Portugal is an interesting choice for the summer traveler. Portugal’s position on the west coast of the Iberian peninsula is responsible for mild summer temperatures and little rain except for the occasional shower in the north. In winter, the northwest of Portugal is first to receive winter storms—and they can be intense. Further south, the frequency of rain drops to around 2 days a week or less for regions like the Algarve and Alentejo.
Portugal Weather Map
The interactive map below allows you to access the weather and historic climate data charts for the listed cities, just click a city and you’ll be taken to the appropriate data to help you plan your Portugal Vacation.
The labels in green indicate the five traditional, administrative regions of Portugal that exist on the mainland. Two others are the Island groups of the Azores and Madeira.
Links to Weather and Climate Data
Here are text links to the same cities, from north to south by region:
Norte: Viana do Castelo | Braganca | Porto
Centro: Coimbra | Penhas Douradas
Algarve: Sagres | Faro
Faro is the largest city and administration center for the Algarve. There are many reasons for folks to retire near here, as the moderate temperatures shown on our average yearly temperature graph show.
Faro Average Temperatures
Faro’s proximity to the Ocean moderates summer temperatures, but notice that the lows, even in winter, are only moderately chilly. Is this the ideal weather for year around vacationing?
The rain in Faro falls mainly in the winter, but even those amounts are moderate. There is virtually no rain to be expected in August.
We hope these Faro rainfall and temperature graphs help you plan a vacation (or retirement!) in Faro and the Algarve.
Faro Travel Resources:
Viana do Castelo, a “living museum” on the northwest coast of Portugal at the mouth of the Lima river, offers a fine climate beginning in the late spring and extending to fall. You should have beautiful weather for the festival season in Viana do Castelo, which begins in May with the Festival of Roses.
Viana do Castelo Average Temperatures
Viana do Castelo’s proximity to the sea and northerly location moderates the high temperatures here, making summers quite pleasant.
Viana do Castelo Precipitation Graph
Most of the rain that falls in Viana do Castelo comes in winter, beginning in September and carrying through until May. July and August are quite dry, as you can see from the precipitation graph.
We hope this weather and historic climate information helps you plan a trip to Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
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Bragança, in the Alto Trás-os-Montes region of the northeast corner of Portugal at 2356 feet above sea level, has long, wet winters and short but hot summers, although with the altitude, summer days cool into pleasant nights.
Braganca Average Temperatures
The average temperature charts for Braganca show the night to day variation in temperatures that the northern city is subject to.
Bragança has quite a bit of snow in the winter, along with rather high precipitation levels from September through February, as you can see from the rainfall chart.
We hope this historic weather and climate information helps you plan a trip to Bragança and the rural Trás-os-Montes historical region.
More Travel Resources: Braganca Hotels
Coimbra sits at an elevation of 459 feet on a hill along the Mondego River in central Portugal. It has one of Europe’s oldest universities, and a visit to the university library is a must.
Coimbra’s summer temperatures are quite hot in the peaks found in July and August, but the span of temperatures shown on the graph shows a nice cooling off at night. The ideal time to visit Coimbra would be in May or June, when the temperatures are moderate and the festival season is starting—on the first Thursday in May there’s the Burning the Ribbons festival, Queima das Fitas, in which students celebrate their success by burning the ribbons on their gowns and the sounds of the distinctive Coimbra fado fills the squares.
Coimbra Average Temperatures
Below is the graph that will show you the average temperatures you’re likely to encounter on your visit to Coimbra.
Coimbra Average Precipitation
Coimbra’s precipitation falls mainly as rain in the winter months, as you can see from our precipitation graph below.
We hope this information helps you plan a trip to Coimbra.
More Coimbra, Portugal Travel Resources: Coimbra Hotels | Coimbra Hostels
Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Alentejo plain at 1053 feet, is quite hot in the summer, expect 12-13 days above 90 degrees F in July and August, but the weather is almost perfect in the “shoulder” months of Map and October (although you can expect some rain in October). Check our Climate charts below for more.
Evora Average Temperatures
The difference between the high and low temperatures in Evora increases in the summer months, when it’s pleasant to eat outside in the evening, as you can see on our average temperature chart.
Evora Average Precipitation
Most of Evora’s precipitation is in the form of rain, and most of it comes in winter as is typical for Mediterranean climates.
We hope these weather and climate charts help you plan a vacation in Sagres or the Algarve region.
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