Weather in Portugal in July

Is July a good time to go to Portugal?

July is lively, hot and packed to capacity, but even in peak season, the busy southern coast, country trails and buzzing cities come at a bargain. While most tourists flock to the southern coast, the northern and central regions offer equally delicious weather and a more relaxed atmosphere; visiting the southern coast in June is a great way to avoid the rush and expense of July and opens the option to adventure further north during the peak summer months. Accommodation is often fully booked so, plan early to avoid disappointment, and apply plenty of sunscreen for the long queues at major attractions. 


Climate in Portugal in July

The days will be hot, in the mid-20s (77°F), with some scorchers over 30°C (86°F). Travel to Madeira and Azores for slightly cooler beach holidays and, with over 10 hours of glorious sunshine, there is enough time to explore inland areas and relax at the coast.


What’s on in Portugal in July

There are many lively festivals in July, including the Optimus Alive festivals and the Super Bock Super Rock in Lisbon, two of the hardest-hitting music festivals of the summer. For a more relaxed and smooth summer jam, head down to the Edpcooljazz festival, conveniently situated in the capital.

If the lively music scene isn’t appealing, go fishing at the Blue Marlin World Cup in Madeira or watch bullfighting and equestrian shows at the one of Silver Coast Festivals for more exciting adventures. Rainbow flags wave in the summer breeze at the Porto Pride Festival, the city’s annual LGBT party, and, lastly, don’t forget to visit the Ágitagueda Art Festival for a visual feast.


What to pack for a holiday in Portugal in July

Bikinis and board shorts line the coast and it is often too hot for anything but shorts and T-shirts. Pack at least two changes of swimwear, sunglasses, hats and sunscreen for sun protection, as well as loose and light long sleeved shirts, synthetic trousers and a sarong or similar covering. Take a light top for cooler evenings and there is sometimes a chilly wind, so bring a warm jersey just in case. Sandals and trainers are great for the major cities and beaches, while walking shoes are best for simple hikes, along with an extra layer or two for alpine areas. In addition, a small, foldable umbrella will come in handy for the odd shower or, alternatively, take a light raincoat.