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There is a hint of spring in the air, though the vestiges of winter have still not quite lifted. This is how Portugal feels in March. Embrace the mild weather, with a few rainy days here and there, and relish the freedom of exploring renowned attractions without the bustling crowds. From Porto's riverside charm to Sintra’s natural beauty to the Algarve’s sunny beaches, a trip to Portugal in March promises a perfect balance of tranquility, cultural immersion, and natural splendor.

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Portugal Weather in March

Ariel view of the rock on Praia dos Estudantes in Portugal in March.
Explore the stunning natural rock formations on Praia dos Estudantes in Portugal in March.

March marks the transition from winter to spring in Portugal. The weather becomes milder, but it can still be unpredictable. There is a chance of odd rain showers, especially in the northern and central regions. The countrywide daytime average temperature is 19°C (67°F), while nights are cooler at 11°C (52°F). In the southern parts of Portugal, such as the Algarve, temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) during the day, with cooler evenings. In the northern regions like Porto and Lisbon, the mercury hovers between 12°C to 18°C (54°F to 64°F).

For a month-wise weather overview, read our article on the best time to visit Portugal.

Weather in Portugal in March - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)161920
Avg Nightly (°C)91112
Avg Daily (°F)616768
Avg Nightly (°F)495254
Avg Rainfall (mm)855368

Why Visit Portugal in March?

Surfer catching a big wave on Nazare Cannon in Portugal in March.
Surf in the last of the big waves on Nazare Cannon in Portugal in March.
A hiker resting in the top of the mountain and admiring the beauty.
Go on a hike amidst stunning vistas, and discover Portugal's scenic landscape.

 March is your time to experience Portugal’s irresistible charm at its finest. Below are some solid reasons why you should visit Portugal in March.

  • Fewer crowds and lower prices: March is the buffer period between the low and high tourist seasons in Portugal. This means there are fewer crowds and shorter lines in popular tourist attractions. March is also an excellent time to take advantage of lower rates on flights and hotels.
  • Enjoy scenic walks: March ushers in the spring season in Portugal, and its arrival becomes more apparent as the month progresses. This is the perfect time to enjoy a walk along picture-postcard beaches or hike the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail in the Algarve. You can also go on a village walk in Piódão or take on the ancient Roman road of Via Geira.
  • Big wave surfing: One prominent winter attraction that ends only towards the end of March is the big wave surfing in coastal areas like Nazare. Take advantage of low crowds and ride the giant. If you are not into surfing, you can enjoy the quiet beaches or go for refreshing swims in the crystal-clear waters of the Algarve or the Costa da Caparica.
  • Festivals and events: Portugal hosts a range of festivals and events in March. The annual Feira de Março is not to be missed. This festival lasts for several weeks in Aveiro and features various forms of exhibition and entertainment. The Lisbon Half Marathon and Feira dos Enchidos in Monchique are also held in March.

Where to go and what to do

Costumed Young Woman at Madeira Flower Festival in Portugal in March.
Get an authentic Portugal experience as you partake in the Madeira flower festival with the Locals.

The southern coast of Portugal boasts some of the best waves for surfing in March. For those seeking an adrenaline-fueled surfing adventure, this is the prime time to catch the waves of a lifetime in destinations like Amado, Monte Clérigo, and Zavial. The best thing is the beaches are far less crowded, granting you the freedom and space to carve through the waves without the usual hustle and bustle.

Visit the stunning island of Madeira during its annual Flower Festival in March. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of vibrant blossoms adorning the streets of Funchal. Witness captivating parades featuring intricate flower floats, traditional costumes, and music.

Explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Azores, an archipelago of volcanic islands. Embark on thrilling hikes through lush green valleys, along scenic coastal cliffs, and to the summit of volcanic peaks. Discover hidden lakes, and dramatic waterfalls, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature while enjoying the mild temperatures and fresh air of March.

Embark on a scenic journey through the picturesque Douro Valley, a Unesco World Heritage Site known for its terraced vineyards. March is the perfect time to experience the Douro Valley's beauty and immerse yourself in its vineyard-dotted charm as spring begins to embrace this remarkable corner of Portugal. Lastly, do not forget to tour Lisbon and Sintra before the Easter crowds swarm these popular cities.

What to bring?

Beautiful sunset visible from the Praia da Marinha beach in Portugal.
Marvel in the beautiful sunset visible from the Praia da Marinha beach on the Atlantic coast.

While Portugal’s weather is mild during March, it can be chilly in the evenings. So bring a light jacket or a jumper to keep yourself warm. A scarf or shawl can provide extra warmth and be useful for covering shoulders when visiting religious sites. Opt for comfortable walking shoes or sneakers as you'll likely be exploring cities, towns, and natural sites enjoying the mild weather in March.

Whether you're drawn to the breathtaking cliffs on an Algarve trip, walking the vibrant streets of Lisbon, or exploring the charming towns along the Douro River, March offers a medley of experiences that cater to every traveler's desires. Portugal awaits, ready to unveil its timeless charm and embrace you with its warm hospitality.

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Published by Emily Brown, updated on December 29, 2023

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