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Portugal Weather in April

Panoramic view of Funchal, the capital city of Madeira island, Portugal
The spring season brings plenty of sunshine, balmy temperatures, and a slight chance of rainfall in Portugal.

Spring brings plenty of sunshine interspersed with a few days of rain after a grey and droopy winter. The capital city of Lisbon sees an average temperature of 15°C during this time of year, with highs that can spike up to 20°C and lows that go down to 12°C at night.

As Easter approaches, the weather gets warmer. Porto, situated in the north, is still a tad bit cooler, with days averaging at 18°C and nights dipping down to 9°C. With around nine days of rainfall, Porto is also wetter than Lisbon or the Algarve in April. The Algarve is pretty pleasant with days averaging 16 to 20°C, while temperatures on islands like the Azores could reach an average high of 17°C. 

For an in-depth seasonal overview, check out our travel guide on the best time to visit Portugal.

Weather in Portugal in April - Rainfall and Temperatures

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Avg Daily (°C)151619202226282827231815
Avg Nightly (°C)891112141718191815129
Avg Daily (°F)596166687279828281736459
Avg Nightly (°F)464852545763646664595448
Avg Rainfall (mm)10085536854164633101128127

Why Visit Portugal in April

scene on the mercado dos lavradores in Madeira
Take the chance to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Portuguese cities without the hassle of running into too many other tourists.
scenic view of Cavado river and Peneda-Geres National Park in northern Port
Take the time to explore the many national parks in Portugal, like the Peneda-Geres National Park.

Besides its captivating scenery and scores of local festivals adding zest and zing to the country, there are many reasons to discover Portugal in April. You will find a few of them below.

  • Better rates: April in Portugal is super affordable and a great time for budget travelers. They can easily save anywhere from 30 to 40 percent on peak summer rates on accommodation, airfare, and car rental rates.
  • Lesser crowds: Barring the Easter break when Portuguese families holiday with their kids in tow, April is a reasonably tourist-free month. You can easily avoid long queues at attractions and eat in peace at trendy restaurants and bars.
  • Longer days: Up to 12 hours of daylight and the sun setting at around 8:00 pm means that you have ample time to pack more activities in your itinerary. Though the seawater is cold and unfit for swimming, you can easily lounge on the beach without worrying as the sun practically shines for eight hours a day.
  • Festivals: Join in the rituals, parades, and processions that take place all over the country to celebrate Holy Week which culminates in the sacred festival of Easter. To experience the best, travel to Braga, Portugal's spiritual epicenter.
  • Outdoor activities: With modest temperature and less rainfall, April is perfect for outdoor explorations. Forests and national parks erupt with greenery during this time of year and exploring them now is particularly rewarding. Visit Unesco heritage sites like Sintra and hike without having to worry about rainfall or the harsh sun.
 

Where to go and what to do

tourist boat on sea at Ponta da Piedade, Algarve region, Portugal
The balmy temperatures make the perfect reason to visit the Algarve region to take take a dip along its coastlines.

Set the color wheel into motion in the country's south by visiting the Algarve or exploring Alentejo, both of which are covered with colorful displays of wildflowers like rock roses, green lavenders, wild orchids, and tree heaths during this month. For foodies, there is a lot to gorge on in Portugal in April. After tucking in some cabrito or roasted lamb on an Easter-day lunch, sample some delicious chocolate at the Chocolate Festival while on a tour of Obidos. Seafood lovers can head to Peixe em Lisboa, an eleven-day-long festival in Lisbon that celebrates traditional dishes made with fish.

Although the Algarve is yet to wake up after its winter hiatus, its sunny shores beckon travelers for coastal hiking, biking, beachcombing, and long, leisurely walks. With fewer people around, now is a great time to visit the monasteries of Central Portugal like Tomar and Alcobaca. Explore Porto or discover Lisbon on foot, especially when the weather is pleasant and there are fewer people around.

What to Bring

woman traveler in yellow sweater with hood is standing with raised arm
Even though the weather is likely to be warm and sunny, make sure to still carry clothes to protect yourself from the rain and the accompanying chilly weather.

Although days are warmer across much of the country, do pack light, warm clothes for the evening and keep rainwear ready for an unpredictable wet spell.

Given the unpredictability of the weather in Portugal in April, the key to planning the ultimate spring getaway is to keep your plans flexible and an umbrella handy. Otherwise, Portugal in April is a mesmerizing month with warm, sunny days, pleasantly cool nights, and tons of fun activities to partake in. It is the best month to experience local festivities and visit natural sites to create a memorable holiday.

Take a peek at our travel guides if you want tips on how many days to spend in Portugal. A 10-day trip would of the ideal length to explore all the highlights that you should not miss out on. If you are strapped for time, a 7-day trip would give you a good glimpse of the country, though not as extensive. Looking for something exclusive? Get in touch with our local travel experts for a customized trip to Portugal

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Published by Lucas Toft, updated on January 30, 2024

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