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To ring in summer with the ultimate pomp and show, head out to Portugal in June. Street parties pop up in Porto and Lisbon, the Atlantic coastline finally warms up to the summer sun in places like Algarve, Azores, and Madeira, and music festivals amp up the party ambiance all over the country. Experience the vibrant allure of summer in Portugal as June unfolds, offering a plethora of unforgettable moments to savor before the anticipated surge of visitors in August. The weather is mild, and the oppressive August sun can be avoided while letting the last vestiges of spring permeate your being. Cities are yet to be packed like sardines, which leaves enough wiggle room for relaxing history hops or gourmet stops. June is a stellar month to combine the seasonal benefits of spring with summer.
- Mckayla Williamson
With an average minimum of 16°C and an average high of 25°C, Lisbon is particularly pleasant at this time of the year. Since it is practically rain-free with just 17mm of recorded June rain, it is perfect for exploring the city and its surrounding on foot. Porto is comparatively wetter at about 46mm of average rainfall, but it is also cooler than Lisbon with a day high of 23°C and a low of 14°C. Down south, Algarve is gold this month, with almost Lisbon-like weather. If you love swimming in the cool water, you will find the sea temperature friendly at an average of 18.5°C everywhere, from Porto to Lisbon and Albufeira to Ria Formosa.
For a seasonal overview, check out our best time to visit Portugal article.
As spring almost rounds off this month, all the resorts closed down for winter maintenance open up. Sea temperatures also get better as summer starts to trickle in. Sun is still not as harsh as it is in the peak summer, so the country is perfect for outdoor exploration without being hit by a heatwave. But apart from these weather goodies, there are still other perks you can enjoy during your trip to Portugal in June.
- Better rates: Price-wise, this is the last window where you can save some money on flights and accommodation before the season takes off in full swing. The only caveat: you have to book ahead in the destinations where big-ticket festivals happen.
- Fewer crowds: Placed well ahead of the August break when Europe troops in for its annual vacation, June sports a lighter crowd. With summer in its early stages and the ocean water still to warm up for a long, leisurely swim, the beach holiday horde is yet to throng the coastal towns.
- Festivals: June is a joyful month with local festivities celebrating famous saints and world-renowned music festivals livening up the country's calendar. Celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Anthony in Lisbon on June 12 and chomp on some grilled salmon. Else, join the 600-year-old Festa de São João in Porto on June 23 to pay homage to Saint John the Baptist with street parties and fireworks at midnight. The Lisbon edition of the famous and most-anticipated Brazilian music festival Rock in Rio, Rock in Rio - Lisboa plays for four days spread over two consecutive weekends at Bela Vista Park in Lisbon. This month also celebrates Portugal's major gay event, Arraial Pride, with all the regalia.
- Cetacean sighting: The confluence of spring and summer makes the water ideal in June to spot the cetacean wonders of the Atlantic. From whale-watching in the Azores to spotting dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Lisbon, Algarve, and Madeira, exploring marine life is a popular activity this month.
Portugal in June is a perfect package of myriad activities. While you can explore cities like Lisbon and visit Porto with their historical sights and colorful buildings, you can also experience the cities' uniqueness with their local feasts and festivals. Wine lovers can explore the Unesco World Heritage site of the Duoro Valley on a day trip from Porto since it is relatively dry in June. For a day trip from Lisbon, visiting the town of Sintra with its curious array of fairy tale architecture and gardens is ideal.
The beaches down south beckon for some stylish sun time during a trip to Algarve. With drier and longer days and plenty of soft sun, the beach is a boon now, minus all the July-August crowd. Also, hikers are in for some color riot with blooming wildflowers. Enjoy some special summer promotions in Algarve to tee off at their famous golf courses. And to break away from all the festive madness and outdoor activities, embrace the meditative quietness of the pine forests of Serra da Estrela.
Whether on the mainland or in island archipelagos, the temperature in Portugal in June is considered ideal to explore the country. Make sure to check out our travel guides if you are wondering about how many days to spend in Portugal. A 10-day trip would be ideal to experience all the must-see highlights. If you have limited time on your hands, a week-long trip would also be a fun time, though not as extensive. If you want some help picking the best experiences to curate an insane holiday, holler our local experts to customize a Portugal in June trip just for you.
So start planning your trip to Portugal in June right away!