Weather in Portugal in August

Is August a good time to go to Portugal?

August is often the hottest month of the year and the coast is packed to capacity, thick with a festive atmosphere rivalled only by the vibrant nightlife in the major cities. It's best to get hold of a comprehensive guidebook, especially for the south, and search for secluded spots in the Algarve and Alentejo because the most popular resorts and beaches are often too full for comfort. While more expensive than most other months, a holiday in August is a bargain nonetheless when compared to the rest of Europe. This is peak tourist season so book accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment and consider a getaway to Azores or Madeira, as it is slightly cooler and calmer than the mainland.  


Climate in Portugal in August

Temperatures hit 27°C (81°F) and often exceed 30°C (86°F). Watch out for the intense UV index too, as the sun will be out for over 10 hours. Madeira and Azores are typically cooler, ranging between 16°C and 24°C (61°F and 75°F), and there is hardly any rain throughout Portugal. 


What’s on in Portugal in August

Two of the biggest summer music festivals include the Parades de Coura Festival, which host’s acts like the Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand and the Scissor Sisters, and the MEO Sudoeste, a massive electronic music bonanza. For an alternative event, join the worldwide psychedelic tribe at the Boom Festival, a meeting point for Portugal’s new-age spiritualists and eco-warriors. Portugal has historically been a seafaring nation and the Ocean’s Festival in Lisbon celebrates this legacy with live entertainment and street markets, and the Week of the Sea Festival is a similar event in Azores. 


What to pack for a holiday in Portugal in August

Most days are beach days, so bikinis and board shorts with a light covering are the norm and there is rarely a need for anything more than shorts and T-shirts. Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are essential for the intense UV index and take at least two changes of swimwear. Loose and light long sleeved shirts are useful under the scorching summer sun and a light top for cool evenings, as well as a warm jersey for an occasional chilly summer wind are recommended. Sandals or breathable trainers will suffice for the city, and hikers should pack walking shoes or light boots along with an extra layer or two for alpine areas. Even though it is unlikely to rain, take along a small foldable umbrella just in case.