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Portugal in February is like a temperamental lover. Sometimes it is sunny, warm, and inviting, while it is gray, cold, and foreboding at other times. However, regardless of weather conditions, you will be rewarded for your trip if you have patience and a plan. Whether you want to dance to the beats of a traditional carnival in Torres Vedras, wander in the 500-year-old cobblestone alleys of Lisbon without bumping into another tourist, or create your gastronomic trail with hearty Portuguese delicacies, a trip to Portugal in February offers a string of exciting adventures. For an unhurried traveler who likes to be one with the local vibe of a destination, there is nothing better than romancing in Portugal during the month of love.

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Portugal Weather in February

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Portugal in February sees a blend of sunny and gloomy days, with mild and pleasant weather.

February is a mix of mild and moderate sunny days and gray, gloomy ones. Post sundown, there is a sudden drop in temperature. Out of all winter months, February is relatively drier with only ten to 15 days of rainfall, but the quantity is considerably less. And as the country itself is located on the Iberian Peninsula, it is still warmer than most European countries during February.

Lisbon has pretty pleasant weather during this time of year, with daily highs around 16°C and lows at 9°C. Porto is colder and wetter, with an average daily high of 15°C and a night temperature of 6°C. The Algarve is warmer than Lisbon, with a maximum daytime temperature of 17°C and the minimum nighttime temperature of 9°C. At 15°C, the waters off of the country’s coast are pretty cold for swimming. For sunbathing though, you can head to Madeira where temperatures hover between 18 and 20°C. Here, the average rainfall is 18mm during the entire month.

For seasonal overviews, check out our travel guide on the best time to visit Portugal.

Weather in Portugal in February - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)151619
Avg Nightly (°C)8911
Avg Daily (°F)596167
Avg Nightly (°F)474952
Avg Rainfall (mm)1008553

Why Visit Portugal in February

Fort Sao Joao Baptista of Berlengas
 Make the best of the low tourist season to visit and explore the delights of Portugal without huge tourist crowds.
Portuguese dessert on Porto background
The low season also means that you will be able to explore new destinations, meet new people, and try new food with a limited budget.

February is when winter starts to wrap up, beckoning spring to cast its spell. Days get longer and the atmosphere is all cozy and cuddlesome due to delightfully mild and wet weather conditions. Adding more power to February are the following seasonal perks that contribute to a brag-worthy vacation.

  • Better rates: Portugal is already a budget destination and February is a cherry on the top! There is no Christmas like in December or new year celebrations like in January that might result in a sudden spike in cost during this month. Therefore, February remains an inexpensive time that brims with deals and discounts on hotel booking and airfares.
  • Lesser crowds: February is considered a low season countrywide. This translates to an almost people-free vacation, definitely a boon for those who wish to discover highlights at peace with no queues.
  • Festivals: It is carnival time in Portugal in February! This is the month when the whole country erupts with joy. The colorful carnival of Loulé falls during this month, and so does the fiesta in Lazarim where the locals put on wooden masks representing their rich tradition and practice pagan rituals of Roman Saturnalia. For a fantasy-filled parade, attend the Grand Float Parade of Funchal. Imagination knows no bounds during this parade with floats that have crazy, out-of-this-world themes. And if you are a water lover, join in a water bottle at the carnival held on the Azores’ Sao Miguel Island.

Where to go and what to do

Porto, Portugal town view on the Douro River
Explore what makes Porto so special during your trip to Portugal in February.

February is when your feet should be firmly planted on the ground. Think of a lot of hiking and walking tours. Under an overcast sky, a tour of Porto exudes a haunting, gothic feel that merits exploration. Discover its historic port, churches, and cathedral. If you are looking for a day trip outside of a city, exploring Sintra is a good option while on a Lisbon tour. Hike to the top of the Sintra Mountains to check out the fabulous Pena Palace and Moorish Castle.

For some winter sun, head down south and hit the Algarve. This place sees fewer tourists during this month and the locals liven up the scene instantly with colorful processions, cultural events and festivities once the carnival fever sets in.

The compact size of Portugal along with its stellar connectivity means that it is a cakewalk to switch destinations at the last moment if weather gods threaten to ruin your travel plans. Keep extra room in your itinerary (accommodation and activities are easily available because of low demand) and half the battle is won.  Check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Portugal if you need ideas for your trip to Portugal tour. A 10-day trip would give you the opportunity to explore all the must-see highlights. If you have lesser time on your hands, a 7-day trip would give you a good taste of the country, though not as extensive.

For a foolproof, weather-approved plan, reach out to our local travel experts to create a customized trip to Portugal. You don't need to delay your plans for a trip to Portugal in February any longer! 

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Published by Lucas Toft, updated on August 29, 2022

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