When to go Portugal

Summer might be the most popular time to visit the town of Portugal, but for the traveler who can chart his or her own course, spring and autumn are the most delectable seasons.

Habitually there are only slight fluctuations in temperature between summer and winter; the overall mean ranges from 25°C in summer to about 14°C in winter.

The rainy season begins in November and usually lasts through January.

Snow brings many skiing enthusiasts to the Serra de Estrêla in north central Portugal. For the most part, however, winter means only some rain and lower temperatures in other regions.

The Algarve and especially Madeira enjoy temperate winters.