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Portugal Travel Guide

Portugal is a land of glittering contrasts. From the rolling hills that line the Douro Valley to Roman ruins and medieval cobblestone streets in Porto, to the vibrant cosmopolitan spirit of Lisbon, it’s no wonder this European gem has piqued the interest of travellers from around the world. This year, the spotlight is well and truly on Portugal – and this dynamic destination will not disappoint.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to September

    While there isn’t a bad time to visit Portugal, as it depends on what you want to see, but if you want to avoid large crowds and high prices it is best to avoid the months of July to August. During this time, you can expect sweltering temperatures and higher prices as this is when most Europeans take their summer holidays. July to September are the warmest months, with average temperatures of 28°C in some parts, meaning the water temperatures will be ideal for swimming. Unless you’re happy to laze by the beach all day, it would be best to visit during the shoulder season (May or October) when the weather is better to go hiking and exploring.

  2. Low Season

    December to March

    With average temperatures just 9°C in some parts of Portugal, the low season is much colder and is characterised by higher rainfall. Few travellers are found in the southern parts of Portugal as many resorts and beach towns close for the winter. Accommodation might also be limited in some parts, as seasonal properties and surrounding restaurants will close during this time. Notable festivals during the low season include Portugal’s Carnaval, Essência do Vinho (a wine gathering) and the Festival Internacional do Chocolate in Óbidos through March.

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