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Portugal is known over the world for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. And summer offers up an unparalleled holiday experience in this country. From the sun-drenched beaches of the Algarve region to historic sites and landmarks of Lisbon to the mountains and wilderness of Geres, there are a lot of places that you can visit in Portugal during summer. Balmy and fairly dry weather also make summer in Portugal a great time to visit for those who enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, surfing, and swimming. Read on to find out why planning a trip to Portugal in the summer can be a great idea.

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Weather and Temperatures of Portugal during Summer

Scenic landscape and beach on Algarve coast, Portugal.
Indulge in endless summer fun as you explore the stunning coastal regions, known for their perfect Mediterranean climate and breathtaking beauty.

Summer in Portugal starts in June and lasts till September, with July and August being the hottest months of the season. The country’s temperatures typically range from 26°C to 29°C during summer, providing warm and pleasant weather for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities and attractions.

The northern part of Portugal is slightly cooler in general, where July and August temperatures average 26°C. The coastal areas, particularly the Algarve, enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot days and balmy evenings. Coastal areas also enjoy moderate breeze offering some relief from the summer heat.

Rainfall is relatively modest throughout the summer in Portugal, with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the northern parts.

  June July August September
Avg high 26°C (79°F) 28°C (82°F) 28°C (81°F) 27°C (81°F)
Avg low 17°C (63°F) 18°C (64°F) 19°C (64°F) 18°C (64°F)
Rainfall (mm) 16 4 6 33

For a more seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Portugal.

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Why Visit Portugal During Summer

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 a dip along its coastlines.

Summer is the perfect time to visit Portugal, and there are numerous reasons why this season is ideal for exploring this stunning country. Here are a few of the many reasons why you should take a trip to Portugal in the summer:

  • Beach paradise: Portugal has some of Europe’s most gorgeous beaches, and the summer months are ideal for soaking up the rays and admiring the country’s breathtaking coastline. From the Algarve in the south to the Silver Coast in the north, you can enjoy miles of pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters.
  • Festivals and events: There are always some exciting events and festivals happening in Portugal during the summer season. Music lovers should not miss out on NOS Alive and if you are in Lisbon during the month of June, you should check out the Santo António festival that celebrates the patron saint of the city.
  • Outdoor activities: Summer in Portugal is ideal for outdoor activities due to the warm, bright weather and gorgeous natural scenery. Hike in the picturesque Serra da Estrela Mountain range, kayak along the Douro River, or bike along the scenic Ecopista. There is no shortage of fun activities that you could enjoy in Portugal during summer. With its long Atlantic coastline, Portugal is also an ideal destination for surfers. Some of the best surfing spots include the beaches of Nazare, Peniche, and Ericeira.
  • Vibrant nightlife: Portugal has a vibrant nightlife scene, and many options exist to enjoy music, dancing, and beverages under the stars throughout the summer months. Regarding nightlife in Portugal, there is something for everyone, from modern rooftop bars and beach clubs to traditional taverns and jazz clubs.

Top 3 Destinations in Portugal During Summer

Portugal provides a variety of attractive sites that are ideal for a summer vacation. The country has it all, from medieval towns to dynamic metropolis and gorgeous coastal villages. Here are some of the best places to visit in Portugal during the summer:

1. Aveiro

Traditional boats on the canal in Aveiro during bright day in Portugal.
Visit Aveiro during summer and soak up the colorful charm of the city.

Located in central Portugal, Aveiro is renowned as the Venice of Portugal because of its gorgeous network of canals and colorful boats. The city has a Mediterranean climate throughout the summer, with average temperatures ranging from 20°C to 28°C. The canals, colorful boats, and Art Nouveau buildings in the city create a beautiful environment that is ideal for exploring. Averio’s proximity to the shores also allows you to enjoy the neighboring beaches and delicious seafood.

Major attractions: Art Nouveau Museum, Ria de Aveiro, Aveiro Cathedral, Costa Nova, and Mercado do Peixe.

Pros:

  • Summer is perfect for outdoor activities in Aveiro, such as hiking, cycling, and kayaking, which also provides a great way to explore the city and its surrounding areas.
  • Many restaurants in Aveiro offer outdoor dining options, allowing you to enjoy meals while soaking up the beautiful scenery.

Cons:

  • Aveiro is busy during the summer, so several popular sites and activities may have limited availability or require advance booking.

2. Guimaraes

Scenic view of Cavada river and Peneda-Geres National Park during summer.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Peneda-Geres National Park during your summer trip to Portugal.

Guimaraes is one of the best destinations to visit in Portugal during summer. The town enjoys a mild climate with average temperatures of 20°C to 26°C around this time, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities. It is also a great jumping-off point to Peneda-Geres National Park, where you can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming. Guimaraes also has a thriving cultural scene, and several festivals and events are held throughout the summer.

Major attractions: Guimaraes Castle, Guimaraes City Park, Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, Largo da Oliveria, and Peneda-Geres National Park.

Pros:

  • The summer months in the city are filled with festivals and events such as the Festival Manta, which offer a unique opportunity to experience the city’s culture and traditions.
  • The weather is generally warm and sunny, perfect for outdoor activities and enjoying the city’s beautiful scenery.

Cons:

  • The historic town can become crowded during the summer months.

3. Viana do Castelo

The view of Basilica of Santa Luzia during a clear day, Portugal.
Discover the architectural wonder of the Basilica of Santa Luzia on your Viana do Castelo tour.

Viana do Castelo, in northern Portugal, is a gorgeous beach town with many attractions and activities during summer. The place is ideal for a calm seaside break with its gorgeous beaches, historic building, and thriving cultural environment. The area also offers a variety of outdoor sports, such as surfing, windsurfing, and sailing, making it a great destination for adventure lovers.

Major attractions: Santa Luzia Sanctuary, Basilica de Santa Luzia, Centro Historico, Gil Eannes Museum Ship, Monte de Santa Luzia, and Cabedelo Market.

Pros:

  • During summer, the city hosts many festivals, such as the Romaria de Nossa Senhora da Agonia, which offers visitors a chance to experience the culture and traditions.
  • Viana do Castelo is home to many beautiful beaches, such as Praia do Cabodelo, where you can relax, swim and participate in water sports.

Cons:

  • Some popular attractions and activities may have limited availability during the summer season.

TOP ACTIVITIES DURING SUMMER IN PORTUGAL

A young hiker in the mountains of island of Madeira
Discover breathtaking views and immerse yourself in nature on a scenic mountain hike during your summer trip to Portugal.
Ladnscape with Praia do Camilo in Algarve, Portugal.
Soak up on the golden beaches of Portugal during your perfect summer adventure.
  • Hike the natural parks: Portugal has many amazing natural parks and landscapes such as the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park and the Peneda-Geres National Park. These places provide a variety of trails for hiking, ranging from short strolls to more difficult excursions.
  • Experience the thrill of surfing: Portugal's Atlantic coast is a surfing mecca with some of Europe's best waves. The Algarve region is extremely popular among surfers, with many surf schools and rental businesses catering to both beginners and experienced surfers.
  • Take a wine-tasting tour: Portugal is well-known for its excellent wine, with the Douro Valley being one of the country's most famous wine regions. During the summer, visitors can partake in wine tastings and vineyard trips, where they can sample some of Portugal's best wines while admiring the scenery.
  • Enjoy the beaches: Portugal has many beautiful beaches. From the well-known Algarve region to the lesser-known Azores island, you have many options to choose from if you are planning to spend some quality beach time during your summer trip to Portugal.

TRAVEL TIPS TO VISIT PORTUGAL IN SUMMER

  • Book accommodations and activities in advance, as summer, is the peak tourist season in Portugal.
  • When visiting religious sites, dress appropriately and consider local customs and traditions.
  • Portugal may get quite sunny during the summer season. So it is vital to pack sunscreen and a hat.
  • To escape crowds and see the real side of Portugal, consider visiting lesser-known destinations and off-the-beaten-path attractions.

Portugal is an amazing destination throughout the year. But if you visit the country during the summer months, you will be greeted by ideal weather conditions to enjoy its magnificent beaches, tour the historic sites and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, countryside strolls, and surfing. So pack your luggage, book your trip, and prepare to be enchanted by the beauty and charm of Portugal during the summer months.

If you have managed to snag a trip to Portugal during the summer, you have most certainly made the right decision. For an even more personalized experience, reach out to our travel experts to create a customized trip to Portugal. For more travel ideas, check out our guide on how many days to spend in Portugal.

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on June 26, 2023

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