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Portugal sunindex: the best time to travel to Portugal
Although several travel agencies offer package tours to Portugal during the winter chances of pleasant weather with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68.0 degrees Fahrenheit) are small. In November you may be fortunate enough to get pleasantly warm weather and in April the weather may already be pleasant enough to spend your day by the pool. However, chances of this happening are not too high. In April along the Algarve the maximum temperature of the sea water is 17 degrees Celsius (62.2 degrees Fahrenheit), which is rather chilly. The weather is more pleasant on the island of Madeira. During the summer temperatures are lower than on the main land and during the winter temperatures are higher. In November maximum temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68.0 degrees Fahrenheit) are not uncommon. Even in December the weather may still be pleasant. Madeira has higher precipitation figures causing the surroundings to be greener. You can enjoy the beautiful surroundings all year round here.
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Portugal climate & weather
Do you want to know all about the climate in Portugal? Learn about the temperatures, the number of sunny hours, chance of frost, chance of hurricanes, chance of rain and precipitation averages at the awarded climate and weather site:
the climate of Portugal


Sunny holidays in Portugal
Based on long term average figures, the weather of the past few years and extremes that have been recorded where temperatures, precipitation figures and storms are concerned we are able to give an indication as to the suitability of this particular location as a summer weather destination.

The figures below are an average for Portugal. Please, note that local deviations may occur.

 The weather in Portugal
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Explanation of symbols
January 15 8 5 15   - more sunny symbols = better summer weather (maximum of 5)
- red sunny symbols = high chances of hot or muggy weather

= chances of precipitation
 (0 - 4, higher number of cloudy symbols, higher chance of precipitation)

= the risk of tropical storms
(0 - 3, higher number of symbols, higher risk)
February 16 9 5 15  
March 18 10 7 15  
April 19 11 8 15  
May 22 13 9 17  
June 25 16 10 18    
July 28 18 11 19    
August 28 18 11 20    
September 27 17 9 20    
October 23 15 7 19  
November 18 11 5 18    
December 15 9 5 17    
The weather in Portugal
Portugal is situated on the Iberian peninsula just like Spain, but has a different climate. In Portugal it is slightly colder than in Spain because of the cooler water of the Atlantic Ocean. The western part of Portugal has a maritime climate; the southern part of Portugal has a Mediterranean climate.
Portugal climate information

Popular destinations in Portugal
About 80%-90% of all tourists who visit Portugal spend their holiday in the Algarve. In this southerly located coastal region popular seasides such as Albufeira, Alvor, Armao de Pra, Carvoeiro, Lagos, Olhos d'Agua, Praia de Rocha, Quarteira and Vilamoura can be found. In the vicinity of the capital Lisboa Costa Lisboa can be found. The most popular places in this region are: Cascais, Estoril, Nazare and Costa de Caparica. Tourists also visit Madeira and the Azores. However, almost no beaches can be found here and there is far less sunshine.

Useful facts & tips
- Madeira is very suitable for walking and cycling
- Along the Algarve beautiful golf courses can be found. An ideal alternative when it gets too cold
  to spend your day by the pool.
- Madeira is also referred to as the 'pearl of the Atlantic' and the 'floating garden'.

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The following sites are specialized in providing Portugal information:
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