A country offering an eclectic blend of medieval castles, long stretches of golden sand beach, stylish cities lined with atmospheric cobbled streets and delicious Portuguese food. Overlooking the Atlantic, there are so many things to do in Lisbon Portugal. The capital is saturated with dramatic Gothic architecture, pretty colourful streets and enchanting Fado bars. To the north, the charismatic city of Porto sits at the mouth of the Douro River, the gateway to Portugal’s picturesque wine region. The famous Dom Lois I bridge contrasting against pastel-hued houses gives Porto a romantic feel.

On the south coast, the Algarve offers stunning sands and a wonderful choice of activities. From simply relaxing on the beach, surfing above the waves or diving beneath them. Visit laid-back Lagos or sample the lively nightlife of Albufeira. Perhaps get off the beaten track in Madeira and the Azores, Portuguese gems in the Atlantic Ocean. These lush volcanic islands captivate visitors with their enchanting history, tropical hiking trails and warm year-round temperatures.

Top Recommendations

  • Take in the culture and heritage in the cities of Porto & Lisbon
  • Explore the jagged cliffs of Lagos
  • Relax on golden beaches along the Algarve coast
  • Visit the lush volcanic islands of Maderia and the Azores
  • Hike rugged peaks in the Parque Nacional Da Peneda-Geres

When to Visit

The best time to visit Portugal varies by region. Both Lisbon and the northern city of Porto receive hot summers, so the best time for sightseeing in the city is spring and autumn. The Algarve on the south coast is ideal for a summer break between the months of June and September. Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean benefits from a warm, tropical climate so is a great place to visit year around.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Lisbon & the Algarve.