of the many water-sports on offer, or spend an afternoon up in the hillside mountain biking.
Portugal is a favourite with golfers, thanks to the Algarve's world famous golf courses. The hikers amongst us would also appreciate a break in the Algarve, as it offers some beautiful destinations to explore. Monchique is one great example, which lies in the hillside and offer spectacular views and gentler climates.
Those looking for a taste of Portuguese culture won't go wrong if you head to one of the many annual festivals the country has to offer, from the melancholic music of fado, to wine tasting along the Douro, there is pretty much a festival to suit everyone.
Want to explore Portuguese history, then head to the last remains of Atlantis in the Azores or Berlenga Island, the historical first line of defence from invaders past. Furthermore, Portugal is filled with old-fashioned charm, medieval castles and picture-perfect villages. World Heritage sites are scattered through-out the country's amazing countryside, all of which offer us a peek into this once great seafaring nation.
When Is The Best Time To Go?
Portugal’s high season runs from mid-June to mid-September, when temperatures across the country average around 27°C.
In July and August it gets really hot, particularly in the Algarve, the Alentejo and the upper Douro valley, where temperatures can reach over 45°C!
If 45°C sounds a bit too warm, then we'd suggest taking a trip in the spring or in the autumn when temperatures are a little cooler. This is also the best time to go if you would like to miss the crowds of tourists who flock to the country year on year for their summer break.
During the winter months (November to March) the rains arrive, falling most heavily in the north and most lightly in the south.